Saturday, April 28, 2012

Short & Sweet

I have to say I never knew that there were SO many blogs about this wonderful rural life! I had absolutely no clue! It's awesome though! It's so nice to read about real people that are doing the same stuff that I am! Everything from cooking & crafts to cows & dogs.. I never really experienced that when I went to public school.

Thank you for making my day, every time I get on here!
That is all.(:
Hope no one has to pull any calves this weekend!


Friday, April 27, 2012

Fearless Friday!

Howdy Ho!
It has been quite eventful around here lately... we are at the beginning of calving a bunch of AI'd heifers in 13 days along with our other heifers that are spread out over 45-ish days. This is our first year we have ever had any AI'd heifers, so it will definitely be a whole new experience for all of us. We have only had to pull one calf (which I did!) so that's good! Hopefully we don't have to pull any more!

Lately I have been packin' my camera around wherever I go. It seems like whenever I don't have it, I need it! So here are some of the photos that I have taken just because I have actually had my camera with me(:
Honestly, I enjoy telling a story or event by photos, instead of words, it's just more fun for me.

Rice Krispy Break!

 I have been super busy with my bandannas (perfect for summer) & jewelery! Having quite a few orders come in, but I'm having a lot of fun doing them!

 I decided I don't really care for jarred spaghetti sauce.. obviously after having homemade sauce.

- Gem -
One Lean, Mean, Cow Bitin' Machine.

 My mom decided that my sister & I had to each make breakfast once a week, so this Wednesday, I made Sweet Cheese Tortillas... yummo!

Prairie Golden Peas smeellll soooo good!

Gotta do whatcha gotta do.

Have a fantastic Friday everyone!

Monday, April 23, 2012

Sweet Summertime!

This is one of my most favorite times of year for a number of reasons!

We humans, enjoy "change", it makes life interesting. So with new babies, birds, flowers, & leaves, we naturally get excited about spring & summer.

There is something about 70 degree weather that makes you want to get rid of every old, outdated, stained, or worn out..anything & go shopping! Not for beach dresses, but long sleeve button up shirts & riding socks. But if you need it to rain, just get the windows sparkling with cleanliness... it'll rain.

I love branding time. Most girls would shrink back with disgust at the smell of burning hair & calf poop. Well obviously, I'm not "normal", so I dive right in. When I was going to public school, branding was "the thing" that insured that we were almost done with school & summer was upon us, where I could spend all day outside. Branding is like a holiday for me, because most of the family comes out to help & since we are actually outside doing stuff, we make so many more memories than if we were sitting in the house. Oh, & FOOD! We actually have specific recipes that we only have at branding time.. which I will share later. (:

Horses. Big & Sassy. Young & Frisky. I have to relearn how to ride every year. After 4 or 5 months off, running full speed around 3 barrels, each at 360 degrees, isn't the easiest thing to do. But it only takes me about a week to feel right at home, like I never took a break. While getting the horses ready to haul & run, we are also using them all over the ranch, gathering, sorting, & chasing open heifers. New year, new potential; which always makes me excited.

One thing I really enjoy about summer is tanning. Let me clarify that I have never been to a tanning salon, with fake sun. I have plenty of sun right here, in fact, my world's so bright I wear sunglasses to bed. I prefer laying on the deck with a towel, smothered in oil. That's just how we do it way out in the sticks.

I hope you live each beautiful day to the fullest!
Face each project head on & tackle every opposition with determination!
Fear's main goal is to stop us.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Simple Sticky Buns

Some legit yumminess allll up in here.. Perfect for a weekend breakfast or brunch! & they go fabulously with bacon, bacon, bacon!

  • 2 loaves (1 lb.) frozen bread dough, thawed; or 24 frozen dinner rolls, thawed
  • Cinnamon, to taste
  • 1/2 c. butter
  • 1 c. brown sugar
  • 5.9 oz. pkg. cook & serve vanilla pudding mix
  • 2 T. milk
  • 1 c. chopped pecans
  • 1/2 c. raisins, optional
If using loaves;
Cut each loaf into 18 pieces & arrange 1/2 of the dough in a greased 13X9" pan, then sprinkle the dough with cinnamon. In saucepan, over low, melt butter. Remove from heat & stir in sugar, pudding mix & milk. Pour sauce evenly over dough then sprinkle with nuts & raisins. Arrange other half of dough over the top then cover & refrigerate, overnight, or let stand at room temperature for 3 hours. Bake at 350 degrees, uncovered, for 35 minutes or until center sounds hollow. Once done, invert buns onto a baking sheet.

If using rolls;
Cut each roll in half & arrange half of the rolls in a greased 13X9" pan & sprinkle with cinnamon. In saucepan, over low, melt butter then remove from heat & stir in sugar, pudding mix & milk. Pour evenly over dough & sprinkle with nuts & raisins. Arrange the other half of rolls over top. Cover dish & refrigerate overnight or let stand at room temperature for 3 hours. Cook, uncovered, at 350 degrees for 35 minutes or until center sounds hollow. Once done, invert buns onto a baking sheet.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

A Girl's Best Friend

My horse's feet are as swift as rolling thunder,
He carries me away from all my fears.
And when the world threatens to fall asunder,
His mane is there to wipe away my tears.
-Bonnie Lewis

We have a ton of horses, possibly too many ( who's counting), but there will always be my favorites..

