Entries from June 29th, 2011

6.30.2011

January Jones and Alyssa Milano meet Happy Baby Pose

Photo Kevin Perkins/Juan Sharma,PacificCoastNews.com via Eonlinenews.com

January Jones and Alyssa Milano are keeping active throughout their pregnancies with yoga!  Thanks to Eonlinenews.com who we can always count on to keep us in the loop on the celebs.  It always makes me smile when I read about celebrity yoga fans!

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6.30.2011

“Comfortable With Uncertainty”

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Gosh how I love online shopping!  It’s 1:30am and I just purchased a book recommended by one of my amazing yoga instructors. (I hope someone says that about me one day!)  I’ve been so busy lately between work, yoga, and getting ready to move that there’s no way I’d make it to the bookstore anytime soon. Thank goodness for online shopping (and prices ebay and Amazon)  Some yoga instructors read brief scripts, inspirational or relaxing messages during savasana and recently one of my teachers read something out of “Comfortable with Uncertainty” by Pema Chödrön.  After class another student commented on how wonderful his class messages always are from this book.  I’m happy he shared it with us and so excited to get my copy in the mail!  Should be a good thought provoking book.  I wonder if I’ll one day read to my class from this very same book?

Here’s what the reviews have to say

“Gently, conversationally, and with humor, Comfortable with Uncertainty offers strategies for seeing and thinking differently. For many people the approach is nothing less than transformational.”—Boston Globe

“Chödrön’s radical words of wisdom unlock doors and shine warm light into the darkness of human cynicism and despair.”—Utne Reader

“Chödrön’s voice is gently humorous, always kind, and seemingly infinitely wise.”—L.A. Times

Description of Book

This book by the renowned American Buddhist nun offers short, stand-alone readings designed to help us cultivate compassion and awareness amid the challenges of daily living. More than a collection of thoughts for the day, Comfortable with Uncertainty offers a progressive program of spiritual study, leading the reader through essential concepts, themes, and practices on the Buddhist path.

Comfortable with Uncertainty does not assume prior knowledge of Buddhist thought or practice, making it a perfect introduction to Pema Chödrön’s teachings on lovingkindness, meditation, mindfulness, “nowness,” letting go, and working with fear and other painful emotions. Through the course of this book, readers will learn practical methods for heightening awareness and overcoming habitual patterns that block compassion.

Amazon.com Review

Comfortable with Uncertainty reads like a perfect companion guide to the traditional 108-day Buddhist retreat. In a day-by-day format, author Pema Chödrön dives into the soothing wisdom of Tibetan Buddhism, reminding us that groundlessness is the only ground we have to stand on. Each of her 108 teachings are brief (about two pages), and all of them are excerpted from longer discussions in Chödrön’s previous bestselling books (The Places That Scare You and When Things Fall Apart). Nonetheless, newcomers as well as seasoned fans of Chödrön’s writing will glean much from this training program for becoming a “warrior bodhisattva”–a term which, simply put, means one who aspires to act from an awakened heart.

Gradually, Chödrön guides readers beyond the tunnel vision of the self, expanding outward to include compassion for all of humanity. In the 12th teaching, “The Root of Suffering,” Chödrön writes: “What keeps us unhappy and stuck in a limited view of reality is our tendency to seek pleasure and avoid pain, to seek security and avoid groundlessness, to seek comfort and avoid discomfort.” In the 77th teaching, “Cool Loneliness,” she suggests that the next time readers wake up in the morning feeling the “heartache of alienation” they try to “relax and touch the limitless space of the human heart.” By the 101st teaching, Chödrön speaks to “taking refuge in the Sangha,” meaning becoming warriors who are not only committed to taking off their own armors of self-pity, but are also committed to gently helping others do the same. Student warriors will also appreciate the glossary, bibliography, and resource guide in the back. –Gail Hudson

6.30.2011

Behind the Scenes with Baron Baptiste Interview!

Photo from Who Is Baron Baptiste

I am so thrilled Yoga Journal shared the behind-the-scenes interview with Baron Baptist at the August 2011 Master Class Photoshoot!  Baron is the founder of Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga founder and this is the yoga I am in teacher training for!!  It is my passion.  I am so grateful for the wonderful ways Baptiste Yoga has influenced my lifestyle.  Thank you for sharing Yoga Journal!

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6.30.2011

Summer Watermelon Salad: A MUST for 4th of July

photo taken by me

Oh-my-WOWZA!  This is amazing!    I realize I’m food crazy this week.  Bare with me, I’m excited to find healthy and yummy options for the holiday as we are off from teacher training this weekend.  This is an absolute MUST for your fourth of July BBQ!

