Did you know that it is highly frowned up to take pictures in a grocery store? Probably not because normal people don't walk through grocery stores with their camera in their hand. Well, food bloggers do that on a regular basis but I had no idea that grocery store owners didn't exactly welcome photography in their stores. Let's just say that I have been asked to leave more than one grocery store establishment for pulling out my camera during a shopping trip.
The first time it happened, I was innocently snapping pictures of an unusually creative produce display when I was told that I had to get approval from a manager before I could take any more pictures. After asking to speak to the manager and waiting for a full 20 minutes, I was told that the manager was unavailable. In lieu of a manager, the community relations director for the store came out to talk to me. (I didn't even know grocery stores hired "community relations directors".) After explaining my perfectly innocent intentions to her she willingly granted me permission to photograph the rest of the store.
I assumed that my experience at that particular store was not typical but since then, I've found out (the hard way) that MOST grocery stores are not in favor of shoppers taking pictures. I guess store owners are afraid of competitors coming in and photographing their displays. I would have assumed that the competition would be a lot more subtle about their undercover surveillance than walking around the store with a Nikon D60 around their neck.
For the most part, I have stopped taking pictures at the grocery store. If there is really something that I can't pass up the opportunity to photograph, then I pull out my phone and snap a picture with that. (Apparently phone photography is perfectly acceptable because I've never been asked to stop taking pictures on my phone.)
You will be happy to hear that I did my grocery shopping this week without a camera. I even resisted the temptation to pull out my phone for a picture of a very large eggplant. (Mostly because I was short on time.) I gathered up all of the groceries that I needed and headed home to whip up a quick snack.
I found this recipe for homemade granola bars on cozycottagecute.com. It combined so many of my favorite snacks: almonds, coconut, chocolate and oats. Throw in some honey and butter and brown sugar and forget about it - how could I resist?
Coconut Granola Bars
2½ cups rolled oats (old-fashioned or instant)
1 cup shredded coconut
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
1/4 cup sesame seeds
1/2 cup wheat germ (I used wheat bran because I was all out of wheat germ.)
1/2 cup slivered almonds
4 tablespoons butter or margarine
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup honey
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 tbsp mini chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 300°F, spread the oats, coconut, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, wheat germ and almonds evenly on a 9" x 12" baking sheet.
Sprinkle 1-2 tablespoons of mini chocolate chips over top. Press the granola firmly into the bottom of the pan.
Tip: Place a piece of wax paper over the granola mixture and use another pan of the same size to press down and evenly flatten the granola mixture.
Here they are - super yummy - and chocolaty - granola bars.
I have no trouble taking pictures of the beautiful granola bars at home, do I? Enjoy.
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