Superbowl Sunday

Superbowl Sunday is imminent. In fact, it’s tomorrow.

Words cannot express how excited I am about this!

Just kidding, I honestly don’t know who is even playing tomorrow because 1) I never watch football. The only way I am even remotely interested in football is if the Cowboys are playing. And then, that usually makes me want to watch John Wayne in The Cowboys so I end up not watching football anyways. My relationship with football is a nasty one. I definitely don’t give it the attention it deserves. But I’m not sorry. It’s never treated me kind either. Except for that one time in 5th grade when it introduced me to the Jr. High quarterback. He was cool. I wasn’t. The End.

What I am excited about though, is Superbowl Food.

“Ahhhhhhhh” Angels sing when they think about the 7 layer dips, the mini-meatloaf muffins, the homemade pizzas, and the Cherry Cobblers that are eaten on Superbowl Sunday.

Wait, you mean to tell me that y’all don’t eat Mini-Meatloaf Muffins on Superbowl Sunday? Ok maybe that is just my family. But, I don’t care what you say, Mama to Scout can make a mean meatloaf muffin and I don’t care who knows it!

While you may not appreciate my Superbowl Sunday menu items I know that you will appreciate P-Dubs food choices. So take a gander here at The Pioneer Womans Superbowl foods. And you can thank me 10 pounds from now.

But….If on a whim you feel the need to make a Sweet T original I have a recipe for a Mean Superbowl Sunday pizza that’ll change your life, for the better of course.

Sweet T & Her Lovely Sister’s Superbowl Sunday Original Pizza Recipe (say that 5 times fast)

(It is mine and my Lovely Sister’s recipe because we always made it, never fail, when my Parent’s would go out on dates and we were left to fend for ourselves. Amen.)

Ingredients:

  • Crescent Rolls…From a Can! (Don’t laugh)
  • Pizza Sauce or Marinara Sauce or Olive Oil
  • Bell Peppers (The little green kind preferably)
  • Tomatoes
  • Hamburger Meat
  • Mushrooms
  • Onions
  • Spinach (If you want to be healthy)
  • Pineapple
  • Cheese…of any kind.
  • More Cheese
  • Lemon Pepper
  1. Turn the oven on to 350.
  2. Cook your hamburger meat…Add lots of salt. Amen.
  3. Roll out your Crescent rolls on to a baking sheet.
  4. Pour your sauce (Marinara, Pizza, or olive Oil) onto the dough. We use olive if no meat is involved. It makes it a light, healthy, fresh pizza. And Sweet T likes that.
  5. Add your toppings! The more the merrier. The more variety the merrier too.
  6. Pop it in the oven until you think it is done. For the Townsend girls that is um, about 5 minutes…We like our crust very, very doughy.
  7. ENJOY.
  8. Oh, and drink it with a Dr. Pepper. Amen. (I’ve been saying “Amen” a lot lately too…Amen.)

So, as you can tell this Pizza recipe is kind of a joke. But please don’t underestimate how incredibly tasty and easy it is to make. It is always a crowd pleaser. Even though the “crowd”  I am referring to consist of My Lovely Sister & the Brahman Breeder.

Eat, drink, & Be merry my friends.

 

5 Things You Need to Know to Survive the Ranching Lifestyle

As I sit at work…working…or blogging…or both, I find myself thinking about life “back home.” Ok, so life “back home” is only an hour away but when you “grow up” and venture off to college and get a job you find yourself going home less and less and you also find yourself missing it terribly more and more.

For me, I miss my A#1 family first and foremost. They are the John Wayne to my beans, and the Feed to my Yard.

They are what I would wake up to in the morning. My Sweet mama always cooking breakfast, my Top-Hand daddy already slaving away at Sandhill (but don’t worry the Top-Hand can always make the 2 mile trek back to the house to grab some breakfast if he’s hurtin’ very bad) my Lovely sister still in bed, and the Brahman Breeder already outside feeding his chickens and playing with Max.

Why is it deemed proper that we leave home again? Somebody please remind me….

I also miss our Sunday lunches after church, our family get-together’s, that tree in the back yard, my paint room/Top-Hands saddle house, the cat whose name I can’t remember, the pot hole in our driveway, the bean bag in the living room, and countless other things.

So….after thinking about all this I started thinking about the essentials. The essentials every man, person, woman, family, and whatever else you are needs to know to survive the ranching lifestyle.

Number 1. PRAY.

I think we forsake the power of prayer. Prayer can move mountains, and if you pray hard enough I bet prayer could even move that herd of cows to the South pasture with a little more ease.  Now, I’m not saying that prayer is going to help you win the Ranch Rodeo but it is going to help you in your relationship with God and that my friends is all that matters.

Number 2. WORK.  

Duh. Working is good for the soul. And when you work with my Top-Hand daddy it’s good for your athletic skills because if you’re not fast or agile then you better get that way. I’m still working on becoming fast and agile by the way… I get sick of seeing kids/adults/whoever else not working. Working keeps you humble, keeps you well, and keeps you young. Amen.

(Is it ironic that I am blogging while working? We will call it multitasking.)  

Number 3. Eat Beef.

You all had to know that was coming.

I mean, what kind of ranching family are you if you don’t eat beef?! Just the other night, me and my roomies, being the poor college girls that we are, took some steaks that my Sweet Mama had generously sent home with me, and we grilled them. We feasted on them. And then we were happy. Happy because beef makes people happy. And that’s why cattle and the ranchers that care for them will forever hold a special place in my heart. They feed the world after all…

Number 4. Play. 

After you get done working you must play. Even my Top-Hand daddy use to come home from the Feedyard with whelps on his back the size of a small country from having dirt clod wars in his round pen. He really is a kid at heart. And I think we all should be. So stop what you’re doing, go grab your kids, your friends, or the bum on the corner and have a real quick dirt clod war…It’ll do a body good.

Number 5. Love.

The bible says it. The Beatles said. And now I’m saying it. I think we get caught up in life much to much and we forget the simple things. Like how fun it is to go play an impromptu game of kickball in your backyard, or how good Chicken Fried Steak tastes, or how much you love that old pickup you’ve had since forever and a day ago. Whatever you’re doing, I hope that you love doing it and, don’t forget to let people know that. Find joy in simple things. Find lots of joy in big things. And don’t forget that you have managed so far to survive the Ranching Lifestyle.

Congratulations partner.