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

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Colorful Bottle Tree

Posted by terrepruitt on July 19, 2019

Some friends visited from out of town and stayed in Santa Cruz not far from the ocean. I have many photos from the delightful yard that I will be posting. It was a colorful and very fun yard!

Here is a bottle tree for the Friday Photo.

 

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Trackball Or Mouse?

Posted by terrepruitt on July 17, 2019

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Even though I can read and it said it worked with Macs or PCs, just to be sure my hubby wanted to research it. He also was looking to see if there was something better out there. But the one I chose not only was blue (squeee!) it was a Logitech so I was pretty confident it was a good one.

The space in which I have to use a mouse/trackball is very small. With a mouse I was always having to pick it up and move it over lest it fall right off the desk.  This device does not have to be “charged” like my previous mouse.  It just runs on its own batteries.  No more of the not-working-because-I-didn’t-sit-it-in-its-base-correctly! So I am so happy to say that I now have a trackball and I love it. I haven’t had a trackball for over twenty years and I really missed having one. They are so awesome.

While I am sure you are all riveted by this story, the reason I am posting it is because I am curious:

What do you think? Have you ever used a trackball? Do you prefer a mouse or a trackball?

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White Sangria

Posted by terrepruitt on July 15, 2019

For some reason around the time of Fourth of July I was craving Sangria, but I didn’t know how to make it. I was craving red sangria, but I also wanted white sangria. I thought that I would make the red for my hubby and me prior to the fourth.  Then make the white for our company on the fourth. I thought it would be ok to have left over red, but not left over white because I was going to use champagne and it would have gone flat by the time we had company.

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3 nectarines
1 small container of raspberries
1 bottle rosé
1 cup white rum
4 cups peach juice
1 bottle of champagne – note only 1 cup goes into the Sangria
lime juice

Cut the nectarines into chunks. In a large pitcher or bowl, combine the nectarines, raspberries, rosé, rum, and peach juice. Stir until mixed. Add a bit of lime juice to taste. Add 1 cup of champagne. Stir again.

You can serve over ice and even top it off with a bit more champagne.

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I am not a fan of peaches, so this – without the champagne topper, was too peachy for me. I think I will opt for a different juice. The original recipe I had seen says to use peach nectar, but the store I went to had a very limited juice selection and no nectar.

This was good . . . with the champagne topper. It was very refreshing. It was pretty much what I was looking for . . . . once I figured out I need to add a bit more champagne.

I think I will keep experimenting.

Do any of you have a good Sangria recipe? Red or white?

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Stretchy Clouds

Posted by terrepruitt on July 12, 2019

Pretty clouds one day while we were having our stretch class in the park.

Clouds for this Friday’s Photo.

 

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Reminded Of A Funny Story

Posted by terrepruitt on July 10, 2019

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Well, several times while talking with friends I have said after a few minutes, “Um . . . do you realize you have been stroking my arm the entire time we have been talking?” And they are shocked. It is so funny. This jacket is odd. It is almost like a really soft pet, once you touch it you just want to keep petting it. It is so funny. I have had that happen several times and sometimes during very long conversations.  Every time it happens it makes me laugh.

As I said, these are friends and not strangers or people I have just met, so it makes me laugh. And while I was in the training tonight it made me think of it. Sometimes when you have the same training over and over your mind tends to wander. Have you ever had that happen? You have sat through the same thing so your mind drifts back to a funny situation?

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Sangria Or Wine With Fruit And Juice

Posted by terrepruitt on July 8, 2019

A few months ago I unearthed a glass pitcher and it made me want Sangria.  I don’t know how to make Sangria, I believe it is more than just wine with fruit in it.  I did a little research and just got overwhelmed with all the recipes so I let it go and I used the pitcher for flowers.  The flowers died, but the pitcher remained.  I used it to water the plants.  I would often look at the pitcher and then look for a recipe.  There are so many recipes out there.  I didn’t know which one to use.

I finally decided to cobble one together.  I found one that said to cut up the apple and orange put it and some brown sugar in a pitcher and muddle it.  Well I was using a spoon and that was not working so I decided to use something else and my last thought before the pitcher broke was, “I better be careful so I don’t break the pitcher.”  Well, at least that pitcher won’t be taunting me anymore.

I had to throw out that fruit and start over.  This time I didn’t bother muddling.

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1 apple
1 orange
1 cup brandy
1/2 cup triple sec
1 cup orange juice
1 cup peach juice
1/2 cup lemon juice
1 bottle of red wine
3 tablespoons brown sugar

Cut the apple into chunks.  Peel the orange, then cut it up.  Put the fruit in a bowl then add the liquid.  Stir.  Then add the sugar and stir until it is dissolved.  Once every thing is mixed put it in a pitcher.  Serve over ice.

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I used a bowl because I was afraid I would break the pitcher.  (That was the THIRD thing I had broken that day.)  I prefer to put ice in each glass so that the ice doesn’t melt into the pitcher.  But you do what works best for you.  I am rather happy with this combination.

As with some things I make I end up adjusting as I continue to make the recipe and that very well might happen with this.

