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An Easy Yummy Recipe: Taco Pie

Posted by terrepruitt on February 21, 2018

One of my yoga students gave me a recipe. The title sounded good and as I started reading the ingredients I was thinking it sounded good until I got to the cream of mushroom soup. It just sounded really odd to me to add cream of mushroom soup with the other ingredients. I told her that, but she assured me that it was really good. She said that the dish is a hit whenever she takes it somewhere. She said everyone likes it when she makes it. So, I trusted her. And decided to try it.  I am always looking for new recipes to try that are easy. This one looked really easy. It doesn’t have that many ingredients and it had the potential to turn into a staple. So I tried her recipe to Taco Pie.

Since I so often use my blog as my recipe book I am documenting this recipe with some of the changes I made and how I will make it in the future. I will explain below the changes I have (or will make) and why below the recipe.

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Taco Pie

1 Tablespoon coconut oil
1/4 of an onion
1 lb ground turkey or ground beef
salt
garlic powder
cumin
12 ounces enchilada sauce
1 bottle taco sauce
20 ounces cream of mushroom soup
1 dozen corn tortillas
2 to 4 cups grated Monterey Jack Cheese (or Mexican Cheese)
1 can sliced black olives

Preheat oven to 325° F.

Heat the oil in a large pan. Chop the onion, then add the onion to the pan. Cook until translucent. Add the meat (crumbling it as you cook it or crumble it into the pan). Salt the meat as you cook it. Sprinkle the meat with garlic powder and some cumin. Not a lot (that is why I didn’t even put a measurement), you are just adding a tad bit of flavoring to help layer the flavors, but you still want the sauce mixture to be the star. Cook the meat until it is about half done.

Add the enchilada sauce, the taco sauces, and the cream of mushroom soup. Stir until it is all mixed together with the meat. Bring to a boil. Then let simmer over medium heat for about 10 to 15 minutes. Let the sauce flavor the meat.

In a 9X13 baking dish you are going to do layers. First layer is 1/3 of the sauce, then a layer of sprinkled of cheese, the next layer is 6 tortillas to cover the sauce. Then 1/3 of the sauce, a layer of sprinkled of cheese, then six tortillas. Then use the rest of the sauce to cover the tortillas, then cover it with the cheese.

Bake for 30 minutes. Let it sit for 5 minutes before serving. Top with the sliced olives. (If you want the olives cooked then put them on top of the “pie” before baking.)

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I have written before about how I don’t really care for the taste of plain meat. Plain meat to me, is just really not appetizing. So, when I made this recipe I cooked the turkey with chopped onions, as I stated in the recipe. It still was not enough for me. I like layered (or what I call layered) flavors. And to me, the plain meat just tasted plain. It stood out from the sauce. I like everything to meld together. So, the next time I make this I am going to add the spices as I have stated in the recipe.

The original recipe called for two cans of cream of mushroom soup, I used two boxes. That is a difference of four ounces. I did reduce the amount of enchilada sauce by two ounces, but it was still very soupy. All of the meat and sauce leaked out from between the layers and I was just left with stacked tortillas and the sauce on the side. So, next time I am going to reduce the liquids as stated here in the recipe. Not that much, but perhaps with the increased cooking time on the stove top this will help reduce the amount of liquid.

This was really good. As I type it up I am wanting to make it again. Thanks, Judy for this recipe!  And as with any recipe it is fun to add and subtract and make it your own. I thought of adding mushrooms – because I love mushrooms – and/or chilies, but I really love the simplicity of this recipe so I doubt I will be adding much to complicate it, but that doesn’t mean you don’t want to fancy it up.

How does this sound to you? What will you add to it to make it your own?

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Not Quite Barefoot

Posted by terrepruitt on November 8, 2017

Dance Exercise, Nia, Nia in the City of San Jose, Nia classes in the South Bay, Nia Teacher, Nia Class, San Jose Nia, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, Nia, Gentle Yoga, Group Ex classes, YMCA, Zumba, Nia Technique, SJ City Fit, SJCityFitSome years ago I received yoga socks as a gift for Christmas . . . or maybe it was my birthday . . . either way, they were/are pretty cool. I posted about them way back in 2013. I like to use them when the weather gets cold. I don’t usually dance in them. I prefer to do Nia and yoga barefoot, but when it is cold I still might be wearing flip-flops to my class so it is nice to be able to just put them on with these socks. But Nia can be done in shoes or non-slip socks. I would like to see everyone do Nia barefoot, but some students have been advised by their doctors to wear shoes. I would much rather have people come to class and wear shoes than not come to class. Everyone has their own level of comfort. Some people don’t like to be barefoot. Understandable sometimes when I look at my feet after class. But I just wipe them off before I put on shoes even if it is just my flip-flops. I have one student who has some yoga socks that are pretty cool, too. I like mine because I usually wear them for warmth, but hers look super cute with the cut-out on the top. She let me take a picture of them so I could share.

