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Archive for April, 2013

iPad Planner And Voice Activated Camera

Posted by terrepruitt on April 30, 2013

Often times I want the applications on my devices to do something they don’t do.  When I remember that there is probably someone else who wants that too and I go look for it, I usually find it.  Recently I wanted a calendar with different functionality than the calendar that is part of the iPad.  I also saw a commercial where they had a camera that takes pictures when you tell it to.  So I went looking in the iTunes store and found two applications that I like.

Dance Exercise, Nia, Nia at the City of San Jose, Nia classes in the South Bay, Nia Teacher, Nia Class, San Jose Nia, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, Nia, ZumbaThe iPad has a calendar program built into it.  I like it because it allows you to set appointments/events/reminders.  You can even set an alarm to remind you.  You can also type in things as events or appointments and have them “recur”, ya know standard electronic calendar stuff.  I wanted to be able to easily mark something, as I would on a paper calendar.  I wanted to just make a check or a mark.  I didn’t want to have to go in and create an appointment/event.  Especially since I found myself splitting the thing I was marking down.  Let me explain.  This past month I had a Multiple Planks In A Day Challenge going on.  The idea was to do three planks a day.  Sometimes I would do all three at once, but sometimes I would split them up.  So I might get up in the morning and do one.  Then have to go teach a Nia class and come back later that day and do the remaining two.  I wanted a calendar I could just mark a “1” on.  Then when I completed my three I could either change the one to a three or a check mark.

I found “A 2013 Planner” by Unidocs.  It is pretty cool.  I haven’t even really begun to use all that it does.  For now I was just making Xs, checks, and numbers on it.  But a glimpse at the other features makes me think it is pretty useful.  You can write on it or you can type text on it.  You can view it as an annual planner, a monthly planner, weekly planner, or a daily planner.  It really is like an appointment book planner, but on the iPad.  You can also include pictures in it if you would like.  It seems as if it can pretty much document anything.  I was just excited to find an app that I could easily notate on the calendar like a real calendar.  As I learn more about it, I can always share.

On to app two:  There is a commercial, I don’t even know what the commercial is for.  There are so many commercials like that now-a-days they are so busy being artsy I miss what the product is that they are actually advertising.  But in it there is a guy that says, “Shoot!” and his camera takes a picture.  So I thought, “There HAS to be an app for that!”  And there is.  It is called Vapp.  And it is nice because you set the sensitivity of the voice response.  So if you are in a heavy metal concert you set the sensitivity to HIGH so it won’t go off with every noise.  Then if you are in a quiet setting you set it at a low sensitivity so that if you just whisper it will take a picture.  So you can use this when you are trying to take a picture of yourself in a group or if you need to take a picture hands free.  It also has a timer, which times AFTER you tell it to take a picture.  It is pretty cool.

Since there are so many applications out there it is pretty easy to find ones that do what you want for free. I think I have only purchased two or three applications.

This is also the last day of the Multiple Planks In A Day Challenge.  As you can see by my planner, I missed a few days (the BIG X) and on one day I only managed to do one.  But I am satisfied with what I did.  Sometimes you start something, like a challenge, and things come up and then it really becomes a challenge to keep on doing what you started.  But then it feels good when you get it done.

There are a lot of challenges out there and there are a lot of applications.  I like to share when I find ones that I think are cool.

Do you ever want the easy of a quick check mark on  your calendar?  Don’t you think that having a voice activated camera is cool? Do you have any applications that you would like to share?

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Multiple Planks In A Day Challenge – Check In #4

Posted by terrepruitt on April 28, 2013

Wow.  I just noticed that there are only three days (if you include today) left of the multiple planks.  Three planks a day every day for 30 days.  I missed three days.  Well, I have three days left to make sure I get all three in.

This morning I took a yoga class at the studio where I teach Nia twice a week.  This week is Bay Area Dance Week and so the class I took was free.  It was nice to get my mat out and do some poses.  I don’t use my mat at home, I just do it on the carpet.

There are a lot of free classes this week so you might want to check it out.  You can see a schedule of free classes in my post, Free Nia, Zumba, Belly Dance, Yoga, and More.

So I am going to go do my three planks.  Have you done yours yet?

