Wednesday, December 30, 2009
I can safely with all seriousness, that it was one of the best experiences of my life! I wish every person could go through it with openness to learn and grow.It is really 6 months of course work crammed into 3, so it's important to really stick with reading the books and completing journal entries daily. I have become more disciplined and less impulsive.
I am free of cravings (shopping and foods) and relish the sense of calmness that my practice has brought to my life. Go! Sign up and embark on the journey to your better self! I would not have believed it if Johnny had said that I would have changed so much, I am amazed.
Monday, December 28, 2009
This year I tried flying and acro yoga, I went to my first conference and met some amazing people. I learned how to slow down. That was my major goal for 2009. It may seem simple but my hyper mind was like a wild stallion; meditation and yoga broke it...in a good way.
Set goals for 2010 that can be reached and that are simple enough for you to reflect on daily.
Sunday, December 20, 2009
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
I am almost dreading tomorrow, I have 7, yes 7 engagements from 9 am until 11 pm. 4 of those are classes in a 30 mile radius, cris crossing of course. 2 are parties, a Christmas party for Garrett's class and Bunco. I have to wait until 8:15 to even think of sitting down except for driving a million miles! Once tomorrow is over and I pass my teach back I will deserve a glass of wine! I'm really excited about Saturday night, our friends are hosting a dinner party and Jennifer is making a Peruvian dish that I have never tried! I am making vegetable empanadas, I'm going to make them very savory and the dough is rich and so flaky. A bottle of vino and it'll be a party!
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
I found a vegan version of kefir at Whole Foods Market. It is made with coconut milk, it's quite delicious and had the probiotics that are so beneficial to the body.
My website is technically done in many aspects but I will always have more to add as yoga is a living science and art. I am bored with it in some ways and miss blogging about my trifles in life.
I am enjoying being an aunt to my 10 month old nephew who is visiting from Hong Kong. I can hand him back and come home to my potty trained bunch.
I am looking forward to having some time off over the holidays. I need to get my purging complete, so all the Christmas ornaments that are no longer desirable are going to the Vietnam Vets of America. One phone call and they come and pick up all the stuff I can't find a home somewhere else for.
Saturday, November 28, 2009
Saturday, November 21, 2009
Thursday, November 5, 2009
Miss Harriet’s Dance Studio
133 W. Main Street, Suite 190 Northville. Located on the lower level of the Northville Square Mall.
Monday 8:15 pm, Tuesday 9:00 am & Thursday 9:00 am
NEW! Beginning November 7, Saturday 9:00 am
· This 60 minute Gentle Flow Yoga class will challenge you physically with emphasis on going within to listen to yourself.
· Learn to harness the power of your breath and find calm mindfulness.
· Students of all levels of fitness are encouraged to practice at their level; modifications are taught to enhance or lessen the intensity of postures.
· Classes taught on donation-basis, as donation is “the act of giving from the heart.” Enjoy yoga, free of hassles and contracts!
Students will need the following:
Comfortable clothing • Yoga mat • Towel • Water bottle
Please arrive at least 10 minutes early, remember to turn your cell phone off to allow yourself to commit your attention to your practice.
You are welcome as you are either a first time student or one with years of practice behind you.
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Thursday, October 15, 2009
My oldest son goes to his first Jr high dance tomorrow. I remember those days! I am excited for him yet so sad that he has grown so quickly.
I am attending a Thai yoga and flying yoga workshop with Moses tomorrow. It should prove to be an exciting time. I love workshops and classes that challenge me to grow.
Get outside and love the change of season!
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Raspberry picking last week was a little too cold to enjoy it as much as I could have. I picked 7 quarts and made 22 jars of jam. I's color is like a brilliant ruby and the flavor is so saturated and rich. Yummmmmmm!
Get some time in your schedule to walk outside and marvel at the Fall colors. If you have never visited a place like Michigan, Google picture a Fall colors picture of Northern Michigan. It is sheer majesty!
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Monday, September 21, 2009
Thursday, September 17, 2009
I had a great slow flow class at the Center with Jason. It left me feeling relaxed and calm all day. I have to get there more often!
