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Why I Stopped Blogging – One of Those Life Changing Events

June 16, 2019
The Accidental Cowboy

Were you wondering why I stopped blogging? I apologize for just leaving with no explanation. It was because of one of those unexpected life changing events that knock you for a loop. One of those things that makes you have to go away by yourself for awhile to figure out. You know, the ones that cause you to make the changes that have been rattling around in the back of your head for way too long, but change is hard and it’s easier to think about it tomorrow.

So, the love of my life, the Accidental Cowboy is working through some serious health issues. We are still figuring things out. I’m not going to go into great detail because he is a private person but, some things gotta change! Like not ignoring what your body is telling you, like eating healthier and getting enough consistent rest and exercise. And, having good medical professionals, and insurance just in case. That darn check up once a year. Yup, it really is a good idea, nip things in the bud, ya know?

So, we are making changes. Now, the love of my life loves his processed, sweets and his meat and potatoes. It turns out though, that there is a reason that empty calories are such a trap. And, most importantly changes can be made that lead out of that trap. If you feed your body what it needs nutritionally, guess what, you don’t want as many calories. It’s true, I promise.

Let’s start with breakfast. Now, there is nobody on earth that is less of a fan of fruit than the Accidental Cowboy. Not even a fan of apple pie unless of course it’s drowning in ice cream and cool whip. However, we now have a fruit smoothie every morning for breakfast. We both miss it if we don’t have it. It is delicious. It’s a culinary miracle.

All you do is whip this baby up in the blender. 216 Calories, 21 % of your daily fibre, 14% of your iron and 68% of your vitamin C. That along with a dash of calcium, vitamin A and folate.

 

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The Accidental Cowboy Smoothie

This breakfast smoothie will convert even the most resistant fruit eater.

Course Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword fruit, healthy snack, smoothie
Prep Time 7 minutes
Servings 1 serving
Calories 216 kcal
Author Jeanne Rogers

Ingredients

  • 2 large strawberries frozen
  • 1/4 cup blueberries frozen
  • 1 medium banana fresh or frozen
  • 1/4 cup pineapple chunks canned in natrual juice
  • 1/4 cup cranberry juice cocktail
  • 1/4 cup water

Instructions

  1. Place all ingredients in a blender. Pulse to break up frozen fruit then blend until smooth.

As the weather warms up, we have been having one of these in the afternoon. It is just as good as a big scoop of ice cream. I’d love to hear from you if you get a chance to try this.

Also, I hope you will bear with me as I get back in the blogging saddle so to speak. I gotta tell you, getting this post published was harder than hitting that publish button for the very first time. But, one has to start (or in my case, start back somewhere) and mighty done is often better than mighty good. Right?

 

 

 

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Blueberry Tea, My New Favorite Winter Cocktail

December 27, 2018
BlueberryTea

The Perfect Warm Cocktail

As I sit down to write this I am brewing up a Blueberry Tea, my new favorite winter cocktail. It warms me all the way to the tips of my toes, and yet it is light, with just the right amount of sweetness. An expert in getting through cold winters in comfort, my brother-in-law from Canada, told me about this drink. No matter how cold it gets, this cocktail makes me feel cozy.

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Hummingbird Nectar Recipe and Conversion Chart

July 1, 2018
Hummingbird Photography

I created this Hummingbird Nectar Recipe and Conversion Chart, ’cause, out here in the hinterlands of New Mexico you have to get your entertainment where you can. I like to have my morning tea on the front porch and watch the hummingbirds, little fighter pilots of the Audubon world. Their speed and agility is unmatched anywhere in nature in my humble opinion. We have two feeders set up about 10 feet off the porch. There are a couple of trees that allow the birds to check out the situation before they come down to feed, so it’s a great set up. Hummingbirds eat 1.5 to 3 times their body weight a day. If they spent less time running each other off and just shared the feeder, they might not have to eat so much. They wouldn’t be nearly as interesting to watch though. Aerial battles and all, it is a great way to start the day.

