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

Results…

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.

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Know When to Fold ‘Em

You guys, I feel like Kenny Rogers was screaming this song at me when I got home today. 

First, I left my camera at work.  Again.  I know you’re probably tired of reading that by now, but trust me, I’m just as tired of having to type it.  It was going to be OK, though, because my roommate has a great camera, and to make it up to you guys I had grand plans to document the making of…

…wait for it…

Peanut Butter Chocolate Cupcakes

I’ll give you a minute.  Or maybe I’ll give myself a minute.  I am not a passionate baker by any stretch of the imagination, but this, ladies and gents, I will gladly bake any day of the week given just the right amount of motivation.

Too bad Kenny Rogers saw things differently…

I started by going to store to get avocados because I wanted to make the chocolate cupcake part of the recipe from this Chocolate Avocado Cake recipe that Ashley made a little while ago.  So after a Racheal Ray style balancing act through the grocery store with all of the other things I decided I needed, and losing my keys twice in the grocery store because I kept putting things down to rebalance, I headed home with cupcake grandeur on the brain.

Unfortunately, when I got home I could not get Ashley’s page to load.  Uhhhh, come on internet, don’t fail me now.  And things went downhill from here fast people. 

I decided to just make the peanut butter icing while I waited for the internet to right itself.  I think this is when Kenny caught wind of the impending downward spiral in my humble townhouse kitchen in Wyoming….

I put the peanut butter, butter, milk, and powdered sugar into a bowl and proceeded with my hand mixer.  This thing is a gem from a thrift store raid to fill my first apartment in college 7 years ago.

Martha Stewart's First Hand Mixer

It is now in hand mixer heaven where it should have been at least 20 years ago.  The frosting broke my mixer.  I would be sadder, but this was only the beginning.  Ummmm, food processor to the rescue (I thought).  I coaxed all of the ingredients out of the mixing bowl and into the food processor. 

It whirred and whirred away, but something was amiss.  It wasn’t creamy peanut buttery goodness.  It was a weird glob of greasy…I can’t even find the word for it.

I don’t know what happened.  My only suspicion is that natural peanut butter (sans hydrogenated oils) turned what is arguably one of the most glorious sugary concoctions known to man, into this.

Yeah, that’s the same picture again, but I just kept staring at it.  Is this really happening??  OK, maybe the internet is happy again and I can at least get to the cupcake recipe.  NOPE.  Not gonna happen.  It was at this point that I threw in the towel and Kenny Rogers’ “Know When to Hold ‘Em” started on repeat in my head. 

Some days my dears chocolatey peanut butter bliss just isn’t in the cards…

I would show you what I ended up with for dinner, but I just don’t have it in me.  It was just a pile of self loathing vegetables anyways. 

I’m going to go run this one off.  At least the weather’s turned around here and it’s a perfect 74 degrees outside with a pleasant breeze. 

And I really don’t want to leave you with this epic fail for the night, so why not go check out the new Kaya-face puppy pictures I added to Husky in the Room!!  That face can turn around even the worst of bad days ;).

Oh and Mama Pea’s African Peanut Stew from last night was the exact opposite of an epic fail.  It may be the least photogenic thing I’ve ever taken a picture of…

…but yeah.  It was amazing.  Let me say that again.  Amazing.  Don’t judge a book by it’s cover.  It was a shining light of delicious in a day featuring a not so successful foray into the the world of baking.

I’ll see ya on the flip side.