“Summer Half Full or Half Empty?”

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Welcome to the Long Weekend!  If you are like me, I normally consider this the half way point of summer ( July 1st loosely being day one).  Every year at this time my brain goes through a bit of an analysis – Have I done everything I said I would do this summer?  Have I had a good summer?  Has my family had a good summer?  What is left to do?   Very often, my first reaction is OMG…I can’t believe it is August Long Weekend and then when I get over that shock, my brain goes to… I feel like I haven’t done anything this summer.   Every single year I do this…ugh…

But, things seems different this year.  Perhaps it is age, perhaps a little more Yoga, Happiness and Positivity “training” and a little less Canada’s Wonderland in 40 degree heat – just kidding, great times and memories with the kids J ( as you can see from the photo of our visit last summer).  It is about appreciating and giving thanks for all of the little things that happen over the summer because it is summer.  Because the summer has been warmer this year ( than last), I have been able to do my yoga and meditation at sunrise ( or close to it…lol), grew my best herb garden ever, went strawberry picking at Aide Creek with my son Josh, have enjoyed amazing weekends and sunsets at the cottage with our extended family, kayaked at least once and got out to Pete’s Dam to take advantage of the new bridge which is amazing!  My husband , our dog Jammers and myself have enjoyed walking on our glorious Boardwalk most nights of the week.  It is wonderful to see so many of you on the Boardwalk and my apologies if our little 6 pound ball of energy has scared your dog or even you.  We are actually in the process of securing a dog Whisperer.

All we have left to do is camping on Lady Evelyn ( long weekend in September),  Boots and Heart CountryFest with my good buddy France Gauthier and the kids ( next weekend), one TGIF and hopefully get out golfing at least once.  So, considering the proverbial “cup half full, half empty”,  all in all it has been a summer very much half full with the second half ready to fill.

It actually has been a wonderful process to write it all down so, if you haven’t done this, give it a shot as you may be surprised by everything you have  experienced AND it gets you thinking about what you might want to do before the end of summer.

Enjoy your Long Weekend!

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Lorrie Mickelson M.A., B.A/BPHE, Registered Yoga Teacher, Certified Pilates Instructor, Certified Personal Trainer, M.A., B.A/BPHE

 

 

 

 

 

“Recipe Of The Week: Blackened Fish”

Blackened Fish (4 Servings)

I love cooking blackened fish in the summer as you can cook it outside. You can use any of your favorite fish ( trout, tilapia, haddock, even tuna or salmon but I use primarily trout or tilapia). Blackened Fish can be prepared by broiling it ( the healthiest as noted below), grilling it or pan frying using a cast iron pan outside on the barbecue/burner with a little bit of coconut oil which keeps your house smoke-free!

1 ½ lb. fresh or thawed whitefish fillets, about ¾ inch thick

1 tbsp. Paprika

1 tsp. Dried thyme, crushed

1 tsp. Ground red pepper

1 tsp. Freshly ground black pepper

1 tsp. Ground allspice

1 tbsp. Butter or margarine

1 tsp. Vegetable oil (You can use coconut oil as an alternative to butter & oil)

Directions:

1. Lightly coat a grill rack or the rack of a broiler pan with nonstick cooking spray. Preheat the broiler or grill to medium.

2. In a shallow dish combine paprika, thyme, red pepper, black pepper and allspice. In a small dish stir together butter and oil.

3. Rinse fish, pat dry with paper towel. Cut into 4 serving size pieces. Brush fish with butter mixture. Dip the fish into the spice mix, turning to coat both sides. Place on the broiler pan rack or grill. Tuck under any thin edges of fish.

4. Broil fish 4-5 inches from the heat for 7-9 minutes or until fish flakes with a fork (145F), turning once.

Nutritional Info (per serving): Calories: 59.45, Protein: 2.35g, Fat: 4.5g, Carbs: 2g, Fibre: 0.5g,

“Vlog Of The Week: 2 Minute Slouch Break”

 

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Sherry Morton-Jibb PTS. RYT. FIS. NWL, Certified Pilates Mat & Reformer Instructor Registered Yoga Teacher. She co-owns Balanced Motion Pilates and Yoga Studio in New Liskeard, ON.

