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Archive for November, 2016

Adding A Challenge To A Pose Mastered

Posted by terrepruitt on November 30, 2016

I teach two gentle yoga classes.  Gentle yoga doesn’t necessarily mean beginner yoga.  It can if the class is a beginner yoga class, but “gentle” doesn’t mean beginner.  The way I make the yoga class gentle is we don’t hold the poses for a long time.  We also don’t flow through a long combination of poses.  I usually do a sequence of two, three poses at the most, but the class is not a flow.  In my two regularly scheduled gentle yoga classes we actually just stop and get down (or stop and get up) because I feel that being able to get up off of the floor is very important.  We don’t use downward facing dog, forward folds, planks, or poses to get down and up.  We go at a comfortable pace slowly moving through poses.  The classes are not beginner classes because I have been teaching some of the same students for years.  So they are not beginners.  They know many poses and they know what their bodies should be doing in those poses, but they like to do yoga gently.  But we still need to add some challenge to some of the poses.  So, for a small group of students in my gentle yoga classes we have added a challenge to one of the poses that they have down.  For those that can balance fine, we have added the challenge of closing our eyes.

We are still doing the pose, but we close our eyes to add to the pose.  Just the simple act of closing our eyes causes us to get a little wobbly and therefore work more at standing upright.  Just like with our eyes open one side is easier than the other.  But this simple act gives the pose a new spin.

The inner ear plays a huge role in our balance, but so do our eyes.  Once we take vision out of the equation it makes balancing more challenging.  I believe practicing balancing with our eyes closed will allow us to get better at it over time.  While we are practicing we will be using those stabilizing muscles and that will help us be better balanced.  Just as practicing balance with your eyes open.

This is a fun thing to add to the balance practice because, as I said, my students can do this pose well, so it is kind of surprise that just closing one’s eyes makes it as if they can’t do the pose.  There are some “whoas” and “what the . . ” and giggles because it is just so funny that a pose we can do all of a sudden we can’t do it (as well).

For now we are only closing our eyes when doing the Stork pose, but once we have that down AND have more stability in some of our other balances poses we will add “eyes closed” to them.

So if you come to one of my regularly scheduled yoga classes you might experience this.  If you come to one I am subbing, I usually do things a little differently.  That is one thing that is so great about teaching yoga, it can be adjusted and modified so it is not always the same.  With the adjustments and modifications, hopefully, they are helping you improve your stability, flexibility, and strength.  Sometimes all it takes is something so simple as closing your eyes.

Did you try it?  Just standing with your eyes closed?  How about standing on one leg with your eyes closed?

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Eeyore On The Friday After Thanksgiving

Posted by terrepruitt on November 25, 2016

I don’t drink coffee that often any longer.  I love it, but I feel that I sleep a lot (A LOT!!!!) better when I don’t have coffee that day.  When I do have it, it is usually when I am out meeting someone for coffee at Starbucks or Peet’s.   I do love my Eeyore mug.  He is such a lovable “Debbie Downer”.

Yeah, I love my Eeyore mug so much I took a picture of it and I am posting it on my blog for a Friday Photo.  It kinda feels like an Eeyore-day-after-Thanksgiving.

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Leftover Persimmon Chicken

Posted by terrepruitt on November 23, 2016

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You might remember that I went to a restaurant once and they served what I call Fancy Toast.  I was thinking of that when I put together our persimmon chicken tortillas.  Sweet and salty!

I had some leftover ricotta from the lasagna I recently made (that recipe is here).  I decided to use it.  I am always looking for ways to use what I have and not let things I used for one recipe go to waste. Here is what I did.

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Persimmon Chicken Tortilla

2 Flour Tortillas
1 cup of ricotta
1 cup of mozzarella
1 large piece of persimmon chicken
some of the persimmons that were cooked with the chicken
3 tablespoons of gorgonzola

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Then bake it in the oven for about 20 minutes.  You are really only trying to melt the cheese, as the chicken is already cooked.  If you like your tortilla a little crisper, then bake it for longer.

