A Prudent Sartorialist

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Some questions from the book “WOMEN IN CLOTHES”

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:-D
Although it is made clear that I did and DO like the plain white T & jeans…I did progress some since the 70’s! One would certainly hope! ;-) lol

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THE FIRST 20 QUESTIONS

1. WHEN DO YOU FEEL AT YOUR MOST ATTRACTIVE?

When I get a good cut & color on my hair.

2. DO YOU NOTICE WOMEN ON THE STREET?

Sometimes…half the time, like 50/50.

3. WHAT ARE SOME OTHER THINGS YOU ADMIRE ABOUT HOW OTHER WOMEN PRESENT THEMSELVES?

Authenticity

4. WAS THERE A MOMENT IN YOUR LIFE WHEN SOMETHING “CLICKED” FOR YOU ABOUT FASHION OR DRESSING OR MAKE-UP OR HAIR? WHAT? WHY DID IT HAPPEN THEN, DO YOU THINK?

Junior High (7th grade). Learned thru other girls. Wasn’t in my home. HOWEVER, that was 1969…equals “limited”.

5. WHAT ARE SOME SHOPPING RULES YOU WOULDN’T NECESSARILY RECOMMEND TO OTHERS BUT WHICH YOU FOLLOW?

Not looking for sales/bargains…simply looking for quality.

6. WHAT ARE SOME RULES ABOUT DRESSING YOU FOLLOW, BUT YOU WOULDN’T NECESSARILY RECOMMEND TO OTHERS?

Plain white T, jeans & slightly (very) funky hair cut & color.

7. WHAT IS THE MOST TRANSFORMATIVE CONVERSATION YOU HAVE EVER HAD ON THE SUBJECT OF FASHION OR STYLE?

On knowing yourself and owning it. Comfortable and secure with who you are. #confidence

8. DO YOU HAVE A UNIFIED WAY OF APPROACHING YOUR LIFE, WORK, RELATIONSHIPS, FINANCES, CHORES, ETC.? PLEASE EXPLAIN.

Realistic,  authentic & #KeepItSimple
We are always planting seeds & “should” take good care of our garden #cultivating,  in order to produce & watch it not just grow, but to grow great.

9. ARE THERE ANY CLOTHING (OR RELATED) ITEMS THAT YOU HAVE IN MULTIPLE? WHY DO YOU THINK YOU KEEP BUYING THIS THING?

that plain white T & jeans….again . Comfort.

10. HAVE YOU EVER SUCCESSFULLY GIVEN SOMEONE A PRESENT OF JEWELRY OR CLOTHING THAT YOU CONTINUE TO FEEL GOOD ABOUT?

yes…absolutely

11. IS THERE ANY FASHION TREND YOU’VE REFUSED TO PARTICIPATE IN AND WHY?

Oh YES!
In any of the failing attempts to bring back the 70’s (even the 80’s!)or ANY likenesses from those eras, including the 60’s. Bad style is hard enough to deal with in #TBT; I will never put on bell-bottoms or a thread of polyester! “Oh hell to the no”!

12. CAN YOU SAY A BIT ABOUT HOW YOUR MOTHER’S BODY AND STYLE HAS BEEN PASSED DOWN TO YOU, OR NOT?

NOT… my mother was one of those “round” chubby types that everyone calls “mom”. And I weighed 90 lbs →after having 3 kids. No… I take after, look like and grew up copying my grandmother

(Speaking of those 70’s!) :O

13. HAVE YOU STOLEN, BORROWED OR ADAPTED ANY DRESSING IDEAS OR ACTUAL ITEMS FROM FRIENDS OR FAMILY?

yes, my grandmother
I still wear her aprons, clam diggers & keds ;)

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14. WAS THERE A POINT IN YOUR LIFE WHEN YOUR STYLE CHANGED DRAMATICALLY? WHAT HAPPENED?

yes, 10 years ago. I turned 50. It’s NOT that I believe people should “give up” and/or start dressing “old”. BUT, I do believe there’s a point (with a bit of a sliding scale) when one should dress age appropriate. And especially as a parent and a GRANDPARENT!

