I’m still goin’ from the busy weekend and busy day…but only because I’m a glutton for punishment. I could have slept all day today if I so chose…but where’s the fun in that?
Instead, today, I relied on old standbys in the kitchen, prepping foodstuffs for the week.
There's something you haven't seen in a while.
First up once I got home from the barn, was bread. Those of you who have read me for a while now, know that a. I’m bad at making bread, and b. recently found the best bread ever. Those of you may also know that I was disappointed in my most recent loaf.
This encouraged me to give it another go. This recipe was my “victim.” I mean, c’mon…I was following a recipe straight from the bread machine book. There was no way I could fail.
Chunkier Chunks of Energy - Oatmeal Raisin form!
Next up was an oatmeal raisin variation of my chunkier chunks of energy.
I’m pretty oatmeal raisin obsessed lately. I mean, lets think about it – it’s the perfect flavor! Not too sweet, warmth from the cinnamon, heartiness from the oat. Yes, please.
For this variation, I used honey rather than maple syrup, added a heaping 1/2 t. of ground cinnamon, a pinch of ground nutmeg, and 1/3 c. raisins instead of the papaya or coconut. I also used less honey than the 1/8 c. maple syrup. I thought they could do with less sweetness.
You know the recipe's a winner when it's made more than once in a matter of weeks.
I also put a bunch of split-open bananas that my mom brought home from work to good use in Amanda’s banana bread. I don’t think I’ve had a better banana bread experience yet! The girl’s a genius.
I baked in my toaster-oven again, and yielded two smallish sized loaves. Direct into the freezer after a couple of tastes and dessert for the fam 🙂
I’m all out of spelt flour, though – and subbed with white whole wheat. I also used honey rather than maple syrup, and peanut butter rather than coconut butter. And added – you guessed it – raisins and pecans.
I also threw together my eggplant strata in a larger batch than last time, and some chickpea cutlets. You’ll see the strata soon – and I didn’t cook the cutlets yet. By then I was almost out of steam, and figure they’ll keep just fine if I bake/fry them as needed.
I resisted the urge for oatmeal raisin waffles for the plum that was screaming to be used.
So that was [part of] my afternoon – how did it all begin? Well, the waffle way of course! It is a Tuesday, after all.
Afterwards, though – it was of course Teddie time. I haven’t really gotten into detail as to what our “issues” are just because I haven’t had the time – but I’m hoping today was a step in the right direction.
Topped with banana, plum, maple syrup, cashews, and chia icing
On Saturday, he basically gave A and I the big middle finger when we asked him to do anything. Which is funny, because he warmed up amazing – wonderfully supple, if not a bit spooky, as I’d mentioned. Then it all went downhill. He’d just randomly slam on the brakes and kick out. After about 20 minutes of this, I was beginning to feel like I was really pushing my luck, so just hopped off with the intention to lunge his booty off. A walked in at the knick of time and offered to hop on.
As I mentioned – he was just as monstrous for her, and he really never got over whatever his issue was. He even nailed the wall a couple times. I hope it hurt.
She finally found an okay note to end on, though.
I bought my lunch at the same store I bought the horse's lunch today. Hah! Just kidding. Couldn't forget about Kaia though!
Sunday, I wasn’t looking forward to how it was going to go, but remained optimistic because that’s the attitude that gets you places. He wasn’t as bad – did fine at first, but still did the stopping thing. Rather than be a real brat, though – he’d just sort of stop, shuffle around without going forward, and then finally sigh and go. I kept it light, and when he’d gone around in an agreeable manner, took him for a walk down to the outdoor and around it a few times.
I'd been missing my Green Monster lunches. It'd been too long! For this one, I blended a banana, a peach, spinach, vanilla chobani, a couple of dates, and flax oil. Topped with quick oats, marcona almonds, dried apricots, peanut butter, and honey!
So then today I decided maybe it’s pain that’s causing him to act this way. I realize at his stage in training it’s very common for horses to test their limits, but I also want to make sure he’s not acting out because something is hurting him. While I’m pretty confident in my saddle fitting knowledge, I was wondering if maybe my saddle was pinching him a bit. Or, maybe he was just tired of the indoor (and working) and working without another horse. So, I tried him with my close contact saddle.
He was much better – would still test me but all he did was stop and with a little pop he’d resume his walk. We squeeked out a pretty agreeable trot, too, and then I hacked him around outside a bit.
So, long story short – maybe it’s my saddle, or maybe he just needed an attitude adjustment. I think it’s sort of a combination of green-ness (wanting to test his limits) and boredom. That and – Haflingers are practically known for being a bit lazy.
I had some of my strata on a bed of farmer's market lettuce with some Ragu and a big dollop of garlic hummus.
Ironically enough, my friend asked me if he could use me and Teddie for a “photo story” assignment he has for his photo class. So Thursday you’ll see some Teddie pictures! I told him his story might involve a bucking pony, but if you ask me – that’d make a pretty good story. I’ve always maintained that if I get dumped, I want it on film, you know? So we’ll see how it goes 😉
There was an ear of corn leftover from last night, and I claimed it before anyone else could. In typical Jess fashion, I enjoyed it with some butter, salt, and parmesan cheese.
Sorry this was such a horse-intensive post, but I just felt like even though only a couple of days had passed since I gave an update – a lot has been missed! That and, I’m always sharing the “glitz and glamour” of young horses, when in reality – training bumps always pop up. Usually, when you least expect it!
I was quite eagerly waiting for my bread to be done - and timed it so it was just as I was finishing dinner. Perfect! Now I had something to soak up the leftover "dressing" with.
But, while maybe Teddie hasn’t been smooth sailing the past couple of days, this lovely lady is doing great!
Georgie says Haiiii.
I’ve been working with her at least every other night, usually involving hopping on and walking around a bit. And my mom sat on Maya (tacked up) for the first time tonight!
They both seem like they’ve been handled a bit roughly, so we’re taking it slow. They’re both very affectionate and we’re really enjoying working with them, though! I can so picture Georgie as being a perfect little hunter pony. Maybe you wouldn’t think it from the pictures since she is…well, a Haflinger – but she’s got a beautiful, floaty trot and a naturally nice head carriage.
So – now that you’re all horsed out, I feel like I’ve finally caught up with life! I was terrible photographing anything other than my main meals that made it into my gullet today – whoopsies!