Summertime - Strap On The Feedbag

Hello folks! It's been a while since I've shared a yummy recipe with you, so I am going to give you my Root Beer Float Cupcake recipe, but first, a list of our upcoming shows!

Sunday, June 15th - North Star Bar with Skinny Lister and Onward, Etc. - tickets Saturday, July 12th - Burlap & Bean with Joy Ike - tickets Friday, July 25th - Union Hall with Hannah & Maggie and Jus Post Bellum (tickets on sale soon) Saturday, July 26th, 6:30pm - PA Colonial Plantation Farm Day at Ridley Creek State Park - Tickets and info here - This is a great show to bring the kids to!! Saturday, July 26th, 8:30pm - Mermaid Inn with Hannah & Maggie - tickets at door - this is a great show to bring your dancing shoes to! Saturday, August 2nd - Bethlehem Musikfest - (tickets on sale soon) Friday, August 29th - Kung Fu Necktie with TBA - tickets

And now for these amazing cupcakes. They are a little more complicated than your regular cupcakes, but they have booze in them. Booze. 'Nuff said.

Root Beer Float Cupcakes

Ingredients: Cupcakes 1 C. Root Liquor                    2 eggs 1 1/2 C. root beer                 3 C. flour 2 tsp. vanilla                           1 tsp baking powder 2 C. brown sugar                   2 tsp baking soda 1 C. butter (room temp) Glaze 2 C. Powdered Sugar            2 T. Root Liquor 1/4 C. Root Beer                   2 T. Vegetable Oil Buttercream Frosting 3 C. Powdered Sugar            1 T. Vanilla 1 C. Butter (room temp)      2 T. Whipping Cream

Directions: - Preheat oven to 350, line cupcake pan with papers. - Mix together liquor, root beer and vanilla. Set aside. - Cream together butter & sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs. - Mix in dry ingredients. - Slowly pour root beer mix over dry ingredients and mix until smooth. - Bake for 15-20 minutes or until inserted toothpick comes out clean. - As soon as you take cupcakes out, slowly pour a spoonful of glaze over each cupcake. - Let cupcakes cool completely and frost.

You can stick a little straw in them if you want to get cute, but around here we just want to shove them in our faces.

Strap on the Feedbag - Chocolate Cream Cheese Cherry Pie Brownies

Hay Horseheads - I don't know if it's this nasty winter that has me in the baking mood or if I'm just enjoying a challenge, but I decided to up my game for this round of the feedbag. I have also been having a serious hankering for chocolate and I know my bandmates don't mind when that happens, because it means they will also be eating chocolate. I also had a cold and when I have a cold, I want to eat everything and suddenly had a strange craving for cherry pie filling. So here are the results of lots of yummy things combined:

So, the verdict from the gang? - Well, Meg, and Cat, Chris and Rick of the extended BHM family thought they were awesome!

And as always, I leave you with all the info for our upcoming shows because I want to see your lovely face there!!

March 7th - Booth & Saddle (buy tickets here) April 19th - Northstar - Philadelphia Folk Fest Co-Op Showcase (buy tickets here) May 9th - Hard Rock Philly (Tickets TBA)


Resolutions Schmesolutions

So, it's the new year and most people are making resolutions that are practically unattainable, so I thought I'd come up with some for the band that aren't a stretch. 1. Play more shows Our goal this year, besides a bunch of festivals in the summer, is to play at least one gig in Philly and one outside of Philly every month. So, if you live somewhere within a day's drive and you want us to play a show near you, let us know!


1/10/14 - BHM @ World Cafe Live with A Fistful of Sugar for their album release show! Also playing: West Philadelphia Orchestra / Aaron and the Spell 2/1/14 - BHM @ Dawson Street Pub, Manayunk with The Valley Roots 3/7/14 - BHM @ Boot & Saddle with Song Dogs and Spirit & Dust

2. Drink more bourbon Yeah, I know a lot of you are trying to cut down on drinking for the new year, but we're trying to increase ours, especially through extensive knowledge of delicious bourbons.

3. Buy some new gear All you musicians know that buying music gear is a never-ending cycle of upgrade, but seriously, we all REALLY need some new gear. (have you seen the blood on Dave's banjo head?) That is the only thing that doesn't need replacing.

4. Enter more contests Contests are exciting and for musicians there are always a ton of them. We have found that participating in Battle of the Bands contests really ups our game.

Speaking of contests!!! We are currently in the running to play in Austin, TX while SXSW is happening! This is a contest through Ernie Ball and our airfare and hotel would be taken care of! Please take a moment, go to this page and vote for us. You can vote as many times as you want, so vote early and vote often! And while you're there, please check out the tunes, watch the video and/or leave us a precious little comment at the bottom.

