Trees and Snow

I came across this pattern on Ravelry and just had  to make it. It is called the Snowfall Hat. 

My mom is drawn to anything with cables and I am drawn to colorowork. I just love it.


When I started this one my mom instantly said it was hers. Of course I agreed. It looks great!


My mom and dad modeling hats. Mom made my nephew a simple beanie and dad was trying it on for size. They look great. 

Of course I couldn’t leave out my little sister. She loves having her picture taken. The Pom Pom on the hat really finishes it off. 

Chicken Soup on a Cold Day!


If you have read many of my posts you know that I love soup. It is my go to meal when I’m unsure what to cook. It is my go to meal when it’s cold. Let’s face it, it is my go to meal anytime!!

It has been overly cold here in Wyoming, and finally I found chicken on sale. Chicken in Wyoming is outrageously overpriced. At home in Tennessee, it is so cheap!!

When I have chicken I usually make chicken noodle soup. However this time I mixed it up and made chicken and rice. 

All of my chicken soups start with a great broth or base. You can do this lots of ways. However I love Watkins Chicken Base.  It adds the perfect mixture of seasonings without salt.  

I mix several cups of water with the seasoning according to the directions. Bring this to a slow boil. Toss in chopped chicken or you can toss in cooked shredding chicken. Let this cook until the chicken is done or until warm. 

I then add my onions and carrots. These are freeze dried and will plump back up. I toss in whatever amount to my liking. Thrive is an awesome company! I use so many of their products. The veggies never go bad and I don’t have to worry I always have them on hand!

Let this cook until the veggies are plump and tender. At that point I add in the frozen noodles or in this case uncooked rice. If you use noodles it really tastes much better with homemade or frozen. Regular pasta just doesn’t do it. 

Let it cook until tender at a slow boil.  If you like throw in some frozen peas and 1 tsp or so of celery powder. 

If you would like your soup a little thicker, mix together water and cornstarch until blended. Pour a little at a time into the soup until it reaches your desired consistency. 

Check taste. You will need to add salt and pepper. Sometimes it needs more chicken flavoring and I will mix in a little water and more Watkins seasoning. 


Enjoy!

Ingredients:

2 chicken breasts

Peas, carrots, onions

Frozen Noodles or rice

Watkins chicken soup base

 In an instant Everything Changes!

Life is so busy, is it not?  We run from one thing to the next. Jump from the car to our homes only to return again. We rotate friends often dependent upon new interests and drifting apart, or disagreements that cause the friendship to shatter. Activities come and go. Life just spins constantly. We seem to plow through the years so quickly that we don’t even realize how much we are missing or how fast things are happening. 
However sometimes, hopefully rarely we receive news that causes us to almost halt. We see everything different. We watch everything fly by and we seem to be in slow motion. We savor the looks on our children’s faces a little longer. The hugs from family seem to last a little longer and tighter. 

We reach for our phones a little slower. We read texts a little more intensely. Life has been altered, never to be the same. For a time we go back to enjoying time instead of bustling through it. 


My advice do it everyday. Slow down! Enjoy! It’s going fast and it can change in a moment. 

Quick, Easy, and Oh, So Yummy!

I recently returned from a visit to my family in Tennessee. I always enjoy my visit and come back with lots of great memories. I also usually have lots of stuff from taking advantage of stores we do not have here in Wyoming. This year I also came home with a great recipe. 

Now recipes are swapped back and forth between my mother and I all the time. The significance of this recipe is it came from my little sister. She is not a cook. By that I mean she doesn’t try new recipes very often. She keeps it simple. She does basics! She could cook very well if she wanted but as she says cooking is not her thing. 

Well she shared this recipe and at first I was reluctant. The ingredients, all three of them, just didn’t seem to be a good mix to me. Then she popped over to mom’s and proceeded to whip this up. 

I was wrong it’s wonderful. Not only does it only have three ingredients but it is done in about 10 minutes, Maybe less! It is also addicting. 

The other reason I love it, is that it makes just enough. You don’t end up with a huge pot of dip. It is a rather small amount compared to my regular sausage dip with velvetta. So if making for a crowd you will need to double or triple. 

Here it is. You must make this! Chances are you have everything you need in your fridge right now!

Easy Sausage Dip

1lb sausage- swaggerty

1 pkg of cream cheese

1 can of original rotel
Brown the sausage and drain the grease. 

Then add the cream cheese and rotel. Mix throughly. 
Serve warm with tortilla chips or crackers. 

You will thank me for this one. I couldn’t resist. Had a bite immediately!

And I’m Back!

It has been close to four years since I hurt my knee working cattle. I climbed over at fence when the cattle were coming back toward me and when I landed I twisted my knee with all my weight on it. At the time it just seemed like it was just partially injured. Little did I know, and soon I would find out that this would be a game changer. 

As the weeks went on I realized my knee was not healing. I have always been an avid horseman, and I enjoy riding horses. I don’t enjoy riding a four wheeler together cattle. I don’t enjoy riding a four wheeler down mountain valleys gathering cattle. They know you can’t get to them in certain spots, and they know you will have to get off that four wheeler. That makes me walk down the hills and walk down little drops, putting more strain on my injured knee. So over the years it grew worse and worse. 

