Welcome to Moments Photography by Sandy's blog about photography and creativity. Always on the prowl for ways to keep learning, trying, inventing and shooting pictures. I will share my adventures, addictions, and antics below. Come visit often and share what you will. Live abundantly, giving, sharing and loving. . .
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.)
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.
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!?
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.
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.