Grateful that not every day is warm, sunny and with blue skies

Family just left after coming to visit for a nice sunny dry warm 6 days in Scottsdale to bring in the new year ... Surprise !
Family just left after coming to visit for a nice sunny dry warm 6 days in Scottsdale to bring in the new year … Surprise !

I am grateful for the beauty of the cold grey  structure of  clouds (shot on my iphone )  as nature is preparing for a several day weather change, seen while taking a desert walk with family on Sunday Jan 3, 2016.   Consistent with my never ending pondering on dirt to delicious I can say that today (Wed)  after what I hear was only 1/2 inch rain since the cold rains started Sunday night. Hard to imaging that is all that came down.  And the veggies almost instantly responded with what I think I heard whispers of “thank you!”. And the sky was wild this am again with clouds socked into the mountains for the 3rd day !

I am very grateful to live in sunny Scottsdale AZ. But love this serious weather change and looking for a silver lining.  Family, friends,etc come here in the winter with  expectations of  clear blue skies and sun and warmth, and considering how little rain we get… the idea that it will be dry here !  While they may have had to change their plans around the weather  I am  happy to say I have had the opportunity to hike in clothing that was purchased to ski in, and made good use of rain gear .

I have had the practice of posting quotes/ notes/ good stuff around desk, mirrors, kitchen, bedroom for years, to remind me of what to think about. You know, positive, motivating stuff.  Blah blah blah…when do  I read them after I post them? Right now I am thinking of  a few I am writing and think I will post them  here:

” Look forward to those days that are totally off the mark from your expectations…. there is beauty to be found there”.

“After every rain day …. look for growth”

“The storm is truly preceding a time of growth”

and of course

“Be grateful for what you have , while not dwelling on what you lack ”

Happy New Year to all of you and hoping  2016 brings you some easy storms, some clouds with silver lining, being in the right place at the right time with the right state of mind  to see the positive in every challenge which can offer you rainbows  and growth afterwards…you know , the deliciousness we all want… and while we are at it….nothing wrong with  visualizing  a pot of gold at the base of that rainbow 😉

Here is to creating deliciousness,while warm in my fleece

Linda

 

 

2015 review and thoughts for empowering 2016

-Guggenheim_entry5809©_2015_Copyright_Linda_Enger_PhotographyAs I review 2015 and ponder 2016 I wonder :

What did I learn this year?

What  and whom did I invest my time , energy, focus and money on this year?

What has REALLY served me in my goals… hmmm goals for 2016?

Did I get the results I was looking for? What did I learn from the accomplishments and the frustrations?

What do I plan to do, experience, learn,  be committed to changing , and embed myself in during  2016?

What do I CHOOSE to keep same and /or different? Whose life is this anyway?

Am I going to write these thoughts down?  Keep them  in my head?

Make a plan?

Would it be more cathartic  to yelling the answers out  loud and declaring myself so OVER this , or that?

Just thinking as I rush through today’s to do list?

Will this evaluation happen today / tonight/ tomorrow…. when ?

Will I take  time for a spiritual transition?

Will I make it an intellectual thought , or a transforming experience?

And what about you?

Wishing you deliciousness in  2016, in body mind and spirit … and all that you are committed to creating in your life .

Thank you for taking the time to be here with me.

Linda

 

 

Mastering mind body issues concerning matters of the heart

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Training for triathlon gave Karen belief in herself despite all the physical challenges her heart presented her with.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My heart goes out with compassion and  personal curiosity to the  people who have worked hard mastering their mind over their body issues,  go from feeling like dirt to feeling, and stay committed to feeling  delicious.

While doing laps at Cactus Pool this past summer  I met an inspiring woman that really carried that thought home.

Side note: I have to say doing laps at Cactus pool is inspiring . Being there during lap time I am surrounded not by grade school,  high school or even college swim teams practicing, while I do my laps. Do not get me wrong I find those groups to be entertaining and  inspiring too. These lap times though  are filled with swimmers of varied adult ages that frequently appear to me to be well versed in the daily practice of doing laps … for life.  Or that is the story I surmise from most of them as I watch them. I on the other hand am more of a fair weather swimmer. I tend to be more fickle with my workouts . NOTE , this is  especially true when it is  below 80 degrees out side ( yep, even with the Arizona sun shining and swimming laps in a heated pool ). Honestly swimming inside with smell of chlorine bombarding me has never been desirable, and why would I want to when I could be hiking in this glorious Arizona winter ?  … but I digress.

