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A Link For Your Favorite CowBaby


posted by Chelsea

I’d like to introduce you to Lacey today.

Say “Hi Lacey!” 

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“What a cute baby girl you have!” 

Lacey made me this apron:

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(It even has my name embroidered on the top. Can you beat that?!)

She makes all sorts of cute baby/toddler things.  Like these adorable baby hats… 

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… at her  ETSY shop.

And she has a Facebook Fan page.

AND to top it all off, she’s having a giveaway at her BLOG.   

You should go check it out, support her cute hobby, and maybe even win something for your favorite small child!

 

 


Swans- Take TWO!


posted by Chelsea

Several months ago, I posted about Mr. Swan

Well, I’m happy to announce, there is now a Mrs. Swan.  She’s been hanging out at the pond for awhile now.  I’ve been admiring them, camera-less, until yesterday when I saw the happy couple swimming through the cold water together.  I had my camera.  I stopped.  I shot.  Now, I share…  

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And from a little different angle…

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Please note: the original swan has an orange beak.  The other, a grey beak. 

Now, I want you to know that I have Googled “swan beak colors” and I can find no definitive answers as to what this color difference means.  I would like to tell you it’s because the orginal swan is MR. Swan and the new swan is MRS. Swan, but I really don’t have a clue as to what I’m talking about.  So… we can all sit and wonder…. and marvel at their pretty white-ness, unless of course you are a Swan expert, then by all means- speak up.

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Oven-made Caramel Corn


**WARNING:  I have been told, heard   become addicted to this!  I do feel better knowing that others (we won’t mention any names) have  consumed large quanities of this popcorn and have even stooped so low as to hide it from their families kids. (O.K., I confess to this behavior as well — but it was worth it!)

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6 qrts. freshly popped corn (about 1 cup unpopped corn)

1 cup margarine (for a REAL treat substitute BUTTER for margarine)

1 cup brown sugar

1 cup white sugar

1/2 cup corn syrup

1 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. baking soda

Put popped corn in large roaster. 

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Melt margarine in large, heavy saucepan; stir in sugars, corn syrup & salt.  Bring to boil.  Using a candy thermometer,  boil until temperature reaches about 244 degrees, stirring often.  Remove from heat; stir in baking soda. Mix well (will be foamy).

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Pour mixture over popped corn, stir well to coat.  Bake at 250 degrees for 45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes.  Remove from oven & pour out onto waxed paper.  Cool.  Store in airtight container. (If  it lasts that long).   ENJOY!

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A Big Deal


posted by Chelsea

Here in the Cowgirl Voices section today, I’m hoping to be an actual voice this morning.  We have wolves in our neck of the woods and their presence is wreaking havoc, to say the least.  Pick up any local newspaper and you’ll hear from all sorts of perspectives on this major issue, one that is threatening the livelihood of ranchers in NE Oregon.  Today is a particularly important day as a group of the local Cattleman’s Association Members is at the capitol building, testifying before the house committee concerning 4 wolf bills that were introduced by the Oregon Cattleman’s Association. 

Two of Buck’s (and mine, too, I claim them!) ranching Aunts have taken a strong political stance on the wolf issue and I want to share their writings with you today.  Whether you’re aware of the issue or not, this will give you a good perspective and give you an idea of what we’re dealing with here in our local county.  

Ramona’s Editorial: Ranching on the Wolf Highway

Angie’s Post : Who’s Afraid of The Big Bad Wolf?

If you get to the comments section on Ramona’s article you’ll be wise to note the political “climate” of our state- one that is basically split down the middle, both geographically and politically speaking.  Concerning the comments, I have the following comment to make:  I was shocked by the “hatred” directed towards Ramona personally and ranchers in general.  It’s one thing to misunderstand one another, it’s a whole other problem when words of hatred and disrespect are thrown in.  We can have different views and still treat one another with respect, whether we see eachother face to face or are just a name across a computer screen.  Mutual respect and kindness are the first step towards gaining any ground in our obviously VERY different world views.  That’s what I have to say about that.


What Spring Means


posted by Chelsea

Besides finally seeing the green grass poking its way through, Spring means…

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….we can play outside much more…

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….than we did in the winter.

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The girls…

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are pretty delighted about it. 

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And so am I.


La Familia


posted by Chelsea

Last week, while in Idaho, I got to hang out with my family.  I like them.  A lot. 

My dad and I took Lucy skiing the first full day we were there.  We had a blast with her on the “bunny hill” and by the end of the day we took her right up to the top of the mountain.  

The following day we grew our crew.  Here they are, complete with their respective titles as they relate directly to me…

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I had no idea how much fun it would be to share the things I love with my girls… both the skis and the people on them.

