Video: SUP Yoga at Bloomington Lake

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One of my favorite paddle spots ever! Isn't it gorgeous???

It's called Bloomington Lake. It is near Bear Lake, which is a large lake located on the border of Utah and Idaho. Bloomington Lake is on the west side of Bear Lake. It is about a half mile hike to get there from the parking lot and the trail passes a couple other lakes and gorgeous scenery littered with wildflowers in the summer. Totally my cup of tea! 

True Story: Malasana

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my friend malea

You guys this is a true story! And I'm not even sure if it is embarrassing, funny or maybe even redeeming?!?

Ok, so I was on the lake, alone. I had gone out for a little paddle and a private yoga session. The lake was still and calm and there were only a few people I passed by during my paddle. I stopped where I wanted to do a little yoga and went through my entire yoga flow on the paddle board. I was a little in awe of my surroundings during my flow. The lake was serene and beautiful. It was a time of revenant connection. 

At the end of my practice a assumed Malasana. This is the squat pose you see in the picture. With my hands in prayer position, I began to pray, out loud. I poured out my soul. Why shouldn't I? I was alone.

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my friend malea

During my practice / prayer I had slowly floated toward the shore of the lake. When I opened my eyes there was a couple sitting on the rocks about 10 feet away from me! I was in a little bit of shock. When I noticed them, they immediately complimented me on my "beautiful workout." I was a little sheepish but accepted the compliment gracefully and quickly paddled away.

As I paddled away I thought. "Could they hear me? Did they hear everything I said?" For a minute I told myself they didn't but the more realistic side of me set in and said, "OF COURSE THEY DID!"😂

I was a little embarrassed at that realization. Then as I processed it,  I thought, you know maybe it's not such a bad thing to be caught doing and maybe they realized that every single one of us are really the same. If we all poured out our souls we would probably all sound similar. For me especially that day, I was in awe of Gods creations. I remember I said plenty about that. I expressed gratitude & then I also expressed desire for help with challenges and struggles . You know, aren't we all saying similar things? It's funny, if we could somehow hear the prayers of those around us how we might relate to them differently.

Today, maybe think about that. Try to see someone for what is inside their heart, like if you happened to creep on them when they were pouring out their souls! 

And remember not all embarrassing moments should be seen as such! 

Fresh Peach Pie

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Oh man you just might make this recipe over and over its so good! Enjoy this fresh scrumptiousness!

Ingredients:

2 precooked and cooled pie crusts

8-10 peaches depending on size, you will want 9 cups sliced peaches

3 Tbl ascorbic acid

12 oz cream cheese, set it out before starting to warm up

1 cup powdered sugar, divided

1 pint heavy cream, divided

1 tea clear vanilla

 

Glaze ingredients:

2 c water 

1 c sugar

6 Tbl cornstarch

Blanch peaches by dipping them into boiling water for ten seconds. Then place them in a bowl and take them to the sink. Run a little cool water over them and slip off the skins. Slice peaches and put into a bowl. Shake ascorbic acid over the top and fold peaches to mix and spread the ascorbic acid over all the peaches. This will make it so your peaches stay bight and colorful.

Next mix the cream cheese with 1/2 cup of the heavy cream. Also mix in 1/2 cup of the powdered sugar. When this mixture is mixed and smooth spread it into the bottom of the cooled pie crusts.

In a saucepan add the glaze ingredients; water, sugar, & cornstarch. While beginning to heat whisk the ingredients. In just a little bit of time the sugar will dissolve and the mixture will become thick and clear. Turn the heart off and let it cool just a little. You don't really want to pour boiling liquid over the peaches but if you let it set too long then clumps will form. Let it rest at room temperature for about 4 minutes. Then you can pour over the peaches and gently fold into the fruit. Then add the fruit to the pies and refrigerate to set. 

Whip the rest of the heavy cream with the rest of the powdered sugar and vanilla. Top the pies with the whipped cream when you are ready to serve!

Video: Annie Idi Over Game

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This is hands down my favorite game that I played as a kid. Our family recently played it and I am still head over hills for it. It's great for all ages. All you need is the right house, people and a ball!

Reach!

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my friend malea

Reach! Reach beyond yourself. Reach to your loved ones. Understand them. Make sure you know what is going on in their lives. Reassure them that they are normal and that they have a safe place with you. 
Reach! Think about who you need to reach today. Reach out in love❤️

Thai Chicken & Veggie Noodles

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This dish has many flavors to appreciate! Plus using the veggie noodles adds freshness that makes me happy! The last time I made this dish my seven year old asked me, "Mom, when can you make this dinner again?" Soon baby, real soon!

Ingredients:

1 lb chicken 

5 zucchini

1 1/2 cups chicken broth

2 Tablespoons creamy peanut Butter

6 Tablespoons PB2 (powdered peanut butter)

2 teaspoons honey

2 Tablespoons tamari / soy sauce

1/2 teaspoon sesame seed oil

1 Tbl cornstarch

2 teaspoons coconut oil

5 cloves garlic 

4 teaspoons minced ginger

6 green onions

1 cup cilantro

First start with the zucchini and spiralize them into noodles. Set the noodles aside and allow them to drain while doing other things. I sprinkle mine with a little salt and let them sit in a colander in the sink.  

Then pay attention to your chicken. You will want to trim, wash and dry it. Rub it with a little olive oil and place it on a hot grill. Cook chicken until it is just done. Bring it in and shred it with a fork or with your kitchen aid.  (I love this method it makes perfect shredded chicken. It’s fast and it deals with the hot chicken, not your tender hands! Just keep an eye on it so you don't turn it into burger.) After chicken is shredded cover with plastic wrap to keep warm. 

