Sadie #2

As I relaxed in my chair after dinner, my little 7 yr old, Sadie, snuggled up to me. 

After a long day that included waittressing at the local cafe, shoveling 60 bushels of free corn meal that had been dumped on the highway, cleaning the house, hanging laundry, etc, I was tired….

 

Laying her little head on my shoulder and wrapping her arms around my waist, she said in her sweet, 7 yr old voice,

“Mommy, you smell like a french fry….”

Published in: on January 9, 2009 at 8:34 am  Leave a Comment  

Cowboy Caviar

Despite the title, this dish has absolutely nothing to do with fish eggs. 

I personally don’t know any self respecting cowboy that would eat fish eggs… now calf nuts, that’s a different story…

 

If you know of any, please let me live in ignorance….K?

This is party food, Super bowl food, BBQ in the back yard food, and super, super easy– qualifications that make every cowboy I know swoon with joy….do cowboys swoon?  Okay, jump with joy…….

 

Plus, Shhh, don’t tell the cowboys, but it’s actually good for you!

Until you get deep fried pieces of corn chip and dip it in it, but you can’t be good all the time…..

 

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Black-eyed peas are very high in protein and give such a great flavor and texture….make sure and rinse them thoroughly to minimize those negative effects that those crazy beans can bring on…..

 

Course, cowboys don’t usually care too much– it’s those around them that have to put up with singeing blue flame emanating from derrieres……and the hysterical laughter….

 

Open both cans of black-eyed peas and dump into serving bowl. Drain corn well and add into bowl as well.  I’m using my lovely heavy pottery bowl to serve it in-don’t remember where I got it, but it’s my favorite dip bowl….

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Add one can of Rotel tomatoes, undrained- I used the kind with lime juice and cilantro….

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At this point,  you could add black beans as well, or chopped avocado, or anything your little heart desires…..these recipes are always open to interpretation…. we have even added cooked, chopped chicken and turned this into a salad….Yummy!

 

 

 

Have your 7 yr old squeeze the juice of one lime into the bowl, complete with grunting and running commentary on how tough squeezing the lime is…..

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It’s not quite the same without the commentary…..but if you don’t have a 7 yr old handy, it will still taste good, I promise….

 

She begged me to let her help, I promise….

 

 

 

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Finely mince cloves of garlic….I used 6 or 7, but if you don’t want to ward off vampires in your sleep, like I do, you might want to use less…… add to bowl along with loosely chopped fresh cilantro…..

 

Recipe actually calls for fresh parsley as well, but I didn’t have any on hand, and didn’t miss it– so if you want to save a little cash, skip the parsley….

 

 

Bowl should look like this right about now— look at those colors….it’s like a still life…..pottery with peas…..Ok, maybe not….

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Stir well, sprinkle in a little kosher salt to taste, maybe a little pepper if you are feeling adventurous…..

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And serve with crisp, crunchy chips….I just ate half a bowl of this and looking at it still makes my mouth water…..

 

 

Course, if you are trying to do New Years Resolutions, like I so diligently am… (ha, ha, ha, he, he, he, ha, ha…*wipes eyes*…ok, I’m back now) you can serve this with veggies to dip it out with, or even all by it’s little lonesome self….

But I promise you, those cowboys will not be near as happy……

 

 

If you would like to see a different variation on this recipe, check out Pioneer Woman’s blog under Cooking

Warm fire, Hot coffee, Comfy couch….

There is nothing I like better in the winter than a warm fire, a comfy couch and a hot cup of coffee. 

This is because I have usually just spent a significant chunk of time in the freezing wind and horizontal snow, breaking ice in water troughs, pitching hay, fixing fence, feeding chickens, etc….

I know, I know- I have your full sympathy…..Thank God for laptops or I would never get anything done…..

This is my nesting time of year….the time to get paperwork done, to seach for supplies for the next spring, to maybe squeeze in reading a good book or too…Spring, summer and fall are so busy and hectic– this is our time to renew and refresh–

 

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This is normally the winter scene from my kitchen window–except for this year, which has been unusually dry– still brutally cold though….

This was our first winter storm on the prairie two years ago…..Wow, were we ever in shock and awe!

 

 

But, alas, the fire does not magically appear in my hearth with the flick of a switch, and as much as I think that I would appreciate the convenience, there is just something lost in the experience. 

