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Ricotta Cranberry Turkey Rolls

Posted by terrepruitt on April 22, 2021

I took out some turkey for dinner recently. I had thought it was ground turkey, you may know how I cook ground turkey all the time sometimes adding a vegetable sometimes not. I can serve it with anything; rice, pasta, potatoes, bread or in a tortilla. It is very easy to cook and very versatile. Well, it wasn’t ground turkey it was turkey breast fillets. They were somewhat of a mistaken purchase. I didn’t know what to do with them but then I remembered I have a bag of cranberries. People eat cranberries with turkey so I thought I could put them in the turkey.

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Ricotta Cranberry Turkey Rolls

Turkey breast fillets (5)
Salt
Pepper
Ricotta cheese (about 3/4 cup)
Dried cranberries (1 cup to 1 1/4 cup)
Sherry
Balsamic vinegar
Mozzarella

Preheat oven to 450°F.

Lay the turkey breasts out sprinkle them with salt and a little pepper. Put about a tablespoon of ricotta on one end and then sprinkle with cranberries. Roll up each breast and place in a baking dish. Sprinkle with sherry and balsamic vinegar. Add another sprinkle of salt. Place in the oven. After about 15 minutes take the dish out and put some mozzarella on top of each roll. Then put back in the oven for about 15 minutes. 

Make sure the meat is fully cooked before serving.

You can serve with some cranberries sprinkled on top. 

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This was yummy.  I was super happy that is was good.  But you know me I love that ricotta cheese!

What do you do with dried cranberries?

I forgot to take a picture of it on our plates, but it wouldn’t have looked any better than this.  I do not like to spend time pretty “plating” my food. 

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Cranberry Pecan Chicken Salad

Posted by terrepruitt on April 19, 2021

Many years ago, and I think I have shared this before, my father-in-law made dinner.  He made a chicken casserole and said that he used canned chicken.  I was not looking forward to eating it.  But if he had not told me the chicken came from a can I would have thought he used chicken breast . . . which of course you can do with this.  I am not always so good about remembering to take meat out to defrost so when I need something quick for dinner canned chicken is great.  Plus I like to use it for chicken salad.  Here is a chicken salad recipe.

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Cranberry Pecan Chicken Salad

1 can of chicken
salt
2 tablespoons ricotta cheese
1 teaspoon mayonnaise
3/4 cup chopped pecans
1/2 cup cranberries
1 1/2 teaspoon balsamic vinegar

Drain the chicken then put it in a bowl, sprinkle salt onto chicken. Add the ricotta cheese and mayonnaise. Mix the chicken, cheese, and mayo together. Add the chopped pecans. Mix. You may want to pull the cranberries apart or chop them a bit. I find the stick together. Add the cranberries to the mixture. Add the vinegar and mix. Here is where you decide if you need to add more ricotta cheese or mayo. It depends on how dry you want the mixture.

Serve on crackers, bread, a spoon, whatever you want.

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PLEASE NOTE:  When I wrote the recipe I this is what I did.  Some pictures are of the one can recipe and some are of when I used TWO cans of chicken.

Since we got the cranberries I have made this twice so far.  It is really good.

Do you like to make different versions of chicken salad?  What is your favorite?

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Polenta Casserole

Posted by terrepruitt on April 7, 2021

We had purchased polenta, but I wasn’t sure what to do with it.  I like to make Polenta Fries, but didn’t want to do that so I was trying to think of what to do with it. We also had a little left over taco sauce and enchilada sauce so I thought, “What the heck.”

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Polenta Casserole

1 tube of polenta
olive oil
coconut oil
1/2 onion
1 lb ground beef
taco seasoning
1/2 cup taco sauce
1/2 cup enchilada sauce
4.5 cups shredded cheese

Preheat oven to 450° F.

Slice the polenta. (I was able to get about 20 rounds from the tube.) Place the slices on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Brush a little olive oil on each slice. Bake in the oven for 15 minutes. (They will be in the oven a total of 25 to 30 minutes).

