Hemlock Lane at Valley High: A Stable 25 years in the Planning!

Posted on May 16, 2014 by Rebecca | 1 comment

As you know, Derek, Lizzie and I moved two years ago to our farm and have been renovating it ever since.  Despite the fact that this was originally a horse farm, the barns were all too small to accommodate the size of the Percheron girls. In addition, we found that all of the outbuildings, as charming as they are, were way too far apart to have animals spread out over 35 acres. Just bedtime check on everyone was an event!  So, we decided to bite the bullet and build a new stable that would house both our English Setters and the Percherons.


Both Derek and I have spent a lot of time in both barns and kennels throughout the years so we wanted to build a smart building that accommodated all of our needs.  Frankly, when Derek and I first started dating (we met riding equation for Miami of Ohio), we used to spend evenings sketching what our dream barn would look like.  I know - we were (and are) certainly a little dorky!  However, as our relationship went along and we got married, we kept designing on paper - we are probably both frustrated want-to-be architects!!  


So, when we finally were faced with a clean palette and the necessity of putting in a new building, we were able to realize our dream.  The entire project commenced in October of last year and stretched through one of the worst, coldest winters on record; we lost weeks of construction time due to the below 30 degree temperatures.


But I am very pleased to announce that 9 months later, we now have the most gorgeous dream bar! We wish we could spend every waking hour in it!!  Builder Bob (whom I've introduced you to in earlier blogs) has done it again and we are so excited.  We moved the animals in last weekend.


We splurged on our stall fronts from a wonderful company called Rockin J' out of Oklahoma.  They custom-made all of our fronts and even created matching smaller fronts for the pony stalls. The center aisle is reclaimed road brick while the center hunter green "Gas Station Lights" are an antique find.  The entire building is done in dark hunter green, copper, brick and dark walnut colors.


The tack room has a walnut floor plus other equestrian details and antique finds.  

The dogs plus all of the tack and feed rooms are on radiant floor heat, which the dogs adore - I find them on the floor soaking up the heat instead of their dog beds.

The kennel floor is done in a grey slate-like product that our good friend John Fabelo helped us find.  Our kennel runs are all Mason Fencing and the covered outdoor runs are done in a "Doggy Astroturf". These first pictures are hot off the press - I'll continue to update you as we continue to move in!






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Blizzard Chocolate Bread Pudding with Warm Kahlua Cream

Posted on January 25, 2014 by Rebecca | 0 comments



OK - If life hands you snow, make snowballs!!  We are buried under another blizzard and blasting arctic temperatures.  So, as a coping mechanism to get through this winter, I have developed a small coping mechanism: Making the most fabulous Chocolate Bread Pudding that is super easy and makes you feel nice and warm and snuggly!!  Here is the recipe, which I have been tweaking and perfecting.  You won't be sorry!!!  Stay warm and snuggly!!


Blizzard Chocolate Bread Pudding with Warm Kahlua Cream


  1. In the microwave, melt 4 ounces of quality semi-sweet chocolate- Bakers brand is find)
  2. Stir into the chocolate 1 cup of heavy whipping cream
  3. In another bowl, put 1 1/3 cups of sugar, 2 eggs, 2 teaspoons of vanilla and a dash of salt. Stir well.
  4. Stir the chocolate mixture into the sugar.
  5. Tear up into small pieces one loaf of older bread - I prefer a loaf of Challah bread - but a loaf of French or Farm Bread would be fine - should be approximately 6 cups.
  6. Pour the bread into the mixture, toss and coat and let it sit a few minutes to soak up the liquid. 
  7. Pour the entire mixture into a Pam coated 9 1/2 x 11 glass dish.  
  8. Cook at 350 degrees for approximately 35 minutes.
  9. While cooling, mix equal parts Kahlua Liqueur and Heavy Whipping cream and heat it up in the microwave.
  10. Let it pudding cool for 15 minutes and then dish into small bowls.
  11. Pour the Kahlua and cream over the pudding.
  12. Top with Whipped Cream and watch the snow fall!!




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