Twist (and Shout!)

December 6, 2009

Fun fun rejuvenating day!

I met Emily at Y2Yoga for a 2:15 hot yoga class. It was great to catch up with her, and yoga was once again, awesome. I feel like I am making some good progress with yoga! I felt really strong in many of the poses today, and with the help of Tanner, my body twisted in ways it hadn’t been able before. He has really helped me so much with the poses and stretching myself to the limits. I did some of my first binds today (although I couldn’t have done them without being physically molded into position!).  I love, love, love the personal attention you get at Y2Y (and I got another one of those amazing foot massages during savasana because the class was small!) I’ve never attempted a bird of paradise before, and the other night when I did some YogaDownload, I tried one and actually did pretty well!  Progress!

Lucky me, Aurorae sent me a really nice yoga mat to review for the blog.

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The one I’ve been using is a hand-me-down from Kelsey, and while it’s been nice, this mat is a bit of a step up ;) First of all, I love the color. Green is my very favorite! I also loved how long it was compared to my old mat, and actually for the first time during hot yoga I rejected my towel. It was bunching up on me and I kicked it aside because this mat is sticky enough that I was ok without a towel. (I’m getting a Yogitoes towel for Christmas though (at least I put it on my list for Santa!) so I’ll use that for the sweatier vinyasa classes.) Thanks, Aurorae, for the great mat!

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Yoga was at 2:15, so I was kind of – in a bind - with what to do for lunch. However, my oatmeal held me over really well so I just had a snack before I left – a Clif Bar for Operation Eat-The-Bar-Stash. This flavor was OK – the oatmeal raisin is still my favorite flavor (although I’ve never had carrot cake!)

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When I got home from yoga at 4PM I still wasn’t that hungry, but I was definitely ready for a little lunch. Or dinner!?

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I decided on soup, which was quick and easy, and tried another of the Dr. McDougall’s I was sent to try. Today: the Roasted Pepper Tomato. I’ve tried the Minestrone, which I liked, and the Split Pea, which I didn’t like.

I added a half cup of leftover brown rice and Bob’s Red Mill grande grains to the soup along with some parmesan cheese.

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The roasted pepper tomato was GREAT!! None of that fake onion taste and lots of nice flavor.

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On the side As an appetizer I had some kashi crackers, but I ate them all while the soup was heating!

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Palate cleansing Biscoff

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Since I had lunch (dinner?) at 5PM, I asked Matt if he cared if we postponed the mac n cheese recipe and just have snacks for dinner (he had lunch really late too). He said sure. Until 7PM came around and he was complaining that our fridge was too bare and he didn’t know what to eat! I said we could make the mac and cheese if he wanted and I’d just have a small bowl and he agreed. So we set to work.

Unfortunately I cannot share this recipe because it’s for a new mac and cheese blog!! But you’ll see it in a few weeks ;)

I really wasn’t hungry, but the mac was too tempting with its secret ingredient so I had a small bowl after all.

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Matt opened some mead he made and it went SO WELL with the mac that I had a small pour of that too.

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The view from the masculine side

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After dinner we watched Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation! Can you believe I’d never seen it? I’m much more of a Home Alone, Grinch, Rudolph and White Christmas girl. It was good – for a movie from 1989! Had it been made in 2009 I would have hated it. Loved all the period acting, costumes and props ;) Did you catch a glimpse of their computer!?

We didn’t get around to any Xmas decorating or tree shopping because I was in sweatpants after yoga. It’s on the calendar for Tuesday!

Having another Biscoff and then going to read bed!!

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1 holly December 6, 2009 at 9:56 pm

the mac and cheese looks awesome – can’t wait for the recipe!

enjoy your evening :)

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2 Jenna December 6, 2009 at 9:59 pm

mac and cheese looks soo yummy! i can’t wait until you share the recipe with us all :)
jenna

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3 Sam (Merit to the Carrot) December 6, 2009 at 10:00 pm

This will be the most anticipated mac&cheese in history!

