Storybook Ranch

 

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One of the top things on Taylor’s summer to-do list was to go horseback riding. I know people think that everyone in Texas has a horse, but sadly this isn’t true. We only have the hats and the boots. There aren’t many places around Dallas to go horseback riding these days. Most of the stables just offer lessons. We took them to Storybook Ranch in McKinney. I just love this place. They have the cutest little Western town with real buildings that have been relocated from old towns across the country. You take an hour long ride through the town and through the trails. Besides the horseback riding, they also offer summer camps or riding lessons. You can also rent out the town for weddings, corporate events or parties.

The petting zoo….

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Megan’s horse…

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Part of the Western town…

 

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The trails…

IMG_0831Today’s Leopard Print Find:

Tahoe Tack Leopard Print Cross Western Horse Barrel Racing Saddle – How awesome is this?? Now I really need to get me a horse!

Leopard Scentsy Buddy

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G.W. Exotic Animal Park

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During Spring Break we decided to take a quick trip to Oklahoma to go the G.W. Exotic Animal Park. Of all of the choices we gave the girls, Taylor said this was the only thing she HAD to do. Great choice! She is already asking when we can go again.

It only took us 2 hours from Frisco. The park is located in Wynnewood, Ok. The staff was great. Very knowledgeable and friendly. They are currently working on a reality show. I was worried when we got there and saw the sign that said you could possibly be on tv. Megan was ecstatic, I was thinking why in the heck did I wear my yoga pants.

We chose to do one of the behind the scene tours. It was 2 hours long and gave you all day admission to the park as well.

First stop was the miniature donkey and ponies. We had our picture with the donkey.

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Next stop was Chester the kissing camel. I can scratch that off my bucket list now. :/ (if you are wondering they taste kind of salty) He was actually one of my favorites. He has a goat that lives with him. I couldn’t focus on the donkey and ponies because I was watching Chester play with the goat. They were so cute together! Turns out they raised them together and now if they separate them, Chester cries the whole time. :)

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We saw a leopard! :)

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A black leopard! :)

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Held a baby alligator. (Don’t ask me about Megan’s “glasses” because I have no idea)

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Played with a pack of hybrid wolves.

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Held a python. Taylor wasn’t thrilled with this one but I told her she couldn’t play with the tigers if she chickened out. She survived. (and even managed to smile!) – Speaking of chickens, there was a tiger that is terrified of chickens. That cracked me up.

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Played with Irwin the Kangaroo. He likes to watch Sponge Bob and he posts on Facebook in his spare time.

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We held an albino skunk. He likes to be held like a baby.

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A baby bear!!! He was precious.

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For $10 you got to take your pictures with the mascots. The $10 goes towards saving the rhinos.

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The white tiger cub.

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He was so cute.

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The other tiger. Look at that little tiger butt!! So cute!

The photographer followed us around the entire time and took all the pictures since you can’t take your camera. All of the pictures were on a cd for just $24.99. My only complaint is that the pictures weren’t the best. Bad lighting, bad angles, lots of shadows. But for $24.99 it was worth it. We will definitely be back many times I’m sure.

Today’s leopard print find: Yellow Box Women’s Leopard Parker Flip Flop

Pumpkin Oatmeal Muffins

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Yesterday was one of my favorite days of the year…the Daddy Daughter Dance. This was their 7th one. They only have 2 more to go to.  I cried when they left. They look so grown up! I still picture them like this….

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So while they were at the dance, I had my own party and watched Magic Mike. I have a new appreciation for Channing Tatum, but wow was that a horrible movie! Such a waste of a Matthew McConaughey. I’m still not even sure if the movie had a plot or not.

I know we are kind of past the pumpkin time of year, but I still had so much left! This will make 12 smaller muffins or 9 regular size muffins.

1 cup Flour
1 cup Oats
1/2 cup Brown Sugar, packed
1 teaspoon Baking Powder
1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
1-1/4 cup Canned Pumpkin
1 Egg
1 tablespoon Canola Oil
1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon Nutmeg
1/3 cup Walnuts

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.

Spray muffin pan with non-stick cooking spray or line with muffins cups.

Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and oats in a large bowl.

In mixing bowl, combine brown sugar, pumpkin, egg, oil, cinnamon and nutmeg.

