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Jesses Jewelz

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There’s still some chill in the air and a need for sleeves before we hit spring. This mesh western print top is the prefect addition to wardrobe to layer under your short sleeves with, and I think it pairs perfectly with the jumpsuit. So many options with both of these pieces to dress up or keep it casual. Find these and more at www.jessesjewelz.com.

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Lacey’s Pantry: Chicken Wings

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By Lacey Vilhauer

Hot Honey Chicken Wings

Ingredients

Wings:
1 tbsp olive oil
1 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
1 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1 lbs. chicken wings, split into flats and drumettes

Hot honey butter:
1 stick of unsalted butter, melted
1/3 cup hot sauce
1/2 cup honey
3/4 tsp kosher salt

Directions
In a large bowl whisk together olive oil, paprika, onion powder, salt and pepper. Add wings and toss to coat fully. You can also put wings and coating in a ziplock bag and shake to coat.
Heat air fryer to 400 degrees. Arrange wings in an even layer in the air fryer basket. Cook for 12 minutes.
While the wings are cooking, make hot honey butter sauce. In a medium bowl, whisk together butter, hot sauce, honey and salt, taste and add more salt if needed.

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When a City Girl Goes Country

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By Annette Bridges

Most of the time I’m all about not simply following the crowd. I’m a fan of thinking outside the box. I love creative folks who are always coming up with unique ideas and new ways of doing things. I’m especially tickled when someone comes up with a fresh idea that implements the smarter-not-harder philosophy.

Those folks that inspire me the most know themselves very well and stay true to their desires and passions even when that makes them different from the majority of popular opinion or fads, but are there times when having a herd mentality gets a bad rap? Our cows certainly seem to believe so.

Is there more than one trail that leads to water? Perhaps, but why not simply follow the well-established path that has proven to be reliable in the past? Why should you follow other cows making their way toward a gate that leads to a different pasture? History tells us that when others are moseying toward or waiting at a closed gate, it is very likely the gate will soon be opened and access to fresh grass can be reached.

To read more, pick up a copy of the March issue of NTFR Magazine. To subscribe call 940-872-5922.

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Former Miss Jim Bowie Days Hosts Free Rodeo Queen Training Clinic

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Kincaid Johnson, 2018 Miss Jim Bowie Days, invites young ladies interested in learning more about what it takes to become a rodeo queen and the responsibilities that go along with it to a free clinic on March 17, 2023, in Saint Jo, Texas. Johnson says she is seeking girls of all ages who love horses, are outgoing, and have the willingness to learn.

Sessions include interview and impromptu techniques, appearance tips, horsemanship skills, learning games, mini competitions, prizes, and a queen clothes sale. If you know a young lady interested in learning more about the queening world, please email Kincaid at kincaidjohnson21@gmail.com to register by March 15.

Our local county rodeo queen pageants all consist of horsemanship, personality, and appearance categories. Miss Johnson says that she is familiar with each pageant in Montague County and that they are all based a little differently from each other but are all reputable and fun pageants. Montague County pageants available to girls include Nocona Chisholm Trail, Jim Bowie Days, Saint Jo, and Forestburg. She will be providing information about these and other area pageants to young ladies attending the clinic.

Pageant prizes in the area include scholarships, saddles, buckles, horse trailers, and much more. 

Kincaid says that the rodeo queen industry has provided her with much more than prizes. The experience has given her the confidence to speak in front of a group, job interview skills, improved horsemanship skills, great friendships and memories, as well as scholarships to help her get through nursing school. 

Other former rodeo queens have weighed in:

“Not only will the pageant world teach you how to be a better rodeo queen but a better person as well.” – Bobbi Loran, 2021 Miss Rodeo Texas

“Personally, being a rodeo queen has given me so much: responsibility, horsemanship skills, friendships, and connections I will have for a lifetime.” – Raylee Brown

“Rodeo queening has been a huge life changer for me. It gave me the confidence to speak publicly and pushed me outside of my comfort zone..life skills that I still use today for job interviews and work.” – Erika Ashley

“Rodeo queening provided me with qualities and skills that are guaranteed to be beneficial during and long after being a rodeo queen.” – Ashley Dennis Edlred

“Because of rodeo queening, I was able to make connections, interview, and learn the tenacity to stay the course even when things didn’t go my way.” – Jessica Locke

Some background on Kincaid: She first started running in pageants when she was five and won the 2006 Saint Jo Rodeo Queen Title before it was revamped. In 2010 she won the title of Little Miss Jim Bowie Days. She was the 2011 Saint Jo Junior Queen. She aged into the senior queen division in 2014 when she won the Nocona Chisholm Trail Rodeo Queen title. She swept all the categories in that pageant. Next, she went on to reclaim the 2016 Saint Jo Rodeo Queen Title, winning the horsemanship, appearance, and ticket sales divisions. Her last pageant title was the 2018 Miss Jim Bowie Days title. She has judged Nocona, Saint Jo, and Forestburg’s queen contests since then and is really wanting to coach some young ladies into their queen titles. A nursing student at Covenant Nursing School in Lubbock (set to graduate in May), she is passionate about helping others, loves kids, and loves rodeo. She wants to give back to her community. She dreamed up this clinic and has really put a lot of thought and time into it. 

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