I went the the Northville Farmers Market today after class. I saw my yoga buddy Amy and bought one of her silver necklaces with fresh water pearls. It is beautiful! I also picked up some fresh zucchini since mine died off so long ago. Tomatoes are petering out too and the garden is looking scary. Just in time to decorate for Halloween!
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
I did get a chance to post a reviewof a yinyasa class and a few recipes on the new site. I also put gobs of pictures up, which takes a long time and a lot of patients.
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Friday, August 14, 2009
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Monday, August 10, 2009
Look on the website for my review of the class. http://www.yoga-poses-and-beyond.com.
Saturday, August 8, 2009
Thursday, August 6, 2009
One of 115!
I had my wonderful sister take a gazillion pics of my yoga poses for the WWW.yoga-poses-and -beyond.com site. I've had a lot of fun editing them to crop the size down and saving them with new names...NOT really! Wow am I going blurry. I spent over 15 hours adding in photos...YAWN!! I'm so glad all this work is going toward a good cause!
Saturday, August 1, 2009
I made a huge vegetarian zucchini lasagna (recipe is on my new website) for Ash's farewell dinner and bought a pre-made one with meat in it for my carnivorous family members. A huge salad and great garlic bread made a simple dinner. My sister-in-law Maggie made these amazing mango cakes. They were a sponge cake filled with whipped cream and mango. Not too sweet and really yummy! I'm going to get the recipe. She learned how to make it at The Peninsula Hotel in Hong Kong. I think she took a class there. I miss their breakfast, it was so amazing!
Friday, July 24, 2009
We got baby Ash a set of chunky books and he loved being read to. He even pointed out the baby on the pages! Taking care of a baby is tiring, I forgot how much attention it requires. I am glad my boys are so into caring for him. Alex, our 12 year old is completely smitten with him. He feeds him, plays with him and loves him so much; what joy! We are surprised that Garrett has taken the role of "big" boy and we joke that he handed the golden baby shoes to Ash. He is so protective and very concerned about his comfort and safety. My boys received so much love and affection, so they have so much to give!
All the classes have been going great, especially the Hockey team. So focused and so dedicated! I'm excited to have a few days off to spend more time with Ash before they go back to Hong Kong.
The website is growing like a proverbial baby and I have so much work to do with researching the different types of yoga. I will be busy for sure.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Please check out my site and cruise around. There is lots of new info and good stuff to learn.
My other "baby" my nephew Ash is doing wonderfully. I LOVE him so much!!! He is so cute and happy. I really miss having a baby but I have to admit that it is nice to go home (kind of like a grandparent visiting).
Monday, July 20, 2009
My garden is doing so well! I am so excited to grow veggies! My Swiss chard is 8" long and my tomatoes (60) are huge and green.
Make a fresh salad and throw in some Pepitas and cherries. Yum!
Sunday, July 19, 2009
Friday, July 17, 2009
Thursday, July 16, 2009
It is true, research has shown and I have personally had dramatic changes in my sleep habits. The pattern of relaxing before sleep is approximated when we take shavasana at the end of class. Therefore when we are ready to go to bed, we can relax and get to sleep better, thus achieving the Delta mode more quickly (results are more minutes of good quality of sleep.)
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
http://yoga-poses-and-beyond.com. A website all about the world of yoga beyond the postures.
Find it by either scrolling down to the near bottom of this blog and double click the ling in the helpful website section, or highlight the link, paste it to your browser search bar and click to go to the new site. Click here and bookmark it so you can visit.
You can also subscribe to my new blog and get RSS feeds at the new site.
A website all about the world of yoga beyond the postures.
Saturday, July 11, 2009
Thursday, July 9, 2009
Saturday, July 4, 2009
Hold these truths self evident and thank a veteran for protecting your rights.
We have had a blast in classes this week. So much great energy and so much fun!! Keep your eyes open for farmer markets, they are a great place to get fresh locally produced veggies and fruit. Walled Lake has one on Wednesday, Northville has one on Thursday and Plymouth's is on Saturday.
