Friday, March 13, 2009

Mustang Memories

On my last day at the ranch, Marlboro Man took me out to see the wild mustangs before my morning flight. I was so glad he did because the ones I showed you earlier were nothing in comparison to what I would see on this day. I didn’t know quite what to expect because I had only seen a few of them randomly around the ranch. So, we drove to the other side of the ranch, and still all I saw was land in every direction. No horses. None. Nada. But, I knew MM wouldn’t disappoint.

(By the way, MM is awesome. He’s all cowboy. He’s cool and calm. Protective and strong. He’s quiet but says a lot with his presence. And, he’s cute. Everything a cowboy should be.)

So there we were, in the middle of nowhere looking at nothing and then, he honked the horn of the truck.

And, they came running from every direction. I couldn’t believe it. I have always dreamed of seeing wild horses. And, there they were. Hundreds of wild mustangs galloping right towards me. Their manes blowing in the wind. Their winter coats still thick. They were beautiful. Majestic. Magical. And for that one moment, they were mine.


However, they were really running to be fed. See those specks off to the left and back of the ranch. Those are mustangs running from way back there. And they just kept running. I could hardly pull myself together enough to take pictures, but I managed to get these and I am so thrilled.


Here’s a close up of them from far away.




This is one of my favorites. I think because it looks like a fake photograph that I placed different horse poses into. But it’s all real.… and unbelievable at the same time.


This one is pretty.


And so are these.


I love how they look with their winter coats. So rugged and natural and free.


How I would love to feel like that running.


Just beautiful.


I like this photo because it feels wild just like they are.

Then it was time to go. My plane would be leaving soon and PW was driving to meet us and take me to the airport. Then, just as we turned the truck back to meet her. I saw this mustang standing alone… away from the others. She didn’t move. She just stood there like she was waiting to say goodbye.


But I think she was really just telling me it was time to get home and get back to baking.


I’ve named her Buttercream.

morgana said...

Incredible photos. Mustangs are freedom for me, they are so… Well my english is not good enough for this. I just can say thank you for these.

March 13, 2009 07:35 AM
coltpixy said...

Absolutely heaven. So very beautiful.

March 13, 2009 09:08 AM
Melody said...

It reminds me of the wild horses in Man from Snowy River. Such strength and freedom. What a great experience for you to be on the ranch. I also follow PW and looks like you had a great time.

March 13, 2009 09:22 AM
Monica said...

Those pics are amazing. I would love to see something like that!

March 13, 2009 09:46 AM
VegasJilly said...

your pics look great!! and ive been following PW’s blog also, looks like everyone had so much fun. too bad it was for ppl driving distance only, i live in maryland, quite a haul….:)

March 13, 2009 11:12 AM
CottageGirl said...

Awesome and somewhat surreal!

Buttercream! Perfect name!

March 13, 2009 12:05 PM
karenfae said...

the horses are wonderful. I follow PW’s blog and have yours bookmarked now too. Nice site.
link to

March 13, 2009 12:08 PM
SimplySweeter said...

So beautiful! So what are you trying to say here??? You mean not only did you make a few new friends and get to bake in a beautiful kitchen, but you got to photograph wild horses too??? Jackpot!! LOL Fabulous post and the pictures are incredible!! Thank you!!!

March 13, 2009 12:45 PM
Jaden Paige said...

wow, now THAT is incredible. I’ve never experienced anything like that… I bet it was surreal. Gorgeous photos!

March 13, 2009 01:16 PM
Mawcee said...

Hi Bakerella !!

I have been a lurker at your site for quite a while, but had to leave a message this time.

Thanks for all the pics and the descriptions. I know it took a lot of time and preparation.

You did great narratives and I know you brought a lot of happiness to every one you taught. It truly looked like a fantastic “girls day out”.

My grandson will be 5 at the end of the month and wants a Batman theme. Do you see a Batman pop as a possibility, since his ears are kinda like Hello Kitty? LOL

I guess you will never use Buttercream again w/o thinking of your new found friend/horse !


March 13, 2009 01:18 PM
Baker's Cakes said...

Awesome! Just amazing! It (all of it) looks like an incredible experience!!! ps. if you decide to do this in the southeast I’m SOOOO there!

