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Tucker’d Out


posted by Chelsea

After a day of branding, riding, playing & fun…

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This is all that’s left….

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Dirt. Sloppy Joe.  Branding boogers.  Sun. AND one tucker’d out girl.


Little Girls and Horses


posted by Robyn

I think I can speak for most of us here on Cowgirl Clippings when I say we were horse crazy growing up.  Well of course, that is quite a silly thing to say, as it’s probably obvious.  Most of us haven’t grown out of it and never will- at least not completely.

There is something about most little girls and horses.  It seems like even when a girl grows up in a big city, she spends most of her Christmas wishes on a horse, in hopes there will be one under the tree Christmas morning.  Now wouldn’t that be a sight?  For the lucky few we don’t know life without a horse.  And yet we still dreamed about them when we were little…..pretending the plain old sorrel was jet black, or flawless white, or the paint you saw on that movie the other night.

No matter how you put it we are just silly crazy over the four legged beasts and we have no explanation.

This little girl…

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…is so horse crazy she sneaks out to the barn yard to ride, despite getting in trouble when she returns.  In her mind it is all worth it.  Here she is claiming her dad’s horse Dutchess aka Dutchy.  She grew up on a horse like most of us here on CC, but she can’t seem to get enough…..I can totally relate!


A County Fair Dinner


posted by Chelsea

Fair food–  a wonderful addition to the hot days and where I grew up, cold mornings, of the county fair.  Snow cones, “Indian tacos”, “Elephant Ears” and “Walking Tacos” were amongst our fair food choices.

My favorite, the “Walking Taco” is a quick lunch or dinner option.  I’m not claiming any health-food awards on this one, but it’s a fun “treat-ish” sort of meal.  Traditionally, walking tacos are made with a small bag of Frito chips and the entire taco is made in the small bag so you can “walk” with it.  But typically, I make the tacos in a bowl, using a big bag Frito chips, chili (not pictured below) shredded cheddar, sour cream, and avocado:

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To serve, put a handful of chips in a bowl, top with chili, cheddar, sour cream and avocado (and anything else that sounds good to you: onions, tomatoes, etc)…

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To make a truly county-fair-style-dinner, serve Walking Tacos with corn-on-the-cob…

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… and even if it’s still April, go ahead and call it summer!

 

 


Camp Potatoes


posted by ann

My dear friend Jennie, great cook and life-long ranch girl, shared this delicious recipe with me.  She is also the angel who taught me how to make French bread,  Sausage & Wild Rice Casserole and other recipes I’ve shared here at Cowgirl Clippings.  Jennie’s version of Camp Potatoes are baked in heavy duty aluminum foil, but I don’t always have that particular item on hand.  I just cook them in a baking dish and cover tightly with regular foil.

 

~Cut 4 large potatoes into 1/4″ sticks (think ‘french fries’)

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~Grease a large piece of heavy duty aluminum foil (or 9 – inch baking dish) with 3 Tbsp. butter

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{Getting some help from my girl} 

~Place potatoes on foil (or in dish) and sprinkle with garlic salt and black pepper, to taste **

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{Almost had a little too much help here when the top popped off the pepper shaker!  But we managed to salvage the dish!}

~Pour 1/2 c. milk, cream or half-and-half over potatoes and sprinkle with 1/2 – 1 cup grated cheddar cheese

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~Roll up foil and seal tightly (or cover baking dish tightly with regular foil or lid)

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~Bake at 400 degrees for 45 minutes or until potatoes are tender

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**Note:  I learned the hard way (milk running everywhere!) to fold the edges of the foil up to form a “wall” to keep the milk on the foil and off the floor. :-)


Fence Climbing 101


posted by Chelsea

One of the first things every cowkid has to learn is how to climb a fence…

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…or climb through a fence.  It’s important to  be able to get to the other side.  It’s also important, as shown above, to be able to get a birds-eye-view from the top of the fence.

Occassionally, a daddy (one busy ear tagging calves) on the other side of the fence…

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… needs a helper…

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… and sometimes he needs one QUICK.   In that case, the actual fence climbing needs to be bypassed, and a little person needs…

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a little…

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..bitta…

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…”Daddy assistance”…

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So together…

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…they can get their work done :-)

 

 

 


My Boy’s Second Branding


by Charlotte

The title may surprise you a little bit.  “Why not write about your boy’s first branding?” you may ask.  Well, because I was not at my boy’s first branding.  I was at home with two sick girls.  I’m not bitter.  There will be lots more brandings for my boy.  And it will be fun to look back and see how much he improves over the years.  First or Second will not make much difference ten years from now.

He did really well.

Very serious.

The other guys were so good to him.

Helping him every chance they got.

It was a proud day for this mama.

You may also be wondering why my big girl didn’t rope as she is older.  She was sick the first day and she had tests the second day.  But please know that her day is coming, too.  I’m so excited.