I can’t remember where she said she got them. I took this picture so long ago with the intent of posting it and I am just getting around to it. But I just did a Google search and there were several places that sold them, so if you are looking you can find them. Amazon alone has several different kinds that you can purchase.

As I said in my post Toe Less Socks For Your Pleasure Nia was created to be done barefoot. Barefoot helps to condition the feet. But not everyone is comfortable exercising barefoot and the comfort of students is really important. If you are comfortable dancing without shoes on but want a little something between your foot and the floor perhaps socks like these would fit the bill. . . . .or should I say feet?  🙂

Do you prefer to exercise in shoes?

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Different Ways To Recycle

Posted by terrepruitt on October 23, 2017

I like it when I have an idea for a blog post and I don’t have to think about what to write. I wish that were always the case. I like to post on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, but I just don’t always have that many posts in me. I have been struggling lately with posting on Mondays when I have been at my dad’s all weekend. Going through stuff and getting rid of items is proving more difficult than one would think. So many people and entities say to recycle and donate, but that is harder said than done. While trying to think of something to post about I got to wondering what I posted about on this day (or close to it) in the years past. So . . . speaking of recycling. (See how I did that?)

In 2009 I posted about the free songs iTunes used to give away. Do they still do that? Back then they used to give out cards at Starbucks and they had a code to a free song. I was introduced to a lot of artists and songs that way that I still listen to. I also posted about Collage Video which is a website you can get exercise DVDs from. I had liked the way they described the videos with a break down of minutes of each cycles.

In 2010, October 23rd fell on a Saturday and I was posting on Saturdays back then. I posted about Nutrition Facts of Bell Peppers. I LOVE bell peppers.

In 2011, the 23rd fell on a Sunday, on October 22nd, a Saturday, I posted about being Ready To Receive. In my post I talked about when we first experience or hear about something sometimes we put up our barriers and we don’t want to accept it, so we really have to be ready and “open” to receive in order to actually receive and learn. I also mentioned Natural Time and how we are ready and open in our own natural time. While I wasn’t talking exactly about what was going on at the time, it was somewhat related to it. October 2011 is the year my mother-in-law was in a fatal automobile accident. She died October 23, 2011, six years ago today.

October 2012 I was making smoothies. In September of that year I had gotten my super blender for my birthday and I was making and drinking smoothies. I found that during that period I did believe the science behind the need to rotate the vegetables according to the family, but I never quite got it right. I wrote about it in my The Greens Go Round And Round post, but for me it was easier said than done.

October 23, 2013 fell on a Wednesday and I wasn’t posting on Wednesday back then, I was posting on Tuesdays and Thursday. On Tuesday the 22nd I posted about a yoga pose. I posted Icky Name, Great Pose which is about the locust pose (Salabhasana) where you lift your legs and chest up off the ground creating a back bend. On Wednesday I posted about how Messing Up Is Fun. It is about Nia and what a student felt about it.

I was actually thinking about my post from October 23, 2014 just the other day! But I didn’t know that. I was thinking about the “tea” that I had heard about that one blogger drinks when she is sick. She calls it Sick People Tea. I wrote a little bit about it and the oregano that is part of the recipe.

October 23, 2015 was a Friday. I wasn’t posting on Fridays back then. But we had our cats and on the 22nd I posted about them. The post includes some of the best pictures I have ever taken of them. They are pretty darn beautiful. On the 24th I posted about the difference between what are labeled Leisure Classes with the City of San Jose and what are Group Ex classes. Although the City of San Jose no longer has the “Group Ex” program we have SJCITY Fit, which is similar. You might want to check it out as their annual membership is a GREAT deal!

In 2016 I was posting on my current schedule of Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. The 23rd of October fell on a Sunday so the closest post to the 23rd is the 24th and I posted about Sunburns And Ants.

I do hope you will have a moment to click over and check out one or two of the posts from Octobers past.   Which one  has you wanting to click over and read it?  Perhaps you can click over and like it and leave a comment.

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Pretty Yard

Posted by terrepruitt on August 11, 2017

I teach at several different places. I teach yoga at two different community centers and I teach Nia at one community center and two different YMCAs. This is what I consider the “backyard” of one of the YMCAs. It is so pretty with the different color trees. One day while I was waiting to teach class I noticed how gorgeous it was outside and I snapped a few pictures. When I am looking through my pictures I always see this and want to post it. I think I posted it . . . or one like it . . . on Facebook when I first took it. But I thought I would post it here as a Friday Photo.

