Snow Queen

Hello Hello –

How has your week been?
Weather?  Random acts of Daymaking either by you or someone else?

Pics below:

So this giant, I mean giant, tree fell into the yard last September.  An arborist friend told me it probably weighed 20 tons.  Monster, beautiful tree.  We had dubbed it Sleepy Hollow over the years for no specific reason.  Just seemed an appropriate name for such a magnificent piece of nature.

My fabulous neighbors Pete and Donna, their daughter, Karen, and Craig, son-in-law, jumped on their fastest white horses (toting chainsaws) and zoomed over here and we all totally cleaned up that fallen tree.  As in all day long!

Fortunately, it was in the easement so the county came and hauled away all the mega-mega-mega pieces of trunk.  Thank you county!

So we loaded Pete’s pickup (many, many times) with manageable cut firewood size pieces and stacked them at their property.  Pete has a log splitter and he knows how to use it!

It was a giant task and I am so grateful for my many giant heart neighbors.


Pete and Donna brought over this awesome load of split wood (from that tree) this week.  Firewood to last me all winter long! 


Brussels sprouts have to be one of the coolest veggie plants to grow in the garden. I love it when I can find them still on stalk in the grocery store.  And – bonus – they’re so delicious!

Shadow play on one of my kitchen cabinets.  The shadow image is from a fun piece I have hanging outside the window over sink.    Hi Shadow!

DADDY-O BARBECUE SAUCE is truly one of those recipes you’ll feel like you got the double secret recipe.  It’s that good.   And it’s super easy to make.  So  what are you waiting for?

MUSIC FOR YOUR EARS – 5 cool songs to give a listen to.  Hope  you can find some time and check it out.

I’m so happy you’re here.  Thank you.

Daddy-o Barbecue Sauce Recipe
Daddy-o Barbecue Sauce Recipe

Daddy-o Barbecue Sauce Recipe




This is the recipe that you will judge all other barbecue sauces from.  It’s got a little sweet + little citrus tang + a little kick.  A trifecta taste combo.  This sauce is terrific on burgers, chicken, steaks, wings, french fries, onion rings … its only “delish on” limit is your personal preference. 

  • 3 cups canned, crushed tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1 cup cider vinegar
  • 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup onion, small chopped
  • 2 TBSP molasses
  • 2 TBSP white corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup strong coffee
  • 3/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 TBSP ground ginger
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1 TBSP garlic minced (I love Litehouse freeze dried garlic!  so easy and so very good)
  • 1 TBSP dry mustard (I love Colman’s Mustard Double Superfine Mustard Powder – look for it in its cool bright yellow tin)
  • 2 TBSP black pepper
  • 1 TBSP red pepper flakes
  • 2 Anchovy fillets, minced (yes, anchovies.  Trust me – they’re part of the team in this recipe)
  • 2 TBSP good quality dark chili powder

Dump all ingredients in a large cooking vessel.  Stir.  Bring to a boil.  Stir.  Boil a couple minutes.  Stirring.  Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for an hour or more, stirring occasionally.

**  For extra spice kick – add 3 TBSP canned chipotles, pureed, to the sauce while it’s cooking.

~ Hippie Cowboy recipe box

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have a great weekend

2 replies
  1. Laurie says:

    Loved reading this. Friends on white horses, shadow play on walls, and Brussel sprouts, all in a day that’s already flown by. My husband and I used to say, “it’s the little things”—-they make the big.

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