The last two days have been filled with preparations and celebrations for my awesome little(r) sister Katie. Every year I try to bake something a little extra special for the occasion. In the past there have been mint chocolate chip cupcakes, cookie dough cupcakes and (a not-so-successful attempt at) marshmallow-stuffed chocolate chip cookies. This year I was leaning toward another attempt at marshmallow goodness when I came across this ring ding recipe from Smitten Kitchen.
Now, I don’t know about you guys, but ring dings were a pretty big deal for Katie and I when we were growing up. I couldn’t pass up an opportunity to recreate the delicious treat. It was quite a process, and I admit I need some work injecting icing into cake, but the result was pretty tasty.
Mmm mmm good.
Today my mom and aunt were coming into town for a birthday lunch with Katie, which meant some cleaning had to be done. However, I was able I get in some yoga time between baking and dusting.
Last night I opted to do a gratitude meditation before bed, thinking of everyone and everything I am thankful for in my life, and when I was done I sat and repeated a mantra of “Grateful” for a few minutes. This I the first time I’ve done this before bed and I have to say, it was a great way to end the day and clear the mind before getting into bed.
This morning I did my own personal practice, which included a flow of sun salutations and hip and hamstring stretches. Basically whatever I felt my body needed. I finished up with a little handstand practice and then I was ready to start my day.
Now it’s time to continue the birthday celebration! It’s hard to believe tomorrow is day 30. Time flies!
This morning I woke up feeling groggy, a combination of working until 1am and the head cold that came to visit yesterday. The last thing I wanted to do was turn myself upside down in downward dog when my head felt ready to explode sitting right-side up. So I decided to take it easy on myself and go back to my quick favorite Opening to Hanumanasana with Adi on Yoga Today (though, you’ll notice if you click the link that I actually do this practice on YouTube). Even though this class is only 25 minutes, it is full of juicy hip openers (which, if you couldn’t tell by now, I love!) and, more importantly today, not too much upside-down time. It had been a while since I’d done this one, and as much as I love it, I always dread the pose where you are in a sort of super wide pigeon, with your foot rolled to the outside. I used to have the worst time with that pose, especially on my right side. However, I was pleasantly surprised to discover that it didn’t make me want to cry or punch someone today. I’m letting things go guys!
I spent the afternoon working on an online training to become a volunteer tax preparer, which was my favorite project in AmeriCorps and something I’ve wanted to get back into for a long time. When I got home, I was hungry but still had some work to do before I made dinner, so I decided to roast some chickpeas. This is something that I’ve been wanting to do for a long time, but for some reason I never have–odd, since I always have several cans in the house at all times. Anyway, I did a quick search on the googs and discovered the blog How Sweet It Is which devoted an entire post to roasting the little ‘banzos! Excellent. I followed her method and decided to go with rosemary, garlic powder and salt for my maiden voyage of making what is sure to be one of my new favorite snax.
All ready to go in the oven!
As you can probably see from the second photo, they ended up a little, shall we say, well done. However, my good friends will tell you that I tend to prefer things on the crispier side, so I was ok with it. Next time, I either won’t keep them in so long or will lower the temperature of the oven. However the flavor was great and they were a perfect crispy treat to tide me over until I was finished reviewing filing statuses.
And now it’s time for a little dinner, movie and early bed time to get rid of this cold once and for all! I’ve got a lot of upside-downing ahead of me tomorrow. 🙂