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Yellow Friday Photo

Posted by terrepruitt on August 4, 2017

Sometimes there is just a pretty flower that catches your eye. I was talking with my students after yoga class one day and I noticed this in the landscaping at the community center. My students were laughing at me because they knew the names of all the flowers and plants and I had no idea. I thought this one was pretty.

To me, it is a flower for today’s Friday Photo. Do you know what it is?

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Shavasana Three Different Ways

Posted by terrepruitt on May 31, 2017

This will be the fourth post that is showing an example of three different ways to cue. The three basic ways to cue that I’m talking about are: just referencing body parts and how to move them, that is Anatomic. Then there is where you talk about how the pose or movement is sensed in the body, that is Sensory. A third way is using images and known movements to help people to get into a pose, that’s Imagery. I am confident that most teachers do a mixture and most students probably aren’t even aware of the three different ways. There really is no need to be aware of them and see the difference. I just think it is interesting. It is really interesting – to me – as a teacher to see how different students respond to different cues. Sometimes I find that I have to cue a movement with more than one way in order to get everyone to move. But that doesn’t happen often. For now, this will be my last “Three Cue” post. I can see myself picking more asana in the future to cue the three different ways, but for now I am going to end with Shavasana.  I don’t know how to add just audio to a post, so I did it as a video.  Just me talking while filming a candle burning.  But they are short, so hopefully you’ll listen.

Savasana (Corpse Pose)

Anatomic
Lie on your back and close your eyes. Before you relax lengthen your spine, reaching the crown of your head away from your neck, and your ribs away from your hips. Allow your legs to relax, your feet falling comfortably as they may. Let collar bones move away from each other, opening your chest. Your arms are on the floor running the length of your body. Your hands are at hip level wider than shoulder width, so somewhat away from your body. Palms are up. Fingers are relaxed so they might curl. Breathe and relax. Becoming heavy on the floor.

Sensory
Lie on your back gaze toward the sky even with your eyes closed. Sense your head moving away from your shoulders. Sense your shoulders relax. Create space between your ribs and your hips. And create space between each rib. Sense your spine lengthen. Your legs are soft so your feet may fall gently outwards. Your arms feel the earth down their entire length, because they are straight and resting comfortably on the earth. Feel the ground with the back of your hands, as your palms face the sky. Your hands are down near your hips but away from them, wider than your shoulders. Breathe, let the relaxation be a sense of pleasant heaviness.

Imagery
As you lie down close your eyes and imagine you are floating on a cloud. Everything is comfortable. Your entire body is happy because of the practice you just did. Your elongated spine has a lot of comfortable space between each back bone. Your legs are relaxed allowing your feet to gently fall where they may. Your arms are straight with back of palms on the cloud. There is space between your hips and hands. As you float your arms become heavy, sinking into the softness of the cloud. Your breath is even and relaxed. Every muscle from your head to your toes relaxes into the fluffiness of the cloud.

So there you have it.  Perhaps bringing a new awareness to your practice and your poses with knowing about the three different ways.  Perhaps not.  As I said, not something you really need to know, just something cool, if you are interested in that type of stuff.

Any thoughts on the three different ways to cue?  Any thoughts on the cuing of this pose?

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Cobra Three Ways

Posted by terrepruitt on May 24, 2017

I am continuing to share three different ways that the same pose can be cued.  I am talking about cuing via Anatomic way, Sensory way, or a way using Imagery.    The first one is just using body parts as in “move your hand to your foot”.  Or the sensory way where you might say “allow yourself to feel your foot”.  Or the cues using imagery you might say, “start to untie your shoe”.  Each way appeals to different people.  Often times we aren’t even aware of what works best.  We just hear and do.  I think it is fun to see the different ways clear cut and separated out from each other.  These are just examples of what could be said to cue Cobra pose.

Bhujangasana (Cobra)

Anatomic
Lie on your stomach with your forehead on the floor.  Legs together, tops of your feet are on the floor, big toes together, heels slightly apart allowing for a slight inward rotation of your thigh bones.  Place your palms on the floor next to your chin, wrists right under your shoulders.  Slightly tuck your tail bone.  Using your back muscles raise your upper chest off the floor into a small back bend.  Your back muscles pull and hold you up.  Your elbows are close to your ribs, they can be bent.  Your arms are supporting, but not doing all the work.  Shoulders are down away from your ears.  Your shoulders are solid.  Your chest open.  The arms do not necessarily straighten in Cobra. For a bigger stretch in the abdominals and a deeper bend in the back you can straighten your arms, but since the back muscles are primarily doing the work, straight arms are not necessary. Your legs remain together with firm thighs and glutes.

