My name is Cara Stolen, and I am a 26 year old newlywed living in Ellensburg, WA. I grew up in rural Washington, and attended school at Seattle University (hello culture shock!), where I graduated with a BS in Chemistry. In 2012 my husband and I got married, bought our first house, purchased a small herd of cattle, and I ran my first marathon.  Since then we’ve survived unemployment, new jobs, moving, buying more cows, becoming landlords, getting pregnant, and becoming parents: big steps you might say! We live our lives to the very fullest, and try to enjoy every single second. The most recent Stolen Step you might ask? We moved (again!) to a beautiful new home on the ranch my husband manages. I’ll be sure to keep you posted as our lives unfold from here!

My husband (L) and I love to hunt and fish, so many of the recipes I’ll post are old favorites that have been tweaked to be made with game meat. We are very proud of the fact that the majority of our meals contain meat that we have killed/caught ourselves, and we rarely purchase meat from the store (#1 bonus- we save a ton of money).

I try to maintain a healthy lifestyle, love running and all other fitness, love to cook and experiment in the kitchen, and love learning about the ins and outs of ranching. I decided to start Stolen Steps as a way to document our ‘steps’- both literal and figurative. It will serve as a recipe book and exercise journal, with my random musings thrown in for good measure!

I have been an avid reader of blogs for years- from healthy living blogs, to cooking blogs, to running blogs, I’ve read ’em all. Though I’ve been inspired to start my own for some time now, I have been struggling with my identity as a potential blogger. I wouldn’t say I fully fit in with the healthy living crowd (though I am totally obsessed with all those wonderful ladies), and I don’t necessarily fit with the ‘foodies’ or the ‘runners’ either. I think my lifestyle sits at the crossroads of these categories, and it will continue to evolve and change as I navigate this new chapter called motherhood!

I like to try and eat healthy, but I eat more cheese than can possibly be good for me and have a weakness for treats- both sweet and salty. I love to run, and want more than anything to be fast, but you probably won’t ever see me qualifying for Boston. And I can only dream that my husband and I will be as successful at ranching as Marlboro Man and the PW crew.

So this blog is about my dream of being healthier, fitter, faster, a badass cowgirl, and the best mama I can be.


Cara Stolen
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P.S. The Stolen Family consists of myself, Levi (my husband), Royce Timothy (our almost 5 month old son), Shady (our black lab), The Boy Named Sue (Border Collie #1), Chevelle (Border Collie #2), Turtle (Border Collie #3), Toby (Border Collie #4), Tink (Border Collie #5), Louie (the shop dog), Orange Peal the cat, horses, cows, and Nelson the goat.

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