May 18, 2010

Fitblog!

Happy Tuesday Blends!

Tonight I’m moderating the #fitblog chat on Twitter.  I have been participating in this chat since the beginning and I love it!  I have met so many amazing new people, and learned so many great things from everyone!  This community of Healthy Living/Fitness/Food/Weight Loss/Awesome bloggers is so supportive and helpful, it actually makes me a little choked up. Follow me on Twitter to find out the instructions, topics, and all the details!

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May 13, 2010

Yoga Pose May!

Happy Thursday Everyone!

When Tina and Kate tweeted about Yoga Pose May at the end of April, I automatically emailed them both very excitedly asking to take part.  I love to do yoga.  I haven’t been able to go to a class in almost a year, but I love the feeling of relaxation I get after yoga, plus I like to learn new poses and their names.  World, meet pictures of my giant rear.

Happy Baby Pose (Ananda Balasana)

Start by laying on your back with your knees drawn into your chest.  Usually I like to hug my knees and roll side to side for a few moments, this really helps release my upper and lower back.

Inhale and grab the outside of each foot with the corresponding hand (grab left foot with left hand, right with right) and open your knees so they’re on either side of your chest.  Exhale and bring your feet up to be parallel with your knees, and gently push your ankles up so you feel the stretch in your calf.

As you relax into the position allow your thighs to get closer to the ground on either side of your chest.  Lengthen your back, allowing your tailbone to release into the floor, and your neck to extend away from your shoulders.

Hold the pose for 1 minute, and exhale as you release your feet down to the floor.

Notes about this pose:

  • It is one of the more awkward-looking poses to do, but boy does it feel good
  • This pose is great for runners, because it really loosens your hip and bum muscles
  • This pose is good for releasing any… (ahem) wind… you may need to get out, just hold the pose until you feel relief

So there you have my yoga pose for May!  Check out Tina’s or Kate’s list of all the poses, and try some for yourself!

What’s your favourite yoga pose or stretch? Why?

May 6, 2010

Bread Makes the World go ‘Round

In the spirit of “there’s more that unites us than divides us” I present you with: Bread.

India: Naan

naan (BBC Good Food website)

Mexico: Tortillas

tortillas (Cooking Light)

France: Baguettes

baguettes (The Kitchn)

The list goes on and on and on.  Every culture has its own style of bread, and within that culture, there are 1001 different recipes for that bread.  One of my favourite breads comes from the land where my mom was born, England.

Scones:

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Here’s my recipe for chocolate chip scones (co-opted from many recipes found across the web):

2     cups unsifted flowers

3     tbsp sugar

1/4 tsp salt

2     tsp baking powder

1/2 cup butter

1/2 cup buttermilk or milk

1     large egg

1     tsp vanilla

1/2 cup chocolate chips

  1. Heat oven to 425 degrees
  2. Combine all dry ingredients in a large bowl
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  4. Cut in butter with a pastry blender until the mixture is crumbly
  5. add the milk, egg, vanilla, and chocolate chips, and mix until it comes together into a wet dough
  6. turn the dough onto a floured surface and knead until it comes together
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  8. roll dough as thin as you can (the chips will let you know how thick)
  9. cut the dough into whatever shape you like
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  11. place on a parchment-paper lined baking sheet and bake for 18-20 minutes
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  13. Enjoy!

What is your favourite thing that unites people?  Food? History?  Something Else?