Moments Photography by Sandy: Blog http://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog en-us (C) Moments Photography by Sandy (Moments Photography by Sandy) Wed, 20 Sep 2017 17:26:00 GMT Wed, 20 Sep 2017 17:26:00 GMT http://momentsphotographybysandy.com/img/s12/v175/u921737924-o109626404-50.jpg Moments Photography by Sandy: Blog http://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog 120 120 A Beast of a Beauty http://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2017/6/a-beast-of-a-beauty A beast of a beauty sounds like a judgment of a title.  But what does it mean? These days beast means that the girl is strong. In this case, strong and attractive.  Or would it imply that there is meanness packed into an image deemed pleasing to look upon?  Either one might ring with some truth dependent upon the thoughts and actions of the person.  We like to make comparisons and judgments.  Our brains like patterns.  Most everyone has some idea or opinion about what a female should or could act like and look like. This idea or belief system is learned.  We can continue the passed down ideas or we find a different way to think about what we are being taught.  I remember being taught to be modest and quiet.  Both were not easy for me.  I was taught to be giving.  I was always good at being sweet and still have a tendency to be ruled by the heart giving others thoughtful attention.  And yet, I was also taught that whatever I put my mind to, I could do.  Dad always said, "IF you think you can't, you're right, you can't. IF you think you can, you're right, you can."  You give it your all and you can call yourself a beast.  It's not a matter of perfection.  It's a matter of giving all of what you have, to the moment at hand.  Being in the moment and giving of yourself is beautiful.  Being in that place of trust where you can be vulnerable and show all that is you, is not for every moment nor every person.   It is for those people who have earned the trust to see all of you.  You are writing your own story. You aren't perfect.  You aren't meant to be. But if you own your story of light and darkness, "you get to write the ending" (Daring Greatly, Brene Brown) It's what makes you who you are at a given moment in time. To use your mind AND your heart is what makes a balanced woman.   The image says, "As one thinketh in his heart so is he."    When you put it all together, the heart is the beast. Your heart speaks in feelings and knowings.  The mind gives you words. Your thoughts become your actions and just as often, your actions become your thoughts.  You make your choices.  And your choices make you: beauty or beast, beauty and the beast, or beast of a beauty are some of the choices. 

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(Moments Photography by Sandy) a actions beast beauty centered choices heart of http://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2017/6/a-beast-of-a-beauty Tue, 27 Jun 2017 10:33:35 GMT
Men Soldier On http://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2017/3/men-soldier-on

To soldier on means "to continue or persist, despite adversity or difficulty" by definition from Webster's Dictionary.  And many men do this.  We have this cultural expectation that at some point in a male's life the release of emotions is not thought of as "manly".  Men must armor themselves with a facade so as not to appear weak or afraid.  Feelings of sadness, worry, and grief, the "dark arts" are covered up.  Like the rusty, chained suit of armor found attached to an abandoned building along the back roads, it remains unmovable.  So like this "soldier" it rusts and remains unnoticed only to weigh down the individual all the more as it weathers over time.

Chained by the "unrelenting message: Do not be perceived as weak." (Daring Greatly by Brene Brown - this whole article comes from my interpretation and rewriting of her work on "How the courage to be vulnerable transforms the way we live, love, parent and lead.")  We want to see our men as knights in shinning armor riding high on horses of noble lineage.  Really?  Do we really want our boys, teenagers, men, and or partners hiding away the feelings of their heart so we can live in a world romanticized in books and movies?  Or do we want to share in the stories that dwell within the human like the living book that they each are?  

To share these stores we all must dare to be seen.  We dare to reveal the person within that has emotions.  These emotions are ever changing.  In order to be seen, we must dare to be vulnerable.  This type of courage shows less fear than hiding behind the mask of "being a man about it".  This sharing and "owning our story" is not granted to all who would listen, as the cultural norms still exist.  This book within needs only to open with another who's trust has been earned while living life in the small moments, as trust is earned over time.

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A Murder of Crows http://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2017/3/a-murder-of-crows Some sights make me stop and just watch.  On this particular day I saw this extremely large gathering of black birds.  I can't say that they were crows but knowing that a group of crows is called a murder, I fancy that's what this is.  

