Friday, March 22, 2013

Elder's Meditation of the Day March 22



Elder's Meditation of the Day March 22
"Everything's so simple, and we make everything so complicated. That's why we're confused."
--Vickie Downey, TEWA/Tesuque Pueblo
The Creator designed a very simple set of Laws for us to follow. If we follow these simple things, we'll be happy. If we don't follow these simple things, our lives become complicated. For example:
  • Respect Mother Earth
  • Love one another
  • Be truthful
  • Give to your brother and sisters
  • Be gentle with each other
  • Be happy
Following these simple Laws will have great rewards.
Great Spirit, let me lead a simple life.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

March 18 Native Wisdom

March 18 Native Wisdom
A spiritual person needs to be careful. The more confident we are, the more likely our egos will get us into trouble. It's relatively easy to become self-righteous. We start to think we are teachers and others are students. We start to judge others. We start, very subtlely at first, to play God. After a while we really get good at it. This is very dangerous. We need to remind ourselves, we are here to do God's will. We need to pray every morning. Each day we need to check in with God to see what He would have us do. At night we need to spend time with God and review our day. By doing these things, we will stay on track.
My Creator, guide my path and show me how to correct my life.
"The smarter a man is the more he needs God to protect him from thinking he knows everything."-George Webb, PIMA


Photo: March 18 Native Wisdom
A spiritual person needs to be careful. The more confident we are, the more likely our egos will get us into trouble. It's relatively easy to become self-righteous. We start to think we are teachers and others are students. We start to judge others. We start, very subtlely at first, to play God. After a while we really get good at it. This is very dangerous. We need to remind ourselves, we are here to do God's will. We need to pray every morning. Each day we need to check in with God to see what He would have us do. At night we need to spend time with God and review our day. By doing these things, we will stay on track.
My Creator, guide my path and show me how to correct my life.
"The smarter a man is the more he needs God to protect him from thinking he knows everything."-George Webb, PIMA

March 18,365 Days Of Walking The Red Road.

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I have always taught you that a liar is not worthy of being considered a man 
-Stung Arm
Did You Know?
The portrait on the US buffalo nickels,sculpted in 1911 is said to be the composite of three Natives: Iron Tail,Two Moons and Big Tree

March 20 365 Days Of Walking The Red Road

Photo: March 20 365 Days Of Walking The Red Road
O Great Spirit help me never judge another until I have walked two weeks in his moccasins.-Edwin Laughing Fox.
Did You Know?
In 1774 Thomas Paine studied the Iroquois Confederacy,Culture and language inorder to further his education in Democratic Government.
Terri Jean


March 20 365 Days Of Walking The Red Road
O Great Spirit help me never judge another until I have walked two weeks in his moccasins.-Edwin Laughing Fox.
Did You Know?
In 1774 Thomas Paine studied the Iroquois Confederacy,Culture and language inorder to further his education in Democratic Government.
Terri Jean

Easy Hard "Boiled" Eggs!


TIP!!!! Just in time for EASTER!

Easy Hard "Boiled" Eggs! - Remember this tip for Easter!! Share this post and it will stay on your page.

Bake at 325 for 30 minutes. Remove with Chef's Tongs and place in an ice bath immediately.

This is by far the best way to make eggs! You can do 1 egg or 24 eggs...time and temp are the same! When I do this many eggs I just fill the sink with ice water and place them right in there. Eggs are SO EASY to peel, no sticking!

**Tip: Place them on their side on a mini muffin pan (on their side so the yolks stay in the middle)...mini muffin pan so they don't roll all over

If you do not need this many eggs you can also use your regular muffin pans.

