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Meanwhile, back at the ranch...

Meanwhile, back at the ranch...

By Jessie Veeder
Western North Dakota based musician, author, columnist, rancher and mom of two young daughters reflects each week on rural living, its characters, heartbreaks, triumphs, absurdity and what it means to live and love in the middle of nowhere, which to Jessie and her cast of characters, is the middle of everything.
Find out more about Jessie, the ranch and her music at veederranch.com and jessieveedermusic.com
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This world needs more barn dances

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It's Tomato Season and I'm Coming For You
If you're not hungry, you will be after this episode, because it's all about food! Soup season is synonymous with tomato season and this week the couple talks about the tomato soup recipe Chad made up when they first moved back to the ranch, which leads to all sorts of talk about cream and butter and the different styles of cooking the two grew up with. Plus, learn about why you'll never eat pork chops and mashed potatoes without creamed peas again and why Chad can't be trusted with a cooler. Enjoy the soup recipe below or find a video version on the Instagram feed at instagram.com/jessieveeder, online at veederranch.com or in Jessie's book, "Coming Home."  Plus, Jessie  reads this week's column. Read it yourself  in Forum  Communication's newspapers across the region or on her website at www.veederranch.com Cowboy’s Garden Tomato Soup Ingredients ¼ cup water or chicken stock. Add more depending on how thick you like your soup 3 cups fresh tomatoes, diced 1 cup (about 3 medium carrots) diced ¼ of a large purple onion, diced 2 cloves fresh garlic, minced 1 12-ounce can tomato sauce 1 stick butter 1 bay leaf 1 teaspoon celery seed 1 teaspoon dill weed 1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro ½ teaspoon rosemary 1 teaspoon chopped chives Ground black pepper, to taste 4 chicken bouillon cubes 1½ cups heavy whipping cream (room temperature) Directions In a large soup pot add the diced tomatoes, carrots, onion and garlic to ¼ cup water and simmer on low for about 5 to 7 minutes or until the tomatoes start to gently boil. Stir in the tomato sauce, butter, seasonings and bouillon cubes and simmer the soup on low, allowing the onions and carrots to cook, about 30 minutes. Once the vegetables are cooked through, slowly stir in the heavy whipping cream and say “M’m! M’m! Good!” while Campbell sobs silently to himself. Heat (don’t boil) for a few minutes, serve it up and have yourself a happy and well-fed fall. Find Jessie's books and music at www.jessieveedermusic.com Share, subscribe and share your stories by emailing jessieveedermusic@gmail.com
01:11:08
September 20, 2022
The yard light's back on
This week Jessie catches up with her husband after he returns from leaving for a 75 day hunting trip (ok, maybe it was just 5 days). A small change in the barnyard makes Jessie reflect on how wrong they all were about the future of her home, and Chad wonders if Jessie would wish her kind of creative drive on her children, and then asks her to explain gravity. There's lots to unpack here, figuratively and literally... Plus, Jessie shares a song and reads this week's column. Read it yourself  in Forum  Communication's newspapers across the region or on her website at www.veederranch.com Find Jessie's books and music at www.jessieveedermusic.com Share, subscribe and share your stories by emailing jessieveedermusic@gmail.com
01:10:04
September 14, 2022
Welcome to the season change
This week Jessie sits down with her little sister Alex and somehow a talk about the weather turns into embarrassing confessions and what was found in the septic tank.  The flies and the wasps and the rooster and the tomatoes and the mice are taking over the ranch and for all the inconvenient things, a fall ride to roundup cattle makes up for it all in a breath. Jessie shares her column about just that.  Read it yourself in Forum Communication's newspapers across the region or on her website at www.veederranch.com Find Jessie's books and music at www.jessieveedermusic.com Share, subscribe and share your stories by emailing jessieveedermusic@gmail.com 
01:00:13
September 08, 2022
Cheers to Middle Age
Jessie and her husband Chad have officially climbed the hill to reach middle-age and on this week's episode they talk about it. Like, what they would tell their younger selves, why Chad settled into his beard and cargo pants, how Jessie just can't anymore with uncomfortable underwear and why time is worth so much more than money.  Plus, Jessie reads this week's column. Read it yourself in Forum  Communication's newspapers across the region or on her website at www.veederranch.com Find Jessie's books and music at www.jessieveedermusic.com Share, subscribe and share your stories by emailing jessieveedermusic@gmail.com
01:12:15
August 30, 2022
Summer, don't leave me
This week Jessie has coffee with her little sister, Alex, who is a former guidance counselor and teacher, to get some perspective on back to school. Alex gives some tips on the best questions to ask about your child's day to actually get a response and Jessie tries to get to the bottom of why having a kid going into first grade is carrying more weight than the first day of Kindergarten. They talk season changes on the ranch, back to school traditions and more.  Plus, Jessie shares a song and reads this week's column. Read it yourself  in Forum  Communication's newspapers across the region or on her website at www.veederranch.com Find Jessie's books and music at www.jessieveedermusic.com Share, subscribe and share your stories by emailing jessieveedermusic@gmail.com 
01:03:28
August 23, 2022
This world needs more barn dances