There would be no ash to empty, smoke in the house, sawdust on the floor, boxes of newspaper waiting to burn, ash on the floor, smoke in the living room, embers on the floor–

 

Wait, how does that switch fireplace work again?!?

 

Unfortunately, here on the prairie, trees are not quite as plentiful as they are in other places and we must make the pilgrimage 30 miles southeast to our friend’s house…..he has a dead forest in his back pa080sture and could hardly contain his glee when we asked if we could come and cut wood….

 

The tradeoff for a warm house is worth the free pasture clearing that he receives in return– plus, we buy hay from him too…

 I did think the back flip and jumping jacks were a bit over the top, though…..

 

 (I love this shot….for reasons I won’t go into now….suffice it to say, my man can do anything!)

 

And, it’s character building for our kids…..I can’t wait til they get to college….

I can just picture them sitting in their dorm room with their new roommate….

“What?!?!? You didn’t have to cut wood to keep your house warm?  You got to sit around and play Wii all day?  Whats a Wii?  You didn’t have to pitch hay to your horses when it was 5 degrees below zero?!?  You didn’t have to scoop pig poop outta your barn on 100 degree days?!?  I gotta call my mom!”

 

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Look at them…..so innocent, so unaware, so happy…..

 

They are soooo gonna need therapy…….. we don’t have a college fund, we have a therapy fund….

 

 

 

 

The results of a hard days work– wish it lasted more than two weeks– but hey, for two weeks I have that enclosed porch I’ve always wished for!

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The pay008off for a hard days work….. in addition to the above mentioned warm fire, hot coffee and comfy couch…..

Sadie

Sadie (7)- “Did you know that they sell underwear attached to socks?”

McKenna (10)- “Sadie, that’s called long underwear!”

Published in: on December 28, 2008 at 7:52 pm  Comments (1)  
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A Baby Changes Everything….(Guest Post)

Check out this guest post, written by my friend, Marie Foote–

“Your life will never be the same again.”

I lost count of person after person saying that at baby showers I attended. I understood it in my own way, appreciated it from a distance, but wasn’t really “ready” to have everything change my independent life.

Keep Reading….

Published in: on December 16, 2008 at 1:34 pm  Leave a Comment  
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8 Maids a Milking….

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I had the honor of being asked to guest post on Zany Life + Crazy Faith as part of a series titled

 “The 12 days of Christmas”

Guess what day the Prairie rancher girl was? 

Yup, you guessed it…..8 maids a milking……

Check it out!

A Few of my Favorite Things….

 

For some reason, the song ” A Few of my Favorite things” from The Sound of Music, has been running through my head, non stop, for three days…..

 

Don’t know if it’s the season or hormones, but I decided the only cure was to share some of my favorite things….

 

If the song gets stuck in your head, maybe it will get out of mine…. not that it’s such a bad song, but come on, three days?!?!

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My girls, my sisters, my friends…. ladies, what would we do without girlfriends?? 

We’d probably go postal alot sooner!!

 

 

 

 My little punks…. Man, I’m crazy about these kids…..here they are pretending to be city kids in CA….. they only look normal….

The look on my little ones face?

Yeah, that’s normal….for her anyway….she lives in purple fairyland where it’s all rainbows and dewdrops…..Honey, can I come too?

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The view from our arena— I would love to take credit for this picture, but I can’t–

My litt100_0221le Kodak camera cannot keep up with my punk little sister’s Nikon d40— hence, my coveting for which I have to repent on a daily basis…

 

But this is part of our crazy herd…they love kicking their heels up after a good rain…I love watching them run…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 And last, budsc_0019t NOT least, my handsome husband…..in chaps……pardon me while I go and take a cold shower…..

 

                                            

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Cinnamon Christmas Ornaments

christmas-ornaments-044Do you want to be able to give your friends and family a handmade gift that will last for years to come?

 

Do you want every pore of your furniture, your walls, your skin and your dog to smell like cinnamon for days and days on end?
 

Do you want to do something fun with your kids that leaves lasting memories and is almost free?

Did I mention that you will smell like cinnamon?
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Prairie Pastor

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Well, you can’t have ours, but you can read about him and covet…. well, not covet, that’s a sin, but you can wish you had him too, wait, that’s the same as coveting…..

Oh, forget it…. just read….Prairie Pastor

Published in: on November 25, 2008 at 11:54 am  Leave a Comment  
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White Chicken Chili

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Here under Cooking with Loving Hands