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This is the time of year for persimmons and one of my absolute favorite ways to eat a persimmon is how my mother-in-law makes them. When there’s a good harvest from the persimmon tree at the ranch she peels them, slices them, rolls them up in a piece of prosciutto with a jalapeno slice, and bakes them until the prosciutto is nice and crispy. Prosciutto wrapped persimmons with jalapenos are the perfect spicy, salty, and sweet appetizer for your dinner table. Just how we like it here in Texas! This recipe is a part of the Gojee Potluck series. Gojee.com

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I don’t know about you, but fall is absolutely my favorite time of year. It finally starts cooling down here in Texas (except for this year), Hatch Chiles are in season, football is everywhere and hunting season begins. Now, I haven’t been a big hunter in the past. I grew up fishing and love to bass fish at our family ranch but with water scarce and my love of cooking and eating wild game (view most favored wild game recipe on ISMS) I figured it was time for me to join the boys and start hunting. With hunting license in

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This is Jack. Jack recently ran into my arms on my front porch and never left. This past weekend we took Jack to the ranch for the first time. He was in absolute heaven. It was on a walk one morning that he smelled an irresistible smell he had never experienced before. In seconds he was after the trail to… the corral. I fell in love with him even more to see him this happy and was surprised when he obeyed all of the comands we have been working on except… “JACK DON’T ROLL IN THE COW POOP!” That’s not

enchiladas

I love enchiladas! As a Texan and don’t see how you couldn’t. When my father-in-law asked recently if we could get something together for my mother-in-law’s birthday I thought enchiladas were the perfect thing. And not just any enchiladas but chicken and spinach enchiladas. Besides the traditional corn tortilla, beef and red sauce enchiladas that The Husband makes, these are my favorite and perfect for a large get together. Be aware that this recipe makes 20 enchiladas and serves 8 to 10 people. Simply reduce the amount of ingredients by half to serve for 4 to 6 people. But I

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a part of my heart is always here… the brother-in-law and niece

wedding day

girl meets boy

7 | July 30, 2010

Years ago in a bar in Denton, Texas just south of the line where the red dirt turns black a young wide-eyed blond hair girl meets a wild, one of a kind, guitar playing boy. Boy flirts with girl and girl turns him down because of her bartender boyfriend. Boy returns monthly to play a show at the bar and of course girl is always there. Half a year later and single, girl finally gives into boy when she can no longer resist the boy’s charm and songs. Boy takes girl on their first date and boy asks girl to

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springtime at the ranch

4 | March 30, 2010

I love springtime at the ranch. Everything is refreshed and begining a new cycle of life. Speaking of new cycles of life, In Sock Monkey Slippers will soon be making some changes. New look, new address, and new features coming in May! Tomorrow’s post: Meredith had a little lamb. It’s now in her oven. Happy Easter!

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meet “Z”

5 | March 4, 2010

I’m steering away from the recipes and the SAHM bewilderedness for a while to introduce the first round of calfs at the ranch this year. Sorry to do this to you but how could I pass up cute pictures of baby cows? Especially one in particular. Every once in a while there comes a calf that you just love. The last one was four years ago when a very curious calf drank my beer while I was fishing. So, we named her  Hefeweizen. Her tenacity and boldness made her stand out. Even though she did not have the qualities we look

308 {the ranch}

6 | January 6, 2010

If you know me you know I love spending time at my husband’s family’s ranch. It’s a home away from home and dear to my heart. It was the place my husband took me on our second date and sang me the first song he wrote for me. It’s the place where we used to sneek off to and meet when I was in college at North Texas and he was a wondering musician in the hill country. It’s the place where you can see the most amazing sunsets and sunrises in your life. It’s the place where the water