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Feeling lucky!

Someone is looking out for me! Who?

^ Facial Yoga, anyone? … maybe not her, but I don’t know. But yesterday I went back to the yoga studio to try a new class (as described on their website):

Power Yoga- Power Yoga is based on Ashtanga Yoga which helps cleanse and tone the body, mind and senses. An energetic series of poses designed to build strength, increase flexiibility and an inner freedom beyond compare.

I got there a little late, signed in, trying to rush into class (not a good thing in yoga, yanno? But it was “Power Yoga” so I was warming up in a way?) I gave the lady working the front desk my money & she said I had a 10-class pass! I had pondered the possibility last time I was in, but definitely did not pay for it, so someone really wants me to practice. I felt SO THANKFUL for that because I hadn’t been practicing as much as I would like, mostly because of funds & wanting to save a little.

I know, I know, I should be investing in my health, especially now that I don’t belong to a gym, but I have been walking, some running & lifting some light weights (not lightweights, the people) at home, which are still great exercises, but yoga brings a totally different feeling– inside & out! I love it! This is definitely a RAVE post! … for my “Yoga Fairy”, for the practice of yoga, for some power looking out for me & my well-being! THANKS, whoever you are!

Another blessing, in the same day?!

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When I got into work yesterday, one of my managers hands me a Target plastic bag… hmm? He said, “It’s from Andre,” then turned & left. OOOkay…?  

Ya’ll, Andre is in his late-30’s & very pleasant when he comes in & we always talk. He’s big into meditation & wellness, working out, healthy food (typical customer!), but he is also friends with one of my older-female-co-workers. Well, the other day this lady gave me one of her daughter’s (cute) shirts she didn’t want & I told her. “Anything else she doesn’t want, please send my way!” I guess she applied this to every part of life, haha. When she & Andre were hanging out, he gave her some goodies & she told him that I would like something too. I found this kind of odd, but sweet, too!

He gave me some raw flax crackers, from a local company: Dynamic Raw Food Artistry

ginger flax raw crackers

They are all made with Onion & Garlic, but with 4 different flavors: Ginger, Jalapeno, Coconut & Curry, & Spirulina!  They say to “drink lots of water while consuming dehydrated foods.” That makes sense, right? Don’t wanna be dehydrated… heh. heh. heh. 

I immediately dove into the Coconut & Curry flavored ones: YUM! They aren’t really *crispy* but they have a great texture & still a bit of crunch & are able to hold a topping (hummus? soup? cheese? YES!) 

Thanks to my 2 ANGELS! … and all my Blogger-Angel-Peeps out there (Y-O-U!) for just commenting & making a sistah’ feel GrOoVy! Should I play the lottery?! I don’t care to win, but I am on a lucky, given streak!

And I got a new tea:

caramel tea < Lipton Vanilla Caramel Truffle

When I bought it, my mom said, “NO, not another TEA!!!” Yes, another tea! I like variety, especially now that I don’t drink the standard coffee! It’s great, with real caramel pieces in the tea bag! But I wish I didn’t have to buy 20 of them- I just wanted to try it. Still, it’s in the cupboard, with 2 gone already! *sweet!*

Despite just going to the beach the other day, today is totally yucky: rainy, cold, windy! Good day to stay in & work on HW- not necessarily what I want, but it’s most definitely what I need!

Have a great week, lovelies! Of course, you can’t leave without someone saying bye:

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^ My mom was having a snack & he wanted to get close to get a hand-out. Nice move, Jassy! Look at the whites of his eyes, looking back at ya. He always does this: why not turn around to look? haha, silly…

*From my studio’s website:

“Yoga is all about relationship. The word itself means union. It refers to that most elemental of all relationships: the relationship of our small self with our Infinite Self. Yoga is how we satisfy the deep longing to belong.”

–Authentic Relationships Manual, Kundalini Research Institute.
February ended well for me & I’m feeling positive for March, too! 
Question: *WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO THIS MONTH?!*

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The Ghost of Christmas past has come

Jassy Santa < Jasper

 Tucker \/ Tuckie Santa

“Ho! Ho! Ho!”

We had Christmas Eve dinner at my aunt’s house (mom’s sis) after church, which was great. My aunt really gets into the holiday decorating and had this display up and kept adding to it, since September! It looked great & festive!

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 Isn’t it just awesome?! Can you see the Grinch on the mountain (pic #1) & my aunt in the mirror (pic #2)?! She has a train going through, which is in motion in pic #4 and she made that cute little peppermint path! She’s worked hard on it- it’s great!

