Thursday, October 30, 2014

There's something happening here...

Lately I've been...

practicing yoga instead of blogging in the morning.

reading yoga homework instead of friend's blogs.

preparing to teach my 4-minute section of a 20-minute group project next week.

realizing that four minutes isn't a whole lot of time, but in some ways it feels like forever. I do know how to say, "Inhale and extend your right leg behind you" so why do I stumble on that?!?! ~sigh~

knowing that my jittery nerves are normal and that the people I'm presenting to don't mind if I stumble.

loving my classmates who attend yoga teacher training with me. We are building such a wonderful and interesting bond within our group.

planning a private yoga class for a few local friends as part of my graduation package.

drawing mandalas and really loving the process!

singing Sanskrit chants in my mind {ok...and in my car and in the shower...}

learning that I love learning about yoga. My 200-hour certification will be done on December 21st and I want more. Just like they said I would...

reminding myself that just because I totally dig yoga doesn't mean that everyone I know is open to it (bummer).

feeling so grateful for my yoga practice.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Secret Recipes and Blueberry Surprise Cake

A sweet local friend who reads my blog {Hi Sue} read my post about my sister's friend who keeps her famous brownie recipe a secret. Sue graciously sent me her brownie recipe to try and it's now my go-to recipe when there's a brownie craving in our family. Yummy!!!

Along with the brownie recipe, Sue also included a family recipe for a blueberry surprise cake. She told of a time when she was a little girl, and how she helped her great aunt, Helen, in the kitchen. Helen was a fantastic baker, and very secretive with her methods. She must have been very fond of Sue, because not only did she share baking tips with her young niece, but she also shared her recipe for blueberry surprise cake, much to Sue's grandmother's surprise.

I had a chance to make the blueberry surprise cake last weekend and OhMyGoodness it is YUMMY! I asked Sue if I could share her story and she graciously said yes, and she encouraged me to share her aunt Helen's secret recipe as well. "Isn't that what cooking is about?" reasoned Sue, "nurturing the ones we love?" Well, yes, I think so!

Doug loved this blueberry surprise cake, and so did my coworkers. Many thanks to Sue for sharing the recipe with me, and to Aunt Helen, who may be looking down from above watching me type her secret recipe for all the internet to see. :o)

Aunt Helen's Blueberry Surprise Cake
3 c. sifted cake flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder
1 c. sugar
1/2 lb. (2 sticks) butter
2 eggs, beaten
1 c. sour cream
1 tsp. vanilla
1 can blueberry pie filling
1/2 c. flour
1/2 c. sugar
6 t. butter

Sift together flour, baking soda, baking powder and sugar in a bowl. Cut butter into dry ingredients until it resembles a coarse meal. Add beaten eggs, sour cream and vanilla and beat until well mixed.

Spread half of the cake batter into a greased 9x13" cake pan. Top with pie filling, spreading in the middle but not all the way to the edge. Top with remaining cake batter. The batter is thick, so you'll want to dollop it by small spoonfuls on top of the blueberry pie filling and use a wet knife to spread it so that all of the pie filling is covered. {I put a scant "half" on the bottom, and saved a little more batter for the top.}

Combine topping ingredients in a small bowl and sprinkle on top of cake. Bake at 375° for about 40 minutes until top of cake is golden brown.

Thank Heaven for Aunt Helen and Sue.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Just a Quote for Friday

my mom's strawberry wind chime ~ now hanging in my craft room

"Every moment of our life can be
the beginning of great things."

~ Juan Mascaro, Translator's Introduction to the 1962 Edition, Bhagavad Gita

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Yoga Journal - Old School Craft

Yo - guess what?! I crafted!

Ok, well, I crafted back in August and am just now blogging about it. :o)

When my yoga teacher training started, I took some time and covered a basic composition notebook to use for my note taking in class. I had a couple of large sheets of pretty paper I'd purchased years ago, so I busted those out, trimmed them to size, spread some Yes! paste and loved the results.

I placed a piece of wax paper between the cover and the book page until the paste dried to keep them from sticking together.

And I attached a couple of strands of ribbon to use as bookmarks by punching a hole in the top of the front cover and threading them through.

Truth be told, the ribbons kind of get in the way and aren't as handy as I thought they'd be, but I think they look pretty.

I'm 10 weeks in to a 19 week program and this book is almost full of yummy yoga notes. How can I ever go back to using a plain ol' composition notebook for volume two? Can't. Time to bring out the Yes! paste again...

Monday, October 20, 2014

This Weekend's Color Dash 5k

"I've always wanted to do a color dash," she said.
"Not me," I replied.

"It looks like so much fun," she said.
"What's in the colored powder that they throw at you?" I asked. "Is it safe to breathe? Will it wash out of our clothes?"

"I won't be able to wear my contacts because of that powder," I told her. "I won't be able to see."
"I'll drive," she retorted. "You won't have to see."

Carrie caught me in a weak moment back in July, and I had barely agreed to participate in this color dash when she quickly purchased tickets for this event. For the past three months we have gently fussed about this - me resisting and Carrie convincing me that we'd have fun.

And for the most part, it was fun. Just being able to hang out with my girl was fun, participating in an event to benefit Down Syndrome awareness was a worthy cause, the weather was beautiful (though a tad on the warm side), and up until the end when one of the powder-throwers tossed a handful of blue powder smack in Carrie's face (why?!?!?) it was a different kind of fun to participate in something like a color dash.

{photo taken before the dash began, pre-powdered faces}

"In the long run, I think you had more fun that I did," she said.
"Probably," I replied. "And we can check this off our bucket list because I wouldn't do it again."

And at last, we agreed.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Just a Quote for Friday

"We are all mortal until the first kiss and the second glass of wine."

~ Eduardo Galeano

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Sedona Rocks

Happy Thursday, blog friends.
I mentioned in my Monday post that Carrie and I had made a little trip to Sedona over the weekend and that I'd share some photos later in the week. Turns out that I didn't take a whole lot of photos that day, other than of a bunch of cairns along the trail at Crescent Moon Park.

The purpose of our trip that day was, well, first just to be in Sedona - it's our favorite place in Arizona. And second, so that Carrie could take some photos of me doing yoga poses with red rocks as our backdrop. {I used one in yesterday's post.} I'm not sure how many of the yoga photos I'll share, I suppose I'll do that here and there, but I don't want to make a spectacle of my yoga self so I'll be discrete.

The number of cairns stacked along this trail is mesmerizing - photos don't do the vibe justice.

Combine the magical feel of the cairns with the stunning scenery of Sedona, and you have yourself a fantastic afternoon and a beautiful stroll!

I seriously want to go back again this weekend...

Thanks, Sedona. We'll see you again soon...
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