Sunday, June 28, 2009
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
The get a sugar fix, eat an orange, apple or banana. Don't even buy the cookies! Scroll down on the right side and check out the oatmeal cookie recipe.
Agave nectar is available at Better Health and Trader Joe's and Whole Foods, it is like honey but doesn't spike your blood sugar.
No white sugar
No white flour
No high fructose corn syrup
No hydrogenated oil
No artificial colors or flavors
Try to avoid juices, chips, cookies and the vice of your choice (mine is chocolate). These "snacks" are empty calories and add a lot of sugar to your diet.
lean sources of protein (beans, tofu) (If you eat meat: turkey, fish, chicken)
Try to eat 6 small meals a day that are balanced (salad, olive oil dressing, lean protein, and a fruit).
Allow yourself to eat some of your favorite foods, just cut the portion back and really enjoy it (be present).
Monday, June 22, 2009
apple slices and peanut butter
carrot and celery slices and ranch dip
salad rolled up in a lawash or pita
Banana and a glass of almond milk
bagel and cream cheese or soy cheese
chips and salsa
hummus and pita chips
raw date and coconut bars * recipe in noteworthy blog section
oatmeal cookies *
hummus wrap sandwich *
I'll add more when I think of them
Friday, June 19, 2009
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
We will have to put up a little rabbit fence as they eat everything! We started about 25 sunflower seeds last Spring and I had them in peet pots in the front flower bed. B the time they were 4" high the bunnies sheared them off. We were so mad, but felt sorry that they were so hungry too. I have sunflower sprouts all the time and they are amazingly delicious, go figure. I'll post pictures as the process unfolds.
Good news about Bill's son, he is recovering well and is home! Prayers answered!
The Donation Yoga classes in Northville have an addition of 8pm on Wednesday.
My summer schedule at Commerce LTF is changing a bit, Wednesday at 11, Friday at 11 and e/o Saturday at 11. The Saturday class is the biggest change, it's now 75 minutes earlier! The Poolside Yoga class is on for 8pm on Thursday night, it will be a beautiful series.
Monday, June 8, 2009
coconut date energy bars
1 cup raw cashews (Trader Joe's)
7 dates (Trader Joe's)
Agave nectar (Trader Joe's) like honey but from blue agave cactus
Let's do Organic dried coconut (Whole foods and Hillers)
almond meal (Trader Joe's)
Let's do Organic coconut
***night before*** soak 1 cup raw cashews in purified water, in the morning rinse well several times to remove digestive inhibitors (I learned this from the Thrive book).
Soak 7 dates in purified water overnight, rinse well and drain in the morning too. Remove pits and place in food processor with rinsed and drained cashews. Pulse a few times, add in some dried flake coconut (maybe 1/3 to 1/2 cup) and agave (few tablespoons) until mixture forms a medium density dough like consistency. Pulse a few more times and scrape out onto wax paper. Press into square shape and sprinkle and press in a mixture of almond meal and coconut (so they are not sticky). Cut and press sides into almond coconut mixture. Store in fridge.
You could always add other ingredients in like: vanilla, almond extract, soaked sunflower seeds.
If you can't eat cashews, sub out with raw almonds. Just soak the same way.
Sunday, June 7, 2009
All Moby albums!
Lovers Lounge cd
Paint the sky with stars cd- Enya
Perfect balance :music for healing vol 2
Sanctuary cd- Magna Canta
Come away with me and thinking about you- Norah Jones
Simon and Garfunkle’s greatest hits
Music for yoga cd
Boys and girls Ingrid Michaelson
Life for rent cd-Dido
Mantra girl cd
David Gordon has lots of songs and cds
Mezzanine Cd-Massive Attack
Ever so Lonely-Shelia Chandra
Quelqu'un M'a Dit- Carla Bruni
Let it Be me- Ray LaMontagne
Devotion-Steven De Ruby
Unlike Me (remastered)-Kate Havnevik
All I want from you is love-Let's go Sailing
Newer songs I added recently (thanks to Cindy and Kelli's awesome playlists):
P.M. Dawn –Set adrift on memory bliss (not radio edition)
Breathe you in (Eric Kupper Remix)- Samantha James
Focus on Sight -Thievery Corporation
Big deal- Everything but the girl
Trouble me- 10,000 Maniacs
Don’t you evah -Spoon
I found you (feat Celso Fonseca) Samantha James
Time steals the day- Milosh
So far away –Donovan Franken
Humming- Deva Premal and Miten
Shanti (Peace out) -Mc Yogi
Let go –Frou Frou
15 years ago if you would have told me that we would have had a vegan raw dinner to celebrate our anniversary, I would have been like "yea right." Wow how we have changed, for the better!
