Terre Pruitt's Blog

In the realm of health, wellness, fitness, and the like, or whatever inspires me.

  • I teach Nia, yoga and stretch! SIX group classes a week!

    Nia: Tues and Thurs at 9 am, Fri at 10:15 am

    Yoga: Tues at 10:30 am and Thurs at 6:00 pm

    Stretch: Thurs at 10:15 am

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Tiny Feather

Posted by terrepruitt on November 17, 2017

This just fascinates me. This is just a tiny feather from a hummingbird. I am always amazed at how tiny they are. The yellow flowers barely measure an inch at the widest point.

Hummingbird feather for a Friday Photo

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A Zucchini Post

Posted by terrepruitt on November 15, 2017

I could have sworn I posted about shredded zucchini before but I can’t find that I did. I was looking through my ideas on things to post and I came across this picture of chicken and shredded zucchini in a tortilla. I just snapped it really quick thinking I could share it somewhere, but that I had already written about shredded zucchini. But I guess I have not. Could be because there really isn’t that much to write about it. It is just a different way to prepare zucchini. Instead of slicing it into rounds and steaming it or roasting it, shredded it with a cheese grater. Then you can add it to whatever you want. I know there are a lot recipes for zucchini cakes, like crab cakes. I just found one in my recipe folder that I want to try. But this is even less complicated. Just shred the zucchini and cook it.

I normally cook it in a pan with either oil or butter and garlic salt. I often add it to pasta. That is my favorite way to use it. It kind of gives the pasta a creamy texture. Or sometimes as you can see, I add it to chicken and put it in a tortilla. It is just another way for us to consume vegetables.

Ahhh, I found it. Instead of “shredded zucchini” I called it “grated zucchini”. More accurate, I’d say. Well, in that post (Grated Zucchini is GREAT) I talked about grated zucchini in rice (YUM!) and I added to a turkey concoction. Doesn’t sound like I liked the concoction all that much.  I liked the turkey and zucchini, but not what I made with it. So this is just another way to use the grated zucchini . . . with chicken.  There is also a post Zucchini Has Antioxidants and Vitamins, in case you are interested.

Yum. Making me hungry.

Is there a veggie that you like to grate/shred and use in your cooking?

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What Do You Go To?

Posted by terrepruitt on November 13, 2017

What is your “go-to” recipe?  Whether it is one that you make because you always have the ingredients on hand or whether it is that one recipe you use when making something special.  Or even that everyday kind of recipe but you still need to get the ingredients . . . . what is it?  What is your go to recipe?  Do you have one?

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Pink Bag

Posted by terrepruitt on November 10, 2017

This is a bag made of recycled plastic. I bought it as a gift for a friend years ago. I thought it was cute. So I took a picture. Not a very good picture. But, it is definitely one of those pictures that I have no place to share.  I think that the cool thing about the bag is that it was made from recycled plastic bags.  But I don’t remember.  I bought it over a year ago and gifted it almost over a year ago.

A pink plastic bag with shoes on it for today’s Friday Photo.

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Not Quite Barefoot

Posted by terrepruitt on November 8, 2017

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I can’t remember where she said she got them. I took this picture so long ago with the intent of posting it and I am just getting around to it. But I just did a Google search and there were several places that sold them, so if you are looking you can find them. Amazon alone has several different kinds that you can purchase.

As I said in my post Toe Less Socks For Your Pleasure Nia was created to be done barefoot. Barefoot helps to condition the feet. But not everyone is comfortable exercising barefoot and the comfort of students is really important. If you are comfortable dancing without shoes on but want a little something between your foot and the floor perhaps socks like these would fit the bill. . . . .or should I say feet?  🙂

Do you prefer to exercise in shoes?

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The 5th Of November Eggs In Toast

Posted by terrepruitt on November 6, 2017

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“Remember, remember, the 5th of November
The Gunpowder Treason and plot;
I know of no reason why Gunpowder Treason
Should ever be forgot.”

Perhaps you have seen the movie V For Vendetta? The only reason I have heard of Guy Fawkes.

Well, in the movie featured twice is what they call Eggy In A Basket. Since the bread is not really shaped like a basket and there are so many recipes where you put something – sometimes bread, sometimes meat, sometimes hashbrowns, etc. – in a muffin tin and actually make a sort of basket, I don’t feel like calling them that. But . . . I did feel like trying to make them. In the movie they make them in a pan. And my husband has made them in a pan. But I was on my way to teach a Nia class, but I wanted to feed my husband, so I needed to do it in a way that I could leave it to cook while I was “doing”. So I used the oven. You know, my favorite cooking appliance.

Anyway . . . here is what I did to make it.

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1 egg
1 piece of bread
butter
1 tablespoon of grated cheese
salt
pepper

Line a baking sheet with foil and place it in the oven. Preheat the oven to 400° F.

Using a circular cookie cutter or a glass cut a hole in the middle of the bread. Butter both sides of the bread.