A murder of crows, a gaggle of geese. a congress of baboons all describe a group of animals.  We human animals have a tendency to gather in groups.  We are hard-wired for connections.  And getting together is what we humans do.  Sometimes these gatherings revel in a "Control Drama" of the Ego which reveals that many people are still living in the most primitive flight or fight syndrome.  With birds it's easy to observe. In the human animal the responses have more names for "the fight".  According to Deepak Chopra these names are intimidation, confrontation, argument, indifference, stubbornness, and manipulation ("How To Get What You Really, Really, Really, Really Want" by Wayne Dyer and Deepak Chopra).  Carlos Castaneda says that there are only three types of people in this control drama life.  The people are nice, nasty or indifferent. If you don't want to live this way, you have to pull yourself away from "the good opinion of others".

If you want to go beyond these types of responses, you need to understand that you can create a space between the stimulus and the response.  I first learned about this with Stephen Covey in his book "7 Habits of Highly Effective People".  He called using this space "pro-active" and described it as choosing your response instead of responding instantly.  Wayne Dyer calls this space "the witness".  You look at the situation with the eyes of an observer.  Deepak Chopra goes on to explain it as a way of looking without making labels, not judging it as good or bad, don't put any value on it or analyze it.

It's a practice that takes you away from the EGO (described as "Edging God Out" in the book "Lead Like Jesus").  Anything that isn't driven by the ego, is lead by the spirit.  That makes this a spiritual practice that gets easier to do when you practice.  Once you know there is another option, then you have to practice it to make it the default way of acting or reacting to any situation.  Practicing Yoga or any physical activity where you are involved in the movement of your body and focusing on your breathing and activity will help your mind learn to slow down.  Slowing or calming the mind is getting you to a place where you can observe, or witness what is going on, giving you the chance to really be in control of yourself.

Remind yourself:  I choose ease.  I choose peace.  I choose joy.  (Lesson from "Your Spacious Self" by Stephanie Bennett Vogt

 

 

 

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(Moments Photography by Sandy) control drama healthy habits spacious self witness http://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2017/3/a-murder-of-crows Tue, 14 Mar 2017 15:56:45 GMT
Blowing In the Wind http://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2017/2/blowing-in-the-wind

Bob Dylan wrote, "...Yes, and how many years can some people exist
Before they're allowed to be free?
Yes, and how many times can a man turn his head
And pretend that he just doesn't see?
The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
The answer is blowin' in the wind"

Blowin' in the wind, he says.  Use that blowing wind, I say, because within the quiet of the mind, a voice guides.  When thoughts come up, observe them as if it is a movie or cartoon.  Don't judge them as good or bad.  Don't decide if you should have them or not not.  Look at them.  Feel them in their entirety. And then you can let them go.  Letting Go is like blowing in the wind.  Once you are able to let go of these events that come up, more will come up to be released.  Let them go, too.  They need to go.  They don't serve you anymore.  Only what is in your best interest in your highest level of love and light can stay.  (For more detailed information see the book of the same title: Letting Go by David R. Hawkins, M.D., Ph.d

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(Moments Photography by Sandy) emotions healthy habits letting go picture a day http://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2017/2/blowing-in-the-wind Fri, 03 Feb 2017 20:44:23 GMT
Cornbread Dressing http://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2017/1/cornbread-dressing Cornbread Dressing was a new food for me when I came to the South in the 1980's.  My favorite meal of the year has always been Thanksgiving for the turkey, dressing, green beans, cranberry salad and pumpkin pie. The last two listed were made by my Grandma Jester and nobody makes it any better, unless they are using her recipe.  The recipe and a fortitude to follow it makes all the difference in the world, come tasting time.  So I asked my man how he makes cornbread dressing.  All the dressing I had ever had with Thanksgiving faded away when I tasted cornbread dressing. First you'll need the recipe for cornbread in an earlier blog post:

http://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2016/12/cornbread-comforts

 

Thankfully you won't be using all of the two pans of cornbread to make the dressing.  There will be just enough for dinner the night you make the cornbread. You can actually make the cornbread the night before you make the cornbread dressing. So make two pans of cornbread then read on....

