Judging the Human!

Wednesday, August 31, 2011 - Posted by Jess at 5:50 PM
I want to start off by making the statement, "I am not perfect!" I will never rise above level of human, at least not in this plane of existance! And to be honest sometimes that is troubling to me because I have this illusion that if I just do this, this and this everything will be perfect and I won't have to work so hard! :) And of course the universe always lets me know that that is not how this whole thing works and I get back on my path. So with that said, I had an experience a few weeks ago of having someone judge me pretty harshly and my ego felt a blow. Now with the whole statement of not being perfect, one of my character flaws is people pleasing and wanting everyone to not think negatively of me. SO, when I had this person say these things about me it really took me back, and I started to question myself. Am I what they state, and of course who do THEY think they are?!! And then my mind was off to the races! So feeling the pain of being judged by my peers really hurt. But then after a couple of days of talking with others and thinking things through more logically, I realized that I was doing the same thing as this person. I was judging them for the statements they made about me. Not realizing that we are, again, all flawed human beings! That we look at others and think that we know what is right or best for others, when in reality the name of the game is keeping the focus on ourselves and changing what we can change; about ourselves. So I came to the conclusion that the statements made about me were not true, but I also wasn't honest in my judgements of this person as well. We are all doing the best we can with what we have, right now! Of course I hope I make the best choice 99.9% of the time, and of course it is much less than that! So on my path of humaness, I take my lesson in judging others and find my focus back to where it needs to be; on myself and what I can change, and giving love and being of service! Flaws and all! :)

Much love from one human to another-



Tuesday, August 23, 2011 - Posted by Jess at 5:43 PM

Just wanted to put a plug-in for my good friends yoga studio LOTUS Wellness and Gallery, and for my teachers studio Prairie Yoga. Lotus will be hosting the teachers from Prairie Yoga to begin this fall with yet another teacher training program. There will be a 200hr certification program and a 300hr certification program. Now I may be a bit biased, but these women who teach for Prairie Yoga are outstanding teachers with many years of experience! I received my 200hr certification through them and felt that I couldn't have asked for more with my training! They were very thorough with teaching about the all aspects of yoga and I personally am signed up for my 300hr training with them and am very excited! So if you feel the inspiration to teach yoga and help others please check out the LOTUS website! www.lotusfw.com or check out Prairie Yoga's website, www.prairieyogatt.com. Time is coming soon for classes to start so check it out!!

Yummy Summer Recipes!!!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011 - Posted by Jess at 6:22 PM
Well I have been picking alot of yummy stuff out of the garden these past few weeks! And I am getting an over abundance of zucchini squash. So I was checking out some different recipes to use it in, and of course you can't not make zucchini bread with all of that excess zucchini!! :) Well I found this really amazing recipe that is healthy with out all of that sugar added in!!! I was so excited I made several loaves that day! So I thought I would share the recipe with you all! Let me know if you try it and how it goes!! Oh and a bonus recipe if you like Canned Jalapenos! My husband is a salsa junkie and likes to doctor up his salsa, so these home made Jalapenos are his new favorite! Try it out if you have alot, it is a pretty simple recipe and requires no yellow #5 to make them taste delicious! Enjoy!!!!!

Healthy Zucchini Bread

-1 cup applesauce, unsweetened
-1/2 cup canola oil
-1 cup honey
-3 eggs
-2 cups shredded zucchini
-2 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
-3 cups whole wheat flour
-1/2 cup flaxseed meal
-1 tsp. salt
-1/2 tsp. baking powder
-1 Tbsp. cinnamon
-1 Tbsp. nutmeg
-4 oz. of dark chocolate chips
-1/2 cup chopped nuts, optional

Beat applesauce, oil, and honey together in a large bowl. Add eggs, zucchini, and vanilla. In a separate bowl, combine flour, salt, baking powder, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Add to wet ingredients along with nuts and dark chocolate chips. Beat until just combined. Pour into two greased loaf pans. Bake at 350 for 45-60 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean. Shake the loaf pans as soon as you take them out of the oven for easy removal. Yield: 2 loaves

Pickled Jalapenos

-approx. 50 fresh jalapeno chiles (I just pick as much as I have, at least 20 to make it worth it!)
-4-5 large cloves garlic peeled and sliced
-5-6 bay leaves
-6 fresh basil leaves
-5-6 cups distilled white vinegar
-5-6 pint canning jars and lids

Wash chiles and cut off stems and slice. Sterilize pint canning jars and lids. After sterilized place garlic and bay leaf in each hot jar, then pack chiles into jars as tightly as possible. Add 1 basil leave to each jar when it is half full. Bring vinegar just to a boil and pour over chiles. Let sit 2 minutes then tap jar to release air bubbles and top off jar with vinegar to within 1/2 inch of the top. Wipe rim, seal, and immerse jar 15 minutes in a boiling water bath. Let rest for a few days to blend flavors before opening jars and serving. Refrigerate after opening.

-Makes about 5-6 pints

Happy and Healthy Eating!