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Joan’s Marinated Cucumbers

I must be sick…..I’m sitting down to blog for the second time in one day! I have had difficulty blogging twice per month and now look at me go! 🙂 I’m going to hold off on publishing this until tomorrow (Monday) so I don’t overdo it today. Ha!

I’m listening to my son and his cousins arguing and playing….playing and arguing. Perhaps it’s the same thing?! 🙂 At any rate, it’s nice having them here. We don’t get to see them as often as we would like to. My brother took time to help me with Doc this morning. As most of you know, Doc is THE horse in my life who changed everything. I love him more than any other horse we own….he is my baby. Last weekend at the Cowgirl Swank Classic I wasn’t happy with our performance (meaning me and my horse). It seemed like Doc was out in left field….and I was there right with him. Roping is mostly on me (the misses and the catches), but even that seemed off. When I first bought Doc his previous owners were using a hackamore on him. Nothing against hackamores, but I feel like I don’t have much side pull in one of those so we’ve tried several different bits on him. A person needs side pull when you are learning to sort cows. The one he likes the best is the one made by Keith Welling from Crawford, NE. It has a broken mouth piece with a little lifesaver in it. It also swivels on the sides so it gives me some side pull without being all sidepull and no whoa. Anyway, Wyatt looked at several bits I have and decided that is the one I should use on him. I didn’t want to go back to using a snaffle so I was happy with his decision.

We spent over an hour at the arena. He talked to me a lot about the concept in working cows and how to achieve the job. Mind you, this is working cows in the arena….not on on the range. There is a difference. The concept is the same, but the handle is a lot different in certain ways. The end result is that you want to get ahead of the critter and turn it back. This is best done when your horse responds to you, slows up, and turns efficiently (a horse who watches a cow is also beneficial). Doc was not turning efficiently last weekend. His nose was up in the air…..I was double-reining him…..we both looked like it was our first rodeo. So…….I asked for help……and I got it. At the end of our training session I left the arena with a deeper understanding of what I’m trying to do with my horse. Doc left with a wet saddle blanket and the thought that he was surely close to death. I smile when I say that….Doc is a little melodramatic and I baby him….what should I expect? The truth is…..he did what I asked of him…..he did what Wyatt asked of him when he crawled on him. Doc is a tad on the lazy side, but I would rather have that than a horse who is jittered up and not trustworthy. I love my horse…..so in my opinion, he is perfect for me. We have work to do….both of us. I’m not above asking for help either…..I know I don’t know everything and that I can learn from those around me who know more. I’m really glad Wyatt took time to help me today! Here are a few pics of Wyatt showing Doc how to get the job done:

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Wheat harvest is finishing up today at our place. We are so glad to have it done and fortunate to not have had any hail. Wheat prices are down, but it’s all good. Here is a picture I captured of the two combines cutting one of our last fields yesterday. It’s amazing how these big machines gobble up all that wheat!

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Here is what the Slim Buttes looked like today after all the wheat was harvested:

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I truly feel fortunate to live in such a beautiful place (despite it’s shortcomings in the good road/good water department)! It’s been a really good year so far…..we are truly blessed.  🙂

It’s been pretty hot and dry for the last week or so. Perfect cucumber weather if you ask me! That brings me to a recipe that Mom and I got from our neighbor, Joan Bolln. I’ve named it Joan’s Marinated Cucumbers. I don’t think it had an official name……so I gave it one. We’ve been making a variation of this recipe for years. I think Joan captured the perfect amount of each ingredient to make it taste the best. Give it a try and see what you think!

Joan’s Marinated Cucumbers

  • 3 Cucumbers, sliced
  • ½ an onion, diced
  • 1 c. Miracle Whip
  • ½ c. Sugar
  • Vinegar to taste
  • Salt & Pepper to taste

Combine the last four ingredients making sure to taste it. If more of one or two ingredients are needed, add them.

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I prefer my cucumbers to be a bit tangy so I use a tad more vinegar, but the end result is totally up to you. Add in the cucumbers and the onions. Mix it up really well.

