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White Stallion Ranch’s Hatch Green Chili & Cheese Breakfast Casserole

7/15/2016 3:09:58 PM

Thank you White Stallion Ranch for once again sharing one of your ranch recipes with RanchSeeker fans!! Be sure to check out other recipes provided by this Arizona guest ranch. Great food is always an important part of any vacation.

What do you prefer most breakfast, lunch or dinner? For breakfast lovers here is a recipe that is sure to kick start your day off just right!


Hatch Green Chili & Cheese Breakfast Casserole

Hatch Green Chili and Cheese Breakfast Casserole

12 lg. eggs

1- 1 1/2 lbs shredded Monterey Jack cheese

1-1 1/2 lbs. shredded cheddar cheese

2 cups diced green hatch chilies

1/4 c. chopped red roasted red peppers

1/4 c. heavy cream

3 T. flour

Salt and pepper to taste


Mix eggs, flour, cream, and salt and pepper in bowl.

Layer the jack cheese in 9×13, greased baking dish

Sprinkle chilies and peppers on top of jack cheese.

Layer the cheddar on top of all ingredients.

Pour egg mixture over cheese and chilies

Cover with foil and bake @350 for 40 minutes, uncover and finish baking until set

(about 15-20 minutes more)

Remove from oven let cool a bit cut into squares and serve with salsa, sliced tomatoes and avocados.

Happy Trails

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White Stallion Ranch’s Peanut Butter Bar Recipe

6/29/2016 2:54:52 PM

Visit the White Stallion Ranch an authentic western guest ranch nestled at the base of the beautiful Tucson Mountains on 3,000 acres of pristine Sonoran Desert. In the meantime enjoy this yummy recipe for Peanut Butter Bars provided by their chef.


Peanut Butter Bars

Preheat oven 350 degrees (300 convection oven)

¾ c. shortening

¾ c. peanut butter

1 c. brown sugar

1c white sugar

1 large egg

1 tsp. vanilla

1 ¼ c. flour

1 ¼ c. oatmeal

¾ tsp. baking soda

¼ tsp. salt

Cream the shortening, peanut butter, sugar, egg and vanilla well.  Mix together the flour, oatmeal, soda and salt.  Beat the flour mixture into the creamed mixture.  Spread the dough by hand over sprayed and floured 9”x13” baking pan.  Bake 25 minutes until still chewy.  Immediately sprinkle on the chocolate chips and spread over the bars when melted.

Topping

1 c. powdered sugar

½ c. peanut butter

1 c. chocolate chips

2-4 Tbs. Milk, as needed

Beat topping ingredients well, using enough milk to get a creamy consistency, then swirl over the chocolate.  Cut and serve.

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Happy Trails!


Sundance Guest Ranch’s Summer Berry Salad with ‘Liquid Gold’ Dressing

6/24/2016 2:49:55 PM

The kind folks over at Sundance Guest Ranch have provided us with one of their treasured recipes to share on Ranchseeker. Sundance Guest Ranch, located in British Columbia, offers an all-inclusive package with accommodations, meals and about 5 hours of riding each day through some of the most spectacular countryside in the province. The ranch is almost as famous for the food that they serve their guests as it is for their horses!

Prepare this delicious light summer salad for your family brought to you by the ranch’s very own Chef Lauren Chimilar and let us know how it turns out.


Summer Berry Salad with ‘Liquid Gold’ Dressing:

 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar

1/3 cup soy sauce

1/3 cup water

4-6 garlic cloves

3/4 cup nutritional flake yeast

1.5 cup vegetable oil

*Blend the first 5 ingredients in a blender or food processor. Slowly add oil while still blending*

*The salad uses a fresh artisan lettuce blend, goat cheese, toasted pine nuts, sweet yellow peppers, cucumber, blackberries and raspberries*

Don’t miss out on the “Health Wellness and Lifestyle” episode that airs on Joy TV in Canada in July where this delightful salad will be featured on the show.

Happy Trails!

