The Hunted

The pair of raven that circled overhead did nothing to quiet my drumming heart. What a time to have just finished reading Jack London’s WHITE FANG!

There I sat holding the horses, while by son hiked the neighboring slope. The elk called from ridge to ridge. We waited, the horses and I. No longer hunting, but perhaps being hunted.

The mind processes extreme thought as one waits and watches alone in the wilderness, the minutes pass slowly along. The snow dripped and dropped in the surrounding forest keeping the horses alert.

Therefore, initially I reasoned that I could close my eye for a moment and grab hold of those missing moments of slumber. The horses will stay alert!?

Truth be known, I was NOT prepared for this resent adventure into the backcountry. I did not realize that we would be heading up the mountain. I do have a bear gun, a .44 mag. Smith & Wesson. (You should see the look on the sale man’s face when I buy shells, but that demands its own post.)

Shells-that is where my unpreparedness begins-one shell remained and it rested alone beside the coffeepot; justifying my ditching my .44 back in the truck.

Bear spray; sure it’s nestled in my saddle bag. Like a lot of good that’s gonna do me! Here bears, come a little closer. I’m gonna spray you!

The crashing through the trees brought me to my feet (wet feet). Then I heard the shot nearby. Nearby on the mountain isn’t nearby by any stretch of the imagination. Nearby, close to the tree line on the Shoshone National forest is more like an hour-and-a-half of bushwhacking hell, straight up on your hands and knees through the snow, mud and rocks while avoiding the flailing hooves of your lunging horse behind you.

Now the work began. We had him quartered and ready to load. Here is where the true colors of one’s saddle horse comes shining through. I was prepared for rodeos. Those two buggers where amazing. They never even jumped. I was going to say hesitated, but that isn’t true. They were scared as hell. My ‘Bay’ would turn and get a good sniff of fresh flesh every chance he could, turn and point his nose to the sky. He’d of howled if he could have. His load slipped off once, not twenty yards from the kill site. He stood waiting to be reloaded. I have never imagined they would be so good.  I hadn’t planned on bagging an elk and packing it out that day. But as the sun was fading from the afternoon sky, my boy and I both agreed we’d best fill our quota, cause we weren’t coming back!

-The Code of the West, Revisited-


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Cooking for the health of it

1. Live each day with courage
2. Take pride in your work
3. Always finish what you start
4. Do what has to be done
5. Be tough, but fair
6. When you make a promise keep it
7. Ride for the brand
8. Talk less and say more
9. Remember that some things are not for sale
10. Know where to draw the line
11. Spend as little time as possible in the kitchen
12. Know when you are really hungry

Sharon’s Spaghetti for Cowboys & Girls


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Meals Out Of Thin Air

A large kettle of spaghetti appeared, out of thin air, simmering atop the stove when we came in from riding. Sharon, my mother-in-law, would be baking bread or making cookies once the daily chores were complete. She did have a bread machine, by the way. She was a wise cowgirl and very appreciative of modern conveniences. Sharon treasured her cellar, for here she had stocked enough non-perishable food to feed her family for months.
Sharon’s spaghetti is always a healthy meal with its tomato sauce, packed with the antioxidant vitamin C, and carbohydrate rich noodles.

Meals in Minutes

Healthy Meals In Minutes

  • 2 lbs lean ground beef-browned and drained, fill large kettle with water over cooked meat 1 inch.
  • 1 box regular spaghetti noodles once water is boiling rapidly

add the following after noodles are cooked:
1 large can tomato sauce
1 large can diced tomatoes
1 can tomato paste
*more water if needed
Spice to taste-using fresh spices when available *garlic, oregano, basil, salt, pepper, cumin
Leave simmering on low for 20 minutes. Refrigerate leftovers in sealed container.
*All of these ingredients are taken from Sharon’s cellar and may be kept on had to feed a crowd unexpectedly. Serve with fresh tossed green salad.


Dandelion Salad


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Cooking Fresh

Dandelion Salad

Pick tender green shoots of small Dandelion flowers, wash thoroughly. Let stand in ice-cold water for an hour. Place in salad bowl, cover with hard-boiled eggs and serve with French dressing.

Despite natural variations, trace minerals are widely distributed in foods as they come from nature; eat a wide variety of foods and you are likely to get the nutrients that you need. Dandelions are high in vitamins A and C. There is no toxic potential to Dandelions, large quantities may be consumed.

I have made it my agenda to get healthy meals on the table at supper time in front of my kids. Now, getting them to eat this… Have the kids help pick and wash the Dandelion greens. They’ll love to eat their own creation!!

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Grandmommy’s Apple Cake

Apple Cake Recipe

Apple Cake Recipe

The aroma of this cake filling my kitchen took me back to my childhood in my Grandmommy’s kitchen.

Mix well:

2/3 C sugar

1/2 C brown sugar

1/4 C oil

3 eggs

Sift or blend with wire whisk:

2/3 C flour

2/3 C whole wheat flour

1/2 C oat bran ( I substituted Grape-Nut cereal, blended in my coffee grinder)

11/2 tsp soda

1 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp nutmeg or allspice

3 C unpeeled, shredded apples

1 C raisins (optional)

Pour into greased pan, bake 18-20 min.




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