Friday, February 27, 2009
Thursday, February 26, 2009
Crumb topping mix 3T flour, 3T butter and 3 t sugar until blended into little grainy bits.
You are welcome to sub egg substitute, oil and leave out the dairy whey if you are vegan.
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
There is such a beautiful sense of energy and dedication from all of you. I am so thrilled to hear that so many of you are noticing a difference after such a brief time practicing. Keep up the great work!
For a little more info on the history of Ash Wednesday, check out this info from the Catholic Encyclopedia
The Wednesday after Quinquagesima Sunday, which is the first day of the Lenten fast.
The name dies cinerum (day of ashes) which it bears in the Roman Missal is found in the earliest existing copies of the Gregorian Sacramentary and probably dates from at least the eighth century. On this day all the faithful according to ancient custom are exhorted to approach the altar before the beginning of Mass, and there the priest, dipping his thumb into ashes previously blessed, marks the forehead -- or in case of clerics upon the place of the tonsure -- of each the sign of the cross, saying the words: "Remember man that thou art dust and unto dust thou shalt return." The ashes used in this ceremony are made by burning the remains of the palms blessed on the Palm Sunday of the previous year. In the blessing of the ashes four prayers are used, all of them ancient. The ashes are sprinkled with holy water and fumigated with incense. The celebrant himself, be he bishop or cardinal, receives, either standing or seated, the ashes from some other priest, usually the highest in dignity of those present. In earlier ages a penitential procession often followed the rite of the distribution of the ashes, but this is not now prescribed.
There can be no doubt that the custom of distributing the ashes to all the faithful arose from a devotional imitation of the practice observed in the case of public penitents. But this devotional usage, the reception of a sacramental which is full of the symbolism of penance (cf. the cor contritum quasi cinis of the "Dies Irae") is of earlier date than was formerly supposed. It is mentioned as of general observance for both clerics and faithful in the Synod of Beneventum, 1091 (Mansi, XX, 739), but nearly a hundred years earlier than this the Anglo-Saxon homilist Ælfric assumes that it applies to all classes of men. "We read", he says,
in the books both in the Old Law and in the New that the men who repented of their sins bestrewed themselves with ashes and clothed their bodies with sackcloth. Now let us do this little at the beginning of our Lent that we strew ashes upon our heads to signify that we ought to repent of our sins during the Lenten fast.
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Heat a whole wheat tortilla in some olive oil, smear a good amount of hummus to cover the wrap. Smash in some avacado and a little olive oil. Layer on shreadded carrott, olives (if you like them), lettuce, tomatoes, and some feta cheese or not depending on your taste preference. Roll it up and really enjoy the veggie goodness!
I use homemade organic hummus as it doesn't contain preservatives. It s really easy to make and tastes so much better that the stuff in tubs. I soak and boil organic beans but if you are in a pinch, pick up a can of organic beans, they are good as well and nutritionally sound.
1 15 oz can garbanzo beans, drained
3T tahini (sesame seed paste in the Mediterranean food section)
juice of 1/2 lemon
3 cloves garlic
1/3 c olive oil
you may need some water to make the consistency creamy.
Put all the ingredients in a food processor and whiz for a while, you can add in sun dried tomatoes ( I did today) roasted red pepper or scallions.
I made beet soup for myself as my family doesn't like beets. I had the organic beet tops (green leafy part) left over and usually toss them into the compost pile. While on Facebook, I saw that Sherri from TT sauteed them for a meal. I decided to try them. I added them to ricotta stuffed manicotti. They were really good! I washed them well and chopped them finely, added onion and sauteed them with olive oil. I mixed in ricotta cheese and put the mixture in my large piping bag and stuffed the pasta. I put a good layer of Muri Glen organic pasta sauce and some mozzarella cheese on top and into the oven they went. They disappeared pretty quickly, although Vic had to comment that the cheese was pink. I told him that it was the beet greens, he was like "You know I hate beets, not so much because of the taste but the color." My reply was " close your eyes and have a yoga meal."
I stopped into the Red Pepper Deli in Northville to pick up a menu to figure out what to try when I'm there. It smelled really good and the food looked awesome so I can't wait to try it! It is all organic and vegan. It should prove to be an interesting meal.
Monday, February 23, 2009
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Sunday, February 15, 2009
Thursday, February 12, 2009
1/2 c applesauce
1/3 c honey or low sugar maple syrup
1/4 c brown sugar
2 eggs beaten
2 t vanilla
Beat in electric mixer bowl until all ingredients are blended and the color is light and creamy.