RanchSeeker’s Photo of the Week: Laughing Water Ranch

6/15/2015 10:37:12 AM

Let Laughing Water Ranch be your Montana adventure destination for your next vacation. Located in Fortine, Montana, this authentic western dude ranch is situated against the foot hills of the Whitefish Divide. It encompasses 220 breathtaking acres of mountain timber and rolling pastures which is nestled in a beautiful valley just west of Glacier National Park and bordered on three sides by the Kootenai National Forest. With miles and miles of scenic trails available for riding throughout the public lands of the National Forest mountain trail riding is Laughing Water Ranch’s main focus. There are nice and easy rides for the novice rider to the low lakes and more challenging rides for the more advanced rider on high country trails. Colourful names such as the “Trail of Tears,” “Laughing Water Overlook,” and the “North Fork of Deep Creek Trail” will become part of your everyday vocabulary when signing up for a ride while staying at the ranch. Since Laughing Water Ranch is the only dude ranch in the area you will enjoy visiting nearby lakes, stopping for lunch by babbling brooks and taking in scenic vistas uninterrupted by other riders.

Montana Guest Ranch
Laughing Water Ranch

There are other activities to fill your days as well. From fishing, hiking and swimming in the summer months to cross-county skiing, snow-shoeing, ice-fishing and even dog sledding in the winter. During the year the ranch also features specialty weeks that shouldn’t be missed out on. “Cattle Drives”, “Ladies Only”, “Horse Confidence”, “Extreme Trail Rider”, “Wild West Week”, “Hands on Horse Week” and “Kids Hands on Horse Week” will have you coming back again and again. Laughing Water Ranch’s friendly, personable staff will ensure that you and your travelling companions enjoy your guest ranch vacation to the fullest while being treated to delicious western cuisine, comfortable accommodations in either their lodge rooms or cabins and fun filled days exploring Montana’s wilderness.

Happy Trails!

RanchSeeker’s Photo of the Week: Bar Lazy J Guest Ranch

5/11/2015 8:22:48 AM

Nestled in a peaceful valley along the banks of the Colorado River you will find the Bar Lazy J Guest Ranch. Opened in 1912 it is considered the oldest continuously operating guest ranch in the state. Though the original log lodge and cabins have been modernized the Bar Lazy J Guest Ranch has tried to retain the look and atmosphere of the “old west” so that you will feel like you are stepping back in time. A vacation at the Bar Lazy J Guest Ranch means all your meals and many of the activities like horseback riding, "Gold Medal" fly-fishing/fishing, kid’s program, hayrides, camp-fires, mountain biking, evening entertainment are included in one weekly rate per person.  The ranch also has lots of great amenities like a hot tub, swimming pool, petting corral, free Wi-Fi, laundry facilities and most importantly a bottomless cookie jar.

Colorado Guest Ranch
Bar Lazy J Guest Ranch

The Bar Lazy J Guest Ranch is proud to maintain their own herd of over 100 horses. It doesn’t matter whether you are new to horseback riding or a very experienced rider or fall somewhere in between the ranch has the ideal horse waiting just for you! Their experienced wranglers will pair you with a horse suited to your level of riding that you get to ride all week. You will also will receive personalized riding instruction and helpful tips throughout the week to help you become a better rider. For those seeking a real thrill the Bar Lazy J Ranch now offers a zip line that is one of Colorado's longest and fastest zip lines and is the only one that crosses the Colorado River. You will be zipping along at speeds in excess of 35 miles per hour that drop 82 feet in elevation and cross 1500 feet.  Now doesn’t that sound exciting? A dude ranch vacation at the Bar Lazy J Guest Ranch truly has something for everyone in your group from fun outdoor activities during the day to cozy camp-fires at night this Colorado guest ranch promises a true “Western Experience”. Happy Trails!

Plan a Cowgirl Getaway with your Besties!

4/20/2015 9:35:26 AM

Getting together with girlfriends for an evening out is always fun but wouldn't it be great to go somewhere for a weekend or even a week together to spend time catching up, making new memories and trying something new other than lying on the beach drinking over-priced, calorie-laden  Piña Coladas? A dude ranch vacation may not be the first thing that comes to mind, but listen up ladies you don’t know what you’re missing out on until you try a Women’s Only Cowgirl Getaway.

