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Archive for January, 2017

Daily 10 Minute Practice

Posted by terrepruitt on January 30, 2017

I have been hearing from my students and my friends that they want to do something for at least 10 minutes a day.  Well, a couple of people wanted to do something for five minutes a day but for the majority of people it has been 10 minutes a day.  There are many different “somethings” that people want to do.  Some of them want to do yoga for 5 or 10 minutes a day.  Some people want to do meditation for at least 5 minutes or more a day.  Some people want to get a jump on their Spring Cleaning and they want to clean for 10 minutes a day.  Some people want to read.  Some people want to get out in nature.  Some want to walk.  Almost as many people who have talked about it to me is the different number of things people want to do.  They were talking about it because they wanted to do it, but they had not yet succeeded in doing their desired “thing” for their desired time every day.  I know that I have said that I wanted to do something for 10 minutes every day and I didn’t get very far along before I got side tracked.  And sometimes it was a week before I even realized I hadn’t done my desired thing.  I need something to remind me to do it every day.  It also helps me when I am checking in with someone, letting them know if I did or didn’t do it.  Also it helps when there are a few people doing it.  So I thought we could do it here.

Here is a calendar check in sheet.  This is my something to remind me every day.  You can print it out or save it to your computer.  Then every day do your 10 minute “practice” (sounds better than “thing” and it is whatever you decide you want to do for 10 minutes).  Check it off and comment on my blog.  I did something like this before.  I will post on my blog and you just comment when you have finished your time.  Also, you can comment, of course, if you haven’t had time to get to your practice.  It is ok, we all miss days sometimes, but the idea is to not miss too many and to get right back to it.

Having a reminder is so helpful.  Having the accountability of checking in helps, too.  And having other people participate is great.  It helps encourage us to get it done.  It helps keep us on track.  It also helps us when we get off track because we are there to cheer each other right back on.

So . . . . if you have a practice that you want to do daily for 10 minutes . . . let’s do it.  It could be that you want to do something daily for more time and that works, too.  You can still use the calendar check off sheet.  And you still can check in.  I was thinking if I posted this today, Monday, we would be ready to start Wednesday which is February 1st.  I thought that would work well.  We will get a chance to do our daily practice for 28 days.  I have not yet decided what I want to do, but by Wednesday I will have that worked out.  So what do you say, wanna give it a go?

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A Friday Flower

Posted by terrepruitt on January 27, 2017

I love our yard roses.  I have hundreds of pictures of them.  I post some pictures on Facebook or even twitter, but I don’t like to just fill up my feed(s) with them.  I mean, I wouldn’t mind, but I think that would annoy people.  So I am sharing one here.  This is from April of 2016.

In case you are wondering . . . they smell GREAT!

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CornSTARCH Is Not CornMEAL

Posted by terrepruitt on January 25, 2017

I was trying to think of something to make for dinner with the limited meat that we had in the house.  We have BEEF, but I haven’t gone there yet.  I need to figure out how to cook the beef that we have, but I was not interested in figuring that out at that time.  So I was trying to find something to cook that didn’t require much meat (we had a leftover pork chop) or any meat.  I remembered that my husband liked the flatbread I made once, so I decided to make it.  We had ricotta, I would put that on top, chop up the pork chop and put it on top, then add a sprinkle of mozzarella.  Well, as I was making the flatbread and I said to myself, “one tablespoon cornmeal” it dawned on me that I wasn’t using cornMEAL, I was using cornSTARCH.  That is probably why the flatbread turned out so dense.  I decided to continue since when I had made it last time, my hubby liked it.  And it works, it just probably has a different consistency than if I used actual cornMEAL.

So this isn’t really a recipe post (well not a NEW recipe) it is me just admitting and explaining the substitution.  It works fine.  And the pork chopped up and spread on it with a little mozzarella on top of that was really good.  The flat bread is very dense, that is why I ended up calling it Flat-Biscuit-Shortbread.  One of these days I might think to buy cornMEAL and make the recipe as per the real ingredients!

The information on the internet about the difference between cornstarch and cornmeal is not very detailed.  They are obviously both made from corn, but one (cornstarch) is made from grinding just the endosperm of the kernel into a fine powder.  The other (cornmeal) is made from grinding the whole kernel.  Cornmeal is not ground as fine as corn flour.  Yet, Wiki does go on to say that the most common cornmeal in the United States “has the husk and germ of the maize kernel almost completely removed”.

