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.


Rockin’ P Ranch Turkey Chili

 You may also garish with chopped onions, shredded cheese, avocado and sour cream!!!!

Eat more BEEF!!!!

Eat more BEEF!!!!


2 tablespoons olive oil

1 medium onion chopped

2 garlic gloves, minced

1 medium green bell pepper, chopped

1 pound ground turkey

3 14- ounce cans stewed tomatoes, undrained and chopped

2 15-ounce cans pinto beans, drained

2/3 cup salsa or picante sauce

1 tablespoon chili powder

1 tablespoon ground cumin

1 teaspoon cayenne red pepper

1 tablespoon sugar

Coat a medium size pot with the olive oil. Sauté onion, garlic and green bell pepper. Add turkey and cook until crumbly. Add the next seven ingredients and simmer for 30 minutes.

Makes 6 servings.