If it were entirely up to you there would be time for coffee every morning on the porch, the dog would be welcome in the Board Room and your children’s laughter would be the loudest noise you heard all day. If it were your choice people would always be treated with respect and the longest part of the day would be the ride you take over the range as the sun is just beginning to go down. Not everyone is asking your opinion but in the areas you control, you respond first with kindness, you give a little more than is expected, you make it a point to sit with the old man on the board walk to hear his stories about a long ago war. You’ve never seen anything quite as beautiful as the darks eyes of your mare peeking out from under her mane, and you make a point of letting the people you love know that you do, and you’ve no plans of quitting. You’re a cowgirl and it’s the little things that matter to you, because in the grand scheme of things they are all that you can count on.
Butternut Squash, Apple and Sage Soup
Nothing says fall like a pot of soup on the stove, and soup made with the best of autumn’s ingredients says it even louder. This recipe puts it all together with ease and a dash of pizzazz.
Place 2 butternut squash (about 4 pounds), halved and seeded, in a 425˚ oven. Sprinkle with 8-10 chopped sage leaves and salt and pepper, dot with 2 tablespoons butter and roast for 1 hour. After cooling the squash scrape out the flesh and set aside.
In a large sauce pot heat 2 tablespoons olive oil and sauté one small chopped onion until tender. Add squash, 4 cups chicken stock, 1 cup apple cider, 1 tablespoon brown sugar, 3 dashes Worcestershire sauce, pinch nutmeg and ⅛ teaspoon red pepper flakes. Season with salt and pepper and simmer for 30 minutes.
Puree cooked mixture in the pot with an immersion blender, or if you don’t have one, use a regular blender then return to the pot. Reheat the soup and season with salt and pepper to taste, then just before serving stir in ½ cup heavy cream. Top individual servings with peeled, diced apple, or a dollop of sour cream.
This recipe serves 8 as a side dish with grilled German sausage over sautéed green cabbage and sliced red peppers. Delicious comfort!
It’s just the cowgirl way
A cowgirl doesn’t need to know celebrity fads or designer trends
she doesn’t catch up with the latest gossip, while sipping cappuccino with her friends
There is no thought of aerobic classes or going to the gym
cause she makes every minute of daylight count, while working on her dream
……….it’s just the cowgirl way
Manicures and facials are unheard of, when mustering has to be done
Dinner parties are put on hold, cause the rodeo is on
She’s chasing points for the title and she wont quit until she sees
the silver buckle sitting on her belt, all worth the miles and entry fees
………..it’s just the cowgirl way
A cowgirl is not afraid of hard work, she doesn’t cry over little things
like praying for rain when it doesn’t come, it’s just one more broken string.
But she doesn’t lay in bed till noon, wallowing in regret
she’s up again at the break of day, there surely isn’t time to fret
……….it’s just the cowgirl way.
Cause the poddys need branding and the cattle need dipping
the yearlings need training and the crops need tending.
The troughs need cleaning and the fences need fixing
If there’s time she’ll be baking, between the chores that are waiting
Each day just surviving she’s gotta keep on trying.
………..it’s just the cowgirl way
And at night just before she closes her eyes, she says a little prayer
to thank God that she’s living on the land and not in the city somewhere
And as her aching body settles down on the sheets and she reflects on the day that has been,
she slowly but surely drifts off to a place, where her goals are already seen.
…..it’s just the cowgirl way.
A cowgirl knows that someday soon, that payday will arrive,
but she’ll put the money back in the farm, just to keep her dreams alive.
All the heartache, sweat and calloused hands, will be looked upon with pride,
she’ll pull on her favorite boots and jeans, and find peace by going for a ride.
………….it’s just the cowgirl way.
The weekend is almost here and it looks like the weather is going to be nearly perfect. Blue skies, warm breezes, 80 something, and perfect for a summer ride. The best way to spend your weekend is on the back of the most beautiful animal God has blessed us with. When you are in the saddle you can forget the world around you, you can feel the mountains surround you, and you can get lost in the beauty of a sweet summer day. We love to get the horse out and ready to follow the trail wherever it leads. We look for treasures along the way. We might find some old antlers a deer lost some time ago, we may come across a crystal clear stream we have never seen before, we might happen on a raspberry bush full to the sweetest raspberries you have ever tasted. We never know what we are going to find as we ride but we always now what we will bring home.
We always come home with a smile, a feeling of contentment, and the enjoyable serenity that only a summer ride in the mountains can bring.
When Steve McQueen went on his wild motorcycle ride in the Great Escape he created a symbol of the American spirit that has inspired audiences for decades. That impossible ride over hills and through fences with half the German army chasing him spoke to the heart of liberty that beats in every American, even if we have forgotten why it matters. When we watch his struggle to defy the odds, to rise above the tyranny, to win in an unwinnable situation, we believe – we believe that being American is something more than just where we were born. We realize that the United States is more than a country; it is an attitude, a strength, a commitment to having a dream. We want Steve McQueen to get away and leave the prison camp behind, but when he is captured and sent back to the cooler with his baseball and mitt we know that he takes his American values with him, and for that reason he will survive the ordeal. The Great Escape is a true story, with some Hollywood embellishment, but it doesn’t distort the truth that matters. Freedom is a state of mind as much as a physical condition, and once you own it, no one can take it away.