Gus -
A brown gelding who is 11 years young & my main man! If it can be unchained, opened, spilled, or knocked over, Gus has done it. But really, that's what makes Gus, Gus. He's my buddy & I love him to death. He has a super calm disposition & is pretty much always asleep. BUT he does enjoy going fast... Sometimes his brain tries to go faster that his legs can move.. & that can potentially get a little ugly.
He is my "first horse" & is teaching me SO much. He's the kind of horse where I can't pitch him the reins & think he'll work. I have to constantly ride him, everywhere. In my mind, I can't assume that he'll work, I have to make sure he does, but I wouldn't want any other horse to begin on. If I had an automatic barrel horse, where I could just "be along for the ride", I wouldn't learn anything.
Gus is my friend.
I feel safe around him.
I trust him.
I'm confident on him,
& I respect him as my partner. 
I'm not having quick success barrel racing, but I know I'm learning so much that will benefit me in the long run.
Gus has helped spark my passion, that has engulfed my whole inner self & he'll always have a special place in my heart.

Beans -
Funny name, I know, but it fits him to a T. Beans is 4 years old & about 14.2 hands... quite the elevation difference compared to Gus, who is 15.2.
I broke him last summer & was able to put a good month on him before turning him back out for the winter. He is a really strong horse for his size, who has a whole lot of grit, moves like an athlete & is very collected.
He is also super cowy! Last fall I was riding around the corrals on him & we had a couple cows in, before I knew it, he pinned his ears, took off & bit one. I was overjoyed. He definitely has "working" on his mind!

Beans, likes to know what you're doing. Not your plans, but like what you're drinking, or what kind of granola bar you have that day... kind of a dork, but I love it! He has a huge personality!
Building that trust & respect relationship with Beans, while he is still young, is what I'm trying to do now. I want to build a strong foundation, that way if he ever falls apart for some reason, I always have something to fall back on & rebuild again.

Quite often the absence of immediate success is the mark of a genuine call.
-Bruce Larson; My Creator, My Friend

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Problems I Have With ♂'s

  1. I really do have a life.
  2. Big egos are the most unattractive things in the world. I am not a therapist, nor do I want to be. So, I do not care for you to contact me to talk about nothing but yourself. I am not flattered whatsoever.
  3. Daddy Issues - If you aren't man enough to meet my father, keeeeep walkin'. He is an Amazing man who will always be very important to me.
  4. Guys who A) don't make an effort or, B) refuse to come see me because of the distance, will find no time in my daily life. I don't have time to just, "Come in real quick".
  5. Trying to fufill both roles of ganster & cowboy ain't right. Either buy some pants that fit or loose the boots.
  6. I live on a ranch. If I smell like horse poop & sweat, deal with it. It's who I am & I'm most confident that way.
  7. I break, train, & ride horses. I have a low tolorance for crap. I don't let them walk all over me. You better believe that the same goes for you.
  8. I understand your predicament, but I don't care to go out with your mother, so I don't care for her to be making plans concerning you & I.
  9. You call or text, letting me know if I want to do something together, to contact you... grow a pair & put in some effort. If you don't, I won't.
  10. Got problem with liars, period. If you'll lie about the little things, nothing makes me think you won't lie about the big things.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Facin' The Fear

2012 Heifer #9 is goin' down in my record books.

For a good 45 minutes, all you could see were feet. She was dang sure going to need some help.

I didn't want to do it, 'cause I was honestly quite scared, but my dad talked me into it anyway... 

Thank God that the calf was coming right, because he was a biggin'. Dad was there, showing me how, every step of the way. Leaning his fatherly understanding, that only he can give.

& I did it!

It felt good to hear the baby start to breathe & the mama moo. You know you've helped life enter this world.

Now, according to my dad I can officially say that I am a real cowgirl.
Hey, I've pulled my first calf! I think I'll name him, Franklin.

It wasn't as bad as it sounds & I'm definitely glad that I did it. All I can say, is that he better not kick me when branding comes around.. otherwise his name might change, reeeal quick...

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

This Is Why...

Many people don't understand,
why I love this rugged land.
When the sun is burning hot,
it seems all of the bugs will never be fought.
Then later at night,
the moon is the brightest light.
All of the blood, sweat, & tears seem to fade,
when just one good horse is made.
The blistering wind & harsh cold,
is what makes Wyoming big & bold.
When I lay down at dark,
I know one day, I'll make my mark.
It's teaching me how to be strong & tough
when the days get long & rough.
When I smell like horses, dirt, & sweat,
there's never a fret.
When I'm tired & want to quit,
the fire inside is once again lit.
Where I never have to hear a car on the street,
& hooves are the only beat.
Our dogs are the funnest I know,
& the birds are sure to say, "Hello."
I thank God for giving me such a home,
where I too, am able to roam.


