Thursday, December 31, 2009

Time Capsule

Ten years ago while hoarding bottled water,toilet paper and other essentials to survive the millennium bug we also stowed various items in a time capsule to be opened at the end of the decade. Most everyone who was in attendance at our tree burning/new years party that year placed something in the capsule.
We'll open the container this weekend and take a look back. I'll post more info about what's inside in a few days. If anybody wants to drop by and take a look just come on by.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Get Well Wishes

... to Cathy and Kale following their procedures. Hope everything went just great. Rest up. We're all thinking of you.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas

The stockings are hung by the chimney with care - have a wonderful Christmas. Love to you all. Wild O's

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Another Day . . .

Another December birthday. Happy #2 Jaden!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Happy Birthday Cara!

Tried to move a picture here, couldn't get it to work. Darn! Such a nice picture too! Anyway, hope your birthday was very nice. Love Mom , Dad & Amy

Saturday, December 19, 2009

mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm Rum Balls

Step one
- buy RUM
- Bacardi 151

The original recipe is the Bourbon Ball recipe in the Joy of Cooking. If you use the cookbook version, the dough is always to dry.
So my rule of thumb is -
add more rum.

  • 2 T cocoa
  • 1 c powdered sugar - sift cocoa and sugar together in a large bowl
  • 1/4 to 1/2 c rum ( sometimes I add a little Triple Sec)
  • 4 T light Karo - mix in 1 c measure (you may need more of this mixture if the dough is to dry)
  • 2 1/2 c vanilla wafer crumbs - that's about 1 box vanilla wafers ground up in the food processor (the original recipe allows for ginger snaps as an option - might be good)
  • 1 c chopped pecans
  • Add crumbs and nuts together with the cocoa and sugar in the large bowl.
  • Add liquid and mix.
  • If crumbly, make more rum/Karo mix and add a little at at time.
  • The dough should be a bit sticky since the cookie crumbs soak up liquid as they sit.
  • Form into bite sized balls and roll in granulated sugar and store in air tight container until time to serve.

These are very strong - use regular rum if you want milder Rum Balls.

Do not eat and drive.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Double Up

Must be a time warp. I'm sure that was only yesterday. Happy Birthday girls!

Trisha is a birthday girl

Birthday greatings sis.

Make my some cake

XXOO big brother

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Saturday, December 12, 2009

The Latest OU Graduate

I finished all my coursework and passed my comprehensive exams, so I now have a Master's degree in Museum Studies! It is good to be finished after 3 years of studying online courses and travelling and working at the same time. Today is commencement ceremonies in Norman, but I am having much more fun in Colorado enjoying my grandbaby Orin.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Will Turns 1!

Will celebrated his birthday on Monday with a first ever bite of cake, wasn't too sure about it.
Happy 1st Will, so glad you came into our lives, we love you very much!
Grandma & Grandpa

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Baby Bro is 40

Jason doesn't look a day over 40. Horses and boats may have been replaced by MOPAR, but early on....
Happy 40th Jason - Here's to 40 More!

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Snapfish: Home

Snapfish: Home

Happy SWEET 16 Amy!

Hope you get all you wish for on your 16th birthday!
Love all the Wild O's

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Thanksgiving Photos

Ah another Thanksgiving meal to remember - how amazing that so many great cooks belong to one family. Amazing and Lucky. The kitchen table couldn't hold all the dishes and deserts were stashed on the back porch. Both turkey and ham, 'taters, stuffing (2 kinds), gravey, green beans, colliflower, curry, cherry chutney, pink fluff, rolls, cranberries (3 kinds), sqash casserole, sweet taters - the list goes on. Pies - pumpkin, cherry, pecan, apple - peanutbutter/chocolate bars, cheese cake, and.... WOW, what a feast.

And beautiful weather so the feasters could spill outdoors for football, swinging, and hanging around and recovery.

Thanks to all.

See all the photos at the link on the title to this post. xxxooo c

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Happy 53rd

Can you believe how time flies - Happy Birthday Jeffrey!

Friday, November 13, 2009

Dumb flowers!

these popped up in our yard. they are confused!

Monday, November 9, 2009

Turn the Page

Rolling through November without a decent freeze yet recorded. The trees know and so do the birds, fall is here and the cold wind of winter is on it's way. Meanwhile we'll enjoy the 60's & 70's while we can!

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Fall Visitor

This morning we saw a pair of pileated woodpeckers (aka "stump-busters") fluttering and picking around the trees between our house and the river. They are big and beautiful, and it was great to see them. They might have been just passing through, as we haven't seen them all year, but we will be watching in case they decide to stay for awhile. Do you ever see these birds in Oklahoma?


Saturday, November 7, 2009

Monday, November 2, 2009

Fall Fun

We have had to much fun the last couple of weeks. The girls had 4 opportunities to dress up - 2 with the horses. The girls opted to go to a party with some school friends rather than trick or treating.
Alaina was an Arab Sheik on the Arabian steed - she had to use Sunny for the dressage costume class but got to ride Diez at the 4H fun show. That really made her day since Diez has been on injured reserve.

Ivy and Pico were the Elf and her Reindeer (Moose antlers?). At times poor Pico looked embarassed with his get-up although he spooked at the bridle when he first saw it and ran around the yard.

My riding friend Tammy brought her owl to the Halloween bash to add ambiance. Now that the halloween fun is over, the girls are trying to jump the gun and start singing Xmas carols early. NOT allowed!

Saturday, October 31, 2009


Happy Halloween!

Saturday, October 24, 2009


Hope you had a Happy 40something Birthday. Love Pete

Waiting for the Great Pumpkin

Will was patiently waiting in a pumpkin patch in Pryor a few days ago.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Six Months Old!

Orin Star Samulski was six months old yesterday, October 18. He is really growing fast!!

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Sunny Sunday

The sun came out this weekend
and the girls and I played with the horses. Ivy wanted to work Sister and rode Splash and Pico - she is ready to jump again as soon as her cast comes off. Alaina is happy to ride Diez at a walk for a little R&R since she has been recovering from laminitis and founder for the last few months but she also worked Sunny a little too. Then, for the best part, the girls and Steve set up the Halloween decorations - very scary!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Early Morning Astronomy

Hopefully the sky will clear before Friday morning. Should be a pretty cool view.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Free Fruit

Our lonesome pear tree is dropping fruit on the ground. Seems like I talked to someone awhile back who might be interested in having some. If so, please come by at your leisure and get what you want.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Twins in the 'News'!

The girls made the local paper for something other than 4-H. Click title for link to Daily Progress story.

Saturday, October 3, 2009


The girls and I had a horsey day today - lessons with Patty. Alaina worked Sunny on canter leads and getting through a gate - Ivy worked Pico on transitions and jumping.
Kathleen O went with me to Totem Pole Park yesterday and I remembered a trip there long ago. We miss you Jaime.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Fun in the Arenas

The girls had fun at the Tulsa State Fair horse show on Sat. and won a few ribbons. Mostly, they enjoyed hanging out with their horsey friends.

At home on Sunday, Alaina rode Diez for the first time since she got Laminitis and foundered in July. Diez has been on stall rest and has a new diet without green grass. Alaina only rode about 15 min. at the walk only. Diez seemded to enjoy the attention.

Ivy mostly played with Jet the silly pet - they are 2 peas in a pod...