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Dec. 10, 2009 10:55 am 
Updated: Dec. 16, 2009 5:49 pm
Wow! Today I looked and I saw that I had 3 comments to my first blog post. How exciting! I think this is actually going to be fun. I used to keep a personal diary, but that has since faded in the last few (okay, more like 10) years. I feels good to be able to type something just to have it out there. So, to those 3 of you that posted a comment for me........Thank You!! I needed that vote of confidence.

How many of you have seen Julie & Julia? I watched it yesterday and really enjoyed it. I guess you might say that is what inspired me to get off my butt and start my blog. I had set up a blog prior to this, but lacked to follow through to actually do something with it. So, maybe I am following in Julie's footsteps, but you can rest assured that I'm not going to cook every recipe that Julia published!!! I think my family would freak if I served half of the things in her cookbook! Cowboys (or at least mine) don't take to kindly to eating things they can't pronounce. I'm trying to "culture" him, but it may be the end of me!! :)

Today, I am making 4 B's Cream of Tomato Soup. If you live in Montana, New Mexico, and I'm not sure where else, you may know of the 4 B's Restaurant. A long time ago, my grandmother got their recipe for Cream of Tomato soup. It is legendary. In fact, it's not uncommon for someone to go their just to have this soup. I plan on putting it on here (allrecipes.com) and full credit will go to the restaurant. I hope I don't get in trouble for posting it (copyrights and such), but I guess I'll take my chances. It is too delicious not to share!! So, it's me and Stone (my 15 month-old son) today at home. The snow has stuck around this time, the wind is blowing, and it feels like a great day for some hot soup.

Well, I guess with that, I will say, "Bon Appetit!!" (Just like Julia) :)
Dec. 10, 2009 11:54 am
I often have to feed crew on the ranch we live on, and they are pretty open to almost anything, provided I call it by a different name..ie, quiche becomes a green chili pie! LOL
Dec. 10, 2009 1:51 pm
Great idea, Petey! I'll remember that when I try to get the guys to eat artichokes or oysters!! :)
Dec. 10, 2009 10:03 pm
I started my baking tonight-if you want a great oatmeal cookie, try the Soft Oatmeal Cookie-it's really good. Hope you do get back to your riding-my horses are the center of my life-I've owned horses since I was a teenager & able to get a job to support my habit-LOL.
Dec. 10, 2009 10:24 pm
I'm dying to see Julie + Julia, but the one video store out here in hicksville doesn't have it yet. :x Grats on starting your blog! It was a snow-day here too. I ended up with pizza instead of soup, tho!
Dec. 11, 2009 8:48 am
Goodeats......Thank you! Yes, I love my horses! I rode horses before I was able to walk (literally). I have been involved in rodeo most of my life. I just love it and feel fortunate to live the life that I do! I will try the Soft Oatmeal Cookie. Thanks for the tip! Nobody's Girl......I am a huge fan of pizza. Might have to do that today! You must see the movie. It was great!
Dec. 11, 2009 10:36 pm
I just watched it aswell yesterday and loved it ! Except for the sad part about Julia not actually liking Julie's blog. . . seemed out of character for the movie... the food in the movie looked so tasty though!
Dec. 16, 2009 5:49 pm
Amber.....I know, that's what I thought too! After watching the movie, I am on a mission to make Lobster Thermidor. I've never eaten it before, but it sounds absolutely heavenly!
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I am happily married and have a son, named Stone. He was born in August 2008. He definitely keeps me busy at home. We live on a large cattle ranch in southwestern South Dakota. We raise black angus cross cows/calves and breed/raise quarter horses. I spend most of my days running my business "Cowgirl Swank" from home, taking care of my son, being the ranch cook, and helping outside as much as possible. We are involved in rodeo, but I haven't found much time to spend with my horses (or in the arena) since Stone was born. I am looking forward to that changing this as my son gets older. He has his own horse now so he will be able to go along when we go riding. My business has taken off and I am extremely busy with that. Other than that, I love being a mom and I love the fact that Stone will grow up the same way that I did (on the ranch with both parents present). I also love to cook and am always looking for new things to make. Allrecipes.com is my favorite site of all time!!
My favorite things to cook
I love to bake cookies, pies, banana bread, zucchini bread, deserts, etc. We eat a lot of beef so I am constantly searching for new recipes to try to spice things up a bit. I love to cook for my family (so I love to cook just about everything).
My favorite family cooking traditions
My grandma and mom are both incredible cooks. I am trying to follow in their footsteps. I love to make things that I remember from my childhood (just like grandma did). We always try to get together for the major holidays. There's nothing like enjoying the company of family and friends over a homemade meal.
My cooking triumphs
I mastered my grandma's Lemon Meringue pie recipe. It is incredible! I have gotten to be a very good baker. Now I'd like to master making bread and rolls (something that I am a novice at). I know that it takes a lot of practice to be a good bread baker. I'm up for the task!
My cooking tragedies
I haven't had a lot of tragedies (thankfully). I did try to make my grandma's bread (just once so far) and I didn't check the expiration on the yeast. Needless to say, it never raised and ended up getting thrown out. I will master bread making.....if it's the last thing I do! :)
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