I agree with you entirely on the Christmas movie tops, Home Alone and The Grinch are in my top 3 along with A Year Without a Santa Clause :)

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4 kelly December 6, 2009 at 10:09 pm

Your mac & cheese looks fantastic. Christmas Vacation is on our must-watch list every Christmas season. I know most of the lines and yet I still laugh and laugh.

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5 Hillary @ Nutrition Nut on the Run December 6, 2009 at 10:12 pm

Love the Grinch. How ’bout Elf? Always a good one!

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6 Julie December 6, 2009 at 10:15 pm

How could you have never seen Christmas Vacation?! What a sheltered life you lead. (kidding)
I love Home Alone too. I love quoting it. “look what you did you little jerk!”

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7 Tay December 6, 2009 at 10:19 pm

Wow that mac & cheese looks amazing and oh so creamy!! Can’t wait to see the recipe :-)

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8 Amanda @ the Hungry Wanderers December 6, 2009 at 10:21 pm

There’s going to be a new mac & cheese blog!?!?! How exciting!! One of my hopes after school is done is to start trying to make mac & cheese recipes based off of ones Justin and I try (and review) at restaurants. I can’t wait to see a blog about mac n cheese :-D

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9 candice December 6, 2009 at 10:23 pm

Mac & cheese blog?! OMG, I can’t wait!!! I looove mac & cheese like no other! ;)

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10 Carolyn December 6, 2009 at 10:24 pm

I think I’ve seen Christmas vacation every time it’s been on this season. It’s the husband’s favorite. I even got him the Hallmark RV ornament!! :)

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11 Cynthia (It All Changes) December 6, 2009 at 10:28 pm

I don’t like that flavor…it was too sweet. I love the carrot cake flavor because it has a spicy bite too it. But Oatmeal Rasin really is my favorite.

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12 Heidi December 6, 2009 at 10:28 pm

You MUST, must, must try the carrot cake Clif Bar. It has stolen the number 1 spot from Blueberry Crisp. It’s like a bite of actual carrot cake that you can’t possibly feel guilty about.

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13 Ameena December 6, 2009 at 10:39 pm

I can’t wait for the recipe. The Mac and cheese looks delicious!

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14 Ann-Margaret December 6, 2009 at 10:39 pm

Must know – where is that rooster glass from?!?

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15 Kath December 7, 2009 at 8:53 am

I inherited it from my grandmother, so I don’t know. It could be as old as the 1920s.

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16 marie December 6, 2009 at 10:40 pm

Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation is the funniest Christmas movie EVER. I watch it at least a couple of times every year around the holidays. It plays so much on tv, and I’ll usually catch the dubbed French version too which is also hilarious because the translation is really bad. However, my favourite movie is The Santa Clause, it’s so sweet :).

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17 amber December 6, 2009 at 10:41 pm

That is Casey’s favorite Christmas movie, I had not seen it until we got married. I am Rudolph/Home Alone girl as well. I actually posted about Christmas movies the other day =) They just make me happY!!

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18 jac December 6, 2009 at 10:43 pm

mac and cheese looks delish. can’t wait to see the new blog!

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19 Karla December 6, 2009 at 10:44 pm

I’ve never seen National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation either! (well I guess you have now…)

I did thoroughly enjoy European Vacation though!

Mac and Cheese looks great! And just like everyone else, can’t wait for the recipe! I think you’ve inspired me to add mac and cheese to my recipe challenge!

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20 Lisa @bakebikeblog December 6, 2009 at 10:58 pm

oooh that mac and cheese looks fantastic! Can’t wait for the recipe :)

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21 Jordan December 6, 2009 at 11:10 pm

That mac ‘n cheese looks AMAZING.

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22 Marissa December 6, 2009 at 11:16 pm

Last night my husband was saying this will be the 20th year of him watching the movie. I feel old!!

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23 Tuesday December 6, 2009 at 11:17 pm

Ah! The mac and cheese looks so tasty — can’t wait for the recipe. Also, White Christmas = best Christmas movie ever.

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24 Jenn Eats Nutritiously Now December 6, 2009 at 11:18 pm

Sad you can’t share the mac n cheese recipe yet– it looks DEE-lish! Have fun decorating this week!!