Asparagus or Broccoli Salad with Sweet Balsamic Vinegar

Serves 4

Ingredients

    • 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
    • 3 tablespoons olive oil
    • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
    • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh marjoram or 1 teaspoon dried
    • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
    • 2 pounds asparagus, tough ends trimmed, cut on diagonal into 2-inch pieces
    • 1 small red bell pepper, diced
    • 1/3 cup chopped pecans, toasted

Preparation

    1. Boil vinegar in heavy small saucepan over medium heat until reduced by half, about 3 minutes. Pour vinegar into large bowl. Whisk in oil, mustard, marjoram and garlic. Season dressing to taste with salt and pepper.
    2. Cook asparagus in large pot of boiling salted water until crisp-tender, about 4 minutes. Drain; rinse with cold water and drain again. Add asparagus and bell pepper to dressing; toss to blend well. Sprinkle with pecans and serve.

Calories221

Carbohydrates15 g(5%) ,Fat17 g(25%) ,Protein 6 g(13%) ,Saturated Fat2 g(10%) Sodium52 mg(2%) ,Polyunsaturated Fat3 g ,Fiber6 g(25%),Monounsaturated Fat11 g

 

Recipe taken from:

http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/asparagus-salad-with-sweet-balsamic-vinegar-4807 

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Sherry Morton-Jibb RYT, PTS, HWL, FIS Certified Pilates Mat & Reformer Instructor owner of Sher-Fit Personal Training Yoga & Pilates

 

“Blog Of The Week:  A Shout Out To One Foot Forward”.

Our last two blog posts have highlighted the amazing fundraising efforts of the New Liskeard Bikers Reunion. At the risk of seeming repetitive, I am feeling in awe of the tremendous effort that went into another recent fundraiser which took place on July 9th in our small community, and wanted to give them a huge shout out today. Kudos to John and Shelly Zubyck who created One Foot Forward: Greyson Zubyck Memorial Dinner, Auction, Golf Tournament and Fun Run. John and Shelly are the loving parents 3 beautiful children. Six months ago they suffered the sudden and painful loss of their adorable middle child, Greyson. On their journey through grief this incredible idea sprang: a way to honour and remember their beautiful little boy while giving to the community in the form of a memorial fund that supports organizations promoting children’s sports and active living in our community. The fund is linked to the pre-existing Gordon Zubyck Memorial Fund (now the Gordon and Greyson Zubyck Memorial Fund), named for John’s father who was a strong presence in youth athletics in our community throughout his long career as a teacher and coach. Temiskaming Foundation will manage the fund going forward.  

John and Shelly, with the help of Shelly’s older brother, brainstormed the events of July 9th and have worked tirelessly ever since to create the incredible happening it turned out to be. The Zubycks are very connected in the world of hockey and politics so support for the events went far beyond our local arena. The Prime Minister sent a touching video to John, Shelly and our community which was played at the beginning of the dinner and auction. You can hear his kind words on the One Foot Forward Facebook page. TSN’s Pierre LeBrun also spoke up for the cause on CJTT and highlighted how this cause has touched the hearts of so many in the hockey world. The auction items were outstanding both for the live auction and for the silent auction. I am blown away and inspired by our community’s response to One Foot Forward. Temiskaming Shores rallied behind it, from the committee of people who organized in detail and executed 4 (plus one private) tremendously successful events spanning two days, the army of volunteers that gave their time and energy for the cause, the financial and in-kind support from local businesses and individuals, and the amazing local turn out for the events. In a small community fund raising is ongoing – there is always something worthy to donate to and, in many cases, larger projects would never see light without commitment and financial support from local individuals. But One Foot Forward touched the hearts of so many people on so many levels it was amazing how deep pockets went at the auction!! The final tally of funds raised will be announced soon but at last count the total was +$300 000.00. Way to go One Foot Forward for an incredible success and gift to the children of our community for years to come.

If you are interested in donating, please visit one-footforward.com or contact the Temiskaming Foundation.

