Overnight oats plus mushroomy dinner goodness

Vegan Mushroom Bourguignon With Potato Cauliflower Mash – Instant Pot, by Vegan Richa.

Woo hoooo, I am feeling raggedy today. What a week. Has yours been crazy too? I thought September was harsh, but now we are getting into October I don’t seeing it lightening up on us all. And you KNOW what’s around the corner . . . !

I love these recipes because they are yummy, fun and easy to make. Anybody can do these. While you are at it, make bunches for a quick grab and go. We all want that right? Here’s a video. Make sure you turn your sound down or you’ll get blared at. Wink!

If you can’t do oats, then do these with quinoa. Ya’ll know what that is right? I especially love quinoa, chopped dates and toasted walnuts, using vanilla vegan yoghurt. Yes ma’am.

Let’s see. What else was there? Oh, yeah. I got out my Insta Pot and I am making this. It’s overcast and in the 50’s and probably only reach the 60s. So it’s the right time!

Yes, that’s cauliflower mashed potatoes. Yummmmmm! Go here to read the recipe.


Mushroom Bourguignon:

  • 2 tsp oil
  • 1/2 (0.5 ) medium onion chopped
  • 4 cloves of garlic finely chopped
  • 10 oz (8 oz) sliced mushrooms mixed or white or cremini
  • 1/4 cup (58.75 ml) brandy or whiskey or red wine or use broth
  • 3/4 cup (75 g) chopped carrots
  • 1 cup (101 g) chopped celery
  • 3/4 tsp (0.75 tsp) dried thyme or 1 tbsp fresh
  • 1/4 tsp (0.25 tsp) garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce ,tamari for gluten-free, coconut aminos for soyfree
  • 2 tsp tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup (125 ml) water or broth
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch or arrowroot starch mixed in 3 tbsp water (you can also add 2 tbsp of the mashed potato mixture to thicken)
  • 1 cup (30 g) of spinach or greens

Potato Mash:

  • 1 large potato cubed small
  • 1 cup (100 g) cauliflower florets (heaping cup)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 to 4 tbsp non dairy milk
  • 1/4 tsp (0.25 tsp) each salt garlic powder
  • black pepper to taste


I’m liking the Youtube videos better on my laptop than Insta; but loving Insta on my phone. I’ve got a little stand for it so I can watch and cook or bake recipes.

Some of ya’ll been writing about pumpkin recipes. Sorry I haven’t posted on that yet. I-m a-gonna . . . .  as they say around here. Smile!

Illegal Horse Racing Track Busted in Parker County, Texas

UPDATE — Oct 11, 2019: Hey y’all. I have been scrambling to find out what happened to all those horses they were racing illegally up in Parker County, Texas (that’s near Fort Worth) talked about in the reports below we posted the other day.

I figured they were Quarter Horses and I was right. Hard not to be. There’s way, way more QH’s than TB’s for sure around here.

Anyway, I was told by the Sheriff’s Office that most of the horses were returned to their owners. I don’t know what to make of that, do you? So I asked if they were using stolen horses, or off the track horses then? Or something else? I got put on hold and then told to call back. I haven’t been able to get through but will keep trying. I want to know where those horses came from, and where they ended up.


October 7, 2019

Dallas Morning News reports:

Ten people were arrested Sunday at an illegal horse-racing track in Parker County, authorities said.

The Texas Department of Public Safety, Parker County Sheriff’s Department and several other agencies took part in the operation at the “brush track” in the 1300 block of Walnut Creek Drive in Springtown.

Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler said in a statement that more than 1,000 people attended Sunday’s event, in which dozens of horses raced illegally. Most of the horses and their jockeys were racing twice in the same weekend, in violation of the Texas Racing Act, Fowler said.

Sherrif Says Drugs, Shocking Devices Used

Scott Gordon, reporting for NBC News Dallas Fort-Worth, writes:

Large syringes, drug paraphernalia and shocking devices were found at the track, Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler said. “Some of the syringes were empty and others were full,” Fowler said, explaining the drugs and shocking devices were likely used to push the horses to race faster.

Yesenia Garza, 41, of Arlington, owns the property and headed the operation, Fowler said, adding that Garza charged spectators $30 each to attend.

Dallas Morning News also reported:

In a bust that followed several weeks of investigation, authorities seized shocking devices, as well as drug paraphernalia and large syringes, which were being tested for illegal performance-enhancing substances.

Such substances allow horses “to be pushed to the limits under a race, but can cause serious health conditions and even result in the death of a horse,” Fowler said in a statement.

I wonder if any of these guys and gals work for licensed horse racing.

