Sweet & Sour Chicken (Cheyenne's Version) & Stray Gathering

Holy cow....the wind is howling again today! It makes me wonder how it can just continue to do this for days on end. One good thing about the wind.....the gumbo is dried out! Hooray....happy dance! Oh yeah....and my migraine is finally over...another reason to celebrate!

Yesterday, I was on day 2 of a migraine, but life had to go on. I did some cooking (Sweet & Sour Chicken for supper) and before that I rode my best boy, Doc. I am committed to riding him every day until the 30th as we are getting ready for the Black Hills Stock Show Stray Gathering. Time to get us both in a little better shape. I explained the Stray Gathering a bit before, but I'll do it again.

There is a 2 minute time limit. 4 cowboys/cowgirls gather at one end of the arena. 2 critters (steers or heifers) are let out of a pen at the other end. The 4 riders break off into pairs and each goes after their own critter. The steer must be headed (roped by the horns, head, or half of a head) and heeled (roped by one or two legs).....then it must be tied up (3 legs crossed) and the rope must be off the head before time is called. Here is my husband, Shane, and his partner Andy Selle roping their steer last summer at the Cowgirl Swank Classic Open Stray Gathering:

Sometimes even though the steer is headed and heeled....they get up. Before they get away you have to "dog" them down again. Here is Shane doing just that. I have to laugh at this picture.....you sure can see the action....and that mud....well, I don't know if any of our clothes came completely clean after two days of that mud!

They were victorious and their team won first! Here they are....all smiles....and mud!

From left to right: Jeff Lien, Travis Nitsch, Shane Wilson & Andy Selle.

Anyway, the critters must stay tied for 6 seconds. It is a really fun event to watch and it's even more fun to be in it! I'm so excited as this year the ladies have their own division (all girl). I helped to get some prizes rounded up for this event (Cowgirl Swank even donated 4 caps) with hopes that it would fill up and bring more awareness to ladies doing this event. I'm happy to say that it is full! There will be 10 teams of women competing. The only difference is that the gals only have to tie down one critter. They still have to head and heel both, but then all 4 gals can help each other get the job done. Tying a steer down is not for the weak of heart.....I know. I get a grin on my face as I'm typing this because this is seriously my favorite event. Anything that involves tying down a steer is at the top of the list for me! I am woman....here me ROAR!!! :)

Here's the Cowgirl Swank team in the tie down/mugging (same thing as the stray gathering pretty much) last summer at the Cowgirl Swank Classic.....yes, that steer got dogged down....here that roar, now?! :)

Our team members were: Heidi Cuny, Jessica Cuny, Randi, Selle & Me

To say the least, I'm excited about the upcoming BHSS Stray Gathering on the 30th. I'm going to try to have a friend take lots of pictures so I can report on how it went. Stay tuned for that!

So, last night I decided on making Sweet & Sour Chicken. This recipe has been around our family for a LONG time.....like, when I was a kid LONG time ago. My mom started out making it and I continued the tradition. I think my mom originally got the recipe from a magazine, but I have no idea which one. Here is the original photo copy I have of my mom's recipe: