7 for 7

“When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all your thoughts break their bonds. Your mind transcends limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction, and you find yourself in a new, great, and wonderful world. Dormant forces, faculties, and talents become alive, and you discover yourself to be a greater person by far than you ever dreamed yourself to be.”  Patanjali

Has life gotten away from you? Are you so incredibly busy you sometimes forget you are breathing? Are you stuck in the same pattern waiting to find the time and inspiration to eat better, clear your space, feel better about your body and what you see staring you back in the mirror? Feeling frustrated by the never ending "advice" on what to eat and how to exercise, and stay healthy? 

7 for 7 is for you.
This is a 7 day online workshop running from June 1 - June 7.
It will cost you $7.99
It is not a rigid food cleanse, it is a celebration of fresh, wholesome, seasonal foods.
It is a guide to look into your space, your home, and create a reflection of you and a space where you can freely breathe and love and build.
It is a letting go of deprivation and an invitation to show your body the gift of healthful eating.
It is a chance to find how simple and good core exercises and fresh air can strengthen and awaken your body's true potential.

These 7 days are designed to bring you back to your self, to dig into your core and (re)discover your unique self. It is time to maximize your own personal power and respect yourself. Time to quiet the external noise and to tune into what really matters to you and the people you love. When that happens, good happens. And when you are good within yourself everyone benefits.

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I do not believe in fad diets, they will always eventually fail you.
I believe in what you see on the outside is merely a reflection of how you feel on the inside. Let's take care of that and the rest will fall into place, the world is waiting for you.

Here is some of what you get with 7 for 7 ~

  • 7 daily email letters to inspire, support, and guide you
  • printable worksheet and guide to help you find your center and renew your body and mind
  • recipes to help you be more creative and in love with fresh, natural, wholesome food
  • tricks and tips to organize your kitchen and make shopping & cooking less of a chore
  • daily rituals to guide you and strengthen your intuition
  • yoga poses and stretches to give you balance, strength, and mindfulness to make your days more productive
  • daily core strength exercises (no gym necessary) to awaken your body's potential
  • learn new techniques to increase flavor and variety in your meals
  • private online group for support and accountability
  • 7 days of gentle yet motivating ass kicking

Click on the SHOP tab above or just click HERE to join us! Can't wait to get started!

Johnny Marr.

It's Monday and this week I am digging through my pile of untouched Johnny Marr photographs.

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This was from a most incredible evening at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia MD, one of the greatest outdoor music venues in the entire US. A night in June with Johnny Marr as lead guitar for Modest Mouse and REM. Perfect weather in a magical venue which has had most every great band grace its stage.
Johnny Marr, described as "arguably Britain's last great guitar stylist" is well known by my generation as co-songwriter with Morrissey, and lead guitarist of The Smiths. 

The Queen is Dead. Anyone have any better live video please share- couldn't resist this though.

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Hope you enjoy these two photographs of Johnny on stage with Modest Mouse. Remember thinking I was too close when shooting these. Too close to Johnny Marr- that seems the oddest. I will pull some more later in the week, and these will be listed in the shop as limited edition fine art prints.

Lastly, here is a fantastic interview. Johnny talks about this guitar you see in the above photograph as well as compare and contrast his new role in Modest Mouse with his role in The Smiths.

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Need some sunshine on this Monday morning? Here, have a listen. John Butler Trio.

Got to run but wanted to get this week started with photographs from a fantastic intimate session of this band. I had just started photographing bands and was anxious, they welcomed me into their space and couldn't have been any more genuine and kind.

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More Spoon, which makes me want honey.

"I am in the mood for a spoonful of honey" is something I hear in this house a lot. Now, since I am pulling out these photographs we seem to be listening to Spoon (the band) on repeat and eating the remainder of our honey stash. It's perfectly fine with me.

We especially love this song,  it always gets us dancing, humming, tapping, even as I pour my first cup of coffee. And yes, I suppose my kids do dance around the house with spoonfuls of honey in their mouths.
 

Since digging up some of their newer work, I can't get enough of this one. That voice.
INSIDE OUT - here is a clip from a live Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon.

 

Man, Brit just has this incredible unique voice. Have been pining for a record player and I am convinced that his voice will sound incredible on vinyl. That not quite raspy but raw voice which seems to run deep but not ever forced. Did you know he didn't even pick up a guitar until late high school? Take note though, his dad was a guitar collector and big fan of The Beatles and The Rolling Stones. So folks, don't stuff that music instruction down your little ones throats, expose them. Have fun, love music, turn the radio up.