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25 Morgan @ Life After Bagels December 6, 2009 at 11:19 pm

O . . . M . . . G . . . I cannot wait for you to share the recipe, it looks amazing!

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26 Bronwyn December 6, 2009 at 11:38 pm

That looks soooooo delicious.

I really want mac and cheese, but I’m so full from dinner!

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27 Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope December 6, 2009 at 11:41 pm

I’m so glad you enjoyed yoga today! I completely agree that it’s amazing to feel like you’re progressing and really getting stronger in your poses. I just love that feeling of accomplishment! :)

Mmm… can’t wait to hear that mac & cheese recipe! Looks delicious!

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28 Mama Pea December 7, 2009 at 12:18 am

And the yoga mat is GREEN! That can’t be by accident.

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29 lynn (The Actors Diet) December 7, 2009 at 12:37 am

pretty yoga mat! i desperately need a new one….

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30 Sarah December 7, 2009 at 12:55 am

Oh sweet lord is that kale in there? OOhh I love kale! You are a genious.

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31 ilana December 7, 2009 at 1:15 am

you can never be TOO full for mac&cheese! one of my favorite restaurants makes an aaaammaaaaaaaaazzzzziiiiingggggg truffled mac&cheese…perfect combo of cheeses, truffles, truffle oil, and bread crumbs on top. it’s sold as an appetizer but i just order to of them and eat them as my app and meal (and sometimes i’ll remember to get a salad..). ohh im so in the mood now.

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32 Jenn (www. j3nn.net ) December 7, 2009 at 2:19 am

That mac ‘n cheese looks soooo good!

Jenn

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33 christie @ honoring health December 7, 2009 at 5:47 am

Hoooray for getting deeper into yoga poses. I did my first headstand this weekend have been buzzing on that feeling :) Binding, however, makes me feel angry, I don’t like it at all. Ironically, the teacher that is leading my yoga teacher training loves binding. Boo.

The mac n cheese looks great!

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34 Jessie December 7, 2009 at 7:15 am

That mac and cheese looks great!

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35 Cole December 7, 2009 at 7:20 am

I have to agree with all of the others. That mac and cheese looks amazing. It’s 7:20 in the morning and I’m craving it!

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36 Stacey December 7, 2009 at 7:23 am

Is it bad that I use my dog’s bed for a yoga mat?? Lol

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37 Kristen December 7, 2009 at 7:37 am

Mac-n-cheese is my ultimate comfort food. That looks so good!

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38 Simply Life December 7, 2009 at 7:39 am

What a fun thing to try out (the yoga mat)! Looks great! Also that soup and crackers sounds like the perfect combo!

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39 Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg December 7, 2009 at 8:08 am

Ahh, I love National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation!! It’s my second favorite (after A Very Brady Christmas). My taste in Christmas movies is not the classiest.

I love that Cliff Bar flavor– but only because it tastes the most like a cookie :-)

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40 whitney December 7, 2009 at 8:14 am

I agree with everyone else that the mac and cheese looks to die for!

Just from my perspective the carrot cake cliff bar does not taste that great. It is to strong in certain flavors and makes it taste weird. I can not explain it but it taste nothing like carrot cake I assure you. My favorite is the blueberry crisp

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41 Emily Eats and Exercises December 7, 2009 at 8:21 am

A mac and cheese blog?!?!? Sounds like heaven on earth – my number one favorite food for sure. Mmmmm….

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42 H-woman December 7, 2009 at 8:23 am

What’s the bird of paradise pose? I don’t know that one!

H =)

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43 Kath December 7, 2009 at 8:53 am
44 thepinkpeppercorn December 7, 2009 at 8:25 am

I can’t wait to watch all the holiday shows!!!! I hope I can catch some tonight!

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45 Erin December 7, 2009 at 8:43 am

I’m into the old Christmas movies, too — watching White Christmas is a family tradition. :D

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46 rungirlrunn December 7, 2009 at 9:03 am

I just saw that movie for the first time too!! My mom and I always watch White Christmas!

