On Model Horses

In the model horse world, there seem to be some model horses considered “special” by collectors, and others that simply aren’t.  The horse above is an example of one that might be considered “rare” or special.  This is my Breyer Collector Club classic-sized appaloosa “Calvin” in bay (the horse came in three colors: chestnut, blue, and bay).  It is the first and only of my model horses that people might consider “rare.”  But there’s so much more to do with model horses than simply collect the rare and glossy models.  Personally, I think that it’s really fun to photograph them and create scenes.  This can be done with “common” model horses just as well as “rare” ones!  In fact, it’s probably better not to use a rare horse in a scene where it might become scratched or broken.  Pictured below is a scene I put together in PhotoShop that is all regular-run horses.  My favorite is probably the grulla Quarter Horse on the far left.

I don’t usually buy model horses, but there was one that I had a chance at buying and am a little sad to have missed.  You can see a picture here .   


Kitty Kitty Kitty Cat


A very unflattering photo of kitty-cat.  (His name is Sweetie.)  I think he might be part Maine Coon cat, since he’s so big and furry.  He’s on on a special cat food diet, but he keeps eating rats instead of the canned cat food goo that he’s supposed to be eating.  He is doing fine nonetheless!


Holiday Paleo Recipes: Eat at Your Own Risk

I found this on Katie’s blog, and thought it was really funny.  All the recipes are almost 90% hamburger (yuck)!

The Katie Chronicles

I realize I have not posted any recipes.  Since many of my friends are on the paleo diet,  I decided to experiment and come up with some paleo recipes for the holidays.  I am a vegetarian, so I didn’t actually eat any of these.  That might explain why I am still alive.

Paleo Recipes (Don’t try this at home):

Note: if you are vegetarian, you can substitute soy bacon and veggie crumbles for the hamburger.  You can use Earth Balance instead of mastadon lard.

Paleo chocolate chunk cookies
1 lb hamburger (grass fed)
2 cups chopped hazelnuts
1 package paleo chocolate chips (check for rocks)
1 tsp stone-ground baking soda

Heat oven or campfire to 375 degrees.  Stir ingredients together and form into patties.  Flip once.  When no longer pink inside, they should be safe to eat.  But I wouldn’t recommend it.

Paleo Bacon Birthday cake

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Miniature Horse Drawing (Later Today)!

(Photo used with permission.)

I’m going to make another drawing today, this time of Katie, a cute and furry Miniature Horse mare from The Katie Chronicles (The Katie Chronicles link).  <  I know the name on the URL looks kind of weird, but it’s actually just the name of a Miniature Horse.  The name of my web page also doesn’t match its title (Hooves and Claws).  I wasn’t sure what I wanted to call the blog when I made it, so I chose “hensandhippology.”  It’s a mix of several words: “hens” because I love chickens and own a bunch of hens, “and,” and “hippology,” which is just a technical name for “study of the horse” because I like learning horse facts!”  Anyways, watch for a drawing inspired by Katie later today!