Ingredients: onion, celery, butter, cream of chicken/celery/or mushroom soup (only 1 can, choose), 1 egg, and 1 tsp. fresh sage (really, get some fresh sage for this cornbread). 2 pans of cornbread, 9"x13" pan

Saute the 2 stalks of celery cut into small pieces and cook in the pan with butter until they soften a bit.  Then add in the diced onions and cook until the onions become transparent. Remove from the heat.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a bowl crumble up one and a half pans of cornbread (you get half of one pan for dinner.  So be sure you have your vegetables on low simmer while you are making the cornbread dressing mixture).  Add in the cream of soup of your choice, 1 egg (already beaten), 1 tsp. sage, a bit of salt and pepper.  Mix it but not too much.  It should be a liquid like texture.

Cook until brown, 30-45 min.

It's relatively simple to make.  It tastes fancy.  It's so delicious. 

 

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Cornbread Comforts http://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2016/12/cornbread-comforts  

It is said that a recipe starts with a list of ingredients.  I would not agree.  A recipe starts with a yummy thought of eating something that brings pleasure to the senses.   Anyway. that's how it starts in my world.  I think about the yummyness (I know this is a made up word.  It doesn't look right if I change the y to an i, so forgive me) of cornbread and how it comforts my senses.  It gives the sense that time is forever the "now feeling" of being in a warm kitchen with the smells of corn and vegetables lingering as they are slowly absorbed from my nose to my gut.  If you know what I mean, you are more than ready for the list of ingredients below and a few words for the how to part...

As seen you'll need an iron skillet smothered in vegetable shortening.  Yes, you can still buy this at the store, (Crisco makes it) in the south anyway. 

In a bowl, put 2 cups of White Lily: Enriched White Cornmeal Mix, Self-Rising.  The recipe is on the side of the package (except the part under the first picture, which is a southern secret).  You can substitute but don't complain if your cornbread doesn't look like the last picture. The package does say "Crisco Original No-Stick Cooking Spray." No doubt someone paid them to put it there.  See note in parenthesis for recommendations by this "Army Brat" that found the best tasting cornbread makers to get this yum written down. You will also need 1 egg, 1/4 c. vegetable oil, and 1 1/2 c. Buttermilk.  Buttermilk makes the best bread.  Milk is a second best, because it's better than no cornbread.  But Buttermilk really does make the best bread.

Stir all the ingredients with a fork.  Allow the mixture to be somewhat lumpy. Pour this into the iron skillet.  There is a debate if you need to put the iron skillet in the oven while it preheats or pour the batter into a cold skillet.  Both methods work well.  I prefer the heated pan because I love the thin crusted edge it makes all around the bottom of the bread.

Bake at 450 degrees for 20 minuets, give or take 5-10 minutes.  And oh, that does look like a good beginning for some cornbread.  I just might have to make some more after writing and viewing this post. Shear yum.  The peas are from the garden and are cooking while the bread cooks.  Below, the bread is cut so you can view the bottom of the bread on the left and the piece to the right is how the top side of the bread looks.  How the bread tastes is left for you to describe after you make some of your own.  Within the next week I promise to extend this blog with another post using this cornbread recipe as the start to cornbread dressing.  I have always loved dressing for Thanksgiving and Christmas.  But, I had no idea how much more I would love dressing when I moved south and had cornbread dressing.  It's not hard to make once you can make cornbread.  And it is beyond good to eat. (Keep your eye out for some fresh Sage to use in the next recipe of cornbread dressing.)

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Pumpkin Faces http://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2016/10/pumpkin-faces Sand art

Faces make a statement.  There was a time when I carried a pumpkin face on the clipboard I carried every where while on the job.  It was there to remind me that I needed to wear a "pumpkin" face with a smile.  Not like the one in the image, although I felt inside more like what it looks like. 

 

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Supersized is Not Super http://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2016/10/supersized-is-not-super Supersized chair in Dr office. We sat comfortably together.