Sensory
Lie on your front side, spine/neck in neutral position, forehead on the ground.  Feel the ground on the front of your legs and feet, as they lengthening out behind you.  Place your palms on the ground next to your chin.  Sense the earth between your open fingers.  Feel your wrists at your shoulders.  Your hands remain rooted, grounded to the earth.  The crown of your head is reaching away from your shoulders.  Sense the space between each vertebra.  When you are ready push, activate your back muscles and let them pull your shoulders and chest off the ground as you push gently down with your pelvis connecting to the earth. Sense the small bend in your back.  The sense is of the strength in your back, you are using your arms lightly.  They are not the strength in this pose.  Feel the slight pressure from your elbows as they hug your ribs.  Your heart space is opening your collar bones moving away from each other.  Your shoulder blades are gently reaching towards each other and down your back.   Your forearms are off the ground, but the arms do not necessarily straighten in Cobra, you have a bend in the elbows.  For a bigger stretch on the front side of your body you can straighten your arms, but since the power and energy are coming primarily from the back, straight arms are not necessary.  Straightening your arms would also create more of a bend in your back, but again, sense the work coming from the back.

Imagery
Lie on your belly like a snake.  Your legs are your tail, they remain together, tops of feet on the earth.  Place your palms on the earth with your wrists at your shoulders.  Gently press down with your pelvis.  When you are ready, think of a cobra. Think of how they raise themselves off of the earth, they don’t have any arms.  So let the power come from your back.  Your arms are supporting you, but not doing all the work.  You feel the scales of your snake body with your elbows.  Let your shoulders travel down towards your tail.   Let your neck lengthen, stretching out your cobra hood.  The arms do not necessarily straighten in Cobra, your back is doing the work, but if you want a bigger stretch in the front and a deeper bend in the back you can straighten your arms, but remember cobras don’t have arms.

Which one helps you get into the post better?  Which one is your favorite?

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Three Different Types Of Cues To Janu Sirsasana

Posted by terrepruitt on May 10, 2017

A week ago in a post I brought up three different ways that a yoga teacher might cue a pose;  Anatomic – basically just moving the body this way and that or Sensory – moving the body by sensing and feeling how it is moving or Imagery – moving the body with images to help us get to where we are instructed to be.  Usually a combination is used and if you take a yoga class you probably don’t really even notice.  The idea is that each way appeals to different people and can allow everyone to follow along with the instruction to get into the pose.  Here are examples of all three for Janu Sirsasana or Head-to-Knee Forward Bend.

Anatomic
From Dandasana (Staff pose), rotate your left thigh out allowing a bend at your knee.  Bring your left foot as close to your pelvis as possible, the sole of your foot is against your inner right thigh.  Continue to sit up tall, lengthening the spine.  Bend, from the hips, over the straight leg.  Keep the straight leg active with toes and knee pointing up.  Your stomach moves towards the right thigh, chest staying open as it lowers towards the leg.  The top of your head continues to reach away from your shoulders, you are still lengthening the spine as you fold over your leg from the hips.  Hands/Arms can remain on either side of the leg or you can hold your right foot, or perhaps even reach your hands beyond your foot and clasp.  Breathe.

Sensory
From Dandasana (Staff pose), turn your left leg out sensing your thigh bone rotate in its socket.  Bring your foot as close to your pelvis as possible.  Feel your left food connect to your right thigh.  Continue to sit up tall, sensing your spine lengthening.  You have plenty of room to breath as you continue to open the chest.  Then fold from the hips over the extended leg.  Help to keep the right leg active by feeling the floor with the entire length of the back of the leg.  Keep the toes and knee pointing toward the ceiling.  You sense the stretch in the back of your straight leg, as your belly moves towards it.  You may also sense a bit of a stretch in the inner thigh of the bent leg.  Continue to fold over bringing the chest closer to the right leg.  Maybe you feel the press of it on your leg.  Sense the space between your back bones as you fold over your leg, heart opening towards your leg.  Perhaps your arms are heavy on the ground of either side of your leg or perhaps you are gently reaching for your foot.  If you feel you want more of a stretch through the back of the right leg perhaps reach your hands beyond your right foot and clasp.  Breathe.

