Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Valentine's Day Buckaroo Barbie Style

This is a repost of last year's Valentine blog, but with a few new tidbits added in. 

I always feel a little jumpy around February 14. 

I feel as if EVERY day should be Valentine's Day. I know I've mentioned this before, but I have watched my father romance my mums every day as if it was specially set apart for them by Hallmark. If you're in a relationship that needs a special day to make you feel treasured, then please rethink your relationship! Love should be found in the coffee you make each other, the way you speak to one should be found in the every day, seemingly insignificant actions we live towards one another. 

Every memory that I treasure as highly romantic, has been on every day BESIDE Valentine's Day. It was the flowers he picked for me while out moving cows, the coffee he'd bring me in the morning and the way he helped me learn to make my rawhide better. Love is found in the small details. Cards and candy and flowers are a nice touch, but it's the little stuff that lasts. Don't forget that. 

So if you can't make it into town for a movie, expensive dinner and a night filled with chocolate and champagne, don't despair!! You can still have grand fun!

Buckaroo Barbie Scenario #1

It's snowy and cold and you and your Buckaroo Man have a bunch of first time heifers to calve out. You're going to be tired, your honey will be tired so don't make elaborate plans in your head and then be disappointed and heartbroken if some mama cow's labor pains take preference over Valentine's Day. Keep it sweet and simple. Plan something for dinner that doesn't depend on having hours of free time to prepare it. Something hot and spicy in the crock pot, perhaps? When you go to town for your grocery shop this weekend pick up some champagne and strawberries as a treat. When it's dinner time (whenever that may be), pile up a bunch of pillows and blankets in front of your fireplace or wood stove picnic style, and serve your dinner on trays! As a treat pour you and your baby the champagne you picked up in town (but let him open the bottle, make him feel all manly), add a couple of strawberries and you have a romantic winter picnic dinner, even if one or both of you has to rush back out into the dark of the night far too soon!! 

Spicy Beef Stew
Biscuits served with Honey Butter
Basque Salad 
Champagne served with Strawberries 

Winter Cap
House Slippers
Fresh Jeans 
Spritz of perfume 
Lip Gloss 

Cold Hands, Warm Heart Playlist:
Mariposa Wind: Mike Beck
Little Lion Man: Mumford and Sons
Awake and Alive: Skillet
Gypsy Woman: Muddy Waters
Rain Patty Griffin
All American Nightmare: Hinder
Love Never Comes At All: Ian Tyson
9 to 5: Dolly Parton
Marry Me: Train
Cowboy Girl: Any Old Time String Band
Roll On Owyhee: Ian Tyson
Angel of the Morning: Juice Newton
Sun is Gonna Rise: Bill Miller

No matter if you're calving, dancing, laughing, wishing you were sleeping or eating, love is beautiful.

Buckaroo Barbie Scenario #2 

It's a clear, cold and beautiful Valentine's Day. What's a Buckaroo Barbie to do? Why shoot some clays of course!! Fill a thermos up with coffee, grab a baggie of cookies and a box of shells and head on out with your sweetheart for some friendly competition!! Instead of playing "pig" (you have the letters p-i-g to miss, and whoever spells pig first loses), play a game of love! Loser forfeits a kiss. Once you and your man are thoroughly chilled, head home, wipe the snow off your barbecue and fire her up! Make dinner together and yes, he has to help too!! After your amazing meal play a game of cards, cribbage, braid some rawhide or just watch a movie. And enjoy just being you with just him. 

BBQ'd Elk Steaks
Twice Baked Potatoes 
Cheesy Cauliflower 
Homemade Sangria 
Chocolate Chip Cookies 

Puffer Vest or jacket
Hair in Pigtails
Nails painted alternating pink and red
80's Old Man Ball Cap
A Smile

Shooting & Grooving Playlist:
Shoot To Thrill: ACDC
Dad's Gonna Kill Me: Richard Thompson
Touch of Evil: Tom Russell
Photograph: Nickleback
Sorry: Gary Allen
Fastest Girl in Town: Miranda Lambert
Fuzzy: Randy Rogers Band
Ain't No Rest For the Wicked: Cage the Elephant
Cavvy Song: Adrian
Sweet Dreams: Eurythmics
Thrift Shop: Macklemore and Ryan Lewis
Summer of Love: Mike Beck
Highwayman: The Highwayman
The Steeldust Line: Ian Tyson
Wanted Dead or Alive: (Tom Cruise Version)

Couples that ride, rope and shoot together...stay friends forever. 

Buckaroo Barbie Scenario #3

Your man has free time and you've been planning this night for a week. There's fresh flowers on the table, sour heart shaped candy and chocolate kisses piled in tempting heaps around the house. Your special Buckaroo Barbie Playlist is quietly playing in the background and everything is almost ready. You built a frothy, frilly fort in the living room for you and your man to watch Rocky from later, once dinner is over. Hey, if everything else is so girly, he outta be allowed to watch a manly-man movie at least, right?! Right! You've showered, curled your hair into Victoria's Secret model worthy waves and are all dressed up in your town clothes, even though you have no intention of heading into town. All you have to do is wait for your Prince Charming in Chinks to arrive and your romantic evening will commence. 

Starter of Salmon Spread and Cheese and Crackers
Steak with Whiskey Sauce
Loaded Baked Potatoes 
Garlic Green Beans 
Fresh Loaf of Sourdough Bread 
Red Wine with Dinner
Red Waldorf Astoria Cake
Coffee and Bailey's Irish Cream

Whatever you feel the most beautiful wearing. It could be a LBD (little black dress) or your favorite jeans and sweater! 
Simple jewelry

Romance at the Ranch Playlist:
Romance in Durango: Bob Dylan
Come Over: Kenny Chesney
Hot Summer Tears: Ian Tyson
Sweet Disposition: Temper Trap
At Last: Etta James
Campfire Waltz: Dave Stamey
I and Love and You: The Avett Brothers
North Dakota: Lyle Lovett
For You: Angus and Julie Stone
Stacks: Bon Iver
Striptease: Hinder
Just a Dream: Nelly
Sunlight On Silver: Jesse Ballantyne
Spanish Ranch CowboyCalifornia Girl: Adrian
Love Me Tender: Catlin Martin

Bare feet or heels, diamonds or keep me coming back for more. 

 Just remember you don't have to follow ANY RULES to have a wonderful and special Valentine's Day with your love. 

Just be you. Do what you want. And smile.

xo xo Liz 

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