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Oral Surgery Ordeal

Wow…..what a tumultuous couple of days we have had. We went through Stone having oral surgery in Rapid City yesterday and got to travel home 100 miles….the last 8 of which were in the lovely gumbo mud that I’m so fond of (yeah, right….). We were all exhausted by the time we got home.

We went up to Rapid City on Monday afternoon. We had some errands to run and wanted to get together with my cousin, ReAnn, to celebrate her belated birthday. We also planned to stay at the Ramkota because of their little water park. Stone loves it and it’s better than the larger water park in town (Watiki) in my opinion. The last few times we stayed at Watiki we all got sick the first time, the last time I got folliculitis and Stone got a rash/flakiness in his hair….not good. Both require medication to get rid of so I’m not a fan of Watiki any longer. Anyway……we wanted Stone to have some fun before he underwent oral surgery early the next morning so that was our plan.

We got our errands done and met ReAnn at Minerva’s for supper. She brought her daughter, Rylee, along. Stone and Rylee are cousins….and good buddies. We had only eaten breakfast at Minerva’s before as it is connected to the Ramkota so it was perfect the last time we stayed there to grab a bite before we checked out. I have heard good things about Minerva’s and was excited to eat there. I’m happy to report that it was delicious! ReAnn and Shane each had cheeseburgers, Rylee and Stone had buttered noodles, and I splurged…..I had the Canadian Walleye. Oh my gosh….it was awesome! The salad bar was out of this world also. It was fun to get together with them and enjoy some time together. After we finished, they headed home and we headed off to the pool.

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We all swam and had a great time. We met some nice folks there who had two kids. Stone played and we visited. Shane and I went down the water slide (me….just once). I swallowed half the pool so once was more than enough for me! It was fun though…..I truly enjoy making memories like this with my family. Shane stayed and visited some more. I took Stone to the room to get showered. He was hungry so we ordered a pizza from Minerva’s. I wanted him to eat since he couldn’t eat or drink past midnight until after his surgery (we had no idea how he would do so I didn’t want him hungry if we could help it). We walked down and got the pizza…..Stone ate 3/4 of it by himself. It was hand-tossed and grilled. Holy cow….it was to die for!!! Minerva’s definitely get a thumbs up in my opinion!

We got up the next morning at 6 am…..and it was snowing and blowing like crazy. Shane held Stone and I drove the back streets to get to the surgery center. We made it 15 minutes early. I was nerve wracked….mostly because of his surgery. It’s a funny thing when you have children…..I can have anything done to myself, but when it comes to my son…..I freak out. Not even a little bit either…..I did pretty good and disguising it from him though (Shane said he could see how freaked I was in my eyes). Midway though the nurse came out and asked if they could remove Stone’s top 3 front teeth (two right in front and one next to them). They had decay on them and were just going to lead to more trouble down the road. So, we agreed to have them removed. In addition to that he had root canals and crowns put on 6 molars. Stone went in for surgery at 7:30 and was done and out of there by 9:00. It went so quickly…..I couldn’t believe it! He woke up happy like he always does….he was groggy and sleepy so we just picked him up and drove home. Shane looks like he could use a nap here too:

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What a nerve wracking experience. They were great at the surgery center though so I give them kudos for that. It’s crazy to think that his procedure yesterday cost as much as half my 2005 Chevy Pickup…..unbelievable!! I’m not going to complain…..it’s done with and he is on the road to recovery….with healthy teeth that will no longer affect his adult teeth below the surface. All in all…..it’s good.

We got home before noon, which surprised me. It also surprised me that my husband got us stuck half a mile from our house.

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Have I mentioned how much I loathe gumbo mud? Hmmmm…..I think I have a time or two…..I have to warn you that I don’t see me stopping that anytime soon. Here we are with our little boy recovering from surgery….stuck ON THE ROAD!!!! No, we didn’t go off the road…..we didn’t go boonie-bashing…..we simply were trying to get home…..but no, we got stuck…..and I mean STUCK!!!! It took our four wheel drive tractor to get us out……Oh, the glory!

Anyway, we were all exhausted when we got home….no wonder, right?! We didn’t do much yesterday. Stone only needed some Tylenol once and one of his stitches came out. He’s so funny….didn’t bother him at all. He slept well…..we all did. It was all just a huge relief to have it all done with. We got up feeling refreshed. I made him his favorite for breakfast….pancakes. He ate like a trucker……all is right in the world today! Here’s my new toothless little man….I sure do love him! 🙂


We are getting ready to go over and re-tag our heifers. After that, I’ve decided to tackle some homemade pizza for the first time ever. Don’t get me wrong….I’ve made pizza before, but I’ve never made the crust and all that jazz from scratch.


It’s been on my “to do” list for some time now….in the spirit of the great pizza we had at Minerva’s I feel inclined to give it a whirl. I’ll report on how it went tomorrow…..wish me luck! ~Cheyenne

Dental Nightmare & What is Runza?!

