Southern Deviled Egg #Recipe—Just in Time for #Easter

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Ingredients:

6 eggs

Mayo

Mustard

Salt & Pepper

Directions:

1. Boil eggs in with with a dash of salt 15-20 minutes.

2. Let eggs cool. Crack and peel eggs.

3. Slice eggs in half lengthwise.

4. Scoop out yolk onto plate and mash with a fork till lumps are out and yolks are blended.

5. Add salt and pepper to taste. Add mayo (1/3 cup???) I add till it “looks right”.

6. Add mustard ( 1 Tbsp????) You know what I’m going to say here, right? This is how I was taught to cook by the best Southern cooks I know.

Until reaching desired color and texture.

7. Spoon into egg whites.

Yield: 12 eggs

Enjoy.

Southerners eat this at all social gatherings year-round. It’s about as de rigueur as sweet tea.

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The Little Known Thomas Legion of the Civil War

Thomas’ Legion, also known as Thomas’ Legion of Cherokee Indians and Highlanders, Thomas’ Legion of Indians and Highlanders, and the 69th North Carolina Regiment, was a unit of the Confederate Army. Organized in 1862 by William Holland Thomas, the Legion fought in the last skirmish of the Civil War before surrendering on May 10, 1865 near Waynesville, North Carolina.thomasLegion2

The formation of the regiment was unusual. Thomas, the only white chief of the Cherokee Indians, recruited Cherokees to fight on behalf of the Confederacy. It was a true legion, a combination of infantry, cavalry, and artillery.

Thomas LegionThe unit was mainly assigned to defend the western North Carolina area. A portion of the Legion was ambushed at Baptist Gap. True life fact from Beyond the Cherokee Trail, when Cherokee Lieutenant Astooga Stoga was killed leading a counterattack, infuriated Indian soldiers scalped several dead or wounded Union soldiers. Colonel Thomas returned the scalps to the Union with apologies.

Another real life factoid—the last Union widow died in 2003. She was the widow of a soldier who had fought against Thomas’ Legion.

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The actual 1901 reunion photo which inspired the last portion of Pierce’s story

 

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Sky Country Landscapes from Beyond the Cherokee Trail

Enjoy the 6a00e54ef8375388330120a7b1fca9970bbeauty of a Snowbird forest from the Land of the Sky People in western North Carolina.

 

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The basswood tree—otherwise known as the linden tree

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The flowering Carolina Silverbell

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The tulip poplar

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The native wild Cherokee Lily of such significance to Sarah Jane

 

 

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Southern Buttermilk Biscuit #recipe

Ingredients:
• 2 cups all-purpose flour—great Southern biscuits start with White Lily flour
• 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
• 1 tablespoon baking powder without aluminum
• 1 teaspoon salt
• 6 Tbsp unsalted butter, cold
• 1 cup buttermilk
Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 450°F.
  2. Combine the dry ingredients in a bowl.
  3. Cut the butter into chunks and cut into the flour with a pastry blender until it resembles coarse meal.
  4. Add the buttermilk and mix until combined. Don’t overmix.
  5. If mixture is dry, add a tad more buttermilk. It should be very wet.
  6. Turn the dough out onto a floured board.
  7. Don’t roll the dough, but pat out until it’s about 1/2″ thick. Fold the dough about 5 times. Press the dough down to a 1 inch thickness. Rolling pins will produce tougher biscuits.
  8. Use a round cutter to cut into rounds. Handle the dough as little as possible to avoid tough biscuits.
  9. Place the biscuits on a greased cookie sheet- position biscuits touching if you like softer biscuits. These biscuits will also rise higher than biscuits separated from each other.
  10. Bake 10-12 minutes or until the biscuits are a light golden brown on top and bottom.
  11. Do not overbake.
  12. These biscuits can be frozen for up to a month. Then simply place them frozen on the cookie sheet and bake at 450°F for about 20 minutes.

Enjoy.

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Snoopy’s—A Must-Do Eatery

As images4index6featured in Beyond the Cherokee Trail, here’s my favorite hot dog joint. Just so you know—dogs are on sale on Tuesdays and Sundays. See you there.

 

Snoopy’s— Okay, now I’m hungry.

images7For behind-the-scenes photos of Beyond the Cherokee Trail, visit https://www.pinterest.com/lisacoxcarter/beyond-the-cherokee-trail/.

Welcome to North Carolina—the home of Krispy Kreme.

KrispyKremeWhat is Krispy Kreme, you ask?

Please, let me enlighten you.

Only the best doughnut, I’m talking the original glazed, yeast-raised, in the world.

Vernon Rudolph opened the first Krispy Kreme in 1937 in what’s known as historic Old Salem in Winston-Salem, NC. Today, Krispy Kreme is sold internationally in supermarkets, retail shops and convenience stores.

The Original Glazed is their best-selling product. But Krispy Kreme has a variety of yeast-raised and cake doughnuts for every palate and sweet tooth.

Linden brings a box of doughnuts for Walker and the guys working on the quilt barn trail. She probably bought the doughnuts at the flagship store in Raleigh on Person Street.

