Welcome to the Ranch!
Hey there fellow grass-fed beef enthusiasts. My name’s Tresa (pronounced Treesuh), and I’m the wife and mom of this crazy, colorful, fun bunch of people. I have to say I’m a little (OK…a LOT) nervous about this blog thing, but I thought you would enjoy seeing where your food comes from, and what it’s like to raise beef and a family out here on the wild prairie. In the process, I hope you can feel like you’re here with us, and enjoy the work and rewards along with the rest of our crew! I’d also like to share some of our favorite recipes with you. (When you’re 45 miles from the grocery store, and 80 miles from the nearest fast food joint like we are, cooking is a full-time job!) Along the way we’ll see what other fun things we can involve you in…who knows maybe you’ll get in on some fixer-upper or DIY projects.
I guess I’ll start with a brief intro of the crew. Before I do though, I want you to know right off the bat, that we are definitely a “work in progress”! We have a lot of quirks and oddities that we try our best to love each other through. Some days we do better than others, but regardless, we still keep trying. Thank God that He’s not finished with us yet, and that He loves us just like we are!! :)
Daniel (husband/dad) and I both grew up ranching and raising beef alongside our families, as our parents, grandparents, great grandparents, and great-great grandparents did before us, so you could say it’s a bit of a tradition. However, we didn’t fall into this ranching life by default. We’re raising cattle because that’s what we love doing, and we hope our children will love it enough to carry on the heritage after us. (So far so good in that department!)
David is our oldest son. He and his delightful wife Reagan own some of the cattle here, and intend to ranch full time in the future, but for now they’re out exploring life together, and seeing what else this great country has to offer! They currently call Arizona “home”. The winters should be much warmer there than here in ND…I’m glad they like company!
Denver…he’s been our full-time ranch hand since he graduated in 2016, but will be heading off to higher education this fall. We’ll miss his company, hard working hands, and willing muscles!
Victoria is next in the line-up. In addition to being a very capable ranch hand, she keeps my loose ends from unraveling with her organization and cheerful work.
Aja is our budding just about everything…chef, photographer, dairy farmer, etc. She has enough energy & talent for several bodies, and thankfully channels it in lots of productive ways!
TJ, the on-ranch scientist, has lots of questions about how and why things work, and loves to explore the answers. He has discovered that old encyclopedias are almost as good as google!
Cherish…she’s cute and funny, and she knows it! Her role as the youngest naturally makes her the family comedian. She takes that role seriously, and does her best to keep us in good spirits…and doing things her way!
Chief, the favorite (and only) ranch dog would also want to be noticed. He loves people, so you’ll always find him wherever we are. He’s not always real helpful, and sometimes he gets chased by a protective mama cow or two, but he hangs in there. If you’ve ever read any “Hank the Cowdog” books by John R. Erickson, you already know a lot about Chief. He and Hank have a LOT in common!
That’s pretty much our main crew. There are a few others, who wander in and out on occasion, that you’ll likely meet later. Thanks for stopping in, we’ll look forward to seeing you next time. In the meantime, we’d love to hear any thoughts or questions you might have!