Navajo Country Landscapes from Beneath a Navajo Moon

Cottonwood—reminiscent of where Olivia’s life changed forever. BTW—cottonwoods make me sneeze. 🙂

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Willow

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Silver Aspen—Words cannot adequately describe the sound of aspen leaves fluttering in a canyon breeze. Sheer magic.

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Pinon Pine

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Juniper

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Blue Spruce

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Ponderosa Pine

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Wilbur’s—Goldsboro, NC—Erin’s favorite Down Home BBQ

In the South—barbecue is always a noun, never a verb.

http://www.wilbersbarbecue.com/home.html

Open 7 days a week—Are you hungry yet?

Don’t forget to check out Wilbur’s Hog Blog—http://www.wilbersbarbecue.com/hogsblogs.html

What’s your favorite BBQ joint?

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Easy Southern Ham Biscuit #Recipe

Ingredients:

2 cups self-rising flourhambiscuits

1 cup whipping cream

Directions:

1. Combine ingredients with a fork till blended.

2. Dough will be stiff.

3. Turn dough out onto lightly floured surface and knead 10-12 times until a certain elasticity is achieved.

4. Roll dough to 1/2″ thickness and cut with 2″ biscuit cutter. (I have my grandmother’s.)

5. Place onto a lightly greased cookie sheet. Bake at 450 degrees for 10-12 minutes.

6. While warm, slice biscuits and layer ham slices inside. Can use bits of previously baked ham or deli ham slices for convenience.

Enjoy.

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Southern Pecan Coffee & Southern Rites of Passage

imagesSoutherners love and baby their pecan trees. And picking up the pecans every fall is a true Southern rite of passage. Some of my earliest memories involve helping my great-aunt Polly pick up pecans in her yard or at the family home-place.

My girls also started early at Aunt Grace’s, each of them with their pecan pickin’ buckets—kind of like a Southern fall version of an Easter egg hunt.

coffeeThese pecans will be cracked by hand or by a “professional” who lives down the road and has a machine. The hulls will be painstakingly picked clean from the meat. And these beauties will make their way into pies, casseroles, divinity candy, and entrees from church homecomings to Thanksgiving to Christmas celebrations.

coffee2What better way to cherish these fond family memories than by sipping Southern pecan coffee all year round?

(Which may be why Erin brings this gourmet coffee with her onto the Navajo Rez.)

What’s your favorite coffee flavor?

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Southern Brunswick Stew #Recipe

brunswickstew•1 old hen (okay, that’s what was written on my grandmother’s recipe card in her own hand) I use a chicken from the grocery store.

•1.5 lbs stew beef

•1 small piece of fatback

•1 large can of whole kernel corn

•1 large can of garden peas (that’s Southern for green peas)

•1 large can of butterbeans (Southern speak for lima beans)

•2 slices of bacon

•1 Tbsp of sugar

•1 1/2 quarts of tomatoes

•1/2 cup macaroni

salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

1. Cook beef and chicken first in large pot or Dutch oven. Cut up chicken.

2. Add rest of ingredients and simmer slowly, stirring often for 30 minutes.

Enjoy. Can be frozen and reheated. Where I’m from, we eat this with crackers on the side.

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Navajo Jewelry from Beneath a Navajo Moon

In honor of fictional Hannah Silverhorn, Navajo jewelry designer extraordinaire

Heishi—pronounced hee-shee, usually a necklace of 3 strands

4.1.08 MV 24 Susie's Hogon

Squash Blossom Bracelet

Navajo Elder Wearing Traditional Turquiose Jewelry

Concha Belt

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Turquoise Rings

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Navajo Country Wildlife in Beneath a Navajo Moon

Red-Tailed Hawk

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Stellar Jay

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Prairie Dog

Coyote

Western Diamondback Snake

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Blue Bird Flour—Navajo Fry Bread Maker’s Choice

bluebirdflourEach year the Cortez Milling Co. produces about 600,000 25-pound bags of Blue Bird flour, most of which is sold throughout the Navajo Nation and in towns surrounding it.

And demand increases in the summer when students return home to the Rez from boarding schools.

The flour is packaged in cloth bags of 50, 25, 10 and 5-pound quantities. The cloth is popular with crafters and quilters, reminiscent of Depression-era feedsacks.

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Quick Crockpot Chili #Recipe

Ingredients:

2 15 oz cans of tomato sauce
1 15 oz can diced tomatoeschili
1 lb ground beef, browned
1 can kidney beans
Spice pack (I use McCormack’s)
Dash of cayenne
Salt to taste

Directions:

1. Throw everything into the crock pot (after opening the cans of course).
2. Let cook for 1 hour.
3. If too thick for your preference, add a little water.

And that’s it. Enjoy. Add your favorite chili toppings and Southwest flavors.

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The Carolina Beauty #Quilt

4B-82-C8-451-quiltiNCMH-a0d1q5-a_21560True quilt story from Beneath a Navajo Moon.

During Reconstruction—a Yankee schoolteacher brought the New York Beauty quilt pattern to Greene County, North Carolina. North Carolinian quilters adapted the pattern according to their Southern sensibilities.

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