Wednesday, December 24, 2014

What a Day...

Yesterday was so stressful....
I had 40 patients to see in 6 hours... I was running around like a chicken with my head chopped off...
I was so over everything when I got home.. all I wanted to do was have a drink and relax....
So I cut up some cheese and broke out that soprastata I had brought back from New York.. and opened a bottle of Chianti... and curled up on the couch with my cowboy and watched a John Wayne Movie..

I fell asleep in there somewhere....
and got woke up at 3am... with some awful thunderstorms.. and immediately started thinking about Maggie.. and wondering if she had her baby...
But, that was a negative... I then fell back asleep on the couch at some point in time watching cliffhanger...
and overslept... I hate when I wake up in the middle of the night and then go back to sleep...

But, one good thing did happen last night.. We got our invitations for the AQHA World Championships :)

Yesterday Morning, I had a nutritionist appointment..  they hook you up to this biofeedback machine and run all these tests... the verdict was.. I was very healthy and a poster child for a perfect mediterranean diet.. but. she did see that my vitamin D was low, so I am on that and a few probiotics.. because she saw there was a problem there.. and then I explained to her that I had been having some GI issues...  so it was pretty cool.. 
But, that is about it.. I'm about to start the rat race for Christmas.... ugh..


Monday, December 22, 2014

what's one more horse?????

I have ran out of ideas for my elf Floki.... so the last thing he did was wind up in Zeus's mouth.. haha

I made some Gluten Free chocolate chip cookies and made them with palm sugar instead of sugar.. and they came out awesome.. actually...

I think i'll make them more often.. they weren't horrible... Like I figured they would have a bad texture and everything..

But, they really did taste great.

Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, softened
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar (or coconut palm sugar)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups blanched almond flour (see note below)
  • 1 1/4 cups chocolate chips of choice
  • 2/3 cup toasted walnuts (optional)
Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the butter, coconut oil, and brown sugar. Add the vanilla and eggs, mixing until incorporated.
  3. Mix in the baking soda and salt. Add the almond flour, 1 cup at a time, beating well after each addition. Fold in the chocolate chips and walnuts with a wooden spoon.
  4. Form the dough into tablespoon rounds and place on the lined baking sheet about 3 inches apart. Bake for 11-13 minutes, or until golden brown around edges. Cool and enjoy! These cookies are best enjoyed the day they are baked.
I went out into the pasture to check on Maggie.. her baby has turned.. and she is fattttt and pregnant :) I am so excited for her to have her baby...  and scared... scared for her it's her first baby...  and she is very dear in my heart... 
I was rubbing her belly with my finger nails and her baby started just kicking.. and I was so excited :) we are going to have a baby!!!!  she's getting closer to having her baby.... her due date is early-mid January :)

So I was talking to my friend who came across another off the track thoroughbred.. and he was going to keep her...  then he called me back and said he didn't want her...

So Sunday we went up to go get her.. and brought her home... her name is Brazil Belle... her dad is a bad mofo... won a metric shit ton of money on the racetrack... :)

I've called her BB..


Not a very good picture, but it was wet and raining bad today :)

That is about all that is going on here.. about to go run the great american rat race of Christmas... yay....

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Red-neck Christmas party

Friday night, we had our office party here at a bed-n-breakfast joint a few towns over.. it was awesome.. its a french place, and the people that bought it are from France...
and yes, I had Escargot.. in a bleu cheese reduction sauce... holy crap batman... that was great :)
so, the next day, we boogied on down to Beaufort for the redneck christmas party..
we had a great time...  played some really bad games haha.. and there were some appetizers there I can't even explain to you.. but, they involved stand up weenies and spam with some red wine reduction sauce.. hahaha
Our ugly sweaters... I was laughing so hard in this picture i'm hunched over hahah

The desert I made for the Party.... yes those are twinkies :)

The next day, we went and looked at a few pieces of property.. and then our friend decided that we should just leave our motorhome on their property.. I was so excited..  we are bringing it down New years eve..they are having a big bash..  I love my Marine Corps family..