Heat some oil in a pan. Chop the onion, then cook it in the oil. Add the beef to the cooked onion. Season with taco seasoning.

After 15 minutes take the polenta slices out of the oven and flip each one. Then put them back in the oven for another 10 to 15 minutes.

Make sure not to overcook the beef because it will be in the oven for 15 minutes.

Mix the taco sauce and enchilada sauce together. Then mix it with the meat.

Once the polenta is cooked (I like it crispy and browned on the edges . . . of course, you will adjust to your tastes.) take it out of the oven and put 11 slices in the bottom of a greased (I used coconut oil) 8X8 baking dish. Sprinkle 1/2 cup of cheese over the slices. Then put the meat on the slices spreading it out so it covers all the slices. Then sprinkle 3 1/2 cups cheese on the meat. Put the remaining slices of polenta on top and sprinkle with the rest of the cheese.

Bake for 15 minutes at 450° F.

Serve hot.

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I might consider using MORE polenta and less cheese. I’d like more complete layers of polenta. I also would like to add olives or bell peppers. For those of you that like chilies I think that would be a great thing to add.

I am never concerned with “plating” the food all pretty, I just want to eat . . . so, this does not look appetizing at all.  But it was good!  So we may be having this again. 🙂

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Yoga Quotes

Posted by terrepruitt on April 5, 2021

So recently I participated in a discussion on Facebook that had me thinking of a few of my favorite yoga quotes.  I thought I would share them here.

The last one really is my favorite.

Yoga is not for the flexible. It’s for the willing.” -I don’t know

Yoga is not about touching your toes. It is what you learn on the way down.” – Jigar Gor

We don’t use the body to get into a pose, we use the pose to get into the body.”-I don’t know

People often ask me what they can do to “get into” a specific pose and the best way to learn how to do a specific pose is to DO the specific pose to the best of your ability.  It is a practice.


Do you have any favorite yoga quotes?  Do you have any favorite quotes about one of your hobbies or practices?  Please share.
 

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Gorgeous Lilies

Posted by terrepruitt on April 2, 2021

I received roses AND lilies for our anniversary!  These were so fragrant they scented the entire house!  I love to post flowers for my Friday Photo.  Do you see the roses in the background (left)?  I posted a picture last Friday.

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Date Of Death

Posted by terrepruitt on March 31, 2021

I think I swore I would remember this year, but I think I forgot . . . or almost. Who really knows, right? I think about five or six days before I started feeling “off”. I have switched up my workout routine so I was thinking it was maybe that. I always look at what I have eaten. I thought maybe it was that. I have not been great about drinking (what I consider to be) enough water so I was thinking it could be that. Then two or three days later I just was feeling “icky” I kept looking at all of the aforementioned things but none of that seemed right as the reason for my “off” feelings. One thing that is so frustrating or baffling . . . depending on the moment of introspection . . . is that the feeling or sensation is so difficult to describe. It is a feeling of doom or dread or sadness or just screw-it-all that just does not make sense, combined with confusion and indecision and some giddiness and grumpiness pretty much all at once. And the physical sensation is an ache in the stomach . . . no, the back . . . no, right under the ribs . . . no, the heart . . . no, the spine . . . no, the . . . get what I am saying? And not always just an ache, but a stab or tingling or a dryness or a sweaty-ness. Basically it is just OFF. And, again, when everything is examined there isn’t really anything exact to point out to account for this . . . but . . AH HA!

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Communicated via writing and heavily medicated

So, my mom’s death certificate states 04/11/14, but that is not the date she picked. She picked March 31. She had a mangled esophagus, partly due to delayed diagnosed cancer and partly due to a medical error, but when she went into the hospital on March 22, 2014 she didn’t know that she would not be leaving and that when they placed a tube in her throat to allow her to breath she would have to pick the day they took it out telling her that is the day she would die. Well, she didn’t die die on March 31st, but she was gone then. They removed the tube and put her in a medical coma so that we could watch her die slowly for the next 10 days.

