Category Archives: Hodge Podge

Cinderella the Cow Skull

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In 1991, when I was a mere 3-year-old little girl who was just knee-high to a grasshopper, my Daddy gave me my first cow, Cinderella. Cinderella was the sweetest cow with these huge horns! You could walk out into the pasture and she would just stand there while you petted her. Cinderella was a registered gray Brahman cow. She was very prolific having a calf every year until she passed away in 2008 at the age of 17. Today, I still have cows that can be traced back to Cinderella. Cinderella earned her place on the ranch and passed away peacefully at home. I kept her skull because it’s sentimental to me, and I knew it make a really cool piece to hang up in my house one day.

A couple Christmas’s ago, my sister painted the skull red with my three schools icons. There was an Arkansas Razorback, Georgia G, and a Texas Tech Double T. She also painted and glittered the horns black. She did a great job, but it wasn’t exactly what I had envisioned for Cinderella. This past Christmas break, my sister was really sweet and stripped the paint to start over. But, once again, she tried several different things and none of them just won me over. I left the base turquoise paint coat on and brought Cinderella back to Lubbock. After several months of thinking about what I wanted I finally figured out that I wanted Cinderella to have a simple tribal design that was feminine yet appropriate. So, here’s what I ended up with.

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I love how she turned out and can’t wait to hang her up! Cinderella will forever be with me.

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The Yards — Denver 2014

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My sister had a rough week last week. She needed some sister time and needed to get away. What better place to get away to than the National Western Stock Show in Denver? So, I made a nice 5.5 hour road trip to Garden City, Kan., to pick up Crystal, and then we hit the road for another 4 hours to Denver. It was really late by the time we got to Denver so we found a hotel and crashed. We got up the next morning, showered, and off to the stock show we went. This was Crystal’s first time to experience Denver so she was excited, and I was just excited to be there! One of my best friends, Brett Ausley, asked me to scout all the new bulls, especially the Lautner bulls, when he found out I was going. I was happy to oblige. Below is a slideshow of all the bulls I decided to picture. I apologize for the poor quality on some of the photos. I took them on my iPhone and the sun wasn’t cooperating.

 

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Personally, of all the bulls in the yards, my favorite is Daddy’s Money. He’s a total, solid package bull. Tons of muscle, rib shape, capacity, and stands on good bone. After him, my favorite Lautner bull is Silver Lining. He too has a solid foundation and is very clean and smooth made. I’m also a sucker for that coloring. Some other Lautner bulls that stood out to me were Ready to Roll and War Eagle. Another non-Lautner bull that caught my eye is Armada.

Needless to say, we really enjoyed our trip. It’s always really neat to see what the new, upcoming bulls for the year are going to be and see the progeny of the older bulls.

Until next time Denver,

How to Use a Charcoal Grill – Yes ladies, You CAN!!

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I recently moved into a house with a new roommate and we got lucky…there was a grill already there! Now, my roommate wasn’t as excited as I was because it was a small, charcoal grill. However, I was pumped! I grew up using charcoal grills because that’s all my Daddy believed in. My roommate, on the other hand, was use to gas grills and had never used a charcoal grill. So, I thought for today’s blog post, I’d show you how to use a charcoal grill. Yes ladies, you can!

To get started you’ll need a grill, charcoal, lighter fluid, a match (maybe a whole box in case the one dies out before you can light the charcoal) and a large stick.

Here we go:

First things first, make sure you clean out your grill from the last time it was used. Most grills will have a detachable pan the charcoal sits on so you can just lift it out and dump it. Mine, however, does not. So I’m utilizing an old spatula that I was going to through away anyway. (Yes it is slotted so I just have to be more creative.)

Cleaning out the grill

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is what mine looked like after I cleaned it out the best I could.

The grill cleaned out.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now for the charcoal. There’s not an exact number of briquettes (each individual piece of charcoal) to use. It all depends on your grill. You’ll need enough to have a layer over the bottom.

Dump the charcoal into the grill.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After you dump your charcoal in, you’ll need to build a pile.

A pile of charcoal.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now, unless you’re using instant light charcoal, you’ll need to add some lighter fluid. I eyeball it so each briquette gets some.

Adding lighter fluid to the pile of charcoal.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My Daddy always lets the lighter fluid soak in for a bit, but last night I was reading the back of the bottle and it says to light immediately. I don’t think it matters either way; it just matters how much time you have.

Charcoal with lighter fluid.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finally, you light the pile with your match or lighter. It’ll catch quick since there’s lighter fluid so be careful and watch out for the big flames!

Lit charcoal.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So, how do you know when it’s ready? The charcoal briquettes will start to turn ashy white.

Charcoal turning white.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Once they’ve all turned, you’ll need to use your stick and spread them out into a single layer on the bottom.

Charcoal spread out.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last, but not least, put the grill rack in the grill and put all your yummy eatin’s on!

Grill with food on it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Y’all Enjoy!

Stephenville, Texas

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Today I’m headin’ down to Stephenville, Texas, the Cowboy Capitol. I’m super excited to go and see my little sister, Crystal, who is working on her master’s at Tarleton State University. Stephenville is located about 70 miles southwest of Fort Stephenville, TX MapWorth. It’s absolutely beautiful countryside. Stephenville is a small town with a population of about 17,950. Erath County is the leading milk producer in the state crankin’ out about $140 million worth of milk each year! Needless to say, Stephenville’s primary industry is agriculture.

One thing I absolutely love about Stephenville is the shopping. This is probably because they have one of the cutest town squares with lots of little shops. Quite a few of them have tons of western items to choose from which is right up my alley. One place in particular my sister always talks about is Chicken House. Chicken House is exactly how it sounds, it’s aStephenville, TX chicken house that has been converted into a flea market. My sister bought her bed frame and some dressers from there when she first moved to Stephenville and let me tell ya, they are cute, cute, cute! So, I’m excited to be going down on a weekend when they are open to see for myself what all the fuss is about.

Next time you’re thinking about taking a trip, consider swingin’ by Stephenville. It’s a cute town with neat shops and some pretty good eats as well and who knows, maybe you’ll run into Ty Murray and Jewel while you’re there.