Top row from left: Yesenia Garza, Jessica Judith Davila, Blanca Gonsalez, Edgar Valentin Mendoza, Juan Francisco Renteria. Bottom row: Ever Noruf Rodriguez-Rodriguez, Pablo Erasmo Solis, Ivan Raymundo Suarez, Alonso Venzor, Ricardo Guerrero Perez. (Parker County Sheriff's Office)
Top row from left: Yesenia Garza, Jessica Judith Davila, Blanca Gonsalez, Edgar Valentin Mendoza, Juan Francisco Renteria. Bottom row: Ever Noruf Rodriguez-Rodriguez, Pablo Erasmo Solis, Ivan Raymundo Suarez, Alonso Venzor, Ricardo Guerrero Perez. (Parker County Sheriff’s Office)

In the meantime, um, heads up “legal” horse racing (such as you are). Sheriff Fowler clearly sees doping racehorses is no good for them, and can kill them. Why don’t you “get it”? Oh, wait. You don’t care.

Horse Treats

Meet and greet horses up for adoption at this weekend's 2 day AppyFest in Mechanicsville, Maryland.

Hello! I’m here again. This time to talk treats and horses.

First of all a treat is just that, a “treat” — and meant to be given occasionally and in small amounts to your horse.

Horses are individuals just like us with individual tastes. Some love super sweet treats; others are not so crazy about sugary snacks and prefer something like apples (quartered) and of course carrots. We don’t give our horses loads of treats because they mainly hang out at home, and make a little sprint here or a jog over there when they are turned out — going for long, leisurely strolls for a mile or two with us on the weekend.

My daughter and her friends got the idea at the beginning of the summer that they wanted to do something nice for the local horse rescue this Fall. So they made loads of cookies and fudge over two nights (vegan of course) and are selling them tomorrow to raise the final bit of money they need to buy a bunch of hay to help throughout the winter.

They’ve been doing little fundraisers since school got out, doing odd jobs, a bit of mowing, running errands for folks and all sorts, and tomorrow is their final one.

In the meantime, they decided they want to take the horses some homemade treats too when we deliver the hay. Actually, they decided they wanted me to make some homemade treats to take to the horses.

I got this recipe off The Horse magazine online, Christmas 2013 and all our horses — even the one who usually gives a sideways look of disapproval when offered a treat before he walks away — eats these.

1 cup flour
3/4 cup beer
2 cups molasses
1 pound grain
1/2 cup raisins

• Mix the flour, beer, and molasses thoroughly. Add grain to mixture slowly and mix well. Finally, mix in raisins.
• Pour this mixture into an oiled 12-by-15-inch pan, and place in a 250°F oven.
• When the mixture starts to firm up (about 25 minutes), remove the pan and cut the contents into bite-sized pieces. Then, return the pan to the oven and bake until the treats are mostly dry and fairly firm (roughly 40 minutes*).
• After removing the pan from the oven, let it cool before removing the treats.
• Place the treats on cooling racks overnight.
* I don’t know if it’s my oven or what but on the second trip to the oven I leave them in 30-35 minutes or so. Not a full 40 minutes.


Here’s a handy link to SaddleBox.net where they have a list of foods your horses should and should not eat. I find it a pretty reliable guideline. BUT I urge you to give horses small quantities of anything new and untested to see how they react to it. The Horse also has some excellent info here in an article called Safety and Horse Snacks.

Two tempting Vegan Richa recipes for Fall

Richa Hingle of Vegan Richa.

Hey horse loving vegans. I’m back with two recipes: Vegan Pumpkin Oatmeal (kid friendly); and Vegan Smashed Potatoes with Chimichurri.

Boy we are having an active Friday aren’t we? We’ve been so, so busy, but having a bit of a breather today and able to post a few more things here on TH. Oh, and I will be back again with a special story. Probably tomorrow.

Here’s why I’m here today. I’ve got a couple of Vegan Richa recipes I had to share with you. I am posting the Insta video version and then I’ve got links to the full recipe just below them so you can check out the ingredients and stuff. Take a look.

Vegan Pumpkin Oatmeal

Check out the full recipe here » »

If you don’t have any pumpkin around or not a fan of it, she has a banana version of this recipe. It is also deluxe and kids love, love, love it.

Cooked up some of these potatoes last night and these will be joining our regular repertoire (Did I spell that right? SMILE. I can barely say it without lisping, never mind type it!). Chimichurri is pesto and these are not your everyday smashed potatoes!

Smashed Potatoes with Chimichurri

See the recipe here for ingredients etc. » »

Okay. That’s it right now, but you are sure to enjoy both of these. The crispy vegan smashed potatoes are so easy to make and make a great side or appetizer. I am always looking for something different for a side aren’t you?

Before my husband went full vegan just a couple of months ago or so, he said eating vegan was nothing but eating a bunch of sides. Isn’t it wonderful to have a comedian for a husband? Ah, he’s doing great though.

Oh, speaking of the husband, one of the extra added reasons I love Richa Hingle so much is he has always loved everything I cooked by her. No big old long face. No heavy sighing at the table. You can read about our mixed vegan culinary marriage here.

Love y’all bunches. Happy October from all of us to all of you.


P.S. Is anyone interested in recipes for vegan goodies to hand out to Trick or Treaters? Let me know in comments. Hugs.