I can’t explain how much of a special touch the fresh lemon-mint juice adds. It’s incredible the flavor combination it creates with the sweet juicy watermelon and blueberries, really!  Put this watermelon salad high on your “things to make” list.  It’s so easy and worth it.  I’ll be making this all summer until I am so sick of watermelon I can’t eat it any longer!  I keep sneaking back to the kitchen and might eat the entire bowl tonight!  The juice on it’s own is even a treat, it’s like some watermelon-lemonaide with hint of mint! A special THANK YOU to Chef Amy of Wild Mangos Belize who sent in her suggestion to add to my list of Fourth of July Red, White, n Blue Favorite Recipes. A serious WINNER!


Ingredients:

  • 3 cups fresh diced watermelon
  • 2 cups fresh blueberries
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 TBSP sugar (it called for more, you don’t need it if the fruit is already sweet!)
  • 3-5 fresh mint springs (and more for garnish)
  • 1 large lemon or 2 small lemons
  • pinch of salt

Directions:

  • Bring 1/2 cup water and 1 TBSP sugar to a simmer on stove.
  • Remove from the heat and add 3-5  mint sprigs and steep 10 minutes.
  • Discard the mint; add juice of lemon and the entire grated zest of the lemon
  • And a pinch of salt.
  • Toss with 2 cups blueberries and 3 cups cubed watermelon. Top with chopped fresh mint.  Refrigerate 30 minutes stand 15 minutes. Top with chopped mint and stir before serving.

The original recipe came from Food Network Watermelon Salad and I made a few alterations reflected in the above recipe.

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6.30.2011

Photo of the Day

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo by Darko Sikman (his photographs from around the world are stunning!)

Yoga teacher Kristen Schneider

I love this picture, I wish I knew more about where she was and who she is.  Beautiful.

6.30.2011

Move Over Potato Chips: Crispy Baked Lemon Kale Chips

Oh my have I been getting into new recipes!  Don’t worry, my continual posting of what’s cookin’ in my kitchen will only last a few days.  Between the upcoming holiday and yoga teacher training I’m totally excited about new healthy recipe finds!  This ones another keeper!

You might be thinking “Kale Chips??”  Yea, me too.  In fact, I’ve never even purchased Kale before.  The closest thing I’ve cooked with is Collard Greens.  My good friend and amazing Chef Amy mentions Kale Chips on facebook this afternoon and within hours I was at the produce market sure enough purchasing Kale!  She also inspired me for what I’m making tomorrow!

I threw together my own amounts of each ingredient after googling seasoning ideas.  I didn’t follow an exact recipe and you really can’t mess this up.  It’s so easy!

Ingredients

  • 1 bunch kale (washed, dried, and cut into small pieces)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 lemon
  • dash sea salt
  • optional:  you could replace the lemon with any seasoning.  I’m sure paprika, garlic, cayenne, or Moroccan spices would be fantastic!

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350°
  • Mix ingredients together coating all of the Kale
  • Bake for 12-15 minutes until kale is dark green and crispy

  • Cool and enjoy!

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6.29.2011

Thick Banana Coffee Smoothie or Protein Shake

YUM!  I have just created the most delicious banana coffee shake!  (Well, I didn’t literately create it, I am sure plenty of people make a variation of it!)  Trust me, it may sound like a strange combo but bananas and coffee are amazing together!  The smell alone will have you loving it.  If you’re a frappuccino fan, you will thank me.  I always toss brown bananas right into the freezer when they turn brown, perfect for shakes and no need to use ice.  It makes an even thicker shake that way.   Walking down the coffee aisle  Nescafe Taster’s Choice Single Serve Intant Packet jumped out at me.  I normally sip fresh brewed coffee however instant coffee works great for cooking and smoothies!  I think these flavored single packs would also be great for iced coffee!   I picked up the vanilla one, it smells sooooooo good mixed into the shake!   It actually makes me curious to try it prepared as hot coffee.  I checked out their website and right now they’re offering Taster’s Choice Free Samples! Anyhow, my banana coffee shake is so good it’s like drinking an ice cream milkshake!

Between work and other things I didn’t have time to eat lunch today.  While I typically am not a fan of replacing my meals with shakes this protein shake was so delicious and simple.  Great post workout shake too.  (don’t worry. I’m sure I’ll eat plenty for dinner now!)

Ingredients

Mmmmmmmm…. tastes like an ice cream milkshake!

