Foodie Friday

Happy Freezing Friday Folks!

It snowed here in Philadelphia last night and I for one am not a fan. Its warming up a little but the cold has officially settled in – I guess it’s time to bundle up and break out the comfort recipes.

Today’s delicious dish is a Cooking Light adaptation, Butternut Squash and Barley Risotto. I made this a week before Mexico and have been thinking about it ever since. Delectable hot, cold or reheated for leftovers, this hearty health food is so easy to make, my fiance can do it – no offense Phil!

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Roasted Butternut Squash and Barley Risotto

  • 1 small butternut squash
  • 4.5 cups vegetable stock
  • 1 cup barley
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1 shallot
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 tablespoon EVOO
  • Salt & Pepper
  • 1 teaspoon sage

Start by peeling and cutting the butternut squash into cubes & putting the stock in a pot to simmer. Toss cubes in 1 tablespoon EVOO, salt/pepper and roast in the oven @ 375 for 30 minutes. While the squash is roasting, dice shallots and garlic to add to a medium sauce pan with the remaining tablespoon of EVOO. Once the shallots and garlic have softened add the cup of barley and season with salt/pepper. After allowing the barley to cook for a few minutes, begin to add the simmering stock, 1/2-1 cup at a time. Continue to stir barley until liquid is almost fully absorbed before adding more and season with sage once all stock has been absorbed. Add the roasted squash as well as 1/2 the cheese & stir until well combined. Season one last time before plating w s/p & top each portion with the remaining cheese. 

I can’t imagine a better way to spend a cold Friday night than with a plate of risotto, glass of wine and handsome soon-be-to hubby!

Looking forward to the weekend – plans with my future brother & sister-in-law, farmers market, tons of cooking for friendsgiving in NJ, swim lessons with my kiddies & YOGA – can’t wait!

Til next time, keeping smiling ;-)

Hump Day Delivery!

Happy Hump Day Friends! Are you all shocked I actually posted?!?! ME TOO!

I would really love if someone could provide some insight because I can’t figure out why I spend more time ‘getting back into it’ than actually ‘in it’ – what gives?!?! I have to brainstorm ways to keep me on track with my blogging because once every few weeks isn’t cutting it!

I am trying to be patient with myself, considering my lack of blogging produced an increase in my journaling efforts, but I would prefer to be doing both. Writing has always been very cathartic for me and I inevitably feel better about anything having spilled my emotions onto a page.

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I’ve been doing an Energy of Attraction meditation series over the last 10 days and I have to say, its helping keep me calm, happy and focusing on the important stuff throughout the day. I have been struggling with my meditation practice for awhile but Deepak makes it so easy.

Physical practice and YTT have been going well – working through some basic sequencing, memorizing the origin & insertion of various muscles throughout the body, and beginning to practice teach is all a bit overwhelming but I’ve committed to keeping calm – this is something I WANT.

I’m going to do my best to get a Foodie Friday post up this week and back into the swing of things in weeks to come – maybe be easy on myself and do 3 times a week – see shall see.

‘Til next time, keep smiling! :-)

Back to life, back to reality

Happy Hump Day Friends! 1

While I have been back on the workday grind since Monday, the reality of life is still struggling to sink in. Don’t get my wrong, I don’t hate my job, maybe just in comparison to the alternative, but I’m finding it hard to wear regular clothes and resist the urge to spontaneously break into a yoga flow. photo 2

I’m even noticing it in my relationship with Phil. I love my fiance so much but spending a week surrounding by like minded women who support and share in my passions is hard to come back from. He asked me, as a looked at pictures my yogi family posted on social media, if my fantasy life was more interesting than my real one, and my heart wanted to scream YES! photo 3

Thats not to say my ‘real life’ isn’t appealing, because I recognize how blessed I am, but I don’t understand why I can’t have both. Why I can’t be financially successful, LOVE what I do, and be surrounded by people who share my passions?!?!?!

I have to believe the answer is I can…I just need to figure out a way! For now, I need to remember to find contentment in everyday, look for the good/love/light in every situation, and most importantly never forget that I always get to choose my attitude!

Until next time, keep smiling! :-)

Yogi Family

The journey has begun! I just got back from the kick off week of my Yoga Medicine 200hr Teacher Training and I am so thrilled to tell you all about it! ym200

We spent the week in Tulum Mexico learning anatomy, asanas and the basics of teaching to lay the foundation for the next few months. Mornings were early, watching the sunshine and sipping on my breakfast…sunrise

…and days were long, filled with lectures, physical practice, partner work and meditation. My body may be sore but my heart is filled with love and inspiration from all the amazing women I spent the week with.

thats me in the handstand

thats me in the handstand

I can’t wait to spend the next few months growing in my personal practice and honing my teaching skills with the coolest yogi family a girl could ask for.family

Until next time, keep smiling! :-)

Getting over the hump

Happy Hump Day Friends! The work week has gotten off to a busy start but thankfully, this weekend was anything but! imagePhil and I were able to really relax, wander the city, watch the Eagles win their third game of the season (GO BIRDS!!), and enjoy the last official weekend before fall! We checked out the fall festival along South St - taking time to listen to the different bands/musicians playing on the street & picked up some tasty treats from our favorite guilt free sweets spot.