When I  met Karen this past summer  doing laps I  found myself in a conversation with a woman who may have kept her health condition private for many years from her co-workers, and friends … but considering she was back in Scottsdale to have yet another “tune up” with a cardiologist at Mayo clinic, I was in the right place at the right time to hear about her true success story and to become  part of her fan club ! And I must say I have signed up!

You see  in 1975 when Karen was age 6 her pediatrician sent her to a cardiologist with a heart murmur. This began a life of procedures and findings  and varied surgeries that I honestly feel I need a medical license to describe well. She introduced me to words that I have never heard of. I am not going to go into the gruesome details here but honestly I can say it would have been VERY easy for Karen to never have become the Triathlon winner , and  medal winning swimmer, and  master swim coach that she is!

I love being reminded of all the ways we can go from feeling like dirt to delicious. Despite the fact that her mom was not physically fit herself she always was supportive of Karen pursuing being an athlete which has probably been the best medicine for her! It was in training and being in triathlons that she truly learned to believe in herself !  Although she is reevaluating the harsh reality of what being an extreme athlete can do to to the heart enlarging the atria ( ok I start glazing over when she talks that way ) being that hers is naturally enlarged. The path  she has gone through in life is actually humbling .

Thank you Karen , you embody the concept of going from feeling like dirt to delicious. May I wish you many many many more laps at what ever pace you choose these days. You are a true inspiration.

Why are we here ? Please introduce yourself :)

I think it best for me to introduce myself again . As I wander through this project of learning word press and all the side bar issues that come with having a functional blog I live and learn ( hopefully like all of life) . I recently got introduced to Word Fence plug in and now wondering who are these “people ” that keep trying to log in as administrator to this site ? How distracting life can be when we attempt to make delicious  stuff and reality sets in and we have to deal with the dirt of life. Sound familiar? I guess I need to understand better how to create my sign up so you can introduce yourselves to me!  With that said I would love if the subscribers or any visitors that feel inclined post a response : How did you get here and what  are you ideally looking for from this blog ? I started this blog knowing full well that the mavens of marketing and blogging and blah blah blahhhhing say focus on a few topics in your blog site. SO what is the fluid evolving reason for this blog site?  Connecting my art ( both photographic and Chakra healing paintings  as part of my Chakra healing project ) to  my writing  as I focus on other of my life passions : organic gardening/sustainability, creating delicious recipes, finding new ways of healthfully getting out / staying out of feeling mind /body  dirt and being more delicious!  I have a lot to say and more to show. Where this site goes is fluid . Professionally I have been a photographic artist for decades. I have within the past 4 years years started working with abstract acrylics and working on creating the Chakra Healing Exhibition Research Project . More on that another time. I am looking forward to the exposure this blog has as a venue leading to support of my projects and also assignments, purchases , exhibition space. There is no shopping cart set up here ( yet) nor amazon connection ( yet) but I am considering them as options in the future. Thank you for being here. I would love to know what brought you here and what you would like to see more of and well… more about you!
NOW, please introduce yourself  🙂 -Guggenheim_entry5789©_2015_Copyright_Linda_Enger_Photography

Cranberry Salsa- Versions 1 and 2 and ideas for serving

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Linda’s tart, flavorful, spicy and a tad sweetened cranberry salsa

l-12oz bag of fresh whole cranberries

1/8 cup Raw honey

5 drops Stevia

1 tsp Xylitol

3- drops Wild Orange Doterra Essential Oil

1-Serrano hot Pepper

( Or other pepper of your choice, but if you leave this out it is more like the original Chutney)

DIRECTIONS

1. Combine orange, apples, and cranberries into a food processor.

Pulse until ingredients are finely chopped.

2. Pour ingredients into large bowl. Add sweeteners

3. Add 3 drops Wild Orange essential oil. Stir to combine.

4. Put salsa into airtight container and let it rest in the fridge for 1-4 hours.

Note:My orange and pepper were organic and home grown .

I made this recipe for Thanksgiving 2015= ,RAVE reviews ! This was in place of traditional Cranberry sauce ( canned or home made) served with Turkey and the Vegetarians loved it too !

FYI- I started with the Cranberry Chutney Recipe from Doterra essential oils , and as always played with my food, less sugar , less sweet, more healthy!