March 13, 2009 01:19 PM
youngmi said...

so beautiful! it must have been amazing to see them. i had no idea that there were still wild mustangs out there.

March 13, 2009 01:38 PM
Bumpkin on a Swing said...

Sooooooo envious I’m sick! Ree’s Mustang posts are my favorites…

March 13, 2009 01:39 PM
Da Mouse said...

Baking and horses–2 of my favorite things! Now, this blog has it all. lol.

Buttercream is a gorgeous mustang. And, I love all your pictures you took.

March 13, 2009 01:51 PM
Beth said...

It is so fun to see your recap of the visit with Pioneer Woman! I can’t wait to read all of her tutorials…I’m trying cake pops for the first time on Saturday morning!

March 13, 2009 02:04 PM
Springhill Farms said...

breath taking!!!
thank you so much for sharing…since we all seem to live vicariously through you and PW LOL!!!

March 13, 2009 02:19 PM
Vicki said...

Look at your pictures side by side. She is your equine mirror!

And here is what mythology has to say:

“As a rare or distinguished symbol, typically a white horse bears the hero or god figure in ceremonial roles or in triumph over negative forces.”

I’d say you and Cake Pops were the hero of the day, managing to shine light and happiness. You all really spread the joy!

Do you think it’s possible to make a pony cake pop?


March 13, 2009 02:27 PM
Jogger said...

I love these pix! I’ve seen PW feature the wild mustangs on her website many times, so it’s nice to see another perspective of their beauty! I’m going to try your cake balls this weekend (as featured on PW’s website yesterday)! I’m so excited!!

March 13, 2009 03:06 PM
Carol said...

So beautiful!

March 13, 2009 03:12 PM
MiniKat said...

Wow! Mustangs, cows, and cake! What an awesome trip. Glad you had such a wonderful time.

p.s. Buttercream it the perfect name for the white mustang.

March 13, 2009 03:20 PM
jen said...

WOW! I am actually weeping at their beauty – not something I expected – so I can’t even imagine what being there was like. I probably would’ve been sobbing like a child and not been able to take any pictures, so thank you for keeping it together and sharing with us. Just breathtaking.

March 13, 2009 04:09 PM
I Should Be Cleaning Up said...

Holy, that is beautiful! I love the prairies.

March 13, 2009 04:28 PM
BeachMama said...

Wow Bakerella,

Thank you for sharing your time at the Ranch with us. I almost feel like I was there with you. I can just imagine the power of the horses, so free and beautiful.

And then there is the Pop meet-up, fantastic. You can feel the energy of the women through the photos. You all look fantastic, it is so wonderful to see a room full of smiling Women, just fabulous.

Thanks again, look forward to more of your baking. And thank you for introducing me to PW.

March 13, 2009 05:03 PM
Becky said...

Loooooved your posts about your visit to PW’s ranch…and Buttercream is the perfect name.

You and PW sound like the blog version of Anne of Green Gables and her friend Diana…kindred spirits. You’re both amazing bloggers!

March 13, 2009 07:27 PM
Mickee said...

I came across this site from Pioneer Woman’s blog and all I can say is wow! The cupcakes are amazing and the photos – just yummy!!!! ;) I will try out your cupcake bites and cupcake pops recipes – thanks! Do you have any cupcake decorating idea for easter?

March 13, 2009 07:39 PM
Athena09 said...

I love your site for the beautiful pictures…the pictures you took of these mustangs were awesome! What a wonderful opportunity you had. Thanks for sharing it with us.

March 13, 2009 08:27 PM
Lisa said...


Best. Name. Ever.

March 13, 2009 08:43 PM
Coloradolady said...

I so very much wanted to win that contest. Thanks for your recap…I know it was a fun time.

March 13, 2009 08:48 PM
Bakerella said...

morgana – I totally understand.

coltpixy – absolute

Melody – I thought the same thing. I loved that movie

Monica – it was magical

VegasJilly – yes that would be some trip

CottageGirl – i think so too

karenfae – welcome!

SimplySweeter – yeah, I guess it was pretty awesome

Jaden Paige – yes it was

Mawcee – glad to have you de-lurk. You can get special black “Candy Coloring” and tint white chocolate. I think you can pull it off.