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Walking the Talk, A Sacred Responsibility

The purification of the smudge, the sacred voice of prayer, the healing smoke of the sacred pipe and the medicine of tears are ceremonies that lead to restoration of spirit. Our traditional ceremonies help our heart, body and spirit merge into the present moment so that we could feel the blessing of today and joy overflows filling our spirit with love. Today, I am thankful beyond human expression for the beauty of our culture and the healing power of ceremonies and I feel my spirit is dancing. All my Relations! (ejh)

Healthy Dehydrated Fruit


Healthy Dehydrated Fruit

We love healthy dehydrated snacks in our house, especially fruit.  It is the perfect quick healthy snack for kids.  I know that you can buy dried fruit in the store, but my kids prefer our dehydrator snacks.  I also love that I know exactly what they are eating, no reading labels.  We have dehydrated lots of different fruits, but the kids favorites include kiwis, apples, strawberries, bananas and peaches.  It is so simple to make these healthy dehydrated snacks.
Healthy Dehydrated Fruit
Dehydrated Strawberries. Wash the fruit and remove the steams.  Use and egg slicer to make thin slices and simply lay them on the dehydrator trays.
Healthy Dehydrated Fruit
Dehydrated Kiwi. Wash the kiwi and peel off the skin. Using a mandolin or knife, make thin even slices.  Arrange slices on dehydrator trays.  My kids think that they taste just like sour patch kids!
Healthy Dehydrated FruitDehydrated Apples. Wash apples and run them through an apple-corer-peeler-slicer.  Our family loves the tartness of granny smith apples.  Soak the apple slices in 1/2 cup lemon juice and 1 tablespoon of agave nectar or honey.  Arrange the slices on the dehydrator trays and sprinkle with a dash of cinnamon.
Healthy Dehydrated Fruit
Dehydrated Bananas. Peel the banana and cut into thick slices.  I usually get about 18-20 slices out of each banana.  Soak bananas in 1/2 cup lemon juice and 1 Tablespoon of agave nectar or honey.  Arrange slices on the dehydrator trays.  These will not be crisp like the ones in the store, but they taste SO much better.
Healthy Dehydrated Fruit
Dehydrated Oranges. Peel oranges and thinly slice with a mandolin or knife.  Arrange slices on dehydrator trays.
Drying time will depend on how thick you slice your fruit and if you have added agave nectar or honey.  Generally most fruit will take up to 8 hours.  I often start my dehydrator in the evening and let it run all night.  The fruit is dry when you cut it open and there is no moisture inside.  Remove the fruit from the tray and let cool before storing.  I store my dried fruit in glass mason jars.  It is best to buy fruit at its peak season and make sure to only use ripe fruit.
Healthy Dehydrated Fruit
These healthy dehydrated snacks are perfect for camping, going to the beach, long car rides, throwing in your purse, on top of granola and just about anywhere else.  I love that there are no messy, drippy, sticky fingers or faces to wash and that my kids are snacking on healthy treats with no preservatives.
Healthy dehydrated Fruit Leather
Here is another great dehydrator recipe.  My kids also LOVE this healthy fruit leather in their lunches.  It is 100% fruit, nothing extra added which I’m all for and the kids love that  it tastes great!
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Elder's Meditation of the Day March 21



Elder's Meditation of the Day March 21
"The manner with which we walk through life is each man's most important responsibility, and we should remember this with every new sunrise."
--Thomas Yellowtail, CROW
Every spiritual person should carry a vision of God's will in every area of their life. One day at a time, each morning at sunrise, we should spend time praying to the Creator. We should say something like, my Creator, this morning I ask you to show me, in terms I can understand, what you have for me to do. By doing this daily, over time, we will develop an unquestionable vision. Each person is responsible for taking the time to do this. It will bring great joy and peace of mind to those warriors who do.
My Creator, give me the vision, today, of what you want me to do.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Elder's Meditation of the Day March 19



Elder's Meditation of the Day March 19
"There's a deep wound in people - that they have been so cut off from the source of their being, their mother, their Earth Mother."
--Francis Story Talbott II (Medicine Story), WAMPANOAG
When we are connected to the Earth Mother, or when we are clear on our purpose, we will feel connected and safe. We will feel love. When we are disconnected from the Earth Mother, or we don't know who we are or why we are, we will feel pain. It will be similar to a little child who has lost its Mother. We will hurt insid - we will be wounded within. If this happens to the whole community, the people will be very sad and lost. It will seem like there is death in the air. When this happens, it is time for ceremony and reconnection to God and Mother Earth. This is the time of prayer.
Great Mystery, today, help me to stay connected to the Earth and to You, my Creator.

