Archive | October, 2012

Chocolate Berry Hemp Protein Smoothie

27 Oct

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Since I’ve been doing yoga so much, as in everyday, I haven’t been making many smoothies. I feel like I need more of there nutritional, goodness in my life. This morning I was busy, blending one up in my ninja.

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Chocolate Berry Hemp Protein Smoothie

Yeild: 1 1/2 cups or one serving

Ingredients:

• 1 cup berries of choice
• 1/2 banana
• 1 cup chocolate almond milk
• 1 Tbsp hemp protein powder

Directions:

1. Place all the ingredients into your blender, ninja etc and blend away. If its too thick, add more almond milk until desired consistency is achieved.

2. Enjoy immediately.

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Down the hatch it goes!

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My kids are growing up

24 Oct

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My youngest daughter is almost 7. Her birthday is on November 1st. It seems like yesterday, that she was just a tiny baby. She’s in grade 1 and reading and writing, better then I remember doing at her age.

Times have sure changed. We teach our children to read and write at earlier ages. We teach them to us computers, iPhones, the Xbox etc. practically from birth. I graduated from high school 12 years ago and barely learned to type then. I can’t imagine how far advanced they will be from me, as they continue to grow and advance, in this technologically based world we live in.

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Zoe loves to wear high heels.

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My oldest daughter is 10. She is now up to my nose. Her feet are bigger then mine. Very soon, she will tower over me. I wish I could slow down the eternal, ticking, clock. That is not the case. I must embrace the change. We are forever evolving and growing, while dying, day by day. I hope that I may teach my children all that I know. I want them to learn from my mistakes, so that they will not have to endure many of the hardships, bestowed upon me. That being said, I enjoy watching them grow and develop their own skills and talents.

Zoe has an innate dancing ability, that I could only hope to possess. You should see her play Dance Central on the xbox Kinect. She’s amazing. Her math skills are way above mine, as well.

Then there is Ava. She has an innate artistic ability, that I know is party due to my own artistic and creative expressions. She’s amazing with animals as well. Never before had I witnessed a child of 9 months pet and cuddle a dog or cat instantly. There was never any excited hitting and hair pulling from her.

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Hanging out at Target. Trying on shoes just for the fun of it.

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Sausage Sandwich with Spicy Mayo

22 Oct

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Uh!!! Don’t you hate it when your working on something on your computer and you lose all your work? That just happened with this post. I guess I have no other choice, but to begin again. Hopefully, this post will be better, then the one I was working. Here it goes!

Last week, I spent a fair amount of time looking up new recipes for homemade meat substitutes. I started looking up recipes for making seitan. Then, I found myself on Vegan Dads blog. He had an amazing recipe for sausages. I had to make it. The recipe is from Ida Chandra
I got busy whipping them up in my ninja. It wasn’t until they were steaming that I realized I forgot something. That’s right! I forgot the nutritional yeast. I even doubled the recipe. Oh well. They still turned out really good. Next time, I’ll be more careful. It’s not like this is the first time this has happened. My youngest daughter loves to cook and bake with me. She’s pretty much my shadow. The only problem with this is that, she is a talker. I have a hard time concentrating on what I’m doing, when she’s around. I either have to remind her to be quiet or really focus and be aware with what I’m doing. Anybody else have problems like these?

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Heating the sausages, straight from the freezer.

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Sautéing the sausages with onions, garlic and mushrooms.

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Making spicy mayo.

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Sausage Sandwich

Yield: 2 or so…

Ingredients:

• 2 sausages
• 1 Tbsp olive oil
• 1/2 an onion, diced
• 1 garlic clove, minced
• 4 baby portobello mushrooms
• 1/4 tsp dill
• 1/4-1/2 tsp cumin
• 1/4-1/2 tsp chili powder
• 1 tsp Tapatío
• 1 Tbsp lime juice
• 2 tsp agave
• salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

1. Sauté the sausages in the oil. Mine were frozen. I slightly browned them on all sides. Then, I put them on a cutting board, to cut them up into chunks. Afterwards, I put them back into the sauté pan.

2. Next, add the onion, garlic and mushrooms. Sauté for about 7 more minutes.

3. Now, add the rest of the ingredients.
Cook for about 5 more minutes. The sausages will soak up a lot of the seasoning.

Spicy Mayo

Ingredients:

• 1/3 cup veganase
• 1-3 tsp Tapatío

Directions:

1. Mix veganase and Tapatío together.

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Now put everything together

Spread the spicy mayo onto both sides of your bread or toast. Top with the sausage mixture and some spinach.

This was really filling for me. I’m not that big though. I could only eat half of the sandwich.

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I would highly recommend adding half of a green and red pepper to this dish. I would’ve, but I didn’t have any on hand.

Yoga is the Bomb!

