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My Mom and I went to the Pier 23 Cafe for lunch on a recent trip to San Francisco. The first thing you see when you walk into the Cafe is this picture. I loved it.
In fact, I loved it so much I bought the hoodie and the t-shirt. You see, I have a deep and abiding love for all things old timey pin-up girls and burlesque, especially Vargas girls. Don’t tell my Parents but I was IN a Burlesque show. Actually, when I run for office, that will be part of my platform “Heck yeah, I was in a Burlesque show! I own it and am proud!” You know, the full transparency thing, these things made me the awesome, fun person I am today!
Anyway I decided since I am a cowgirl and I ain’t getting any younger it was time to do a photo-shoot on the Ranch. More specifically, a re-creation of this photo. So I contacted my friend Amy Brown and Jenny Dewey and a bunch of our girlfriends and scheduled a day for a pin-up shoot. We plan on doing this photo and maybe some new updated versions of it. I’m excited! I do so love photo days at the Ranch, and I love photoshop even more! So stay tuned…..
I apologize. I meant to write this back in December. Obviously, it didn’t happen, but hey, better late than never right?
As you recall I went down to the Renegade Craft Fair in San Francisco right before Christmas. I had two reasons for that, the Fair (to buy crafty stuff I couldn’t make) and I needed ocean water to make sea salt for gifts.
I had read somewhere that is it was fairly easy and free to make your own sea salt. Since I am a foodie, I have like 6 different kinds of salt in my kitchen already; this project was right up my alley. I started buying gallons of water so I had clean bottles to bring my salt water back in, this worked great!
On our way back from San Francisco we took the long way home. We went over the Golden Gate, and went to Muir Beach to procure my seawater. This is where I realized I was not as organized as I thought. I didn’t think that I would literally have to wade into the ocean to get water, I forgot about a little thing called waves.
The downside to skinny jeans is they are skinny and won’t roll up. Since I wasn’t smart enough to realize the ocean has waves and I should have brought shorts or a change of clothes, I had to flat out commit to get my salt water. It was cold.
After I got the salt water, it was still a four hour drive home. Plus I always have to stop at Whole Foods to look at meat and buy Lucero olive oil (even in wet pants). Let me tell you what, those 4 hours in wet jeans were not fun, but I learned my lesson and next time will bring a change of clothes.
I went to the second hand store and bought a big pan I wouldn’t feel bad about ruining. Since I had a woodstove, my plan was to place the seawater pan on my woodstove until it was all evaporated. It worked really well. But the 6 gallons of seawater took a lot longer to evaporate than I planned. My salt was not ready in time for Christmas.
It took almost a week to evaporate all 6 gallons. The really upsetting part was, it looked like this project was a complete fail until I started on the 4th gallon. I didn’t see any salt crystals forming. It just looks like murky gross water. I was sure that I had screwed up simple salt making and felt like a prize idiot!
Finally I noticed salt crystals forming. As I saw them I gently used a slotted spoon to remove them from the seawater and place in paper towel lined bowl to dry further. I kept doing this until just a small amount of water and salt were left. I was told not to use the very last salt and water because that is where all the impurities would be and since I love my friends, I didn’t want them getting anything but perfection.
This was a fun and cheap project! The salt, which I call Muir Salt, is quite tasty. I have enough Muir Salt leftover to make truffle salt for late Christmas gifts (what I’m only 3 months late!).
I love San Francisco, love it. Whenever I can sneak down there I do. Especially now that my anxiety is under control, for the past 5 or so years I haven’t been able to fully enjoy City trips (but that is for another blog post).
I got to take a little day trip down to San Francisco to do some reconnaissance. I am currently trying to sniff out some different markets for my meat, especially since I am exploring raising pastured poultry and heritage pork. In addition to that there was an art show in City Hall, my friend had gone and told me how amazing it was, and I decided to kill two birds with one stone.
I spent the morning walking around the City. I saw Fatted Calf, had lunch at an amazing Thai place, did a little shopping, tried a new beer, it was glorious.
Going to the City for me is like going to the country for “normal” people. San Francisco is soooooo out of my comfort level, there are so many people and buildings, and cars and things! It’s kinda sensory overload for me, but in the best way possible.
The art show I went to was inside of City Hall, actually it was inside of Supervisor Jane Kim’s office.