Next make the sauce. (You a can also get this started while the chicken is on the grill, if multitasking doesn't overwhelm you!) Add broth, peanut butter, PB2, honey, tamari, and sesame seed oil to a medium size pot. Stir together and allow to simmer. Mix the cornstarch separately with a little of the liquid from the peanut butter mixture. Once it is mixed pour cornstarch back into the pan whisking into the peanut butter mixture. Allow the mixture to continue to simmer until it thickens, stirring occasionally.

Wash and chop the green onions and cilantro and set aside.

Sauté coconut oil, garlic and ginger in a large skillet. Grab a few paper towels and pat the zucchini to absorb any moisture that is left on the noodles. Then add the zucchini to the skillet.  Toss noodles in the skillet for about 3 minutes, you really don't want to over cook them. 

Add the noodles, green onions, cilantro and chicken to a serving bowl and toss. Drizzle with the peanut sauce and serve. Enjoy!

Recipe adapted from the awesome chicks at Our Best Bites

Balance & Quiet Mind

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my friend malea

Balance!  Show me a balanced girl and I will show you she has a lot on her mind!  Women were not given the attribute of being simple but we were given the ability to handle a lot at once. I don’t know why but knowing this helps my mindset. It helps me remember that I can. I can live a balanced life and learn to quiet my mind at times when I need to focus. And just as soon as that is over it all comes flooding back! AND still, I can do this. Balance!

Yoga is Humbling

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Today in yoga I pulled off another new asana. I was super aware of muscles that I didn't know I had! And PS when I tried to do it a second time and on the other side it didn't fly, literally! 🤣 
Seriously there is always some way to grow. I constantly humbled by this!

Family Night: Real Friends & Popularity

(Parents: Much of this lesson is discussion style. Look over the lesson beforehand and choose what is most effective to be sure and talk about for your family.)

Opening Song:

Give Said the Little Stream

Scripture:

Mosiah 23:7 - Ye shall not esteem one flesh above another, or one man shall not think himself above another.

One of my friends once stated that, "if you believe in a "popular" crowd you believe that some people are more important than others." Like if you; 

  • Caring about what the "popular" kids think 
  • Having a desire to be "popular"
  • Think that you are "popular"

The actual definition of being popular is being liked or enjoyed by many people. BUT contrary to what you might think "popular" people are not always happy. Sometimes they are trying so hard to get other people to like them that they forget to be themselves. 

Video:

(tip this video is good, it's 13 minutes long and you can get a lot from it just by watching the first half. Previewing it would be a good idea to see how much of it applies to your family)

I love that JP states, "To make real friends, be real. To make fake friends, be fake." AND that by being fake in relationships we can still feel incredibly lonely because it isn't the real me being a friend. The real me still wants a true friend.

By being ourselves we give other people permission to also be themselves. 

Optical Object Lesson:

Take a look at these photos. This is what it looks like when cattle farmers brand their cows. They do this so they can identify the cows they own. 

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Question & Personal Experiences:

Can owning happen in friendship? If so, what does that look like? Has that ever happened for any of you?

  • (Parents this is especially a good time for you to share personal experiences that your children can learn from. Even if friends never really owned you, maybe they belittled you, or made little jabs BUT you didn't even see it for what it was until later in life. This is important for your kids to learn from.)

A few good rules of thumb for discussion: 

  • A good friend doesn't make fun of you
  • Friends don’t boss each other around
  • You should feel good around a person you call a friend
  • Good friends bring our the best in each other

What everyone really needs is their friend relationships to be fulfilled. To be kind, love others and share positive energy with those whom you associate. You need not worry about a popular crowd, or any crowd for that matter.

Quote:

Elaine S Dalton - Sometimes our preoccupation is on having friends. Perhaps we should focus on being a friend. 

Imagine:

Putting your arm around someone and letting them know that they are ok with you. That there is nothing they need to live up to or do to to fit in with you. You might not really put your arm around someone but imagine what that looks like.

If you do this you will be surrounded by real friends and you will be changing lives.

To make friends here are a few tips:

  • Show interest in them
  • Give them genuine compliments and appreciation
  • Say their name 
  • Find common interests you can talk about (every single person has at least one thing in common.)

Quote:

Dale Carnegie said, "You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you."

Here is the 1st family night in this series of friends.

Chicken Italiano

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Props go to my friend Megan for the combination of this stacked flavorful chicken. Oh my goodness, it is seriously fantastic. My mouth thanks her for inspiring this dish and for inspiring a love of food in my life. Whenever I go to a restaurant with her she orders and it is always the best they have to offer! This girl likes to read menus in her spare time people! She has for sure inspired my love for food. Thank you my friend!

Ingredients:

Parmesan shake & bake

3/4 c panko bread crumbs

2 lbs chicken

Pesto 

Sun dried tomatoes

Fresh mozzarella

Balsamic reduction sauce

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Add 1 package shake & bake to bag that comes with it. Also add pankp bread crumbs and mix well. Trim chicken and cut to even thickness. Wash chicken and add wet chicken to the bag and shake. Place on foil lined cookie sheet. Cook for 18 min.

Take out of oven and check the status of the chicken. At this point you want the chicken just barely cooked. Top each chicken piece with pesto, sun dried tomatoes and slices of fresh mozzarella. Place back in the oven for a couple minutes until the cheese melts.

Plate the chicken and drizzle with balsamic reduction sauce. This should taste nothing short of AH - MAZING! You can serve with a side of your favorite veggie and a little pesto pasta if desired. Enjoy my friends!