Lisa Goddard B.A., BScOT, NWL, is a Certified Pilates Instructor with special training in Pre and Post-Natal Pilates. She co-owns Balanced Motion Pilates and Yoga Studio in New Liskeard, ON

“Recipe Of The Week” Cool Cucumber With Spicy Smoked Salmon Tatare”

Cool Cucumber With Spicy Smoked Salmon Tatare(Serves 6)

Sliced cucumbers or zucchini make great alternatives to crackers for canapés. So often our summer snacks involve bread, chips or crackers. This appetizer sounds fancy, but is super quick and easy to prepare and has the added bonus of being grain-free. I have substituted parsley for cilantro at times for a different flavour. Also, you can omit the Asian Chili paste and jalapeño. If so, you could switch the lime juice to lemon juice and maybe add a few capers and/or chopped egg (hard boiled). Enjoy!! 

Ingredients:

1 English cucumber

½ lb.(125g) sliced smoked salmon

1 handful fresh cilantro, well washed and dried

1 shallot (finely diced)

1 large jalapeño chili, minced

1 tsp.(5ml) Asian Chili paste with garlic

Juice of ½ lime

2 tbsp.(30ml) extra virgin olive oil

Salt & freshly ground pepper

Directions:

Trim off and discard the ends of the cucumber. Score the skin with a fork in an attractive pattern or peel decoratively with the pairing knife. Cut the cucumber into half inch (1.25 cm) slices. You should have about 18 pieces. Refrigerate until ready to assemble the canapés.

Finally, dice the salmon using a sharp knife and cutting board. Remove 18 cilantro leaves for garnish and chop the remainder. In a bowl combine the salmon and chopped cilantro with all the remaining tatare ingredients except the salt and pepper. Using a large fork,mix well but do not overwork, check the seasoning adding salt pepper and additional chilli paste to taste, cover and chill for at least 1 hour before assembling.

 Using a melon baller, scoop out the seeds and soft flesh from the cut side of each cucumber piece, forming a rounded hollow but making sure to leave a solid bottom. Place a heaping teaspoon (5ml) of the tartare mixture in each hollow and garnish with a cilantro leaf. Arrange attractively on a serving platter.

Nutritional Value (3 pieces): Calories: 78, Protein: 4.6g, Fat: 5.6g, Carbs: 2.5g.


Lisa Goddard B.A., BScOT, NWL, is a Certified Pilates Instructor with special training in Pre and Post-Natal Pilates. She co-owns Balanced Motion Pilates and Yoga Studio in New Liskeard, ON

“Final Bikers Reunion – Saying Thank You and Farewell”

Freedom Ride 2016

Here at Balanced Motion, we are all about community.  Because so many of our clients and supporters are Biker’s fans and volunteers, we thought you would enjoy this video of France Gauthier’s closing remarks at the 2016 Event!  Click Here to watch and listen!

 

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Lorrie Mickelson M.A., B.A/BPHE, Registered Yoga Teacher, Certified Pilates Instructor, Certified Personal Trainer, M.A., B.A/BPHE

 

 

 

 

 

“Recipe Of The Week: Refreshing Summertime Salad”

(Photo provided by Allrecipes.com, Recipe submitted by CC<3’s2bake)

I love any recipe with mint (especially when the mint is out of my garden)! The only change I make to this recipe is that I use orange concentrate (instead of mango), or I use a mango nectar. It’s a wonderfully refreshing salad….enjoy!

Ingredients:

4 cups mixed baby greens

½ cup diced mango

½ cup cubed seeded watermelon

1tbsp chopped fresh mint

¼ cup crumbled feta cheese

2 tbsp minced red onion

1 tbsp white balsamic vinegar

1 tbsp olive oil

1 tbsp frozen mango juice concentrate, thawed

Directions:

Combine the baby greens, mango, watermelon, mint, feta cheese and minced onion in a mixing bowl. Whisk the vinegar, olive oil and mango juice concentrate together in a small bowl and pour over salad. Toss gently to evenly coat.

Nutritional Value (4Servings): Calories: 88, Fat: 5g, Protein: 2.2g, Carbs: 9.3g,