 

tree < The mini Christmas tree in my room, with little ornaments, T & J, and there’s also 2 school pictures of the kids I babysit on there somewhere. I got the BELIEVE ornament this year… it’s sorta my word!

 

On Christmas day, we woke up to stockings & gifts at our house, then we went to my grandparents’ (Dad’s side of the family) to do the same & eat breakie. Breakfast was homemade quiche, mixed fruit salad, pastries, *ahem*sausage*ahem*, tomatoes, OJ & coffee. mmMmm… Only one of my sisters could come home for the holidays, so I reveal to you THEE. BEST. DECORATION. OF. OP’s. CHRISTMAS, who stood in for my other sis, who couldn’t be with us. Check “her” out, drinking some wine:

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She’s made fun of that thing, since the day I brought IT home in 6th grade, 9 years ago… it’s not Christmas without it! We literally took pictures with (hmm) SISTER CRACKER as if it was really her. My dad ALWAYS reads ‘Twas the night before Christmas in bed on Christmas Eve, so we called her up, had her on speaker phone, and tucked the lil’ cracker in bed with us!!! (aawww) I think she got in more photos this Christmas than if she had actually been here… oh man- GOOD TIMES!

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Some gifts: a great wild-pattern dress shipped from my sista’; an organic cotton long-sleeved tee (I also got the same brand gray bag that can hold the world in it!); some Nike shoes (& a gray half-zip Nike hoodie); salt + pepper shakers to add to my collection (a holiday one & the Wizard of Oz one- isn’t that one soo cool?!); my stocking from home; the obligatory tangerine & in that cute little cloth envelope… a Starbuck’s  gift card!

since I’ve mentioned food in all my other posts, I’ll add one to this: it was a gift from the neighbors, and I’m not quiiiite sure what it is, but I’ll describe what I think it is. It was like toffee/brittle covered in a thin layer of chocolate with almonds in it! sooo rich & buttery & dee-lishtoffee

I got spoiled for sure! I got so much more than I could need or want, aww, blessings!

So, yesterday I went grocery shopping at the health-food store/work, to re-stock my uncle’s pantry & fridge with some more yum-si-ness. (Bella is laying on my arm, so I keep misspelling things and pressing odd keys!)

Here are some boring staples: garbanzo beans, my favorite Annie’s salad dressing, & plain soy yogurt

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Produce: I filled a bag full of salad greens from the salad bar (way cheaper & organic: a bag full, for about $1.50!), an avocado, Roma tomatoes, Sweet Clover sprouts, red bananas (I have some tangerines & apples still!)

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…and some goodies I hardly ever get, or have never had, but was excited about: Nutiva hemp protein powder packet, 2 different trailmixes, 3 Betty Lou’s energy balls (tee-hee, I said “BALLS!”), a raw organic food bar, & some dark chocolate ginger

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^ MORE goodies:  Ruth’s Chia Goodness cereal (Chia-pet for breakfast!), Food for Life  Genesis English muffins, crackers, & roasted garlic beets from the deli!

I brought my own bags like a good lil’ girl. My store donates 5 cents for every bag someone brings in, to a charity, which is different every month! I helped yesterday with 10 cents! I spent about $35 on that schtuff!

Later, I went to good ol’ Publix & picked up a bag of baby carrots, organic blue corn chips & a Luna sunrise bar: Strawberry flava’.

Yesterday, I went with my parents, sis, & grandparents (who loooove dogs) to see Marley and Me. Loved it! Adorable! I didn’t read the book, but it was sweet, none-the-less! 

Afterward, I met a friend to catch-up at Border’s. We used to meet up there in high school and take allllll the magazines we could carry to the kid’s area, look at them, talk, & put them back. Sorry, Border’s workers- guilty! We didn’t take mags this time because we had a lot to talk about in a little bit of time (because she met her mom afterward)…

You know WHY we had so much to talk about?! Well… 

…well, before that, here was a light dinner with some new goods:

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^ a toasted Genesis English muffin with some Baba Ganouj hummus, sprouts, greens, & tomato. Also, a salad with carrots, sprouts, Newman’s Own honey mustard dressing. After I took it, I added some sunflower seeds to it. My tummy was acting weird, so something light was just what I needed. I had some of my favorite tea, too: Celestial Seasoning’s Honey Peach Ginger to soothe the tum-tum.

