Saturday Senses

Saturday Senses is a way to capture the spirit of each week.

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Happy New Year everyone!

tasting :: homemade chocolate chip lara bars. you’ve got to try these – so easy and absolutely delicious.

hearing :: one hit wonders from the 80’s. thanks, vh1.

smelling :: white chili simmering on the stove. stay tuned for tuesday’s recipe edition!

seeing :: new boots! 2 pairs of new boots that fit. from the internet!

feeling :: rested and yet in no way ready to return to work.

wishing/hoping :: for a peaceful weekend and an easy re-entry back to work.

What about you?

What are your senses this Saturday?

Looking back, how was your week?

Leave a comment and tell me all about it.

This weekly tradition inspired by Pink of Perfection’s Five Sense Friday.

Don’t forget to click the links!

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Yoga+Music {notquite365} – I Am To Blame by The Maroons – Recipe Edition!

It’s Tuesday and that means the Recipe Edition!

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Ok, so it’s not Tuesday. I’ll spare you the grim details, but there wasn’t a lot of thinking about food yesterday.

The good news is I’m feeling so much better today, I just made some homemade Lara Bars!

Why make something I can easily buy at the co-op? Good question!

They are kind of expensive and as it turns out, really easy to make. So why not?

Today’s recipe is from Wellsphere with directions from OhSheGlows.

Ingredients

1/3 cup roughly chopped dates

1/2 cup raw cashews

1 Tablespoon semi-sweet chocolate chips

Pinch of cinnamon

1/2 Teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract

Directions

Follow the instructions in this post from Oh She Glows.

How easy is that?

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What about you?

What are your go-to healthy foods?

How do you change your diet based on the season?

Send me your recipe and you may find yourself featured here!

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Today’s yoga brought to you by the restorative home practice. Winter is a quiet time for practice. Thank god, because that’s the only kind I’ve got in me.

Wondering about Yoga+Music {notquite365}?

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Today’s music is


Can you tell I lived in the Pacific Northwest in the mid-90s? It’s 31 minutes of indie rock goodness.

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Yoga Teaching Update:

FREE Fridays at 4:30 with the new It’s All Yoga teachers (21st and X in Sacramento) – you’ve got to sign up onlinewww.itsallyoga.com.

These classes are for every body – level 1/2. Bring your friends!

Looking for a restorative YogaNap ?

Please check my teaching schedule for more details.

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Yoga+Music (not quite365) – Recipe Edition!

It’s Tuesday and that means the Recipe Edition!

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During the Thanksgiving break when I had the cold from hell, I invited my friend Vanessa up to give me a cooking lesson. I wanted her to teach me some easy ways in bring more seasonal fruit into my life.

While she was here she made this delicious crisp and an equally delicious salad. We ate it that night right out of the oven drizzled with vanilla yogurt and heated up the next morning for breakfast.

This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Holiday Breakfast – I know I’m planning to make it during my holidays – easy and delicious!

What are your go-to healthy foods?

How do you change your diet based on the season?

Send me your recipe and you may find yourself featured here!

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Today’s yoga brought to you by the restorative home practice.

Today’s music is – silence.

I’ve had way too much input recently. I am needing a little quiet.

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Yoga Teaching Update:

FREE Fridays at 4:30 with the new It’s All Yoga teachers (21st and X in Sacramento) – you’ve got to sign up onlinewww.itsallyoga.com.

These classes are for every body – level 1/2. Bring your friends!

Looking for a restorative YogaNap ?

THIS FRIDAY – Please check my teaching schedule for more details.

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Yoga+Music(notquite365) Time Without Consequence by Alexi Murdoch – Recipe Edition!

It’s Tuesday! And that means the Recipe Edition!  

Each Tuesday I will share an easy, nutritious recipe so you can join me in the home-cooked self-care.  

It is the last week of school and I’m feeling quite rushed for time. This need for speed has shown up in all areas of my life and especially in my kitchen. I’ve still be seeking healthy options, but during these last couple weeks the need for speed has trumped all.

I’ve eaten today’s recipe a couple of times over the last weeks and have forgotten to take photos each time. A bit preoccupied I guess.

You’ll need to picture dark green leaves, deep purple slices and bright white creamy bits with chopped nuts.

Today’s recipe is more of an assembly, rather than a cooking recipe. Thank goodness for Trader Joe’s and their inexpensive healthy ingredients.

Beet, Spinach, Goat Cheese Salad

Serves 2

1 packet of TJ’s ready to eat beets rinsed and sliced (an egg slicer makes this job so easy)

half bag of ready to eat baby spinach (rinse and dry one more time just to be sure)

a crumble of soft goat cheese

a handful of chopped nuts {pecans are my favorite}

a drizzle of olive oil

a splash of balsamic vinegar

salt and pepper to taste.

  Assemble on the plates.

 What are your go-to healthy foods? How do you change your diet based on the season? Send me your recipe and you may find yourself featured here! 

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Today’s yoga brought to you by the restorative home practice.   I’m still finishing up paperwork at school, so class seems unlikely.

Today’s music is Time Without Consequence by Alexi Murdoch.

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Yoga Teaching Update: 

 FREE Fridays at 4:30 with the new It’s All Yoga teachers (21st and X in Sacramento) – you’ve got to sign up online www.itsallyoga.com 

 These classes are for every body – level 1/2. Bring your friends! 

 I’m scheduled to teach July 9th!