This week Jessie reflects on the nostalgia of the age old barn-dance, and why some of this sentiment needs to remain in the modern world. She and her husband Chad reflect on who taught them to dance, how their Dirty Dancing days are over and pontificate on the old house that used to be on the house, who lived there and why they left.  Plus, Jessie shares a song and reads this week's column. Read it yourself  in Forum  Communication's newspapers across the region or on her website at www.veederranch.com Find Jessie's books and music at www.jessieveedermusic.com Share, subscribe and share your stories by emailing jessieveedermusic@gmail.com
01:05:22
August 16, 2022
Showtime in the Badlands
From fishing trips to film crews, Bible camp a barn dance and a musical in the badlands, family life has been a bit of a blur the last week. Jessie and her husband catch up after bedtime to share the latest and reminisce about memories in North Dakota's favorite tourist town, Medora.  Plus, Jessie reads this week's column. Read it yourself  in Forum  Communication's newspapers across the region or on her website at www.veederranch.com Find Jessie's books and music at www.jessieveedermusic.com Share, subscribe and share your stories by emailing jessieveedermusic@gmail.com
01:17:47
August 11, 2022
40 Years
This week Jessie convinces her parents to sit down with her and talk about what 40 years of marriage looks like, what her mom thought when her dad brought her to the ranch when there was still party lines and how her dad's night in county jail gave him clarity on the direction of his life.  Plus, Jessie reads this week's column. Read it yourself  in Forum Communication's newspapers across the region or on her website at www.veederranch.com Find Jessie's books and music at www.jessieveedermusic.com Share, subscribe and share your stories by emailing jessieveedermusic@gmail.com
01:10:50
August 02, 2022
It's mid-July and they're in the hay fields
From haying to old Bible camp memories, weird pets, the proper way to pronounce s'mores and how to deal with an accidental toad murder, Jessie and her husband cover all things mid-western July in this episode because if you blink, you might miss it.  Plus, Jessie reads this week's column. Read it yourself  in Forum Communication's newspapers across the region or on her website at www.veederranch.com Find Jessie's books and music at www.jessieveedermusic.com Share, subscribe and share your stories by emailing jessieveedermusic@gmail.com
01:06:18
July 26, 2022
What to lose in a fire
This week Jessie and her husband Chad reflect on a fire they experienced while they were living in the old ranch house. What they went back inside to save revealed things about the human experience and our connection to the stuff we carry along with us. Jessie explains why she once stood in the rain naked and Chad thinks when he dies he wants to come back as my aunt's Corgi. Jessie reads her column and shares a song.  Read Jessie's column in Forum Communication's newspapers across the region or on her website at www.veederranch.com Find Jessie's books and music at www.jessieveedermusic.com Share, subscribe and share your stories by emailing jessieveedermusic@gmail.com 
01:22:07
July 19, 2022
Get your Goat
Jessie has a couple goat stories from her high school rodeo days (where she never won a buckle, but showed up in the ranchiest rigs). The two talk 90s childhood and all the dangerous ways they rode in vehicles and a week recap from the ranch.  Jessie also reads her column of the same name and shares a song. Read Jessie's column in Forum Communication's newspapers across the region or on her website at www.veederranch.com Find Jessie's books and music at www.jessieveedermusic.com Share, subscribe and share your stories by emailing jessieveedermusic@gmail.com
01:01:04
July 13, 2022
On Marriage and Montana
This week Jessie and her husband Chad sit down to visit after a long weekend in Minnesota with the family for 4th of July weekend. They reflect on the difference between a vacation together and a vacation with kids, which mostly requires another vacation. The two talk their recent trip to Montana and how it reminded them that its time to prioritize their relationship and they take inspiration from Jessie's grandparents, who have been married almost 70 years. Also, why do dads get all the praise when they go to the grocery store with the kids?  Jessie also reads her column of the same name and shares a song. Read Jessie's column in Forum Communication's newspapers across the region or on her website at www.veederranch.com Find Jessie's books and music at www.jessieveedermusic.com Share, subscribe and share your stories by emailing jessieveedermusic@gmail.com
01:15:58
July 06, 2022
The Sweet Spot of Summer
Jessie sits down with her little sister Alex and gets interrupted a thousand times by the kids, sidetracking the conversation and giving you a glimpse into the real life of juggling motherhood and work on the ranch. Really. And in the column, well, there's just lots of nostalgia for the fleeting summer and fleeting childhood. essie also reads her column of the same name and shares a song. Read Jessie's column in Forum Communication's newspapers across the region or on her website at www.veederranch.com Find Jessie's books and music at www.jessieveedermusic.com Share, subscribe and share your stories by emailing jessieveedermusic@gmail.com
57:59
June 28, 2022
A Sentimental Branding Day Roaster
This week Jessie gets all sentimental about a giant roaster she uses each branding day at the ranch and she sits down with her husband Chad to talk about why it's so special to them to have guests at the ranch. They are working on some new plans for the ranch and you'll get the exclusive scoop here.  Jessie also reads her column of the same name and shares a song. Read Jessie's column in Forum Communication's newspapers across the region or on her website at www.veederranch.com Find Jessie's books and music at www.jessieveedermusic.com Share, subscribe and share your stories about your branding day memories by emailing jessieveedermusic@gmail.com, so you'll get in on that too. 