365 Days Of Walking The Red Road




365 Days Of Walking The Red Road March 19
“We do not want riches but we do want to train our children right. Riches would do us no good. We could not take them with us to the other world. We do not want riches. We want peace and love” Red Cloud (Lakota: Maȟpíya Lúta), (1822 – December 10, 1909)
Terri Jean

Monday, March 18, 2013


APRIL 12, 2012

Spicy Sausage Pasta

My absolute favorite dinners are the easy weeknight kind. The kind that can be whipped up in thirty minutes or less from start to finish and only mess up one dish. And of course, they need to knock-my-socks-off with flavor as well! I am so in love with this spicy, creamy, cheesy pasta for all of those reasons. It is just packed with so many incredible flavors. It’s one of our new favorites — I make it all the time because it’s so yummy and easy!
This amazing little pasta dish is one of my favorite recipes from one of my favorite cookbooks, The Best Simple Recipes from America’s Test Kitchens. It’s filled with over 200 recipes for quick and easy dinners that can be ready in thirty minutes or less. Perfect. I’ve gotten so many new dinner recipes for us from this cookbook. And since it’s from America’s Test Kitchens, you know that every single recipe is tried, true, and to-die-for. They even conduct blind taste-testings and tell you what brand of whatever ingredient they’re using is the best. I love stuff like that.
Spicy Sausage Pasta
So let me tell you about this pasta dish. It basically completes me. Take a look at all these yummy ingredients. Nothing too out of the ordinary here.
Spicy Sausage Pasta
First things first — the sausage. I am a huge fan of smoked sausage, and I am completely, head over heels, bowled over by this Butterball Turkey Sausage. There’s no way that this is turkey sausage. There’s no way it has half the calories and fat of regular smoked sausage. There’s no way. Because it tastes just likeregular smoked sausage — the full-fat, full-calorie kind that I used to buy all the time. I just don’t see how it’s possible that this sausage can have all the yummy, juicy flavors of regular smoked sausage with only half the fat and calories. But it only took one bite to convince me.  We’ve been buying this turkey sausage exclusively for a few months now, and I will never go back to regular smoked sausage again. You guys know since I tend to go a little crazy when I’m traveling, I like to cut back on the fat and calories when I’m home! But flavor absolutely comes first. I love that I can have both with this sausage.
Spicy Sausage Pasta
So first, add a little olive oil to an oven-safe skillet over medium-high heat until just smoking.
Spicy Sausage Pasta
Add the sausage.
Spicy Sausage Pasta
And the onions.
Spicy Sausage Pasta
Here’s my little secret. I buy frozen, diced onions by the bag and add them to whatever I’m cooking that calls for diced onions — I don’t even thaw them first. It’s such a huge time saver for me, and I always know I have onions on hand.
Spicy Sausage Pasta
Oh my gosh. Nothing smells more fabulous that this right here. Cook the sausage and onion until lightly browned. Then we’ll add some garlic and cook until fragrant, about thirty seconds.
Spicy Sausage Pasta
Next add the dried pasta — this is so easy! — I love that I don’t have to boil the pasta in a separate pan. I normally use penne pasta for this dish, but this fun campanelle pasta was all I had on hand at the moment, so I used it.
Spicy Sausage Pasta
Dump in some Ro-Tel, you don’t even have to drain it first.
Spicy Sausage Pasta
And the chicken broth.
Spicy Sausage Pasta
This is another brand that I love. We use chicken broth so often that I always have a few boxes on hand — an open one in the fridge and a few in the pantry. I about fainted when I tried this one for the first time. It smells so amazing! I stumbled upon this organic brand because, well, in an effort to cut back on my sugar intake, I discovered that the brand I was previously using was full of sugar! Sugar!! Like, it was the second ingredient. In my chicken broth! Now I love sugar, but it has no place in chicken broth. It’s funny how much sugar is hidden in foods that aren’t sweet, especially when I went looking for it. Yikes! Anyway, as much as I loved my old brand of chicken broth, I can honestly say I love this new one so much more. It’s nothing but pure, natural flavors — exactly how chicken broth is supposed to be. I get this in the organic section of Kroger.
Spicy Sausage Pasta
Add the cream and 1/2 teaspoon each of salt and pepper. Stir everything together and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and and simmer for 15 minutes.
Spicy Sausage Pasta
Now for the finishing, cheesy touch. Remove from heat and stir in 1/2 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese.
Spicy Sausage Pasta
Top with a little more cheese to cover, sprinkle with sliced scallions, and broil in the oven until cheese is golden and bubbly, about 3 minutes.
Spicy Sausage Pasta
Like this.
Oh my gosh you guys, this is so fabulous. Ultra cheesy. Ultra gooey. Ultra yummy.
Dig in! :)
Spicy Sausage Pasta
1 tbsp olive oil
1 lb smoked sausage
1.5 cups diced onion
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
1 (10 oz) can Ro-Tel tomatoes and green chiles, Mild
1/2 cup heavy cream
8 oz penne pasta
1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper, each
1 cup Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
1/3 cup thinly sliced scallions
1. Add olive oil to an oven-safe skillet over medium high heat until just smoking. Add sausage and onions and cook until lightly browned, about 4 minutes. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
2. Add broth, tomatoes, cream, pasta, salt and pepper and stir. Bring to a boil, cover skillet, and reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer until pasta is tender, about 15 minutes.
3. Remove skillet from heat and stir in 1/2 cup cheese. Top with remaining cheese and sprinkle with scallions. Broil until cheese is melted, spotty brown, and bubbly.
Makes 4 servings. Nutritional Information for this recipe can be found at CalorieCount.com.


