Friday, September 5, 2014

5 on Friday.

Do you know what really makes Friday come fast?

Only having to work 3 days this week!
 
Too bad every week can't be like this one....not working on Monday (Labor Day) and then having my day off fall on this Friday was suh-weeet!
 
Have you all had a great week?  I sure hope so.  This week was kind of hectic at work (lots going on, ramping up with the new Farm Bill) and every evening had an activity which makes the days just fly by - in a good way! We live a good, good life and I am so thankful for it.

So with that, here's my Friday 5.  If you blog a similar type of post, feel free to leave a link below in the comments!

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1. And the cattlemen came.
 
Last night, the Umatilla Cattlemen's attended a dinner hosted by Zoetis at Blue Mountain Community College.  We learned about weaning vaccinations, and did some future planning with pre-turnout/branding/pre-breeding vaccination protocols.  Nick Nelson smoked BBQ Tri-Tip for dinner and it was DELICIOUS!  I told him it may have been some of the best tri-tip I've eaten....it was that good.  The meeting was held at the BMCC Ag Complex, so as the evening wore on, the crew opened the big shop doors and we had the best view of the sunset.

 






 
Progressive Ranchers + Great Food + Knowledge + Great Views = WINNING!

 
2. My Favorite Dip
 
The Francis' are branding this weekend, and I'm in charge of bringing chips and dip.  I'm going to make one of my all time favorites, so I thought I'd share with you.  The recipe is super simple, and SO delicious!  It'd be great for a tailgate party, Bunco, branding, etc.
 
I don't know what the official name of it is, but I've always called it Dippity Dip Dip Dip....because once you start eating it, you just can't stop dipping into it!  I serve it with plain Baked Lays (something about the salty, crispy texture of these chips paired with the dip is amazing) but tortilla chips or plain potato chips would be good too!   My friend Jenny spreads this dip onto tortillas, rolls them up, chills them and then cuts them into little pinwheels - and it's great for that too!
 
Dippity Dip Dip Dip Recipe:
 
3 - 8 oz blocks of cream cheese - softened
You can use reduced fat as well, but I wouldn't use fat free cream cheese
1 small can of chopped olives
1 packet of dry ranch mix
1 small can of jalapenos or diced green chiles
Use jalapenos if you want the dip spicy, green chiles if you prefer a milder flavor - but don't leave them out, you need the zip they bring to the party!
1 can of drained yellow/white corn or shoepeg corn
1 small red onion finely diced

First you want to dice the olives and jalapenos up really well. The goal is to have all of the onion, olives and jalapenos to be about the same size as the corn. Then just mix with the rest of the ingredients, and refrigerate. Serve with Baked Lays or multigrain tortilla chips.
 
 Leftovers can be made into.....wait, this dip is so good you won't have leftovers! 
 
 Enjoy!

*I'm linking up with Kelly today - but sure to check out her blog to see all of the other great tailgating recipes!  We don't really tailgate, but tailgating food is usually portable which means it can be great for feeding a crew at the ranch!


3. Speaking of the ranch....







We are so blessed.  We lead a great life here, and I am so thankful for it.

 
4. Thank you.

You know, it's a funny feeling when a small blogger like me posts a post like this one and so many people stop by to read.  And then, to see all of you agree with the post enough to share on social media platforms, such as Facebook - well, it just makes me feel very thankful that there are so many of you out there that support youth showing livestock.  It truly does matter.

And while it's fun to see all of the stats, and comments from new readers...at the end of the day, our life is still the same.  I'm still just a proud ranch wife, with a daily job in town, trying to make our little part of the world the best it can be.  I hope that this blog reflects that, and that you'll enjoy reading it. 

I was contacted by an extension agent in Oklahoma who stopped by the blog this week, and he noted that I didn't have a "Subscribe by Email" button, so I've remedied that and if you'd like to get new blog posts in your inbox, just enter your email up there in the top right hand corner of the blog.

Thanks again for stopping by -
 
5. Favorite picture of my favorite heifer.


I thought I'd just leave you with a picture of Lil' Lolita hanging out with the mama Charolais cows.

I just love this heifer calf!

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Happy Friday friends!

Keep living the dream!
 


1 comment:

  1. Hey Miss Darcy!

    I can't answer your Friday question. Most of the time I'm lucky to know what day of the week it is.

    I haven't been to an educational cattlemen's appreciation for a long long time. The place we get vaccine is having one next week and we can't go. I like it: "Progressive Ranchers + Great Food + Knowledge + Great Views = WINNING!!"

    You are so humble. Glad the youth livestock showing post put a pretty feather in your hat, you deserve it!

    Good capture of Lolita.

    This weekend we are hauling hay and have a Wedding at the neighbor's tomorrow evening.

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