In the meantime, I am getting a turn table and checking to see if Brit and his mates have anything recorded on vinyl. I will also dig up some color work and some of the film I shot backstage. There is some work from that intimate performance with WRNR too, somewhere around here.... Don't You Evah.

Oh, and I dare you to spend a day walking around with this playing in your head all day.
 

A few more available as prints. Haven't cropped these yet and would bump the contrast a tad in printing. I always love prints more than pixels.

Spoon

No, not that sort of SPOON (although I did serve up bowls of steaming brown sugar dusted hot oats and cream with big fat spoons on this chilly morning and I could have stayed in bed spooned with my hubs for a bit longer this morning), but rather SPOON the Band.

Been going through the archives and pulling up a band a week to share some unpublished photographs of great musicians. This band with lead singer Brit Daniel is one of my favorites and I photographed them in both an intimate performance in Annapolis MD for WRNR, as well as at the fantastic 8x10 Club in Baltimore. This legendary band from Texas finally released a new album in 2014. THEY WANT MY SOUL.
For the 20th installment of the Urban Outfitters Music Video Series, Spoon teamed up with director Hiro Murai on the song "Do You" off Spoon's new album They Want My Soul. Lead singer Britt Daniel and Murai talked about the making of the video in an exclusive interview here: INTERVIEW
 

I have a great collection of images, some BW film, all which are up for sale in limited editions. Here is one to start the collection off. Any questions or looking for a specific artist feel free to contact me.

Heather M Bowes photographer. BRIT DANIEL SPOON the band.

Heather M Bowes photographer. BRIT DANIEL SPOON the band.


This weeks 5 favorite WILD crafted finds on Etsy.

Today I wanted to share a few of my favorite (nature inspired) finds on Etsy. I hope it inspires you to think a bit about the importance of handcrafted goods. Think before you run to the big stores and trade your hard earned money for things void of love and craft. Dig for something better.

"to live content with small means;

to seek elegance rather than luxury,

and refinement rather than fashion;

to be worthy, not respectable;

and wealthy, not rich;

to study hard, think quietly, talk gently, act frankly...

to listen to stars and buds, to babes and sages,

with open heart; await occasions, hurry never... this is my symphony."

-william henry channing
 

Click on text below each image to be taken to each of the Etsy shop links for browsing!

Tiny Mountain Necklace by Lulu Bug Jewelry

Tiny Mountain Necklace by Lulu Bug Jewelry

Hot Chocolate 3 ways.

It is cold here in New Hampshire and there really are not too many things I like to put in my belly more than fine chocolate you can drink. I admit to be quite picky when it comes to chocolate, and even more so when it's served in liquid form, in a mug, topped with whipped cream and marshmallows. Cocoa puts me in my happy place. So, why not have a little fun trying a few variations... you can even call it healthy! Go toss that Swiss Miss watered down powered stuff, or at least save it for those folks who just don't "get" good cocoa. Enjoy!

 

This Hot Cocoa recipe is from a wonderful blog called The Sprouting Seed. Here the chocolate is straight up cacao rather than the cocoa we usually use (which is stripped of basically everything that we can consider good for us).
Here is her recipe: and click HERE to be taken to it directly

Ingredients

13 oz coconut milk 
2.5 Tbsp. cacao powder 
3-4 tsp. local honey (sweetened to your liking)
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
1 teeny tiny pinch of cayenne
1 tiny pinch of unrefined sea salt

Directions

Warm milk in a saucepan on the stove at medium-low heat until milk is thoroughly heated. Add cacao, honey, cinnamon, a pinch of cayenne and a pinch of sea salt and whisk until smooth, then remove from heat. Pour hot chocolate into your favorite mugs and add homemade marshmallows on top. Sprinkle with a pinch of cacao and add a cinnamon stick for garnish.

Take a look at these claimed benefits of Cacao:
you can buy it HERE if you can't find it locally.

  • promotes healthy skin
  • high in antioxidants
  • high in magnesium
  • mood enhancing
  • contains vitamins and minerals
  • improves brain function
  • alleviates headaches
  • promotes heart health
  • aphrodisia

 

Photo credit Pauline Hanuise for Mind Body Green

Photo credit Pauline Hanuise for Mind Body Green

Maca Hot Chocolate: maca what? 
Maca is supposedly an ancient Peruvian superfood. Get this...