As I was at the store buying the ingredients, I quickly looked up what red wine to use for Sangria and what came up was Pinot Noir or Merlot.  I decided to go with the Merlot.  Then when I got home and did a search I got a different result, but I had already purchased the Merlot so I used it.

I made white Sangria for the Fourth of July.

Do you like Sangria?  Do you make it?  What is your recipe?

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Little Duckling

Posted by terrepruitt on July 5, 2019

Oh, I have a couple more pictures of some watercolors that hang in the community center where I teach yoga. This is cute little duckling. Sweet little guy for today’s Friday Photo.

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THIS Taco Pie Recipe

Posted by terrepruitt on July 3, 2019

Since having received the Taco Pie recipe from one of my yoga students a little over a year and a half ago, I think I have made it at least four times.  My husband and I have loved it every time.  But, honestly the last time was not my favorite.  I was really tasting the meat and I don’t like the TASTE of meat.  The meat didn’t have enough flavor AND I over cooked it.  Since the assembled “pie” is in the oven for 30 minutes the meat does not (SHOULD not) be thoroughly cooked prior to putting it in the oven.  Overcooked beef is bad, but overcooked turkey, is worse.

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I planned on making taco pie so I made out a grocery list, which I have to do, of course, because I don’t stock enchilada sauce or taco sauce.  I was so looking forward to it.  I was on the phone when I started cooking it so I did it a little differently, when I got off the phone I read the part I did incorrectly and shrugged – too late now.  So I added the sauces, then read the rest of the recipe.  “D’OH!”. I forgot the corn tortillas!!!!!  How did I think I was going to make taco pie?????  Grrrrr!  Clearly I did not read the recipe when making my list.  How did I forget corn tortillas?

Well, good thing I had just bought two packs of flour tortillas!  Flour tortillas it is!  BEST MISTAKE EVER!!!

As I often say on my blog, I use it as my recipe book – although as I re-wrote this recipe I see that I had NOT been using my post of the recipe, I had been using the original print out, and so I thought this new version had a few more differences than the first post, but it is not as many as I thought.  But still, I am re-posting the taco pie recipe with my current changes so I can just reference this one and not even have to go to the other one.  You, Dear Reader, can use whichever one you prefer.

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Taco Pie

1 Tablespoon or coconut oil
1/2 of an onion
(just under) 1 1/2 lb. ground beef
2 teaspoons garlic salt
1 1/2 – 2 Tablespoons cumin
12 ounces enchilada sauce
1 bottle taco sauce
20 ounces cream of mushroom soup (2 boxes)
6 to 8 (soft taco size) flour tortillas
4 cups grated Mexican Cheese
1 can sliced black olives

Preheat oven to 325° F.

Chop the onion.  Heat the oil in a large pan, then add the onion to the pan. Cook until it starts to caramelize. Add the meat (crumbling it as you cook it or crumble it into the pan). Sprinkle the meat with garlic salt and cumin as you cook it. You add as much flavor as you want, I learned I want to cover the meat with the cumin (might end up being more than 1 1/2 – 2 Tblsp). DO NOT COOK MEAT ALL THE WAY! (note to self) Cook the meat until it is about half done, maybe a tad more.  Turn off the heat.

Add the enchilada sauce, the taco sauces, and the cream of mushroom soup. Stir until it is all mixed together with the meat.

In a 9X13 baking dish you are going to do layers. First layer is 1/3 of the sauce, the next layer is 3 – 4 tortillas to cover the sauce (I don’t let a lot of tortilla overlap), then sprinkle a light layer of cheese, then 1/3 of the sauce, then 3 – 4 tortillas, then a sprinkle of cheese. Then use the rest of the sauce to cover the tortillas, then cover it with the cheese.  Sprinkle on some sliced olives.  Save some to add for serving.

Bake for 45 minutes. Let it sit for a few minutes before serving. Top with the sliced olives.

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Too Young To Squawk

Posted by terrepruitt on July 1, 2019

This past weekend we were up at my parents’ house preparing for an estate sale. Some of the neighbors were having a garage sale, so we decided to put out a few items. While we were hanging out hoping for people to show up we were being entertained by some young blue jays. I was obsessed with them because I thought they were sooooo cute. They seem to hang out in the trees and bushes in the yard in front of the house. As is my M.O., I didn’t think to take pictures or video them until it was almost too late. I didn’t want to get that close. There was one that just kept up the chatter. They were all so cute. There were three. They still had their little fluff. They will be gone the next time we are up there.

It seemed to me that they hadn’t quite learned the blue jay squawk yet, they were still chirping.  When I first started watching them they were not squawking AT ALL.  But as the day wore on, they would do it in between chirps.  I wish I would have caught the constant chirping on video. I could not get enough of them.

 

Do you get to see baby birds in your area?  What types?

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Pyramid In San Francisco

Posted by terrepruitt on June 28, 2019

This is the Transamerica Pyramid in San Francisco. It is 48 stories. It was the tallest building in San Francisco, but in 2018 Salesforce Tower became the tallest. (According to Wiki)

Here is my Friday Photo.

 

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