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So what’s the big hype about Valentine’s Day anyway?  Shouldn’t we always tell our loved ones how much they mean to us all year round?  While that’s certainly true, giving a little extra something special (and getting a little extra something special!) never hurt anyone either!

But what if the big stud in your life this Valentine’s Day is literally… a stud??!
Not to worry; we have put a spin on 4 classically romantic Valentine’s gifts that will leave your horse’s heart a flutter and melt you into a big puddle of ooh-la-la-LOVE IT! – as well!

 

 

1) Home-Made Horse Cookies, Sprinkled with Love 

Nothing says “I Love You” like home-made baked goods for your sweetie, and the same goes for your horse!  Try this simple recipe for horse cookies that are sure to be a hit in your barn:

Ingredients:

1 cup Oats

1 cup Flour

1 cup Shredded Carrots

1 Tsp Salt

1 Tbsp Sugar

2 Tbsp Corn Oil

1/4 cup Water

1/4 cup Molasses (or Honey)

Ball cookies into bite-sized pieces and place on a lightly greased cookie sheet.  Bake at 350′ for approximately 15 minutes, cool, and enjoy!

 

2) The Gift of Relaxation and Recovery: Massage

We all know how wonderful a sensual, relaxing, and stress relieving massage can feel, and what a perfectly romantic Valentine’s Day gift it can be.  But what about trying massage for your Equine Valentine this year?

Gwen Bernardo, Certified Equine Sports Massage Therapist and EquiStix Endorser

Massage is a great way to not only show your horse you love him and help him relax, it is also a terrific way to keep him balanced and using his body properly.  Massage increases blood flow and circulation, helps repair muscles, and will keep your favorite riding buddy ready to perform his best everyday!

For approximately $50.00-$100.00 an hour, a certified equine body worker near you can perform a session that will surely be a pleasing and educational experience, or consider purchasing an equine massage tool to indulge his muscles all the time!  Some options for this include: the powerful, electric”Thumper Equine” ($349.00), a simple, fun hand tool like “The Jacknobber“($5.00-$7.00), or the body covering and thorough “EquiStix“($74.50).  Go ahead, make your horse a happy camper… and a more efficient athlete!

 

3) Horse Jewelery…?

Ok, so this is not jewelery for your horse, but rather by your horse!  What could possibly be more special than a simply beautiful bracelet or necklace made from your horse’s tail?!  Tail Spin Bracelets is a company that does just that, producing stunning work that is truly a unique and sentimental gift. 

What more can I say; this is a great way to show your love for your horse with a literal “spin” on the classic Valentine’s Day gift of jewelery, from your most loyal stud! 😉

 

4) Guilt-Free Creme Brulee? NoWay! 

After slaving over home-made horse cookies, don’t be surprised if you find yourself strangely tempted to try one.  While the recipe we provide could be nibbled on, why not try something sweet, satisfying, and sexy that you and your special (Human) someone will enjoy… without the guilt!

Try this sinfully delicious yet sin-free recipe for Dark Roast Creme’ Brulee.  Your booty and your taste-buds will thank you! 

Ingredients

1/4 cup  dark-roast coffee beans, (see Tip)

2 1/2 cups  1% milk

4   large egg yolks

1/2 cup  nonfat sweetened condensed milk

1 tablespoon  cornstarch

1 teaspoon  vanilla extract

6 tablespoons  granulated sugar

Directions

1. Place coffee beans in a ziplock bag and crush with a rolling pin. Transfer to a medium saucepan, add milk and heat until steaming and tiny bubbles form around the edges of the pan. Remove from heat and let stand, covered, for 30 minutes.

2. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F . Bring a kettle of water to a boil for the water bath. Line a roasting pan with a folded kitchen towel. Place six 6-ounce (3/4-cup) custard cups or ramekins in the pan.

3. Pour the coffee milk through a cheesecloth-lined sieve into a medium bowl. Whisk egg yolks, condensed milk, cornstarch and vanilla in a large bowl until smooth. Gently whisk in the milk. Skim foam. Divide the mixture among the custard cups. Skim any remaining foam.

4. Pour enough boiling water into the roasting pan to come halfway up the outsides of the custard cups. Cover custards with parchment paper, then loosely with foil. Bake until the edges are set but the centers still quiver, 40 to 50 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool for 30 minutes. Cover loosely with plastic wrap and refrigerate until chilled, at least 3 hours or for up to 2 days.

5. Just before serving, sprinkle 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar evenly over one custard. Using the flame of a butane torch, start at the edges and move toward the center until the sugar melts and becomes caramelized. (If you do not have a butane torch, see the No-Torch Crust Method, below.) Sprinkle with another 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar and repeat to make a thicker layer of caramel. Repeat with the remaining custards and sugar. Let stand until the caramel hardens, 3 to 5 minutes. Serve immediately.

Tips:
Make Ahead Tip: Equipment: Butane creme brulee torch (or see Tip)

Tips:In Step 1, heat the milk with 5 teaspoons instant coffee granules and continue with the recipe (it doesn’t need to steep).

Cracking the caramel crust and scooping up the rich, creamy custard of a creme brulee is a pleasure usually reserved for a special night out at a restaurant. The most efficient way to caramelize the custards is to use a torch; special creme brulee torches that use butane fuel are available at cookware stores and in catalogs. If you do not have a torch, follow our alternative method below. (If making the caramel crust seems like too much trouble, just skip it and call your dessert a pot de creme; decorate with a few chocolate-covered espresso beans.)

No-Torch Crust Method: Caramelize the sugar in a saucepan and pour it over the custards as follows: Combine 2/3 cup sugar and 1/3 cup water in a small saucepan. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Cook, without stirring, until the syrup turns dark amber, 3 to 5 minutes, tilting the pan as necessary to ensure even caramelization. Let stand until the bubbles subside, then carefully spoon caramel over each custard, tilting to form an even layer. (If the caramel hardens in the saucepan, warm it over low heat until pourable.)

Nutrition Facts:

Less than half the calories and one-eighth the fat of a classic brulee!

Calories 211, Total Fat 4 g, Saturated Fat 2 g, Monounsaturated Fat 2 g, Cholesterol 145 mg, Sodium 87 mg, Carbohydrate 36 g, Protein 8 g, Potassium 136 mg. Exchanges: Other Carbohydrate 2,Reduced-Fat Milk 0.5.
Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet From: EatingWell

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