Why Pick a Women’s Only Cowgirl Getaway for your Next Vacation There are many reasons to choose a vacation tailored just for you and your besties at a dude ranch. It is an ideal opportunity to leave behind demanding schedules and commitments, if only for a little while, and to reconnect with the special women in your life, whether it’s your mother, sister or best friends. A Cowgirl Getaway will provide you with the opportunity to expand your horizons and perhaps take you out of your comfort zone which can be an exciting experience. There are lots of activities to choose from like horseback riding, hiking, kayaking, and of course spa treatments just to name a few. So pack your bags and get ready for a fun-filled dude ranch vacation at one of the following guest ranches that offer Cowgirl Getaways.

Free Rein Guest Ranch:

Located in beautiful British Columbia, Free Rein Guest Ranch is a small, family operated guest ranch that offers an intimate hands-on experience with their well-trained horses and the great outdoors. From September 7th-14th the ranch offers a Cowgirls Only Week. “The kids are back in school and the madness of summer days are over, it’s a wonderful time for the girls to simply get together, enjoy the those final warm days of summer with great rides, great conversation and a glass of vino or two as the sun goes down”- Debbie Atha, owner

BC Guest Ranch
Free Rein Guest Ranch

A 7 day stay includes:

  • Cabin or Lodge Suite Accommodation
  • Daily maid service and Egyptian cotton linen and towels
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner with all non-alcoholic beverages
  • Unlimited riding from 9:30am to 5pm daily
  • A personal horse assigned to each guest and guided riding for duration of stay
  • Wildlife viewing and bird watching
  • Riding and natural horsemanship instruction
  • Mountain biking, Nature hikes, Swimming, Kayaks/canoes/row boat
  • Sauna
Mother’s Day weekend in May at this Canadian guest ranch is time for their annual Mother’s Day Cowgirl Weekend - No high heels allowed! Throw on your jeans, cowboy boots, and let your hair down! This weekend will bring out the hidden cowgirl in each of you! Enjoy a variety of western games and activities including bucking barrels and learning to lasso like a cowboy.


Chilcotin Holidays

What's included:

  •  Accommodation in our cozy ranch house.
  • Three, family-style, hearty, healthy home-cooked meals a day.
  • Horseback riding, bareback riding, and horseback competitions.
  • Selection of our cowboy/wrangler activities and ranch pastimes - ladies only!
  • A welcoming glass of sparkling wine (cowgirls 19 and older).
  • Complimentary straw cowgirl hat
  Laughing Water Ranch:

Grab your mom, your sister, your daughter or your best friend, and come join the Laughing Water Ranch for their Ladies only week from May 17th-23rd. No cooking no dishes, no responsibility just fun and relaxation.


Montana Guest Ranch

Your week will be filled with unlimited horseback riding, mixed in with riding lessons if you wish and you can practice your horsemanship skills on their unique Trail Challenge Course. Or take an educational hike and learn about the local foliage and fauna. Evenings relax with your friends and other guests while enjoying sing-alongs around the campfire. There will also be wine tastings and a visit to a local brewery.  

Coffee Creek Ranch:

This California guest ranch is offering 50% off for the week on May 8-15th for women only to celebrate Mother's Day.


Coffee Creek Ranch

What’s included:

  • $687.50 for an all-inclusive vacation
  • 3 meals a day
  • Private cabin
  • Horseback riding
  • 6 nights & 7 days of total relaxation
Come learn how to bake healthier with classes in ancient grain baking, cook from scratch, and make lotions and facials from your kitchen as well. Hike a mountain, learn to challenge yourself and try new things. Dangle your feet in the creek, or catch your first fish!  Coffee Creek Ranch staff will make the beds, do the dishes and entertain you at night with line dancing, bonfires, karaoke, and games! A stress-free vacation for you and the special women in your life.  

Red Reflet Ranch:

The month of May (before Memorial Day weekend) this Wyoming guest ranch offers a Women’s Only Cowgirl Getaway with rates starting at $2,220 for a 4 night all-inclusive stay.


