Want to hear something REALLY Scary?

Our niece Ashley has her house in San Antonio on the market and is busy with the packing and cleaning that goes along with that.She has three children and is trying to keep everything perfect for potential buyers.We thought it would be fun for her daughters Anna (10) and Avery (8) to spend Saturday night with us. We groomed the ponies and rode them down to the tank while Tom grilled shish -ke -bobs. After dinner we roasted smores. It was pitch black except for the glow of the fire and our spotlight. Tom had some ghost stories that he had ready to entertain us with. We had talked about it earlier. They were deemed suitable for 5 to 8 year olds. One of the stories was about a little girl who is camping out by a lake and gets snatched by the “Rain Thing”. I asked Peyton what he thought. “They will wet their pants!” He said. I asked their Mom if she thought it was a good idea…..She didn’t think she wanted to drive 40 miles in the middle of the night to come pick them up. The next morning I asked Anna and Avery if they would have been freaked out listening to ghost stories last night. No way! They both said. Being that it was the light of day, we put on the CD and gave it a try. They loved it. They listened while they worked on paintings in the studio. After about 5 replays, Avery told us a great rendition of Little Red Riding Hood with sound effects and I was enthralled. It was better than any of the recorded twangy voiced stories. That girl has talent. Thanks Uncle Tom for getting the inspiring CD …..great idea! We are ready to step up to the Texas Horror tales, like Fang Baby and Children of the Tracks!

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Aw, Shucks!

Tom spent some time looking at recipes for our cook-out last night. He discovered a good one for corn on the cob. We usually buy fresh corn, soak it in ice cold water, wrap it in foil, grill it and add butter and seasoning after shucking. The recipe we chose called for frozen corn, so we went with it.  We discovered a great seasoning that will be a staple from now on.

Sampler lovingly made by Monroe, LA native Susan Sartor Graham

Louisiana Cajun Seasoning has 0 fat, 0 calories. It is gluten free and contains no MSG. Use it like salt and pepper. It claims to be great on everything, including salads. Can’t vouch for that yet, but try sprinkling it on frozen corn on the cob,add a pat of butter, wrap it in heavy duty foil and grill it!!! Tonight we are going to try it on Tilapia……

Last Night and the Night Before

I could not wait to get home Friday night. Tom and I had a cook out planned and we wanted to get started before sunset. I thought we might just walk down to the tank and sit on a blanket and eat a salad, but I should have known better. I saddled up Pony Boy and he was my couch for the evening, while the Gourmet Chef grilled bell peppers, zucchini, carrots and onions to compliment our jalapeño and cheddar cheese burgers. Pony Boy munched on hay and was content to hang out with us. We had a radio, but it was more fun to listen to the Cara Caras (Mexican eagles) and the Owls as it got later. Last night was even more fun and Tom had the whole day to plan our feast.We had corn on the cob, roasted on the fire, green beans on another grill, chicken and sausage on the 3rd one.

Spooky's first pony ride

Noche and Okie stayed home (their choice)and I was a little bit worried about bringing Spooky. I thought we might lose her when it got dark, but she stayed near us all night. She even went for a ride on Pony Boy. Sky was really good, too. She did a little exploring, but never wandered off to far.

Every day opens up new possibilities for fun that only could be realized by living out here with the solitude, open land and abundant wildlife. Just recently we have been excited to see several deer on our property for the first time ever. Last week, I started putting out corn so that they will appear on a predictable basis.There is a big buck and at least four doe in his harem. I can’t wait to see little Bambis in May. If I feed them enough, maybe they will hang out here more often and try some of Tom’s roasted corn on the cob! We took lots of photos that are posted here. Check out Just Saying to see some of the ranch recipes.