MACA: root of Strength and Balance

Spanish conquistadors recorded in their journals that when they arrived at the puna of Junin in Peru, the babies were well-fed and adults were tall, attributing these characteristics to the diet of maca. The Quechua Indians in the central highlands of Peru continue to consider maca a highly nutritious food with a range of physical benefits and they include it as a regular staple in their diet. Navitas Naturals Maca Powder is loaded with nutritious vitamins, minerals, amino acids and plant sterols, including vitamins B1, B2, B, C, D, E, iron, potassium, copper, magnesium, selenium, phosphorous and calcium. It's a fiber-rich food and a good source of plant protein (about ten percent). Maca root is also a source of fatty acids, and it contains four unique alkaloids (Macaina 1, 2, 3 and 4).
You can buy HERE.

This is the recipe from Mind Body Green.

Vegan Hot Maca Chocolate

Serves 1
Ingredients
1 mug almond milk (or your favorite substitute)
1 heaping teaspoon maca powder
1 heaping teaspoon cacao powder
1 pinch cinnamon

Toppings
Cacao nibs
Cinnamon
Directions
Carefully heat your almond milk to a simmer. Then blend it for a few seconds with your maca and cacao powders.
Pour the liquid into your favorite mug and sprinkle some cacao nibs and cinnamon on top. Enjoy!

Photo credit: Paleo Leap

Photo credit: Paleo Leap

Ahhh, coconut and dark chocolate. This one is so simple and closest to my quick cocoa fix. I have been using hemp milk as this recipe calls for coconut milk. 
Here is the basic recipe:
Coconut Milk Hot Chocolate Recipe
Servings SERVES: 2
Preparation time PREP: 5 min.
Cooking time COOK: 10 min.
Ingredients
1 can (13.5oz) can full fat coconut milk
1.5 oz good quality dark chocolate, finely chopped
¼ tsp vanilla extract

Head on over to Paleo Leap by clicking HERE, they share some great variations such as Peppermint Hot cocoa.
Then browse around for some other fantastic recipes. 
 

Stay warm my friends! Hx

Soup Season.

It finally feels like winter again! It was a chilly 51 deg F in the kitchen this morning and as I got the wood fire stove burning hot again my thoughts were on soup. The sort of warm you from the inside, wrap your hands around it beautiful fuel for the day. 
Pick a few and get cooking, store leftovers in your freezer for later in the week when you have hungry bellies to feed and and a cold wind blowing outside. 
 

Credits // Author and Photography: Emma Chapman. 

Credits // Author and Photography: Emma Chapman. 

Recipe link from A Beautiful Mess.

Roasted Red Pepper & Tomato Soup
 serves 2-3.

2 roasted red bell peppers
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 small white onion, chopped
2-3 cloves of garlic, minced
one 14.5 ounce can of diced tomatoes (and their juices)
1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2-3 tablespoons cream (optional)
salt and pepper to taste

photo credit: 101 Cookbooks A Recipe Journal Sopa Verde de Elote Recipe Serves 4-6 FULL RECIPE LINK HERE : 101 Cookbooks 4 tablespoons unsalted butter 1 small-med zucchini, seeded, chopped into 1/4-inch cubes 1/2 white onion, minced 2 cloves garlic, minced 4 cups corn kernels 3 1/2 - 4 1/2 cups water 2/3 cup green peas a small handful of fresh cilantro, plus more to serve 1 small serrano chile, charred and peeled* 3 large romaine lettuce leaves, or equivalent 2 1/2 - 3 teaspoons fine grain sea salt, or to taste to serve: toasted pepitas, creme fraiche or salted yogurt, lime wedges, cilantro, chopped roasted serrano  

photo credit: 101 Cookbooks A Recipe Journal

Sopa Verde de Elote Recipe

Serves 4-6 FULL RECIPE LINK HERE : 101 Cookbooks
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 small-med zucchini, seeded, chopped into 1/4-inch cubes
1/2 white onion, minced
2 cloves garlic, minced
4 cups corn kernels
3 1/2 - 4 1/2 cups water
2/3 cup green peas
a small handful of fresh cilantro, plus more to serve
1 small serrano chile, charred and peeled*
3 large romaine lettuce leaves, or equivalent
2 1/2 - 3 teaspoons fine grain sea salt, or to taste

to serve: toasted pepitas, creme fraiche or salted yogurt, lime wedges, cilantro, chopped roasted serrano