Red Reflet Ranch

What’s included:

  • Daily horseback & riding lessons from well-known horsewoman Tammy Trollinger
  • Hiking to view spring flowers in full regalia
  • Spacious chalet with private hot tub
  • Gourmet meals with wine pairing provided by Executive Chef Matthew Cariveau
  • Private cooking classes
These are just a few of the delights waiting for you at the Red Reflet Ranch for your Women’s Only Cowgirl Getaway.  

White Stallion Ranch:

Susanne Walsh, White Stallion Ranch’s head of guest relations said this about their Cowgirl Getaways in Tucson, Arizona "The BEST thing about our Cactus Cowgirls is watching women from all over the country become best friends. They return every year, they keep in touch and travel together throughout the year and each year new friends are added. They become a sisterhood after just one week together..."


White Stallion Ranch

Choose from 3 upcoming, different Themed Getaways:

  • The Cactus Cowgirls Ride Again- Sunday, January 17 – Sunday, January 24, 2016
  • Cactus Cowgirls at Rodeo Time- Tuesday, February 23rd – Sunday, February 28th, 2016
  • Cactus Cowgirls-Country & Culture- Sunday, August 31, 2014 – Sunday, September 7, 2014
  Flying E Ranch:

From Thursday March 3rd- Sunday March 6th the Flying E Ranch present their Women’s Only “Cowgirl True” weekend. If you think these two award-winning artists are spectacular as individual performers - wait ‘till you see them in action as a duo!


Flying E Ranch

When singer/songwriter Belinda Gail and cowgirl poet Diane Tribitt hit the stage together as ‘Cowgirl True’ that is exactly what you get - Cowgirl to the core! These award-winning and gifted ladies have combined their talents to bring their love of the West and their rich ranching heritage to life in what feels like a ballet of song and poetry. As they effortlessly weave together music and poetry you will laugh, you will sigh…and maybe even wipe away a tear. But most of all you will walk away having glimpsed the heart and soul of the West.

What’s included:

  • Workshops presented by Belinda and Diane
  • Enjoy an evening of special entertainment with these special ladies
  • Campfire cookout under the Arizona stars
  • Special amenities & daily events.
  • Sunday morning horseback ride to cowgirl church and breakfast on the desert
  • Rates include 4 day/3 night stay with tax and gratuity per person.
  • Lodge room: $660.00 per person
  • Poolside room: $685.00 per person
  • Luxury suite: $710.00 per person
With all these great Cowgirl Getaways to choose from there is no time like the present to call up your girlfriends, sisters or Mother and book a fun week or weekend away at one of these participating dude ranches. Happy Trails!

RanchSeeker’s Photo of the Week: Stagecoach Trails Guest Ranch

4/7/2015 12:17:11 PM

Come visit Stagecoach Trails Guest Ranch located in the heart of cowboy country in Yucca, Arizona, where you’ll come as guests and leave feeling like family. Here you will find that the Old West blends with the new since this dude ranch is set up like a little Western town that will make you feel like you've stepped back in time living the life of a true cowboy. The horseback-riding program at Stagecoach Trails is second to none. With over 360,000 acres of natural western desert beauty at the foot of the Mohave and Hualapai mountains you will see nothing but beautiful desert scenery surrounded by cactus and mountain ranges. For beginner riders there are slow scenic rides amongst the cactus landscape and for those more adventurous and experienced there is trotting and loping in the desert washes.

Arizona dude ranch
Stagecoach Trails Guest Ranch, Arizona

Once you are done riding there are plenty of activities to choose from like renting an ATV for a guided ride in the desert mountains or mountain biking for a quieter exploration of the cactus trails. Hiking is a lot of fun too as there is a lot of native wildlife to see and during the warmer months you can kick back and relax around the pool and take in the breathtaking mountain scenery. On cooler nights guests can unwind around a crackling fire in the courtyard and sing camp-fire songs or swap stories with other guests about their day’s adventures. Stagecoach Trails Guest ranch promises an authentic dude ranch experience where everyone is welcome. So take a step back in time and join your hosts and their staff for a memorable dude ranch vacation. Happy Trails!