Check out the http://www.tippingpointtheatre.org/. Saturday between classes I popped into Twelve Oaks and picked up some white jeans and a cute cutout tank top. We had my sister's family over that night and Susie and I went into the hot tub. I felt so relaxed, the glass of chardonnay helped too. We're off to Ann Arbor now. Get outside and be present!
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Give some good karma today! A smile, hug or a prayer for someone spreads this goodness.
Thanks for the suggestion Jen, the pic I took does look good as the header for my blog!
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
Monday, June 1, 2009
I was graciously adopted by Gretchen and Cindy when Nikki backed out at the last minute. Gretchen drove us and I am so appreciative! We spent a lot of time learning, eating and singing together. We started out together on this yoga journey and I am so lucky to know them.
Saturday, May 30, 2009
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Here is a view of my gorgeous iris. Ahh the majesty of nature
Sunday, May 24, 2009
My blogging has really suffered due to my early nights. I did have one cup of coffee this morning, and did not enjoy it. Just checking. Rosehip and green tea worked well today. A few months ago I was thinking about tracking down a book or resource to help me balance vegan recipes. I am very concerned about getting the right amount of amino acids, proper protein and other essential nutrients. I serve quite a few vegan meals to my family and want to make sure that we aren't going to become malnourished. I have been pretty obsessed with nutrition and my kid's health and vitality are a pretty good indication that I have been doing my best.
We watched the Secret tonight, again. I swear we need to watch it over and over to remind ourselves, especially the kids that the Law of Attraction pervades all in our lives. I try to live in bliss as much as I can and can honestly say that compared to a few years ago, I am not the same person that I was, in such a good way! I was not a bad person, just a nervous, competitive, anxious and materialistic one. Wow, it is really easy to say that now, honesty is very telling of where we were and where we are now. So the point about the Secret is that we can attract what we need. I found an awesome book about vegan nutrition for athletes! Brendan Brazier took two years to develop a balanced nutrition profile that meets his needs as a Professional Ironman Triathlete. It has a lot of good recipes, many raw and very easy to use. Hey the secret worked! The book is titled Thrive, The Vegan Nutrition Guide.
We went to One World Market and got some Japanese food and then went to Happy Hippo Pastry house to get our favorite pastries.
I'm so excited about the conference. I am going to blog a lot of pics of our conference antics and will give tips along the way that I pick up.
My mother in law is having a ball in Hong Kong and is really enjoying her time with baby Ashton. He is such a cutie!
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Every Monday at 8:15 pm and Tuesday and Thursday morning at 9 am we meet for a slow flow yoga practice that centers around the breath, feeling the movements and presence.
Miss Harriet's Dance Studio in scenic Downtown Northville.
133 W. Main Suite 190
In the Northville Square Mall
The recipe is very easy, I use all organic ingredients
The night before soak one cup of organic dried beans in water, rinse once or twice
coarsely chop 1/2 pound of baby bella or crimini mushrooms and saute in Olive oil
add in :
1 onion diced
5 stalks celery diced
1/2 to 3/4 pound carrots diced
saute until soft
1/2 head of cabbage, sliced into fine shreds
6 cloves garlic
2 chopped tomatoes
1 28 oz can diced tomatoes with broth
1 6oz can tomato paste
add in pre soaked beans minus the soaking water
1 cup barley
enough water to cover everything with a few inches left over
simmer for while until the beans are tender
Now add some salt to taste and pepper, chop up a whole bunch of flat leaf parsley and throw it in. Enjoy!
