Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Wordless Wed., and Where I've been

Canoe Journey! This is where I have been. Well, not quite yet, but we leave on July 20th. It is the month or so before hand that gets pretty hectic! We have busily been preparing for about 3 months now, but since the beginning of June we have franctically been sewing dancing shawls, vests for the men, and dresses for the little girls. We have been practicing our singin, dancing, and paddling. We have been working on food lists, camping supplies, gear, etc. There is a lot of work involved in two weeks of camping/traveling with a group of 100+! I am beat and we haven't even left yet! I will update you on our journey as much as I can and when I return, I will get back to blogging!

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

               Tasty Tuesday: Venison Marinade

We eat a lot of wild foods. We love deer and elk, clams, oysters,salmon, trout, grouse, pheasant, even bear!  We are not huge fans of non-native species such as beef, goat, lamb, chicken, and pork.Every so often I do love a good chicken breast or a medium rare steak, don't get me wrong, it is good! It just isn't what our bodies were made to eat. Many people do not realize that westerner's have only been on the West Coast for around 200 years. That is just a blink of an eye in history. West Coast Native's are "new" at eating carbohydrate's, processed foods, spices, dairy,  and foreign meats. Studies have shown that this is a major cause of Diabete's amongst Native Americans. Sugars are horribly unhealthy for us as our bodies never had them untill recently. We don't have the ability to process and digest these types of foods like other's may have. Perhaps in a few more centuries evolution will enable us to better handle carbs, starches, sugar, etc., but for now, I prefer to feed my family as "native" as I can. It was what we were made to eat. It was what the Great Spirit gave us to eat. With that said, here is an awesome marinade I want to share. For those of you who love venison, you will love this! For those who don't as much, you will still love this! We used this particular marinade on some fresh backstraps, then barbequed it. It was the yummiest thing ever! If you are not a huge fan of the gamey taste that venison can have, never fear, this marinade took the game taste out! Well, here it is!

                                                        Venison Marinade
                                    1/4 cup of Balsamic Vinegar
                                       1/4 cup of Soy Sauce
                                   6 tablespoons of Sesame Oil
                                   2 Tablespoons of Corn Starch

Mix all ingredients, marinate it, enjoy! Seriously, you will be surprised at how these simple ingredients taste!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Wordless Wed. Learning to eat independantly!(Yogurt face cream and hair gel)

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

                          Steamer Clamming: Wordless Wed.!

 The whole Fam Damily!


Mary and Tahoma (actually standing together!)

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

        To all the Mothers of the World

You are the women of the world
You are the daughters of the Earth
You are the Promise of Tomorrow
You are the Mother's of  Today

We are the women of the world
We are the daughter's of the Earth
We are the Promise of Tomorrow
We are the Mother's of Today

This is a Beautiful song that is sung during our Annual Tribal Canoe Journey. It is sung along with drums in a beautiful melody. When it is sung they call all the mother's down to the floor to sing along and be honored in front of all.  The men sing the first set of verse, and the women the second. It is quite moving and I always get goose bumps.  I felt it befitting in honor of Mother's Day. I am fortunate to come from a Culture that is Matrilineal. This means that women are highly respected and often looked upon as the leaders, wisdom keepers, and the backbone of the people. The women in our culture are strong and are encouraged to seek educations and strive to do whatever they want to do. The women in my culture are looked upon with great respect and viewed as the reason we are still a people. This Mother's day I took a drive to visit my backbone, my honored and respected elder, my grandmother. We had a beautiful visit and I left feeling honored to have her and proud to be from her. I love you Grandma! You are beautiful. Happy Mother's Day to all and take the time to feel proud to be a Daughter of the Earth and a Woman of this world! After all, we are the Promise of Tomorrow....

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

                   Letting go.....Wordless Wed.

A while back I wrote about my love for our old house and my not so love of our new house. I still suffer from this problem. It is getting a little better each day, but I am still letting go. I still get homesick. Really bad homesick. It is the worst kind of homesick, because I know I can't ever go back home. Someone new lives there now. I fantasize that someday I will buy my old house back  and move back. I don't necessarily want to live in that town or state again, just the house.  I have finally stopped taking the old living room curtains out of the box (they didn't fit in our new windows) and smelling them just to get a whiff of the old house. I have finally stopped trying to put away our stuff in the new house exactly how it was in the old house, it isn't working. Slowly but surely I will heal, but it has been hard. It may seem weird to some of you, but I was really attached to that house. It was the first house my husband and I owned together. It was the first house I lived in and made into a home as a wife. I raised my kids there, most of them. It was an old house with character which I love. My husband says it was haunted. Not the kind of haunted with ghosts, but he says the house itself posessed me to love it so much that it hurts...hmmm. He has a point, because it still physically hurts sometimes just thinking about it. I am posting a few photos of my love hoping that it will help my process of letting go....It isn't even the most beautiful of homes, but it was home. And here are a bunch of words for my Wordless Wednesday. I tried not to ramble but it didn't work.

Some details I miss...

View from the Window Seat...
 Grape Arbor...

The Woods behind the house...

My Room...I miss you so much!

Monday, April 30, 2012

                I Attended the Great Cloth Diaper Change! 

I have been wanting to attend for a while now, but it seems something always came up. This year I set myself a goal to attend and followed through. I attended the Diaper Change nearest me in Centralia, Washington. It was at a cute little consignment shop called The Changing Table.  I took Maybelle of course and my daughter Mary went along as well. It was a girl day!  We had so much fun and met quite a few other cloth mothers. It was nice for me especially because I live in a Rural area, and I only know a small handful of mom's who use cloth in my town. Actually just two others.  I try to recruit and convert as much as possible though, so hopefully there will be more in the near future.

 Here is Maybelle playing Peek a Boo with the other babies while waiting for it to be time for the change.

Time for the Great Cloth Diaper Change!!!!

I have a feeling though, that this time next year she may be potty training. This may have been my first and last Great Cloth Diaper Change....unless I borrow a baby, or host my own! It really did feel good to be a part of this and I really hope that it helps bring the importance of Cloth Diapering to light. I also hope it continues to be a yearly event and grows to even more cities and countries across the world.