Sunday, December 21, 2008

Gingerbread Houses and Holiday Horse Treats!

Well, Miles is shown here working on his yearly gingerbread house---it was far from done, but wanted to grab some pics while I was thinking about it! He is such a creative guy and loves to cook! Most weekends we are making cookies, breads, or trying out new recipes. He loves figuring out what ingredients he will need and then accompanying me to the store to purchase them! He is going to make someone very happy indeed someday with his cooking abilities! He is still in the learning stages but has come a long way in the year that I have been actively teaching him. He is a vegetarian--totally his choice-- (but eats fish) so we have many veg. and fish recipes that have become quite popular. He is getting at least three cookbooks for Christmas so I am sure we will be quite busy in the New Year working on his culinary prowess!



Below are my HOMEADE HOLIDAY HORSE TREATS! The recipe is from the November 2008 issue of Horse Illustrated but I will include it in case you want to try them! They were REALLY easy! I also included the peppermints after I baked them--just the old fashioned soft sticks which are really easy to break....I made a double batch because I was baking for seven horses--Jackson, Lorri's three and Linda's three. Each batch yielded 15 treats but you could easily make them a bit smaller--mine were a spoonful each--give or take a bit! I used one Granny Smith and one Red Delicous (for sweet and sour taste) and two average size carrots for a double batch...

Carrot/Apple Horse Cookies

1 cup grated carrot

1 cup grated apple

2 TBSP. corn oil

1/4 cup molasses

1 tsp. salt

1 cup rolled oats

1 cup flour

Combine the grated carrot, grated apple, corn oil and molasses in mixing bowl and blend well. Gradually fold in the salt, rolled oats and flour and continue blending. Drop the dough by spoonfuls two inches apart on ungreased baking sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes or until lightly browned. ( I found it only took about 12 minutes in my oven so watch carefully!)





11 comments:

  1. Adorable pic of miles and his smiling freckles!

    Yes..I wish to do some kind of contest as well...it was so delightful to actually win and get to know Carolyn too! Recieving that package was the best and the goodies so personal and endearing!
    Be back soon...walking my man to work in the snow stormmmam housebound and need to move some! Pis to follow as he may be pulling an overnighter!
    All I have is eating and reading for now!
    KK

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  2. You must be very proud. Miles sounds like a great kid. Who knows, maybe we need to have a Texas Blog Conference. Ever get north of Dallas?

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  7. Love the gingerbread house!! My sister and niece just made one too, will see if I can get it up on the blog soon(ish).

    Merry Christmas!!!
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  8. Kasey---Wow, snowy, snowy, snowy! Must really put you in the Christmas mood! :)

    Ishtar--Miles had a ball--I just made the icing and offered a little help--he took it from there!

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  9. Leah--I've never been to Dallas--only lived here in SA for three years! Hopefully, I can get to see it soon--Houston too. I go to Austin occasionally, but that's about it!!

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  10. Merry Christmas guys! Love the gingerbread house and I may try that recipe for the horse treats...I am so bad about getting around to doing anything domestic in the house....but for my horse...I could do that:-) Have a wonderful holiday.

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  11. Your son is adorable and quite impressive in his cooking interests. Good for you Mom in nuturing them, too.

    I'm saving that horse cookie recipe for when I can get into the kichen again and bake. I know Baby Doll will just love them!

    My nieghbor friend/riding buddy baked some as a gift for my mare right before Christmas and I was surprised with how she gobbled them right up.

    She normally won't eat granola bars or fancy storebought horse cookies, but she does love carrots, and apples (if I slice them for her. Ye she's spoiled. lol)

    I'll have to leave out the peppermints, though/ Silly girl doesn't like the.

    Thanks!
    ~Lisa
    New Mexico

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