Everytime I go somewhere and come back I find that my photos are slightly improved. I tried to capture the textures and roughness of this old mining road in Joshua Tree. I didn't get it exact, but I got pretty close and for that, I am thankful.
#greenbeancasserole#thanksgiving2017#palmsprings#desertdweller .. this NYTimesFood recipe for this holiday icon elevates this casserole from the canned mushroom and frozen peas to fresh haricot vert, shiitake mushrooms and my own cream base using a roux and freshly grated parmigiano... this ain’t your throwback side dish lol
We took the family on a hike this morning just to offset the caloric gain from today’s activities. I ate my weight in prime rib (not a 🦃 fan) and green bean casserole and we went early BF shopping. We bought a karaoke machine because #yolo . All in all, a successful T Day. So much to be thankful for and all of which is under my roof. Hope you all had a wonderful thanksgiving, friends!
Today is a day for celebrating family, harvest, and history. Since I didn't have a garden this year, and my family is far away, I thought the most appropriate thing to do would be to see some Native American ruins to celebrate white people fucking shit up as usual. The sights I saw today are pre- Colombian era, but they sill made me think of how awful it must have been to have people take the land that you love, live and depend on from you for no other reason than saying “mine”. To have someone disrespect your gods, your ceremonies, and the most precious thing anyone can encounter; the earth. To riddle your family and community with disease and to eventually trap your great great great grandchildren with poverty and abuse. Must have been awful! Good thing we are past all that now. ( psst that’s sarcasm) These dwellings, Montezuma Castle, Tuzigoot, and Montezuma Well we’re inhabited by the Sinagua people sometime around the 15th century. We don’t know why the Sinagua people abandoned their homes, possible conflict and drought are two common theories. The Sinagua were people that cherished the land around them, the sun above them, and especially the water which supplied them with life. Each of the sites I visited today were amazing in their own ways. Yet the similarities between sites are what get me the most excited. From the sites in Peru to the sites here in Arizona people made shelter, stored food, channeled water, worshiped agriculture, read the skies and the stars, and created space to gather and share.
As you gather and share today with your families and tribe, take a que from half of the people ( probably over half if you think about it) that came together to make this into a holiday (according to hallmark and elementary history books) be kind to one another, share with one another, learn from the past and prepare for the future, respect Mother Earth and all her power, educate each other. And if you see a strange person who is new to our country, welcome them to this beautiful land. #thanksgiving#thankful#nativeamerican#nativeamericanruins#history#arizona#cliffdwellings#wow#desert#desertdweller#hike#trail#oldstuff#houses
In 1 word, what are you grateful for this holiday season?!
I am grateful for so many things...family, health, my husbands career, and for all of you. Without my customers I wouldn’t be successful. I take great joy in seeing you all light up when your packages arrive or you see those custom orders. That’s why I do what I do - for you ❤️ #mtntopsdesigns#thanksgiving2017#grateful
However you choose to celebrate Thanksgiving, it’s a good day to remind yourself to be grateful. We’re so thankful for all of you, your support, and words of encouragement as we embark on this new venture! Happy Thanksgiving from Desert Provisions!
Nick and I have been having a real hard time this past couple of weeks. Roxanne is stagnant, with the breaks being fired and the battery constantly dying.. bills from previous contracts we had before moving out here.. lack of finances and just trying to figure out how this whole nomad thing works. We both miss Home, but not for Home itself.. it’s the stability and the comfort we knew we had. Isn’t that how most people live? Stable and comfortable. We moved out here to break away from that, and I can’t lie and say that it hasn’t been frustrating trying to figure out an adventure life style. I’m thankful for nick and sedona everyday.. because even though a new day is filled with the unknown, they are the comfort and stability I need to feel okay. .
When you see two massive guard dogs in the middle of the Mojave Desert, you pull the heck over. There is no record of how these 7 foot, two thousand pound statues got here or what they stand to protect. But we signed the weathered logbook with our names and a note, left behind a treasure and got back on the road. #secretsofthedesert
Exactly four years ago today, I said goodbye to some amazing ladies at my first real job out of college. I also happened to twin it hardcore that day, too. The next morning I hit the road for Arizona to be a #desertdweller 🌵@allichenry_ @tania_ayla_riri @jwilliac