Happy Valentine’s Day!! Hard to believe it’s the middle of February already! I already went out and hugged Doc….had to give him a special treat too. 🙂


Yesterday, we had a rather tough day in town. We took a little overnight trip to Rapid City where we swam our hearts out. Stone loves to swim. Since we don’t get to do much of that we always try to get a little fun time in now and again when we can. We also had a couple of appointments scheduled……one being a visit to Stone’s dentist. I wish I could say that it was a happy visit…..it was not. Come to find out our little boy has extensive decay in his molars. He has had no pain whatsoever, but I was worried about a small spot on his front tooth (I shouldn’t have worried about that one I guess). I’m no dentist….so I was completely unaware of the disaster going on in his mouth. Here’s where I admit that I feel like a bad mom right now…..aren’t we supposed to know when something isn’t right with our kids? Anyway……I feel awful. Long story short….Stone has to have surgery (root canals and crowns on 6 of his teeth). I was like…….WHAT??!! I mean these teeth are just baby teeth…..they will fall out right? Well, yes, but unfortunately the decay can hinder the growth of his teeth that are yet to come in and cause major problems. So, it’s best to deal with this head on and do it all at once. I really don’t want him scarred from going to the dentist the rest of his life so this is our option…..and our third opinion. The biggest thing I truly wasn’t prepared for? THE COST!!!! Oh my gawd…….I had no idea that pediatric dental work could be so expensive. I feel sick while I’m writing this…..a deep pit in my stomach has formed. Seriously, this surgery is going to cost half of what my 2002 Chevy 3/4 Ton Pickup cost us……and NO, I’m not kidding. Our medical insurance should cover a couple thousand (hopefully), but the rest is up to us….as we don’t have dental insurance. What a nightmare! I guess this is when I need to remind myself that we have a very healthy, happy little boy…..and we will get through this. That is truly what is most important. Things can always be worse……so I will be thankful and quite complaining about it. However, everything extra we had planned for the year has just been cancelled. This too shall pass…..right?! My Grandma used to say that all the time……I know she is right…..deep breaths…..deep breaths!

So, today is Valentine’s Day. I’m making my sweetie his very favorite thing tonight……Beer Battered Steak Tips…..Cowboy Potatoes…..and homemade Peppermint Ice Cream (recipes to follow in my next post). I’m excited to use my new ice cream maker……haven’t used  it yet so it should be fun!

Today, I’m sharing a family favorite recipe with you. Runza! What is a Runza exactly?  According to the  Wikipedia answer:  A runza (also called a bierock, fleischkuche or Kraut Pirok) is a yeast dough bread pocket with a filling consisting of beef, pork, cabbage or sauerkraut, onions, and seasonings. They are baked in various shapes such as a half-moon, rectangle, round (bun), square, or triangle. In Nebraska, the runza is usually baked in a rectangular shape. The bierocks of Kansas, on the other hand, are generally baked in the shape of a bun. The runza sandwich originated in Russia during the 1800s and spread to Germany before appearing in the United States. The term bierock comes from the Russian word pirogi or pirozhki and is the term for any food consisting of a savory filling stuffed dough. The recipe was passed down from generation to generation and is available throughout the Americas, particularly Argentina and the Canadian provinces of Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba. The recipe was spread throughout the United States by the Volga Germans (Germans from Russia) and can be found in North and South Dakota, Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois, Kansas, Oklahoma and Nebraska. The term “runza” is registered as a trademark in the United States by Nebraska-based Runza Restaurants.[2]

In my neck of the woods, we’ve made it into something somewhat different…..yet similar! I don’t remember the exact date the first time my mom made this, but it was after we had moved down here. So, it was 2005 or so. I think she chose the method we use for the following factors:  quick, easy, and who doesn’t love “pie”!  (you’ll know what I mean in a minute). I have added my own “changes” to it to make it truly “my recipe”. It’s funny though…..I don’t even have this written down….it’s all in my head….that’s how easy it is. I’m going to write it out step-by-step so you can give it a whirl if you’d like to. Here goes:


  • 1 ½ lbs. ground beef
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • ½ head of cabbage, chopped
  • Lawry’s Seasoning Salt, to taste
  • Salt & Pepper, to taste
  • Minced Garlic, to taste
  • Swiss Cheese, sliced
  • Pie Crust

Brown ground beef and onion.


Add cabbage, stir, and cook until almost done (transparent).


Add seasonings.


Pour meat mixture into pie shell (in a pie plate) and cover with cheese. *We use a pie shell because it’s so much easier than making individual pockets with dough. Plus….there are rarely many leftovers so it just makes sense to us to do it this way.*


Add a top crust if desired (optional). Bake at 350 degrees for 20-30 minutes until the crust is golden brown. Cool, slice, and serve.


This is truly delightful……It’s full of flavor, it is filling, and it is great on a cool day! I hope you enjoy it if you decide to make it.

Well, I’m off to redo our guest room…..it’s a nightmare and I’ve been avoiding it for some time…..it’s now time to deal with it head on…..reorganize, move some furniture, put up a new border, etc. Should be fun…..I like projects like this. Looking forward to getting it back to the way I like it.

Hope you all enjoy your Valentine’s Day…..plus, it’s Friday so that makes it extra great! ~Cheyenne