Friday, March 14, 2014

Fergus and a Mule


Valhalla Studios's

Valhalla Studios's photo.

Elder's Meditation of the Day March 14

Elder's Meditation of the Day March 14
"The concept that we are all related is one of the basic philosophies of D/Lakota religion."
--Dr. A.C. Ross (Ehanamani), LAKOTA
The Medicine Wheel teaches the four directions of the races, Red people, Yellow people, Black people and White people. These four directions are symbolic of all races. Everything in the circle is connected and related. All races are brothers and sisters. If we are related to each other, then it is important to love one another as brother and sister, aunt and uncle, Fathers and Mothers, Grandfathers and Grandmothers. We need to care for each other and especially respect each other. We need to honor one another's differences whether that difference is the color of our skin or our opinions. We should respect differences.
My Creator, let me feel the connectedness to all things. Let me know the lessons I need to learn today. Above all, let me feel my connectedness to You.

Hummingbird Cake

Besides being unbelieveabley delicious, it’s super easy to make – literally just dump and stir the ingredients for the cake.  Only the frosting requires a mixer, if you make it homemade Hummingbird Cake is such a lovely name for a cake. Although I do not know how it got its name, it does seem that it may have something to do with how sugary rich this cake is maybe? just like the nectar that Hummingbirds love to feed on.
This cake is similar to a carrot cake, especially when filled and frosted with the ever popular cream cheese icing.
Hummingbird Cake
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3 eggs- lightly beaten
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups oil
  • 1 (8 ounce can) crushed pineapple -do not drain
  • 2 cups bananas, mashed or about 3 – 4 large bananas
  • 1 cups pecans or almonds/ walnuts chopped
(it is supposed to be pecans but sometimes I change it up a bit)
  1. Combine the flour, sugar, baking soda, salt, cinnamon.
  2. Mix together with whisk. Add eggs, vanilla extract, oil, pineapple, bananas and pecans(or nuts of choice) and mix until all ingredients are moistened
  3. Spray 3 (9 inch) round cake pans or one 9 x 13 inch pan. Cook in preheated 350 degree oven 30 to 35 minutes until cake is done in center. Then Frost with cream cheese frosting or any favorite frosting you may have!
Hummingbird Cake
Pecan Cream Cheese Frosting:
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 pound box (about 3 2/3 cups) confectioners (powdered or icing) sugar, sifted
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped pecansHummingbird Cake

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Elder's Meditation of the Day March 13

Elder's Meditation of the Day March 13
"I went to a holy man and asked him for help. He told me to get on the Red Road. Pray to Wakan-Tanka (Great Spirit) to help you walk the Red Road."
--Dr. A.C. Ross (Ehanamani), LAKOTA
All Indian traditions, customs and ceremonies help us answer three questions: who am I?, why am I?, and where am I going? Only on the Red Road can we find the answer to these three questions. When we can answer these three questions, we are on the Red Road. When we cannot, we have gone astray. That is why the Holy Men tell us to pray to the Great Spirit and to seek the Red Road. Why am I? My purpose is the serve the Great Spirit. Who am I? I am an Indian who walks the Red Road. Where am I going? My vision is to serve my people.
Great Spirit, when I know You, only then do I know me. Help me today to know You.

Art by, Tim Cox

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Elder's Meditation of the Day March 12

Elder's Meditation of the Day March 12
"The old people say, `Learn from your mistakes'. So I try to accept everything for what it is and to make the best of each situation one day at a time."
--Dr. A.C. Ross (Ehanamani), LAKOTA
The Creator did not design us to beat ourselves up when we make mistakes. Mistakes are our friends. It is from mistakes that we learn. The more mistakes we learn from, the faster we gain wisdom. The faster we gain wisdom, the more we love. The more we love, the fewer our mistakes. Therefore, mistakes help us to learn love. God is love. Mistakes are sacred and help us learn about God's will for ourselves.
Great Spirit, help me, today, to learn from my mistakes.

Cowboy Wisdom.....

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Elder's Meditation of the Day March 9

Elder's Meditation of the Day March 9
"In the life of the Indian there was only one inevitable duty, the duty of prayer, the daily recognition of the Unseen and Eternal. His daily devotions were more necessary to him than daily food."
--Charles A. Eastman (Ohiyesa), SANTEE SIOUX
The most important habit one can develop is the daily act of prayer. Prayer is our eyes, our ears, our feelings, our success, our guidance, our life, our duty, our goal. There really is only prayer and meditation. We can only help others through prayer. We can only help ourselves through prayer. You can never become an Elder unless you pray. You can never stay an Elder unless you pray. You never get wisdom unless you pray. You never understand unless you pray.
Great Spirit, today, teach me to pray.