Pumpkin Cookie Recipe
By Becky Prater (Adapted by Peyton Prater to use a whole regular size can of pumpkin, which is 1.75 cups)
Cream together well:
7/8 cup of butter
1 ¾ cup of sugar
Add to the above and mix well:
1 can of pumpkin (1.75 cups)
Then, add the following:
3 1/2 cups of white flour
1 ¾ tsp baking powder
1 ¾ tsp baking soda
1 ¾ tsp ground cinnamon
½ tsp of salt
Heat oven to 375. Drop spoonfuls onto an un-greased baking sheet. Bake until lightly brown about 10 minutes.
When cool, frost with cream cheese frosting:
In a food processor, combine until smooth:
8 oz. of softened cream cheese
¾ stick of butter
1 tsp vanilla
1 ¾ cups of powdered sugar
I love these gorgeous pink mums with yellow edges. Hooray for fall!
In the early 90′s I was driving along a Los Angeles area road, heading out to the beach. I happened upon what I believe was the John Fluevog Shoe outlet. I bought my first two pairs of Fluevogs that day—neither one fit me. Above is a photo of the size 5 shoe (I am a happy 8.5). I just wanted them to sit on my shelf because to me they were ART. I have since purchased many pairs of the unique and amazing shoes.
John Fluevog just opened a store in Denver Colorado. Mr. Fluevog himself, along with his beautiful wife, came to the grand opening. He signed these great blue suede shoes I bought. I have to give a shout out to my Cousin, Kris Deforest, and Aunts, Terrye Wiggins and Beth Kozlowski who gave me a birthday gift certificate to help purchase these great shoes. Check out Fluevog’s amazing shoes.
Outstanding work, ladies! Adi Carter and Raquel of the Yoga Slackers visited Beckons headquarters, grabbed some yoga clothing and did a mini photoshoot for us doing acro yoga over the pond. Adi is wearing our newest piece—the Open Cardigan Cashmere Sweater in cherry. Looks comfortable and versatile. Both yogis have on the Love Lace-up Halter and Love Lace-up Capris. Thanks for being a part of Beckons!
We are thrilled to announce that we have added plus size 2XL/XXL (16-18) to two of our yoga pants. We are now offering the Wisdom Yoga Pant in black and sugar and Wisdom Ruffled Capri in black, charcoal and sugar in sizes XS-XXL. At the end of November, we will have them in grape and a super dark teal and will let you know when the colors arrive. In the spring, we hope to add more styles in the XXL along with some bright colors in all sizes. Our goal is for all women to feel beautiful. Spread the word!
Amy Olson, Kimberly Preston and Ben Bowen are doing Acro Yoga. Amy is wearing the Beckons Love Lace-up Halter and Love Shorts. Amy and Kimberly both teach AcroYoga and Thai massage in Salt Lake City. They can be found teaching at Aerial Arts of Utah and Yoga Upstairs. Ben Bowen is a yogi and massage therapist in Salt Lake City who works at We Are Yoga. This photo shoot was taken by Weston Hall at Alta ski resort.
Thanks Amy, for sharing this great photo with #beckonsorganic!
September 29, 2013 I was honored to be a guest blogger on www.blackdogasana.com. Here is a reprint of the blog.
Dame Julie Andrews (yes, from the Sound of Music), in a recent graduation speech at the University of Colorado, asked the college graduates to not only do random acts of kindness, but also do very deliberate acts of kindness, ones that represent their belief system and values. This involves some soul-searching and researching to find the best place to give your time and money so your actions match your value system. Such mindfulness applies to the way you spend, as well as donate, your money everyday. Each dollar spent strengthens the company you give it to. It is essential that we make our spending count.
One positive outcome of the recent downturn of the economy has been that people are making careful decisions about how they spend money. More people are intentionally spending money and supporting businesses that represent their values. Likewise, more companies are recognizing the need to stand for something and give back. For instance, apparel company All Saints supports an initiative to fight human trafficking and end modern day slavery. Prana Clothing supports a myriad of initiatives including helping entrepreneurs find a market for their technology. Tom’s shoes donates one pair of shoes for every pair sold.
