Evanescent – Weekly Photo Challenge

via Photo Challenge: Evanescent

Evanescent is defined as a fleeting moment for this week’s photo challenge.

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Youth in Repose on a Summer’s Day

The magic of this moment

caught in light

with a faithful dog ever vigilant

his charges dreaming comforted

in repose

of what may come to be –

a fleeting glimpse of today and tomorrow

and fond memories of yesterday.

CKatt 2017

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Be at peace wherever you are.



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Pickled Cucumber Recipe = Easy as One, Two, Three

Recipe for Pickled Cucumber

Last Sunday for dinner my friends treated everyone to barbecue from a new local place Jimmie’s Southern BBQ Smokehouse on France Ave in Minneapolis – another Famous Dave’s small barbecue restaurant with smoked meats. The meal included pickled fresh cucumbers. They were cut”wafer thin” and delicious. Inspired by the pickled cucumbers, I found a simple recipe. There are recipes for mass quantities, but this uses just one cucumber and makes enough for a week. Perfect amount for my purposes.

Pickled Cucumbers Recipe


1 cucumber

4 teaspoons of sugar

1/4 cup vinegar (I used apple cider)

salt to taste


Cut the cucumber into wafer thin slices. Place in a flat casserole pan (See link above for illustration.) Distribute the sugar over the cucumber mix well and let sit for 30 minutes.  Then add the vinegar. I let that sit until the cucumbers had absorbed the vinegar and sprinkled some salt.

Note: That resulted in my adding more vinegar, to which I first added a tablespoon of honey and a teaspoon of mustard with lots of mustard seeds. This offset the extra tart vinegar with some sweet. After watching P. Allen Smith’s show on making pickled onions, I topped off the jar with some water. The recipe I used (see link above) did not make enough juice on it’s own. This is my first time pickling anything! It was fun.

Put it in a clean jar, refrigerate and voila! They are good for a week. Ready for the fresh chicken salad sandwich that I made. The pickled cucumbers are better the second day. Thanks to Snapdish for the easy recipe. If you have a mandolin for slicing, this operation goes quickly. I cut the cucumber up by hand. Good practice.


Pickled Cucumbers with Salmon on Rye Cracker – CKatt 2017

This jar of pickles is going with me to Fiesta Friday #172 food gathering of friends from all over the globe, led by the gracious Angie and cohosts this week are Jhuls @ The Not So Creative Cook and Su @ Su’s Healthy Living .

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Reflecting – Weekly Photo Challenge = Happy Mother’s Day!

Reflecting Wordpress Weekly Photo Challenge.

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Happy Mother’s Day!

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Minnesota Horse Expo 2017 Part #3 – Dressage Horses Plus American Horses

American Horses on parade at the Minnesota Horse Expo 2017 and Lusitano horses doing classical dressage.

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Sons of the Wind Performance Team “Classical Horsemanship”: Vitor Silva Classical dressage master, Elias Marinha from Brazil, Alberto Mato Marinho from Brazil, Maggie McDonald from Minnesota

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These beautiful Lusitano horses are from Brazil.  They are part of the Sons of the Wind Classical Dressage School. Classical Horsemanship originates from the time when horses were used in battle. The moves of the horses seen today were used hundreds of years ago as defense.  The performance is exciting to see. I had the good fortune to capture some of the action before the performance. The riders and horse are equipped in a baroque costume. Vitor Silva owns and trains students and horses at Sons of the Wind Farm.

Onlookers appreciating the style and beauty of the Classical Lusitano Dressage!

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Minnesota Horse Expo 2017 – Part 2

MNHE Donkey

Donkey Minnesota Horse Expo 2017

To continue with my horse adventure at the Minnesota Horse Expo of 2017, this year had the usual shots that were photo bombed by heads or people walking through the scene, which does happen. Most of the time people are really kind and try to stay out of the frame. It’s Minnesota nice.

Gypsy Vanner, Gypsy Cob, Gypsy Drum horses are originally from England and Ireland and were developed for pulling the caravans of the travelers or Roma people. They are bred for temperament, intelligence and beauty.

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The Egyptian Arabian Horse is represented here. There are Polish Arabians, and American Arabian horses. They each have a distinctive look. People also cross the Arabian horse with other breeds. This year was a success for photographing the beauty and elegance of these horses.  They are smaller than many breeds as you can see in the photo. However they have great stamina, intelligence and are liked for endurance racing. It is fun to see the costumes.

If you ever saw the film “The Thirteenth Warrior” there is a scene where the main character is an Arabian scholar, played by Antonio Banderas, who meets up with a group of Vikings, when he sent to be their Ambassador. Banderas character becomes the 13th warrior and travels with them.

This is film is from the book, “Eaters of the Dead”, which is based on two sources according to Michael Crichton’s Appendix in his novel. Source one: is from the 10th Century. “Aḥmad ibn Faḍlān ibn al-ʿAbbās ibn Rāšid ibn Ḥammād, fl.921–22) was a 10th-century Arab traveler, famous for his account of his travels as a member of an embassy of the Abbasid Caliph of Baghdad to the king of the Volga Bulgars, known as his Risala.”; source two: is “Beowulf”*

Early on in the story he shows the Viking’s what an Arabian Horse can do. In the beginning of the film the Vikings teasingly call his Arabian a “dog” because of its size. The Vikings have very large, heavy horses. He responds to this good humored teasing by riding his Arabian horse over a series of obstacles, the action ends with the the Arabian jumping over one of the Vikings and his horse! Absolutely thrilling to see. This short scene is about 12 minutes into the film.

Burros MNHE 2017

Donkey’s with their young handlers at the Minnesota Horse Expo 2017

Minature Horse MNHE 2017

Miniature Horses at the Minnesota horse Expo 2017

White Donkey Baby MNHE 2017

White Donkey Baby Minnesota Horse Expo 2017

The donkeys are so sweet…more photos will be posted.

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*Information from Wikipedia Retrieved May 8th, 2017.



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