Yoga on Tap

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On Tuesday,  I had the honor of teaching Yoga on Tap at Olde Mecklenburg Brewery.  135 amazing yogis showed up to flow and breathe on their mats.   (I even convinced my husband to come with me.  The promise of beer afterwards probably helped!)

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This event,  (formally known as “Broga”) has been going on since November of 2013 and is very popular!  Every Tuesday,  6:30-7:30pm, just show up with your mat and a different instructor in the Charlotte area will lead you through your practice!

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Liza Morgan is one of the geniuses behind this whole idea.  Here is what she had this to say about Yoga on Tap:

In late fall of 2013 we contacted OMB and asked if they would be interested in hosting the space for us to practice for a 3 month series we decided to call Broga that would go from November-January (Yoga, Beer, Brewery, Bros…Broga!) We were hoping to draw more guys in to yoga and figured that beer may be the way to do it. I selected 13 of Charlotte’s most kickass and diverse teachers from different studios to represent the Broga lineup and asked them each to do something a little different in their class. I met with them before hand and we brainstormed ways that they could come and share their shine, do something outside the box. Or that they don’t always get to teach. The whole thing ended up being so much fun, all around a big success. OMB loved having us and the yogis loved coming! Our numbers continued to grow every week so we decided to extend past our 3 month series and turn it into a weekly initiative called Yoga On Tap. Each week is a different teacher from the amazing Charlotte yoga community sharing what they love with an all levels class. My personal goal is to CONNECT charlotte. To see unity among yoga studios, teachers, students and varying forms of fitness. I see that happening at YOT! It is really cool to celebrate people’s talents and passions by giving them a unique space to teach in and new people to teach to.  I truly believe that yoga is for everyone, people just have to find what works for them. There are tons of beginners coming to YOT so in a free class it’s an amazing way to get introduced to tons of different styles, studios and teachers.  I love YOT. It feels super grassroots. All about community and fun.
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This is quite a sight.  I still feel a little choked up seeing all these beautiful souls housed in these beautiful bodies.  Charlotte is lucky to have such an amazing community of yogis.  I am so very grateful to be a part of this.
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And then this guy.  <3

Florida Vacation

The worst thing about vacation is coming home.   All the unpacking, laundry, and just getting back into the swing of things.  (meaning no more brownie sundaes and frozen drinks.)

My son and I just got back from a long weekend in Florida.  We had an amazing time visiting with friends and family.

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It was Brody’s first plane ride.  Before we get on the plane, he tells me he is going to make good friends with the pilot.  In case he wants to change seats.  I told him that you pretty much have to sit where you are assigned.  He was sad because he wanted to sit out on the wing.

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My friend decided to come along to Florida with us, and brought her two kids along.  It was great to have her and her kids–they were awesome travel companions.

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Her husband was with my husband (and my daughter) in West Virginia on a mission trip.  It worked out perfect.  Even though we were outnumbered, the kids got along really well!   And our husbands prayed for our sinful ways daily.

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The  friends we were visiting just moved to Ponte Vedra,  from Charlotte and we were so excited to visit them.  The kids were excited to see that there was a pool in the backyard!

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Friday was LEGOLAND day!  We got up early to drive the 3 hours to Orlando.  This place is really cool and a definite must if you have Lego enthusiasts in the family.  I would not recommend going in July when it is the hottest day in the history of this planet though.  My eyeballs were sweating.

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On Saturday, my cousin came and picked up Brody and I so we could visit with family and eat some ribs.  The best ribs ever from this place called The Pig.  I ate a bunch of ribs and stopped after about seven…since we were going to the beach later that day.  (My cousin told me just to keep eating and don’t worry about it.  Just tell everyone that I was a country girl!)

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We couldn’t leave without swinging on the rope over the catfish pond!

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Pesto Pizza–Keto Style!

Pizza.  I love it.  It  is one of those foods I would take with me if I were ever deserted on an island.  And an oven to heat it up with.  And some coffee, Diet coke, and probably ranch dressing.  And all the foods you don’t need to buy if you are a binge eater.  Don’t even get me started on the beauty products.

The cheese and gooey toppings are always the best, so I am fine with throwing the crust away for the most part.  But sometimes, I just really want to bite into a piece of pizza like a normal person does!

I found a couple keto pizza recipes and tweaked them to come up with this:

Ingredients:

  • 6oz of cream cheese, softened
  • 6 eggs
  • 1/3 cup of whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup of parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon of chives
  • 1 teaspoon of garlic
  • 2 cups of mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup of pesto
  • pizza toppings.  (I used pepperoni)

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Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Spray a 9×13 pan with cooking spray and sprinkle 1 cup of mozzarella cheese in the pan.  Bake for 5 minutes.  (Someone in my house opened the mozzarella and used it even though they knew I was trying this recipe.  I sent a snarky text and added some cheddar.  It was delicious, and I apologized.)

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In a bowl, combine the cream cheese,  parmesan, Italian seasonings, eggs, chives, and cream.  Beat until mixed and pour over the cheese in the pan.  Bake for 30-35 minutes.

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Viola!  It comes out like a really thick pizza crust!

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Spread “crust” with pesto.

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Add 1 cup of mozzarella cheese, and any other toppings you would like!

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Stay tuned!  I am excited to share some other low carb pizza recipes with you using a cauliflower crust, and another one using almond flour.    (you could always try out my zucchini pizza recipe too!)

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