While Kate didn’t “ski” per se, she did get quite a bit of time on skis, rotating rides between her Mama and her Grandpa…

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(can you not help but love that picture?!)

She also turned out to be quite the chair-lift-riding-CHAMP…

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In addition to the noted crew above, while in from the snow, we also got to see this little bit of nephew/cousin-cuteness…

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…who the girls and I all thought was pretty fantastic.  Kate desperately wanted to show her cousin how much she loved him…

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…she accidently bonked heads with him and then knocked a book into his little face… making him and then herself cry because of both incidents.  Poor girl.  It’s hard to be little.

We also got to see the mama to this cute little boy (and the niece in the purple suit above), my sister-in-law, Tawny…

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…does it look like she’s somewhere green? and warm? She is. I stole this picture from her Arizona picture gallery on facebook ’cause I thought it was really cute. Thanks Tawny :-) Unfortunately I just didn’t catch her posing in defensive stance like this…

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or holding our children like this….

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I’m not sure why I have so many pictures of my brother holding my niece upside down.  I think I have more down than up. 

While I was sad to leave my family and the fun we had behind to come on home, I wasn’t sad to leave the snow…

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… it’s gonna be there awhile folks.  Photo taken March 24th: Spring.

And finally I definately wasn’t sad to come home to this guy…

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… because I’m not sure I’ve mentioned it before…. we’re super cwazy about him.


Blog Worthy


posted by Chelsea

The girls and I were in Idaho last week and I thought I’d just take a minute this morning, to note a few of the highlights, some of the “blog worthy” events of the week…

#1.  A longer visit than we expected with Charlotte and her crew…

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#2. Snow.  There was A LOT…

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A swim in the lake?  anyone?

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Maybe a dive off the dock?

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Maybe not.

#3. SKIING.  Lucy is a snow plowing CHAMP…

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It was so fun to take her skiing and to see her catch on so quickly. More on that later.

#4. I’ve  been having some shoulder cramping issues.  While that’s not blog worthy, the “massage” I received is.  It was a “deep-tissue- body-therapy-massage”.  Lets just say that I have bruises now that I didn’t have before the massage.  I’ve never willingly subjected myself to that much pain and not only been thankful for it, but paid money for it as well.  

#5. The Hawaii Familia.  They were totally hard-core.  They skied and snowboarded everyday, all-day.  One broken wrist is the only injury they took home with them, and thankfully it wasn’t on any of these cute kiddos…

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#6. Seeing my family… who will be getting their very own post later today.  Two posts in one day!  Whoa baby.


Amish Baked Oatmeal


posted by Ann

While recipes normally show up in the Come On Over section, this is a good CowKid recipe so it’s showing up here today!   This is a delicious way to get your family (CowKids!) to eat oatmeal for breakfast.  I like to make this when we have houseguests as it is simple to fix and the house smells like fresh baked oatmeal cookies.

 

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2/3 cup brown sugar

1 3/4 cups milk

1/2 cup butter, melted

2 eggs

2 tsp. baking powder

1 1/2 tsp. salt

2 tsp. vanilla extract

Combine  all ingredients in a large bowl.  Mix well.  Spread evenly in a greased 9 x 13-inch baking pan or large casserole dish.  Bake at 350 degrees for 25 – 30 minutes or until top is golden brown and oatmeal puffs slightly.

Serve with warm cream or milk.  Enjoy!

***This is the very BASIC recipe for baked oatmeal.  The list of additional ingredients is practically endless.  Have fun experimenting with your favorite spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, poppy seeds) , fresh or dried fruit (bananas, apples, raisins, craisins), nuts( walnuts, almonds, pecans), etc.***

 


Genetics Lesson


posted by Chelsea

    A Black Angus (Cross) Bull
+ A Black Angus (Cross) Cow
    A Holstein Calf??
 
black angus mom and dad= holstein calf?!

Well, maybe not a real Holstein, but two recessive red genes (one from the cow and one from the bull) to make this cute little calf. 


“Sam I Am” Gets a Haircut


posted by Ann

I am sure most people are familiar with the classic Dr. Suess tongue-twisting tale “Green Eggs and Ham.”  Most folks may also recall the poor fellow who is being badgered into eating that disgusting  interesting-looking dish of pork and eggs.  And then there is the badger-er himself — Sam I Am (kind of a cute little fellow, but very annoying persistent).

Well, we not only have “Sam I Am” living at our house (we know it’s him by the signage on his jammies), but he actually has my husband (aka Dad) as his personal hairstylist.

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Wonder how many other Dr. Suess characters can claim that!

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