15. DO YOU ADDRESS ANYTHING POLITICAL IN THE WAY YOU DRESS?

No

16. PLEASE DESCRIBE YOUR BODY.

still active, although less so
;) however….I copped a hang in the behind. Or more like flat bottom, lol.
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Oh good Lord…. butt…I really never had one to begin with ;)

17. PLEASE DESCRIBE YOUR MIND.

Sharp…still. However, after 2 brain surgeries I do not grasp & keep a grip on the same amount of information. I AM GRATEFUL THOUGH. . . that I am not pushing a grocery cart around…at midnight. ..collecting things ★♣
And I am holding on tight to the brain cells that still remain ;)

18. PLEASE DESCRIBE YOUR EMOTIONS.

Laid back. Rolls off easily… like water off a ducks back ;)

19. WHAT ARE YOU WEARING ON YOUR BODY AND FACE, AND HOW IS YOUR HAIR DONE, RIGHT AT THIS MOMENT?

Early lazy day & bedhead :O
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20. IN WHAT WAY IS THIS STUFF IMPORTANT, IF AT ALL?

Not much. I mean I do care and believe we all should “care”; especially about cleanliness! Including brushing your teeth, lol. And clean clothes ♡ ☆♧
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Silliness ;)

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LOL
Oiy!
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Hahahaha……….

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Far left ;)
front center is mi mum…

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Me & mi twin ♡♥

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Oh …. there are many more questions.
Food for thought ~

http://www.womeninclothes.com/

Ha!

