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  1. Enhance the Mind and the Body will follow

    So I am just now putting together the lasagna on the fly. The recipe is as it should be, but this is also an experiment with what we have on hand. This is based on an award winning recipe that was developed in my kitchen. The only difference is using squash instead of noodles. Cooking time and temp are a little different. Quorra's Primal Lasagna INGREDIENTS: 2 large squash sliced into rounds (I'm using these crazy pattypan we grew in our garden that got freakishly huge) 1 lb. ground meat (I ran out of the elk, so this is beef this time) 1 lb. mild Italian sausage (I do have another couple pounds of elk mild Italian sausage left, YAY!) 1 large yellow onion, diced (there's what's left of a huge purple one, so we'll see) 2 medium carrots, peeled and diced (out of this) 3 stalks celery, washed and diced (check) 4 cloves garlic, minced (double check) 1 14oz. can diced Italian style tomatoes (check) 1 8oz. can tomato sauce (check) 1 6oz. can tomato paste (check) 1 T dried oregano 1 T dried parsley 1/2 t dried marjoram (this is a cousin of oregano and brings out the sausage, but use sparingly) Salt and Pepper to season (DON'T BE AFRAID OF SEASONING! Do it as you go and it is to taste, but very important) 2 cups good red wine (for deglazing pan, can use water or beef broth to substitute) 3 T olive oil 16 oz. Ricotta (out) 16 oz. shredded mozzarella (out) Extra parmesan (out) Bechamel sauce (Forgoing this one, but SO worth it) 5 T butter 4 T flour 4 cups milk, heated 1/2 t ground nutmeg 8 oz. parmesan S&P STEPS: Preheat oven to 350 degrees In large skillet brown meat and sausage over medium high heat Remove browned meat from skillet and set aside on paper towels to drain If the pan looks like it needs it add a little olive oil Add onion, carrot, celery to pan. Once translucent add garlic and saute mixture until onions begin to brown Add red wine to deglaze, scraping up any of the nummy bits off the bottom Add back meat along with diced tomatoes, sauce and paste Stir to combine, drop heat to medium low, cover and let simmer (sauce will reduce by about a third) Make bechamel sauce (again not necessary, but it's awesome) In a medium saucepan, heat the butter over medium-low heat until melted. Add the flour and stir until smooth. Over medium heat, cook until the mixture turns a light, golden sandy color, about 6 to 7 minutes. Meanwhile, heat the milk in a separate pan until just about to boil. Add the hot milk to the butter mixture 1 cup at a time, whisking continuously until very smooth. Bring to a boil. Cook 10 minutes, add parmesan while stirring constantly, then remove from heat. Season with salt and nutmeg, and set aside until ready to use. Coat bottom of 9x13 baking dish with olive oil Starting with ladle of sauce spread on bottom alternate squash, meat sauce, ricotta, bechamel or mozz, squash until all ingredients are used, topping with mozzarella amd parmesan (I use mozz in other layers as well, but reserve the most for the top) Cover with foil and bake at 350 for 1 hour Remove foil and bake until cheese is melted, brown and delicious Remove from oven and let rest 10-15 minutes (it is truly molten at this point and needs to cool so it doesn't fall apart when serving) So, with the experience I've had with this squash it takes an eternity to cook. I'm going to try 375 for an hour to see where things go. It may take longer. If you use eggplant instead of squash, ground lamb or goat and change the spices up to oregano, mint and rosemary it's a nice moussaka. I might even try using feta in one sometime.
  2. Enhance the Mind and the Body will follow

    Checking in for my first couple days of challenge: Yesterday went pretty okay. Had dinner done by 7:30 (had to do dishes before cooking ), so behind for sure, but it got done. Also, did decided on my two books. Picture of Dorian Gray and King Solomon's Mines. Just need to get to the library tomorrow. Today...well...not so great. Couldn't will my body out of bed this morning and not much physical activity in general. Did practice some Reiki on myself, but not much more than that. Now, it's 9pm and still haven't even considered dinner. We do have pattypan squash from our garden...*sudden flash of brilliance* squash lasagna! I'm going to put it together tonight for tomorrow, but I'll give you guys the recipe once I've worked it out and let you know how it goes. Anyway, mustn't dwell on it. I will be on track come morning. And the recipes will be coming.
  3. Enhance the Mind and the Body will follow

    Thanks! For some additional information on Ecstatic Dance here is this link: Ecstatic Dance SLC
  4. Enhance the Mind and the Body will follow