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Dried Garbanzo Beans

Posted by terrepruitt on April 27, 2013

Dance Exercise, Nia, Nia at the City of San Jose, Nia classes in the South Bay, Nia Teacher, Nia Class, San Jose Nia, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, Nia, ZumbaYou might have gathered from my posts that I am not a fan of beans.  Beans are great for fiber and protein, but I just don’t like them all that much.  I was sometimes ok with garbanzo beans/chickpeas, but that was it.  I didn’t like any other type of bean, but I went to a friend’s house and she had this yummy two bean salad.  So I decided that I am ok with red kidney beans and garbanzo beans in this salad.  Then I came across a recipe that had kidney beans it in and I decided to use half kidney beans and half garbanzo beans.  This recipe is one of my husband’s and mine favorites.  I also like roasted garbanzo beans.  Recently I was in the area – after teaching a Nia class as a sub in south San Jose –  of a store that I have been hearing a lot about.  It is called Sprouts.  The name is “Sprouts Farmers Market: Healthy, Natural & Organic Grocery Stores”, which I don’t really understand, as it is NOT a farmer’s market and not everything is natural nor organic.  They have the produce section kind of set up like you might imagine a market on an actual farm in that nothing is in nice neat rows and it seems kinda hodgey-podgely put together . . . but that is it.  Their organic section of fruits and vegetables was no larger than the one at my “regular” grocery store.  But whatever, I digress (WHAT? ME?  NO!) . . . my post is actually about that fact that I bought some dried garbanzo beans.

Dance Exercise, Nia, Nia at the City of San Jose, Nia classes in the South Bay, Nia Teacher, Nia Class, San Jose Nia, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, Nia, ZumbaWhen I first discovered the Red Beans and Rice recipe my friend and I were talking about dried beans and we wondered if we could buy dried garbanzo beans.  Later she reported back that she had seen some in the store.  I had asked my chef friend about them and she gave me some advice on how to process them.  And of course I forgot what she said.  But anyway . . . I finally was in a store that had them when I remembered to look.  So I bought some.

When you look up how to process dried beans on the internet you will probably come across two different methods.  There is the long soak and then the quick soak.  My idea was to do both and then report the results on my blog in one post.  But funny as it sounds, I have not had time — more accurately, I have not made time — to do the quick soak method.  I know, you would think that would be the easiest and fastest one to do.  But to me it was much easier to throw the beans in a bowl and let them soak for 13 hours and 45 minutes.  I’ve read they should soak for at least 4 hours.  Mine just turned into 13 hours plus.

Since I have not yet gotten around to doing the quick soak method I will report on what I found with the long soak method and then when I do the other one I will post about that.

The “long soak” method has no cooking involved.  I was interested in not cooking the beans.  Everything I read said that they double in size.  I don’t recall that happening.  NOTHING I read told me they would pop!  I kept hearing this odd sound and wondering what it was.  If you have a pet you might do as I do and the first thing I do when I hear something unfamiliar is I blame my pet and find her first to see if she was responsible.  But when I heard the pop she was right next to me.  So, I kept thinking it was coming from outside. Finally it dawned on me that it might be the beans and I stood by the bowl until I heard one!

Dance Exercise, Nia, Nia at the City of San Jose, Nia classes in the South Bay, Nia Teacher, Nia Class, San Jose Nia, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, Nia, ZumbaI had decided to split the bag in between the two methods.  So I got a huge bowl and put half of my beans in it.  Then I filled it with water.  I did this at 11:00 am on a Friday.  I changed the water twice.  I rinsed the beans both times.  My report is that beans themselves have gas.  My kitchen smelled gassy the whole time the beans were soaking.  I kept lighting a candle.  I drained the beans at 12:45 pm on Saturday.  I decided I was going to roast them.  So I drained them to let them start to dry out.

I roasted them.  They were gorgeous.  I like them because they seem less “mushy” than the canned beans.  And for me “mushy” is part of the reason I don’t like beans.  So I really liked this dried/soaking method.  I left the beans in the oven a tad bit too long.  I was doing too many things at once and when I took them out to check them I forgot to put the timer on when I put them back in.  I realized my error when I smelled burning beans.  So . . . . they are ok, but not as I would have liked them.

The verdict in regards to soaking beans is good.  I am going to do that.  I have a feeling that soaking them will turn out to be easier than the quick soak method.  We will see.