It's kinda like adding just a little more changes it.  And it does.  It's called super size for that reason I suppose.  Supersize this meal and you may as well supersize everything else to go with it.  The chair above is a size bigger.  It is definitely super sized.  My daughter and I could both sit in the chair easily.  Although we are wearing smiles in the picture, it is not a laughing matter.  These chairs were found in the doctor's office for sleep disorders (although I have also seen the size difference in the public restrooms lately).  That being a circle story: weight can interfere with sleep and lack of sleep can increase your weight.  How about we just super size the word super by adding the letter "p", then it will be supper and that would explain the extra size!?

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Four Plus Three Equal Seven And Peaceful Easy Feelings http://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2016/8/four-plus-three-equal-seven-and-peaceful-easy-feelings Breath is the process of life.  And it is in the very process of breathing with intention that can be used to change everything.  It's simple and profound: Breathe in four counts.  Hold this breath for 3 counts.  Exhale for 7 counts.  Repeat.  

This simple act of controlled breathing changes how your body lives, operates and feels. It will calm the body, senses, nerves, emotions, blood pressure and more.  Make it a daily practice.  You'll certainly notice immediate results if you do this under duress or at the next meeting while someone else is exhibiting stress. Change your body with breath.  Change your life by your own design. Breathe.

 

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(Moments Photography by Sandy) breath breathing techniques healthy habits life is breath stress reducer http://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2016/8/four-plus-three-equal-seven-and-peaceful-easy-feelings Tue, 23 Aug 2016 18:41:33 GMT
Dragonflies Extraordinaire http://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2016/8/dragonflies-extraordinaire Dragonflies frequent my life.  They remind me that life is magical, to see through the illusion of life and remember that this is a spiritual journey.  Focus on your spirit as it is lived through the experiences of the body.  Live happy and healthy.  Be joyful and grateful.  These habits will help your spirit soar like the dragonfly.

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(Moments Photography by Sandy) dragonfly dreams healthy habits love picture a day spiritual journey http://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2016/8/dragonflies-extraordinaire Sat, 13 Aug 2016 02:57:23 GMT
Dream on a Wing http://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2016/8/dream-on-a-wing Dreams are personal.  It's yours.  You don't need approval.  Just belief, you need to believe.  You don't even have to tell your dream.  At some point when you are strong you can choose to share it.  It doesn't matter what "they say".  I have found that when I focus on my own energy and deliver my dream of sharing my music in a manner that satisfies my own feelings, others feel it too. 

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Be a Fork http://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2016/7/be-a-fork In a world where so many people seem to prefer being spoon fed their health by trusting all doctors, I am a fork.  I am mostly interested in making myself feel fine.  I ask questions. I notice how my body responds.  Most doctors are also trying to make me feel better, but they don't want to talk about the decision.  Their strength lies in a prognosis and prescription.  It took me getting recurrent sinus problems and being shot repeatedly with steroids to begin my journey of choice.  This was "back in the day' before the internet.  It wasn't easy to find information, never mind I was teaching school and raising two children. So to make a visit to the library in hopes of finding such information really wasn't on "the list".  And I really didn't need research or a specialist degree to recognize that I gained 6 pounds every time this scenario played out.  

When I mentioned my weight gain and steroid association to the doctors, I was corrected, ridiculed, ignored and even tricked.  I had learned enough to pick out shots that had a steroid by the name.  Even though I told them not to give me a steroid, they did.  How did I know?  Oh, the symptoms were easy to pick out.  I couldn't sleep (mind you I went because I was sick, so this detail is miserable enough), and I gained more weight.  There was an alternative medicine doctor in town who allowed me to look up the name and yes, it did have a steroid in it.  I called the office and told them to destroy my records as I wouldn't be needing their services any more.  

Flash forward, and we find that it is now common knowledge to gain weight from steroids.  I have finally been able to verbalize the difference between going to the doctor and the practice of healing the body.  A doctor may give you something to treat the symptoms that you express.  You may heal or you may just cover up the symptoms.  That doesn't make the doctor a healer.  A doctor treats the symptoms.  To heal you may need to use nutrition and or change your life style.  