MORE QUESTIONS

21. WITH WHOM DO YOU TALK ABOUT CLOTHES?
22. HOW DO INSTITUTIONS AFFECT THE WAY YOU DRESS?
23. DO YOU THINK YOU HAVE TASTE OR STYLE? WHICH ONE IS MORE IMPORTANT? WHAT DO THESE WORDS MEAN TO YOU
24. DO YOU REMEMBER THE BIGGEST WASTE OF MONEY YOU EVER MADE ON AN ITEM OF CLOTHING?
25. ARE THERE ANY DRESSING TRICKS YOU’VE INVENTED OR LEARNED THAT MAKE YOU FEEL LIKE YOU’RE GETTING AWAY WITH SOMETHING?
26. DO YOU HAVE STYLE IN ANY AREAS OF YOUR LIFE ASIDE FROM FASHION?
27. CAN YOU RECALL SOME TIMES WHEN YOU HAVE DRESSED A PARTICULAR WAY TO CALM YOURSELF OR GAIN A SENSE OF CONTROL OVER A SITUATION THAT SCARED YOU?
28. WOULD YOU SAY YOU “KNOW WHAT YOU LIKE” IN THE AREA OF FASHION AND CLOTHING? IF SO, DO YOU ALSO KNOW WHAT YOU LIKE IN OTHER AREAS OF LIFE, THAT IS, ARE YOU GENERALLY GOOD AT DISCERNMENT? CAN YOU SAY WHERE YOUR DISCERNMENT COMES FROM, IF YOU HAVE IT? OR IF YOU DON’T HAVE IT, WHY OR WHY NOT?
29. DID YOUR PARENTS TEACH YOU THINGS ABOUT CLOTHING, CARE FOR YOUR CLOTHING, DRESSING OR STYLE? WHAT LESSONS DO YOU REMEMBER? OR DID YOU JUST PICK THINGS UP?
30. WHAT SORTS OF THINGS DO YOU DO, CLOTHING OR MAKE-UP OR HAIR- WISE, TO FEEL SEXY OR ALLURING?
31. MANY PEOPLE SAY THEY WANT TO FEEL “COMFORTABLE,” OR THAT THEY ADMIRE PEOPLE WHO SEEM “CONFIDENT.” WHAT DO THESE WORDS REALLY MEAN TO YOU?
32. IF DRESSING WERE THE ONLY THING YOU DID, AND YOU WERE CONSIDERED AN EXPERT AND ASKED TO EXPLAIN YOUR STYLE PHILOSOPHY, WHAT WOULD SAY?
33. WHAT IS REALLY BEAUTIFUL, FOR YOU, IN GENERAL?
34. WHAT DO YOU CONSIDER VERY UGLY?
35. ARE YOU GENERALLY A GOOD JUDGE OF WHETHER WHAT YOU BUY WILL END UP BEING WORN? HAVE YOU FIGURED OUT HOW TO KNOW IN ADVANCE?
36. WHEN YOU LOOK AT YOURSELF BEFORE GOING OUT, AND YOU ARE TRYING TO SEE YOURSELF FROM THE OUTSIDE, CAN YOU DESCRIBE A BIT ABOUT WHAT THIS “OTHER PERSON” IS LIKE? WHAT DO THEY LIKE, DISLIKE, WHAT SORTS OF JUDGMENTS DO THEY HAVE? IS THIS “OUTER EYE” BASED ON SOMEONE YOU KNOW OR ONCE KNEW?
37. WHAT IS YOUR PROCESS GETTING DRESSED IN THE MORNING? WHAT ARE YOU CONSIDERING?
38. WHAT ARE YOU TRYING TO ACHIEVE WHEN YOU DRESS?
39. WHAT, FOR YOU, IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN DRESSING AND DRESSING UP?
40. IF YOU HAD TO WEAR A “UNIFORM” WHAT WOULD IT LOOK LIKE?
41. WHAT WOULD YOU SAY IS “YOU” AND WHAT WOULD YOU SAY IS “NOT YOU”?
42. WHAT IS YOUR CULTURAL BACKGROUND AND HOW HAS THAT INFLUENCED HOW YOU DRESS?
43. DO YOU REMEMBER A TIME IN YOUR LIFE WHEN YOU DRESSED QUITE DIFFERENTLY FROM HOW YOU DO NOW? CAN YOU DESCRIBE IT AND WHAT IT WAS ALL ABOUT FOR YOU?
44. WHAT SORTS OF THINGS DO YOU DO, CLOTHING, MAKE-UP OR HAIR-WISE, TO FEEL PROFESSIONAL?
45. HOW DO YOU CONFORM TO OR REBEL AGAINST THE DRESS EXPECTATIONS AT YOUR WORKPLACE?
46. DO YOU HAVE A DRESS CODE, A SCHOOL UNIFORM, OR A UNIFORM THAT YOU WEAR FOR AN EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITY?
47. ARE THERE WAYS IN WHICH YOU CONFORM TO OR REBEL AGAINST THESE UNIFORMS?
48. DO YOU FIND IT COMFORTING OR CONSTRAINING TO HAVE A UNIFORM?
49. WHAT IS AN ARCHETYPAL OUTFIT FOR YOU; ONE THAT YOU COULD HAVE HAPPILY WORN AT ANY POINT IN YOUR LIFE? WHAT DO YOU LIKE ABOUT IT?
