Oops! I totally meant for these to go up last Wednesday but they kind of got pushed to the back burner. This is what I made on Valentine’s Day and they brought a smile to my face. I knew that I wanted to make a red cookie, but I was initially thinking a cherry flavored cookie. Do you know how hard it is to find cherry extract? Crazy hard, and I still haven’t found it in any of my local grocery stores. As soon as I found the strawberry extract, I knew it was meant to be.
These are fun and a bit different than your run of the mill chocolate chip cookies. I mean, how often do you have strawberry cookies at any time much less with chocolate!! Plus how doubly perfect was it that it’s strawberry and chocolate on Valentie’s Day. Almost like a chocolate covered strawberry ( plus I did dip them in white chocolate on top of it all). You don’t have to add the red food coloring, but I thought it gave it a nice coloring.
The strawberry extract was pretty light on the flavor, so I ended up using about twice as much as I planned on. I’m not sure if this will vary by brand, so you might want to test the batter before adding any dry ingredients after you put in about half the amount and see if you’d like to add in more or not.
As far as my yoga goes, I met with a friend over the weekend and we both talked about the different things we went through for our training. We went to different places but saw a lot of common threads between the two programs. It really helped me to think about what I want to do with it and I think I’m going to look into creating an LLC and looking at placed to sub at over the weekend. It’s a bit nerve-wracking thinking of teaching a full hour class, but the only way to get better at it is to do it. Time for me to make the next move.Add a comment
Music is definitely one of the trickiest things about putting together a yoga class. It’s hard to find the right songs with the right tempos for the mood that you’re trying to get your students into. I’ve been listening to a lot of music lately, and I finally put together a playlist for an hour long class that I would like to move to.
This one’s definitely got a quick tempo to it, so I’d most likely save it for a vinyasa or other hot/quicker pace class. By default, it seems that these songs all kind of focus on relationships of some sort, so yay for getting it done for around Valentine’s Day! Some of the artists in this playlist are fun while other songs are a bit more serious. I think it’s a really good mix and I try to start and end a bit softer and slower than in the middle.
Hopefully, the songs get you moving and help to keep you focused to maybe push yourself just a bit farther, stay in plank just that much long, or keep your breath on track when things get going. I haven’t yet put a class together, but I’m thinking of making one that would go with this music. For now though, you can find some really great yogis on YouTube that have some great flows.
Don’t worry! I’m still planning on getting together more recipes, but I’m still getting back into that grove. I hope to have some delicious treats to go along with maybe a flow next week. Definitely taking some baby steps getting back into the regular schedule.Add a comment
It has been hard getting back into the swing of things! I know it’s a bit late to be talking about Christmas gifts, but there’s one I got that I just have to share with you. I received the Nutri Ninja and have fell in love with smoothies all over again! In fact, I’ve been making them every day for breakfast and taking them to work with me. I feel less guilty having the smoothies for breakfast since I’m getting in my fruits and veggies (especially since I haven’t been exercising nearly as much as I’d like).
It’s crazy quick and blends everything so smoothly, that I’m not convinced that a blender can never compete. I’ve added flax seed, hemp hearts, and other things that never really blended well before. Now, I use them all the time, and as Bren said “I don’t think you can make a bad smoothie.” We usually start with frozen fruit, add in our Vega protein powder, and then top with almond milk. Lately, I’ve also added the flax seeds and hemp hearts in for extra bonus.
Once we added peanut butter and it was like heaven! I just bought some spinach and can’t wait to begin adding more vegetables to my breakfast. It totally helps me feel better about what I eat the rest of the day (though I still try to be good). I know these are a bit expensive, but I swear that if you have the chance to pick up one, you should do it! We have the Auto-IQ since it has the capability to blend ice. I guess some of the lower end ones don’t, so make sure you read the specs before you buy. You definitely want one that can handle ice, that way you know it can also handle frozen fruit!!
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I know I was supposed to keep you updated regarding my yoga training, but before I knew it I had little time left for sleeping much less anything else. There is so much to tell you, and now I’m trying to get back into the swing of things and want to tell you about everything that’s happened! First things first, I got my yoga training certificate!! I can’t believe how much extra time this took up, and I thought I knew what I was getting into. If you feel called to go through the training, I highly recommend it. You definitely learn so much by taking such an intense look at yoga. However, there are a few things that you should do before hand and keep in mind. Definitely check out the program a head of time. If you haven’t gone to the studio before, go to classes at least a month ahead of time and make sure you like how the studio and teachers run their classes.
If there’s something that doesn’t resonate with you, keep looking for a program with at a studio that does! Trust me that you’ll enjoy it a whole lot more and it’ll be easier when the going gets tough to keep with it. I had been going to the studio that I got trained at for at least 6 months before I signed up. I was able to see what type of teachers came out of the program ahead of me and I really enjoyed the environment at the studio.
Just know that you will hit a wall and get to a point of burn out. You’re practicing every day, meditating every day, reading/sleeping/thinking about yoga for what feels like 24 hours/7days a week, which it pretty much is. I recommend just realizing that this happens to everyone and if you need to take it a bit slower for a few days, give yourself a small break. Don’t give up and quit practicing! You really need all those hours to really get comfortable. Along these same lines, I totally recommend giving yourself a break once you’re finished. Not only was I a bit burned out, but it was also Thanksgiving right when the program ended. I’ve given myself plenty of time off while occasionally going back to the studio. I wish I could say I was better about practicing at my house, but I’m not. I still need to go to a studio to really get a practice in.
We’re finally moving into creating flows for hot vinyasa classes. I’m both excited and nervous about this new module. Last week we finished going through Ashtanga, which technically I have down enough to teach, and now we’re entering a new type of class. All the classes really build on the Ashtanga, so now I get to let my creative juices flow while thinking of what I’d like to do in a class.
While we’re learning about how to structure a hot vinyasa class, we’re also encouraged to take as many classes as possible. I’m not the biggest fan of hot vinyasa, mostly because I run hot already and sweat just standing there, but it does help to feel what works and what doesn’t. The last class I took make me sweat, kicked my butt, and felt really really good. I was really in the moment with that steady deep breathing and the class just put me in that meditative mental state. I may be coming around to these warmer classes…especially as the months get colder (though it’s still been pretty warm out).
To get me through all these classes, I’ve been drinking a smoothie with a scoop of this vegan protein power. Vega powder is amazing and made with super ingredients such as pea, hemp, and brown rice. The version I got also has two servings of greens in it too, so it’s like I’m eating veggies as well. It’s the ONLY protein powder that I’ve had that does not leave a chalky after taste, well at least the vanilla version doesn’t. I haven’t tried the chocolate version yet, but I’ve heard that the vanilla is better. I’ve used the vanilla with both an almond/coconut milk base and a juice base. It works so well with either, and I am just a bit obsessed with it. I definitely recommend getting some and making a smoothie with it for those days when you don’t have much time. It’s crazy delicious and filling!Add a comment
Hi! My name’s Alexis and I finally took the leap into blogging after reading so many fun posts by other food bloggers. I’ve always had a passion for eating, but have never really felt comfortable in the kitchen. There are so many drool-worthy recipes out there, that I wanted to document my musings in the kitchen both following others’ recipes and becoming brave enough to create my own. Please take a look around! I really want to hear from you! If you make something, like something, don’t like something, please comment or use the contact form! Reading your comments really makes my day! If you’re looking for an easier way to get my recipes, you can sign up for my email and get them directly to your inbox. I hope to hear from soon.