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As happens more often than not, I was not planning on posting this on my blog.  And I didn’t take a picture of the preparation . . . but I think it is simple enough you can get the idea.  In the pictures I did take you can see the gorgonzola.

The salty blue cheese and the spiced fruit were a great combination.  The ricotta being somewhat flavorless just added great texture – a perfect creaminess.

It was really good.  Next time I make persimmon chicken I am going to make sure I have enough leftover to do this.  Plus I will make sure I have mozzarella, ricotta, and gorgonzola on hand.  Although a mild cheddar might due in place of the mozzarella.

What do you think?  Sound good to you?  What could we add to make it even better?

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Death, Again!

Posted by terrepruitt on November 21, 2016

So, I have not posted a few times when I normally would have.  I was really going to make a huge effort to post on all my self-imposed scheduled days this month.  The Friday Photos are really helping.  I was confident I could do it, even with all of the Holidays.  I know that I can at least post on Friday even if I can’t think of anything to write because it is just a picture.  The 11th was a Holiday, Veteran’s Day, and I had planned to be out of town, but I was going to have it all set up to go.  I was going to be out of town taking my dad to his surgery for cataracts.  My hubby and I were going to leave late Thursday night to take my dad to an early appointment on Friday.  But on Tuesday a call from a neighbor had me concerned so I was going to go to my dad’s and see what was up then come home Wednesday, teach my Nia and stretch class on Thursday and get ready to be gone for the weekend.  But, I got a surprise when I got to my dad’s house.  He was not alive.  My dad was dead.  It was completely unbelievable.  I am still having a hard time believing it.  I still stop and think, “Wait.  What?”  So here I am writing about death . . . again.

I was just starting to feel really sad about my mom’s death, really feeling the loss, yet at the same time I felt like I was starting to be able to find that bubbly joy again.  Sounds odd and contradictory, but that is what I was feeling.  For me, it is almost as if for the first few months I could just say that I hadn’t seen her in a while.  Ya know, life gets busy . . . it has just been a while since I was able to visit.  Then after a year or so I really started to miss her . . . I couldn’t act as if it has just “been a while” since we visited.  Then recently I was really missing her.  It has been way too long since I heard her voice or seen her or gotten a hug from her.  It is as if the missing of her was settling in to my body.  At the same time I felt like there were days where my dance was just bursting with joy.

And now here I am in a shocker of a situation.

So I am busy dealing with death.  This one is all on me.  So I might be absent from my blog a bit more than usual.  Or I just might be posting about death a lot.  Or I might just stick to cat stuff for a while.  Cat stuff is easy.  There are always pictures to post of cats.  Our cats are awesome and while there might not always be a cute or funny story to tell there are always tons of pictures that I could post.

Sigh.

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The Ocean For Friday Photos

Posted by terrepruitt on November 18, 2016

Well, let’s get back to it with a Friday Photo.

This is just a lovely shot (I think) from a trip to the ocean for my birthday a couple of months ago.

 

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Leek And Mushroom Topped Flat-Biscuit-Shortbread

Posted by terrepruitt on November 7, 2016

I save recipes to my computer all the time.  I have hundreds and hundreds of recipes.  Every once in a while I go through the various folders and see recipes I want to try.  I might even put the recipe on my desktop so it is in my face and on my mind . . . in hopes that I will actually try it.  Sometimes I do.  Sometimes I don’t.  I had found a recipe the blogger called flatbread and it sounded delicious so I saved it to my desktop.  While I was at the store I remembered I had a leek in the refrigerator and I thought mushrooms and leeks on top of the flat bread would be good.  I couldn’t remember what the recipe called for, so I bought the mushrooms.  Here is what I ended up doing.  It was good.  The toppings of leeks and mushrooms gave it a lot of flavor.  However, I just need salt in my food otherwise it is bland.  So even with the toppings having sufficient amount of salt the bread was too bland for me.  I am sure for regular people who don’t require so much salt it would be fine.  My hubby loved it.  It also didn’t taste nor have the texture of the flat bread I am used to.  It was more like a biscuit.  Or a shortbread.  That is probably due to the baking powder.  OR it could have been due to the fact that I read 1/2 cup olive oil and the recipe called for 1/3 cup.  Anyway, since my husband loved it, I will be doing it again.  My toppings will probably change.  And I will definitely add salt to the dough!  And I might even try it with the less oil.

I have noted the changes I will make next time in italics.

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Leek And Mushroom Topped Flat-Biscuit-Shortbread

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• 1 1/2 cups + 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
• 1 tablespoon cornmeal
• 1 teaspoon baking powder
• 1/2 cup olive oil
• 1/2 cup water
• 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
• 1/2 teaspoon basil
salt

Leek and Mushroom mixture topping
• 2 tablespoons coconut oil
• 1 leek
• 3/4 pound mushrooms
• 1 teaspoon garlic salt
• 1/2 teaspoon thyme
• a sprinkle over the whole pan of ground ginger
• 1/2 – 1 tablespoon of butter
• pepper

After washing the leek, chop the leek into small pieces.  After washing the mushrooms, slice them.  Heat the coconut oil.  Add the leeks to the pan and cook them.  When the green portion becomes a bright green and the white portion starts to lose its color, add the mushrooms.  Sprinkle the mixture with the garlic salt, thyme, and ginger.  Keep stirring and cooking.  When the mushrooms and leeks are almost done being cooked to your liking add the butter.  Stir well, so the flavor of the butter gets incorporated into the mix.

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Combine the flour, cornmeal, baking powder, garlic powder, and basil in a bowl.  Stir until ingredients are well mixed.  Add olive oil and water mixing until all the ingredients are incorporated and it forms a smooth dough. Form the dough into a ball or a log – something to get you started into the final shape you want.  Place the dough onto a piece of parchment paper large enough to fit the pan you are going to bake it on.  Then roll out the dough until it’s about 1/4 inch thick in the shape you want. Lift the parchment paper with the dough on it and place it on your baking sheet. Brush or pat a little bit of olive oil on the top of the dough.

Bake it in the oven at 400° F for 12 minutes until the top starts to turn brown.

Remove the flat-biscuit-shortbread and top with three table spoons of ricotta cheese and a sprinkle of salt.  Then place back in the oven for three minutes.

Spread the cooked leek mushroom mixture on top of the crust.  Then sprinkle 3 teaspoons of gorgonzola on top of the mixture. Bake for an additional 5 minutes at 350° F.

Cut, sprinkle with pepper (if you want) and serve.

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My husband and I ate this for dinner one night.  It is very rich and quite filling.  Do pop over and check out Andrea’s blog and see her recipe of Roasted Maple Butternut Squash Bacon Flatbread which inspired my leek and mushroom topped shorty-bready-biscuit.

Are you going to top yours with leeks and mushrooms or something else?

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First Cat Appearance In My Friday Photos

Posted by terrepruitt on November 4, 2016

I did say that there would be a lot of cat pictures.  I take HUNDREDS and HUNDREDS.  I am trying not to make my Friday Photo just a succession of cat photos.  I am trying to space them out.  It is difficult.  This one is from over a year ago.  They have actually grown a bit since then.  But they still lie around together.

Teagan and Nessa in the window seat.

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What Is REALLY Happening?

Posted by terrepruitt on November 2, 2016

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As I am reading and trying to figure things out, it occurred to me that it seems as if the money really never goes to where they say it is going to go.  If it did, then everything would have enough money, pretty much.  The propositions, measures, laws, amendments, whatever they are called that you get to vote on . . . . they all say they will take care of the issue they are asking money for.  They say that we need it because more money is needed so “this is the answer!”  Many of the laws include provisions for inflation even.  So, it seems like, if the money they are asking for and get really is the answer, if the money is being used properly, if the money is used as they say it is going to be used why do they keep asking for more money?  Why are they amending, changing, or cancelling what we just voted on and/or asking for MORE money?  What is really happening to the money?

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