Maybe I’ll get started with thanking Jennifer Denison for asking me if I wanted to tell a story for Western Horseman — It’s pretty dang neat to see your name in print!
Here’s where the “twist” appears…. I can remember telling her the story and many more — we were laughing and having a great time with the interview! And at that time I was talking of these different horses that had helped me through the years…
Jump ahead — I have the Western Horseman in my hand, standing in the post office — I flip to the pages… And as quickly as I found the page — an overwhelming emotion covers over me… tears well in my eyes and I have to put the book down.
When I get home, I read it again — and the tears come again, but it’s okay… When I spoke to Jen it was about the horse and I was proud to tell of my adventure with my dad and Bud! Alas, reading it in print for the first time, I realize, it wasn’t the horse or horses in my life that “taught” me…. It was old “Grizzly Adams” — I have two older brothers and we all have accomplished great things in life — Just like the magazine says…”my dad never doubted what a horse could do -” and he never doubted what his kids could do — he instilled in us great confidence, integrity and a belief we could do ‘it’ — whatever ‘it’ may be…the horses of course, furthered my drive to always do better, do more… be better, be more…
And another “twist” — as I flip through the magazine, the page opens to a review of Trinity Seely’s latest CD… I see the song “Ranch Beauty Queen” … A couple summers ago, Trinity is setting up her speakers on the deck near my bar…she says to me, I wrote a song of you, it’s not done yet…. I of course giddy like a little kid, getting candy for the first time — squeal “play it oh play it!” — and she does… kneeling down gets her guitar ready and to me and 4 other ladies, plays what she has wrote — later on a return visit this last summer — she played it in full to our ranch clinic crowd — And now… it’s available for real!!!
So with two “twists” in my knickers! January of 2016 is proving to be an epic month — and thank you Jen for believing in this “milk maid” … and I thank Grizzly Adams for always being there… He’s like the ground – he’s always there holding us up even if we forget! And to my little sister, Trinity — our friendship holds more than Canadian roots and a love for ranch life… it holds a respect for our innercowgirl!
As my 45th birthday creeps up on me, I reflect how truly lucky I am for the family in my life — whether they are blood or through the love of friendship…And if you know me at all — the relationships with my animals, definitely humbles me on a daily basis!
Jennifer’s cool article is in the February issue of Western Horseman and Trinity’s new CD Cowboy’s Wage can be purchased at http://www.trinityseely.com
How the recipe came about was… I had started experimenting on a new chicken dinner for the ranch clinic as most folks love my “mediterranean” chicken …but this year I need to spice it up… as we are 15 years of ranch clinics now!! I need simple, quick, more healthy and feed around 30 folks…hmmm…. so “Chicken Alvie” was born… flattening it out makes cooking quicker… it’s all fresh simple ingredient and I can put them all in one pan to fit on the BBQ! ( I think) … The cauliflower is simple and for the ranch clinic might get tossed in ranch dressing and made more like a casserole than roasted… just depends on my thoughts the day I cook it! And because folks go through a buffet style at the clinic, they can add salad instead of a bed of spinach… Now onto the non measured, adventurous recipe!
“Chicken Alvie”…. I pounded two chicken breasts till fairly flat and warmed about 4 big handfuls of baby kale in a frying pan… not wilting them just warming it so its softer and a bit more compact (easier to work with). Next, I took some store bought Basil Pesto and spread it over chicken along with goat cheese… once spread out, i took the baby kale and spread it over chicken and rolled! Baked it in a 350 oven for about 30 minutes and basted it with the juices that had leaked out and sprinkled smoked paprika, garlic powder, salt and pepper along with fresh grated parmesan cheese and back in the oven for a few minutes to melt cheese. I took it out and wrapped it in tin foil to rest for a bit while I upped the oven to 425 and sliced the cauliflower some end pieces fall apart but you get a few “slabs” of cauliflower as well…. drizzle good olive oil and salt/pepper over cauliflower and put in oven on a cookie sheet be sure there are no piles…. Watch and flip when edges of cauliflower are browning, drizzle with your oil and spices and cook in total probably 15 -20 minutes depending on amount of vegetable. Now while that was cooking I took a cup of fresh raspberry’s and mashed them a potato masher, added about a 1/4 cup of balsamic vinegar and 1//4 of raw honey. a pinch of salt and garlic and bring to a boil(gentle boil and not for long)… if it seems really runny add just a pinch of cornstarch and stir in ….
Lastly, the “build” on the plate… I put a small bed of fresh spinach and kale, my slab of cauliflower, and took a chicken breast sliced it and placed it on top with a drizzle of the sauce. If you are watching your weight serve just half of the chicken per person and all those veggies! Live alone? freeze your chicken after it’s cooked for a later dinner…. OR… you have 4 dinners for the week!
It’s simple and I don’t really time things … the times I posted above are guesses… As I smell it, I check it! lol — You could also use raspberry jam or peach or apricot jam…. and you could stuff it with swiss cheese, fresh basil, and spinach… Perhaps you want more protein… roll with sharp cheddar and ham… It’s really what you want and don’t be particular about measuring — it’s all good for you… now that doesn’t mean a block of goat cheese and buried in parmesan cheese!
I hope you all will try your own version of this and let me know!…. Keys don’t over cook your chicken… keep track and be sure you wrap it up to keep the juices in…. not too much oil on your cauliflower or it becomes droopy and mushy… don’t like kale? try baby kale, it’s much more mellow and not so bitter. Arugula would make an awesome bed to set your dinner on as well!
Keep up with the 2015 eat cleaner party!!!!!