The questions I have been thinking about though is . . . . the canned beans I buy say “Organic” whereas the dried ones I bought did not.  So really which are better?  I will look for organic dried beans, but I am not sure where to find them.  I know I didn’t see them at the “Farmers Market” that claims to have healthy, natural, and organic food.  🙂  Well, at least I didn’t see a sign that claimed the dried beans were organic.

Do you used canned beans or dried?

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Goodie Jar – Check In #13

Posted by terrepruitt on April 26, 2013

Here we are — another Good Things Jar check in.  We check in so we remember to put something in our jar.  Life is very busy and there are a lot of things going on.  Sometimes we might forget to stop and notice the good things.  So that is why we have a good things jar!  And that is why we have a Friday check-in!

This is like your alarm!  “Hey, did you note a good thing this week?  Hey, did you note a good thing this week?  Hey, did you note a good thing this week?  Hey, did you note a good thing this week?”

I did!

How full is your Good Things Jar?

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Free Nia, Zumba, Belly Dance, Yoga, and More

Posted by terrepruitt on April 25, 2013

Dance Exercise, Nia, Nia at the City of San Jose, Nia classes in the South Bay, Nia Teacher, Nia Class, San Jose Nia, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, Nia, ZumbaEvery year the studio in San Jose where I teach Nia Class on Monday mornings and Wednesday mornings participates in the celebration of National Dance week.  This year the “week” is actually ten days, from Friday, April 26, 2013 through Sunday, May 5, 2013.  This is the 15th year of Bay Area Dance Week, and the 32nd year in which there has been a National Dance Week coalition.  BayAreaDance.org states:

National Dance Week was founded in 1981 to increase awareness of dance and its contributions to our national culture. The first Bay Area Dance Week (BADW) festival grew out of a public dialogue in 1998, when dance artists, administrators, and organizations came together to explore how best to spotlight Bay Area dance during National Dance Week.

The studio I rent from rents to different instructors who teach a variety of fitness classes and dances.  Each instructor can choose to participate in Bay Area Dance Week, by offering free classes.

Bay Area Dance Week at the studio in San Jose starts Saturday, April 27th.

Saturday, April 27, 2013:
12:00 noon – 1:15 pm: Bellydance Essentials – Courtney


Sunday, April 28, 2013:

9:00 am – 10:15 am: Morning Flow Yoga – Eme


Monday, April 29, 2013:

9:00 am – 10:00 am: Nia – Terre  (free to NEW Students)
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm: Zumba – Lili
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm: Egyptian Bellydance. All Levels – Hala
8:00 pm – 9:00 pm: Egyptian Bellydance Technique. Int/Adv – Hala


Tuesday, April 30, 2013:

5:30 pm – 6:30 pm: Drills & Performance Skills – Michelle
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm: Bellydance Level 1  (4.27.13 changed)  Fan Veil Choreography – Natika
7:30 pm – 8:30 pm: Tribal Fusion Technique & Choreography – Natika
8:30 pm – 9:30 pm: Turkish Bellydance – Natika


Wednesday, May 1, 2013:

9:00 am – 10:00 am: Nia – Terre  (free to NEW Students)
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm: Bellydance – Setareh
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm: Hala Dance Company Rehearsal – Hala


Friday, May 3, 2013:
8:00 pm – 9:15 pm: Bellydance Cardio and Combos – Jill


Saturday, May 4, 2013:

9:30 am – 10:30 am: Bellydance Basics – Amanda
10:30 am – 12 noon: Bellydance and Beyond – Amanda
12 noon – 1:15 pm: Bellydance Essentials – Courtney


Sunday, May 5, 2013:

10:30 am – 11:30 am: The Art of Bellydance – Jizan

In regards to classes at the studio, classes not listed are not open to free drop-ins.

This is the schedule at the time of the writing.  Sometimes things change so it is always good to check with the studio and/or instructor to verify class times and participation.

Remember it is National Dance Week so there are free classes all over the United States.  I bet there is a class that you have always wanted to take, but have not yet got around to it.  So check with the instructor of that class or call the venue to see if they are offering free classes.

The San Francisco Bay Area is beginning the week with a celebration dance on Friday in Union Square Park in San Francisco at noon.  The closing event is a Planetary Dance led by Anna Halprin on Sunday, May 5th at 2:00 in Yerba Buena Gardens in San Francisco.  You can check for free classes in the Bay Area at BayAreaDance.org.  But even if it is not listed on the site check in with the person teaching it or the place it is being taught.  They might be participating but maybe didn’t get on the site.  So don’t be shy get out and dance.

