Horsing Around and Derby Truffles

I’ve been horsing around lately~ visiting with this 4- legged neighbor.

While I’m no horse whisperer, this handsome guy has become a little less camera-shy, progress, since he is no longer running in the opposite direction when he sees me :)

Around the corner from him, there is a white house in a beautiful setting~ complete with white barn, fencing and more horses. . .

You can see it covered in snow here~

I found a recipe in the May issue of Southern Living for

Derby Truffles~

These truffles are rich, easy, and can be made ahead~

A Winning Trifecta!


~3 (4-oz.) bittersweet chocolate baking bars, chopped (I used Ghiradelli)
~1 1/2 tablespoons cold butter, cubed 
~2 teaspoons vanilla extract 
~9 tablespoons heavy cream
~1/4 cup bourbon (a mini bottle is 50 ml, and just shy of 2 oz. if you don’t have any bourbon )
~1 (5.3-oz.) package pure butter shortbread cookies, crushed (I used Walkers)
~2 cups finely chopped roasted, salted pecans
~Wax paper


1. Combine first 3 ingredients in a large glass bowl. Cook cream and bourbon in a small saucepan over medium heat 3 to 4 minutes or until mixture is hot but not boiling. (Mixture will steam, and bubbles will form around edge of pan.) Pour cream mixture over chocolate. Let stand 1 minute.

2. Stir chocolate mixture until melted and smooth. (If mixture doesn’t melt completely, microwave at HIGH 30 seconds.) Stir in crushed cookies. Cover and chill 3 hours or until firm. (Mixture can be prepared and chilled up to 2 days ahead.)

3. Shape mixture into 1-inch balls (about 2 tsp. per ball). Roll in chopped pecans. Place on wax paper-lined baking sheets. Chill 1 hour. Store in an airtight container in refrigerator up to 5 days.

We’re not bourbon drinkers, translation:

No Mint Juleps for us on Derby Day :)

 I bought a mini bottle which was just shy of the 1/4 cup needed, and close enough.

Also, I used a combination of roasted, salted mixed nuts and pecans. The saltiness of the nuts is perfect with the sweetness of the chocolate and a winning combination!

I ended up with around 30 truffles.

You can meet all of the horses for this year’s Kentucky Derby here.

I’m not much of a gambler, but if I was betting strictly by name~ I’d place my money on Itsmyluckyday, but I have to pull for Rosie’s run for the roses!

Hope your horse is a winner on Derby Day!

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34 responses to “Horsing Around and Derby Truffles

  1. For anyone who has ever loved a horse, your images will bring back memories. Lovely, all.
    I’m not a racing fan, and didn’t even know that there was a derby slated, but those truffles caught my attention!

  2. shirley@housepitalitydesigns

    Whoa..that horse is a cutie!!!…How wonderful that he will now let you get close enough for a picture….Your neighbor’s setting is so idyllic…how wonderful to be able to see a gorgeous area of horses and your lake setting too…

    Truffles looks decadent…have not had a chance to read the May issue of SL yet..will definitely have to seek out that recipe!! Have a wonderful weekend…

  3. Love the fence image Mary.

  4. Pretty horses and yummy truffles! They look delicious and not too difficult to make. I like the picture with the horses’ head over the fence, like he’s just coming to say, “Hi”.

  5. Gorgeous Mary!!
    We won’t be drinking Mint Juleps either. The truffles look delish!

  6. You live in such a gorgeous location… But best of all you capture life’s moments with an artists eye… Now that is blue ribbon livin.,,

  7. I think that horses are some of God’s most beautiful creatures, bbut I am alittle shy of THEM! I ahve never ridden a horse but would love to try. The truffles look YUMMY. No partying here, just packing:) Have a beautiful weekend. You sure are surronded by beauty where you are between the lake and the horses!!!! XO, Pinky

  8. Ellen Beeton

    I love this post! The horse is so beautiful and so is the land and the house. Just like out of a movie. I don’t dare try to make those truffles because I would eat them all. I love watching the Kentucky Derby, it’s one race I never miss.

  9. What exquisite settings and the horses are so beautiful. How could anyone not love a horse!?! Your photos are magnificent and I’ve already read your post three times(can’t get enough of your fabulous photos). I’m not a big believer in horse racing but the truffles certainly look delicious so I’m definitely going to give them a try. Hope you have a wonderful weekend.

  10. Love where your camera has taken you today, Mary. You do go through your days with eyes wide open, a very good thing for the rest of us.

