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Easy Bean & Ham Soup – a great meal on a rainy day!

It’s absolutely pouring here and it has been for over five hours now. At this rate, going to town tomorrow is looking pretty doubtful. Am I worried about it? Not in the least! Kayla has things at the Cowgirl Swank shop covered (a big thanks to her) and preschool is somewhat optional so……I’m not stressed at all. In fact, I’m rejoicing a bit. I need a day or two in the house to get caught up on cleaning, baking, and writing/blogging! Plus, I think I can hear the green grass growing outside so all is good. 🙂

We have been unbelievably busy lately.  I swear it’s a race from sun up till sun down. That’s life on a ranch though…..the winter is slower, but when spring comes….look out! We race around trying to get as much stuff done as possible. Do we complain? Not much…..we get the pleasure of seeing green grass, baby calves, and beautiful sunsets/sunrises. Life doesn’t get much better so it makes for a pretty happy life out here.

We spent the weekend helping our friends/neighbors brand. Here are a few pics of the day:

image (130) Shane and Shotgun make a really good pair!

image (132) image (134)  Doc is my favorite boy. He and I can accomplish just about anything we set our minds to!

image (133) My friend, Kayla, captured this picture. My two favorite guys working together. We believe in teaching our kids young. It’s a good thing!

image (131) Stone and his horse, All Star. If this picture doesn’t make you smile I don’t know what will! 🙂

Today I had a monster headache. I’ve been fighting it for three days now. It comes and goes, but today it came back with a vengeance and turned into a full blown migraine. I take medicine for it, I use oils, I try massage, I take hot baths, etc. Almost every remedy out there I’ve tried……and they don’t help that much. I’ve found that these migraines just have to throw their fit and move on when they feel like it. I blame my hormones. I’m at that time in my life where things are starting to change….that’s my prognosis anyway. My husband thinks I should go to a neurologist. I’m of the thought that I can diagnose myself for a heck of a lot less money. I may give our neighbor’s hired man a try though. He apparently works miracles on migraines. I’m at the point that I will try just about anything! I managed to take a hot bath, use some oils, and take a long nap today. When I woke up I could still feel a bit of a headache, but I was on the road to recovery. Hooray!!

I felt so much better that I even got some writing done. I’m writing a column for several publications several times each month so it keeps me on my toes (The Wrangler Horse & Rodeo News, Today’s Horse, Cowgirl’s In Style, and The Cowboy’s Digest). I enjoy writing so much. It’s kind of my sanctuary. I wrote about Mother’s Day today…..and paid a small tribute to my mom…..she certainly deserves it! I will post it on Mother’s Day so you all can read it here as well.

Today was a perfect day for soup. I ended up making Bean & Ham Soup. It was kind of a throw together meal as I didn’t even have white (pinto) beans on hand. I ended up improvising and it was delicious! Here is the recipe:

Easy Bean & Ham Soup

  • 2 medium carrots, sliced
  • 2 celery ribs, chopped
  • ½ cup chopped onion
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 4 cans (15 ½ ounces each) Great Northern beans, rinsed and drained
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cups cubed fully cooked ham
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • ½ tsp minced garlic
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • 1 bay leaf

Saute the carrots, celery, and onion in butter until cooked.


Add the remaining ingredients and cook for 15-20 minutes.




*I ended up using black beans and kidney beans in place of the Great Northern beans because I didn’t have any. Guess what…..it was delicious! I’m used to improvising so I wasn’t afraid to give this a try.  Enjoy! ~Cheyenne



Working Hard & Loving It!!!

Wow……I’m turning into a stranger, aren’t I?! When I started blogging in January I knew there would be times that I wouldn’t be able to blog every other day like I originally planned too, but this is getting crazy! Calving season hit and now it’s turning into branding season. You may not hear from me until October at this rate! 🙂

I’m not complaining about being busy……I’m actually relishing in it. I’ve had more time at home with my family this spring than I’ve had in ages. I’m loving every minute of it (well, maybe not every minute, but the good far outweighs those times that are trying). Calving has been going well and our calves and cows look good. We are keeping a close eye on them to guard against scours or overeating, which we have heard has been prevalent around us this spring. Nothing pains me more than to calve out and then loose some calves to illness. I think it’s preventable if you keep a close watch so that’s what my main focus is right now.

We just finished Easter break. It was a great time! I hope you all enjoyed time with family and friends as well. Shane’s folks and two of our nephews came down from Montana. We had 4 days filled with visiting and fit in a few tasks a well. My father-in-law graciously made the 6 sawhorses I need for the upcoming Walt Woodard clinic that Shane and I are putting on in May in Chadron. Bless his heart! Shane doesn’t have a lot of time for honey-do projects right now so I’m thankful however they can get done. We also put up Stone’s new trampoline over the weekend. He loves it and jumped until his stomach hurt. 🙂

Easter Sunday dinner was wonderful. My folks came over as well. It was a wonderful meal full of family….doesn’t get much better than that! I even managed to pull out the china that my late Grandma June left me. It was fitting to use it for our Sunday dinner along with the silver she left me as well. Today marks two years since she went to heaven. I miss her so……it felt like she was with me during dinner and today…..we had a gorgeous sunrise and then a rain shower. Gram was smiling from heaven…..I just know it!

Shane and I also become an Uncle and an Aunt again today….on Earth day! Shane’s sister had a little boy. He is welcomed by his three bigger brothers and his dad. I can’t wait to meet him! Stone is excited to see his new little cousin as well. He is enamored by babies…..and he knows we won’t be having one here so he is happy that he has a new cousin. 🙂

We are getting ready to brand in a couple of weeks and we’ve been cleaning up around here as well. Fencing has taken on a new meaning. We had a lot of crossings go out with the three major runoff events this spring so we have much work to do…..never a dull moment around here. I haven’t had much time in the kitchen for new things, but rest assured……I’ll be back at it soon. I hope all of you are enjoying the spring weather that finally decided to show up. I know I am!! ~Cheyenne