I have stated before the body knows trauma. I had posted about it in a complete different context, but I think death of a loved one is trauma and I think the body remembers it. And even though the death certificate states 04/11/14 because that is when her heart stopped she was actually gone from us when they put her to sleep and removed the tubes.

So, I think that I get a feeling of doom or dread or sadness or just screw-it-all that just does not make sense, combined with confusion and indecision and some giddiness and grumpiness pretty much all at once. And I physically sense an ache in my stomach . . . no, my back . . . no, right under my ribs . . . no, my heart . . . no, my spine, no . . . accompanied by a stab or tingling or a dryness or a moistness. I think you may get what I am saying. 

I also think sitting at home and not being able to be out and about and seeing friends and family might have exacerbated “things” this year.

I believe that many of you may feel the same way . . . and maybe many of you can’t put your finger on it. But now maybe we will remember. 

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Friday Flowers

Posted by terrepruitt on March 19, 2021

I have been missing flowers for awhile.  I was lucky enough to receive some for my birthday . . . but I like flowers often so it was high time.  And I am using a photo of them for my Friday Photo!

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Another Tower Shot

Posted by terrepruitt on March 12, 2021

If you were to ask me I would say that Teagan doesn’t go up on the tower that much. But then as I was editing this photo to post it I noticed I just posted a picture of her on the tower. This is from years ago. I think it is cute . . . but I am the mom so . . .

I am using Teagan on the tower AGAIN as a Friday Photo. I hope you had a nice week.

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Badminton + Table Tennis + Tennis = Pickleball

Posted by terrepruitt on March 8, 2021

I started teaching at one of the community centers in San Jose in 2012, now I don’t know if Pickleball was there that whole time or exactly when it started, but I know that I had seen it on the schedule the last few years. I thought it was an indoor court sport, like a type of basketball game. I know I used to park in the lot next to a court and assumed that they were playing tennis. I never stopped to look and it didn’t dawn on me until last week.  I still don’t know for certain, but the more I hear about it from one of my students the more I am convinced it was Pickleball. Have you heard about Pickleball?

Well, one of my students has recently started playing it and the more she talks about it the more curious I became. What is Pickleball? Where is it played? Where did it get the name? Just a bunch of questions so I decided to look up some answers. And like I most often do, I decided to share the information with you. Perhaps you will learn something new!

I like the simple description from Wiki “Pickleball is a paddleball sport (similar to a racquet sport) that combines elements of badminton, table tennis, and tennis.”

There is a USA Pickleball site that has ALL the information.

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I hear since the court is smaller then other games it is a little bit easier, but not necessarily EASY. It is still a good workout and a game that one gets better at as they practice.

The origin stories of the name are funny and debated. First of all it was invented in 1965 in Bainbridge Island, Washington by three dads that were trying to keep their kids entertained. One naming story is that one of the men had a dog named Pickles that kept stealing the ball, the other is that one of the wives called it a pickle because “the combination of different sports reminded me of the pickle boat in crew where oarsmen were chosen from the leftovers of other boats”(1).

My friend said that the rules sound ridiculous. She commented that she joked with the person trying to explain them teasing her that she was making them up . . . so, of course, I looked at the rules on the site. And I must agree they sound very confusing . . . but I understand that most games’ rules sound confusing and they become clear the more you play.

It had been a few years that I had been hearing about it so with my friend’s involvement I just wanted to learn a few things about Pickleball and I then I thought I would share what I learned with you.  It is not even close to being as old as it’s three components (badminton, table tennis, and tennis), but it is gaining in popularity so who knows what will happen in 100 years.

Have you heard of Pickleball? Have you played Pickleball?

(1) USA Pickleball site: “The Other Racket Sports” by Dick (Richard C.) Squires – published in 1978 by McGraw-Hill

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An Old New Toy

Posted by terrepruitt on March 5, 2021

About 20 years ago we bought a refurbished Roomba.  It didn’t work.  This week my husband fixed it — AND he Roomba-ed a few rooms.  Our cat was fascinated by this little device.

A Roomba and a cat for today’s Friday Photo.

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