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BBQ Surprise - Osage Co. Style!

"Take me out to the ballgame, take me out to the crowd.... buy me some peanuts and cracker jacks, I don't care if I ever get back!  Well, it's root, root, root for the home team -- "  Whoa, hold up a minute right there... it's that last line that we're going to hang onto here.  :)
Ever needed some backing from the bench when you're up to bat?  There are times in life when everyone needs their own cheer squad and Pawhuska is blessed to have two of the best on their roster!


Suzanne and Cathy bring Texas hospitality and Arkansas know-how to Osage County - but they also bring two of the best attitudes I've ever seen as well!  From rooting for other lodging establishments in the county to promoting the businesses and sharing the smiles - they are heavy hitters and amazing go-getters when it comes to encouragement.
Now, on to the "Rest of the Story," as Paul Harvey would call it...
It was last summer (2019) and I had been working for months to bring W…

Farm to Skin -- Solid Rock Soap Co.

She sat across the patio table from me on her back porch as we recorded this podcast.  I was facing the back yard where I could see goats, green grass, tall trees, swing sets, and chickens.  With her Solid Rock Soap Co. cap on and a bright smile, Jamie Crouch's eyes twinkled as she shared her passion - not for just making soap and skincare products - but for the "why" and the "how" and the passion she puts into making them.


Why?  She and her husband Bart have a love for old fashioned values passed on to them from their grandparents - and they want to instill those same values in their five children.  Entrepreneurship goes hand-in-hand with hard work and the Crouch's incorporate integrity into the mix as well.  Not settling for cutting corners on quality, they create all-natural goat milk soaps and skincare products that have become increasingly in demand across Oklahoma and beyond.

Now, I'll tell you this -- as Jamie was telling me their story, I was l…

74th Annual Cavalcade

It was a little like trick riding combined with some fancy roping that would have set Will Rogers back a notch, but the 74th annual Cavalcade Rodeo mounted this buckin’ bronc of a year and made it to the buzzer this weekend.  You could say this one’s going down in the history books.  It was a gamble, but the Cavalcade committee put all their chips on the table and said, “We’re in.”

If they erred, they were going to err on the side of caution as they set in place all the necessary guidelines to implement health safety precautions for participants and the public.This year they also became a health haven for all horses in the rodeo and even moved the parade from downtown Pawhuska to the fairgrounds to ensure equine health safety.Also, with a facility like the Osage County Fairgrounds with acres and acres of outdoor open space, social distancing was no problem. Like their famous Shotgun Start that Cavalcade is known for, the Wednesday night rodeo attendance kicked off with a bang as spectat…

If God Were A Rancher...

Back in the day when I was in college, we girls had a phrase we tossed around between us called, "Chasin' Hats."  It was our way of talking about cowboys and having fun.  Well, the tourism gal is still having fun and "chasin' hats," -- just in a little bit of a different fashion... but still with plenty of fun - on the Osage County Cattlemen's Ranch Tour! :) Up in Oklahoma, there's a good way of life going on where the cowboy never rides away and where western is a way of life - let's chase that a bit here. ;) Now, Osage County is known for its views and vistas - and there is no better way to see them than during the Osage County Cattlemen's Association Ranch Tour the Saturday before Father's Day every year!  It begins early that morning at the Osage County Fairgrounds with a cowboy breakfast in the Ag Building, then folks line up their vehicles in parade-like fashion and follow the escort through the back roads and ranch roads across Osag…

I Just Have To Do This...

I'll have to admit -- this is what inspired me!  Owned by the Kelley family in Barnsdall, Oklahoma, the JKCountry Feed & Ranch Supply is located off Hwy 11 as you come into town from the south.  

It was a beautiful blue-skied, sunny day yesterday and as I was coming through town - I stopped to take some pictures of the businesses, including this new one.  For years I have driven by this place and it was an empty building except for what looked like a couple of old barbershop chairs inside.  Now, it's a fully stocked feed store and more!





Places have a "feel" to them, you know?  Well, this one feels happy, and it feels welcoming, and it feels ranch-y:   - kinda like that "salt-0f-the-earth" type of good you sense when you step into someplace rural and pleasant.  It was also so clean your grandma might say "she'd eat off the floor."  From grill guards to saddles and tack to feed, they had a colorful variety of inventory and it was all topped of…

Way Up North!

"Roll out the welcome wagon" never had quite so much flair as it does when it's coming from the North end of Kihekah Avenue in Pawhuska, Oklahoma!  At least that's the conclusion I came to by the time we finished recording the "Way Up North" episode of our Osagin' It podcast yesterday.

I'd been meaning to get up there, and had had these two gals on my radar for quite some time; but, the time finally came yesterday when we all pulled up a chair around the tea room, lady-sized, round table in the front corner of Sunset Ridge Gallery and had us what I would call, an Osage County version of "The View." 
You name it, we discussed it.  I'm not sure just what parts of it will make the podcast since I haven't finished editing it yet as I am writing this - but trust me, it's going to be entertaining!  
When you get a gal from Australia paired up with a former diamond broker you can just imagine the laughter around that store table where we…