Thursday, December 4, 2014

Belated Happy Thanksgiving and Stupid Horse Stuff

Because stupid horse stuff is what I'm thankful for.

Shetland Pony races because...HELL! YEAH! 

Are those kids and ponies the most adorable things on the planet? Nothing cuter. Not even puppies.

I sincerely hope everyone had a blessing-filled Thanksgiving STUFFED with turkey and football and cheerleaders and wine and far too much dessert. Oh, and family! Yeah! HAHA! Everyone needs family at Thanksgiving. Somebody's got to eat all those leftovers! And I do hope my tiny band of merry readers will forgive me yet again for my absence, though I fear my disappearances from Blogland are becoming frequent enough to be a pattern and not an oddity. The truth is, I'm just not that funny every day -- in other words, I've got nothing to say.  Besides, lately most of my time is spent stomping around the house muttering insanely devious plots to Take Back Civilization From the Idiots and the Madmen And Live Happily Ever After...goddamn it! But I haven't come up with anything definite yet.

So...nothing new to write about.

Thanksgiving was wonderful here, with all the family home for the first time in years. We have been celebrating Thanksgiving in Las Vegas for some time now at the "Compound", which is my nickname for the brother-in-law's massive home behind the walls. While it is always lovely and the food is great, it isn't home and it isn't the "right" taste for Thanksgiving. So it was truly wonderful to have both kids and a dear family friend here at our home where I could cook all the "right" dishes. I'm sure everyone has their "must haves" on Thanksgiving. For us it is a meal that MUST NOT be tinkered with. Ever.

Spiced Pumpkin Soup and Rosemary Cheese  Straws
Arugula Salad with Persimmon and Pomegranate
Honey-Brined Turkey
Cream Giblet Gravy
Sausage Dressing
Sweet Potatoes and Apples with Maple Syrup
Green Beans
Cranberry Pear Conserve
Maple Pecan Tart


Now I swear by all that is holy that you MUST try the Cranberry Pear Conserve next time you have turkey, ditching ENTIRELY the jellied shit you get in a can. HERESY!!! SINNER!!! To the stocks with you!


1 bag fresh cranberries, washed and picked over
1 large, ripe pear, unpeeled, cored and chopped
2 teaspoons grated orange peel
3/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup ruby Port

Finely chop the cranberries in food processor using the pulse button. Transfer to large bowl. Combine grated orange peel and sugar in food processor and blend well. Add to cranberries. Stir in chopped pears. (I chop the pears finely so that they are consistent in size with the pulsed cranberries.) Blend in Port. Cover and refrigerate for a minimum of four hours before serving. I always make this at least a day ahead. It improves dramatically with a day in the refrigerator.

Don't say I don't love you.

So Christmas is just around the corner and if the Islamists don't manage to pull off the plot to blow five commercial jetliners out of the sky during the Christmas season, I hope it proves a joyous time for all.

In the meantime, stupid horse stuff is in order.

I have a pic somewhere of two minis looking just like that!

Proving nice guys finish last.

The existential struggle.

 I get no rspect.


  1. That #2 horse was doing so well up until the stumble. Awww.

    A vital Christmas skill for horse people.

  2. That is truly awesome! I spent the whole time watching thinking....that's not a Thoroughbred. That's a daft draft. So...yeah...


    How have things been? Did you have a Happy Thanksgiving???

    1. :) I imagine the other horses saying "What the... Dude, I can't believe you're letting her do that. Don't just stand there, give a kick, at least toss your head a little. Sheesh."

      Things are okay. About the same as always, best not to dwell. Thanksgiving was good, except there weren't enough leftovers. Turkey sandwiches the next day are my favorite part.