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47 Ashley December 7, 2009 at 9:08 am

You are going to love your Yogitoes if Santa is nice enough. =)

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48 Erin December 7, 2009 at 9:37 am

That mac n cheese looks SO good! Great idea with the greens.

Christmas Vacation is probably my family’s favorite Christmas movie. At pretty much all of our family dinners someone inevitably yells out “THE BLESSING!”

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49 Julie @savvyeats December 7, 2009 at 9:39 am

White Christmas is my absolute favorite Christmas movie! Have you seen Holiday Inn? It is the movie that White Christmas was inspired by… Bing Crosby + Fred Astaire!

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50 Seth @ Boy Meets Food December 7, 2009 at 9:58 am

Oh yeah, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation is a classic! I used to really like their movies. All the new ones are an embarrassment though.

Of the old ones, I love the classic Rudolph. From the newer movies though, I really liked Elf. I’m a big fan of Will Ferrell. Most of it was corny, but there were a few lines that make me laugh every time I watch it. :)

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51 Julie @ Peanut Butter Fingers December 7, 2009 at 10:03 am

that mac looks freakin’ fantastic! share the recipe soon puh-lease!

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52 Amanda @ Cakes and Ale December 7, 2009 at 10:16 am

Can’t believe you’d never seen Christmas Vacation!
I think people love it so much because of the emotional connection – they grew up watching it with their families and it makes them feel nostalgic, more than actually being a really good film.
Gotta love Beverly D’Angelo’s totally 80s outfits though!

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53 Meg @ Be Fit Be Full December 7, 2009 at 10:26 am

I think I spe some kale in that mac & cheese?! My sister and I can recite ever single line from Xmas vacation. No joke :)

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54 Anne Marie@New Weigh of Life December 7, 2009 at 10:35 am

I can’t wait to see the mac and cheese recipe. It looks fantastic!

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55 Sabina December 7, 2009 at 10:49 am

Mac and cheese? More like penne (at least, that’s what it looks like on my computer monitor) and cheese! ;-) Love the addition of greens!

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56 Cait (Cait's Plate) December 7, 2009 at 11:12 am

Wow that Mac and Cheese creation looks amazing and I can’t really even have cheese!

Yay for getting the tree on Tuesday! So exciting!!

I’ve seen National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation but I agree, I’m much more of a Home Alone, Grinch person myself :)

That yoga mat looks AMAZING. I’m determined to re-dedicate myself to yoga…maybe a new mat will do the trick?

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57 mrs. smith December 7, 2009 at 12:01 pm

the mac & cheese looks amazing!

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58 Harriet December 7, 2009 at 12:51 pm

Hi Kath, noticed you’re a big fan of the Lotus cookies and I felt I had to share a recent discovery of mine since moving to France ..
http://www.bienmanger.com/1F3383_Pate_Speculoos.html

Amazing doesn’t even cover it! Not too sweet and delicious in oatmeal too :)

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59 Kath December 7, 2009 at 12:59 pm

Someday I will get that!!

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60 Amanda (Two Boos Who Eat) December 7, 2009 at 12:52 pm

MMM mac and cheese is always delicious! I want the recipe!

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61 stephanie December 7, 2009 at 2:35 pm

we have a great bikram yoga studio in charlottesville too, so you’ll have a place to join once you guys move!

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62 Stephanie December 7, 2009 at 3:01 pm

Those carrot cake bars are GNARLY! If you like carrot cake, the Cliff Bar version tastes like STALE carrot cake. Watch out! :)

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63 Erin December 7, 2009 at 4:52 pm

tee hee, I love that rooster cup!!

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64 Hannah February 1, 2010 at 10:41 am

Yes, I find that Clif Bar a bit too sweet and bland. I love the banana bread and peanut butter ones though! (surprise, surprise :P)

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65 Ika February 1, 2012 at 2:26 am

I knew it! Your biscoff is Lotus biscuit. In England it’s named Lotus and has the same white packaging.. I love it.. I enjoy the caramelised flavour.

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