Take the hot pan out of the oven and place the bread on the foil. Put a little oil, butter, or non-stick cooking spray on the foil where the hole is. Then crack the egg into the hole. Sprinkle the cheese on the egg and bread. Sprinkle on the salt and the pepper.

Then put the pan into the oven for about 15 mins. CHECK on it in 7 to 10 minutes. If you decide you want your egg less cooked take it out sooner than 15 minutes.*

*for two, as you see in the pictures, double ingredients.

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As you can see from the pictures I used a wine glass to make the circle in the bread. The rim of the glass has to be thin enough to “cut” the bread. The one glass we have that has a thin rim was too small. The other glasses that were the right size have to thick of a rim. This wine glass was perfect. It had a thin rim and was the perfect size.

I don’t eat fried eggs and to me a baked egg is pretty much fried, so I didn’t have it. But my husband said it was good. It was easy, so I’ll probably make it again if he wants it.

This, to me, would also make a good thing to make for a small crowd.  It was really easy and it would be easy to make a dozen.  Say for a brunch party.

 

 

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Decorating With Hops

Posted by terrepruitt on November 3, 2017

Earlier this month we were needing dinner after working all day at my dad’s. We decided to try a brewery in town. Well, turns out three of the four breweries in town are not actual restaurants. They serve beer, I saw a food truck or two, but not a sit down restaurant. We ended up driving all the way across town . . . but it was way worth it. Either that or we were just so hungry the food was outstanding.  No, the food really was outstanding. I also really enjoyed their little table decoration.

This Friday Photo is a beer bottle with hops.

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To Do List Fail

Posted by terrepruitt on November 1, 2017

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Sigh.  How is it that I was busy all day and I got a lot done, but I made no progress?  Ugh!  I totally failed on my to-do (for today) list.

How did you do today?

 

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Top Three Halloween Songs

Posted by terrepruitt on October 30, 2017

Not many holidays or occasions have a plethora of music associated with them. New Year’s has one song, Auld Lang Syne. Any love song might be attached to Valentine’s Day, but I can’t think of a specific song that comes to many-a-mind for the occasion. Easter has the one song about Peter Cottontail and his bunny trail. I can’t think of ONE Fourth Of July Song nor does any song come to mind for Thanksgiving. But Christmas and Halloween have a lot of songs. Christmas has songs written just for the Holiday itself AND the surrounding season. Halloween might have a few written just for it, but it seems like most songs that are associated with Halloween just got that way because they mention monsters. Additionally, songs that mention the devil, witches, pumpkins, ghosts, ghouls, the moon, werewolves, and anything “Halloweeny” seem to get lumped into the Halloween Song category. Ha, if it mentions candy, some might put it in the pile of Halloween songs . . . thinking specifically about Bow Wow Wow’s I Want Candy – even though that song has NOTHING to do with the sweet confection known as candy! It is my opinion that there are, presently, three main songs that the majority thinks about when they think about Halloween songs. Of course, I am not saying that there are not a lot of other songs, but I am just talking about the top three – what I think of as most people knowing and thinking of when they think of Halloween.

I think the top three are – and this is not in order of popularity or in order of which I think people think of them:

Thriller. Michael Jackson’s Thriller has scary sound effects.  The video has monsters in it and then there is a cool dance associated with the song. I believe this is how it earned its place as one of the all time Halloween songs. Surprising to me, Thriller only made it to number 4 on Billboard Hot 100. It got to number two on the Billboard Hot Digital Singles Chart in 2009, after Michael Jackson died.

Then there is This is Halloween. C’mon it is stating that it is Halloween. I think ever since 1993, when the movie The Nightmare Before Christmas came out, that has been a top Halloween song. The song was written by Danny Elfman and recorded by the cast of the movie. In 2006 Marilyn Manson recorded for a special release of the movie’s soundtrack. This is Halloween has not been around as  long as Thriller, but I think it is here to stay.

And then there is the Monster Mash. This song has been around the longest. The Monster Mash was released in 1962. I am not sure if it has been a Halloween hit for 55 years, but I know that it has been a Halloween hit for as long as I can remember. In 1962, this song was number from October 20 to October 27 on the Billboard Hot 100. It has hit the charts again twice, once in August of 1970 and once in May of 1973.

So that my opinion regarding the most popular Halloween songs. Again, I am not saying that there are not others that are super popular, but I just think that these three are the ones that the majority think about.

What about you? What do you think? What song come to mind when you think of Halloween?

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Old Timey Halloween

Posted by terrepruitt on October 27, 2017

I don’t know when this was.  I just found this. This is me and my brother.  I thought it would make a good near Halloween Friday Photo post. I do not remember him dressing up as a woman. And I don’t remember this particular time I was a gypsy. But I know I was a gypsy often because . . . . do you remember what Halloween costumes were like back then? If you don’t remember (because you are too young) they were NOT GOOD. NOTHING like costumes today. The masks were hard plastic and just so different from now-a-days. So I preferred the “homemade” costumes and there was nothing like a gypsy costume. A flowing skirt, lots of jewelry and MAKE-UP! Oh I was in heaven. As I said, I was a gypsy a few years.

 

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