58:05
June 20, 2022
A spare toilet in a plastic world
This week Jessie sits down with her husband to get to the bottom of why he saves everything and how it makes him feel that he has a spare toilet when a spare toilet is needed on the ranch. And they share stories of other savers in their lives and how resourceful people may be a dying breed.  Jessie also reads her column of the same name and shares a song.  Read Jessie's column in Forum Communication's newspapers across the region or on her website at www.veederranch.com Find Jessie's books and music at www.jessieveedermusic.com Share, subscribe and share your stories about the resourceful person in your life by emailing jessieveedermusic@gmail.com
01:02:11
June 13, 2022
What a Cowgirl Carries
What does it mean to be a cowgirl? This week Jessie sits down with her little sister to talk about the cowgirls in their lives and how they are trying to raise their daughters with a cowgirl spirit. Oh, and of course, her daughters have a chance to weigh in as well.  Link to Jessie's Are there Anymore Real Cowboys music video featuring footage from the ranch archives and photos of North Dakota cowboys and cowgirls.  Read Jessie's column in Forum Communication's newspapers across the region or on her website at www.veederranch.com Find Jessie's books and music at www.jessieveedermusic.com Share, subscribe and share what "cowgirl" means to you by emailing jessieveedermusic@gmail.com
40:45
June 06, 2022
Notes on a Rural Summer
It's the official kickoff to summer and Jessie talks with her young kids and her little sister about making the most out of the fleeting and magical time. There's lots of nostalgia in this one, plus some cute moments from her daughters, Edie and Rose. Jessie reads her column and shares a song.  veederranch.com
46:33
May 31, 2022
On Vows and Working Cows
No human is perfect. Not individually and surely not together. And especially not when working cows. This week Jessie sits down with her husband, Chad, and talks about marriage and ranch work, parenting and romance and the whole mess of what love and commitment really looks like. It gets western. It gets real and it gets a little sweet. Read Jessie's column in Forum Communication's newspapers across the region or on her website at www.veederranch.com Find Jessie's books and music at www.jessieveedermusic.com Share, subscribe and share your own rural love story with us by emailing jessieveedermusic@gmail.com
59:49
May 23, 2022
The Promise of a Greener Summer
This week it's all about the rain and the rain and the rain. After a long dry spell in Western North Dakota, the sky broke the silence and dropped almost five inches in a few days, filling the dams, cricks, and our hope. Jessie reflects on the stories we tell and the memories we revisit when the sky opens up. Catch her original song, Raining, at the end of the episode and download it at jessieveedermusic.com or wherever you get your music.  More at veederranch.com
22:11
May 16, 2022
A Slice of Rural Life at the Local Cenex
It's raining at the ranch, so Jessie takes the opportunity to visit with her husband, Chad, about memories of growing up in their hometown in the 90s, specifically the old Cenex station. She reads her column and shares her song "Boomtown."  Link to Jessie's American Cancer Society Fundraiser here Read Jessie's column in Forum Communcation's newspapers accross the region or on her website at www.veederranch.com Find Jessie's books and music at www.jessieveedermusic.com Share, subscribe and share your own hometown/small town and rural memories with us by emailing jessieveedermusic@gmail.com
40:37
May 09, 2022
Lessons in life and heartbreak on the ranch
Western North Dakota based musician, author, columnist, rancher and mom of two comments on and reads her weekly column about life on the ranch. This is Jessie's first attempt at turning the column into a podcast, reflecting on the latest spring blizzards during calving. Making sure you leave comments and suggestions as she works this whole thing out! The full column, with photos and more is available at http://veederranch.com/2022/05/02/lessons-in-life-and-heartbreak-on-the-ranch/ Learn more at Jessie, the ranch and her music at jessieveedermusic.com
08:44
May 02, 2022