Well have you survived the insanity that usually surrounds Thanksgiving?  First, the obsession that goes into selecting and making “the perfect recipe” for the Big Day, then the craziness that is Black Friday, and then the aftermath of leftoversyeah, kinda a crazy time for most people. 

Honestly, I didn’t stress about recipes, I just winged it.  Black Friday?  I did do some minor shopping, but got to the store at 3pm, not 6am, so no stress thereAnd leftovers?  That’s Scott’s domain, and I just keep on making different versions of salads for myself.  And keeping a laidback attitude?  I’ve been successful!  Yoga, breathing, smiling, enjoying my family, and being grateful for what I have all been key!

Thank you for all the great compliments and praise on my Thanksgiving Day Food & Recipes Post.  I am touched you think I was a great wife for making Scott a turkey.  Honestly, it wasn’t that hard, but as are most cooking projects of that magnitude, it was just time-consuming, but not that difficult.  But I’m really glad you enjoyed my pictures and recipes, awesome! 

Time to review the Week’s Recipes and Food in one handy post.  If you missed last week’s recap post, here it is.  All the recipes, eats, and links from the week in one handy post.  

This Week:
Sunday I made Raw Vegan Almond Butter Cookies

Raw Vegan Almond Butter Cookies on white plate
Three Raw Vegan Almond Butter Cookies on white dish

Monday I couldn’t decide if I should serve Raw Vegan Apple Crumble

Raw Vegan Apple Crumble in clear container
Close up of Raw Vegan Apple Crumble

or No-Bake Vegan Pumpkin Pie for Thanksgiving Dessert.

No-Bake Vegan Pumpkin Pie in white dish with whipped topping
Side of No-Bake Vegan Pumpkin Pie topped with whipped topping

Tuesday I still had not decided, but remembered that my almost Raw Vegan Pumpkin Spice Donut Holes were festive & yummy.

Raw Vegan Pumpkin Spice Donut Holes on white plate

Close up of Raw Vegan Pumpkin Spice Donut Holes

And I Helped you with A Variety of Roasted Potato Recipes
Pretty Multi-Colored Roasted Taters

Multi-Colored Roasted Potatoes

Sweet Potato Fries

Stacked Sweet Potato Fries

Curly Sweet Potato Fries

Curly Sweet Potato Fries on foil lined sheet

And Some Great Raw Veggie and Salad Recipes
A Vegan Cesar-Inspired Salad

Close up of Raw Veggie and Salad Recipes A Vegan Cesar-Inspired Salad

Kale with Homemade Vegan Slaw Dressing

Kale with Homemade Vegan Slaw Dressing

And Simple Greens with my Holiday Orange Spice Viniagrette

Simple Greens topped with Holiday Orange Spice Vinaigrette


 Close up of Simple Greens with Holiday Orange Spice Viniagrette

Wednesday I talked Everyday Eats before the big Gorge-Fest Thanksgiving Day.  Foods like
Overnight Soaked Coconut & Mango Tropical Oats

 Overnight Soaked Coconut & Mango Tropical Oats in green bowl

Sunbutter & Chocolate Chips straight outta the jar

Sunbutter & Chocolate Chips on spoon
 Close up of Sunbutter & Chocolate Chips on spoon

And a fresh batch of my Raw Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls

Overhead of Raw Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls in clear container
 Close up of Raw Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls

Thursday I was feeling Grateful.  And talked about all the people & things I’m grateful for.

Friday I Adorned you with My Thanksgiving Day Feast Food & Recipes
Sweet Potato Fries

Close up of sweet potato fries

Roasted White Potato Wedges

Roasted White Potato Wedges on foil lined pan
Close up of Roasted White Potato Wedges


Close up of Stuffing

Turkey & Gravy

 Sliced turkey on plate
Gravy in bowl


Plate full of Thanksgiving food

A Kale & Veggie Salad with homemade Vegan Slaw Dressing

Kale & Veggie Salad with homemade Vegan Slaw Dressing

And Raw Vegan Apple Crumble for Dessert

Raw Vegan Apple Crumble in clear container

Friday was Leftovers Day for Scott: Turkey & Gravy, a Garden Veggie Salad with Ranch, and Sweet & White potatoes

Leftover Thanksgiving meal with salad

And Friday was Shopping Day (just a little bit) for Me.  I do not consider the purchase of this External Hard Drive a luxuryI consider it close to a necessity.  

External hard drive in package

I have had my computer for 15 months and have never backed it up.   Scary!!!!  I had a mere 9000+ photos on my iPhoto on my hard drive that were not backed up in any way.  That’s the cyber equivalent of unprotected sex: Russian Roulette!  So I found a great deal at Best Buy for this drive for $79 bucks (normally $139), Friday & Saturday only.   Peace of mind.  Totally.  Ahhhh.

Hand holding External Hard Drive

And while I was there also picked up a portable iPod speaker system that doesn’t need to be plugged in (uses a rechargeable battery) and came complete with carrying case and remote.  This is the Perfect Solution for my music mixes when teaching yoga classes!!!!!

iPod Speaker system in box

Honestly, walking into new studio after new yoga room after new gym and wondering if my iPod is going to play, wondering if there would be any glitches with the stereo equipment at the various facilities was getting old.  Problem solved and I consider the $149 for this gadget a yoga business expense.  

iPod speaker system in bag

And the sound quality is pretty impressive.  Skylar was bustin’ out the dance moves in my yoga room!

Young girl dancing to music in room
Young girl in corner next to iPod sound system

She’s the only 2 year old who prefers the soothing sounds of Jai Uttal to the shrieks of Sesame Street. 

Young girl smiling standing listening to music

Speaking of yoga..
I went to a new yoga shala today.  Actually, I practiced at someone’s houseIt was pretty cool.  For my serious yogi readers, I did a led primary series today, which I always do on Saturdays and Sundays.  For those who have no idea what that means, it means I did about 75 vinyasas and lots of other standing and seated postures.  I also received a great spot in viparita chakrasana and was on my own for about 30 seconds which was really nice. 

Yoga Today is Ardha Chandrasana (Half Moon Pose). 
Your Drishti, or Gazing Point, should be upward at your hand if your balance is stable.  If not, then pick a spot on the ground and work toward lifting your gaze eventually.

Woman doing Ardha Chandrasana yoga pose

Tip of the Day:  Get out and Enjoy the Fresh Air, the people in your life, magazines, books, a walk in Nature, time in your kitchen, time on your couch…but maybe just unplug a little from the computer.  I am extremely guilty as charged and my Tip for all of you is to unplug a bit (keep reading my blog though!) but seriously, don’t get tooo sucked in to all the media, all the time, every.single.day.  I need to work on this too.

What’s your strategy for staying balanced with technology?  It seems we are all so overly plugged in and connected.  Blackberries, iPhones, Texting, Cell Phones, Wireless cards for our Laptops, Computers, TVs, DVR’s so we don’t miss a show, GoogleReader to organize the RSS Feeds of our closest 4567898767 friends’ blogs, you name it, it’s a Cyber Assault.  One of my resolutions in 2010 is to Un-Plug a little. 

How do you stay grounded and not feel overwhelmed with a constant does of connectivity and “being plugged in” everywhere you turn? Does it bother you or are you so accustomed you don’t even notice the 24/7 stimulus overload anymore?  How does all the technology & constant media stream impact you?

Stay Tuned For A Vegan Chocolate Dessert that fulfills Thin Mint, Chocolate Brownie, and Buttercream Frosting Cravings All In One…


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