Monthly Archives: October 2009

Remarkable Endurance, Stamina and Strength!!!

marathon photoThis post is personal and one I am thrilled to share with all of you……
I am proud to say that tomorrow marks my husband Scott Spiegel’s third marathon
after months of disciplined training following a rigorous program and never deviating from the schedule….
Well, honey-it’s time!!!! Enjoy every mile connecting mind and body throughout.
Soak up all the energy from the strength that will surround you from Staten Island all the way into Central Park. I’ll be waiting at the finish line with love, tears of joy and awwwwwww of your tremendous athletic endeavor.
Also, best wishes to my brother in law, Lee, whose strength is unstoppable. And my friend Karen Berkey, who runs with her heart mile after mile. Go runners!!!!!! Listen for my cheers, I’ll be there!

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Engage in all that surrounds you….


Engage in all that surrounds you.
Outside, take in all the colors of this fall season.
In class, engage in the hour;
fully commit your physicality to the task.
Your core, your quads, your glutes, your arms, hands and feet and — most importantly — your posture.
Sometimes, we find that it’s easiest to be a wallflower; to wait for someone else to engage us….
Sometimes we find it’s easier to “just be” rather than put effort into the situation.
Newton’s First Law states that an item at rest will most easily remain at rest until acted upon by another force.
This week I ask you to be that Force.  Rock your common state.  Engage someone, something — encourage a change within yourself.  And as the spectacular leaves begin to fall, take deep breaths and fill your life with Centerpeace.

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My absolute favorite pumpkin bread

pumpkinsThis is the time of year when pumpkins are everywhere…so it’s time to enjoy my absolutely favorite pumpkin bread! I know the ingredients are rich, but make a loaf and watch your kids devour it. Feel free to substitute date sugar or agave nectar/honey for the sugar. I have also tried apple sauce instead of the oil, but keep in mind that the texture is already a bit moist because of the pumpkin/orange juice combination. 

Enjoy baking this extraordinary loaf. Your house will smell delicious!!!!


1 2/3 C sifted flour

1 1/2 C sugar

1 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp baking powder

3/4 tsp salt

1/2 tsp nutmeg

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp ground allspice

1/2 C vegetable oil

1/2 C orange juice

1 1/4 C canned pumpkin

2 eggs, lightly beaten

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Sift together flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt, nutmeg, cinnamon and allspice. 

In large bowl combine oil, juice, pumpkin and eggs.

Add dry ingredients, blending thoroughly (can add a handful of chocolate chips here if you would like).

Pour mixture into greased 9″x5″ loaf pan*

Bake at 350 degrees 60-65 minutes.

Cool 15 minutes, then remove from pan and place on rack to continue to cool, at least 1 hour before slicing. Freezes well.

Thank you, Shelly, for sharing this recipe with all of us at Centerpeace!

* This is too much batter for one loaf pan, so fill the pan 2/3 full and make muffins with the rest of the batter.

Optional glaze for top: 1/4 C confectioners sugar, 2 tsp water, 1/2 tsp lemon juice.


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