Baker’s Cakes – awesome

youngmi – me either

Bumpkin on a Swing – gorgeous aren’t they!

Da Mouse – thanks

Beth – good luck

Springhill Farms – glad you enjoyed it.

Vicki – That is so sweet. I think you can pull off a pony pop. Missy made one so I think I’ll try it too

Jogger – good luck

Carol – they sure are

MiniKat – yes I think so too

jen – I did tear up right after.

I Should Be Cleaning Up – it was spectacular.

BeachMama – No problem

Becky – it was so great meeting her.

Mickee – maybe soon

Athena09 – glad you like them

Lisa – Yes. Best.

Coloradolady – she’ll have more in the future.

March 13, 2009 09:18 PM
LaDue & Crew said...

I giggled at the name “Buttercream”… so You! What a fabulous experience. Isn’t it neat when blogging buddies become lifelong friends!

March 13, 2009 10:10 PM
Katharine said...

So beautiful! You and PW ROCK!!!!

March 13, 2009 11:58 PM
Karen said...

And you know what, even though I’m a sweet-tooth, I really enjoyed looking at the mustangs the most. I would have loved that.

I have really enjoyed what I have seen so far. New visitor. :)

March 14, 2009 12:27 AM
Monica H said...

Buttercream…I love it! Those horses are beautiful. What an amazing experience.

March 14, 2009 12:37 AM
miss M.J. Ma'am said...

Wow, these pics make me weepy cause they are so beautiful and free!! Outstanding job….and Buttercream! Perfect!!

March 14, 2009 01:44 AM
Candes said...

Simply breathtaking

March 14, 2009 01:48 AM
Wolf said...

Wow. How awesome to see them in their element, so to speak. You managed to get some truly wonderful photos of them!

March 14, 2009 03:19 AM
Sara said...

Love, love, love Buttercream! My friends and I have an imaginary pony we have named Cadbury (in honor of the easter eggs). He’d love Buttercream!

Seriously – wonderful pics. Thanks for sharing.

March 14, 2009 03:37 AM
Adrienne said...

Wow Bakerella, what an adventure! Thanks for giving us all a peek who don’t live even remotely close to Oklahoma! You rock!

March 14, 2009 04:41 AM
becky said...

I’m in love with Buttercream too!
Thanks so much!

March 14, 2009 04:51 AM
Dione said...

I’m so happy to meet you! I really enjoyed your take on the PW experience! I love your cake pops! I’m a believer!

March 14, 2009 05:29 AM
cakes_are_fun said...

OK now you made me cry! DH thinks I am a dork anyway because I tell him I have to check on my virtual friends Bakerella & Pioneer Woman and now I am crying and missing letters all over this comment!

I really am happy that you have had such a wonderful time with people you "met" in cyberspace, proves big things can happen from little blogs!

March 14, 2009 11:16 AM
Spruce Hill said...

Oh my goodness, this is my favorite post. I am a horse girl through and through.

Your picture and words actully made tears come out of my eyes and drip down my face. Howd you do that? I am not sure I could have stood there and taken pictures. I would have been bawling the whole time :) They are so beautiful!

March 14, 2009 01:56 PM
43 said...

I love Bakerella. I met this week and I`m falling in love.
Visit my blog, I posted about you there.

March 14, 2009 03:45 PM
Sarah E said...

You always have such great work posted here, but this PW series was especially fun! It’s obvious you had such a blast, it made me smile, and I really enjoyed seeing the Ranch and Lodge from another perspective. Thanks for sharing! :)

March 14, 2009 08:51 PM
E-Jayjo said...

I’ve been following your adventure on PWs site, but I really enjoyed reading your perspective as well. What fun!

March 14, 2009 09:35 PM
Carol said...

Awwweee, honey! I loved those pictures! I know your time there was unforgettable. Makes you think about how awesome our God and creator is, doesn’t it? Can’t wait to hear more through Alan.

March 15, 2009 01:40 AM
Bakerella said...

Glad you all liked my new friend, Buttercream. But who wouldn’t love a beauty like that.

March 16, 2009 04:56 AM
CalvaryGirl said...

aawwwwww!! These pics wer ejust beautiful.

My Blogs: CalvaryGirl- Life, Designs, and Devotions

March 16, 2009 09:48 PM
Bakerella said...