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You can eat these right away or refrigerate for a day. I think letting them sit for a day in the fridge makes them better, but that’s just my opinion. I love this side dish…..oh who am I kidding…..I take the top off and eat them right out of the dish…..most any time of the day! 🙂 Enjoy! ~Cheyenne

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Spaghetti Pizza

Wow….it’s been a busy couple of weeks around here. It is summer after all…..being busy shouldn’t surprise me, but I feel kind of like I got ambushed. It’s now Sunday after the Cowgirl Swank Classic and I’m just now feeling back to normal. A few days in 100 degree heat will definitely wear a person out!

The Cowgirl Swank Classic was a success again this year. We had 13 teams of ladies competing in the 5 standard WRRA (Women’s Ranch Rodeo Association) events:  Sorting, Doctoring, Trailer Loading, Tie Down/Mugging, and Calf Branding. It was definitely a memorable rodeo  weekend!

I’ve been struggling with fatigue this week plus Stone got sick. I ended up taking him to Rapid City to the doctor. Turns out he had double ear infections! I consider us lucky that he is almost 6 years old and this is his first run-in with that icky stuff. Of course he came down sick the day Western Horseman planned to come down to our place to interview me and take pictures for their segment “Women of the West”. I couldn’t believe my luck. However, it ended up working out. The gals from WH were super to work with. We improvised and met at the fairgrounds in Rapid City instead. It wasn’t what I envisioned for the interview (I didn’t get to show them our place and Doc didn’t get to be in the pictures), but all in all…..it was great! I was so honored to be interviewed and to spend some time with them. They may end up coming back up sometime and then they will make it out to our place hopefully.

We are finishing up our wheat harvest here. Shane has been helping out as much as possible so I haven’t seen him much the past few days. My brother and his two boys came yesterday so Stone is getting some good cousin time in. Wyatt (my brother) is going to help me with Doc in a bit. I’ve been practicing sorting steers. I didn’t feel we did that great last weekend in that event so I can use all the help I can get. Wyatt is involved in Reined Cow Horse events so he knows more about that aspect than anyone I know around here. I’m glad for his advice.

As far as cooking…..this summer has been difficult. It’s been long days and late nights. I made Pasta and Beef with Whiskey Cream Sauce at 10 pm the other night. I’m not a lover of frozen pizza and things like that so I figured I may as well make something good…..plus we’ve had leftovers for two days now (not Shane’s favorite thing, but even he hasn’t complained…..we are busy)!

A couple of weeks ago I made Spaghetti Pizza and I’ve had it on my list to blog about. I’ve made this recipe since high school. In fact, I make it from memory. I’ve never had a written recipe that I know of. Typing this out for you all is proving to be a challenge, but here goes:

Spaghetti Pizza

  • 1 ½ lbs. ground beef
  • 1 Onion, chopped
  • 1 TB Oregano
  • 1 TB Basil
  • 1 TB Italian Seasoning
  • 1 TB Seasoning Salt
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • 1 jar of Spaghetti Sauce (or make your own as I do. I use Tomato Sauce, Diced Tomatoes, Red Wine, Sugar, and Italian Seasonings)
  • Spaghetti, cooked
  • Pepperoni, sliced
  • Mozzarella Cheese, shredded
  • Parsley

Bring water to a boil and cook Spaghetti. I use about two handfuls (sorry I’m not more specific, but that’s how I handle spaghetti). Brown the ground beef. Add onion and seasonings as it is browning (adding more seasonings if necessary). Drain the grease off. When the spaghetti is done al dente, drain the water. Spray a 9×13 pan with cooking spray. Place the cooked spaghetti in the bottom of the pan.

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Make sure that it covers the bottom and fills the pan up about ¼ of the way. Next add the ground beef making sure all the spaghetti is covered. Pour the Spaghetti Sauce over the meat. You can also mix the meat in with the sauce before you put it on the Spaghetti (I did it this way this time).

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Layer the top of the Spaghetti Sauce with Pepperoni.

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Use as much Pepperoni as you like (I put it on pretty thick). Next cover the dish with shredded Mozzarella Cheese.

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Sprinkle some Parsley one for color. Put the pan in a 350 degree oven for about 20 minutes or until the cheese is melted and it starts to turn brown. Remove from the oven. Let cool for 10-15 minutes. Cut into squares and serve.

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This dish is delicious and it truly gets better as it sits. I’ve made it using half ground beef and half ground pork sausage. I’ve also made it using various “pizza” toppings. Any way you make it…..it’s super! I hope you give it a try! ~Cheyenne