Version #2 – spicier

Skip the orange but add 5 drops Doterra Wild Orange oil not 3

Add 2 or more hot peppers not one

WONDERFUL DESERT IDEAS:

Serve as parfait layered with Easy Coconut Maple  Whipped Cream or NO sugar Coconut Ice Cream…( will post my recipes ) and home made granola ( I will post my recipe for that as well ).

You may already know about me:

I like to play with my food . I do not always follow directions so well to the T. I do not believe that our taste buds or bodies were meant to be bombarded by sugar or heavy sweets of any kind. Therefore I am always working on making recipes that suit that way of life. Especially when someone has Diabetes , or any inflammatory health issues and wants natural healthy eating!

Recipe by : DirttoDelicious.net  Linda Enger December 3, 2015

Morning moving meditation vs huge to do list

I crave my morning moving  meditation.Yeah , its that time of year. SOOO hard to be ignoring the huge to do list.  The to do list that  gets even crazier now. Be it the gym or yoga, or hiking or walking or 20 squats at home , what ever! How do I  NOT  let that time fall off the list? I say as I fall victim to the magnet in my pants taking hold of the magnet on my chair at my desk… HMMM where are my  hiking boots ? I know my brain is working full steam early am so … taking a 5 minute wacko break may help more often during the day. morning meditation, hiking, sunrise, Arizona

 

Essential Oil users please read this !

I have been using essential oils for decades and once I found Doterra,  back in 2013 I fell in love with the products , the science behind their products, and the company .

I recently got a great article sent to me from Doterra Science concerning ideal amounts recommended when using Doterra Essential Oils. Really valuable info being that it is very easy to go overboard with the products.

Please check out the article and the chart that really puts a scientific light on how much is too much 🙂

http://doterrascienceblog.com/recommended-ideal-amounts

http://doterrascienceblog.com/essential-oil-metabolism/

“The Ideal Amount column states how much total essential oil a user should take at a time. This amount can be repeated every 4-6 hours, for amounts no greater than the 24-hour Maximum amount. Internal use refers to taking essential oils in a capsule or a softgel form. Oral use refers to essential oils taken in water or other liquid, or under the tongue. There is no recommendation made for aromatic use, as this greatly depends on the size of the room and other variable factors. As always, moderation is best.”

If you are interested in learning more about the oils, specific conditions that you may want to explore help from, and ordering any of the products please ask me or check out mydoterra.com/lindaenger

Embedded terrorists analogy on my brain … my not so delicious disconnected thoughts?

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Why do I look at one of my garden images and ponder the analogy of the image I see. Here there are bees doing what they need to do, hiding within the the seeds of the sunflower. Are they nice worker bees, or are they mean nasty  bees? They have done nothing to harm me , and yet they create fear . Will they do me harm? This is such a light weight thought and analogy to the terror that is happening in the world. Knowing loved ones living in fear is hard to ignore. Knowing the world at large is in chaos is in my face. I search to create beauty. To share inspiration. Ok , I will say it.  To BEE positive .

I literally talk to the bees as I photograph them up close. We have an arrangement. We are in partnership. I want them to survive. They are not terrorists. Do bees have thoughts of me? Do they want me dead ?  No. I doubt that.

I need to stop writing .

What kind of stuff in life makes you feel delicious, and thank you dear veterans

Of course we know doing what we love to do always makes us feel better about ourselves and our life. Yadayadayada.  But sometimes it is overwhelming for me that there are so many things I love to do, want to do, need to do, have to do,  and that make me feel better when I do them .

Example at hand. I love to hike around sunrise and sunset. Sunrises can always be more problematic,especially  depending upon time of year, day of week etc.  Even more so with  photographing sunrises.

The iphone has become a good hiking companion for me: Podcasts, music, writing down notes to myself , photos and videos ( even though I still am having hard time taking them too seriously ). There has been many a time I have been so glad to have the opportunity to NOT have a  REAL camera. ( will not get into here the good and bad aspects of hiking with access to text, email or phone calls) .

So when a friend of mine asked me to help him locate an ideal  sunrise shot of a saguaro for his composite photographic art it got me to do something that I know makes  me feel delicious. The iphone scouting photos I sent him were a fun distraction from my “real” hike . More than that though it was “fun”  getting back into carrying the camera and tripod out at sunset with a real goal in mind, and with a partner in crime ….. honestly, it is a totally different kind of feeling delicious than my morning walking meditations… but both are so good for the  essence of what makes me feel delicious.