lets see... I have been looking the the grocery stores for Almond butter.. and I Haven't been able to find the stuff.. so I decided to try making my own.. and it came out pretty damn good..  I don't think I will ever buy Peanut butter again.. it's amazing.. and SUPER simple to make you own. and then you will know exactly what you are putting into it and ingesting.. you never know about the food you eat any more...
Almond Butter

that is about all that is going on here..   I will catch you up on my mischievous elf and his tricks...
(I'm running low on ideas.. 9 more days)

Trying to burn our tree down 
Came back and found him trying to rent naughty movies

Walter white elf haha

Graphiti on my bananas! 
I wonder what he's trying to tell me

Trying to make a fast get-a-way


Wednesday, December 10, 2014

White bean and hominy chili

2  (15-ounce) cans no-salt-added cannellini beans or other white beans, rinsed, drained, and divided 
1 tablespoon olive oil 
1  package chorizo or andouille sausage
1 1/2 cups chopped white onion 
3  garlic cloves, minced 
2  poblano chiles, seeded and chopped 
2 teaspoons chili powder 
1 teaspoon ground cumin 
1 1/2 cups water 
2 tablespoons chopped fresh oregano 
2 teaspoons hot pepper sauce
1/2 teaspoon salt 
1  (15.5-ounce) can white hominy, rinsed and drained 
2 tablespoons thinly sliced green onions 
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro 
lime wedges 

Mash 2/3 cup beans with a fork.

Heat a large Dutch oven over medium heat. Add oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add sausage, and sauté for 4 minutes. Add onion, garlic, and poblanos; sauté 6 minutes. Add chili powder and cumin; cook 30 seconds, stirring constantly. Add mashed beans, whole beans, 1 1/2 cups water, and the next 4 ingredients (through hominy). Bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer for 20 minutes or until slightly thickened. Stir in green onions and cilantro. Serve with lime wedges.

Icy Cool hand of Winter is upon South Carolina

The one and only day it was about 55 was last weekend... I rode our Stallion Cocaine...   Worked him in the arena and then went and checked to see if Maggie had her baby..
she's fatter than a tick..  She will have a January baby... but, I can't help but keep checking on her..

I absolutely love my stallion...  he and Ragnar are my trusty steeds for the next years competition.

It has been raining here... and it's dreary and wet..
My poor Ragnar will get rain rot if I don't put a Rain sheet on him...  and I put Cocaine in the paddock with him.. so I had to sheet Cocaine :)  I don't believe in blanketing your horses in this climate down here.. but, I'm not apposed to put a rain sheet on the poor guys.. :)

and i've been having a great time with my elf on a shelf, Floki hahah 







and Rollo :)



The weather is freezing here... and I haven't been doing much of anything..  but this Friday I have my office christmas party and then Saturday we are going to a redneck ugly sweater christmas party in Beaufort :)

Friday, December 5, 2014

Winding down the week




Wednesday Night, we headed up to charlotte to check on the Roan mare I had bought way back in the early spring of this year..  she has been named Hell Bitch..  she broke 8 ribs and gave 2 concussions...  needless to say.. when it was time for me to ride her.. I was a little nervous... but.. she was great :)
I think I might just call her Hel...  and people will say.. here comes Sweet Tea and she's bringing Hell with her.. haha..
that would be cool.. haha..
anyways.. nothing real new around here..





My little elf has been naughty... haha..

Day 4

Day 5

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Floki our elf on a shelf

I'm a little behind on the days.. but, I've been coming up with some stuff for our mischievous elf to do :)

