All Level Yoga Benefit Class for Food Finders Food Bank

  • Saturday, December 3, 2011
  • 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. (Yes, this is a 1.5 hour class – a little extra time for more goodness!)
  • Morton Community Center – 222 N. Chauncey West Lafayette, IN 47906, Room 200
  • Register by emailing Shari Gass or Sherry Tripodi  – a returned email will be your confirmation.  Space is limited.
  • Donation: Minimum suggested amount is $15.00
  • Forms of Payment:  Cash, credit cards or checks payable to Food Finders Food Bank.
  • Instructors:  Shari Gass (765) 429-6214 and Sherry Tripodi (765) 269-9199

Thank you for your generosity and support.  Peace and Joy,
Shari and Sherry

Pumpkin Cookie Recipe

Iced Pumpkin Cookies

Recipe courtesy of Beth Setrakian

Prep Time:
30 min
Inactive Prep Time:
Cook Time:
15 min
6 dozen Iced Pumpkin Cookies


  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup cooked, pureed pumpkin (fresh or canned)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups unbleached allpurpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1 cup walnuts, coarsely chopped
  • 1 cup raisins


  • 2 cups sifted confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 tablespoons whipping cream, fresh orange juice or rum


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cream butter and sugar until fluffy. Add pumpkin, egg and vanilla and mix well. Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg. Stir into butter mixture until well blended. Add nuts and raisins. Drop by teaspoonful onto parchment covered baking sheet, about 2 inches apart. Bake about 15 minutes, or until golden. Cool.

Icing: Cream confectioners’ sugar and butter. Add remaining ingredients and beat until smooth. (If icing is too thin, add more confectioners’ sugar; if too thick, add more cream, orange juice or rum.) Drizzle over cookies.



New McAllister Four Week Session begins for Sherry T.

Hi Everyone,
I hope this finds everyone well and enjoying the autumn. I am beginning a new 4-week session of classes at the McAllister Center beginning next week:
Beginning Yoga:  Wednesdays     10-11:15am         11/16/11-12/14/11 (no class 11/23)          $40    Session 158
All-levels Yoga:  Wednesdays     12-1:15pm           11/16/11-12/14/11 (no class 11/23)          $40    Session 159
All-levels Yoga:  Mondays            6-7:15pm            11/14/11-12/12/11 (no class 11/28)        $40    Session 157
The current session of Continuing Yoga on Fridays from 10-11:15am continues through next week, 11/18/11. The next session will be as follows:
Continuing Yoga:  Fridays         10-11:15am             12/2/11 -12/16/11     $30    Session 160
You can register by calling the McAllister Center at (765)807-1360. For more information you can contact me at (765)269-9199.
My best to you all,

Doug’s Cookie Recipe

Whole Wheat-Oatmeal-Raisin Cookies


1 ¼ cups whole wheat flour

2 ¾ cups quick-cooking oats

½ cup whole flax seeds

½ cup brown sugar

2 tsp baking soda

1 tsp ground cardamom

1 tsp ground cloves

1 tsp ground cinnamon

+ 3 cups raisins, or other (or more) dried fruit


1 cup water

3 oz prunes

2 egg whites

1 whole egg

1 tsp vanilla

1. Thoroughly blend dry ingredients except fruit

2. Puree prunes with water, lecithin, eggs and vanilla

3. Mix dry ingredients with pureed ingredients

4. Mix in raisins or other fruit

Bake at 375oF for ~20 minutes. Makes about 60 cookies

Stop Junk Mail

Tis the season to get unwanted catalogs.  With the upcoming holiday shopping season I’ve started seeing more and more catalogs in my mailbox.  Some we aren’t interested in any more and some we never were.  So instead of tossing them in the recycle bin and forgetting about them until they show up again in a month I went to google and found this site,

They contact the companies to remove you from the mailing list.   Tis the season to save a tree!

Peace and Joy,






New Session Beginning Nov. 1

Hi Yogi Pals,

Happy fall – I hope you are enjoying the beauty of the season.

New sessions begin next week at both McAllister Center and Morton Center.

Please call to register:  McAllister -807-1360 and Morton – 775-5120.

Peace and Joy,





Nicholas Kristof, co-author of Half the Sky at Purdue 9/15 @ 7:30pm Loeb Playhouse

As a part of the Purdue Lecture Series, Nicholas Kristof will be speaking about problems and solutions related to abuses suffered by woman and girls worldwide.  His inspirational stories will bring the plight of women worldwide onto your radar.  He offers ways to empower these women and girls and break the cycle of poverty and extremism.

One way is through organizations like Kiva.   Our yoga community has generously donated to Kiva with over 21 loans since May 2010.  Check out the Kiva website to learn more.

Loeb Playhouse at Purdue on Thurs. 9/15 @ 7:30pm.  The event is free.

Namaste,  Shari

New Season New Classes New Beginning

New Classes began at McAllister Center last week and begin on Sept. 14 and 15 at Morton Center.  Be sure to secure your spot.  There are a few spots open at McAllister.  Morton classes are forming now.

Summer was wonderful with lots of time with my girls, hubby, family and friends.  The end of summer can be a bit melancholy for me as I say goodbye to my daughters heading back to college.  So with the sad goodbyes behind me and a feeling of being refreshed from a summer of fun and a bit more relaxed pace I’m ready to get back on the mat.  Hope you are too.  It’s a new season and a new beginning.  Namaste!  Shari