Define what is important to you, do some research, and buy products from companies that support those same beliefs, be it products that are made in America or companies who support cancer research. One great resource for researching businesses trying to make a difference is Greenamerica.org’s Responsible Shopper page.
Make your dollar count by spending it with intention.
At Beckons Yoga Clothing, we try to make a difference by manufacturing in Colorado, where we live and work, creating jobs in our community. We use organic cotton and other sustainable fibers in our garments. We donate clothing each season to several worthy causes. We strive to leave the smallest environmental footprint possible. All the while, creating super comfortable, flattering and multi-purpose clothing for yoga and the lifestyle surrounding it.
Click here to watch: The Business of Fast Fashion Video.
Created by OnlineMBA.com, this short video about the growing business of fast fashion takes a critical look at how disposable clothing impacts the fashion industry as a whole.
Anna Wintour, editor-in-chief of American Vogue, credits Zara, the world’s largest fast fashion retailer, for creating a “seasonless cycle for fashion.” Brands such as Zara, H&M, Forever 21, and Topshop have taken catwalk fashion and brought it to the masses quickly and cheaply. Who can resist? Even loyal high-end customers have started mixing trendy, inexpensive pieces with their luxury brands. These fast fashion brands are creating disposable fashion. If you are only paying $20 for a pair of pants and you only wear them once, that seems to be OK. In fact, that is what fast fashion is all about.
That is not OK with us. At Beckons, we are proud to be a part of the “slow fashion” movement. Talented sewers in Colorado make our clothing, we drive a short distance to work with them and pick up our clothing when it is ready. We build our products to last in both durability and styling. We all want to look good and feel good. We believe it is not trendy merchandise that makes this happen. Our priority is good design that flatters your figure and good quality fabric and construction that last a long time. Our products are more expensive because you are paying Americans to create great quality products that you can feel good about. Thanks, Zoe Gray and your team of researchers for producing this thought provoking video.
By Becky Prater
When I was in high school, I met a great man named Dr. Earl Reum. Dr. Reum gave inspirational speeches at schools and leadership events, impacting people at this critical juncture in their lives. I was intrigued by what he said and diligently went through the workbook he handed out, filled with self-discovery questions. The things he said perfectly matched what I knew to be true and the process of writing, based on the self-discovery prompts he provided, changed my life. I now realize that I can trace my confidence and path in life, back to the personal writing work he inspired and nuggets of advice he shared, including the following:
“Wishing will not bring success, but planning, persistence and burning desire will accomplish anything.” —SUCCESS by Barbara Smallwood & Steve Kilborn, 1981.
Through his self-discovery writing prompts, I defined my self. I developed a great appreciation for who I was and clarified what I wanted to do with my life. Not that my life has been constantly glorious since, but that process sure helped. People can do this at any stage of life and revisit the self-discovery process many times through out life. We are constantly changing and getting better so how a person answered these questions at 17 is very different from how one would at 47.
Now, it is time for you to begin writing. Write about yourself. It is you who identifies who you are and where you want to go with your life. No matter where you have been, who you grew up with, what your circumstances are or were, it is YOU who can stand strong and move forward any way you choose. Identify your dream or perfect life; write it down and define it physically, and then spread the word about your new self and intention. Really own it. Define. Refine. Move. Announce. Continue reading
When I was in 6th grade, my “boyfriend,” Bob, gave me a diary with a key and birds on it. Adorable! I loved it and promptly began writing about all my troubles. Imagine what they must have been back then. Here is my first entry:
“January 1, 1979. Today was a pretty bad day. My grandparents had to leave and my dad has been yelling at me all day. I can’t wait until Monday ’cause school starts again.”
Forty-six journals later, I am still writing. Just so you know, my dad is fantastic, and some years I went through more than one journal. Writing has been my method of working through ideas, problems, decisions, and challenges throughout my life. There are many ways to work through life’s challenges and decisions but this is a no-cost method that tends to not offend anyone, provided no one else reads it (remember Bridget Jones and Mr. Darcy?) Below is a short list of reason to write.
Twelve reasons to journal: