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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

The Journey and the Destination

Sunday morning dawned clear and hot.  It was 90 at 8 a.m. as I drove north out of Pawhuska.  The road to the Prairie alternates between patches of pavement and gravel before finally giving way to all gravel.  When the road has been graded by a county worker who knows what he's doing and when we don't have huge rains, it can be pretty smooth.  Such was the case this morning.  Rabbits and field mice scurried across the meandering road.  I rode with my windows down and the radio off so I could hear the sounds of the land....the sound of the Birdsong and the locust and most of all.....the Voice of God.  Fat steers munched on what little grass that was left in the fields.  Before long the ranchers will be shipping them out.  This year has been a hard one for the ranchers, we've had a month of 100 degree weather already and the grass and water have really dried up fast.  The yield from the hay fields is down also.  A thick layer of dust covers all the vegetation close to the road.  With all of these dry and hot conditions, it still doesn't distract from the beauty of this Prairie land.

My destination was my sister's house at the Conservancy's headquarters where she lives.  We had a 2 day project, painting 2 bedrooms, cleaning and redecorating.  We worked hard but accomplished so much! 

I left my sister's a little after 8 p.m. Monday evening and drove up out of the Sand Creek bottom.  As I topped the hill, the late evening sunlight poured over the land.  It's beautiful this time of the day, when there is a little relief from our hot humid Oklahoma summers. It's as if the land and all it's inhabitants breath a sigh of relief and thanks to the Lord. 

As I crossed Dry Creek, I saw 2 birds sitting in the road about 10 feet apart, and as I got closer, I saw that they were Whipporwills.  As I drove south and came around by the Sellers pens, I saw a herd of Buffalo.  The evening sunlight shone on a dust cloud from a buffalo wallow.  A buffalo wallow is where the buffalos roll around in the dirt to rid themselves of insects.  What a site this was, I wish I could of gotten a picture but there wasn't a good spot to pull over.  Swallows were swooping over another herd of buffalo on down the road. 

The sun was sinking behind the Osage Hills and the moon was already at it's zenith by the time I got to town.  What a wonderful time I had.  I enjoyed The Journey and the Destination......

Monday, July 4, 2011

Summer Seafood Salad

Want something cool and refreshing on a hot summer day? 
Try this light but satisfying seafood salad recipe!

1 pkg of imitation crab flakes
2 stalks of celery, minced
A light sprinkle of garlic powder and a dash of pepper
2 large heaping tablespoons of light miracle whip

Mix all ingredients together and chill
Serve with your favorite crackers such as reduced fat Ritz crackers or Toasted PecanWheatables and a cluster of red grapes

Garden Party Fruit Salad

Try this delightful Fruit Salad recipe for your next garden party!

1 large can and 1 regular size can of fruit cocktail, drained
and 1 small box of vanilla instant pudding, mixed together
Then add:
1 cup of small marshmallows
1 cup of flaked coconut
1 cup of chopped pecans
1 tub of cool whip
Mix together all ingredients until thoroughly blended and chill
Makes 10 to 12 servings

Such a cool and refreshing summertime dessert!

Summer Picnic Pasta Salad

This recipe is a great as a side dish for a backyard barbeque or a  summertime picnic!
Very flavorful and delicious!

1 bag of rotini pasta, cook in water seasoned with 2 chicken bouillon cubes and a tablespoon of butter to prevent sticking, drain when finished
Cut up the following vegetables ( any combination and all are optional, just add what you like): cucumber, bell pepper,  tomato, onion,  celery, broccoli, cauliflower, a can of sliced water chesnuts
Add pasta and veggies to large covered container and add a large bottle of zesty italian dressing, toss to cover the pasta/vegetables.
Chill and serve with a little sprinkle of parmesen cheese
This recipe will serve a crowd!

Cow Camp Pie

Here's a delicious and filling recipe I know you'll enjoy!

Cow Camp Pie
Filling preparation:
Brown 1 lb. of ground beef and 1 small onion, diced, season to taste
Steam in a small amount of chicken broth, 1/2 head of cabbage, cut in smaller pieces and 1 small bag of frozen broccoli
1 pkg. of  cheese broccoli rice, prepare according to package direction
1 can of cream of celery soup and 1/2 can of milk
Add all above ingredients together after preparing individually

Herbed Biscuit Crust preparation:
Measure out 3 cups of Bisquick and sprinkle a little garlic powder, onion powder, Mrs. Dash seasoning and 1 tbsp of parsley flakes together and then add 1 cup of milk
Pour out dough on a surface covered generously with bisquick and knead the dough 10 times, then roll out thin.
Cut a 14" circle of dough with a pizza wheel and place in a greased cast iron skillet, press into bottom of skillet and up the sides
Fill with meat and vegetable mixture
Cover the meat/veg. mixture with a layer of sharp shredded cheese
Cut a 10" circle of dough for the top crust
Press the two crusts together with your fingers
Use a wet fork around the edge to reinforce the seal
Brush with butter and bake for 20 minutes or until the crust in golden brown
Makes 8 slices