March 17, 2009 02:40 AM
Viki said...

I remember seeing wild horses on Kiawah Island, SC in 1977. Sad to say no pictures and no one seems to remember them being there. It is a wonderful memory for me and I know your encounter will be one for you as well.

March 18, 2009 03:32 PM
Bakerella said...

Oh Viki… that is said. At least you saw them, though.

March 19, 2009 02:41 AM
dancing_shoes said...

Buttercream…What a perfect name!

March 19, 2009 08:07 PM
Kim @ Forever Wherever said...

I was born in Montana and I’ve been back a few times hoping to see wild Mustangs. Haven’t seen them yet. We don’t get wild horses in Florida! Thanks for sharing your beautiful photos! What a breathtaking experience!

March 20, 2009 02:26 AM
HethRandSeth said...

what fabulous pics…so beautiful and peaceful. Thank you for sharing your awesome adventure with us all!! I love the pics of buttercream, she looks like something from a dream!

March 21, 2009 06:57 PM
Bakerella said...

Thanks guys –

Kim – I think Cumberland Island in GA has some. That’s a little closer.

March 24, 2009 02:07 AM
Chocolatiers #6248 said...

I want you to know I just fell in love with your blog,Not only is it informative,It was very entertaining.The reasons,LOL is I love animals and of course Chocolate,And the POP Ball,s were just to cute.

April 2, 2009 10:55 AM
Stasia said...

Oh, my goodness! The pics of the mustangs and your description of it all happening brought tears to my eyes. I’m not even a horse-person!

Soooo envious! I love reading PW so much, and because of her, back in February, I found your site (I think I’ve got this site bookmarked on the box of chocolates cake) – just today I bought cake mix, frosting, candy melts and lollipop sticks… there’s a cake cooling on the kitchen counter right now. Can’t wait to try it out for the first time!

My first pop’s for you!

April 5, 2009 07:54 AM
Bakerella said...

Good luck Stasia and welcome to the site.

April 7, 2009 02:07 AM
Karla said...

I love those pictures but the one that loved them the most is my 6 year-old daughter who LOVES and I mean LOVES!!! horses. Thank you, Bakerella!!

April 16, 2009 04:37 PM
lljfoster said...

Hi, my daughter directed me to your blog. We LOVE your pictures of the mustangs! Coincidentally, I work on our school website and the mustang is our mascot. We have been looking for a picture that we can use in our header and I wondered if you would grant us permission to use one of your pictures? I don’t know right now which one we want to use, I have to run it by our principal. Please email me or leave a post on my blog so I know if we can use one of your pics! Thanks for considering!! familyfoster-lljfoster.blogspot

April 19, 2009 11:27 PM
Cathy said...

Beautiful! You did a wonderful job of capturing the horses’ nature. I have a couple of Mustangs of my own (and I live in Oklahoma, must be something in the air), and I am working on taming them – there’s a gorgeous buckskin my son named Acre that I’m dying to ride.

April 21, 2009 01:37 AM
Rosebud said...

Wow. Buttercream. I was thinking something like Snow. I spend too much time with my kids!

March 26, 2010 06:37 PM
Sherry said...

These are most amazing!!! I live in Nevada…Wild Horse country…the BLM has started a round up and euthaniziation program…Its truly devastating…these horse disappearing due to the economics of drop feeding them!!! Its a crime!!!

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March 28, 2010 08:55 AM
Maggie said...

those photos look professional! and I love horses!

April 23, 2010 09:27 PM
ranyna r said...

does my butt look big?any way im hungry

June 16, 2011 10:27 PM
matthew roark said...

It’s so wonderfull ta see there is still people with the passion and appreciation for the mustangs.they represent so much in our live,they truly r wonderfull!I have had the oppurtinity to train two mustangs,they r so intelligent most people don’t beleive it.THANK YOU FOR YOURE LOVE AND PASSION FOR THE MUSTANGS

July 18, 2011 12:17 AM
bakerellafan21 said...

Aww! butterceam is soo inspiring.

November 6, 2011 12:48 AM
Megan Elizabeth S. said...

Buttercream is the most inspiring name ever for a horse.

April 20, 2012 08:03 PM
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