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Vaquero Circo by Joseph R. Moran

Copyrighted art by Joseph R, Moran
Copyrighted art by Joseph R. Moran

Learn more about this artist here:

http://www.redbubble.com/people/moranismoart?ref=account-nav-dropdown

A Summer Sunset

Sunset

Connection

Broccoli-Kale Casserole (Wheat and Dairy Free)

-1 cup of Tofu Cream Cheese (I use Tofutti)

-1 cup of Garlic Flavored Aioli

-4 ounces of Shredded Mozzarella Soy Cheese

-1/2 cup of Lemon Vinaigrette (I use the Simply Dressed organic brand)

-2 to 3 Plain Rice Cakes

-10 ounce bag of frozen organic kale

-10 ounce bag of frozen organic broccoli

-1/2 cup pine nuts

-1 tsp lemon pepper

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Place frozen broccoli, kale, soy cheese and crumbled rice cakes into a baking dish.  Add cream cheese, aioli, and lemon vinaigrette to a microwaveable bowl and heat in microwave until mixture is melted.  Pour melted ingredients evenly over contents in baking dish and stir to mix in. Sprinkle pine nuts and lemon pepper on top and cook for 30 minutes or until top is slightly browned. Let cool slightly before serving.

kale

Just Trees

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Photo Study of a Cat

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My cat, Pippin, graciously modeled for this shoot :-)

Memories that Grow

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My mom loved frogs, hen and chick plants, and the color purple.

Creating a memorial for a lost loved one is an effective way to help move through the process of grief. The past six months have brought some loses to my life and the lives of my family.  Our biggest loss has been the death of my mom and her absence is still very acute for me, my husband, and my children.  Another loss that hit us all very hard is that of our beloved 14 year old dog, Inka, who was a constant happy presence in our lives.  I wanted to create some special, growing, living memorials for our lost family members and began to plant memory gardens.  Not only was it healing for me to imagine and design the gardens but it continues to be cathartic to care for them.  My husband liked the idea of memorial gardens so much that he is now designing one for his adored dad whose death 4 years ago left a huge hole in our family’s heart. It will include some cacti because his dad loved the desert and representations of his artist father’s work.

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Inka’s garden (where she used to love to bask in the sun)

Memorial gardens can range from simple container gardens to more intricate and larger scale versions , but the important thing is to make it something that you feel connects you to your loved one. For more information on making your own check out these websites:

http://www.ehow.com/how_4421397_make-memory-garden.html

http://www.recover-from-grief.com/memorial-garden.html

http://www.wikihow.com/Create-a-Memory-Garden

There are also some great ideas on pinterest!

Spring Hike on Upper Table Rock, OR

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Beautiful Flowing Locks (No Artificial Ingredients Added)

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My Flowing Locks

Did you know that consumers spend an average of $703-$1,500* a year on their hair? Not to mention women are supposedly spending 55 minutes of every day on their hair and makeup? Obviously hair is a big deal. So much so that maybe it’s time to start considering how many chemicals we are using on our hair. Making the switch to natural/organic hair care can start in your own kitchen.

There are plenty of recipes for homemade hair prodocts on the internet, so I have made it simple and tested a few deep conditioner recipes myself. Here are three of the ones I liked best:

1.) 1/4 cup olive oil plus 1/4 cup honey (this one works best if hair is covered after application and heated with a blow dryer)

2.) 1/2 cup coconut oil plus one egg (melt coconut oil until liquid) Apply quickly and be mindful of the hot temperature.  

3.) 1 avocado, 1/2 can coconut milk,1/4 cup mayonnaise, 1/4 honey, 1/2 banana

Be sure to leave all of the above conditioners on your hair for a minimum of 10 minutes and be prepared to rinse very thoroughly.

The secret to any hair conditioner is that it must coat the hair cuticle and replace any lost keratin (hair protein). Or so I have been told by my hairdresser. If you are not in the mood to apply your refrigerator contents to your head, you can purchase certified organic deep conditioners. My all time favorite is Neal’s Yard Rosemary and Cedarwood Hair Treatment but there are many good ones out there.

*statistics gathered via the web

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