Monday, May 18, 2009
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Live your life as an example for those around you to follow. Lead others to believe that they can be the best and to acheive their dreams. Most importantly live in love.
Monday, May 11, 2009
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
I am not able to blog as much due to my coffee free lifestyle, I am in bed by now on most nights! I am yawning as I type, so I'll keep it short. 14 whole days and not a bit of coffee. I made a pot for my parents who were over to help out with the kids and did not even want any.
I feel even and balanced but my mind has taken a while to readjust to the lack of caffeine. My classes are going well and I am adding a few new ones in.
I'm having 60 people over on Saturday and I am up to my elbows in cleaning, touching up the trim work that the kids destroyed with their lacrosse sticks and organizing. Wish me luck, it should be a blast!
We're loving these black bean chipoltle burgers from Morningstar farms (big box of 12 at Costco for$13.50). I try not to eat processed foods but I have to give in when I am in a pinch. I made burritos for Cinco de Mayo and will cap off the night with a adios amigos!
Saturday, May 2, 2009
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
I have to say that this week is flying! I am having a huge party next Saturday and have so much to do. I went to Ikea and bought a ton of glass storage jars to put all my beans, grains and flours in. I cleaned out my kitchen pantry, organized everything and now I can actually find everything! Oh Martha Stewart would be so proud! An old friend once compared me to Martha Stewart, when my sister heard this she couldn't stop laughing and literally choked on her drink...Hmm who knows me better? My sis definitely, I think this old friend was a bit competitive and insecure. Just a thought! I am hoping to get my entire house completely organized this year, I mean everything! It's been seven years in this house, and I have never had a chance to totally organize everything...long story about how we moved in in one day...so a lot of things in storage never got properly sorted and my kids have grown out of their "baby" stuff. I purged the upstairs and now on to the mudroom pantry and the garage! I watched a DIY show about organizing and this guy said that you can waste up to an hour a day looking for stuff. An hour that I could be doing something else! Time to get busy!!
Hop to that task that you have been putting off. Even if it means that you only can spend an hour or two on it. Little bits add up!
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
1 Please wash your hands
2 Please don't sneeze on me if you come to my class
3 Please pray for the young Scottish couple who got the swine flu on their honeymoon
Hi is such a caring little guy! We were just reading the news online and he said that he would ask his class to pray for that couple. When my kids say things like this, I feel that I have done something right!
Monday, April 27, 2009
Vic is giving me a hard time about kicking the coffee habit. I think he is upset because he knows that I will never make it for him. Now that I don't drink it anymore, he will be on coffee duty forever....Ha Ha Ha...
Friday, April 24, 2009
I have been trying to get to the root of my coffee addiction and it dawned on me that I need to go to sleep earlier. I am so tired when I wake up I need coffee. On Tuesday, I began my anti-coffee life...it lasted until lunch at Panera with Deanna...I slipped twice. I have habits I have to break (I'll get tea next time). I have to wean myself off!
Last weekend was busy with 2 lacrosse games and a family party. I subbed Erin's class on Sunday, she always subs for me (good karma comes and goes around). I went to Johnnie's class on Monday, it was amazing! It was so hard but good. I taught in Northville, and got a chance to discuss the Donation yoga in the daytime, at the studio. We'll see when we can start it up. I crashed at 10:30.
Tuesday I had a nice lunch with Deanna and then we went to her sisters to care for the triplets. I got to hold George and Lainie, I also fed her and gave her a bath. I miss having babies! They smell so good, her eyes so clear with innocence. They are such adorable and precious blessings! My class went well later that day and I crashed at 10:15!
Wednesday's two classes went wonderfully and still coffee free! I have been eating brown rice bread, instead of wheat. Last weekend I developed hives after eating a bagel, and crackers. I got the bread at Trader Joes, my kids were tossing it around it's like a brick. It is very dense but moist. It tastes good toasted with pb&j. No coffee or bread!