What classes, in ADDITION to Nia, are you going to take?

 

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Sound Healing and Labyrinth Walk

Posted by terrepruitt on April 23, 2013

Wow.  This past weekend I went to an event a friend of mine invited me too.  It was very cool.  I had learned about walking the labyrinth not too long ago (about four years).  I found it very fascinating.  I love that you just walk the path and it is yours.  You walk, you experience whatever it is you want to/need to experience.  There are many different types of labyrinth.  The first one I experienced was at the Center for Spiritual Enlightenment in San Jose, CA.  The labyrinth was in their garden.  Their garden is an oasis in the middle of a noisy city.  Dance Exercise, Nia, Nia at the City of San Jose, Nia classes in the South Bay, Nia Teacher, Nia Class, San Jose Nia, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, Nia, ZumbaThe labyrinth I walked on Saturday was at a church, First Congregational Church.  It is a stone labyrinth. Walking the labyrinth alone is a special thing in itself, but this event was sound healing while you walked the labyrinth.  I had heard of sound healing before but didn’t really have an idea of what it was.  I really had no idea what this event would be like, I just wanted to go because the one time I walked the labyrinth I really enjoyed it.  The event was planned two months ago and in those two months . . . .wow!  At this time I am just going to say that I felt this was the PERFECT time for me to be attending this event!  There were four women that played their Crystal Singing bowls, drums, rattles and other sound healing instruments while we walked the labyrinth.  It was a wonderful experience.  Their intention is to hold this type of event every other month.  I will be posting the information as I learn of it so anyone who wants to join can do so.

Dance Exercise, Nia, Nia at the City of San Jose, Nia classes in the South Bay, Nia Teacher, Nia Class, San Jose Nia, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, Nia, ZumbaCrystal Singing bowls are very beautiful LOOKING and I was attracted to one so I went over to talk to one of the women about it.  Since I didn’t know anything about the bowls I wanted to learn more.  She shared with me the vibration of the bowl called “The Divine Mother”.  She told me what it was made of and shared the sound with me.  While she made it sing I was holding it.  It was very warm.  Then she had me hold it in one hand and strike it with the mallet.  Then she took the bowl and held it in her hand and struck it while I held my hands close to the bowl but not touching.  That was amazing.  I felt the energy, the vibration from the bowl push against my hands.  I had to give a little resistance so my hands did not move away from the bowl.  The sound is very beautiful, but I was very intrigued by the energy coming from the bowl.  She was very kind and she allowed me to experience this for a while.  Then she had me turn in a circle while she moved the bowl up my body and down my body.  It is kind of surprising the force I felt from the bowl as she did that.  It was not strong as if to move me, but there was something and that really surprised me.  I felt the vibration from the bowl.

At this time with what is going on in my life and what is going on in the world, I am open heartedly accepting it as healing sound and vibration.  What is really is and what you want to believe is up in the air and up to you.  I am just sharing that I knew nothing of this type of “healing” and was really just surprised and amazed by the sense and the feeling I got.  I was just WOWED!  Really.  And I felt really good and relaxed after.  The morning was emotional and a bit stressful and after that little session I was back to relaxation and joy.

So, a portion of my walk in the labyrinth was that of thankfulness and pure gratitude.  But it was a — to me — a big labyrinth so I was also able to concentrate on some healing thoughts for someone else.  Then while I walked I began so sense my feet and I took a little time to focus on self-healing.  I walked the labyrinth both ways so I was able to do what I felt necessary.

Whew!  It was an awesome experience.  I look forward to attending more walks with sound healings.  I will put the information regarding the next event up somewhere (here, my website, Twitter or Facebook) when they have the details worked out and have let me know.  So check back if you are interested.  I honestly can’t wait.  I really felt some healing from the lovely sound and enjoyed the walk and the support of all those that gathered.

What do you think?  Interesting?  Interested?

 

If you are interested, there is a walk on Saturday, August 17, 2013, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm.  Click here to go to Facebook Event!