 

                                   Photo Credit: Love & Lemons Spicy Black Bean Soup: click here for the full recipe from the lovely Love & Lemons blog Serves: serves 4 Ingredients splash of olive or grapeseed oil 2 small shallots, chopped 3 cloves of garlic, roughly chopped ½-1 jalapeño, de-seeded and chopped 4 teaspoons chile powder 3 cups black beans, cooked, drained (reserve a few for garnish) 4 cups low sodium vegetable stock up to ½ cup water, if necessary for blending consistency salt, pepper squeeze of lime optional: a few pinches of cayenne and/or smoked paprika serve with (all optional): diced red onion, jalapeño slices, avocado, cilantro, tortillas, sun cheese, salsa, or dried chile salsa

                                   Photo Credit: Love & Lemons

Spicy Black Bean Soup: click here for the full recipe from the lovely Love & Lemons blog

Serves: serves 4
Ingredients
splash of olive or grapeseed oil
2 small shallots, chopped
3 cloves of garlic, roughly chopped
½-1 jalapeño, de-seeded and chopped
4 teaspoons chile powder
3 cups black beans, cooked, drained (reserve a few for garnish)
4 cups low sodium vegetable stock
up to ½ cup water, if necessary for blending consistency
salt, pepper
squeeze of lime
optional: a few pinches of cayenne and/or smoked paprika
serve with (all optional): diced red onion, jalapeño slices, avocado, cilantro, tortillas, sun cheese, salsa, or dried chile salsa

                                photo credit: Jonathan Melendez of the Candid Appetite Spicy Sausage, Potato & Kale Soup  Click here to go to The Candid Appetite and full recipe If you want to whip this up in a flash during the week when you don’t have a lot of time for dinner, and the troops are harassing you to make something delicious right away, make this soup. Some help from the store can have this soup on the table in 30 minutes. Use  low-sodium store bought chicken stock or broth. Buy the kale in the pre-washed, pre-cut sacks that are ready to go. If you are not a fan of pork sausage, a spicy Italian chicken sausage does the same trick. No one will know, and your family will love you for it.  Yield: 6-8 servings Ingredients: 1 pound spicy italian sausage (I used chicken but pork is good too) 2 tablespoons butter or olive oil 1 large onion, chopped 3 garlic cloves, minced 1 teaspoon salt, plus more to taste 1 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper, plus more to taste 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes, optional 2 large bunches of kale, stemmed and chopped, about 4 overflowing handfuls 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg 4 medium or 2 large russet baking potatoes, sliced 8 cups chicken broth or stock, 2 boxes 1/2 cup heavy cream

                                photo credit: Jonathan Melendez of the Candid Appetite

Spicy Sausage, Potato & Kale Soup 
Click here to go to The Candid Appetite and full recipe

If you want to whip this up in a flash during the week when you don’t have a lot of time for dinner, and the troops are harassing you to make something delicious right away, make this soup. Some help from the store can have this soup on the table in 30 minutes. Use  low-sodium store bought chicken stock or broth. Buy the kale in the pre-washed, pre-cut sacks that are ready to go. If you are not a fan of pork sausage, a spicy Italian chicken sausage does the same trick. No one will know, and your family will love you for it. 

Yield: 6-8 servings

Ingredients:

1 pound spicy italian sausage (I used chicken but pork is good too)
2 tablespoons butter or olive oil
1 large onion, chopped
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon salt, plus more to taste
1 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper, plus more to taste
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes, optional
2 large bunches of kale, stemmed and chopped, about 4 overflowing handfuls
1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
4 medium or 2 large russet baking potatoes, sliced
8 cups chicken broth or stock, 2 boxes
1/2 cup heavy cream

Hope these inspire you to get cooking and fuel up for some time outdoors, or warm up after when you come inside. Don't forget to take advantage of having some ready made lunches to bring to work or an easy dinner for those nights your family is on the run. Looking for some good travel containers? Check this out-.don't spill your soup.
I also hope you take a little time to browse these 4 fantastic food blogs and they inspire you to try something new. Love to hear what you cooked up and always feel free to share your own favorites! Keep that cast iron well seasoned, next I will share why cast iron is my favorite and how to keep yours in its best cooking shape.
Eat well and go outside- Hx.