19 Oct

I started doing yoga again. It’s been almost 4 years, since I last did yoga. I am now at the point where I feel like I need to practice yoga everyday. It’s my 6th week. I started out my first week doing 2 sessions. The following week I did 3 sessions. At that point, I set a goal to do yoga 5 days a week. My third week of yoga, I did 4 sessions. By my 5th week, I reached my goal of 5 days. My current goal is 7 days. I am on point for achieving this now. One more day and ill be there.

The key to achieving your goals is to set small, little, achievable goals. Slow and steady wins the race. This way you won’t get burnt out or lose hope. I have seen the difference that setting small goals has made in my life. I must be present in this moment and this moment only. Thinking too much about the future brings me a wave, upon waves, of anxiety. Thinking too much about the past, keeps me in the past. Trying to find hope and beliefs again in myself and the process of life, has been my greatest struggle, as of late. Yoga has been helping, little by little, one day at a time. I’m learning to let go, to forgive and move on. I am learning to heal my heart, mind, body and soul. Without the practice of yoga in my daily life, I’d be living in the past, unchanged.

These are the videos that I have been doing.

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In all, there are 5 different videos for me to do. It’s amazing to me, that every time I repeat a video, from a day or week before, it feels new again. This really makes the practice of yoga, easier to keep doing. Everyday is a new day. Everyday, my body is a little more flexible. With each new practice, I gain strength. I let go more. I learn more and I grow. I am more open and aware. The more I let go, the more I am whole.

Seane Corn says this and/or something like this in each of the videos.

“Release into the earth anything that you are holding onto that is not of love. Let go of resentment, disappointment, hurt, judgment, let go of heartbreak. May our hearts open fully and completely. May we embrace this love. Share it generously and fearlessly and allow it to impact every aspect of our being. May this love cleanse us, open and expand us and make us whole. May we forgive”.

“We practice yoga so that we can be present,
So that we can open ourselves to the beauty and the abundance that is our world.
It is such a privilege to be apart of this great creation.
May we never take a single moment or being for granted”.

“Place your palms into namaste
We give thanks for all of our blessings; For the food we eat ,the air we breath and for the planet who gives us her all. Thank-you to all the people in our life’s who have contributed to our growth and joy. May we have the strength commitment and understanding necessary to continue to purify ourselves the physical and emotional toxins so that we can be present and healthy and always. May there be peace within and beyond and may that peace unite all. Namaste”.
Seane Corn

I love it! I look forward to the days that I do her videos, because she says these things. Her words help me so much. Did you know that namaste translated is “The divine peace in me greets the divine peace in you.” I just learned this the other day.

I must do yoga everyday. By my 3rd week, I was already feeling like this was what I needed everyday.

Update

I was going threw some boxes the other day and found a long lost yoga video.

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This is one of the first yoga videos I ever bought, 10 years ago! I’m super excited to add these sessions to my morning yoga practice. I did the first two videos today. My arms are sure going to be sore tomorrow. Love it!

If your happy or your sad get dressed up!

18 Oct

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I absolutely, love to dress up! Most days you will find me in a dress or skirt, with my hair done all fancy and a full made-up face. Then, i’ll add earrings, bracelets and rings to boot. Most people tell me I look prettier without all my make-up, or they say they can’t tell the difference. I don’t care! I do it all for me. It makes me feel good about myself. If I don’t get ready first thing after yoga, I will not have a very productive day. When I look great, I feel great and I do great things.

If your having a bad day and you don’t feel like getting out of bed, I suggest you jump out of bed and shout with joy. Lol! (As I was reading this out loud, Zoe walked passed me. She said “seriously” and started laughing). That just goes to prove my point, if you do something to make yourself laugh, you will instantly feel a little better.

The next thing i would suggest you do is shower. After you do your hair and make-up, get dressed in your favorite outfit. Put on jewelry. Look in the mirror and say I am beautiful. I am strong. I am happy. I can do anything. If that doesn’t brighten your day, you might like to add one more step.

I do this everyday. Turn on your favorite music. Turn it up loud and dance. I normally turn my music on, right before I get into the shower. Then, I have a shower dance party. I even continue dancing naked waiting for my lotion to dry. Sorry to say, but this is a G rated site and I will not be posting pictures of me naked here. Lol!

Anyways, here are more pictures of what I wore today.

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I had a very interesting time trying to take these all by myself. I set my timer on 5 seconds, which wasn’t quite long enough. Then, I tried 15 seconds and that was a little too much time. In the photo above I’m looking at my daughter, as she’s talking to me. Needless to say, I wasn’t very prepared.

I don’t think I’m very photogenic. I’ve heard otherwise from friends and my mother, most of all. I think the key to getting a good photo is taking a lot of photos. I took too many to count, just to get a couple for this blog post. I always take a lot of pictures.

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I took all of these photos plus the ones below, in order to get 5 good photos.

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A Smiling Tip

I’m not good at smiling for photos. I can’t hold a smile waiting for someone to take a picture. I always look so phony. It took me years to learn what to do. The key for me is waiting. Right before the flash goes off I smile. It works like a charm every time. If your like me and not good at smiling for photos, I suggest you try my tip.

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