50. DO YOU EVER WISH YOU WERE A MAN OR COULD DRESS LIKE A MAN OR HAD A MAN’S BODY? WAS THERE EVER A TIME IN THE PAST?
51. IF THERE WAS ONE COUNTRY OR CULTURE OR ERA THAT YOU HAD TO LIVE IN, FASHION-WISE, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
52. DO YOU CONSIDER YOURSELF PHOTOGENIC?53. WHEN YOU SEE YOURSELF IN PHOTOGRAPHS, WHAT DO YOU THINK?
54. ARE THERE ANY FIGURES FROM CULTURE, PAST OR PRESENT, WHOSE STYLE YOU ADMIRE OR HAVE DRAWN FROM?
55. HAVE YOU EVER HAD A DREAM THAT INVOLVED CLOTHES?
56. WHAT WOULD BE A DIFFICULT OR UNCOMFORTABLE LOOK FOR YOU TO TRY AND ACHIEVE?
57. IF YOU WERE TOTALLY COMFORTABLE WITH YOUR BODY, OR YOUR BODY WAS A BIT CLOSER TO WHAT YOU WISH IT WAS LIKE, WHAT WOULD YOU WEAR?
58. IS THERE ANYONE THAT YOU ARE TRYING TO ATTRACT OR REPEL WHEN YOU DRESS?
59. ARE THERE ANY DRESSING RULES YOU’D WANT TO CONVEY TO OTHER WOMEN?
60. WHAT DO YOU THINK OF PERFUME? DO YOU WEAR IT?
61. WHAT ARE SOME THINGS YOU NEED TO DO TO YOUR BODY OR CLOTHES IN ORDER TO FEEL PRESENTABLE?
62. HOW DOES MAKEUP FIT INTO ALL THIS FOR YOU?
63. IS THERE A CERTAIN LOOK YOU FEEL YOU’RE EXPECTED TO LIKE THAT YOU HAVE ABSOLUTELY NO INTEREST IN? WHAT IS IT? WHY AREN’T YOU INTERESTED?
64. CAN YOU DESCRIBE IN A BASIC WAY WHAT YOU OWN, CLOTHING AND JEWELRY-WISE?
65. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PIECE OF CLOTHING OR JEWELRY THAT YOU OWN?
66. TELL US ABOUT SOMETHING IN YOUR CLOSET THAT YOU KEEP BUT NEVER WEAR. WHAT IS IT, WHY DON’T YOU WEAR IT, AND WHY DO YOU KEEP IT?
67. LOOKING BACK AT ALL YOUR PURCHASES OVER THE PAST FIVE TO FIFTEEN YEARS, CAN YOU GENERALIZE ABOUT WHAT SORTS OF THINGS WERE THE MOST VALUABLE TO BUY?
68. IS THERE AN ITEM OF CLOTHING THAT YOU ONCE OWNED, BUT NO LONGER OWN, AND STILL THINK ABOUT OR WISH YOU HAD BACK? WHAT WAS IT, WHAT HAPPENED TO IT, AND WHY DO YOU WANT IT BACK?
69. IF YOU HAD TO THROW OUT ALL YOUR CLOTHES BUT KEEP ONE THING, WHAT WOULD YOU KEEP?
70. BUILDING UP YOUR WARDROBE FROM NOTHING, WHAT WOULD YOU DO DIFFERENTLY THIS TIME?
71. WHAT’S THE FIRST “INVESTMENT” ITEM YOU BOUGHT? DO YOU STILL OWN OR WEAR IT?
72. WAS THERE EVER AN IMPORTANT OR PARADIGM-SHIFTING PURCHASE IN YOUR LIFE?
73. WHAT ITEM OF CLOTHING ARE YOU STILL (OR HAVE YOU FOREVER BEEN) ON THE HUNT FOR?
74. WHAT ARE YOUR CLOSET AND DRAWERS LIKE? DO YOU KEEP THINGS NEAT, ETC?
75. WERE YOU EVER GIVEN A PRESENT OF CLOTHING OR JEWELRY THAT ESPECIALLY TOUCHED YOU?
76. DID YOU EVER BUY AN ARTICLE OF CLOTHING WITHOUT GIVING IT MUCH THOUGHT, ONLY TO HAVE IT PROVE MUCH MORE VALUABLE AS TIME WENT ON? WHAT WAS THE ITEM AND WHAT HAPPENED?
77. HOW AND WHEN DO YOU SHOP FOR CLOTHES?
78. DO YOU LIKE TO SMELL A CERTAIN WAY?
79. HOW DOES HOW YOU DRESS PLAY INTO YOUR AMBITIONS FOR YOURSELF?
80. HOW DOES MONEY FIT INTO ALL THIS?
81. IS THERE AN ARTICLE OF CLOTHING, A PIECE OF MAKE-UP, OR AN ACCESSORY THAT YOU CARRY WITH YOU OR WEAR EVERY DAY?
82. DID ANYONE EVER SAY ANYTHING TO YOU THAT MADE YOU SEE YOURSELF DIFFERENTLY, ON A PHYSICAL AND ESPECIALLY SARTORIAL LEVEL?
83. DO YOU REMEMBER THE FIRST TIME YOU WERE CONSCIOUS OF WHAT YOU WERE WEARING? CAN YOU DESCRIBE THIS MOMENT AND WHAT IT WAS ABOUT?

