Saturday, April 26, 2014

Always On The Runnn

You can't have a million dollar dream with a minimum wage work ethic.

Run the day - don't let it run you!
Getting in a run {aka, "bonding time"} with #RanchstyleBeans before heading down the road Tuesday evening to chase cans with my mama & sister.

K & #RapperRed did great; winning the youth! 
Life is crazy. Life is crazy good! 

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Slow Cooker Shredded Beef Sandwiches & Broccoli Salad

Hello there.
Crock pots? Pshh yeah, I dig those!
Who doesn't love waking up in the morning, throwing a few ingredients into a pot, working all day, & coming inside to a almost forgotten, hot, hardy, DELICIOUS meal that will be sure to send you on your way to a well-rested night's sleep? Even if you do have to wake up at 1am & check heifers..
I mean, hellooooo! That's my kind of cooking.
No fuss. No rush. No worries. Yes filling. Yes easy. Yes good.
So here y'all go! These absolutely wonderful shredded beef sandwiches are sure to please any meat lover.
& the broccoli salad? I think you will be pleasantly surprised! 
Shredded Beef Sandwiches
*Crock Pot*
  • 4 Pound Sirloin Tip Roast, Cut in Half
  • 14 Ounces Beef Broth
  • 12 Ounces Beer
  • 1 Cup Water
  • 1/4 Cup Cider Vinegar
  • 1 Envelope Onion Soup Mix
  • 1 Garlic Clove, Minced
  • 1 1/2 Teaspoons Dried Oregano
  • 1 Teaspoon Basil
  • 10 Sandwich Rolls, Split
Place the sirloin tip roast into {not a small} slow cooker.

In a large liquid measuring cup, or mixing bowl, or whatever you would like to use, combine the beef broth, beer, water, cider vinegar, onion soup mix, garlic, oregano, & basil.

Pour this liquid over the roast that is patiently waiting in the crock pot.

Cook the roast on low for 7 to 8 hours.

When it is ready, lift the roast out of the crock pot & shred the meat with two forks. Once shredded, return all of the roast back to the crock pot & the lonely pool of delicious au jus.

Make sure everything is heated through & then serve on the rolls. You can also serve the sandwiches with a side of au jus {for dipping} but we didn't. It's THAT good.

Broccoli Salad
*NOT Crock Pot*

I would just like to say that this is about the only way to eat broccoli.. ;)
  • 1 Large {or} 2 Small Bunches of Broccoli, Cut Into Bite Size Florets
  • 1 Small Onion, Diced {Optional}
  • 8 Ounces Sharp Cheddar Cheese, Cubed
  • 1/2 Cup White Vinegar
  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • 1/2 Cup Warm Water
  • 1 Pound Bacon, Cooked & Crumbled
In a medium-large-ish mixing bowl, combine the oh-so-delightful-broccoli, onion, & sharp cheddar cheese.

In a small mixing bowl, whisk the white vinegar, sugar, & water, creating a sweet dressing.

Now, pour the dressing over the other broccoli-salad-components & stir it UP!

Keep the salad in the refrigerator 12 to 24 hours to let everything marry together. When you are ready to sit down & partake, add the bacon!

You may be skeptical.. I know, because I sure was! I mean, who wants to eat raw broccoli? But the bacon, cheese, & sweet dressing really does do wonders.

Saying this, I'm not for certain how healthy this actually makes the "broccoli salad"..

Hmm, oh well.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

It's a Good Sunday too.

HE HAS RISEN!! He has conquered the grave! Because HE LIVES, I too, will live!

The love, joy, peace, & hope that I get to experience every single day, because of what Jesus did for me, is something irreplaceable. Indiscribable. Something that money can not & will not ever buy. Something that an Easter bunny could not everrrrrrrrr bring. 

Wishing you all a very blessed Easter, full of love & happiness! 

{First picture is from Joseph Prince's book, Provision Promises}

You're Only A Cowgirl If…

21 Reasons:
You're Only A Cowgirl If... &
---> What It Should Also Mean
1. You can get up out of the dirt, shake the dust off, & get right back in the saddle.
---> You know what YOU have to do. Don't let people walk on you. Make no comparisons, keep your head down, & do your own thing. Haters gonna hate bro.
Get up. Show up. Never give up. 