I missed the opening so all the photos were sold by the time I got there (I want one!!) but it was still super cool. The artist’s name is The Tens. The show highlighted the Tenderloin District of San Francisco (the “Loin” is the place my Mom told me to avoid). This show definitely gave me a new perspective on the community that lives there and how I feel about that.
What impressed me the most about this artist is for a day job he is an attorney for the AIDS Legal Referral Panel. The ALRP protects the rights of people with AIDS and HIV; we are talking basic rights that most of us take for granted like the right to healthcare, the right to housing, the right to work. In addition to working for the ALRP the artist donated 30% of his sales from the show to the organization. Wow.
I come from the generation that was taught “if you have pre-marital sex, you will get HIV”; I have several friends living with HIV. AIDS/HIV has always been in my world – so to me this is something that is important and I’d like to support. Since I did not get to buy art – they came up with something I could and will buy! WINE! What a great idea! I’m ready for Christmas (I think my elected officials need a bottle of this delivered to their offices, don’t you?).
Now when I say “they” I mean Mr. Bill Hirsh (the Executive Director of ALRP) and Mr. Jim McBride (the Director of Development of ALRP). I just happened to meet them while I was there. And I loved them, I really wish I could have spent more time talking with them. Mr. Hirsh had been to India and was telling me great stories! We also got to talk agriculture (who are we kidding, that is all I talk about!) and I got to share that 98% of farms and ranches are family owned.
Even though I didn’t get to buy any art and I didn’t sell any meat, I had a much needed break from my reality! I got to meet new people that work in fields totally different from my own. I got to see what meat like mine goes for in the City (I’m under-charging) and I’m getting wine! The Ten’s show runs until March 8th (I think), but you should go check it out if you get the chance!
It was a big weekend for me. After years and years of talking about it, I finally went to the Renegade Craft Fair in San Francisco. The level of excitement I feel when I go to the City must be what people who are interested in farming feel like when they get to go to a farm or ranch. It’s a big deal. The night before I couldn’t sleep because I was so excited! I had already lurked at the booths I wanted to buy things from, planned my route down there, had toll fair already in my car and arranged for the other member of Adult 4-H to feed the pigs that evening for me!
I usually can make it to San Francisco, play for the day and come home in one day. It’s a lot of driving but it is definitely do-able. We left the Ranch bright and early, therefore missing almost all traffic, we made excellent time, despite a coffee, breakfast burrito and poop stop (the essentials).
The Craft Fair was held at the Concourse Exhibition Center, which is right off the freeway, so I didn’t have to do too much city driving. Driving on anything with more than 3 lanes, is kinda scary for me, we simply do not have that where I am from.
Despite my best efforts I was simply not prepared for the craftness Mecca that is Renegade. Imagine pinterest and esty had a very large, hipstery, love child. That is Renegade.
Here is the thing. I did some Christmas shopping while I was down there (I can only make my family and friends homemade stuff for so long before they get sick of it), so I can’t show you my favorite things until after Christmas. However I did get to see Drywell’s booth, which was super awesome, she is one of my favorites.
The one (maybe more) thing I bought for myself is this:
This is made out of spent bullets casings, that were melted down! My Grandpa left me a pistol when he died, it’s amongst my most treasured possessions and this reminds me of it. Some of my favorite Ranch memories are of shooting and hunting. My Dad taught me this skill fairly early in life, so oddly enough, this is something very meaningful to me.
Renegade was incredible, I’m so glad I went! Fair warning though, if you don’t like crowds, don’t go. This is a very popular event and several times during the day I felt like a cow caught in the middle of the herd, all I could do was just go with the flow.
Since I was in San Francisco I had another mission. Crab. Dungeness crab. Being cattle ranchers, fresh seafood is a delicacy to us, especially to my Dad. Crab is my Dad’s favorite, I think it means a great deal to him when he gets it. I used my social media network to find the freshest, best crab possible. I wanted to find crab that was alive until I picked it up. Enter Western Boat and Tackle – I called them while we were still in San Francisco and by the time I made it to their shop they had my perfect crab all ready for me!
My day trip to San Francisco was awesome. I got most of my Christmas shopping done, I had a fun adventure and I got to bring neat things to eat home, a complete win in my book!