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Carne Asada con Mojo

Carne Asada con Mojo (Grilled Beef with Sour Orange Marinade)
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This is something i (family) makes often AND luckily… can get it at many nearby carnicerias (Mexican butchers/ markets) in this delicious marinade!
It’s the very best food to have and share with guests, especially if from out of town because it is not so readily available all over the US. We haven’t had anyone NOT like it. . . ever.
We do both beef and chicken! Yummo!

So here’s a recipe using these flavors from “My Recipes”
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Carne asada is a simple dish, but a well-balanced marinade and the right cut can make it memorable. Silvana Salcido Esparza, chef of the popular Barrio Café in Phoenix and Barrio Queen in Scottsdale, Arizona, recommends using skirt steak, which can be easier to find at a non-Mexican market. It grills up tender, juicy, and very flavorful. The marinade for asada is traditionally made with Seville (sour) oranges, but since they’re hard to find out of season, even in Mexican markets, we’ve used a combination of orange and lime juices instead.

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Ingredients

1/2 cup freshly squeezed orange juice (save 2 of the juiced halves)
1/2 cup Mexican lager beer such as Modelo Especial (I don’t use beer)
1/4 cup olive oil
3 tablespoons lime juice 
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 1/2 teaspoons pepper (I use whole peppercorns)
1 1/2 teaspoons Mexican oregano, crumbled
5 garlic cloves, minced
2 dried bay leaves
1 sprig fresh rosemary
1 large red onion, cut in half lengthwise, then sliced into half moons
2 pounds skirt steak (or flap or ranchera)

Warm GOOD tortillas (hopefully freshly made & my entire family prefers the small palm-of-your-hand size ;) FLOUR)
Pico de Gallo
Guacamole
Hot sauce, such as Tapatio brand, or salsa

Preparation

1. Combine orange juice, beer, oil, lime juice, salt, pepper, oregano, garlic, bay leaves, and rosemary in a glass 9- by 13-in. baking dish. (I usually use a large Ziploc type bag. When the butcher puts it in marinade for us, it’s in a large plastic bag).
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Add orange halves, onion, and steak and mix with your hands to coat evenly.
Let stand at room temperature 1 hour, or chill, covered, 2 hours (no longer, or the citrus will “cook” the meat), turning meat occasionally.
(Truthfully, I let marinate overnight & it’s great!).
2. Heat a grill to very high (550° to 650°).
Discard rosemary, bay leaves, and orange halves. Drain meat and onions. Put onions on a doubled sheet of foil and turn up edges just a little to make a shallow 6- by 9-in. container.
3. Grill onions on the foil, stirring occasionally with tongs, until edges start to char, 8 to 10 minutes.
Add steak to grill and cook, turning once, until well browned and done the way you like, 8 minutes for medium-rare.
4. Transfer steak and onions to a board; slice steak.
Serve with warm tortillas, lime wedge, guacamole, and hot sauce.
(Pico, salsa, sour cream, queso blanco or whatever your favorite toppings are).
I love the flavor of this meat so much that I need no toppings.
*Warm tortillas directly on the grill just until hot, turning once; stack and wrap in a towel.

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Chicken in same marinade is GREAT!

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Happy memorial day!

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Stocking up

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#confession – my craving for French Onion Soup lead to this…

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My favorite containers for freezing are the clear plastic deli containers. ..
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I get mine from Amazon
And I always have flavor enhancers in pantry. Or broth in a pinch ;)

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Originally posted on Kathleen Flinn:

The week or so following a holiday offer a great time to load up on cheap turkey bones for stock. At my local QFC, I scored turkey backs, necks and wings for 29 to 59 cents a pound. I alerted my butcher friend Carlos that I was looking for them, and he pulled together a massive family pack of 10 pounds and slapped on a discount price of $2.81 cents. For about six bucks, I cleared out the rest of the packages for 15 pounds of bones, enough for my 22-quart stock pot and put them into my deep freezer.