2. You know when to send a horse to the dog-food factory.
---> Don't let your loyalty become your slavery. Don't let negativity drown your joy. 

3. You see more sunrises than mid-night moons.
---> What you do today is important, because you are exchanging a day of your life for it. Live by who you want to be rather than who you say you want to be.
Basically, shut up & get'r done.
"You can't build a reputation on what you are going to do." ~Henry Ford 

4. You kill your own rattle-snakes.
---> Feel the fear & do it anyway. 

5. Even when life is flying by at 90mph, you still have peace & happiness.
---> Enjoy the pure simplicities of life. Like shaved legs & clean sheets.. am I right ladies?

6. You would rather listen to George Strait & Chris LeDoux than Luke Bryan & Jason Aldean.
---> Just because someone tells you that those jalapenos aren't spicy, doesn't necessarily mean it's true. You'll want to try them for yourself, right? Just because the rest of America says that "country" music is country, doesn't necessarily mean it's real country. Yeah, I went there. Don't be conformed to the limited thinking of what other people say you should listen to, where you should go, or who you should be. Don't automatically believe everything you hear. Do your own research. Be informed & up-to-date. Come to your own conclusions & make your own decisions. 

7. You would rather wear ball caps & boots than hairspray & heels.
---> Wear whatcha want & own it. Be comfortable, practical, sharp & classy.
Every dang day. 

8. You can hold your own, changing tires, breaking colts, or wrestling calves.
---> Know your stuff & have it together. Be strong, willing, & confident, but not cocky. If you have to tell people that you're all that & a bag of chips, you're probably not. 

9. You would rather have a steak than a salad for dinner.
---> This is quite simple. The west wasn't won on salad. Eat some BEEF. 

10. If you still have to call your dad, grandma, or customer service at Classic Equine to ask for help.
---> Asking questions does not mean you are weak. Be humble enough to know that you're not BETTER than anyone else, but be smart enough to know that you're DIFFERENT from the rest. When you stop learning, you stop growing. 

11. You can still flash a big, friendly smile despite how much blood, sweat, & dirt is plastered to your face.
---> Just smile. It could totally turn around someone's day. 

12. You can catch your own horse, saddle up, get the goose out, & get to where you are going in a relatively short amount of time.
---> If there's a job to be done, don't be standing around picking your nose & shootin' the breeze. There is a time & place for nice Sunday-strolls. Like, on Sunday. 

13. You're always packin'.
---> Don't be naive. Protect yourself & your family. Know your rights & what you believe. 

14. You make the fact that, family is everything, evident in your home & your life.
---> Family IS everything. Show some love to those you love. 

15. At this very moment, your kitchen floor needs swept & there are at least 3 loads of laundry that need to be done.
---> Don't stress. You do LIVE there. Besides, the best days, full of the greatest memories, often end with the dirtiest clothes.

16. You always have a pocket knife & chap stick. As well as anything else you may need including; coats, hats, snacks & water, a halter, fencing pliers, a calculator, pony tails, duct tape & WD-40, a dog rope, & a wide variety of over the counter drugs.
---> Always be prepared. It's better to have it & not need it, than to need it & not have it. 

17. Your favorite movies, star John Wayne.
---> Know a good man from a bad one. Appreciate the good ones.
18. Your last "snow day" {where you could totally relax & do nothing} was in elementary school.
---> Know how blessed you are to be able to work as hard as you do. 

19. When shopping, you can't buy "cute girl-clothes" because the arms never fit.
---> As mentioned in #18, you work hard. You're strong. You have muscles. Your arms are not fat. 

20. You always count, everything. Whether it's kids, cows, horses, elk, ducks, shopping carts, gas pumps, or jugs of milk at the grocery store.
---> Just as soon as you don't count, someone is going ask how many there were. "Uhhhhh.."

21. You have to have shoes that "you wear at home" & shoes that you "can wear to town".
---> If you don't have a definite distinction between these two, you will smell like cow**** as you are walking through the library & sitting in choir practice. My bad..

