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Style Your Profile – What your style cowboy hat says about you and new trends in 2017

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By Jessica Crabtree

Almost immediately after seeing a hat, Jeff Biggars of Biggar Hat Store in Decatur, can tell you a lot about a person. You see, Biggars claims “that is the biggest change in the style of cowboy hats today: style and color are an extension of the individual’s personality.” He has been in the cowboy hat industry for 20 years, and has seen many styles come and go, while also researching the history of the hat.

The cowboy hat is an iconic symbol, beacon to onlookers of one’s existence, a piece that over centuries has evolved with fashion for function. The beaver hat can be traced as far back as the 1550s. The hat most cowboys wore in the 1800s looks much different than the hats worn today. It had a smaller brim and little shape. Over time, the cowboy hat literally began to take shape.

“Hats like the top hat in the 19th century were made for style and status, but weren’t very functional because they would get knocked off by branches and the smaller brims provided little protection from the sun and rain,” Biggars explained. Smaller crown hats like the bowler were the next transition towards the cowboy hat, because they were more functional while horseback. In the late 1800s brims got bigger and shapes in the crown were established to give cowboys a “handle” for their hat. Shapes on the brim started because of the way cowboys took their hats off repeatedly.

To read more pick up a copy of the February 2017 NTFR issue. To subscribe call 940-872-5922.

Vintage shape crown called “Flat Hornet.” (Photos by Jessica Crabtree)

Arrow crown in pecan.

West Texas puncher.

 

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When a City Girl Goes Country

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By Annette Bridges

It was one of those necessary, yet very sad days in the life of a cattle rancher. We had to say goodbye to our bull, Frankie. We returned from the agonizing drive, and I felt compelled to sit down and ponder how to write an ode to a very good bull.

I have read all the rationale on when it is time to retire a bull. The average age for many ranchers is around eight years. Our Frankie was beyond his prime. We probably knew last year it was about time for him to retire. His lack of enthusiasm when he returned to the herd after his spring hiatus was a clue.

The very slow start to our spring calving this year, and cows that never conceived confirmed what we did not want to admit last year. It was time. Frankie was a handsome and gentle giant. A Charolais mix, but he could be fierce if he felt threatened.

To read more, pick up a copy of the May issue of NTFR. To subscribe by mail, call 940-872-5922.

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Lacey’s Pantry

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Lacey Vilhauer

Ingredients:
1 lb. ground beef
1 package of taco seasoning or 2-3 Tbsp
homemade taco seasoning
2/3 cup water
16 oz. Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
8 oz. sharp cheddar, shredded
4 oz. can diced green chilies, undrained
4 large eggs, separated
2/3 cup heavy cream or evaporated milk
1 Tbsp flour
½ tsp salt
¼ tsp cayenne pepper
1 Roma tomato, sliced thinly

Directions:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and lightly coat a 9×13 baking dish with cooking spray. Set aside.
Heat a heavy-bottomed skillet over medium heat, then brown the ground beef. Drain.
Add the taco seasoning to the ground beef and 2/3 cup water. Stir well and let sauce thicken.
Transfer the ground beef to the prepared baking dish, spreading it into an even layer. Sprinkle the diced green chilies over the ground beef layer. Combine the shredded cheeses and sprinkle them over the ground beef and chilies. Set aside.
Separate the egg whites from the yolks, placing the egg whites in a medium-sized bowl, and the yolks into a separate medium-sized bowl. Add the heavy cream, flour, salt and cayenne pepper to the yolks. Whisk to combine.

To read more, pick up the June issue of NTFR magazine. To subscribe by mail, call 940-872-5922.

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Jesses Jewelz

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By Jesse Kader

This month western meets safari with this fun army green jumpsuit. I love a good jumpsuit that is simple but stylish and can be accessorized in so many ways. This one especially caught my eye because of the western yoke detail. See this and more at www.jessesjewelz.com

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