Thursday, September 27, 2012

Happy Cows

I was just reading a ridiculous article about a settlement with an organic milk company who had false advertisements on their label. Apparently there were people in more than 30 states who felt defrauded because they purchased milk from Aurora Dairy and their labels depicted cows that were happily grazing on lush pasture and in some cases, a family farm scene. (OH NO!) In reality, the animals were living in large-scaled farm conditions and to organic consumers, this is offending...

Are you kidding me? There are so many reasons why I just want to donkey punch these people. The main thing that comes to mind is that, wow, people are still "sue happy". The other aspect is the radical people out there who are against farms. Granola munchers.. I'm sure you are soooo educated. Your type usually is. However, it's time you get a life, get some fresh air and talk with someone in the agriculture field. You obviously have no clue where your food comes from and don't have a bigger clue what would  happen if that all went away. 

Speaking of where your food comes from, take a look at this Cyclone Nice video. It's about how awesome Iowa State is. It's a hoot. If you haven't seen the original Iowa Nice video, it's even funnier. I have a special appreciation for it as these are the stereotypes I battle daily with trying to sell Des Moines. I attached them both for your viewing pleasure. Go Cyclones!



Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Be Bold!

I judged an open horse show last weekend and I'm always excited to see what people are wearing and that show was no exception. I would say overall, I didn't see anything real crazy. The big collar and big cuffs are still quite "in" along with colorful choices. I guess that goes for everything these days. (Have you noticed the neon running shoes in stores? I love them!) For those that show a lot, I also noticed colorful chaps, which are fun.

One thing that I was dissapointed with is the men's shirt choices. I don't want to see a male in rhinestones; however, when the women are glammed up, I would expect to see guys in something more than a blah-looking plaid.

I started looking online for a couple of minutes at a couple of websites to point out what I find stunning.

This purple top is something that caught my eye on Hobby Horse's website. I'm a sucker for purple. I think the swirls on this top are striking. The problem with Hobby Horse apparel is that anyone could have your same shirt, since they're mass produced, and it's all about being unique and standing out.
This was a unique top I saw on www.hollieshotties.com. I think these colors and pattern are eye-catching.

If you're willing to spend some chang' you'll love the creations from www.showgirlsapparel.com. They make beautiful shirts and jackets. One top could set you back about $4,000, but they sure are pretty!

If you're looking for a new arena top and you can sew or you know someone who can sew, that would be a blessing! You'll save quite a bit of money too. Find out what looks best with your coloring, your hair color and your horse's color. Then, look for ideas online of patterns you are inspired from and go from there. Just remember, the idea is to stand out and for judges to take a second look at you. So be bold! 

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Old Market District- Thumbs Up

I'm a little behind with this blog, but I thought it was still necessary to share. A few weeks back, Joe and I visited Jake in Omaha, while he was working out there. Before spending a few days out there, I had a few thoughts about the town of Omaha. One of the biggest ones is that I thought it was all pretty ghetto. Well, I was proven wrong after staying in the Old Market District (http://www.oldmarket.com). I had never been in that area of town before and I was really impressed. I loved all of the neat old buildings. There was also a ton of fun restaurants down there.

There was also some cool shops down there; however, most weren't "stroller friendly" (notice the cement steps). So, I had to window shop:)

Below is a picture of what Jake was doing down there. They had Product Intro where they lauch all of their new products for the new year. This was an opening night dry run- a lot of smoke a lights. It actually made me excited for tractors. Who knew?!

I also tried this new recipe the other day that was a hit with Jake. It's a pizza dip and super easy!
Jake is hosting his brother's bachelor party on Saturday and the guys are coming over to our house to eat. So, this is on the menu.

Ingredients
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup mozzarella, grated
  • 1/4 cup parmigiano reggiano (parmesan), grated
  • 1 cup pizza sauce
  • 1/2 cup mozzarella, shredded/grated
  • 1/4 cup parmigiano reggiano (parmesan), grated
  • 2 ounces pepperoni, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons green pepper, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons black olives, sliced
Directions
  1. Mix the cream cheese, sour cream mayonnaise, mozzarella and parmigiano reggiano and spread it across the bottom of a pie plate.
  2. Spread the pizza sauce on top and sprinkle on the cheese, pepperoni, green pepper and olives.
  3. Bake in a preheated 350F oven until the sides are bubbling and the cheese cheese has melted and turned golden brown on top, about 20 minutes.

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