Random Philly Phun!

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So I was perusing through some of my recent pictures and saw a few I wanted to share! They are all representative of PHUN in PHILLY! 

Strong like bull!

After living in Philadelphia for 5+ years and in the area my whole life, I finally decided to get that all important picture in front of the Rocky Statue. This particular day, we met up with Sabrina and her Husband to learn about and experience the 3rd Annual Armenian Genocide Walk.  It was really a neat time!

Luxy (Stephie's horse/dog hehe) and a frisbee that was about to bite the dust!

Outside Rittenhouse park, I met up with this beautifully decorated Philly Phanatic in the form of Van Gogh's Starry Night (my fave). The pimped-out Phanatics are a part of a city-wide initiative.

Those above pictures were all from last weekend when we ventured out to the Rittenhouse Spring festival.  It was a blast!

I hope you enjoyed that little bit of PHILLY PHUN!

If you live in Philly, what is your PHAVORITE PHILLY PHUN?

Heating up the Kitchen in More Ways than ONE!

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Hellooooo there!  So I just HAD to share one of my creations from the kitchen last night as I rarely have anythign good to share in this deaprtment- ya’ll know that I’m just not a great cook 😉  Example:  I needed to have Sabrina walk me through the process of making roasted brussel sprouts via text.  Yea.  I’m cool.

Thanks, RhodeyGirl!

Anywhooooo I needed to make something for the final meeting of my Yoga in Action Group at Shanti Yoga Shala (with Shiya)-more to come on this, by the way.  So one of the wonderful girls in my group is vegan, so I had to get creative!  I had bought polenta to try out after seeing Tina’s yummy looking polenta pizza.

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Now, I’m not always the sharpest tool in the shed when it comes to dietary issues, but I knew vegans couldn’t have cheese, so I made my own variety in bite size pieces for easy eating sans cheese! 

So, I used a tub of polenta similar to the one above (source).  I cut it into about 1/2 inch slices as directed.  I preheated the oven to 375 while prepping.  I then layed the slices out on an ungreased baking sheet lined with aluminum foil for easy clean-up.  I topped the polenta slices with mushrooms and then garden tomato sauce…yum!  I baked them for about 15 minutes, and here is what I got!

Note the beautiful natural wooden serving piece we got from our wedding! Very yoga-like, no!?!?

I had some of these babies for dinner but opted for some cheese on top!  Holy YUM!

Yay!  Voila!

So unfortunately the other “heat in the kitchen” variety came from a much less enjoyable place…my shoulder.  I have been having moderate to severa (at times) shoulder pain and it will not go away.  BOO.  I went to have it looked at a few months ago and didn’t get much of a definitive answer other than “massage therapy” which I have NOT gotten around to…It was also suggested that I get it x-rayed…also dropped the ball on that.  Anywhoooo last night I tried heat therapy.

These Thermacare pads are great.  They heat up quickly, last 8 hours, have adhesive, and are flexible.  What more could you ask for?  Well apparently while these things look promising, they did NOT help my shoulder. I am going to try ice tonight. I will keep you posted.

Has anyone had a shoulder injury before?  What was it like and how did you heal it?