Trail Ride Fun

Mickey, a Kiger Mustang, checks out his selfie image with Aaron. An all around good sport, Mickey is sensible boy on our trail rides. He’s settled in well from his prior wild horse status in the Oregon hills.

Here’s Greg and his former racing mule, Gee. At the track Gee was a record smashing race mule, running for several years, but he’s finally settled in to the idea of not racing on the trails. However, he still wants to be out front. He does make a good look out scout too.


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Broccoli Cheese Soup, Mmm, Mmm

20191227_171236Robin’s Broccoli Cheese Soup:
Here are my preferences. Maybe you make it another way? 
The photo above also shows added chopped ham.


Over boiling water:

Melt 3TBS butter (not margarine) in top of double boiler

Add ¼ C. flour + salt & pepper to taste, stir with the butter until smooth

Gradually add 2 C. chicken broth, stirring occasionally,

As sauce starts to thicken stir in 1 C. milk, keep stirring

Add 1 C. cream or half & half, stirring


I prefer using block cheese, rather than pre-shredded.

Shred Cheddar and Jack cheese in food processor

Need 2 C. shredded cheddar

& 2 C. Jack cheese

Gradually add cheese, no more than 1C. at a time, stir frequently while the cheese melts

Add ¼ C. Parmesan cheese


While stirring the sauce and adding the cheese, cook 2 lbs.  fresh Broccoli florets. I microwave them. (About 5 min.)  Cook al dente—don’t over cook.

Place Broccoli in food processor with blade. Pulse until chopped. I like to leave a few larger chunks of broccoli.


After sauce is thickened and broccoli has been chopped:

Turn off the heat.

Drain water from bottom of double boiler and use that pan for mixing up the soup.

Add chopped broccoli to the kettle, pour in and stir in the cheese sauce.

May be served immediately, or cool and then refrigerate, covered.


Makes about 2 quarts, or five 2 C. servings. (I prefer generous sized servings of soup.) Takes about ½ hour to 40 min. to prep and prepare.


Variations: Substitute vegetable broth for the chicken broth. I’ve even substituted one C. of beef broth in place of one C. of chicken broth.  Reduce the amount of milk or cream if desired. Vary the types of cheeses. Add leftover diced ham (about one & one half cups.)







My favorite ingredients for this soup:

Bag of fresh Broccoli from Costco

Sharp Cheddar

Jack Cheese

Parmesan Cheese

Chicken broth (could use a veggie broth instead)


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Lazy Me Ranch Ride and Games Day

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11 Reasons Why Books Make Great Gifts




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Writers’ Notes: Hitting That Brick Wall

Thank you, Thonie Hevron! I’m going to reblog your blog.
This is just the kick in the pants to get my writing engine fired up again.

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By Thonie Hevron

Everybody's a critic Everybody’s a critic.

Everyone has time when they come across a barrier to their progress. It happened often when I first learned how to ride horses. All the videos, books, advice and trainers’ lessons barraged my consciousness while I was trying to effectively steer a 1300-pound animal with a brain the size of a walnut. [To be painfully accurate: The problem is the cerebrum, the thinking part, is only slightly larger than a walnut. The rest–all 1.5 to 2 lbs. of it–is  cerebellum, the part of the brain that controls gross muscle coordination, balance and body functions.]

The one thing that got me on track was a trainer saying, “If it’s not working, go back to basics.” Start from the beginning and work up until you work though the barrier. Usually by the time I did all that, the barrier had dropped. To borrow from Horse Listening

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Summer Time

Lin Nee's Foxy Lady 039

For summer I’m taking a break from writing to get back in the saddle. How about you?


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Summer Evening Open Mics Start TONIGHT

Come on out TONIGHT to the Redwood Writers Open Mic. This will be held from 6-8 p.m. at Gaia’s Garden, 1899 N. Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa. This will be the first time we appear on a Monday evening.

Please welcome our Featured Readers: Jing Li and John Lesjack.Jing Li

John Lesjack 2017

Jing Li was awarded the Grand Prize at the 2017 San Francisco Writers Conference for her memoir The Red Shoes.

John Lesjack recently published his 8th story in the Chicken Soup for The Soul series.

Do you have a story or poem that you’d like to share? Open Mic readings are open to ALL with each limited to 5 min. per person. Open Mic sign ups start at 5:30 p.m. today. We’d love to have YOU come read your work aloud for us.

Dmitri Morningstar will be the EmCee.

Come share camaraderie and a pleasant evening. Please support the venue with a minimum purchase. (For example, a cookie and tea will run about $5.) They offer a vegetarian buffet if you wish to enjoy dinner during the Open Mic.

All readers and listeners are welcome. Bring a friend!

For information contact Abby Bogomolny at or Dmitri Morningstar at    Robin Moore

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