60 Days…Day 16

““It is not our abilities that show what we truly are. It is our choices.”  ~ Albus Dumbledore I have been a bit of a slacker since I returned from Christmas in Georgia.  In my defense, getting the farm and the Sloughis organized and the Sloughis settled back at home is a little time consuming.  I…

Buttermilk & Butter Biscuits

Buttermilk is one of my favorite ingredients.  It’s one of these unassuming ingredients that makes a huge contribution to recipes from cakes to panna cotta to pancakes to biscuits.  Traditional buttermilk is the leftover liquid from churning butter or from fermented cream.  Commercial buttermilk is pasteurized and homogenized milk that has been inoculated with a culture…

60 Days…Day 15

“Make now always the most precious time. Now will never come again.”  ~ Captain Jean-Luc Picard Merry Christmas!  Happy Holidays!  Seasons Greetings!  I am not a wordsmith about holiday greetings and I welcome any good wish people want to send my way. I did not exercise today, but I stood in the kitchen cooking for about…

60 Days…Day 14

Merry Christmas Eve! Since my last post was 6 days ago, I have a lot to catch up on. I finished reading Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows on December 18th and I was filled with a sense of loss.  What an incredible world J. K. Rowling created and what an incredible privilege it is to experience…

60 Days…Day 13

The scale actually moved down a pound today.  I could not believe it. I had just finished telling Andrew, “If this thing refuses to budge again today, I am throwing it out and buying a new scale.”  Begrudgingly, I guess I must admit that my scale works. I was unbelievably sore today from the horsey…

Butterscotch Pecan Blondies

Butterscotch’s primary ingredients are butter and brown sugar.  What’s not to love?  Because I am a cook, I always notice the foods characters eat in books that I am reading, so much so that I am right now on my third revision of a lamb stew with prunes, inspired by the sponsor gift that Katniss…

60 Days…Day 12

Palomo embarked this morning on his long journey to Florida.  I was sad to ready him for this trip, but I know that Jamie will take good care of him and he and Endel will work hard to find him the right match.  We will both miss him. I rode Marcos and Filigree this morning…

60 Days…Day 11

I neither exercised nor weighed myself today.  Instead, I cleaned the house and got ready to ship Palomo down to Jamie in Florida for training and to be sold.  He leaves early tomorrow morning.  I am sad, but we need to make some changes. I was interviewed yesterday by Cole Lauterbach at the Illinois News…

60 Days…Day 10

For almost 15 years now, I have driven past a neighbor’s farm and observed with keen interest his two longhorn steers.  They are really magnificent animals, and these are somewhat elusive, preferring to stay indoors when it is hot or raining.  Over the years, I have developed a relationship with these animals.  I feel affection…

60 Days…Day 9

I finished Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince this morning.  I wept when Dumbledore was murdered and spent a good part of the day mourning my loss.  I know I have said it before, but J. K. Rowling is brilliant.  The first book (Sorceror’s Stone) did not impress me that much, but by the second book…

60 Days…Day 8

Something fun happened today.  As I mentioned yesterday, I was interviewed by Mark Brown at the Chicago Sun-Times about the new “pet custody” statute that goes into effect in Illinois on the first of the year.  The article was published today on page 2 of the paper  and he selected a photograph of me with…

60 Days…Day 7

My last post (Day 6) was posted on December 7th, and here I am, four days later, getting around to writing Day 7.  I had a big dog show this weekend, with friends in town from Georgia, Wisconsin and Springfield, and I literally had no time to write…or to go to the gym…or to ride…