To top it all off I bought a new dog and I decided I was going to go to some clinics to learn to train her. At a training this jeep came into me I locked my knees and they took out the other knee. So this left me with two injured Knees!  I know what you’re saying it’s just over, you’re just gonna have to rest. When I stopped teaching and became my husband’s right-hand man there was no stopping. There was going lighter, and there was going easier. But the work had to get done. 

Over the years the right knee was progressively worse off than the left. And I knew I was going to have to do something. After several different dr visits and injections, I finally had knee surgery in March of this year on my right knee. It feels the best it has felt in years. As a bonus the other knee no longer hurts at all. And in September I can say, I finally got back on a horse. You don’t know how exciting that was. To want to ride but being able to ride is a very hard thing to deal with. So I continue hoping it heals even better and I am able to do all the things that I want including running and jumping. 

Here are a few pictures of my horse ride and my pup Boo. She is the daughter of the dog I bought train. 

How’s the Water!

What a rancher does for his livestock. No he’s not drinking. He is blowing down the overflow to unplug it. I couldn’t resist a great photo opportunity. I’m sure he will thank me later, or sooner. Lol


When it’s hot out, checking water is crucial to the health and well being of all livestock. Keeping everything open and flowing correctly takes staying on top of how the tanks are working. 

Great Day in the Mountains


Yesterday we headed up the mountain to fix fence near Friend Park at the base of Laramie Peak. We moved our heifers up the other day, so it was time to run around another section in case they jump in. 

It was a beautiful day with storm clouds rolling in and out. A little rain, but not too much. The best part I didn’t see one person trespassing! I have come to loathe going up the mountain because it is a constant running people down or having to tell people they are on private property. Sometimes I even see their posts on Facebook, clearly showing where they were. I’m always just mind boggled by this. I would love to take my 4wheeler through their front yard and around the back leave open gates and let their animals out. Maybe then they would comprehend the concept of trespassing. 

That is why I would just rather go somewhere else. However fences have to be fixed, so we have to go up. Yesterday was awesome in that regard. I didn’t see anyone and it was a peaceful break. 

A Little Pasta Salad

Loganne and I both love pasta salad. Especially this one. It incorporates Logannes favorite food, pickles. Yes, not just a small amount either. Dill pickles are the star of this salad. 

With everyone gone, I decided to make this for dinner. Now in my usual fashion it just got bigger. If you know me, then you know I can never cook a small amount. I don’t know what it is but my food amounts always just grow. But now I have pasta salad for a football team, I swear.  It’s crazy. Enjoy!


Creamy Dill Pasta Salad

  • Servings: 8-12
  • Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
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A great summer pasta salad.

Ingredients

-3 cups dried pasta

-1 cup diced dill pickles

-1 cup diced cheddar cheese 

-3/4 cup diced onion

-1/2 cup pickle juice

-1 teaspoon dried dill

-2/3 cup mayonnaise 

-1/3 cup sour cream

-3 tbsp pickle juice

-salt and pepper to taste

Directions

In a large pot bring water to a boil. Cool pasta according to pkg directions or until tender. Do not over cook. Drain and run under cold water.  Put back in the cooled pot and add the 1/2 cup pickle juice. Toss to coat and allow to sit. 

In the meantime chop pickles, onion, and cheese. Set aside. In a small bowl add mayo, sour cream, and pickle juice. Stir to combine. 

Pour the pickle juice off the pasta and add to a large bowl. Stir in the mayonnaise mixture and stir to coat. Add in the chopped ingredients and the dried dill. Place in the fridge and allow to sit at least an hour. Season to taste with salt and pepper. 
Note: this does seem to absorb a lot of the dressing, so if you like it creamy you might make extra sauce to stir in after it sits overnight. 

Halfway At Last

I am one of those knitters who must tackle one project before beginning another. I know that my personality of loosing interest would cause me to cast on endless projects only to put aside to begin something else. Ultimately never finishing any. Therefore it is a one at a time for me.

Currently I have been stuck on a Hudson Bay inspired wool baby blanket. I have no idea why I started this except that it was so darn cute. It has become my nightmare knit. It is taking forever!  


This weekend I took it camping and managed to get in quite a bit of time working on it. I am now officially about three rows over halfway!  Now to finish so I can begin all the things I need to get done before fall. 

A Little Something For Breakfast 

In the summer I really struggle to find things that sound appetizing. It’s so hot that anything heavy or hot just sounds unappealing. I also crave veggies. I know with all those things together I’m surprised I find anything. 

The last week or so I have been making the most glorious concoction for breakfast. There is really not much to it, but it tastes amazing and sticks with me until evening. 

This is one of those things were you toss in what you like or what you have on hand. It varies for me depending on my fridge and my mood. 


Breakfast Scramble

15 minutes to make and serves 2

       2 swaggertys sausage patties 

        1/4 cup diced bell pepper

       1/4 cup onion chopped

      1/4 cup asparagus in 1/2 inch pieces

     1/4 cup diced fresh tomatoes 

  3-4 eggs whisked 

Handful of shredded cheddar cheese
Brown and crumble the sausage in a skillet. Once no longer pink add all the veggies and a little olive oil if needed. Cook stirring often until tender about 10 minutes. Add the eggs and stir. Add salt and pepper to taste. Toss in the cheese and fold in until melted.  Serve with toast. Enjoy