Sweet Freedom Bakery Treats

Sweet Freedom Bakery Treats

image_3In honor of the leisurely weekend I whipped up a batch of homemade whole wheat pasta with my healthy adaptation of alfredo sauce (greek yogurt instead of butter or cream). Its been awhile since I’ve made some homemade pasta, so I was a little nervous about how the batch was going to turn out but it was delicious! Similarly, I haven’t made the healthy alfredo since my initial experiment but it was just as yummy as I remember, in fact, it all was a perfect compliment to the Sweet Freedom goodies we purchased for dessert…talk about deceivingly healthy indulgences!image_5

I got a fair amount of practice in this weekend but with only 18 days left until I leave for Tulum, I’ve really gotta hit the mat. I mean, I know yoga isn’t a competition but I certainly would prefer not to be the weakest in my Yoga Medicine teacher training, haha!

Yoga on our Skagway Alaska Hike!

Yoga on our Skagway Alaska Hike!

We’re half way to the weekend friends and I for one, CAN NOT wait!

‘Til next time, keep smiling! :-)

Foodie Friday

Happy Friday Y’all! I am tickled pink the weekend is here and I can finally enjoy an escape from the work week chaos.

As promised Wednesday, I am sharing the plates from our Restaurant Week double date at Bistro 7 in Old City. While it was amazing to see my closest friend from High School and catch up with him and his girlfriend, the food didn’t necessarily thrill me. The plates were good and the service was decent but there was no WOW factor…

I guess I am a picky palate and had a long day but I just didn’t find anything all that impressive..good but not great!

We all started with different apps: Beet Salad, Field Green Salad, Duck Liver Mousse, & Gnocchi which were all pretty tasty!image

And then I had the salmon with lentils and the rest of the table had the braised brisket with horseradish mashed potatoes. We all agreed the entrees left a lot to be desired – the fish a bit overcooked and the beef a bit dry.image-3

The dessert did redeem the meal a bit, since I am a sucker for anything with chocolate or coconut, BUT they were by no means the best coconut rice pudding or chocolate pot de creme I’ve had in recent memory. image-2

Like I said, the company was incredible and it was great to get out, so all and all it was a win! I am super excited to share a low key weekend with my love and I hope each and every one of you have a spectacular weekend!

‘Til next time, keep smiling! :-)

Getting in the flow

467028_0418Happy Hump Day Friends! I don’t know about anyone else but I am itching for the weekend already! Its not as if the week isn’t packed with activities to keep me entertained, its just that all the work week mayhem doesn’t allow Phil and I to have any time together- weekends are ‘our time’ and I can’t wait!! I love my handsome soon to be hubby! I think our favorite weekend plans is when we don’t ACTUALLY have any plans, so we can take long bike rides, stroll through the farmers market, make elaborate meals and just lounge.

Today is day 8 @ Workzone and I am really getting a sense of the company and my new colleagues. farmEveryone is super friendly and the company truly prides itself on being a place where people like to work – we even had a company BBQ last night to get to know everyone better which was so much fun! It was held at a farm so everyone could bring their families and play with the animals, go on pony rides, etc… totally awesome!! Another awesome benefit of the new job is that our office is in a converted home, so we have an awesome screened in porch off the back of the building – perfect for yoga, which is how I have been spending my lunch breaks.

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Doing a little yoga on Mendenhall Glacier in Alaska!

I am totally loving my Yogaglo sessions at lunch! I never had time to get a long yoga practice in at my old job because my breaks were segmented, but now I have time for a decent practice every day…and with only 25 days until my Yoga Medicine 200hr teacher training, I need to practice as much as possible!

While I do love my yoga, that doesn’t mean I can’t make time for all the other things I enjoy, so Phil and I have a double date planned for this evening at a ‘new to us’ restaurant. We agreed to try a new restaurant once a month AWHILE back and have not been great about sticking to our pact lately….BUT that changes tonight! Bistro 7 is an American BYOB tucked away in the Old City section of Philadelphia and I have wanted to go to for years! I can’t wait to share all the yummy plates tomorrow!

‘Til next time, keep smiling! :-)