In a world of fancy technology, it’s pretty simple now a days to click “like” or “share” without any true personal involvement. I have been following a page on facebook of a dear lady that lives in our town who is dying of cancer. Many, many years ago I met Miss. Barbie after she cancelled my nail appointment 3 times…upon meeting her, I saw a bandana covering her head and no hair, no eyelashes, no eyebrows…but this glitter in her eye and sparkle in her smile, it was undeniable she was beautiful on the inside and out! I can remember it like yesterday, she apologized the entire time she did my nails of canceling, that the chemo had made her more sick than she thought. All I could see was a determined lady with a zest for life and through the years that has never changed in her. Over the years I have had the honor of getting to know her and that she is single mom, raising an awesome kid…She constantly has been in battle with cancer and she marches on working and enjoying life. It was a while back now, I was in her shop getting Christmas nails! for an event I was going to and she didn’t seem as perky as she once was. She told me the cancer was spreading, and a sad look came about her face… I can’t remember our entire conversation, but I remember her sadness and that I told her to kick cancer in the butt and enjoy anything and everything! Sit on the beaches of Mexico, drink beer in Texas … don’t hold back…and through friends in town I heard the cancer had spread to her liver and brain. I began following her facebook page and found the page called “Barbies Ellen surprise”. Her friends are trying to send her to meet Ellen Degeneres…
For those that don’t maybe know who I am married too… Peter Campbell is one of the greatest horsemen around and has spent over 30 years traveling North America teaching people about horsemanship. His heart is made of gold as he never gives up trying to give the horse a better deal. And over the years, the folks that ride with Peter have that same gold in their hearts…So I figured why not get this out to “our people” and see what happens… Well, what happens makes you believe in humanity, in true giving, compassion, and that saying “paying it forward”. In less than 24 hours, that’s correct…24 hours, 3 different people with 3 different leads on Ellen had replied to the post. People were sharing the post, tweeting and texting.
They always say you are 3 people away from meeting who you need to meet…and by gosh there was a lady, a friend of a friend who contacted me and told me she could get 4 tickets for Barbie, but couldn’t promise a meeting…then she added, “and I know friends that could take her on a tour of Universal Studios. Will she need wheelchair? Would she like that?”…Topped off with another message of, ” Does she like any shows on CBS, maybe she would like to see some sets.”
So, as it sits today, 4 tickets for Barbie, her son and two BFF’s are scheduled for a late November show of “The Ellen Show”! Plane tickets for Barbie and her son are paid for…and another local secret friend has the hotel almost paid for…
So, I called Barbie and told her of this news… she couldn’t believe it… in fact she kind of panicked!
“There is more scheduling and organizing to be done, but the tickets are good to go! “, I told her… silence on the other end of the phone… you could tell she was excited but tired.
After I hung up the phone I began to think and thank technology for helping me get the message out… but what was more important was that no one I spoke with wanted to be mentioned and it definitely wasn’t me who did this wonderful gift. They said the didn’t want public accalaides… but I will mention there were two ladies from California and two ladies from Wheatland that jumped in with both feet…It makes me proud to part of a cowgirl sisterhood that when I called you out for help, you didn’t let Barbie down.
I hope all my sisters take a moment and thank another sister for helping them out whether it was today or 20 years ago. It’s in us all to be this giving…And to my secret helper, well I am inspired to meet you one day and if my heart can be half as big as your heart, I will be doing something in this life. My hat is off to you my secret helper and to all the ladies and fellas that helped and are still helping!!!
Have you ever seen a snow flake?
I finally have… See this picture? It’s on my dogs back. Each one individual and beautiful by its own design.
And you know that’s how all things are. My motley crew of dogs all the same but different and wonderful within their own personalities. Like a human, each of us is unique and unusual in our own ways. But our sense of self brings forth our beauty, humor and aura!
Here is one lone snow flake on my horses nose! It’s funny I as describe it as lone but when I see it, I see this intricate, strong, tiny piece of Mother Nature that survived the wind and temperature to land perfectly on the horse’s nose and stay unique and special amongst a sea of snow flakes falling from the sky.
It’s a message I think… to be strong and beautiful in our own way and have the strength to wade through the usual, the common, and find a spot to stand out in our own way, stand on our own strengths!
Remember we aren’t to arrive at the grave well preserved, but skid sideways proclaiming “whoa what a ride!” And I believe to have that ride, we need to believe in ourselves and show the world how beautiful and strong we are inside and out!
Ladies, put your big girl panties on, saddle the bronc of life, and ride it like you stole it! Fur side up and steel side down!!!
Well, it’s been a long, cold, warm, windy, snowy, rainy and sunny January! I am not sure where the month went but it’s gone! I did find a very cool recipe… that is awesome tasting and super easy to make!
- 2 eggs
- 5 tablespoons of melted butter
- 2 cups of chocolate chips
- 1 box of white cake mix
- Mix all ingredients and pour into a 9 x 13 greased pan
- Bake at 350 for 20 minutes
- Voila one big cookie/cake!!! It's great warm.... and with ice cream and hot fudge sauce!
I finally bought myself a Canon 70D camera with some cool features and a zoom lense! I thought some of you might like this… it’s my buddy Casey!!! A half shitzu and half poodle!
I hope all of you are enjoying winter or some part of it! I am impatiently waiting for spring to surface and the green grass to grow!
For those of you who are new to me, I thought today might be a good day to introduce you to the Hat Creek Ranch Journal! A 100 page book you can order black and white or color! With images of folks that have ridden with us on the ranch! Interesting life and horse quotes and lots of pages to fill up with your own writing! I created it thinking what a wonderful way to capture your thoughts and ideas…and I dedicated it to 3 of my most favorite people -You will have to order to see who they are!
If you go to my store front you can click on the link and order!
We have had some big snow falls with freezing cold temps! But it’s created some really neat pics! Hope you like them!