Imagery
Imagine you’re a sunflower, your head is the blossom reaching for the sun directly above you.  Your spine, the stem, is long and straight.  Your legs, the roots, reaching straight out from the stem.  The stem and the roots form a 90° angle.  One root, the left one, rotates outward, then bends in the middle, at the knee.  The end of the root, your foot, is as close to your pelvis as is comfortable with its sole against your right leg.  Now the sun is going down in front of you, and you, the sunflower still reach for it.  Unlike a typical sunflower you follow the sun as it descends with a long, straight stem, folding from where your stem meets your roots.   You use your leaf arms to reach out towards your root feet.  They may lie on the earth on either side of your root-legs or, if you can, your grab your feet, or even wrap your leafy hands beyond your rooty feet and clasp them together.  You are a happy sunflower as the top of your head, the sunflower blossom reaches towards the setting sun.  You take a deep breathe lengthening further towards the sun and relax onto your roots.

What do you think?  Are you noticing the different types of cuing in your yoga class now?

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Yoga Studio Walls

Posted by terrepruitt on May 5, 2017

Ah, I think this is the perfect time to post this picture since I just went to a workshop at Mind Body Zone.  I really need to get back to the studio for yoga regularly.  This is a wall in the studio.  That is one thing that is kind of a misfortune in the places that I teach yoga, there is no wall space.  Well, I shouldn’t say NO wall space, I should say ENOUGH wall space.  There is not enough wall space for each student in the class to have a spot so we can use the wall.  That is a great thing about a studio that is just for yoga, the ones I have been to have a lot of wall space because using the wall can be a great tool.  The wall can be just like a prop.  It can really help in some poses.  It can definitely help you sense the poses in a different way!

Here I am sharing a photo of the wall for my latest Friday Photo.

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Cuing Three Different Ways

Posted by terrepruitt on May 3, 2017

When teachers cue students as to what asana to do and how to move in a yoga class, they can use three basic ways to do it.  The three basic ways to cue are Anatomic, Sensory, and Imagery.  Most of the time you will find, when you are in a yoga class, the teacher uses a mix of all three.  Other types of classes might stick to just one form, but yoga and Nia use all three.  Different ways appeal to different people.  With the three different ways it can also elicit different responses in the body.  I thought I would share in a few posts different poses cued with the three different styles.

With strictly anatomic the cuing is all about the body.  Instructing on how to move a body part and where.  Using the body and its parts as destinations (move your arm up to your ear).  With sensory it is all about what you are sensing (feeling) in the body (move your arm up, yawning open the side of the body).  And with the imagery the movement is connected to the imagination or thought (lift your arm as if you know the answer in class).

Parivrtta Parsvakonasana (Rotated Side Angle)

Anatomic
Step right foot forward into a lunge, knee centered over ankle.  Rotate your torso moving your left shoulder towards your bent knee.  Rest your left elbow on your right thigh.  Your left leg remains straight or you may bend the knee and rest it on the floor.  The front of your left leg is getting the stretch.   Bend your right elbow bringing your right hand to meet your left hand in the center of your chest.  Or you can twist further to your right, letting the left triceps can press against the outside of the right knee.  No matter how far your twist your gaze is to the area on the right side of your knee.  It could be on the floor on the right of the knee or on the wall to your right.

Sensory
Step right foot forward into a lunge, allowing you to sense an elongation in your left leg.  In addition to the stretch sense the strength in your left leg keeping it straight.  Sense the stability in your ankle as your right knee is centered directly over it. Pull your torso to the right, letting your right shoulder lead, as you sense your left shoulder moving towards your right leg.  Place your left elbow on your right thigh.  Take a deep breath encouraging your chest to remain open.  If you think you would be more stable with your left knee on the ground, you may lower it down.  If your twist is deep, you may notice your left arm as it seeks to press against the outside of your right leg.  Your right arm bends allowing your hands to come together with thumbs resting in the center of your chest.  The energy in your right shoulder keeps pulling your shoulder back to help deepen the twist, you may feel your left triceps on your right thigh.

Imagery
Imagine taking a big step with your right foot over a puddle.  The puddle grows as you are stepping so you end up in a lunge.  Your right knee is bent and your shin is straight up from the earth, with the knee centered over your ankle.  You’ve missed stepping in the puddle and you are keeping your left leg straight so as not to touch the water.  You notice a beautiful rainbow out of the corner of your right eye, so you turn to look.  You want to get a better look so you gently rotate your torso towards the bright colors, allowing you to place your left elbow on your right thigh.  The puddle has miraculously dried up so if you want you can place your left knee on the earth.  Your right arm bends at the elbow and your hands meet at your heart center.  You bask in the beauty of the rainbow.

Is there a particular type of cuing you are fond of?

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