Getting Back on the Horse

I mean the title of this post is both literally and figuratively.  Because I did both this weekend.  Yep.  I fell off the horse I was riding at the branding on Saturday.  I only have one thing to say.  It hurt a lot more than I ever expected it to. 

Not that falling off of a horse is really something I ever pondered before, but I just didn’t expect it to hurt that badly as I was going down.  One minute I was looking at this.

The next, I was up close and personal with the ground.

Basically, I went out into the pasture to help the other 3 riders round up the 40 head of cattle.  Long story short, the horse and I went down into an old creek bed (read trees) I didn’t get him steered away from said trees quickly enough, took a branch to the arm, and it was pretty much game over from there.  Ground, meet Lindsey.  Lindsey, meet ground. 

I did get back onto the horse and rode on to the corral where the cows were already nicely rounded up. 

Uh, huge sigh of relief.  Where’s the Bud Light? 😉

Here’s how the branding goes down.  The cows and bulls are separated from the calves, accounted for, and vaccinated.  They are turned loose, but always hang around to wait for the calves.  The calves are branded, vaccinated, and tagged.  That’s it.  Then they’re turned back out into the pastures to eat grass and roam the Wyoming prairie to their little heart’s content. 

Here are some photos from the branding. 

The cows and bulls in a separate corral from calves.

The cutest calf ever.

The cutest little kid on the prairie and some of the other youngins.

Some other shots…

I was on calf control duty.  I just had to wave my arms and yell when they tried to come over to the “working” end of the corral…  It was hard 😉

And on to the other horse I triumphantly jumped back onto this weekend! 

Peanut Butter Chocolate Cupcakes 😀

Soooooo good.  I used Ashley’s Chococate Avocado Cake Recipe.

Dry Ingredients

Wet Ingredients + Avocado


Lots of cupcakes…

I used Ina Garten’s Peanut Butter Icing recipe.  Seriously.  Amazing.  Awe-inspiring.  Life changing. 

Yeah.  Stop poking your computer screen.  It doesn’t work that way.

Cupcake Heaven

I may have fallen off a horse today, but it’s cool, because I kicked these cupcakes’ butts! 

Now that you’re drooling.  I know you are.  Here’s the recipe:

Chocolate Avocado Cupcakes.  Ashley’s got load of tips and pictures for putting these bad boys together.  Just make sure you whip up the avocado well.  I used a whisk.  I baked the mini cupcakes for 15-18 minutes and the regular ones for 20-22 minutes. 

Peanut Butter Icing

  • 5 tablespoons of room temperature butter
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • ~3 tablespoons whipping cream

Whip together the first 4 ingredients and then add the cream until the icing is light and fluffy.

So kids.  Get back on the horse.  Whether it’s an actual horse or the most amazing cupcakes the world has and will ever know, you’ll be glad you did :D.


12 Responses

  1. Ooooh, love the idea of cupcakes!! Yum yum yum..they look SO cute!! =)

  2. You’re in good company. Prince Harry fell off his polo pony this past weekend! That is the cutest little cowboy ever.

  3. Where are my cupcakes?

  4. Your cupcakes are gorgeous!!!! I wish I could poke through the screen and grab some for myself. 🙂

  5. cute fam pics!

    cupcakes look delish!

  6. I want this life. I’ve always had dreams of living on and working a ranch – but I don’t really know if I could hack it. Your pictures made me swoon, though. As did those cupcakes – yummm. I might just dive into that bowl of PB frosting.

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