 

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Multiple Planks In A Day Challenge – Check In #3

Posted by terrepruitt on April 21, 2013

Well, I have to say that this past week a couple of days I remembered about the planks at about 3 minutes past midnight. I decided to count those days as I promptly got down on the floor and did my planks. But I also have to say that Friday and Saturday I remembered too far past midnight! Friday it was about 12:30 and Saturday at 12:10 I remembered, but I decided to let it go. So that is three days this month I didn’t do them at all and a few days that I did them after midnight. My mind has been a little preoccupied lately, but that really is not excuse as we all have things that are on our minds.

What I do is I think about them and say, “Oh, I’ll do it later.”  Then next thing I know it is after midnight.” So while I was typing this I had to stop to do them so I would be sure to have them done.  I got all three in!

As I said in my last check in, it really helps me to have that every day check in. Checking in once a week is not a good enough reminder. Here’s to a more “on track” week!

How are you doing?

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Roses, Roses, Roses

Posted by terrepruitt on April 20, 2013

Dance Exercise, Nia, Nia at the City of San Jose, Nia classes in the South Bay, Nia Teacher, Nia Class, San Jose Nia, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, Nia, ZumbaI am so happy with our roses.  One year I went out and hacked them pretty good.  They were just growing too wild.  I went out and chopped them up.  There are some bushes that produce these flowers . . . I think of them as roses.  I am not sure what they are.  The bushes are not the type that have one flower on a stem, they are the type that have multi flowers on a stem.  They bloom then die quickly and we end up with dead brown petals all over the yard.  So when I chopped the bushes I chopped those ones up a lot.  Since then we have not had the yard full of dead browness all over.  I like that better.  The bushes are a nice green and are just fine not producing flowers.  I did such a good job that I have not really been out there since to really do a huge hack job.  Which means I have also not done anything to our other rose bushes.  A couple of weeks ago I was noticing they were out of control.  They have really tall stems towering over the bush.  (I think the first picture to the left shows how tall a couple of the stems are.)   I thought, “I need to go cut those so the bush is more in control.”  But I noticed that at the top of each stem was a bud.  So I decided that after the flowers bloom and die I will start cutting the bush back.  Dance Exercise, Nia, Nia at the City of San Jose, Nia classes in the South Bay, Nia Teacher, Nia Class, San Jose Nia, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, Nia, ZumbaWhat I have done is gone out and cut some prime flowers to bring in.  Then as the other ones bloom and die, I trim them off.

Dance Exercise, Nia, Nia at the City of San Jose, Nia classes in the South Bay, Nia Teacher, Nia Class, San Jose Nia, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, Nia, ZumbaBut as you can see the bush is just doing a beautiful job of producing flowers.  Even though it is a mess of a bush, not trimmed to any type of pleasing shape or taken care of in the least it is still producing very beautiful flowers.  And like most “homegrown” roses, they smell fantastic.  I have been cutting flowers and about-to-open buds and bringging them in.  At the time of this writing, I have five small vases with flowers . . . . well, six if you count the one single flower that broke off the stem that I stuck in a tiny vase . . . set about the house.  Still the rose bush is full.  I need to go out and cut some more off.

Dance Exercise, Nia, Nia at the City of San Jose, Nia classes in the South Bay, Nia Teacher, Nia Class, San Jose Nia, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, Nia, ZumbaSuch a hardy rose bush.  This is the one that used to be JUST orange and now the flowers are orange and pink.

 

 

Then there is the yellow and pink roses.  Those ones used to be JUST pink or did they used to be just yellow?  Either way, they are now dual colored.

The ones that look red my husband calls Crimson Stinkers.  I really need to tend to that bush.  It is right in front of the kitchen window with the idea that we can look out and see them, but the curtain is always closed so I forget they are there.  The poor bush is more like a few vines.  I am going to give her extra love.  Her flowers are beautiful when they have a chance to grow and don’t end up at the end of a long viney stem on the ground.

Dance Exercise, Nia, Nia at the City of San Jose, Nia classes in the South Bay, Nia Teacher, Nia Class, San Jose Nia, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, Nia, ZumbaI love flowers.  I love roses.  I love that they are so hardy they don’t even really need attention.  I am not the gardener in the family.  I do not have a green thumb at all.  I am not a fan of dirt or the outdoors.  Dirt just bugs me and the outside makes me sneeze.  In fact the other day when I was outside trimming the roses I stayed out as long as I could.  When I started sneezing and my nose started running I had to come in.  It didn’t take that long.  But I did get some trimming done.