Sift together the following:
2 c rolled oats (not instant)
3/4 c 50/50 flour (half whole wheat and half all purpose)
1/3 c wheat germ
1/2 c flax seeds
1 t baking powder
2 t cinnamon
Add this dry to the wet mix in the mixer bowl, mix until blended. Fold in the following:
1 c raw sunflower seeds
1 c crasins (sweetened cranberries)
Scoop up tablespoons and press into rounds on parchment lined pan, bake for 15 minutes at 350 degrees.
These have a great source of omega 3 fatty acids, protein, fiber, comples carbs and are a great snack to satiate hunger without filling up on empty calories.
3 c flour ( I use 1 1/2 c whole wheat and 1 1/2 c unbleached all purpose).
1T and 1t baking powder
1/3 c ground flaxseed meal
grated peel of 1 lemon
13oz frozen or fresh blueberries
make a well in the center
In blender, blend together:
1 1/2 c skim milk
1 big handful of prunes
1/3 c oil
1/3 c orange juice
1/2c flour, 1/2 c sugar, cut in 1/4 c butter until crumbly
Pour the wet mix into the well and mix just until moistened. Scoop batter into 18 muffin tins and sprinkle with crumb topping.
Bake at 400 degrees for 15 to 18 minutes.
I ran out of eggs so I subbed in the prunes and banana, I like them better this way. Necessity is the mother of invention:)
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
“To keep our faces toward change and behave like free spirits in the presence of fate is strength undefeatable”
Helen Keller quotes
Monday, February 9, 2009
Tuesday 4:45 Wayne County Health and Wellness (private), more privates
Wednesday 11:15 Commerce Lifetime Fitness
Thursday private class
Friday 11:00 Commerce Lifetime Fitness
Every other Saturday 12:15 Commerce Lifetime Fitness
Saturday 9:00 Competitive Edge Family yoga, can be open to new students
Saturday workshops at the Life Studio in Commerce, varying themes.
I may be adding 8 week sessions to this schedule, maybe during the week at the Life studio.
Welcome to the world little one! 5. lbs 13 oz and 19 inches long! He is the first child for my brother in law Chris and his wife Maggie. I'm sad that they are so far away, and that we can't hug them and hold him. Maggie's family is all in Hong Kong and Northern China, so they get to spoil them! He looks like Alex my oldest when he was born. What a happy day!!!
Sunday, February 8, 2009
YOGA MEAL CHECKLIST
Date: __________________Place: _________________________________
Time begun: ________Time ended: _______Who with: ___________________________________
1. Remained seated. Yes ______ No ______
2. Refrained from conversation while chewing. Yes ____ No ____ (if no, % of meal _____)
3. Refrained from any external distractions: Yes _____ No ______
4. Waited until food was completely chewed and swallowed before picking up my next bite. Yes _____ No ______ (if no, % of meal _______)
5. Refrained from putting more than two handfuls of food on my plate at any one time. Finished eating my two handfuls, then waited 3-5 minutes before taking more food. Yes ______ No ______
6. Waited 2-6 hours before taking my next meal. Yes _____ No _____
Comments: (How did you enjoy your meal? What were you thinking and feeling while you ate? What was difficult? What are you learning about yourself?)
It was interesting to jot down my response to these questions and to look back at how my awareness and appreciation grew.
Remember to take those 15 minutes a day to focus on your breath and to connect with it.
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
How does one find presence? Meditation...either a silent breath focused sit or a calming tea sipping 15 minutes of quite contemplation. Shut off the TV, the Ipod and the phone. Just settle in with yourself. Allow yourself to sink into a comfortable awareness of the breath as it enters your nose. Allow feelings and thoughts to gravitate to the surface and exhale them away. Emotions that surface are not responded to, physical pain and discomfort are not registered as being yours. Let them exist as a separate sensation that you do not respond to.
Today my students thanked me for bring so patient with them. I said "Of course I am patient, what kind of yoga teacher would I be if I were impatient?" They laughed, and smiled as we recalled how little they could so prior to their yoga experience. They have come so far and are okay with having a long way to go still. Its all about being present, appreciating the moment we have right now.
