Ah cooking! Something I absolutely LOVE to do. These are the pics of my chicken tacos and rice that I made. The awesome thing was I made my first tomatillo sauce. The recipe I followed was actually for a green chili enchilada type thing but we did tacos instead. The sauce turned out really good and I loved trying the tomatillos. I've never cooked with them before so I was excited to try something new.
And then there was BBQ... We made BBQ burgers, two types of chicken and the funky looking thing is a grillable cheese. I love cheese so when I heard there was a type of cheese you could grill I was all over it. This was actually the second type we've tried. It's rather salty yet smooth cheesy goodness. MMM!!!
On our BBQ day I also tried another first. Mushroom Parmesan Risotto. I'd heard risotto is hard and that it's easy to ruin so I was a little nervous but I love to try new things. I followed the recipe and used some tips I got from watching an episode of Good Eats called Do The Rice Thing. Ah at least my Food Network obsession is paying off.
This is a closer view of the risotto. Served with some freshly grated Parmesan cheese. YUM! Joe liked it and it was even good the next day. AMAZING!
Once we put it all together we had the risotto, burgers, grilled cheese and grilled veggies. Ah I love grilled veggies. I love cooking with Joe. We make such good food. MMMM!!!
In my last post I hinted about finishing my goal setting process and identifying my 2018 theme. My theme isn't just an arbitrary word or idea but more of a lens I can look through as I make decisions about what to say yes to, what makes it to the top of the priority list, and what is truly important in my life. For 2018 my theme is Abundance!
Abundance isn't just about being rich or having it all. Abundance to me is being in flow with my life's purpose, being surrounded by love and friendship, and having gratitude for all that I have in my life. Abundance is about trusting that the things we need will come our way and that by expressing gratitude for what we do have we can expand our ability to love and serve others and receive the same in return. I want to make choices that bring me abundance or that allow me to share abundance with others.
As I've been going through Yoga Teacher Training I have gone back and forth between wanting to practice either following along in a class or video or wanting to just free flow and do whatever felt right for my body at the time. As a parent and full time professional, I can say that some days if I didn't just free flow a few poses before dropping into my evening meditation, I would go days or weeks without practicing yoga. So, for me at this point in my life I do find some value in having the knowledge to tackle the things I need most at that time.
When I have the time and space to participate in a full practice I can tell you it's night and day different. A full practice can provide you with the structure you need to find balance. A well structured practice often has seated poses, standing poses, backbends, and maybe even some inversions. It will ensure you're working both the left and right sides of your body equally and will provide you the adequate time to process y…
I truly believe yoga can be for everyone and every body so I want to start a series of blog posts that can help you activate each yoga asana (poses) in a way that's accessible and meaningful for you. My favorite part of my Yoga Teacher Training was learning modifications for each pose and gaining a deeper understanding of what each pose can bring to your life.
I am hopeful this series will help when you attend a class or practice along with a video at home so you can understand what each pose does for your body and make the proper adjustments that still allow you to get the most out of each pose. I will also share easy ways to modify your poses with what you have at home so you don't have to go out and buy expensive yoga props until you're ready to make that investment (or at all).
The first pose I want to help you understand is a favorite of mine. It's easy and one that most people will be able to safely and easily practice. Even if you think you're too busy to p…