Black Horse Motel Ernie Ball Showdown at Cedar Street Contest

And last but not least, 5. Bake all the cookies I might have gone overboard on cookie baking over the holidays, so naturally I unloaded all the leftovers on the band. It seems by unanimous decision, the best cookie was the rum ball. Recipe below in another addition of

Strap on the Feedbag!

Desiree's balls (I am not calling them rum balls because it has been noted that you could substitute ANY liquor for the rum) - bourbon balls, anyone?

- This recipe was inspired by Martha Stewart's recipe, but in my normal fashion I changed a few things and didn't measure anything. Feel free to do the same. You may also substitute a store bought brownie mix.


  • 3/4 C. (1 1/2 sticks) butter, cut into pieces
  • 1 bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons rum (or baileys, bourbon, snap, root, etc...)
  • Some kind of sugar for rolling your balls in (I rolled mine in coarse red and green sanding sugar)


Preheat oven to 350.  Melt butter and chocolate together either in double boiler or microwave.


Whisk together eggs, brown sugar, and vanilla in a large bowl. Stir in chocolate mixture, then fold in flour. Spray baking sheet with cooking spray and pour batter into baking sheet. Spread evenly with a rubber spatula. Bake until top is shiny, about 10 minutes. Let cool completely on a wire rack.


Break up brownie into small pieces; transfer to the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. With machine on low speed, pour in liquor, and mix until crumbs start to come together to form a ball.


Shape into 1-inch balls, and roll in sugar to coat. Place your balls on a baking sheet; refrigerate, uncovered, until cold, about 2 hours. Serve chilled or at room temperature.


Eat the balls!!!

Enjoy! - Desiree

Snow, Ugly Sweaters, and Cupcakes

Hello Horseheads! We hope that you're enjoying the snow and that you don't have to drive in it too much. Why not sit down with a cozy cup of hot cocoa (with your favorite liquor in it) and listen to my favorite album from 2013: Red Summer Spirit Black Horse Motel is also on the year-end best-of poll at Y-Not Radio under Philly Artists. Please take a few seconds to go and vote for us there!

And, if that's not exciting enough, we have a show coming up at Melodies in Ardmore (formerly Milkboy) with Kwesi K. and The Sun Flights on December 20th. The show also happens to be an ugly holiday sweater show with the audience voting on the ugliest and the winner receiving an autgraphed BHM album!! So get out your ugliest holiday sweaters (not just Christmas) or vests, sweatshirts, hats, whatever! Get your tickets here!

Now in bandmate news; - We just celebrated the birthday of our favorite banjo player, David Richardson! Happy birthday, Dave!

Happy Birthday, Dave!

- We are also getting along swimmingly with our new guitarist, Galen. He has warmed right up to that mic and he already wrote a new song which you can hear at our Melodies show on the 20th and if you just can't wait that long, see a video of it here!

- Meg has added a cool new feature once a month called Horse Tracks where she asks us what we’re listening to. You can see the last Horse Tracks here (and you can expect another Horse Tracks soon)!

Speaking of new columns, I would like to add my own here. Welcome to

Strap on the Feedbag!

because I like to cook

You can check out my monthly column to see what tasty treat I most recently baked for the band and get this – I’ll even post the recipe!

This month’s recipe is Dave’s birthday cupcakes (as seen in photo above).

Vanilla cupcakes with Fudge and Caramel frosting

Vanilla Cupcakes

2 C. flour 1 ½ C. sugar 3 tsp. baking powder ½ tsp. salt ½ C. melted butter 1 C. milk* 2 large eggs 2 tsp. vanilla 4 egg whites Preheat oven to 350. Line cupcake pans with liners. Combine all ingredients except egg whites in a large mixing bowl. (I used my Kitchen-aid that the band got me for my wedding, but a hand mixer will work too!) Mix at low speed for 2 minutes. Scrape bowl and add egg whites. Mix at high speed until fluffy and smooth, approximately 2 minutes. Fill liners about ¾ full. Bake 20-25 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean.

Fudge Frosting

1 C. butter, softened 2 C. powdered sugar ¼ C. cocoa powder 3 tsp. vanilla 1-2 T. warm water (as needed)* Put butter in bowl and mix on low speed until smooth. Add sugar while mixing, one cup at a time. Add cocoa and vanilla and mix on low-medium speed until completely smooth. Add water and continue to mix until light and fluffy.

Homemade Caramel

You could just use store bought, but homemade caramel is so easy!! 1 C. brown sugar, packed ½ C. half-and-half 4 T. butter pinch salt 1 T. vanilla Mix everything but vanilla in saucepan over medium-low heat, stirring gently with whisk for 5 to 7 minutes, until it gets thicker. Add vanilla and cook another minute. Turn off heat, cool slightly and pour sauce into a jar. You can now refrigerate it and use it for lots of things, including spooning directly into your mouth.

- Des