Post-Thanksgiving rehab

Woke up this morning with a bit of a head cold and wondering what to do with the piles of leftovers in our fridge. (Note on the head cold: I do have to say I am quite impressed that I've gone from being one of those people who got colds all the time, to not being able to remember the last time I had one...thank you, neti pot.) Sent husband and child out for a dad-daughter date so I can have some quiet time to myself. Came up with 2 things to address both problems of the day, and offer up a little post-Thanksgiving rehab:

Restorative yoga. I was perusing the Iyengar YOGA tome for restorative yoga sequences for head colds and found one of my faves: supported prasarita padotanasana. It's a gentle inversion that eases mild congestion, and feels restful and recuperative. It's interesting to compare how you can adjust a pose to either dial up the intensity or make it restorative. This picture shows the intense version, which is just to give you the idea; for the restorative version, get a big, fat pillow and put it under your head. A yoga block (or two) works just fine as well. Here's the step-by-step:
Leftover recipe from the November Gourmet. Here's what we're having for dinner - Turkey sandwiches with cranberry sauce and blue cheese butter. Dig in fridge and find:
Mash blue cheese with butter (about 2 oz cheese to every tablespoon butter) and some black pepper. Spread on toasted bread and assemble with everything else. Simple yet decadent. A nice finishing touch to Thanksgiving. 

Enjoy! Hope you are feeling full, happy, and restored. 

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