  11. What great horse-y photos, and those truffles look divine. I’m intrigued by the addition of the bourbon and shortbread.

  12. Lovely horses and setting! You have a way of just bringing photo images to vibrant life. I have never been a ‘horse person’ but that doesn’t keep me from admiring these magnificent creatures. I don’t watch horse races, although I do love movies about horses (contradictions that go with my Gemini birth, I guess)…The truffles sound great!

  13. This post is brilliant! I love all the pictures and the way you put them together tells the story itself. Truffles look so delicious!

  14. Happier Than A Pig in Mud

    Fun pics Mary! So, you carrying carrots in your purse now?:@) The truffles look and sound great, I certainly would join you in one or three… Have a great weekend!

  15. Horses are such majestic creatures. Both the horses and their beautiful surrounds are picture perfect, Mary. This is a wonderful post for those of us who love horses. I recently spent an overnight at a friend’s horse farm, but I didn’t get good photos. So kudos to you for mastering taking photos of your neighboring horse. ;-)

  16. We just watched Secretariat last night. Love love love that movie. Your post today is perfect to go with that movie. Those truffles look so decadent and delicious. I must give them a try. Beautiful photography as well. And Mary I do think that horse IS warming up to you!! (smile)

  17. Great photos of the horses, Mary! They are such beautiful animals. Growing up, I had two and my sister had three. A wonderful experience except for my two broken wrists :)

    These truffles sound wonderful! I’m pinning them!

  18. I maybe mistaken, but I’m sensing a real connection between you and the horses. He is posing ( and looking at you with comfort and ease) in such a way that his gaze is almost mesmerizing.

    I’m such a devoted animal lover, that I find animal cruelty beyond comprehension ! How could anyone look into those soulful eyes and not treat those magnificent creatures with love, respect and caring.

    You’ve captured yet another beautiful moment in time.

    Marilyn (in Dallas)

  19. Those truffles look delicious! The pictures of the horses, and the surrounding areas are terrific…makes me want to be there!

  20. A Garden of Threads

    The horse looking over the fence gives a smile, so cute. Fabulous shots.

  21. I really enjoyed horsing around with you. You got some gorgeous shots and the truffles!!!!!! Oh my!

  22. Beautiful horses…thank you for sharing your tips on selecting winners…I like going with names, too. Those are great ones! That recipe sounds delicious.

  23. My aunt had horses, when I was young, and I remember how I loved visiting the horses when at her home. Your photos are fabulous.

  24. Interesting post with beautiful photos. Love the fence shot! Truffles look delicious!

  25. Sure looks like home! I’m from KY. My mother went in a liquor store once and asked for 1/2 cup of bourbon! Guy gave her some and she took him back some bourbon balls.

  26. What wonderful photos. We have a lot of horse farms in Florida and I always love to see the horses…especially in the Spring when there are babies, too!

  27. tingsgrove

    The horses are wonderful, absolutely beautiful. I so adore horses and you got some lovely landscapes as well. Now as for the recipe, hmm wonder how you could make these and not gain a pound…they look scrumptious~

  28. I am so thrilled to have found you this morning!
    Lucky me!

    Your Derby treats sparked an interest and so I followed you via Michael Lee’s blog. I just set a table in a Derby theme and these lovelies would have been perfect on the table.

    Hope you will stop by my blog. I think we have similar interests!
    Your farm and your horses are magnificent.
    Looking forward to spending some time looking around here.

    Your newest follower,

  29. Fabulous photo’s! I love them. I grew up in a small town but live in a city now, I don’t get to see images from the farm very often anymore. I love the picture of the old wooden fence too. Very rustic :) Thank you for sharing a piece of your life with us. Krista @ A Handful of Everything

  30. OH, man! I am making these! They look fab! :)

  31. Wonderful photos! These looks delicious.

  32. so glad you relink, i remember this one vividly, your horsie shots delighted me! and who can resist chocolate~

  33. Thanks for sharing this recipe, i need to make this soon.

  34. Rattlebridge Farm

    Absolutely beautiful, Mary. Last year, my husband showed up at lunchtime unexpectedly–with a horse trailer. He opened it, and two gorgeous Tennessee Walking Horses trotted out. They are SO different from our donkeys. Your photos captured the majesty of the horse–and the unique “hey, got an apple?” expression. Loved this! Your posts make my world a happier place.

Thanks for your comments~ they make my day :)

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