Okay- now, the good stuff:

Me, lil’ Miss Orange Poppity-Pop had a date! *GASP* I don’t have much dating experience because in high school, I was always so busy with sports & activities, that I just didn’t care much about that. But, I met him at work– he shops there all the time & eats in the deli whenever he can. Needless to say, he’s super-healthy & a total foodie! He’s also smart, cute, sweet…

We went to a raw/veg/vegan restaurant and got a few different things, tried each others’ food, shared dessert, talked the whole time, he showed me where he is workin‘, he drove me back with plans for something else in the works! We went out once before- met at a pub, actually (he’s not a “pub-guy” but met some old buddies there), and I thought it’d be awkward, but it totally wasn’t! His friends included me & I even recognized/knew some people that were there, too!

YIPPEE! He, like me, am not a night-owl, and he had a busy day today, so we’re not getting together tonight for the last time this year in 2008, but next year for sure! I’m going to dinner with my parents tonight and just layin’ low.

When I was little, my family would turn the clocks back a few hours so we wouldn’t be up so late… we’d bang pots-and-pans and light sparklers on roller blades at like 9 or 10 PM every year! HA! This year, it’s all about the true midnight!

*FUN FACT: this year is one second longer because the earth’s rotation is slowing… so enjoy your extra-second-longer year & have fun (& be safe) welcoming a new, fabulous year in 2009! (PEACE in 2009, as we always say!)

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Beginning to look a lot like…

the Holidays (to not be religiously-biased) 

…even though the high will be 80 degrees on Christmas morning…

So, for my homemade gifts, I’ve decided against giving out the “Almond Joy” granola because I tasted it and it tasted… burnt. No one wants that, no matter how bad they were this year!!! I woke up yesterday morning on a mission: better granola, & something else homemade. What, may you ask? How very trendy of me to make biscotti!!! I looked up some recipes from V’con and other cookbooks and sort of varied it to my liking. I came out with my own, OrangePop variation! It’s fabulous, if I do say so myself! Healthy + Vegan + Delicious = a winning combination! 

For my 1st trick, I present…. GRANOLA:

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^ this was the best, yet! I added nuts and dried fruit but I added the sliced almonds during the last 5 or so minutes because that’s where I got, um, *burned* last batch! Good move, me!

I packaged them like this, afterall:

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I also made a ginger-sunflower seed version that was great, too!!!

I shall post these recipes, okay?!

For my next trick, I reveal… BISCOTTI:

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and I packaged them all differently, like this:

dsc04022 I gave one to my uncle and he didn’t want to choose one because he didn’t want me to waste the “gourmet wrap job” on lil’-ol’-him! HA, it’s wax paper… and ribbon

* I will post the recipe, because it was original when it was finished, and not exactly from any book or recipe I looked up! *

Anywho, amongst all the baking and the house smelling ab-so-lutely divine, I also baked up a cake because my grandparents came over for dinner to see the house all decorated purrty for the holidays. It was a suuuper-easy recipe my mom had, so I whipped it up real quick. It was a lemon bundt cake with a cinnamon-sugar swirl. Here’s it in the making:

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…and the final product:

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^ Do you see what I see? A lil’ bit of me, OP looming in the background?!

mmMmmMmm… orange soda

One of these days I’m going to post a photo of the BEST part of our Christmas decorations. I’ll reveal that later. But now, here was our dining atmosphere last night:

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HAPPY & HEALTHY HOLIDAYS 😀

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Tree-huggin’ Christmas gift

Last night, I went home to find a package from my friend Bama filled with goodies like Clif and Kashi bars, Sport beans, a funny Christmas card and Chris Carmichael’s book Food for Fitness to “Eat Right to Train Right” because I’d love to run more and even compete again, but want to make sure I have my bases covered, as far as good sport nutrition! THANKS BAMA- you’re GRRRR-REAT!

Last night I felt like baking. With all these awesome bloggers making cookies and other yummy treats this time of year, even though I’m getting sweets, I still want to contribute. i thought about something original. Then, I thought something homemade and totally OrangePop-ish would be the best! Soooo, I came out with 2 varieties of…

GRANOLA!

While The Santa Claus was on TV, I just sort of looked up recipes, and then played around and made my own anyway. My 1st attempt I tried a variation of “Almond Joy” except later I realized I should have added cocoa powder for the chocolate part…oh, well!

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The 2nd one, I added more dried fruit and nuts and… wow, even more of a winner!

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I put them in granola tubs tubs.

I know there’s a niftier idea than plastic baggies to give them in (I still want to make more varieties, but I was getting sleepy!) **Any suggestions??** They’re very much welcomed!

Would you believe that they contain no oil? It’s true. I may post the recipe I used, if they’re hits, or if I get an influx of requests.

…until then, THERE’S ONLY A FEW MORE SHOPPING DAYS LEFT ‘TIL CHRISTMAS! EVERYONE BE HAPPY AND LOVING 😀 and especially, show it if you feel it!

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