The body wants to heal and can be a powerful machine, given support.  It really is your choice.  Doctors are not trained in nutrition to support the body to heal.  Most are classically trained to diagnose and treat.  It is what it is.  You can't know what you don't know.  So it's not the doctor's fault they don't know nutrition.  They didn't have time to go find the research on nutrition while studying what they were told to study.  I have to say that in my newest research to help my mother heal from cancer, I am finding that these studies do exist and there are doctors who have learned about healing.  Some date back to the 1940's.  If your interested in how nutrition can help you, watch these movies on Netflix, "Food Matters" and "Forks Over Knives".  Next week I'll be taking one more step towards my own healing by following the "Hot Belly Diet", a book using Ayurveda  medicine.  The "medicine" is food.  This way of eating will reset my metabolism and help heal the digestion problems that have caused a thyroid issue.  It can also turn back diabetes.  Both illnesses caused by the digestion system.  The doctor could give me a way to manage the body symptoms.  Or I can choose to change my diet, modify life patterns and cure the problem.  Again, choice.

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(Moments Photography by Sandy) beat cancer body heals diabetes doctors treat heal yourself healthy habits nutrition still life thyroid issues http://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2016/7/be-a-fork Fri, 29 Jul 2016 12:00:00 GMT
Simple as a Daisy http://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2016/7/simple-as-a-daisy Simple as a daisy.  A daisy is not really simple.  It is actually two flowers in one.  The white that encircles the cluster of yellow, each technically a flower of its own.  Well, that's not really complicated, but it's not really simple.  Yet it does have a pleasing simplicity in its design.  I like daisies.  They are in every part of the world except Antarctica.  I found these daisies in someone's front yard and made myself at home one day to photograph.  Some days you just have to make a picture and that's the priority.  I even put some daisies on the jean jacket.  Yes, I found some time to visit and make pretties with thread.

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Light Changes Everything http://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2016/7/light-changes-everything   Love changes everything.  Light changes everything.  Love is from the light.  Light breaks up the dark.  Love breaks out of the heart and heals the mind with feelings, not words.  Light shines and the appearance reveals differences.  Differences can be good.  It's not as if one is better or worse on a continuum .  Observe. Reflect. Accept. Be light.  This world is full of light.  You are given the choice to choose light or not.  Light is the opposite of heavy.  We can all live in light, love, peace and harmony.  It is all of the light.  It feels good.  I'm there.  I hope you'll join this tribe.

 

Different levels of light - different, that's all.  Embrace differences.  Take home what you need.  Allow others the same.  It's really that simple.

 

 

 

Silence stops the noise.

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Lemons Love Life http://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2016/6/lemons-love-life

Sometimes when you are in the midst of the turmoil of life changing experiences, a breakthrough like the sun parts the fog, appears.  This appearance came in an email that explained the benefits of lemons.  Lemons, the fruit fashioned in color like the sun is a killer of cancer and thus dons the title “Lemons Love Life”.  It’s a small package of large impact.  Here are the facts as I know them:

 

 In the morning, put lemons in warm water to drink before breakfast.  This will hydrate your body and flush out toxins.  It increases digestion and liver functions.  It regulates blood pressure and bowel movement.  It battles inflammation, reduces joint pains and fights cancer by keeping the body alkaline.  Whew – and so much more… Here's a link to more information from David Wolfe's website.

http://www.davidwolfe.com/20-incredible-things-that-happen-when-adding-warm-lemon-water-to-your-morning-routine/

Additionally, you can add lemons throughout the day.  Especially if you are in a battle with cancer, the simple process below may be just what your body needs to get healthy again.  Lemons are alllegedly 10,000 times more effective than chemotherapy.  

 

During the day, you can add lemons in cooking and drinking.  I got this information in an email from the website: The Hearty Soul.  If you subscribe to theheartysoul.com,  you’ll receive a download with even more information about lemon, garlic, honey and how to use them for healing properties.  Here is the website.  I’ll summarize it below.

http://theheartysoul.com/why-you-should-freeze-lemons/?t=NSM

Take lemons, wash them and cut them in half to get the seeds out.  Then freeze them.  You then take them from the freezer to grind them up with the peeling intact.  Put this ground up lemon in ice cube trays to freeze for use later. I added a little water to the blender to make it easier to grind up.  The ice cube trays pictured are flexible and are smaller than regular ice cube trays.  That is good because the flavor is more intense than just a squeezed lemon, so you don't need much.   I put one in water and let it melt.  Then I added ice to make a cool, refreshing beverage.  If I didn't eat the lemon along the way I could make another 24 oz. container of water and still have the lemon taste.  Goodness and Good-bye to toxins and cancer!  

