From the Barnyard

Hi, I'm Erin, A woman who keeps two torches and a branding iron in the fire at all times! Join me in my adventures in life as I try to wrangle my two enthusiastic children, all my many horses, a brahma calf or ten, a whole pack of dogs and a man who is truly a western original!

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2016 Bucking horse babies (finally!)

March 16, 2017

I have been trying to do this every year, documenting the year’s foals on my blog. Every fall I think why would I need to write that down? I can remember it… alas. I have learned that these thing need to be recorded. (Foals 2015)


It is amazing how much a foal can change in 6 months alone… so 4 years down the road when we start bucking these babies, we are constantly scratching our heads and trying to remember which mare is their mother.

So - none too soon, here are the 2016 bucking horse foals, for your enjoyment and my record keeping.

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This black mare is Birthday Girl’s Mom, we named her that because she is Birthday Girl’s mom. (Meet Birthday girl here,and see her helping me paint here)

Now - this is pretty amazing!

In 2015 this mare had her foal on Dick’s birthday, February 21. And in 2016, you’ll never believe me, but she had her foal on MY birthday! May 20!

Any bets on what day the 2017 foal will be born?

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Bobby Sue and her colt. The stud’s name is Billy Both Socks. I want to name this colt Badger Bobby Both Socks, but Dick says that is too much for a rodeo announcer to get out. (He may be correct, this time.)

I love his markings!

What do you think we should name him?

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This is Icy Sparks and her foal.. they made it hard to get the best record keeping shot, so I uploaded two photos of them.

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The Kicking Mare and her foal.

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Pretty woman and her foal, two pictures of them as well.

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Wild Rose and her foal.

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Thank you for joining us here at the barnyard! Pull up a chair and stay a while! Check out the puppies!And please come back soon!

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Kelsey puppies 8 weeks old

March 4, 2017

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Kelsey’s pups are ready to go this weekend. I have several people interested in them, so I wanted to take them out for a photoshoot. Here are the currently available puppies.

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Bandit and Bat

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Ranch pups and nosey horses


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We saw over 40 degrees yesterday! After a loooong haul of day time highs being in the single digits (or lower) 40 felt like heaven!

So I took the puppies out for a photoshoot and they had a blast! Hope had tons of fun running and licking up the snow.

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Tabby thought the snow was fabulous! I think she may have been making snow angels, what do you think?

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It was so warm I even took my coat off for a while during the photoshoot. The pups where having a blast playing on it.

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When suddenly!

Woof! What’s that?! Woof!

Stumpy, Raja and Matthew went on his alert!

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Oh it’s only nosey horses. Montana Millie led the investigation posse, with Old Dime coming up behind.

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The boy pups went bounding forward to greet this new adventure! Matthew and Raja.


Millie, Old Dime, Raja and Matthew checked each other out. (Raja is never terribly concerned about anything. Can you tell?)

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The girls went running for cover. Hope and Tabby thought there were safer feet to stand near than the horses'. (I think they may be right.)

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While Dusty went to say, “Hi," to Gifford, the girls stayed safe and Raja just kept being happy-go-lucky Raja. Not a care in the world!

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Meanwhile Tres asked Millie, “What are those things?”

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And Old Dime said, “I know what they are! They’re puppies! Yuck!”

Hey, Dime, I think you may have something in your teeth.

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Thank you forjoiningus here at the barnyard! Check out the available puppies! And come back soon, we sure appreciated having you!

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2017 Starts out chilly!


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It was a little different Christmas than we are used to around here.

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The kids got to head to the coast of Oregon with my family.

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While I stayed home to take care of the horses.

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And the dogs.

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But I had good company.

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And took some pretty pictures in the cold!

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Really cold! Highs of zero on lots of days!

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But it was so beautiful, (I keep reminding myself of that!)

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And I did get some fabulous puppy pictures! And the cold never bothered me any, right?!

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Hey Raja, do you wanna build a snowman?


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The weather was fine today! So I took Raja and Nova up for a photoshoot. Raja is so beautiful and photogenic!

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My perfect little blue model!

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With cold little paws!

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Nova was a little harder to take photos of.

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He loves to sit near my feet.

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And if he’s not sitting near me he is speeding like a bullet!

I got some good photos! But what I really wanted to share with you today are the outtakes!

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What the heck is going on here? Is Nova licking Matthew’s feet as they go running past?

I dunno!

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And then there is this. The ultimate double play photobomb! I’m going to just leave it here with this one!

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“Hey Raja, do you wanna build a snowman?”

Or is he making Raja into a snowman?

Thank you so much for stopping by the barnyard for a visit today!Click through to see more about the puppies!

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Wyoming Sushi Roll Tutorial

December 28, 2016

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For a bunch of red necks from Wyoming my family is very fond of sushi. California rolls in particular.

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My brother Jared taught Addie to make these rolls on Easter of 2015.

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And now whenever there is a family get-together or special occasion we like to make some sushi rolls. Christmas 2015

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This year my family is all gathered at a beach house in Oregon. I couldn’t go this time around. (I’m in the middle of moving and building a house, and raising puppies and… well more on that later. But I stayed home.)

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Part of my sister, Beth’s, Christmas present from me was all the tools and most of the ingredients to make sushi. So I promised her I would put together a tutorial for her so that she could visit and make sushi all on her own.

Start with sushi rice. I buy mine on amazon. Make sure to rinse it several times till the water around the rice is clear. (This is the step I forgot a couple times and trust me your sushi will NOT be good unless you remember to rinse your rice!)


