Happy Monday, friends! It is a gorgeous day here…hope it is where you are, too!
I am giving myself full permission to not worry about work today and just relax, in honor of my 23rd birthday. Tonight, I plan on ordering in some Thai food, drinking some wine, opening my gifts, and gchatting/ video chatting with Dan and some of my friends. Lovely.
I’ll be recapping my weekend tomorrow, but in the meantime, enjoy this recipe, yoga, and giveaway winners list!
I know, the bride isn’t supposed to cook for the shower. But, I have had this recipe idea floating around in my head, and wanted to give it a try, so I made one dish for my bridal shower. I present to you…
2 T baking powder
1/2 c brown sugar
1/3 c turbinado sugar
2 1/2 c flour
1/4 tsp sea salt
2/3 c. pomegranate arils
1/3 c. canola oil
1/2 c POM juice (thank you, POM, for the samples after Fitbloggin’!)
1/2 c milk, or milk substitute
Preheat oven to 400F.
In a large mixing bowl, stir the first five ingredients (through sea salt). Add the pomegranate arils (I used frozen, defrosted arils), and mix.
Stir in the oil until it is all absorbed by the dry ingredients. Repeat with the juice. Stir in the milk until there are no loose dry ingredients left in the bowl. Once all the dry ingredients are incorporated into the dough, stop mixing…you don’t want to overdo it!
Divide the dough into two parts. Put one part onto a greased pan, patting with your hands to create a circle about 1/2″-thick. Slice into 6 wedges, separating them slightly so that the edges will cook.
Bake for 15-18 minutes. Repeat with the other half of the dough. Allow to cool.
Frost, if desired. To make the icing, I beat 2 T of POM juice into powdered sugar until it got to the consistency I wanted. I poured it over the scones and allowed it to set into a pink, sugary layer of delicious-ness.
My first attempt at these scones failed, so I was a bit rushed when I made the batch for the shower. Unfortunately, in my rush to get to the party, I forgot to take a picture of the final product. But I promise they tasted good.
Side note: These are definitely sweeter than my Chai Tea scones or Chocolate Cherry Sea Salt Scones. If you don’t like them sweet, decrease the brown sugar a bit!
When Tina and Kate sent out a call for bloggers to participate in the Yoga Pose May challenge, I immediately offered to join. As you know, I’ve been getting back into yoga lately, so it was perfect timing!
Funny enough, I was assigned to do my pose today. So naturally, I did some birthday yoga last night!
Warrior III (Virabhadrasana III)[Source]
I love the warrior poses. So still, peaceful, and strong.
Some key tips I have picked up over the course of my yoga classes:
Keep your hips as parallel to the floor as possible. Oftentimes, the hip of the supporting leg is much lower than the other side.
Imagine that someone is pulling your hands forward, and that someone else is pulling your extended leg back with the same amount of force.
If it is too difficult to balance with your arms extended forward like this, there are a few variations you can try. Try extending your arms out to the side into a “T” shape, stretching them backwards along your torso, or use a chair to help you balance!
Stretching your arms backwards also works if you are like me, and have a tight space to work in…
And now, the winners of the birthday giveaways!
The winner of the Aurorae yoga giveaway is… Anna S!
The winner of the Thriv t-shirt is… Kristie from Cook Eat Burn!
The winner of the Golden Moon Coconut Pouchong tea is… Mary Z
Congratulations to all of the winners. Please e-mail me your shipping info, and we’ll get you your prizes!!
What is your favorite yoga pose?
I do love the warrior poses, but my absolute favorite is probably Pigeon. It is SUCH a good stretch!