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Monday, December 1, 2014

Thanksgiving and the weekend thereafter

Wednesday I took to cooking after work... and I cooked until about 11:30 when my brother got to my house from Atlanta.. then we had a few cocktails and proceeded on eating the fudge I had made out of Jack Daniels... :)  that stuff was good..
then Thursday, we got up and started the rat race... race to my ma-in-laws house for 12:00pm thanksgiving lunch, which we really didn't eat until about 12:45.. then racing to my parents house for a 4:00pm dinner.  and 75 miles in-between the two households...
we got to my parents house and needed a beer or three... ate until I was sick... all the food was awesome..  and the desert.. let me tell you something.. the venetian hour was amazing...
and I ate way too much sweets....
after I had a belly full we headed back to our house... and went to sleep.. woke up Friday and My cowboy wanted to go for a test drive of a Chevy 3500 and a Dodge 4500... we started off at the Chevy dealer.. and he had already been to both of these dealerships.. and wanted me to drive these trucks..
The fella pulls up the 3500 Silverado and started telling me all about it.. It was nice inside.. but the price tag about made me blow a gasket... I didn't even pay that much for the Corvette....  but, we get in there and the guy tells me to make sure I watch the fenders on the dually..
I said well gosh this is my first time driving a big ole truck like this... and took off.. we drove down tot he highway.. took it up a few exits.. then I took a turn on two wheels and the poor guy was making vomiting noises in the back..  I was steady laughing..  and then I was going to pull back into the dealership and I almost got t-boned by a Highway patrol car that made an illegal U-turn across 2 lanes of traffic.....
I should have let him hit me.. he would have owed me a truck hahah..
So my thoughts on the new 2014 chevy.. not as cool as the 3500 we already have... and it's 8 years old...
the new one didn't have the steering and get-up-and-go that our other one has...

so off to the dodge dealership we went...  I was supposed to look at a black 4500 with a flatbed and stuff already on it..  but I found a silver one that was really pretty..  and we wound up taking it on a test drive.. and I had to maneuver through these parked cars in the dealership... well just as the guy was starting to breath after taking it through a tight turn I hit the side of the door panel and screamed OH GOD.. the look on the guys face was priceless....  and I started laughing.. but, then I put that truck through the ringer.. I liked the hell out of it...

but, I wound up liking the black one better than the silver.. but. they couldn't get right on the price and was taking too long, so we left there and went back to my parents house for left-overs....
then we headed to the Moose lodge because they were having a pool tournament..
and my brother and Clint decided to join in the tournament...
and I sat up at the bar with my mom, we were chit chatting about thanksgiving and the food and Christmas and stuff.. and I made friends with the new bartender up there.. she's awesome and her name is Sonny.  she's a bale bondsmen... I was totally excited to hear that.. because I read those Janet Evonovich books about the bond enforcement agent shenanigans hahah.. I love it...
so My Mom and dad left the lodge.. and we (clint, bobby and I) picked up a friend that is also a motorcycle ridging buddy of ours, Randy. and headed over to his house.. Sonny (the bar tender) came with us...  where we watched the guys get t-totally drunker than cooter brown.. haha
they were doing jaeger bombs and drinking beers like no-ones business.. having a great time...
and then Clint decided he wanted the waffle-house.. so off to the awful waffle I tried to get these guys... I got to the truck first and started it up... and was waiting and waiting...
to which Randy is face down on the ground on his knees with his arms behind his back screaming "help me I can't get up" hahahah.. and my brother was holding up the well house....  the three of them got poured into the truck and off to the waffle house we went...  I tried to get my brother to eat, but he didn't want to once we got there.. and Clint got a all stars breakfast.. and Randy said.. I"M AN ALL STAR TOOO.. haha.. so they both had that.. and I got some raisin toast..
on the way back to Randy's house, we had a little singing session on the CB radio.. we were singing margaritaville.. hahaha..
then Saturday I put up the christmas tree... not before I found out that it had gotten wet and wouldn't turn on.. haha.. so I went to Lowe's to get one.. and they had freaking $400 christmas trees.. I was like WHAAAAA.. so I went the Wal-mart.. and found one for $149.00.  So I bought that one and put it up... while Clint and Bobby nursed their hangovers...
Then Sunday we had all intentions of going bike riding.. but, it was so windy it wasn't even worth it...
So we let the thoroughbreds out with the mares... and they took off running...
and got the donkeys put up with the horses, gave out some hay and that was about it.. until I decided that I wanted to decorate the fence... so Back to Lowe's I went..
I got icicle lights like 10 boxes and bows.. and the lady at the checkout counter was like.. what in the world are you decorating.. I said.. My fence line.. well part of it.. I only did the front of the house...  and It sure was pretty when I lit it up at night..

It's weird that it is December and there are leaves still on the trees.  But this has been an Atypical fall/autumn..  like today its 70 here and tomorrow it is supposed to be 50...  crazy weather..

I also had a visit from the mischievous elf..  He beheaded my rudolph!!!