 Office Hours with Michelle are on Fridays from 3:30-4:30, so come on by the studio before class and say hi!

 

 

 

Yoga+Music(notquite)365 – Day 75 – Fox Confessor Brings the Flood by Neko Case – The Recipe Edition!

Each Tuesday I’ll share an easy, nutritious recipe so you can join me in the home-cooked self-care.

SNACKS!

Today I’d like you to meet and make friends with the date. (Click the link for the nutritional information on this amazing fruit).

Dates are high in dietary fiber, low in fat, cholesterol, and sodium, and contain more potassium than bananas!

Dates are sweet, healthy, filling little treats and when they are paired with a lightly salted cashew or almond – perfection!

I keep a little container of dates and nuts in my desk at work and snack on them in class. My students are always interested in what I’m eating, but not once has one of them taken me up on the offer to try one.

I can’t even get J. to try one. He thinks they are ugly.

What do you think?

Dates! Better than bananas

Better than bananas

Please let me know if you have ever tried dates and what you think.

 What are your favorite healthy snacks? I need some ideas how to keep hunger at bay.

Please share your favorite recipes!

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Today’s yoga brought to you by me! I am teaching my BTSA (Beginning Teacher Support & Assessment) classes to new teachers today and I’ve got to get myself ready.

Today’s music is  Fox Confessor Brings the Flood by Neko Case.  – This is my reentry back into listening to music. I’ve taken some time off – being sick made me crave silence. I guess I’m finally starting to feel like myself again.

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Yoga+Music365 (day40) – Trace by Son Volt – The Recipe Edition!

Each Tuesday I’ll share an easy, nutritious recipe so you can join me in the home-cooked self-care.

Cardamom, I love you.

You smell like Fruit Loops.

You taste like perfume (in a good way).

You never fail to bring a smile to my face and make my taste buds sing.

Coconut-Cardamom Kheer

Serves 4-6

3 cups water

1 cup brown or white basmati rice

1/4 tsp salt

1 2 inch cinnamon stick

1/8 tsp whole black cardamom seeds (not whole pods)

3/4 cup coconut milk (yum)!

1/3 cup agave nectar

1/8 cup chopped almonds, plus more for garnish

2-3 dates, chopped

ground cinnamon, for garnish

1. Bring water to a boil in a large saucepan. Add rice, salt and cardamom seeds; bring to a simmer and reduce heat to low. Cover and cook 35 minutes, until rice is just tender and there is still a bit of water in the pan.

2. Add coconut milk and agave nectar. Simmer another 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally to keep coconut milk from scorching. Rice should be soft and tender. (For a creamier texture, let cool slightly and blend with a hand blender or food processor for several seconds).

3. Stir in chopped almonds and dates. Ladle into bowls and garnish with almonds and a pinch of ground cinnamon. Serve warm.

Recipe from Delicious Living, December 2008.

Please let me know if you made the recipe and what you think. Also tell me what you like and want to hear more about.

Today’s yoga brought to you by Madeleine at It’s All Yoga. She is a brilliant teacher+human and she came to my class last night which was at least 87 different flavors of awesome! 

It’s also a half-marathon training day. In the rain. Dude, I’m so committed.

Today’s music is Trace by Son Volt. Just so we’re all clear, this is one of the BEST records EVER. Click here to hear.

Don’t forget FREE Fridays at 4:30 with the new It’s All Yoga teachers (21st and X in Sacramento) – you’ve got to sign up online www.itsallyoga.com

I’m teaching 3/5/10 – so mark your calendar.

For the month of February, I’m teaching a Level 1/2 on Mondays at 5:45. Come join me.

Yoga+Music365 (day33) – Sweetheart of the Rodeo by The Byrds – The Recipe Edition!

Each Tuesday I’ll share an easy, nutritious recipe so you can join me in the home-cooked self-care.

Today’s recipe is from a Sunset Magazine cookbook recipe I found years ago and I changed it a bit.

We grow vegetables in our front yard and every year we have bunches of brocoli at one time. This year the crop didn’t do that well, so the farmer’s market has been our source for vegetables.

Pasta Risotto with Brocoli (or asparagus or other vegetable really)

Prep time: 10 minutes, Cooking time: 12-15 minutes

1 cup orzo or tiny shaped pasta

1 1/2 cups of water

1 1/2 cups broth ( I use chicken or vegetable depending on what I have)

2 cups (or more) chopped vegetables

1/4 cup parmesan cheese grated

garlic powder and dried basil

Combine water,broth, garlic, basil and pasta in a 2-3 Quart pot. Bring to boil over high heat, then reduce heat and simmer gently for 5 minutes. Add brocoli and continue to simmer until pasta has absorbed almost all liquid and mixture is like a thick soup (7 to 10 minutes), stirring often to prevent sticking.

Stir in 1/4 cup of cheese, divide and eat.

Please let me know if you made the recipe and what you think. Also tell me what you like and want to hear more about.

Today’s yoga brought to you by the home practice! It’s a half-marathon training day.

Today’s music is Sweetheart of the Rodeo by The Byrds (with Gram Parsons singing!).  Click on the album title to listen.

Don’t forget FREE Fridays at 4:30 with the new It’s All Yoga teachers (21st and X in Sacramento) – you’ve got to sign up online www.itsallyoga.com

I’m teaching 3/5/10 – so mark your calendar.

For the month of February, I’m teaching a Level 1/2 on Mondays at 5:45. Come join me.