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
Monday, February 2, 2009
Presence is a state of mind, an attitude and a priceless ability. It can be thought of as an ability to focus on what is happening right at that moment. Not the past or future, just that second. Free from distractions, obsessive thoughts and insecurities one is free to immerse themselves into their lives, instead of being a spectator.
Find a new, deeper sense of presence in your life.
I taught a slow flow feedback session to Corrine and Nicole. I am so grateful for their time and guidance.
I went to Whole Foods and got some Aurvedic soap, incense, lentils (French green and red), and lots of fruit and vegetables. I made vegetarian burritos and a huge salad for dinner, it was so good especially after the junk food party we had yesterday for the Superbowl. I yelled at the TV so much I am hoarse today. Especially when the Cardinal goofed that last throw, what was that? Ahh, impermanence.
Sunday, February 1, 2009
So, for the last 10 years most of the World has “spent money like there was no tomorrow” (to quote my mother and father) and we’re feeling the hangover now. It is well past time to get back to basics (I have a book by that title) and to really enjoy the free and simple pleasures in life. “We’re Cutting Back” is a frequently spoken phrase lately, but don’t despair! A little creativity and an appreciation for the comforts of home are a sense of community are within reach of all. So what can a guy or gal do for some fun during these times of renewed appreciation for “responsible monetary management?”
1) Volunteer your time to a local charity, The Salvation Army or join a group that serves the poor. Out church has a group of people who make PB& J sandwiches and serves them to the homeless in the Cass Corridor every Saturday morning. Giving a little to those who have less is the ultimate way to reconnect with humanity.
2) Attend your family and friend’s children’s school sports games. Basketball and Hockey are very easy to come by this time of year. We went to two high school hockey games to cheer on players that we know; they were relatively inexpensive for a family of 4 to attend ($12.00 for the first game and $20.00 for the second). Plus this is beneficial in two if not more ways; you support local school sports programs with your admission and you show the child in your life that you care and that is PRICELESS!
3) Check out your local library for DVDs, CDs, books, discussion groups and free lectures. This is such an underutilized resource. Plymouth just announced that in 2008 it loaned out items one million times. Wow, that is a lot of resource utilization without shelling out any cash (unless of course you’re late with returns).
4) Check out a play by a local theatre company, Plymouth has Barefoot Productions. If you live near a University there are always good local theatre and symphony performances to experience at an affordable price.
5) Check out a free yoga class at your local studio. A good idea is to check out their class schedule online and call to inquire about freebies. Some studios give one class, three classes and even an entire week free.
6) Visit ITunes for a free song of the week, and there is also a free download too from a different genre. I noticed a card at Starbucks for a free download on Tuesday. They are not the same song.
7) If your friend belongs to a gym ask them to take you as a guest. Check out the family swim time schedule and take the kids for a splash. What a great way to have some fun in the dead of winter. Consider joining when you look at the cost for the whole family to use the facility, it comes down to a few dollars a day.
8) Take you sweetie or kids camping in the living room! Seriously, pop some popcorn and pull out the sleeping bags. Cuddle up and really enjoy spend some quality time telling stories, playing games or just sacking out and watching a movie (that was free from the library).
9) Make dinner in, set the table with “fancy” glasses as my kids call them and eat by candlelight. Include the kids in menu planning, meal prep and setting the table. If you are part of a couple without children at home, surprise your partner with a romantic dinner. I’ll leave the rest to your imagination.
10) Get free recipes from epicurious.com. I love this site; it has all the recipes from Gourmet and Bon Appétit magazines. Many are simple and require minimal ingredients. What is cool is that you can enter a few items and it will pull up recipes to match.
11) Go to the mall and people watch, play ISPY, and get a small treat like a big cookie from Mrs. Fields.
12) While you are at the mall, check out free samples of cosmetics and lotions before you buy them. All stores will give you samples. This really came in handy when I got an Origins sample and could not stand the smell. I literally choked due to the intensity of the scent. I’m so glad I did not buy the product. This reminds me of the character that Jennifer Aniston played in the movie “Friends with Money.”
13) Visit a festival, street fair or art fair. There are loads of opportunities to be social, learn what is going on in your community and to connect with the world around you.
Many of these activities include spending more time with our loved ones and becoming more connected to our local communities. These small simple pleasures which occur more frequently will become cherished memories that mean more than a big trip once a year. I honestly can’t remember our many trips to Disney that we took when I was a child. I can however easily recall gardening with my mom, apple picking, baking together and our weekly trips to the library.