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An Excellent Ranch Morning

May 9, 2018
Wild Yellow Rose

It is 8:14 am and it has been a stellar morning here on the ranch. This may sound crazy to some of you but, those of us that love roses, especially old or antique roses are truly blessed. Here is why. This morning after the horses were fed and everybody is good on water (horses, cows, cats, dog), I was filling my watering can to take care of my new lavender plants and noticed this sweet wild yellow rose blooming by the water tank for the cows. It has made my day. What tenacity! We have had almost no moisture here all year. It was an incredibly dry winter. Just two dustings of snow. This spring we have had a trace of rain maybe 3 times. I am amazed at this little rose. How has it survived and even bloomed? Is it totally wild or did someone a very long time ago plant it or its predecessor?

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I Got Nothin

February 10, 2018
NewCalf

Well, there is no recipe today. I got nothin. It’s not for lack of trying. This week I have been experimenting with the slow cooker again. I have seen where some folks swear that vegetables “roasted” in a slow cooker are as good as when you roast them in the oven. I did not find this to be the case.

Now it could be the combination of vegetables that I used. I tried zucchini, tomatoes, and radishes seasoned with basil. Nope, didn’t care for the combination. I think the vegetables need to be a similar texture. That way they all cook to the same degree.

Next I tried sweet potatoes, carrots, parsnips and brussel sprouts seasoned with some cinnamon. Nope, brussel sprouts do not belong with root vegetables. Lastly, I tried chicken leg quarters. Supposedly when you cook chicken without any liquid, skin on, in the slow cooker the skin comes out crispy but the meat stays nice and moist. No crispy skin for me. The chicken was nice and moist. But, it was a bit overdone. I cooked it as directed on low for what was supposed to be seven hours. It was fall apart tender at six hours. I did however, get some really good broth out of that little experiment. My next endeavor will involve the temperature sensor that goes with my slow cooker. I am going to see how long it takes to get it to 160° with chicken, and I am going to try some different vegetable mixes. I love a good medley. So stay tuned.

Meanwhile back here at the ranch, (I really can say that) the weather continues to be unseasonably warm (and unfortunately dry). This is really nice especially when one heats the house with wood. On really cold nights we have to get up a couple of times to feed the wood stove. With this warmer weather we are able to sleep through the night.

The best thing for me about February is that calving season starts for us. The first momma with her calf in tow showed up a couple of days ago. The first day or so they are so spindly on their new legs. By the second day they are already testing out their running skills. It’s really fun to watch two calves meet each other for the first time. Just like a couple of toddlers meeting at the playground. A bit shy and tentative and then they are off to play. Seeing those new babies tells me that Spring is not too far off.

So tomorrow, it’s back to kitchen. These experiments will prove to be fruitful eventually.

Breakfast Drinks Ranch Life

Taking Time for the Perfect Cup of Tea

January 25, 2018
Perfect Cup Of Tea

“There is no trouble so great or grave that cannot be much diminished by a nice cup of tea.”                               Bernard-Paul Heroux.

The perfect cup of tea is one of life’s simple pleasures. All it takes to make that perfect cup of tea, is just a bit of extra time. There really isn’t anything better. First, it needs to be brewed in a pot or at least a mug that you can cover while it brews. The water needs to be brought to the right temperature. For most teas that is 200°F. Don’t forget to warm the pot before adding the tea. It doesn’t do much good to get the water hot enough, just to have it cool in a cold teapot. And, of course, use good quality tea! Keep your tea in an air tight tin or container. Loose tea is best but I confess I use tea in bags for my morning cuppa. These extra steps are part of my morning routine. They are so worth the extra few minutes. Let’s face it, a good start can make all the difference in how the rest of the day goes. So be good to yourself and take those extra few minutes.

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Working Calves

May 21, 2017
Working Calves

We have some leased cattle on the ranch. Joe, their owner has been a cattleman pretty much his whole life. He is a wealth of knowledge and an absolute gem.

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