After cooking the rice according to directions, pour it into a large bowl while one person fans it, another stirs it. As the rice is stirred and cooled add the sushi rice dressing a little at a time. (Click on the pictures for morethoroughdirections)

Dressing for sushi rice recipe

2-2/3 cups sushi rice or short-grain rice

2-1/2 cups water

3 tbs. rice vinegar

2 tbs. sugar

1-1/2 tsp salt

from Wikihow


Cover the sushi mat with plastic. Keep a bowl of water handy to rinse fingers and keep rice from sticking to your knife.


Pat some rice onto your nori. Then flip nori over.


Layer crab (imitation if you are making it in Wyoming), avocado and cucumber on your nori.


Then roll. Keeping firm pressure on your mat.


Slice and enjoy! Serve with soy sauce, wasabi and siracha. Have fun playing with ingredients. (These photos are from the click on the photos for additional instructions.)

I made a surf and turf with home raised beef tenderloin, shrimp, carrots and avocado that I think was about as good as any roll I’ve had.

Jared made one withBBQedwild boar meat he called the piggly wiggly that was darn good too!

Here is a nice video to help.

Thank you for joining me here at the barnyard! Be sure to check out the puppies! And stop back again soon, I am going to be filling you in on all the moving and house plans! So exciting I can’t hardly wait of you to see it.

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Christmas time again

December 14, 2016


It is that time of year again! Christmas!


We are in the middle of moving, and preparing to build a house, and living out of boxes. So Christmas is being done a little differently this year.

Since there wasn’t room in the house for a tree, we put one up at the dog kennels.

“Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree!”

Yeah, we do it a little different around here. Which brought to mind a lot of other Christmas songs we do a little differently here too.

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"Jingle Bulls, Jingle Bulls!"


Like “Dashing through the snow, In a one “dog” open sleigh!"


“Oh the weather outside is frightful,"


“But the fire is so delightful,"


“And since we’ve no place to go, let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!"

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“Silent night… Holy night…”

Thank you so much for joining us here at the barnyard! I hope you have enjoyed our interpretation of Christmas carols, while you are here, be sure to watch the videos below of some kids’ interpretation of the Christmas story! I think these are the best things I have seen in forever!



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Wyoming Weather - we love it!

October 18, 2016

It has been said, that if you don’t like the weather in Wyoming wait 10 minutes and it will change.

I am beginning to believe that! We were lucky to enjoy fall, winter and a fabulous Indian summer all in one week. (There is a possibility there may have been a touch of spring thrown in as well.)

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First snow of the season hit on October 11. And there was one very excited boy!

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When you own a huge, powerful husky, and you get a dog sled for your birthday the first snow may as well be a national holiday!

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And it was so much fun! The dog learned a little, the boy got worn out and cold. And everyone was smiles from ear to ear.

(Even if mom had to improvise a tug line out of baling twine.)

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While Aiden had a new dog sled to try out, Addie had a new horse to ride! Meet Allie.

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October 17 (6 days after the snow if you’re counting) we went out to the lake for a ride!

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Addie rode Allie and Aiden rode Molly. The weather was perfect. We were all well mounted and it was the most perfect ride ever! (I think I say that every time, don’t I?)

Aiden had so much fun riding Molly we have decided we are just going to keep the grand old mare. (And everyone around my place is super happy about that decision.)

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We were headed out across the flats at a pretty quick lope when I heard this sound coming up behind me.

“WeeeHehehe! WeeeHehehe!”

Yes, it was my son, on Molly, going as fast as the old gal could go, Aiden's arms stretched wide like he was flying and just giggling and loving life.

Yeah, old Molly. I love you, my darling. You have a home for life!

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I rode Julienne. She was just the perfect ride all day! She is a nice horse. If someone wants a nice little palomino quarter horse mare that anyone can ride, give me a call. I am about to get her up for sale.

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Julienne giving me a hug in the sun!

Thanks for joining us for the many seasons of the week.

Big changes are coming to the barnyard. Stay tuned to find out how I’m shaking it up this time!

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In the mean time, I am busy updating horses for sale! Check them out!

Thank you for visiting, come back soon!

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Ty and Spicy

September 22, 2016

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Do you remember Ty? I took photos of him when he was just a new born.

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Can you believe he is two now?! I wanted to get some photos of Spicy with a little cowboy, and Tori graciously offered to let me use her little man as a model.

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Two-year-olds aren’t the most cooperative models, however.

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But they do make some amazing faces!

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Totally amazing faces!

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And I got some fairly decent shots of the pony and the 2-year-old.

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And some pretty entertaining ones!

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Thank you Tori for sharing your boy with me!

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And thank you Ty for being you!

Thanks so much fro joining me here at the Barnyard! I hope to see you again soon!

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And then there was a Teenager!

September 12, 2016

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This kid, right here, is officially a teenager!

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His first football game of the season was in Cody, on his birthday.

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It was cold and rainy. But my mom was able to come up for the weekend and see his game.

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He played well!

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And bragged about tripping the biggest kid on Cody’s team with his head...

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And afterward he got to have prime rib and sushi for his birthday dinner. It doesn’t get much better than that!

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Saturday the museum in Powell was having their Heritage Days. We went over to check it out. And ended up having such a blast!

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And we finished up the weekend with a camp out down by the creek. Aiden and his dog loved it!

Happy Birthday Aiden!

Thanks so much fro joining me here at the Barnyard! I have just a couple pups left. Be sure to check them out!

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