Monday, April 9, 2012

Shredded French Dips *Slow Cooker

Need dinner plans? No worries, I got your back. These are delicious!
  • 1 boneless beef chuck (3 lb.), trimmed & halved
  • 1 can condensed French onion soup
  • 1 can condensed beef consomme
  • 1 con condensed beef broth
  • 1 t. beef bouillon granules
  • 8 to 10 French or Italian rolls
Place roast in crock pot. Combine soups & bouillon together, then pour over roast. Cook on low for 6 to 8 hrs. When done, shred meat with 2 forks & serve on rolls. Skim excess fat off the juices & then serve the juice in bowls for dipping.
Makes 8 to 10 servings.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Iced Coffeeeeeeee! :))

Am I the only one who can hear the angels singing?
  • 1 pound Ground Coffee (good, Rich Roast)
  • 8 quarts cold water
  • Half-and-half (healthy splash per serving)
  • Sweetened Condensed Milk (2-3 T. per serving)
Note: You can use Skim Milk, 2% Milk, Whole Milk, sugar, artificial sweeteners, syrups.. just adapt to your liking!
This recipe makes a ton of coffee, so you can always halve or.. halve again, if this is your first time & you aren't sure you'll like it.
In a large container (Sam's Club has 12 qt. containers that work well), mix ground coffee with water. Cover & allow to sit at room temperature for 8 hours, or overnight.
Line a fine mesh strainer with 3 layers of cheesecloth & set over a pitcher, or other container. Pour coffee/water mixture through the strainer, allowing all liquid to run through.. be patient people. Discard grounds. Then place coffee liquid in the fridge & allow to cool. Use as needed.
To make iced coffee, pack a glass full of ice cubes*. Fill glass 2/3 full with coffee liquid. Add healthy splash of half-and-half, or other milk, & add 2-3 tablespoons sweetened condensed milk, or other sweetener, & stir to combine. Taste & adjust half-and-half and/or sweetened condensed milk as needed.
Iced Coffee should be frigid! Not sorta, pretty cold. That's why it's ICED Coffee. 

*You can make coffee ice cubes so your iced coffee doesn't get deluted.

(Fom The Pioneer Woman - The Pioneer Woman's Perfect Iced Coffee)

Saturday, April 7, 2012

This one's for the girls!

I am reading a book called, The Confident Woman, by, Joyce Meyer - ( and thought I would share this little excerpt that you moms would probably relate to...

Going To Bed
Mom and Dad were watching TV when Mom said, "I'm tired, and it's getting late. I think I'll go to bed." She went to the kitchen to make sandwiches for the next day's lunches, rinsed out the dessert bowls, took meat out of the freezer for supper the following evening, checked the cereal box levels, filled the sugar container, put spoons and bowls on the table and started the coffee pot for brewing the next morning. She then put some wet clothes in the dryer, put a load of clothes into the wash, ironed a shirt and sewed on a loose button. She picked up the game pieces left on the table and put the telephone book back into the drawer.
She watered the plants, emptied a wastepaper basket and hung up a towel to dry. She yawned and stretched and headed for the bedroom. She stopped by the desk and wrote a note to the teacher, counted out some cash for the school outing, and pulled a textbook out from under the chair. She signed a birthday card for a friend, addressed and stamped the envelope and wrote a quick list for the supermarket. She put both near her purse.
Mom then creamed her face, put on moisturizer, brushed and flossed her teeth and trimmed her nails. Hubby called, "I thought you were going to bed." "I'm on my way," she said. She put some water into the dog's bowl and put the cat outside, then made sure the doors were locked. She looked in on each of the children and turned out a bedside lamp, hung up a shirt, threw some dirty socks in the laundry basket, and had a brief conversation with the one child still up doing homework. In her own room, she set the alarm, laid out clothing for the next day, and straightened up the shoe rack. She added three things to her list of things to do for the next day.
About that time, the hubby turned off the TV and announced to no one in particular "I'm going to bed." And he did.
Men have a lot of wonderful strengths and as we have already stated in this book they have abilities that we don't have, but we are definitely not "the weaker sex."

Here's the bottom line: Men need women, and women need men.

Friday, April 6, 2012

I. Work. Out.

Working out is, almost, kinda, sorta like therapy...

I punch & kick as hard as I want.
I jump to the ceiling.
I sing loud & yell louder.

I can't ever expect my horses to perform at their top game if I don't expect just as much effort from myself. I want to do everything in my power to ensure the best results I can get. I don't want one little thing keeping me from the ultimate goal. I'm very determined & don't let anything get in my way. If I have to get up a 5:45am. in order to get it done, okay. Bring it. I work very hard at doing my best & there are absolutely no excuses. I want to train myself according to the standards I have set, for being the best competitor I can be.
Nothing great has been & nothing great can be accomplished without passion.
- Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Tell me that I can't do it.
Tell me that I shouldn't even try.
Tell me its impossible.
Tell me the risk is to high, the challenge to much, or the feat to tough.
Tell me that I won't do it & I will.

Check out - Say I Won't