RanchSeeker’s Photo of the Week: Rancho Los Baños Adventure Guest Ranch

4/1/2015 8:30:23 AM

Are you looking for adventure on your next vacation? Why not consider Rancho Los Baños Adventure Guest Ranch, a genuine Mexican cattle ranch and wilderness preserve located a mere 55 miles south from the southeast Arizona town of Douglas. With over 30, 000 acres, exotic scenery and otherworldly landscapes you will be reminded of a National Park.

Adventure Guest Ranch
Rancho Los Baños Adventure Guest Ranch

Adventurous activities are abundant at this guest ranch. Enjoy stunning landscapes, scenery and wilderness while horseback riding through unspoiled lands or spend the day hiking through box canyons in the Canyonlands. There are also wonderful opportunities for bird-watching and wildlife viewing. Kayaking, mountain biking, 4X4 jeep excursions and stargazing are just some of the many activities to choose from or just kick back, relax and enjoy the complete peace, serenity and tranquility at the ranch. Connected to the natural world instead of the wired world this ranch is a great way to disconnect and re-connect with loved ones. Accommodations have been built and designed for sleeping comfortably, with each room, cabin and tent offering privacy, space and tranquility. Your days will be spent mostly outdoors making new friends and new memories and admiring a spectacular star-filled night sky that you never get to experience in the city. Rancho Los Baños Adventure Guest Ranch is the ideal place for avid nature lovers because of its varied and diverse habitats that include lake, river, mountain, high desert, box canyon and riparian ecosystems. With its close proximity to the United States, getting to the ranch is as simple as 123.So book your next guest ranch vacation here and experience an exciting, fun-filled, relaxing, memorable time. And last but not least enjoy Mexican hospitality and food that is second to none! Happy Trails!

RanchSeeker Photo of the Week! Bar 10 Ranch

3/18/2015 9:57:36 AM

Have you ever wanted to see the Grand Canyon but hate the idea that there will be tons of people there too? Here’s your chance to experience the canyon without the crowds by visiting the Bar 10 Ranch located on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. The Heaton family has been hosting guests at their guest ranch for decades providing overnight stays and numerous ranch activities.

  Arizona Guest Ranch  

At the Bar 10 Ranch there are lots of fun activities for everyone in your group. You can sign-up for a thrilling white-water adventure, rafting trip or take a one-of-a-kind helicopter tour and take in the grandeur of the Grand Canyon. If you feel like simply relaxing you can enjoy the “Grand” views from a secluded area while appreciating the country atmosphere and western hospitality of your hosts. If you are up for more adventure then climb onto an ATV which lets you explore the rugged beauty of America's preeminent gorge or you can take in the scenery atop a horse and experience the true Old West by horseback riding through miles of scenic vistas. There’s also skeet shooting, hiking and evening entertainment to keep your days as active as you want them to be while on your guest ranch vacation. So what are you waiting for? Book your guest ranch vacation at the  Bar 10 Ranch and enjoy the grandeur, the mystery, and the Old West flavor of the Grand Canyon and the Colorado River on the fabled Arizona Strip. Happy Trails!

Bar W Guest Ranch

2/24/2015 1:38:15 PM

Bar W Guest Ranch – A Western Vacation for the Whole Family

If you want to slip away from the hustle and bustle of the city and into the rolling ridges of the countryside, Bar W Guest Ranch is where you should be. Stretched on 3,000 acres on Spencer Lake in Whitefish, Montana, the ranch is open all year round to extend true western hospitality to all its guests, be it through its accommodation options or variety of activities. So whether you’re planning your upcoming winter vacation or your summer holidays next year, read on to find out why Bar W is where you should be.

Bar W Guest Ranch


A Look at the Past of Bar W Guest Ranch

Before it evolved into a dude ranch, Bar W was the sanctuary of a father who wanted to escape the chaos of his workplace. Former world-class skier and outdoorsman Dave Leishman moved permanently to Montana with his wife Jan and his daughters Meghan and Emily after falling in love with the western way of life. Previously, he and his girls would visit a ranch in Northwest Montana where they would ride, work, interact with interesting people, and enjoy the rodeo experience. However, short holidays weren’t enough, which is when he decided to partner with Double D Guest Ranch’s owner Phil Dukes to buy his own.

