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  • Testing Out New Product and Egg Salad Sandwiches

    peyton and I on mt princetionRecently my daughter, Peyton Prater, and I went on an adventure to test out our new fall Strength Long Sleeve T-shirt with thumbholes. It is supremely important to us at Beckons to make sure the garments fit well and move comfortably. Because it is in the middle of summer, we had to find a place with temperature fluctuations so we could get a good feel for how the bamboo, cotton, lycra fabric would manage moisture and various temperatures. We climbed Mt. Princeton in Colorado, a particularly rocky fourteener, on a beautiful day. Starting at 7:00 a.m. we were all layered up with tank tops, shorts, leggings, long sleeve tops, hats, mittens and an outerlayer. Through out the day we took off and put on all the layers repeatedly. At one point mid-day it began to snow. The new tops worked well, keeping us properly warm and dry despite the many changes in temperature and precipitation. Here is a better photo of the clothing, taken at the Colorado Gator Rescue near Alamosa.

    Becky and Peyton testing productThe best part about hiking is getting to the top and eating a glorious meal. We always bring the best food we can so that it is a great reward and respite before the descent. Our favorite top-of-the-mountain meal includes Boulder Chips, fancy chocolate and an egg salad sandwich. Now, this is no ordinary egg salad. It is the BEST! Here is the recipe:

    Best Ever Egg Salad Sandwich (makes 4 sammies)

    Thoroughly mix together the following in a medium sized bowl and spoon onto bread:

    • 8 hard-boiled eggs (peeled, cut up into small pieces, and put into a bowl)
    • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
    • 1/2 tsp Dijon Mustard
    • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
    • a few dashes of Tabasco Sauce
    • salt and pepper to taste
    • cooked bacon (and lots of it. I use about 1/4 pound)
    • Bread (any kind you like. I like hearty breads, like Oatnut)

    It is best to throw the bacon in at the last minute so that it is crunchy when you eat it. Enjoy! We always take these sandwiches on road trips so that we are never tempted by the road side food along the way. Bon appetit!

  • Grandma Leila's Caramels

    caramels for blogGrandma Leila’s Caramels

    Combine the following in a saucepan:

    1 cup white sugar

    1 cup brown sugar

    1 cup butter (must be actual butter)

    1 cup agave nectar

    1 cup heavy cream (plus 1 more cup of cream to be added once it is boiling)

    Cook together until it boils. Once it boils, slowly add 1 additional cup of cream. Turn heat down so that it boils gently, stirring every three minutes until it is a caramel-y color, about 30 minutes. If you stir it constantly or cook it for too long, the caramels will be too hard.

    After 30 minutes at a rolling boil, remove from heat and stir in 2 teaspoons of good quality vanilla. Pour in a buttered loaf pan. Let set and cut into squares. I have had to make these several time to get them to be just the right texture. Experiment a bit before you plan to give them as a gift.


    The type of stove you have will effect the cooking time of the caramels. I have a gas stove and it takes 30 minutes. Try cooking them for 30 minutes the first time and you will know whether that is too much or not enough. If it is too much the caramels will be too hard (like lozenges) and if it is not enough they will not set up enough to cut and serve (except in a spoon). You can reheat those that are too soft and cook them a bit longer in an effort to reach the proper caramel consistency. These are not the easiest things to get right but once you do, they are the BEST!

  • It's Time for Pumpkin Cookies: Here is Our Recipe

    Pumpkin Cookies by Beckons Yoga ClothingPumpkin 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

  • Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies

    This is an old family favorite from the kitchen of Leila Boddicker. I believe the original recipe probably came straight from Hershey. Nothing says, "Happy Holidays," quite like a warm cookie with milk.

    Beckons Yoga Clothing Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies recipeCream together:

    • ½ cup butter (no substitutions)
    • ¾ cup all-natural peanut butter

    Add to the above:

    •  1/3 cup white sugar
    • 1/3 cup brown sugar
    • 1 egg
    • 2 tbs. milk
    • 1 tsp. vanilla

    Add dry ingredients to the above mixture:

    • 1 ½ cup flour
    • 1 tsp. baking soda
    • ½ tsp. salt

    The mixture should stick together pretty well and pull away from the sides of the bowl. If it does not, add a touch more flour so that you can easily work with the dough.

    Roll the dough into balls and place on cookie sheet. Bake at 365 degrees for 10 minutes or until cracks form on the top of the cookies.

    Immediately place one Hershey’s Chocolate Kiss in the center of each cookie while they are still warm.

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  • Giving of Yourself for the Holidays

    Beckon Yoga Clothing yoga gifts of seasoned almonds November 05, 2012 5:20 AM

    Christmas. What a wonderful, potentially stressful time of year. We all have so much to do and people to consider. A few years back a great book fell on my path called The Go-Giver: A Little Story about a Powerful Business Idea, a book written in 2008 by Bob Burg and John D. Mann.

    While the book was written to inspired business people, it changed my life in a few significant non-business ways. Wikipedia summarizes it well: Joe, the main character, embarks on a learning journey by meeting Go-Givers - friends of The Chairman. Through these interactions he learns of the Five Laws of Stratospheric Success:

    The Law of Value: Your true worth is determined by how much more you give in value than you take in payment.
    The Law of Compensation: Your income is determined by how many people you serve and how well you serve them.
    The Law of Influence: Your influence is determined by how abundantly you place other people's interests first.
    The Law of Authenticity: The most valuable gift you have to offer is yourself.
    The Law of Receptivity: The key to effective giving is to stay open to receiving. Continue reading

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