Cornstarch is usually used for thickening sauces and it does not have the strong corn flavor that cornmeal has.  Could be because it is not the whole kernel.  I am familiar with cornmeal being used in batters to coat things, like corndogs.  And used for things like cornbread.  There are many, many, many uses for it, but as you might have guessed, since I don’t have any, I don’t use it.

I am making a note of the recipe below so that I know how to do it with the cornSTARCH and the less oil . . . . I forgot that this last time, but I added a lot more flavor to it:

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Flat-Biscuit-Shortbread  (the way I want to have it available to make)

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

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

Suggested topping instructions:

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

Then top it with whatever else you want.  I once used Leeks and Mushrooms.  Another time I used pork.

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What about you?  Do you use cornmeal?  Do you use cornstarch?

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My Meatloaf

Posted by terrepruitt on January 23, 2017

I always cook the same thing.  If you have read my blog for a bit or looked at the recipe page you can see what I cook.  I actually USE my blog for my recipes.  I use it for

Cauliflower Cake

Easy Peasy Chicken Enchiladas With Sour Cream Sauce

My First Tomato Sauce Lasagna

A New Recipe To Love – Red Beans and Rice

Chai Tea Latte For Me

Celery Soup

Although I don’t make some of those that often.  What I do make all the time is just ground turkey and whatever leafy green (besides lettuce) that we have in the refrigerator.  If I have any ricotta in the fridge I might stir that in.  Or if I have any cream cheese.  That makes it “different.”  I would make that at least once a week, if it didn’t drive my hubby batty.  But he gets tired of it.  I don’t.  I haven’t made meatloaf in a long time.  But I just made it this past weekend.  It used to be that it wouldn’t stay together for nothing.  But then I started using less liquid in it.  Ya see, I am not a fan of tomato paste or ketchup so I  don’t always use it.  I usually make it with ground turkey.  But this last time I decided to use beef.  And while I was in the aisle about to buy some tomato paste I remembered that I had some marinara sauce in the fridge and I thought, “Hey, I can use that.”  Here is the basic recipe I use.

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2 tablespoons of butter, plus enough to grease your loaf pan
1/4 of a large onion
1 lb ground meat (beef or turkey)
3 cloves of garlic
1/2 cup bread crumbs*
1 large egg
3 tablespoons ketchup**
2 tablespoons of Worcestershire sauce
3/4 teaspoon salt
a couple of turns of pepper
soy sauce
cooking cherry
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Mince the onion.  Heat the butter in a pan then saute the onion.  Grease the loaf pan with butter.  Heat the oven to 350° F.  Put the meat in a large bowl.  Finely chop the garlic or use a garlic press.  Mix the garlic in with the meat.  Then add the bread crumbs and mix well.  Add the egg, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, and salt.  Incorporate it all into the meat.  Sprinkle some pepper into the mixture.  Mix well.  Then use a measuring cup and make a combination of soy sauce and cooking cherry – totalling a 1/2 cup.  Pour it into the meat mixture and stir.  Mix it in with the meat.  Dice the bell pepper then mix it in with the meat.  Add the onions.  Mix it all together.

 

Put the mixture into your loaf pan.  Spreading it out until it fills the whole pan and is level.  Then bake it for about 50 minutes.

Slice and serve.

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*in this last batch I used Panko bread crumbs and I really liked that.
**sometimes I use ketchup, sometimes I use tomato sauce.  I use whatever I have.  I have made it before without any ketchup at all.  It works.

I like it with beef, but it could be that I am just used to it with turkey because I think I like it better with turkey.

What is YOUR favorite meatloaf recipe?  One with two kinds of meat?  Maybe one with sausage? 

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Random “Love” Sightings

Posted by terrepruitt on January 20, 2017

I saw this on a chair at the community center in San Jose where I teach Nia.  I thought it was cute.  I figured I would post it later to Facebook and never got around to it.  I saved it on my phone and whenever I saw it, it made me smile.  So I thought I could post it and it would make you smile.

A random heart for a Friday Photo.

 

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Looking Down From The Throne

Posted by terrepruitt on January 13, 2017

So here we are rounding into the middle of January 2017 already.