 

 

 

 

 

I just love the roses and the beauty they have.  I just wanted to share.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I have a friend who was tweeting about all of the fruits and vegetables she planted.  She said something about flowers.  I tweeted that my roses are going wild and she said she was afraid to try growing roses.  I laughed.  I didn’t understand how she could grow FOOD and other flowers, but think she couldn’t grow roses.  I’ll share this post with her so she can see our roses that did this all on their own with no help from me.  @BeckySain, if I can grow (cough, cough, cough, I didn’t DO anything) roses, YOU can grow roses!

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Below are the ones that used to be either pink and now are yellow and pink or yellow and are now both. Pink. I think they used to be pink.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anyone out there have rose growing tips for my friend?

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Crimson Stinker

Ha, ha, ha . . . I should say, anyone out there have rose growing tips for ME?  Whatcha got?

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Goodie Jar – Check In #12

Posted by terrepruitt on April 19, 2013

Here we are at Goodie Jar – Check In #12.  I really do hope you are finding at least one good thing to note and put in your jar.  Find the silver lining if that is what you must do.  But there has to be something that when you look back at it, it would make you smile.It could be something as silly as a website or a meme you’ve seen on Facebook.  There are so many that get passed around.  You could note the URL and put it in the jar then on December 31, 2013 when you are reading all your notes you can go look it up.  If it made you smile once I bet it will do it again.  Here is one that makes me laugh.  I had to look it up because we do a “penguin dance” in one of the Nia Routines I am doing and I was wondering what noise a penguin makes.

Cookie the penguin on YouTube:

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What do you think?  Super Cute, huh?  Worthy of the Good Things jar?

PS:  The video of little Cookie was taken by Patricia Sund who you can learn more about from her blog Parrot Nation.
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Recipe With Spices

Posted by terrepruitt on April 18, 2013

Dance Exercise, Nia, Nia at the City of San Jose, Nia classes in the South Bay, Nia Teacher, Nia Class, San Jose Nia, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, Nia, ZumbaWhen I go grocery shopping I like to have a list otherwise, I spend too much!  Too much time walking up and down the aisles and too much money.  What happens is I see something and get an idea then have to run around the store to get all the ingredients.  With the running around the store I end up seeing other things and it just snowballs into way too much!  Yet having a list equates to not always seeing the new products that come out.  And there are ALWAYS new things coming out.  One day after my Tuesday morning Nia class,  I was in the store and I was looking for a spice so I was on the spice aisle and I saw these packages.  These could not be new to the market but they are new to me!  I really think this is a cool idea!  These packages contain all the spices you need for a particular recipe and yes, of course, the recipe is on the back.

I showed my husband the picture and he said it was all a marketing ploy.  Well, DUH!  Of course!  These packages are probably really expensive if you were to use them all the time to make the same recipe over and over.  But they are BRILLIANT.  I love this idea.  I mean, sometimes I want to make something but I don’t want to invest in an entire bottle of the spice I don’t have that I need to make the recipe.  And this is the perfect way to try it out.  I can buy the package and then if I like the recipe then I can buy all the spices that I actually need to have on hand when I want to make the recipe again.  And, of course, you can make any changes to the recipe after you try the original recipe.

It is difficult to tell, but you may have noticed in the background of the photos, there are several different packages for different recipes.

Dance Exercise, Nia, Nia at the City of San Jose, Nia classes in the South Bay, Nia Teacher, Nia Class, San Jose Nia, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, Nia, ZumbaAs I said, I know food manufacturers come up with new stuff all the time, but I thought this was really cool.  I think it can be really helpful to people.  There are so many reasons.  You could just be in a rush and you don’t want to have to measure out all the spices or as I said before you don’t have that ONE spice you need to complete the recipe.  Maybe you are a new cook and just need a little help.

Plus the recipes look really easy.

I imagine there are many of you making faces and saying, “Oh, I would just use FRESH garlic, onions, oregano, and cilantro.”  I get that.  But again, there are a lot of reasons a lot of people could benefit from this nifty little package.

I know a lot of people who could just use this as a starting point.  They often share that they want to learn how to cook . . . this is a great start.

Ok, I am not often impressed by our food industry, but this I like.  It is not like a package of all the spices mixed together.  I think of this more as an educational tool, a starting point, a little push to get people started cooking and making their own food.

What do you think?  Have you seen these spice/recipe packages?

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