Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Yoga Playlist #2

Hellllo! Yoga playlist #2 for everyone. In RAVENS colors :) It does look a litttle blue, but I swear it's purple.

Also, in more yoga news... I have picked up another class! I will be teaching the Monday night community vinyasa class in Federal Hill at 8:30. Community classes are awesome because they're only $6!  It will be fun for me to have both a night and morning class because I can have such a variety in my sequences. The morning is a little slower, waking you up and warming up the body. The music is less intense (but just as good) and in the night class I can have a quicker paced flowing sequence, and can throw in some really fun fast paced songs. So hopefully you guys can make it to one or both of my classes!
Above i've added a tab that will link you to my yoga schedule page. Day, time, location all there.

Thanks for all the continued support, and am excited each and every day that I get to share this love I have for yoga with Baltimore.



Thursday, January 24, 2013

Yoga Playlist #1

I love making playlists, and having a yoga class is the perfect reason to keep searching and finding new music. If you have any songs that you love leave a comment below. I'd love to know what you songs you're currently playing too :)


Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Coldweather Crockpot Chili

And here I thought we were having a mild winter. The temps are low and it has me craving something warm for dinner. Enjoy the recipe!



Coldweather Crockpot Chili

Ingredients:
  • 1 package ground turkey (I got 94/6)
  • half a large onion, diced
  • 3 small squash (I used 2 zucchini, 1 yellow squash), diced
  • 1 large carrot, shredded
  • 2 cans diced tomatoes
  • 1 24oz jar Arrabbiata pasta sauce
  • 1 can red kidney beans
  • 1 can cannellini beans
  • salt, pepper
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • pinch of cayenne pepper
  1. Saute diced onion in olive oil until they begin to brown
  2. Add ground turkey, and saute until turkey has cooked through
  3. Season the turkey and onion mixture with salt, pepper, and garlic powder, then toss into the crockpot
  4. Add the rest of the ingredients into the crockpot
  5. Mix well
  6. Cook on low for 8 hours
  7. FEAST :)
I topped it off with 2% Fage greek yogurt, shredded cheddar and jack cheese, and scallions. Eaten with saltines, this was the perfect dinner on a cold night

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

a Ravens win

Oh it feels good to see the Ravens beat the Patriots! Superbowl bound and the city couldn't be more excited. Downtown after the win, the bars emptied out into the streets. A sight not to be missed.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Very First Yoga Class

I have officially taught my very own yoga class. Can you see my smile through the computer screen? It's there, and big.
I am teaching a Tuesday morning Rise & Shine yoga class at the midtown studio at Charm City Yoga.  It's an hour class from 6:30-7:30 and the perfect way to start your day. So there I was early Tuesday morning at 5:45 sitting at the desk, antsy because my first class was about to start. What if no one showed up? Well, 5 of my friends had said they were coming so I knew I wouldn't be the only one there. Turns out 11 people showed up, and as they sat in the classroom, I walked up to the front of the room beaming. SO proud to have gotten to this moment. So excited to be able to share what I love with others.

As soon as I greeted my class my nerves melted away surprisingly. I didn't stumble, I didn't have an awkward pause. All of the practice and studying I had been doing had paid off. The class went by so quickly, and before I knew it I was leading the class down to their backs for Savasana. As they laid there calm and quiet, I sat on my mat grateful. All of my hard work paid off, and I am officially... a yoga teacher.

NAMASTE!



Cooking Sick

It seems as if i've caught the bug. I don't think it's the flu but I'm definitely feeling pretty terrible.  Sometimes when i'm sick the last thing I feel like doing is eating. I just want to curl up in a ball on my couch and lay for hours on end. I realized that all i've been eating since i've been sick is bread so it was time to cook something healthy.

Yam, Zucchini, and chickpea salad. A definite go-to of mine that is a quick and healthy side dish. It has an amazing tahini and lemon dressing that balances all of the flavors perfectly.  The recipe if from Food52.com one of my favorite recipe resources.
 

Recipe here.

Nothing seems more comforting than soup, so I searched the web and settled on a curried cauliflower soup. It was originally meant to have caramelized onions on top, but I opted out. I think it would have been a perfect addition though. I also baked some bread. BIG moves for me since I have always been weary of yeast. I'm never sure how it's going to work out. My friend Camille swears by the cookbook My Bread: The Revolutionary No-Work, No-Knead Method by Jim Lahey.  I decided to go with the Stecca bread recipe and it turned out PERFECT. Airy with a crispy crust. I made 2 loaves with crushed garlic on top, olive oil, and salt and pepper, and the other 2 with just olive oil and sea salt. This was the perfect meal for a sick Saturday.







and with this delicious post, I'm going to finish watching the Ravens game. GO RAVENS!

Saturday, January 5, 2013

San Diego Holiday

What a wonderful holiday break. Mike and I went to San Diego from Christmas to New Years and it was an incredible trip! We packed in as much as we could for the 7 days we were there. From hiking, to eating, wine tasting and seeing the Zoo it was paradise.  Pretty cold for the local Californians but it was perfect for us since it was snowing back in MD. We visited our friends Britt, Dave, and Nick and couldn't have asked for better hosts! I'd say the majority of the trip was spent trying as much good food as possible.  Can't get better than authentic fish tacos and freshly made tortillas.