If your taste buds prefer a lighter version, try infusing water with lemon slices and letting it set for 3 hours.  This makes a drink that replaces electrolytes (#11 in article below). Check out the recipes in the article listed below and the science behind the healthy habit of lemons.  And remember to also drink plain water as noted in the negative side effects at the end of the article (really, it's not bad...just keep in mind your choices.)

https://www.jenreviews.com/lemon-water/

Photography inspired by an online class with 

http://kimklassen.com/

 

 

 

 

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(Moments Photography by Sandy) beat cancer healthy habits lemons still life tea time http://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2016/6/lemons-love-life Fri, 24 Jun 2016 19:17:29 GMT
Mom's Kitchen and a Recipe for Power Bars http://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2016/6/moms-kitchen-and-a-recipe

Mom's kitchen and a recipe, begins this journey of compiling, mixing and baking.  This is Carol's kitchen, designed by her and my Dad, the engineer.  Among the new modern machines like blenders, pull out drawers and gadgets, lie the remnants of times past.   There are milk bottles that used to be collected off the back porch. The towel is cross-stitched "Carol's Kitchen", by my mother. The recipe box and bowl in the image are from her mother.  Great Grandma's sifter sits on the shelf, as does the butter churn.  My task at hand is to meld the old, ie: natural ingredients with the new, ie: protein powers, quinoa, and chia seeds in a way that is really not new at all.  It just takes time.  And our priorities for using time have shifted away from baking to buying.  I'm finding that so many of the new ways of eating have not served us well.  As my body has aged, it is less likely to tolerate certain foods namely: almonds, soy, milk, sugar and eggs.  This limits my ability to purchase packaged foods.  However, with Pinterest to the rescue and a bit of persistence and determination, I have made a refined recipe to my liking.  Each time I make it I change the fruit or nuts so I have never lost interest in making or eating these Power Bars for breakfast.  I present the most recent edition of my recipe below and a picture of how I brought that recipe from my home (on Google Drive), 800 miles away to make it in Mom's kitchen.

Power Bars by Sandy Gates, adapted from Camilla @powerhungry.com

1/4 c. quinoa into 1 cup of water: bring to boil and cook on the stove for 12 minutes

While the quinoa cooks combine the items below into a large bowl:

1/3 c. chopped nuts, choose any you like.  I use walnuts, and/or pecans

1/3 c. more nuts, same or different

1/4 c. rolled or steel oats

1/4 c. protein power, your choice.  I use pea protein, vanilla (some brands have sugar, so check ingredients)

1/4 c. coconut flour

1/4 c. chia seeds

By the time you have put all the ingredients in a bowl, the quinoa should be cooked.  Turn off the heat.  To this pot on the stove add:

2 Tbs. coconut oil

1/2 tsp. salt

Optional: add raisins and let them plump up before you cool down the mixture with the milk below.

1 c. unsweetened milk, I like coconut or hemp; after the milk is added, (almond milk is fine here for those who want/can) it will be cooled enough to add the following ingredients that are heat sensitive and can be damaged by high heat.  A little warmth is okay.

2 Tbs. raw honey

1 tsp. vanilla

1 tsp. cinnamon

Other options: unsweetened coconut flour, dates, cocoa bits; etc.

350 degree oven, 20-25 minutes; After cool, cut into 10 bars

Bars will keep 4 days at room temp., 1-2 week in refrigerator, 4 months in freezer.  I usually keep a few out to each fresh.  I then put the cut bars on an aluminum pie pan and put them directly in the freezer for awhile. I take them off the pie pan and put them into a plastic bag.  Now that they are individually frozen I can take them out as needed.  I keep one bar in the refrigerator in a container, ready to eat for breakfast.  In the morning I put the power bar in the toaster oven.  I then replace the container in the refrigerator with one from the freezer.  By the next morning it is ready to be eaten.  And the circle continues.  Yum.