Yesterday was veteran’s day. I took this photo this past Sunday. When processing it yesterday I could not help but sense  I had a Saguaro  saluting  to all those veterans past, present and future who give so much .

What have you done today that makes you feel delicious?

What do you try to do everyday that gives you that buzz?

 

 

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What’s in my kitchen ?

What_is_it_in_my_kitchen?0831-2I posted this photo on my dirttodelicious instagram account the other day, and also my personal Facebook account. Interesting to see what people thought it was. No right answers so far. How long should I keep them guessing ?

As is so much in life… timing is everything. 🙂

fyi for my pixel peeping friends… I actually liked this iphone version of the shot better than my shot with macro lens and studio lights…life can be ironic in so many ways.

 

Portfolio life vs Inability to commit to one major focus vs Master of some vs Jack or Jill of all trades and how they relate to shame,empathy and self forgiveness

You know what I think may be even better than a good walk and talk with a dear friend! ?  A great solo walk / hike while listening to an inspiring  podcast.WHY? Because I can, without any psychological control issues choose exactly what I want to be listening to ! No need to do any  asking the right questions, choosing to shut up and only listen or  knowing  how to bare my own soul  (or not ) !

Good Life Project is a podcast that has never disappointed me .  I may have said it before but it is SO true.  ONLY problem is I am always in motion and do not write down /nor usually remember all the great references given in the podcast before I move onto doing other stuff.

 

Myth or fact : The way ti make anything look easy? By working at it, practice.
Myth or fact : The way to make anything look easy? By working at it, practice.

 

Today the  podcast  discussion  I listened to on Good Life Project with Jeff Goins ,”The Fine Art of Finding Your Calling ” is totally worth a listen to! This episode  really struck home on a subject near and dear to my heart and life. The term portfolio life has been totally in my face. Actually that is how this blog came to be! I wanted to see how I could ( pun intended ) weed out my passionate avocations/hobbies, interests/ hours of  time I spend without wanting to stop and resolve if and what would be appropriate addition to my vocations.    I also wanted  to see if this would be a great  way to reignite old passions of mine,to see if a new approach would be the spark I was looking for! SO here to to shaking up avocations/ hobbies/ and dabbling  with dreams of differnt income streams! Talk can be cheap, or expensive I guess once you get a great speaking circuit gig going 🙂

Listening to this  podcast today confirmed to me that being a  master of “some”  vs a  Jack or Jill of all trades was probably what I am  exploring… that is compared to my wearing the  “I am a photographer badge ” proudly as if I “should ” not confuse people with all the other wonderful creative outlets that were dear to me.

SO I get inside to do my notoriously long to do list ( which included make a point of doing a post on this site ) and then I go outside in the ( warm but not brutal heat) to work more on one of my other on going passions – the garden, and  got side tracked ( no surprise) while taking down the Sukkah … all while listening to the Big Magic Podcast with Elizabeth Gilbert. Yep , it was meant to be. Brene Brown and Elizabeth talking together truly reminds me of a great heart to heart with some of my dear friends. So what is the take away? MANY, lets see… I  will likely have to edit this post to really give more of the gist but a few of the loud and clears for me:

When we fail at a creative undertaking / or biz or ( fill in the blank of any major project you have invested bookoo time and bucks and emotions in)  it is not the time to negate inspiration. the antidote for that shame is empathy . And when it comes to discipline being the hallmark of getting these creative undertakings done think again how self forgiveness for what you did or did not accomplish today vs beating yourself up more that you did not show the proper amount of discipline.

Amen to that sistas.

And with that said . My big man work gloves that I wear on top of my skinny gloves to protect me from the pain of the puncture wounds from handling Argentinian Mesquite branchs with their 3 -4 inch thorns or the  Palm fronds that I just pulled off the Sukkah with their huge spikes…. seems spot on  for this particular blog post ( if I do say so myself ! )

 

 

Olives want attention too!

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Garlic olives, home grown, home made in the making

Olive trees. For those that are allergic,  they can be brutal. Messy, pesticide sprayed high maintenance trees that go along with ornamental oranges in my mind of silly fruit baring trees planted in the southwest!  BUT, if you do not spray them , and fertilize them and bother to go out of your way to pick and pickle them… delicious home grown , home made garlic olives = MAJOR yum for months. So as the temperature is starting to feel human  here, and with  LOTS of urban farming things to do outside ( beside the rest of life to dos/ work  and … did I say hiking  anyone ?)  picking and pickling olives is on my timely to do list ! Snooze you loose.