Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Fall Chic

I love talking about western fashion. What I experienced this last weekend wasn't "western", but it was something..

Through my real job, I had the experience of going to the Gold Cup in The Plains, Virginia. Wow, what an experience! It is an annual steeple race that happens once in the summer and once in the fall. I went because a company we partner with in DC had a hospitality tent with some of our clients.

The event itself was fabulous! All of the drinks, food and fun you could imagine all rolled into big hats and English boots.
I didn't know what really to expect. I had never been to a steeple race before. It's quite different than the rodeos here in Iowa that I've been to.
For attire, anything was a go. I took a picture of this guy to show Jake, because I thought he'd find it humorous. Although you can't tell from the pic, he had a crochet hat that looked like a pumpkin. Yikes! Although that picture isn't a good example of what most wore, a gal on the bus ride there said the event was "fall chic".
Most wore dresses with tall boots. Many wore hats and those were all over the board. Some were just cute, large flower clips; others were gaudy saucers and then there was the mix of the Royal Wedding hats. (I wish I could have taken a picture of this gal in the pink above, because I'm pretty sure she wouldn't have seen me take a picture of her because of her tooling in front of her eyes.)
This is a picture of my boss and I waiting for one of the final races to begin. We actually brought two borrowed hats, but they were left on the bus. Mine was bright purple and Margie's was bright turquoise. They probably would have been just fine for the summer event, but they definitely weren't 'fall chic" for this event. So, we went hatless.

What I learned from this event, is that I need more hats in my wardrobe besides my probably 10 cowboy hats (literally- they're from my queening days) and my cadet caps I sell on KrazyCowgirl.com just for an occasion like this. I'll keep you posted on my findings:)

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Afghan Goat Korma... What?!

Recently, my life as been a roller coaster. I apologize to my readers for not posting within the last month. There has been some life-changing circumstances in my family's life that has taken a priority. Looking ahead, I have found a new beginning. Life is too short... Period. On that note, life is too short to  be unhappy, even for a second. So I will continue to write on what makes me happy in hopes that it will inspire you to no longer feel dragged down, stressed, or plainly to give a damn about things that don't matter. Live life to the fullest!

So today's writings is something that always puts a smile on my face.. food! Today I attended the World Food Prize Iowa Hunger Summit in Des Moines. This takes place every year during the World Food Prize Festival. If you don't know what that is, it's the Nobel Peace Prize of Food. It brings attention to world hunger and because of the world's increasing population, our land area decreasing and our need for more food in a smaller area increasing, it's more important than ever to bring attention to this issue. In addition, with us being in the agricultural industry, it makes me thankful for what I have and wants me to help others. God Bless Farmers!

For the Iowa Hunger Summit, those in attendance ate a meal that only the very lucky would get in a third world country.

Depending on how "unlucky" you were in your seating, the meals were the following:
  • Afghan Goat Korma, Naan and Rice (whatever that means)
  • Butternut Squash Soup and Apple Carrot Salad
  • Prosciutto Wrapped Tilapia with Roasted Carrots
  • Chicken Caesar Wrap, Cuban Black Bean Salad and Apple Slices (This was an exception since it was sponsored by the Iowa Department Education Bureau on Nutrition)
Iowa's Governor, Terry Brandstad, was in attendance and he said hello to a small group of students at my table.

My intern came along with me and she was given the tilapia plate. She said she loves fish and tilapia, but couldn't choke this down. It was very fishy and pretty much raw.
My favorite part was the boy sitting beside me and his goat dish. He devoured it! I don't even want to describe to you what it looked like.. 

And then there was my dish... I guess God thought I needed a little break in life. I was served the chicken wrap. It's my lucky day!

No, this was not served as third-world food, but with food in mind, I had to show you this quick Baked Mozzarella Stick recipe. It looks so good! I plan to make these very soon. All you do is wrap egg roll wrappers around string cheese, wrap those in foil and bake for a few minutes. We're all pretty lucky for where we live and how we grew up to enjoy something so delightful as this!

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