We had a cat before the two we currently have.  This was her “throne”.  My husband and I call it that to distinguish between the tower, the little scratching post, and this scratching post.  This scratching post has a spot where they can sit.  Nessa and Teagan LOVE it.  They have scratched the carpet off of the post.  I need to re-carpet it.

Here is Nessa hanging out on the throne looking down on her subject.

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Your Playlist Spark

Posted by terrepruitt on January 11, 2017

I do not believe in time travel.  In fact sometimes I get bored and upset with all the TV shows and movies that have anything to do with time travel.  I disagree that anyone or anything can travel back in time and not change things.  Although, if there were anything even remotely close to a time travel device I would say it is music.  A certain song can transport us back in time to a point when we heard it playing.  The memory could be an enjoyable one or even one that is painful, but sometimes that song can zap us right back.  I recently read a post on a blog that got me thinking.  You might want to pop over to Rachel’s blog to read it yourself because it is so much more entertaining than this one – she is funny.  Her post had me looking into the memory project and I started thinking about what I would like my playlist to be.

Perhaps you’ve have seen that video with Henry in it.  He is an elderly man in a wheel chair and he seems like he is asleep, but then once they turn the music on he wakes up and starts singing and moving.  That video is a clip from a documentary called Alive Inside.  It is about the Music and Memory project that helps get iPods into nursing homes / memory care facilities.  The project’s website states:

“Persons with dementia, Parkinson’s and other diseases that damage brain chemistry also reconnect to the world and gain improved quality of life from listening to personal music favorites.”

As I first mentioned music is a powerful thing and it can feel like we have been moved through time when we hear certain songs.  Music can wake up certain memories.  Music can read our subconscious and get us moving.  It is pretty amazing.  So many people always have music playing.  I find that when I need to concentrate I don’t like the music on because I get distracted by it.  I want to sing or dance to it so it keeps me from being able to focus on the task I am trying to accomplish.  Maybe people claim it helps them concentrate.  Music is so different for everyone.  Even so, the right type can help ignite that spark.

So let’s do a little project you and me.  Let’s put together individual playlists.  Just for the heck of it we will put some guidelines in place.  First, remember this is a memory playlist.  So the songs would be something that you would think would help ground you and bring you back to you.  Songs that might allow you to sing or dance . . . . like Henry.  Two, make your playlist around 90 minutes long.  There are so many songs out there, just so much music so it would be possible for some of us to come up with playlists that are days long.  So for the purpose of this little game, let’s keep it to 90 minutes.  That could be roughly about 15 songs.  It really depends on the length of each song, but 15 is a rough average.

At this point I only have one song on my list – American Pie by Don McLean, but I am going to think about it and get back to you.  Leave your playlist in the comments!

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Yin And Yang In Himalayan Salt

Posted by terrepruitt on January 6, 2017

According to Ancient History Encyclopedia,

“Yin is feminine, black, dark, north, water (transformation), passive, moon (weakness and the goddess Changxi), earth, cold, old, even numbers, valleys, poor, soft, and provides spirit to all things.

Yang is masculine, white, light, south, fire (creativity), active, sun (strength and the god Xihe), heaven, warm, young, odd numbers, mountains, rich, hard, and provides form to all things.”

These are awesome because, well, Yin and Yang AND they are Himalayan Salt Candle Holders.  Sometimes our cats sleep in the shape of the Yin and Yang.  It is a cool gift.  Very thoughtful.  Thank you, Hubby!  Also makes a good 13th Friday Photo, I think.  What do you think?

 

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Happy New Year – 2017

Posted by terrepruitt on January 2, 2017

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We shall have so many smile-worthy moments that when something happens that makes us sad or upset we will be able to face it better.  We can make it through and not have it turn us into permanent mush.  I mean sometimes things will happen in life where you might need to take some time to be “mush” – not doing anything, and just process the situation.  But I don’t think it is good to stay mush.  There are too many good things in life to just be a pile of mush.  So, if there are a lot of experiences that have created smiles AND things to come that will create smiles it is easier to get through the mush times.

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I’ve had a week off from my Nia, yoga, and stretch classes and I am ready to get back to them.  We are going to be moving and grooving into 2017.  We had a nice rain to help us get a clean start in the new year.  It is looking good!

 

I hope you had a nice Holiday Season.

 

I am wishing you a very

Happy, Healthy, and

WONDERFUL 2017!

 

Make it so!

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