Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Warrior Pose

Lately I've been setting small goals for myself because huge goals just do not fit in with my busy work schedule or brain. 

Exercise is so good for me emotionally and physically but usually my goals are to sign up for a 10k, train extensively for several months, race it in the scorching heat, and then don't run again for 6 months.
 (I see you, last year).

Instead now my goals are smaller and as they are more attainable, they'll get bigger. 

One of my goals has been to do at least 15-30 minutes of exercise a night.  I've been really loving yoga this summer as the days have been too hot to run and it's amazing what my body can do with time and practice.

I'm probably the least flexible person there is, but as I've been continually stretching and working poses I've improved a lot. 

Last Saturday I went to an outdoor yoga class that my lovely friend Aislinn taught and it was really fun.

Gypsy Slow Down

I was nervous to go, since I'm so new at yoga, but doing yoga outdoors with the breeze blowing the hot air away and a community of people doing it with me was really nice. 

And despite the hilarious car alarm that kept going off at the end it was so peaceful and relaxing. We ended with a glass of wine here and I had a wonderful time meeting new people.

Another goal of mine is to always be working on a project. 

Being creative makes me happy.

I have burnt myself out on projects in the past by making 3 baby blankets in a span of 3 months and so forth but this time I'm going slow and I'm making something for my family.

Gypsy Slow Down

 My friend at work taught me this beautiful chevron pattern and I love how it's turning out. When I started working on it Witt said, "Is that for your baby?" 
That made me happy.

It is for my baby.

 I just haven't met them yet or know when they will show up.

 God is continually showing me that being unconventional is a good thing.

 It can be really fun, actually.

Gypsy Slow Down

I leave you with is this incredible tilapia dish I made last night. 

Just don't let the fabulous I-need-a-new-phone photos above fool ya.

I got the idea from this beautiful blog and used what I had on hand, changing it up quite a bit.

The white wine with the sweet onions and herb butter made the most flaky, tender fish. I love the soft herb and the tangy flavor of tomatoes.

 I think you could use any white fish, such as cod, as in the original recipe.

I used the little lemon tomatoes from our garden for this and some of the grape tomatoes and they added a nice acidity and freshness.

I eyeballed how much of the herbed butter I used and I had some left over so just use whatever feels good to you. That's pretty much my cooking philosophy :)

Herb Butter Tilapia

5 pieces tilapia, fresh or frozen and thawed
1 red onion, diced
2 leeks, chopped and washed
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 stick butter, softened
3 tablespoons chopped thyme
3 tablespoons julianned basil
1 cup sliced fresh grape tomatoes, or any small variety
1/2 cup white wine (I used chardonnay)
1/2 cup fresh grated Parmesan cheese
salt and pepper

Preheat oven to 400.

In a pan or skillet, saute onions, leeks and olive oil for 5-10 minutes until soft and starting to brown. Remove from heat. 
In food processor or mixer, combine butter and herbs and mix until combined.
In a 9 x 13 baking dish, rub 2-4 tablespoons of the herb butter on bottom of dish. 
Place fish in dish and salt and pepper. 
Rub fish with 2-4 more tablespoons herb butter. 
Pour onion/leek mixture on top of fish and top with tomatoes. 
Gently pour wine over fish, leaving onions and tomatoes on top.
 Cover dish with foil and bake for 20-30 minutes or until fish is white and flaky.

 Uncover and top with parm cheese, and broil until melted. Serves 4-5.

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