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6.29.2011

Fourth of July Recipes: My Favorite Finds. Vote on your favs

I love red, white and blue festive recipes!  It’s time to start thinking about what you’re serving or bringing to the holiday parties this weekend.  I’ve been going through recipes for days trying to find things that are yummy and healthy but since it is a holiday I’ve budged just a little on a few. Here are my favorite 4th of July Red White n’ Blue finds! I have to add the adorable Watermelon Shark I posted earlier to the list too, it’s such a cute way to serve watermelon or mixed fruits.  I hope to try some of these this weekend!  (and by the way, I’ve tried to post and repost this over and over and for some reason it’s the only post where it continues to appear with strange alignment yet not in my draft!)

I’ve never tried any of these recipes so which ones do you think I should make? Let me know if you have recipe suggestions to share!


Awe, these pancakes are adorable and so special for 4th of July morning!  Easy to make these healthier (and I think tasty) using wheat flour.  Recipe and photo from I am Mommy

Yum, yum.  Fresh strawberry, blueberry, marshmallow kabobs!  Beautiful way to serve fruit at a 4th of July BBQ and great way to make fruit fun for the kids.  Recipe and photo from Make and Take

Gorgeous

red, white and blue light potato salad.  This recipe looks outstanding and keeps it light without a mayo dressing.  I’ll have to try this even if it’s with just regular potatoes. Recipe and photo on Recipe Girl

Yum!!  These Americana Oatmeal Cookies look chewy and crunchy! Pomegranate, Blueberry, and White Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies sound amazing.  Recipe and photo on Created by Diane

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Bomp Pops?  These healthier homemade ones look even better!   They look creamy and not overly sweet with cran-raspberry juice and blueberries surprise. I have got to try these!  Recipe and photo on Honest Fare

Pretty sure everyone loves Candied Apples, they’ll at least be a hit with the kids!  I still like them, cut into slices off the stick.  They’re so beautiful serve on a plate of blueberries.  Recipe on Better Homes and Gardens

Frosty Fireworks (Flavored Ice)  This is too cool!  I never thought about flavored colored ice.  As the cubes melt, colored bubbles will swirl through the water if you seve them in seltzer! It’s so simple, pretty, and adds a hint of refreshing flavor to water.  Awesome 4th of July touch.  Recipe and photo on Disney Family Fun

I want a sip of this Watermelon Sherbet Smoothie right now!   It looks so beautiful and refreshing.  Sounds delicious with the hint of lime too.  It stood out when searching recipes because I thought it was garnished with blueberries when in fact those are mini chocolate chips.  I think blueberries actually sounds tastier, refreshing and makes this a total festive 4th of July hit!  Recipe and photo from Taste of Home

Gorgeous festive Sangria!  Personally I’d suggest leaving out the schnaps, making it more like authentic sangria, tastier and healthy.  The starfruit and strawberries are so pretty.  How refreshing.  Recipe and photo at The Hazel Bloom.

WOW!

Red, White and Blueberry Cheesecake Bars that believe it or not happens to be a LOWER FAT CHEESECAKE RECIPE!  Raspberries and blueberries in reduced fat cheesecake, brilliant!   I love the idea of cheesecake squares rather than cake slices.  You have to at least check out the recipe page where they show pictures of every step of the baking process.  Red, white, and BEAUTIFUL.  Recipe on Recipe Girl

This one came from a reader!  LOVE IT! Thank you Chef Amy! Yum, watermelon with lime and mint and blueberries thrown into it.   Paradise.  Recipe from the Food Network This would work perfectly in the Watermelon Shark I featured earlier.

Send me your favorite finds if you wish to be featured or pictures after your holiday celebration of what you prepared!

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6.29.2011

How to Make a Watermelon Shark

This is too cute!  I love when people get crafty with fruits and veggies.  A watermelon Shark is so much fun for a 4th of July BBQ, beach or pool party!  I could even see this at a kid’s themed bday party and adult potlucks!  It’s fitting for everyone and anything this summer.  Check out how to to make a Watermelon Shark over at Crafty Cupcake Girl’s Baby Shower Creations byLilli.  Thanks for sharing your awesome shark Lilli!

6.29.2011

Starbucks Natural Fusions & Silk Soy or Almond Milk Coupons

I’ve never heard of Starbuck’s Natural Fusions, have you?  Is it new?  The $1.50 off coupon makes me want to try it!  To find it click on Beverages(left side) from this link at Coupons.com

Here’s another really great coupon also listed on Coupons.com (again sort by clicking “beverages” on left side) $1.00 off Silk Soy or Almond milk, a product many of you probably already purchase.   Just click and print.  Great deal!  Natural and healthy products are so costly so I love good coupons for these types of things!

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