This morning Brett and I took the horses on a trail ride. We took the ridge trail which is, as you would guess, quite steep. I haven't wanted to take that trail with Jackson since before his hock issues. But, he's been so strong and sound since he got injected last September that I suggested we give it a try. It's a great workout for the horses and the views are spectacular. Of course, we forgot the camera. Sorry! When we got home, Jackson was tired. I was too. I checked his feet and turned him out to roll and relax.
Next, I made cookies for work. Once a month, my staff and I bake cookies for the nurses. I work in a hospital but my department isn't involved with patient care. So, this is our way of thanking the nurses for all their hard work. We always bring in homemade cookies. I made these:
|Crisp Cocoa-Pecan Cookies|
The game was getting started about then so I scooted outside. I washed Jackson's tail and then turned him loose on the grassy slope. He munched away on the grass while I groomed him, erasing all the sweat marks from this morning, and braided his tail. Then I sat in a chair with our barn cat enjoying the sunshine and the quiet. It was in the mid-60s today so it really REALLY felt like spring. After I put Jackson away, I let the dogs out and puttered around the gardens looking for signs of spring. I found a hyacinth poking it's nose up into the sunlight.
After finishing the evening chores, I headed back to the house and made dinner. I roasted a turkey but tried a different method. Yesterday, I cut it into large pieces and put them in brine. Today, I cut up some onions and carrots and scattered them in the roasting pan. I added a bundle of herbs from the garden (parsley, thyme, bay and sage) and put the turkey pieces on top. It worked out great and the drippings made a wonderful gravy.
|Wine, of course. A pinot noir from New Zealand.|
|I'm trying to control my portion size. Did I do good?|