Bar W Guest Ranch


Why It’s Time that You Drop By Bar W

Under Dave’s and Phil’s leadership, Bar W Guest Ranch received numerous accolades, including the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence in 2014, Signature Ranch Best of Horseback Riding in 2012 and 2013, and Signature Ranch Best Dining 2012. These alone make the dude ranch worth exploring, but here are more reasons that truly make it stand out.

Dogs Welcomed – Bar W Guest Ranch truly is for the whole family, including members on all four feet. While you can’t keep them inside the lodge or cabin, they’ll be comfortably placed in stalls in the barn and provided with relaxing beds, shavings and water. Just remember to have your pet on a leash while roaming the ranch.

Best Horse Riding Experience in Montana – Dave and his girls hardly knew how to ride when they visited their first dude ranch. However, they’ve come a long way and use their experience to help their guests. As a horse-oriented ranch, Bar W offers an advanced and diversified equestrian program and boasts the best trainers in the area. You can explore the mountainous beauty of Montana, especially the peaks of the Stryker Range, meadows of Swisher Lake, and open prairie of the Blackfeet Indian Reservation.

Horseback Riding at Bar W Guest Ranch

  A Wide Variety of Activities – If your idea of a vacation entails a lot of action, this is where you should be. The ranch provides a range of activities, including hiking, mountain biking, skeet shooting, fishing at Spencer Lake or Trout Pond, archery, wagon rides, and steer wrestling. Guests can also take part in the rodeo, which features barrel racing and pole bending along with other activities.

Bar W Ranch Rodeo

Three Types of Lodging – Bar W offers three accommodation options to suit different needs: traditional western lodge, rustic cabin suites, and unique Glamping tents. The main lodge features six rooms, three common spaces, and a game parlor. In addition to promising comfort, the lodge overlooks the horse pasture and allows you to enjoy the wildlife making its way through the wetlands around Spencer Lake. As for the cabin, it was designed by Montana’s skilled Amish to overlook the pasture and surrounding forest. There are two suites you can choose from, both of which boast hand-crafted log furniture and a rustic design. Finally, the Glamping (GLAMorous camPING) tents allow you to enjoy an informal western feel without compromising on luxury. With each tent, you get a queen size bed, futon, kitchenette and private porch. However, the tents are only available between May 1st and October 31st.

Glamping at Bar W Guest Ranch

Indoor Evening Entertainment – The 60x100 indoor arena is used to improve riders’ skills or train the horses. However, it’s also where you can get together with everyone to enjoy live band music, dancing and an ol’ fashioned hoe-down. You can even book the arena for a wedding, company party or reunion during your vacation.

All Year Round Activities – Unlike most dude ranches, this Montana gem is open all year-round. So even if you can’t make it in summer, you’re welcome to enjoy the different activities offered in winter, including snowshoeing or hiking the ridge near Spencer Lake, dog sledding, ice fishing, pigeon shooting, and sleigh ride dinners. You can also relax in the peaceful surrounding in a nice hot tub on the ranch or at one of the nearby day spas. winter dude ranch

Numerous Events Around the Area – Whitefish offers its visitors a wide range of events, including the Winter Stroll along Main Street and the Winter Carnival to crown the Royalty. To ensure that you don’t miss out on these, the ranch’s website details monthly Whitefish events.

Different Package for Different People – Bar W offers a variety of packages, including CowGirl-Up, Western Cattle Drives, Adults Only Week, and Photography Week. During off-peak months, the least you can expect to pay is $75 + tax per night for only your room. However, rest assured that you get more than your money’s worth at the ranch by going for a more comprehensive package.

The Bottom Line

Overall, Bar W Guest Ranch has a lot to offer, especially if you and your family enjoy horseback riding. So don’t miss your chance to indulge in an authentic cowboy lifestyle while enjoying a little luxury on the side.

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