Recap of September Project 12!

This month has been one of the most rewarding Project 12s I have done so far.  I cannot believe the generosity that we have around us…not only the people who came to do the yoga.  I am so grateful to the studio owners who donated their space, Rooftop 210, my family and  friends who have helped me promote these events, and the connections at Thompson.  Everyone has been so supportive.

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This is 9 of the 15 yogis who showed up for the last donation class.  This class brought in $180!

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I thought this was awesome to get in the mail.  Just the fact that it is signed by the president, with a special note makes me feel special.  (and to think I got it before I even raised any money!)

The total check to Thompson will be for $1500.    My yoga classes brought in $1491, so I figured I’ll add that last little bit to even it out!

I have decided to do a monthly Epicentre donation class, with a portion of the proceeds going to Thompson.  This class will only be $15 and Rooftop210 will have specials for us!  They loved having us there a few weeks ago, so they want us back!  (When it gets cold, we can go into Whisky River!)  These classes will be the first Thursday of every month 6:30-7:30pm.  Below are the details for  the class this week:

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Hope I see you this Thursday on the Roof! You can go ahead and sign up in advance by clicking HERE!

Green Chicken Curry

My poor family…I try out recipes on them all the time.  Sometimes it turns out really great–like when I made Eggplant Awesomeness.  And then there was that one time when I wanted to impress my husband when we got home from our honeymoon and gave him salmonella when I tried my fried chicken recipe.  Whoops.

This was my first experience making curry.  I made a giant pot and was able to share leftovers with some friends and everyone loved it!

I came up with this recipe using a combination of Stacy in the Kitchen ‘s and Peanut Butter Runner and then added my own throw ins!

Green Chicken Curry

Ingredients:
2 tablespoons of coconut oil
1 medium onion
1 medium eggplant
2 cans of coconut milk
1 jar of green chicken curry paste
3 tablespoons of fish sauce
1 medium zucchini
3 large carrots
3 stalks of celery
2 tablespoons of garlic
2 pounds of skinless, boneless chicken breast
1 large bag of frozen Asian vegetables
Juice of 1 lemon

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Heat coconut oil in a large pot.  Dice onion, eggplant, and garlic and add to pot.  Cut the chicken into small bite size pieces and add that to the mix.  Sautee until the chicken is cooked through.
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Add the curry paste, fish sauce, the rest of the vegetables (chopped, of course!) and coconut milk and bring to a boil.  Cover and simmer for 20 minutes.

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Beware:  This makes a GIANT pot.  It makes about 15 heaping cups. (with extra broth, yum!)  Each serving has around 250 calories, 14 grams of fat, 18 grams of protein, and 5 carbs.

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You could put this over rice, but since we don’t eat rice, we had it as a stew.  Delish!  This was a perfect dinner for the cold, rainy weather we’ve been having in Charlotte.

Do you like to experiment in the kitchen?  Let me know if you try out this recipe and what you think!

Girls Weekend

I am heading out of town for a much needed girls trip to the beach.  I have had so much going on this month, adding classes to my teaching schedule, my donation classes, picking up private clients, and some family business that has thrown me on an emotional roller coaster.  I  am really ready to CHILL.

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My family business is nothing too serious.  My son just cannot seem to keep it together.  He is so smart, (like really smart, not just because I am his mom and I think he is smart) so that is the really frustrating thing about him and all his antics.  I have to talk to his teacher EVERY DAY after school to check in.   School has only been in session a little over a month.  But, it isn’t just school.  It’s at church, at Cub Scouts, and even in our own backyard.  I thought my chickens weren’t laying, and I was very worried.  I started feeding them more, asking  other chicken mamas, reading up on it.  Dennis the Menace, AKA,  my sweet baby boy has been throwing the eggs at the neighbor’s house.  It was weird that he has been so “helpful” lately and wanted to collect the eggs.  The poor neighbors.  They knew it was my Brody.  They didn’t want to accuse him, but they finally saw him hiding in their bushes when they were leaving to go to dinner the other night.  I know it is funny, and most of his shenanigans are harmless.  Its building creations out of materials he shouldn’t, tying other kids’ shoelaces together, taking apart mechanical stuff to see how it works.  He is not malicious, just creative.  I have still lost a lot of sleep the past few weeks, and honestly it breaks my heart that he cannot get his shit together because I love him so much.  I just keep thinking that he is going to be labeled as “that kid.”  Teacher friends, you know the one.  His heart is in the right place…he got this one earring and pin for me to take on my trip….Please don’t ask where he got them…I didn’t.  He probably teleported to Queen Elizabeth’s castle.  I mean,  “someTING for Mommy.”  Swoon.

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On to another reason I am excited about my weekend away…laughing with my friends is the best  medicine of all.   Shopping without a little person asking if they can have something, eating dinner out at nice restaurants without wondering if the waitress hates you, and not rushing anywhere.  I made sure to pack all the essentials for our trip.  Coffee, salt and vinegar almonds, and the makings for dreamscicles.

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A friend of mine treated me to a 90 minute massage yesterday.  (I know, right?)  My low back and glutes have been so tight lately…probably from stress.  It has gotten so back that it is messing with my practice, and even my sleep.  This lady was amazing.  It can be a little uncomfortable to ask a stranger (even a professional) to stick their elbows in your butt.   I felt some release for the first time in over 3 weeks.   I really need to get on a regular schedule and just get a massage once a month.  It would be really good for me, since I bend down and massage other people every single day.

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My husband and I were able to get a sitter and have a beautiful candlelit dinner last night at Dolce.  They had a dinner special that was amazing.  Pan seared mahi-mahi, topped with shrimp and asparagus on the side.  I have been craving asparagus since my August Project 12, which is totally weird.  Every time I buy it, I wait too late and it ends up being chicken food.  It was nice to have a quiet dinner alone to talk before I head out of town.

When you go away for the weekend, what are your essentials?  

 

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