Every Raleigh resident, whether seven or seventy, knows the best Krispy Kreme doughnuts are to be had when the Hot Sign is On. And at the Raleigh store, you can watch through the glass-fronted window as they roll off the conveyor belt into a box just for you.

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Get ‘em while they’re Hot Hoursdonuts
• 6-11 AM and 6-11 PM (or closing)
549 N. Person Street
Raleigh, NC
And what do Raleigh citizens do for fun in February?
Raleigh residents take it a step further with the annual Krispy Kreme Challenge. Although not affiliated with the Krispy Kreme company, the charity race event raises money for the NC Children’s Hospital. Begun in 2004, runners eat one dozen doughnuts (let me break it down for you—that’s 2400 calories and 144 grams of fat). The one hour race originates at the North Carolina State University Belltower and concludes through scenic downtown Raleigh at the Person Street Krispy Kreme store.
Yeah, and you can imagine the results. Only the die-hard enroll. The rest of us just enjoy watching our fellow citizens puke during the five mile course. Eight thousand participated in 2013. Almost $200,000 was raised.race

 

 

What’s your favorite kind of donut?

Cherokee Handicrafts and Keeping it Fun

CHcrafts4The Qualla Arts and Crafts Cooperative is the largest and oldest preserver of traditional Cherokee handicrafts. Here I bought the Cherokee vase which sits on my desk.

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index2But it was deep in the Snowbird, just outside of Robbinsville at Hunting Boy Wood Carving that I acquired a Billy Welch turtle. BTW, I collect wooden turtles from all the indigenous people groups of the Americas. And as my husband says, only I could go to the Snowbird to research a book on the Cherokee and meet America’s top moonshiner, Jim Tom, from the Discovery Channel’s Moonshiners.

Not only do I write adventure, I live the adventure.

But that’s a story for another day.

Here’s a wooden bear similar to Billy Welch’s wood-carving at Hunting Boy. Next time I go, I intend to add this little guy—the bear, not Billy or Jim Tom—to my collection.CHcrafts5

Other great Cherokee handicrafts—CHcrafts3

 

 

An oldie but goody place to start educating yourself on Arts and Crafts of the Cherokee—CHcrafts2

 

 

 

For more behind-the-scenes photos from Beyond the Cherokee Trail, visit https://www.pinterest.com/lisacoxcarter/beyond-the-cherokee-trail/.CHcrafts

Cherokee “Come Thou Fount” 2 minute #video

Another favorite hymn of the displaced Cherokee on the Trail of Tears—the photos in this video remind me of my travels through the wildly remote and hauntingly beautiful Snowbird backcountry of North Carolina.

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Fort Butler and the Trail of Tears

fortbutlerLocated on a hill overlooking present-day Murphy, North Carolina on the Hiwassee River, Fort Butler was the headquarters of the Eastern Division of the U.S. Army overseeing the  forced Cherokee emigration.

On a late July day, my husband and I found the remnants of Fort Butler along Hitchcock Street near Lakeside Street in what today is a private residential neighborhood. Down the hill and overlooking the river, Cherokee Street follows the former Unicoi Turnpike along which the Cherokee were marched to Fort Cass, Tennessee and on to Indian Territory as depicted in Beyond the Cherokee Trail.

By early 1838 it became clear that most Cherokee would not willingly leave their land. After a deadline in May passed, the Army prepared for forced removal. Fort Butler was enlarged with barracks, officers’ quarters, offices, shops, kitchens, and other buildings.

The military removal of the Cherokee began in Georgia in late May, but reports of abuse and mistreatment of the prisoners caused General Winifred Scott, the overall commander stationed at Fort Cass, to halt operations until early June.

Southwest North Carolina was one of the most densely populated regions of the Cherokee Nation and was believed to be rife for violent resistance. Therefore, General Scott travelled to Fort Butler in order to personally direct the roundup of Cherokee in the North Carolina.

During the early summer of 1838 more than 3,000 Cherokee prisoners from western North Carolina and northern Georgia passed through Fort Butler en route, via the Unicoi Turnpike, to the larger internment camp at Fort Cass. Unlike the long imprisonment at Fort Cass, most of the prisoners spent only a few days at Fort Butler, although some remained for a few weeks.

fortbutler1Despite the housing development, one isolated clearing in a grove of trees gives a haunting reminder of the atrocities which took place here.

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My Real Life #Inspiration for the Characters of Beyond the Cherokee Trail

I don’t often share photos of what characters from my novels look like—what they look like in my head, that is. I prefer for readers to form their own conclusions, to utilize their own unique experiences and backgrounds in forming their mind’s eye view of my characters.

While I will leave the modern-day inhabitants of fictional Cartridge Cove like Linden, Walker, Marvela and Ross to your imagination, I will share the historical photos I found which somehow launched the full-blown characters who peopled the events of the Trail of Tears portion of Beyond the Cherokee Trail.

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Kweti

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Sarah Jane and Pierce

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The family portrait of Sarah Jane, Pierce, Dr. Hopkins, Jonathan and David

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The grave

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The real LilyRose, a photo shared by Garnet Redman

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Leila Hummingbird