    Thanks! For my fiction novels I'm thinking The Picture of Dorian Gray. I love Oscar Wilde, but have never read that one. Food not Bombs is a great program, but the experience is a trip. It is the epitome of a bread line. Complete with those zany anarchists pushing you around. People can go through as many times as necessary, stock permitting, and take one item from each box per pass. My gf's brother makes pick ups, so we get some of the better stuff before it's gone. Ecstatic dance is a bi-weekly event at a local Krishna Temple. There are DJs, a different style of yoga each time, vegan buffet that is catered with organizer's personal produce and more often than not a guided meditation. I tried it once last year, but really fell in love with it on New Year's Eve. It was held at a yoga studio near the ski resorts here in Salt Lake City. Totally incredible.
  5. So this time around I'll be continuing to build on the last challenge. Things had gone so well naturally that I didn't even realize what was happening. Though, there were minor missteps I'll admit, but nothing that completely blew it. Shit happens, don't dwell on it and especially don't flog yourself for it. Don’t need it. Challenge: Have dinner on the table no later than 7pm (Int +1, Wis +2) With our cooking much more regularly I found something that occurs TOO often and is much more difficult. Summer’s over, the kids are back in school and the days are shorter. Joy! So starting to cook at 9pm is an issue for all parties involved. However, armed with time maximizing tricks this will become less difficult; Setting a crockpot and letting it go all day Pre-prepped ingredients individually measured and packaged Number 2 is now more of a necessity. I am involved with a program called Food not Bombs. The deal is grocers and farmers have food that is nearing the sell by date. FnB has a deal with those suppliers where products can be picked up and given out to the public for free instead of thrown away. Thus, having food stuffs broken down and properly stored as quickly as possible is a must. Challenge: Complete the Beginner Body-weight workout 3x per week (Str+3, Con +2, Dex +2) So...now that I have gotten my body back into a relatively limber state it’s time to get serious. All of the playing outdoors, fresh air and sunshine was fantastic, but it was mostly movement and, well, play. It has been a while since I made any real attempts at a workout, so it’s a little daunting. Though, I don’t feel like I’m going to break anything now (I have that going for me). I do have future goals of multiclassing with the Rangers at some point, but I’ve gotta start somewhere. Challenge: Read two fiction books (Int +1, Wis +1) I read a LOT. I usually prefer reading to watching T.V. As Groucho Marx said, “I find television to be very educational. When someone turns it on I go into the other room and read a good book.” I tend to read non-fiction mainly. Things like metaphysics and self-improvement, but nothing in the way of fiction. I haven’t quite settled on what they will be, but I tend to read more slowly than average and want to be realistic. I am loving everything I am accomplishing with you guys and will definitely be checking in more frequently with progress reports. Self hypnosis/meditation is going amazingly, added Reiki to my repertoire of health and wellness abilities, ecstatic dance is still way too much fun to give up.
  6. So here is my first quest list I created last year. Things have been added or disappeared depending on circumstances since then. But this one won't change from here on out unless adding to it down the line. My Lifelong Epic Quests Physical Quests Completely quit smoking cigarettes by May 31st, 2017 (Side note: this one did happen as intended. However, shit hit the fan and I picked it right back up after about 6 weeks. Revisiting soon.) Rock climb in Yosemite Win a dance competition by 2020 Mental Quests Find feminine voice by Sept 1st, 2017 Spend an entire vacation speaking French in Paris Write a cookbook Produce a techno album Fun Quests Go to ComiCon in full costume that I construct Buy indie pressed dub/reggae 45 in Kingston, Jamaica Work Quests Build business website by November 1st 2017 Create line of outdoor clothing for fall 2018 Have 3 major manufacturing contacts by 2019 Have 5 consulting clients by Halloween 2017 Work with dad to learn family biz Adventure Quests Deep sea fishing Big game hunt Party in Ibiza by 2020 Sail from U.S. to Caribbean without hired help Motorcycle tour along Pacific Coast Highway Courage Quests Begin hormone therapy by August 1st 2016 Speak at a TED talk (This almost happened this year. There was a TEDx event here in Salt Lake City that I applied for, but didn't make the cut.) Freedom Quests Finalize name/gender change by December 31st 2017 Food not bombs Declutter our home by September 1st Have new tenants in the house by September 15th Clear up debt/credit issues by Febuary 28th 2018 Own home with Andrea by July 31st 2018 Be living sustainably through private garden and animals April 30th 2019 Gratitude Quests Donate at least $10,000 to medical charities Donate at least $10,000 to art charities Volunteer image services to those that need a new start Master Quests Take the family to Disney World Experience zero gravity Get image consulting contract with the V.A. Get Olivia Wilde as a consulting client Legacy Quests Live a beautiful life with Andrea and the kids Build consulting firm/fashion design house to become a recognized name in apparel and service Positively touch the lives of as many people/beings as I possibly can