Breathing is Hard

This week has been a total bust. I have bronchitis which refuses to get better and I had to call off work more than once. The only thing I can hope for at this point, is that next week goes smoother. It would be nice if this cough would go away, also.

In the spirit of healing, I will continue to rest and hydrate as much as possible.

I hope everyone else is feeling better than me.

Happy Thanksgiving

It’s almost Turkey Day!! The food holiday that many people look forward to all year long. It’s the one day when eating way too much is not only socially acceptable, but absolutely expected. The day for stretchy pants and food coma’s.

It’s a day for being thankful for what we have and spending time with family while eating fabulous food. I’m not hosting Thanksgiving this year, but we were invited to a cousin’s house for dinner. She has everything covered, but I wanted to bring her a little something anyway. So, I had a bit of a baking day today.

I made Shortbread Cookies using a recipe from GeniusKitchen.com

I made a Pumpkin Roll using a recipe from GimmeSomeOven.com

I made Raspberry Pastry Roll-Ups using a recipe from GeniusKitchen.com

And, I made Cheesecake Stuffed Banana Bread using a recipe from CookiesandCups.com

It was a fun and tasty day.

I’m super thankful for all the people in my life who are there when I need them. I’m also thankful for my husband, dogs, and birds. Our little family unit makes me happy every day and I will always be grateful that we are together.

Hope everyone has a wonderful holiday!

Taco Rice

When I was younger, I lived on Okinawa, Japan for about 3½ years. During that time, a new dish was introduced to my family at the bowling alley on base – Taco Rice. This dish has since become a staple in all our diets.

Taco Rice is extremely easy to make. It is essentially the inside of a taco over rice. Another way to look at it is a taco salad with rice instead of tortilla chips. Either way, it’s rice, seasoned beef, cheese, lettuce tomatoes, salsa, and (for me at least) sour cream.

It is truly delicious and pretty healthy. By making it yourself you can control the type and quality of the ingredients. You could add anything that you like to the dish: corn, beans, lime, whatever.

The beauty of this dish is that it is versatile. I love building my Taco Rice bowl and mixing all the deliciousness together. It makes my tummy very happy, and that makes me very happy.

Enjoy!

My Yoga Studio

Ok, studio may be kind of a stretch. It’s not much, just a mat and a block in my living room, but it’s mine. My own space to stretch and relax, once a day, every day.

That’s right, I’ve been doing yoga every day now for the past six weeks. I’m not very good. I probably won’t be good for quite a while. Of course, that’s not why I do yoga. By now, everyone is aware of the health benefits that yoga offers – the flexibility, life longevity, disease prevention. Sure, I partly do it for all those things.

But, mostly, I do it because it makes me feel accomplished. It’s one thing I can check off my list every day. Whether it’s for 5 minutes or 30 minutes, I’ve done something productive and good for me, and I enjoy that feeling.

Everyone comes to the mat for different reasons. I say, whatever your reason may be, I’m glad you’ve found it and I hope you find as much enjoyment there as I do.

Cathartic Release

This is going to be a short post.

I recently found myself waking up with tears running down my face. In my dream, I remember sobbing about … something. Whatever it was, it seems that my mind decided I needed to release some strong, pent up emotions.

Sometimes this catharsis is gained by purposely watching a sad movie or listening to a sad song. In my case, my unconscious deemed it necessary for me to release these emotions on a schedule I was unaware about. It doesn’t happen often, but from time to time, I find that I cry in my sleep.

Perhaps I’m an oddball, or perhaps, I’m not the only one. All I know for sure is that releasing emotions that I’m holding onto, whether consciously or unconsciously, certainly helps me feel better. And that is always a good thing.

Baking Weather

It’s been raining for the past few days.

This weather makes me want to be warm and cozy inside, maybe snuggled up with some tea and a good book. It also makes me want to bake. I find myself in the baking mood more during fall and winter than spring or summer. It must be the weather, since the cooler it is, the more time we want to spend inside with the things that bring us comfort. I find myself returning to certain recipes year after year. Those recipes include: sausage rolls, chocolate chip candy cane cookies, and cobbler.

With the change in the weather I decided to break out a baking dish and do just that – make cobbler. Now, usually I would make peach or maybe blackberry cobbler, but all I had on hand was a can of strawberry pie filling. So, I made a strawberry cobbler. It turned out pretty good.

I didn’t follow a recipe, I just put the pie filling in the bottom of the baking dish and mixed up some Bisquick biscuit dough (with sugar to make it a bit sweeter) and poured that right over the top. I baked it at about 375 degrees for 35-45 mins, until the crust had cooked through. It was just a small cobbler. Perfect for the two of us.

Since then, I’ve bought a few more cans of fruit filling and plan to get my bake on. There’s just something so inviting about the smells of baking. It makes me happy.