Add flour mixture to pumpkin mixture and stir just until combined.

Fold in walnuts.

Pour batter evenly into muffin tins.

Bake for 18 minutes.

Servings: 12
Calories 132
Total Fat 4.2g
Total Carbohydrates 20.8g
Dietary Fiber 1.9g
Protein 3.5g
Nutrition Grade B+

Today’s Leopard Print Find: Vintage Pin-Up Style Beaded Leopard and Solid Satin High-Low Formal Prom Dress Pageant Gown Junior and Junior Plus Size

Martha Washington Candy

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This past weekend we went back to Merry Main Street’s Christmas in the Square. So did the rest of Frisco. The lines for the sleds, bounce houses and carriage rides were at least an hour long and we didn’t have a lot of time. So we just walked around and looked at the beautiful lights that are synced to the music. But if you wanted to wait, these are some of the things you could have seen & done…

* Watched Santa’s parachute arrival
* Lighting of the City of Frisco Christmas tree
* Kid’s Holiday Store
* Spring Creek Model Railroad Club train display
* Live reindeer
* Santa’s Workshop
* Holiday treats
* Snowflake light show
* Horse-drawn carriage rides
* Entertainment on three stages provided by Frisco Elementary Schools
* And Much More!

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My mom made these every year when I was growing up. It was a recipe that had been passed down to her. I googled it just to see if other people called it the same thing and it sure looks like this candy was quite popular back in the day. A lot of the recipes had coconut in it. I think I’ll stick with the non-coconut version.

14 oz can Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk
2 lb Bag of Powdered Sugar
1 tsp Salt
2 tsp Vanilla
1 stick Butter, softened
3 cups Pecans, chopped fine
12 oz Package of Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
1/2 cake Paraffin Wax

Mix Eagle Brand milk, powdered sugar, salt, vanilla and butter together. Stir in pecans. Form mixture into 1″ balls.

Melt chocolate chips and paraffin in top of a double boiler.

Dip balls one at a time into chocolate mixture and place on wax paper.

Makes about 72 pieces
Calories 131
Total Fat 6.2g
Total Carbohydrates 19.0g
Dietary Fiber 0.6g
Nutrition Grade D-

Today’s Leopard Print Find: Betsey Johnson Crystal Leopard Heart and Black Bow Drop Earrings

Chocolate Nutella Cheesecake

Yesterday I got to go on my first trip as a field trip chaperone. They went to Safety Town at the local Fire Station. It’s a really cute tiny town with a miniature Babe’s Chicken, Walmart, City Hall, Hospital, Bank, etc… They also do a really cute Halloween and Christmas event. But mainly they do field trips.

The kids get to ride bikes and learn how to obey the traffic signals. Then they learn about tornado safety. The bike riding caused quite a stir in our house. The girls have no interest in riding bikes. They have only had scooters or bikes with training wheels. We all tried teaching them this weekend….me, the hubby, my sister, my nephew….no luck. They were both so afraid that the other kids would make fun of them. So when the Fireman asked them to raise their hands if they knew how to ride a bike, Megan raised hers higher than everyone there and then later told them that she decided to just be a pedestrian. It turned out okay. Two of her friends even decided to walk with her.

And once again on the pie front…here is Taylor’s turn….

1-1/2 cups Chocolate Animal Crackers, crushed
3/4 cup Sliced Almonds, finely chopped
1/4 cup Butter, melted
1 tsp Vanilla, divided
2 pkg (8 oz each) Philadelphia Cream Cheese, softened
1/2 cup Sugar
13 oz Nutella
8 oz Whipping Cream, whipped

Mix animal cracker crumbs, almonds, butter and 1/2 tsp vanilla until blended. Press onto bottom and sides of 9″ pie plate. Refrigerate until ready to use.

Beat cream cheese and sugar in large mixing bowl until combined. Add Nutella and remaining vanilla. Mix well. Stir in whipping cream. Spoon into crust.

Refrigerate for 4 hours.

Servings: 10
Calories 465
Total Fat 32.3g
Carbohydrates 39.4g
Fiber 2.9g
Nutrition Grade D-

Today’s Leopard Print Find: Mud Pie Baby-Girls Newborn Leopard Faux Fur Booties