Orange Pan Rolls


posted by ann

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These little “rolls” are closer to a first cousin to a biscuit than a roll, but they’re still yummy!  Because there’s no kneading and raising time involved, they are super easy to whip up for a snack or a breakfast treat.

~In a wee tiny bowl, combine 2 Tbsp. sugar & 1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg~

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~In a wee bowl melt 2 or 3 Tbsp. butter~

~In a much larger bowl, combine 1 cup flour, 1 -1/2 tsp. baking powder, 1/4 tsp. cream of tartar, 1/4 tsp. salt & 1 tsp. grated orange peel~

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~Cut in 4 Tbsp. shortening until mixture is crumbly~

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~Stir in 6 Tbsp. milk  until just moistened~

~Turn dough out on floured surface and divide into eighths~

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*I doubled the recipe, thus the extra dough*

~With floured hands roll each piece of dough into a ball; dip in melted butter, then in sugar mixture~

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~Evenly space in a lightly greased 9 -inch baking pan~

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~Bake at 425 degrees for 10 – 12 minutes or until golden brown~

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Week Two’s Top Ten


by Charlotte

10.  Cousins.  (This is the first time my man’s horse had been roped on.  His cousin is sitting beside him to help the young horse learn what is expected of him.)

9.  Going down.

8. Friends.

7.  Down the fence.

6.   Heal Shot.

5.  Floater.

4.  Discussing.

3.  Through the smoke.

2.  Serious boy.

1.  Couple of cuties.

Thanks for stopping by.


Winter Requests


posted by Chelsea

Yesterday, I had a funny analogy brought to my attention.  My friend, Heidi, and I went out to coffee.  On the way, my girls declared their flavor requests for “italian sodas”.  As we got closer to our coffee house destination, I reminded the girls that I knew what they wanted and would order when we were inside.  I asked them to sit down and not come running up to me REMINDING me over and over about what they wanted and how they wanted it.  This is particularly hard for our three year old- she’s pretty sure, that in the midst of her eager anticipation…

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…I need to know what she wants 431 times before she stops asking.

Yesterday, both girls managed to sit down and only remind me only once or twice what flavor it was they preferred.  I was happy with the progress we’re making :-)

Heidi and I laughed at the situation. Then she said, “I wonder if that’s ever what we sound like to God…. we pray for something then we keep making sure He remembers just exactly what it is we were asking for… constantly reminding Him… it was cherry! I wanted a cherry soda! With whip cream!  Cherry- did you hear me?! I want Cherry!  With whip…”

Keeping that in mind, back in November, when we brought the cows home, I wrote THIS POST.  I re-read it last night, while sitting up on the couch with a heating pad on my too-sore-to-sleep-lower-back and thanks in part to the pregnancy hormones running through my veins as well as a little dose of tiredness, and a hefty dose of thankfulness, I teared right up.

In the post, I included our summer-worries-turned-prayer requests and how God had graciously answered our list of concerns.  Then I included our list of winter requests.  I’d like to share them with you today:

1.*that the snow would hold off as long as possible
2.*that every cow is pregnant  (?!)
3. *that every last calf will be born healthy (?!)
4. *that the water will run all winter
5. *that we’ll find more time for fence building
6. *that the tractor will run all winter (?!)

Amidst winter worry, some “reminding” God just exactly what kind of “italian soda” it is we needed (if you will), I would like to tell you just exactly how things have turned out.

1. The snow held off amazingly- we didn’t have to start feeding hay until January.  UH-MAYZ-ING!
2. We’re not through every last cow, but in conjunction with number 3, I can tell you that thanks to 3 sets of twins our calf crop right now, is over 100%.
3. see #2, and also know that we had to tube a few chilled calves with colostrum and one of the twins with milk replacer for awhile, but otherwise did not doctor a single calf.

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4. We had and still have more than enough water.
5. The fences we needed built are built… and the fence building goes on forever.
6. Only $236 for one minor repair and the tractor ran like the well-oiled machine that she is and has been for the last 70 years.

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We’re humbled and amazed.   Looking ahead, the summer can appear daunting, especially this year with a new baby on the way and the same amount of work to be done.  But being reminded of God’s faithfulness makes the whole thing seem less heavy and more do-able.   I’m going to start making my list of prayer requests now, so come fall I can look back and be amazed.  And during the summer when I wonder how it’s all going to come together, I’m going to try my best not to keep reminding Him, “It was cherry!  I wanted cherry!  With whip cream!”

 


The Best Part


posted by Chelsea

The best part of brandings, in my opinion, is the little people who frequent them….

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They’re happy to have  a fence to climb on…

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A good vantage point to see the action…

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They’re really happy to find a little hiding place to call their own…

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And if, at the end of the day a Grandpa…

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Or a dad…

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… lets them on for a ride, well then…

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…it’s definately a day well done.


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