Photography composition inspired by Kim Klaussen.com online photography class.

 

 

 

 

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(Moments Photography by Sandy) beat cancer healthy habits kitchen mom power bars recipe still life http://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2016/6/moms-kitchen-and-a-recipe Fri, 17 Jun 2016 11:30:00 GMT
LGBTQ Official Flower http://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2016/6/lgbt-official-flower  

There is so much talk these days about LGBTQ, in part and as a whole.  I'm glad that this talking is in the mainstream.  We need to talk.  Talking is the only way that differences in thinking can be recognized, expressed and potentially understood.  Along those lines, there is a difference in thinking about the flowering plant clover, that I would recommend to represent a parallel analogy and suggest as the official flower.

 

The clover is a beautiful flower to some, to others it is considered a nuisance and should be eradicated by any number of methods.  Like these LGBTQ individuals that live with and among us, the leaves of the clover blend in well with the grass and travels under and over the existing foliage. Sometimes you don’t even notice the clover until it blooms.  These blooms come in different colors like purple, red and white.  Red clover is medicinal having healing properties for the blood.  I drank it for nearly a year after being bitten by a brown recluse spider to cleanse the blood and organs from the hidden poison from this bite, but that is another story for another blog post.  My point is that like this group of people, they are among us.  They always have been.  Perhaps you've only noticed now because of the bold "flowers" that have risen in society, unwilling to be ignored.  These “flowers” as people have learned to love themselves just as they are and now are willing to embrace this within the culture. 

As flowers in nature, clover are picked by children and given to loved ones.  The leaves and stems make a beautiful crown or headdress for creative play. Endless time can be spent looking for that special leaf, unlike the others, called the four leaf clover.  And like its close cousin, the mistaken dandelion, an herb with healing properties for all its parts, which when allowed to bloom, mature and go to seed, the flower is used to make a wish.  The child blows the seeds and they are sent into the field with the potential of manifesting something wanted.  Imagine the correlation, these special people, these four leaf clovers, which have matured and now claim their place openly with mostly the simple wish of love.

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(Moments Photography by Sandy) beauty clover lgbt love official flower unity http://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2016/6/lgbt-official-flower Tue, 14 Jun 2016 12:15:00 GMT
Three on a Chair http://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2016/5/three-on-a-chair Have props - can move...gather some props and a chair.  You can go anywhere.  Or don't go anywhere and leave the chair right where it is.  You'll need some light, a side light is nice.  Here's one of the chair.  And then I start making all kinds of combinations.  So I start, I ramble and eventually, I clean up.

 

 

 

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(Moments Photography by Sandy) picture a day props still life http://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2016/5/three-on-a-chair Wed, 01 Jun 2016 02:54:06 GMT
Eggs and Chickens http://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2016/5/eggs-and-chickens So first we have eggs.  Like seeds, it is said that there lies the potential for an entire forest in one seed.  Now, let's go back to the egg.  Which came first may never be answered.  But while listening to Deepok Chopra, he said the the word for yogi, yoga, and yolk come from the same root, meaning the unification of body, mind, soul, spirit and environment.  Maybe egg is too simplified of a word to contain a yolk.  It definitely sounds more important than the word chicken.  I don't know.  I have no final answer.

Eggs for Sale

Eggs and chicken wire

I am so thrilled when animals will get close to me.  

Mother Hen? No, fake eggs, shhh

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(Moments Photography by Sandy) chickens eggs still life which came first http://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2016/5/eggs-and-chickens Sun, 29 May 2016 03:14:36 GMT
To Post Production or Not To http://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2016/5/to-post-production-or-not-to Post production to digital photography is what the dark room was for film.  Only it's so much easier to access and play with.  The process is endless.  Below are two images.  The first has some post production for maximizing what you can do to match what you see with your eyes.  Cameras cannot capture all that you see without a bit of adjustment.  It is all in the digital image.  But you have to pull out and push back areas to create the balance you are looking for.  The second image uses a preset designed by KimKlassen.com.  

A weed? I think not.

Preset from KimKlassen.com

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(Moments Photography by Sandy) http://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2016/5/to-post-production-or-not-to Sat, 28 May 2016 03:03:07 GMT