I woke up with a splitting migraine on Thursday, so I had to miss Corrinne's Yinyasa. I am so sad:( The nausea was terrible but I had to pull myself together. My class for the team was killer hard and I think they developed a new appreciation for finding their edge! I had Bunco at 7:30 so I took a nap, hoping to get rid of my headache. It partially subsided, but came back on when I found out that one of our school families was in a huge roll over accident while driving back from Florida. I haven't cried in a long time, but just imagining how this mom felt as she looked back and her kids were on the highway. I lost it. They are all right, Alex's classmate had to be taken to a hospital on a helicopter. They are alive because they drove a big SUV ( it flipped front to end a few times). The mom may need a shoulder surgery. I am so thankful that they are all right.
I'm still coffee free and ready for bed! Bonsoir!
Another long weekend with another family party, a class in Brighton and two Lacrosse games!
Friday, April 17, 2009
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
So after all that moving (beds, mattresses, dressers, bookshelves, etc), vacuuming, dusting, mopping and scrubbing I am exhausted! After all, if I am going to move furniture, I have to clean it and all round it. Always an opportunist!
My class schedule is light this week due to Easter Vacation and I have to be honest, it is nice to get a little break to tackle big projects like the one I just finished.
We spent a nice family day in Ann Arbor on Saturday, we went to the Farmer's Market, Kerry Town, Treasure Mart, all up and down Main Street and to all our favorite stores. We had a nice lunch and then a trip to the bookstore and Whole Foods.
I checked out a stack of vegan and vegetarian cookbooks and will mull over them for a few days to extract the best recipes. If something looks good, I'll post it.
Monday, April 13, 2009
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
In the bottom of a heavy stoneware baking dish drizzle olive oil. Place long slices of zucchini that are 1/4 inch thick to cover the bottom. Sprinkle with a ton of garlic (I used 1/2 cup!). I buy huge bottles of garlic that is peeled and chopped to speed up prep time. Spread 1/2 cubed green pepper and 1/2 cubed tomato. Drizzle with more olive oil, kosher salt and fresh cracked pepper. Bake at 350 for a while until the edges are lightly brown and the peppers and tomato pieces are cooked (about 30 to 45 minutes). Vic thought the garlic was couscous at first because there was so much of it. It became very sweet and mellow and infused their richness into the zucchini. It disappeared in a flash!
Take 1 c organic vanilla almond milk, one organic banana,
one huge tablespoon of organic sugar free peanut butter,
1/5 block of tofu and 1 1/2 c ice. Blend it until smooth and creamy.
This was so good and rich, healthy, and low fat !
Friday, April 3, 2009
Thursday, April 2, 2009
Monday, March 30, 2009
Sunday, March 29, 2009
Preheat oven to 375. Line a cookie sheet or sheet pan with parchment paper and spray with non-stick spray. Set aside.
Whip 4 eggs with 1/2 C sugar and 1 teaspoon vanilla until the eggs are fluffy, and creamy yellow (approximately 5 minutes). Mix together 1/2 C all purpose flour and 1 teaspoon baking powder and a pinch of a salt. Fold the flour mixture into the egg mixture. Spread the batter on the parchment lined pan and bake in the oven for 12 minutes or until golden brown.
While the cake is baking, take a clean tea towel and sprinkle it with powered sugar. When the cake is done, remove it from the oven place it next to the tea towel. Grasp the paper by the edges and flip the cake onto the sugar dusted towel. Carefully peel the paper off the back of the cake and quickly roll the towel up to roll the cake into a log shape. Be sure to roll the towel with the cake so it separates the layers. Cool the cake for a while. In the meantime, whip 2 C heavy cream and 1/4 C sugar and 1teaspoon vanilla until soft peaks form. Spread the cream on the cooled cake and layer some strawberries or raspberries. Roll the cake into a log shape (mom says this is a little tricky so be careful. Sprinkle with powdered sugar. EAT!!! Picture to follow shortly (me eating it of course!)