Putting aside all cows & horses, it's not what you wear,
it's what kind of a person you are; it's what's inside that counts.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Baby Calves & Little Sisters

This is Petunia {AKA; #23, born Sunday night}.
She's a feisty one! But so dang cute, it's not even funny.
I tend to be a bit giddy about these things though.

I am a little late with this one, but last Thursday was National Sibling Day!
So, this is myself & my wonderful sibling.
K may be 4 years younger, but I look up to her in so many ways.
I joke that I am going to stuff her in a suitcase & take her with me to college this fall, because she not only ALWAYS has my back, but my front too. 
I don't know how I am going to hold myself together without her by my side.
Tons of love & hugs to you, my dear :)

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Oh Baby!


We had our first two calves on the ranch last Friday!  
The first, #15, was born around 1am,
& the second, #3 {pictured}, was born around 10am.
Note; the bailing-twine, in these pictures, WAS piled up in the corner of the shed*, but of course, by morning, the heifers had it all over the place.
*One can not simply, throw away bailing-twine.

We moved this happy pair back out to pasture the next morning.

There is nothing sweeter than a mama cow talking to her new baby.
Always makes my heart happy.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Healthier Version of a Chicken Salad Sandwich

Courtesy of Pinterest & - this Greek Yogurt Chicken Salad Sandwich has my ranch-girl stamp of approval.

  • 1 Pound Cooked Chicken Breast, Shredded
  • 1/2 Cup Diced Onion
  • 1/2 Cup Diced Apple
  • 2/3 Cup Grapes, Halved
  • 1/3 Cup Dried Cranberries
  • 1/4 Cup Sliced or Slivered Almonds
  • 1/2 Cup Plain Greek Yogurt
  • 1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice, or More, To Taste
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • Salt & Pepper To Taste
  • Desired Bread or Roll, Toasted 
In a large mixing bowl, combine the chicken, onion, apple, grapes, cranberries, & almonds. In a small bowl mix together the Greek yogurt, lemon juice, garlic powder, salt & pepper.

Then add the yogurt mixture into the chicken salad & stir it up. Stir it up, stir it up, stir it up!

Should make 4-ish delicious sandwiches!

Friday, April 4, 2014

They say it's spring..

As I am sure I have stated before, Wyoming springs are NOT sunny & 75.
Usually.. Usually, it's still cooold until like the middle of May.

Speaking of which, we actually just got dumped on with some good wet snow!

Not your topical #WhiteGirlSelfie.. No Starbucks way out yonder!

 So for the love of chinks & coffee & green grass to come, stay warm & cozy, my peeps! Enjoy this day that The Lord has made!

Always be sure to spread a little sunshine wherever you may roam.

Xo - J

Thursday, April 3, 2014

K & T-Man's Second Ride

My sister K & her two year old horse {Truman} go together like..
Peanut butter & jelly.
Macaroni & cheese
A worn out t-shirt & jeans.
Clean dogs & fresh mud.
Pretty sure you get the point.

Kate has done such a great job starting Truman on all of his ground work! This last week she was able to ride him for the second time ever{the first time this spring}.

The first ride was last fall, with my dad lunging her {while in shorts & flip flops..haha}.. Let me tell ya, real bronc-y. Not!

Truman did awesome! Such a sweetheart! K is going to love him forever & ever. 

We always have someone lunge our "babies" when we ride them for the first couple of times. It just insures that in case something goes south, the person on the ground still has control of the horse. Ground work seems like it takes longer in order to "make a horse", but it actually saves a ton time in the long run! Nobody around this joint has time to be banged-up & broken-down.

 What beauties!

For all of you horse-bloodline-savy people;

"Trueman" is by our stud "Wyoming Joe",

& out of one of our mares, "Sweet Wyo Chick",

who is by our {now gelding} "Wyo Blue Kid".

Got all of that?

K took these last two pictures of myself & my gorgeous mama. 

I can't wait to start my two year old {Rock N Roll Roni} too! So blessed to live the life I do! 

Happy {supposedly} spring y'all!