Given the high today was predicted at 19 degrees here in Seattle, I decided it was stock time. After thawing the bones overnight, soaking them in water and then roasting the bones in a hot oven, I followed my friend Ted’s stock recipe and let the bones simmer for…

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Chili That Even This Chili Hater Loves!!

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It’s true ~ I hate chili.  Mr. Meat Eater, on the other hand, would eat it 5 times a week if I would make it.  It has taken me 32 years of wedded bliss to find a recipe that even I would eat and like and plan to make again!

The recipe calls for beer and I had some Guinness in the fridge so that’s what I used and it really gave the chili great flavor.  I only used one teaspoon of cayenne so that I could actually eat it and Mr. Meat Eater added more Tabasco because we all know that if food doesn’t make you sweat, it’s not nearly hot enough.

You will have to plan ahead a bit since this cooks for about 3 hours but it’s well worth it.

I found the recipe in the Southern Living 2011 Annual and I have never been steered wrong…

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Beefy Chili

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I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again ~ I am not a fan of chili.  Mr. Meat Eater loves it so I continue to make it using different recipes hoping I’ll find one that I like enough to make again.

This recipe is very different from others in that there are no ingredients like onions, pepper, etc.  So in that way, it’s more like a stew I guess.  It’s really quite good and super easy to make.

Chili is still not a favorite but I will make it again so that’s something!  I found the recipe over at Southern Living.

Chili

Beefy Chili

4 lbs beef stew meat
2 tbsps chili powder
2 (6 oz) cans tomato paste
1 (32 oz) container beef broth
2 (8 oz) cans tomato sauce
2 tsps minced garlic
1 tsp salt
1 tsp dried organo
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp paprika
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The BEST Chili Ever!

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And that’s saying something because I do NOT like chili but I make it for my DH every now and again.  This recipe is so flavorful that I ate two bowls of it.  Don’t be afraid of the spices or the size of the ingredient list.

The Best Chili Ever!

2 lbs ground beef
1 medium onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 (15 oz) cans pinto beans, rinsed and drained
3 (8 oz) cans tomato sauce
1 (12 oz) bottle of beer
1 (14.5 oz) can beef broth
1 (6 oz) can tomato paste
1 (4.5 oz) can chopped green chilis, undrained
2 tbsps chili powder
1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
2 tsps ground cumin
1 to 2 tsps ground red pepper (I used one so it wasn’t too spicy)
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp hot sauce
Garnish with shredded cheddar cheese, sour cream, jalapeno slices if desired

Cook first…

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To Sir with Love

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aka Nash

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and our other horses. My daughter’s grey (white) Arabian

Sassy
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along with Hot Shot Sham (awesome young Arabian), Red (quarter horse) & Princess (old Arabian girl)….

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Tall, Dark and Handsome (buckskin with black mane & tail) Tennessee Walker
Kind Eyes.
Due to higher intervention. His color was a bonus…a big bonus!
Maybe because I rescued him from a very sad and appalling place. I truly believe this…I could see it, every day, by his gratitude,  his appreciation,  his heart & trust.  That also lead to great trail riding.
I mean on a beautiful day I could just lay on him bareback & almost fall asleep. 
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Gelding
17 hands; but no worries about getting on. Firstly bcuz he stooped down for me, like a camel  And there was always something to stand on…picnic tables,  hitching posts, etc..
Tennessee Walker
temperament:
laid back! To put it mildly.
Level of training: very little, BUT he was so grateful that he lovingly did what ever I ask.

That intangible and yet very important element did indeed exist when we met – well, I could NOT walk away. I HAD TO rescue him! Plus, like a thunderbolt from the sky, I immediately had that gut feeling that this horse liked me, and vice versa.
So I sprang into action and to my surprise,  he was a registered Tennessee Walker.

This horse had a really good mind.
:D You could put a baby on that one. ♥
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A hug ♥ for a sweet heart

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Michigan Trails…right near our farm/stables
And “a river runs through it”…pun intended.
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:D

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We rode summer fall winter & spring. Too many memories to post.

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HOT SHOT SHAM

Me and my daughter (and friends. ..Brenda ;) ) rode in sunshine, rain and/or snow

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:D

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Yes … we did this ;)

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