Saturday, March 28, 2009
Friday, March 27, 2009
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Monday, March 23, 2009
Sunday, March 22, 2009
Friday, March 20, 2009
My sister and I both have two sons, so we get to share the girlie stuff with each other. One example is last year my sis and I took an indoor faerie garden class at Heavenly Scent Herb Farm (http://www.heavenlyscentherbfarm.com/) and the result was a little too big and clumsy to display. For a while, I've been looking for a replacement container. I love the look of verdigris so this was a great catch. Vic sculpted the foam base for me and I put it together after Garrett's LAST basketball game. We're finally free on Friday nights! If you get a chance to check out Heavenly Scent Herb Farm, it's worth the time (go in the Spring or Summer). Downtown Fenton is close by and French Laundry has great sandwiches. I love the big barn at HSHF, I've told the owner that I wanted to move in. I love the hydrangeas in the front, they are massive white mop heads (at least a foot across). They have greenhouses with unique plants and a huge outdoor faerie garden, it is sooo cool! Find a little time to be creative this weekend.
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Recipes for Health
This series offers recipes with an eye towards empowering you to cook healthy meals every day. Produce, seasonal and locally grown when possible, and a well-stocked pantry are the linchpins of a good diet, and accordingly, each week’s recipes will revolve around a particular type of produce or a pantry item. This is food that is vibrant and light, full of nutrients but by no means ascetic, fun to cook and a pleasure to eat.
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 leeks, cut in half length-wise, sliced, rinsed of dirt and drained on paper towels
4 garlic cloves, sliced
6 cups chopped greens (leaves only), such as Swiss chard, dandelion greens, watercress and beet greens
1 1/2 quarts water
Salt, preferably kosher salt, to taste
Freshly ground pepper to taste
2 large eggs
4 thick slices country bread, toasted and rubbed with a cut clove of garlic
Grated Parmesan for serving (optional)
1. Heat one tablespoon of the olive oil in a large, heavy soup pot over medium heat, and add the leeks. Cook, stirring, until tender, three to five minutes. Add the garlic and 1/2 teaspoon salt, and cook, stirring, until the garlic is fragrant, about one minute. Add the greens, and stir until they begin to wilt. Add the water and salt to taste, and bring to a simmer. Reduce the heat and simmer, partially covered, for 15 to 20 minutes, until the greens are very tender and the broth sweet. Add pepper, and taste and adjust seasoning.
2. Beat the eggs in a bowl. Making sure that the soup is not boiling, whisk a ladle of it into the beaten eggs. Take the soup off the heat, and stir in the tempered eggs. Brush the garlic croutons with olive oil, and place one or two in each bowl. Ladle in the soup, sprinkle on some Parmesan if desired and serve.
Yield: Serves four
Advance preparation: You can make the soup through step 1 several hours before serving.
1. Adopt the mindset that you deserve some time for yourself, carve it out and protect it. Life will always spill in if you let it.
2. Learn to use your breath as a tool. It is exactly that, a tool to learn to concentrate and eventually meditate. Focus on the inhalation that enters the base of the nose, and the exhalation that exits the base of the nose. That is it, just focus on the breath. Every time a thought or sensation develops, simply exhale it away.
3. Unplug yourself for a while. Turn off everything electronic and just sit in a quiet place. This is a luxury and only 5 minutes will make a difference. Just gaze out the window, admire a pretty sunset, close your eyes and take a mental break. Meditation takes many forms and can be beneficial in any capacity.
4. Take a shavasana for anywhere from 5 to 10 minutes. Lie down or recline your car seat (when your are parked and the car is off of course) and close your eyes. I shared this car shavasana idea with the class today as I often arrive at my children's school early and spend a few minutes refocusing on me.
5. Sit in a chair and rub your palms together for a about a minute and cup your palms to your eyes and breath. Allow the good energy you have generated to sink in and relax.
6. Sit or lie down and beginning with the crown of the head, visually scan the body down to the toes. Notice your breath and the fluctuations in the body. Allow the body to relax completely.
7. Acknowledge that we are ultimately in control of a small amount of our lives and that if we can't control it, don't sweat it.
8. Spend time taking a nice, long hot bath , and or luxuriate over sipping tea and reading a book.
More to come later.