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Posts Tagged ‘Diane Bacho – 1948 to March 11, 2014’

Unclear Resolutions

Posted by terrepruitt on December 26, 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, Zumba, PiYo, Gentle YogaAhh . . . . it is that time of year again when some begin to reflect on the year that has passed and some begin to set goals and make resolutions for the next year.  What are you reflecting upon in the year that has past?  Do you have a lot of happy moments?  My look back at the past is going to include my Goodie Jar and I am so excited to be reminded of the good things I wrote down.  That will be my reflection on the past year.  I don’t set resolutions by tradition.  I know for some that is a big thing.  Do you think it is a bit thing?  Do you set resolutions?  How do you do that?  Do you write them down?  Do you proclaim them to your world?  How does that work?  Do they have requirements?  Are they only resolutions when you set them at the beginning of the year, but if you set them at say . . . the end of February do they just become goals?  I guess I was never clear on that.

Then, if you set them are you clear about them or are they “loose” as in: I’m going to exercise more in 2014?  That could possibly give you a lot of leeway, right?  If you exercised once a month in the past year, exercising twice in one month would be “more”?  I guess there is so much joking that goes around about resolutions that I don’t like to get caught up in them.  But they can be a really good thing if you set them with definition and actually work to see them through.

The jokes are often about gyms being full in January and going back to “normal” about the beginning of February or mid-February at the latest.  People get busy and the “newness” of the year tapers off.  So the resolutions take a back burner.  And it always seems that the resolutions are about “losing weight” and “getting into shape”.  But, again, often times those are the resolutions made . . . non-specific . . . open . . . room for leeway.

Of course, anything can be a resolution I just happen to pick upon one of the most joked about.  But many people make resolutions about many things.  I realize though, that if I don’t really want to do it, if I think I SHOULD do it, because I know it is good for me, I know it is the “right” thing to do, if I don’t WANT to do it, I’m not going to.  So sometimes it is good to make resolutions that you want to do even though they might be tough for you.  It doesn’t really work to make ones you think you should do, but don’t want to.  That kinda is a set up for failure.

So . . . educate me on resolutions.  Share your thoughts.  What is your take on resolutions?  Do you make them?  Do you make them with specifics?  Do you give yourself a time frame?  What resolutions are you making this year?  Do you set goals and just not call them resolutions?  What is the difference?

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Shocking Spinach Dip Discovery

Posted by terrepruitt on December 24, 2013

For many it is Christmas Eve.  Some might not celebrate Christmas or it is past the day, but here, where I am, it is Christmas Eve.  It is Tuesday so normally I would have had a Nia class in the morning, but the Park and Recreation Department of San Jose took the day off so there was no Nia this morning.  They also have instituted a very abbreviated Group Ex schedule so my Nia classes with the City of San Jose are done for the year.  We will be back Thursday, January 2, 2014.  (WHOA!  2014!)  I have one more Nia class in Willow Glen this year and one more class this year that I am subbing for the YMCA.  Then onto the next year!  So today I had a very relaxing Christmas Eve Day.  Probably thee most relaxing Christmas Eve Day I have had in a LONG time.  It was nice.  One thing I had to do today was make spinach dip.  In my world this is a common party treat.  I have been making it for as long as I can remember.  Although I had not made it in a long time.  I think I first heard about spinach dip when I worked at my first mortgage job in the mid ’80s.  So that is a long time.  Spinach dip seems pretty common and timeless.

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, Zumba, PiYo, Gentle Yoga, YMCAOne thing I notice over Thanksgiving when I made a quadruple batch was that the recipe calls for a 10 ounce package of frozen spinach.  Well our big green friend now makes his frozen spinach in 9 ounces sizes.  I thought that was funny.  Then today as I happened to be READING the recipe I noticed something that had me saying, “WHAT!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!”  The directions actually say to COOK the spinach.  I have never heard of such a thing.  I have NEVER cooked the spinach.  And as I mentioned I have been making spinach dip for YEARS.  Cook the spinach?  Really?

I prefer the Knorr Vegetable soup mix.  But one year I couldn’t find it ANYWHERE and I ended up with the SPRING Vegetable mix and that was awesome because it had mushrooms in it.  Now I can’t find that.  I have also used other soup mix and have not been as happy as when I use Knorr.  But this “cooked” really made me laugh out loud.  Here is the recipe I am sure many of you are familiar with:

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Knorr Spinach Dip

Ingredients
1 box (10 oz.) frozen chopped spinach, cooked, cooled and squeezed dry
1 container (16 oz.) sour cream
1 cup Hellmann’s® or Best Foods® Real Mayonnaise
1 package Knorr® Vegetable recipe mix
1 can (8 oz.) water chestnuts, drained and chopped (optional)
3 green onions, chopped (optional)

Directions
1.  Combine all ingredients and chill about 2 hours. Serve with your favorite dippers to your favorite people.

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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, Zumba, PiYo, Gentle Yoga, YMCAAlso, for me, the water chestnuts are NOT optional!  They are a requirement.  In fact, to me, the are the best part.  If you watch me getting some spinach dip you will probably see me pushing my cracker/bread/veggie through the dish just trying to get at that chunk of chestnut.

In addition to the change in weight of the spinach they also now package it in a plastic, which helped when squeezing the water out.  After I squeeze the spinach it is all clumped together so I use forks to pull it a part.

So I have two main questions for you:

1)  Do you COOK your spinach?
2)  How do you squeeze all the water out of the frozen spinach?  To me that is the worst part.

Let me know because I am soooooo curious.

And to all I say:

Merry Christmas!

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Goodie Jar – Check In #37

Posted by terrepruitt on November 8, 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, Zumba, PiYo, Gentle YogaOnly seven weeks left until we get to read all the good things in our Goodie Jar!  Yay!  Oh my!  Only SEVEN WEEKS LEFT until 2014.  Time flies! WOW!!!!!!!!!!

So how is your goodie jar going?  Our cat almost made it seven days, but she didn’t so we started our “vomit-free” count down again.  Such is the life of a kitty with IBD.  At the time of this posting we are on 3 days and 21 hours.  Maybe we can make it past seven days this time.  It is really important for her not to throw up because she needs to gain some weight.  What happens is she start to look less skinny, then when she throws up it is like she is back at skinny cat again.  Ok, sorry, my goodie jar posts have turned into vomit reports, but hey, just proving that any good thing can go in that jar.

My jar is almost full.  I could press the papers down and it will probably make it until December 31, 2013, but I don’t want to crush them.  I will probably take some out.  As you can see they are all different shapes and sizes.

I hope you are still adding to your Goodie Jar.  It see some people are posting on Facebook everyday for the month of November about something they are grateful for.  Our Good Things jar kinda has a jump on that . . . .

Well, report in . . . how is your jar coming along?

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