Read more at http://www.kevinandamanda.com/recipes/dinner/spicy-sausage-pasta.html#ixzz2NwFq55xb

Fwd: Pecan Bars



Pecan Pie Bars

I make DAMN good pecan pie. The recipe comes from my mother, who was given it by a dear friend before I was even born, on the condition that she never share the recipe. So, unfortunately, I won't be blogging that recipe. 

As much as I love a good pecan pie, I'm a HUGE fan of bars. They can easily be cut into equal portions, are more portable than cakes or pies, and, to me, much more kid friendly. This recipe for pecan pie bars is ridiculously easy, and always earns rave reviews. I like to make these a day ahead of time, cut into bars, and serve on a nice plate.


Pecan Pie Bars
adapted from Pillsbury

Ingredients:
1 can of refrigerated crescent rolls
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup corn syrup (dark or light, doesn't matter)
1 Tbsp butter, melted
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 egg, beaten

Unroll dough and separate into 2 long rectangles; place in an ungreased 13x9" pan and press along the bottom and 1/2" up the sides, pressing the perforations firmly to seal. Bake for 8 minutes in a 350-degree oven.




Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine the pecans, sugar, corn syrup, melted butter, vanilla and egg. Pour over crust and bake 18-22 minutes or until golden brown.





Cool completely before cutting, and store at room temperature.



Elder's Meditation of the Day March 18



Elder's Meditation of the Day March 18
"The sacred fire used to heat the rocks represents the eternal fire that burns at the center of the universe."
--Dr. A.C. Ross (Ehanamani), LAKOTA
Our Sweat Lodge represents the womb of Mother Earth. This is the place of forgiveness. The altar is the place where the Grandfathers are heated. The Sweat Lodge and the altar represent the whole story of the universe. The Sweat Lodge and the ceremonies are sacred. The Great Spirit gave these things to us to help us. He taught us to do the ceremonies in harmony with Mother Earth. We need to know and understand these things.
Great Spirit, let me understand harmony.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Elder's Meditation of the Day March 17



Elder's Meditation of the Day March 17
"By listening to the inner self and following one's instincts and intuitions, a person may be guided to safety."
--Dr. A.C. Ross (Ehanamani), LAKOTA
Be still and know. The Medicine Wheel teaches the four directions of inner power - not personal power, but the power of God. These four directions are emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual. As our emotions get too far out of control, we simultaneously create an equivalent mental picture, our physical body fills with stress and tension, and we become spiritually confused. When we experience these uptight feelings, the best thing to do is mentally pause, slow down our thinking, breathe slowly, or pray and ask the spirits to help. Only when we approach the stillness of the mind do we get access to our spiritual guidance system. To be guided, let your mind be still.
Creator, today, let me reside in Your stillness.