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yin yang yoga + saturday things

today i woke up around 9, laid in bed for a while, then started work in the kitchen. this week b and i got an order from the fruit guys (i wanted to try them out; i want to join a csa but they don’t run in the winter) so i decided to use up that produce. we got (this was the “regional fruit & veggie”):

  • 4 beets
  • bunch of spinach
  • yellow fingerling potatoes (a bunch of small ones)
  • scallions
  • mushrooms
  • 4 apples (different kinds)

i made a frittata and a “breakfast bar”-type thing. i’ll post recipes separately. the delivery is free; the box was $26. it’s definitely overpriced but it was convenient. i’m not sure if i’ll order it again.

when those were finished i made coffee for b and tea for myself. we sat around chatting until 1pm when tickets for sasquatch went on sale (a big group of us are going). b bought the tickets and i did this quick and dirty body weight workout.

then it was off to yoga as usual (we’ve been going every saturday with some friends to the same yoga class). it’s a yin yang class, which means that it is a mix of long holds (yin) and fiery flow (yang). it’s 90 minutes and i love it. b and our friends enjoy it too. it’s such a fun tradition. we follow it up with a late lunch at whole foods.

we never got around to eating the frittata this morning so i think we’ll have it for dinner instead.

what do you do for workouts? have you tried yin yoga? have you ever gotten produce delivery?

Walking the Happy Walk & the Aisle

I have had a really amazing 6 day streak of happiness. Ever since Wednesday night I’ve been over the moon. Since I’m in such a good mood I wanted to give an update about the thing that makes me the happiest girl in the world: getting married to Bobby, the most amazing man I have ever met! (The engagement post is here.) I am also excited about a product review that I’m going to do for a company that sells bar stools – stay tuned icon smile Walking the Happy Walk & the Aisle Maybe I will get some bar stools for my wedding, hehe.

We have picked a place for the ceremony – the meetinghouse I grew up going to in Yardley, PA. Here is a nice picture (this is in the winter):

yardley friends meeting Walking the Happy Walk & the Aisle

They are so sweet – when my dad told them I was getting married they blocked off every weekend in July for us (we still haven’t picked the exact date).

Now for the reception! We have a few options. We may be able to have it at the meetinghouse, if we can get them to let us have wine and beer (Quakers typically do not drink, myself included). If that doesn’t work out, we will likely have it at my parents’ house in New Jersey. My really sweet Auntie Jo and Uncle Morris (remember our gingerbread houses?) offered their house (in Flushing) for the reception as well – they have a great backyard. I think we will have a party there this summer anyway even if we don’t hold the reception there.

Speaking of Auntie Jo, we took a really awesome cooking class last week… I must update about that. Soon, I promise. It was called “Eat Local, Drink Global” and the focus was fish. The very talented Peter Berley was the teacher. I think Bobby is jealous of my celebrity crush on him.

Onto the food! Here are some yummy things I have eaten recently: frozen yogurt from Berrywild – The Art of Yogurt.

berrywild frozen yogurt Walking the Happy Walk & the Aisle

Berrywild has two kinds of yogurt – “berry smooth” and “kinda icy”. Bobby and I both got “kinda icy”. So good! I will definitely go back. Bobby always gets toppings but I am too cheap for them.

I like to switch up my morning breakfast grains (when I go for grains). This is grits with lots of cinnamon (that’s why it’s kind of brown and looks like oat bran). I topped it with agave nectar and coconut oil.

grits coconut agave Walking the Happy Walk & the Aisle

I don’t understand what the difference is between coconut oil and coconut butter. The oil is solid at room temperature, so it’s kind of buttery. The butter melts really easily just like the oil. Are they the same?

I went through a phase once where I did not eat much oil or any fats in general, and I was miserable. I couldn’t get full not matter how much I ate, I was cold, my skin was dry, and I was cranky as hell. Healthy fats can be revitalizing for your skin, hair, hormones, etc… Fats are so necessary in a healthy diet! I would even go so far as to say that eating more fat will help you lose weight, provided that you don’t overdo it. When I eat more carbs and less fats, I gain weight; when I do the opposite, I lose (or maintain, if I want to).

What’s your favorite healthy fat? I think mine is coconut oil or butter. Love them both.

Recipe: Banana Oat Cookies (with goodies!)

One of my very first recipes I ever posted was a recipe for oatmeal raisin cookies. I had been making them almost nightly for my housemates (this was my last semester at Cornell in December 2007)and they were disappearing as quickly as I could cook them. I called them Oatmeal Raisin Applesauce Cookies; that was one of the first times I “healthified” a recipe.

oatmealcookiesmilk thumb Recipe: Banana Oat Cookies (with goodies!)

This weekend I spent time in New Jersey visiting my family. My sister is an avid baker and she wanted to make oatmeal cookies on Saturday, so of course I recommended my recipe. We were out of applesauce and I don’t believe in margarine anymore so I told her how to change it around. They came out so well that I want to repost it here.

Banana Oat Cookies With Treats

jan032010017 thumb Recipe: Banana Oat Cookies (with goodies!)

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup flour (whole wheat or white)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves or other spice (optional)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 banana, mashed
  • 1/3 cup sugar (could probably even use less)
  • 1 egg white
  • 1.5 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1.5 cups oats (quick cooking)
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/4 cup crushed walnuts
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375F. Soak raisins in hot water for 10 minutes while you prep the dough; drain.
  2. Mix the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and spices together. Set aside.
  3. Mix the mashed banana, oil, sugar, egg white, and vanilla together.
  4. Stir in the flour mixture, then add the oats and goodies (drained raisins, walnuts, chocolate chips).
  5. Use a tablespoon to drop the cookies on a greased cookie sheet. Bake for 12-14 minutes.
  6. Enjoy!
  7. Note: to make these vegan, you could probably just omit the egg white.

jan032010021 thumb Recipe: Banana Oat Cookies (with goodies!)

We had ours with homemade almond milk (recipe to come – I have to get it from Julia).

I brought back a bunch with me to New York because Bobby adores these. Oatmeal raisin is his favorite kind of cookie.

I’ve asked this before, but I’ll ask it again… what’s your favorite cookie? Mine was sugar cookie/snickerdoodle growing up, then it changed to chocolate chip and chocolate-chocolate chip, and now I think it’s oatmeal raisin. Or just oatmeal.

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