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Monday, December 24, 2012

MERRY CHRISTMAS

It is that time of the year that we are often caught up in the hustle and bustle of the season.  Let's make sure we take some time this season to reflect what this season is truly about.

"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him will not perish and have eternal life."        John 3:16

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Saturday, December 22, 2012

ATTITUDE

"The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life.  Attitude to me is more important than facts.  It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than success, than what other people think or say or do.  It is more important than appearance, gift, or skill.  It will make or break a company...a church...a home.  The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day.  We cannot change our past...we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way.  We cannot change the inevitable.  The only thing we can do is play on the string we have, and that is our attitude.  I am convinced that life is 10 percent what happens to me and 90 percent how I react to it.  And so it is with you...we are in charge of our attitudes."  
                                             --- Charles Swindoll

Saturday, December 15, 2012

THE NEW LOVE OF MY LIFE

In a few of my past posts, I have mentioned that my husband and I have been without our four legged bird hunting companion for quite some time now.  The wait is over.  Over the past couple of months we have been reaching out to friends and acquaintences in hopes of finding our new hunting partner.  With patience and persistence, we were blessed enough to connect with the right people, and we now have our sweet little girl Kate.  

The adventure now begins.  Everyday there is something new.  Teaching.  Training.  Bonding.  Nothing quite compares with the growing relationship between a new pup and their introduction into their new family.  With my husband having already trained two prior labrador retreivers for bird hunting, this will be my first.  We are both very excited about our new family member.  These past few weeks, she has quickly developed, is changing everyday, and is learning so fast.  We both have a lot of work ahead of us, but hard work always pays off.
 
The day we picked up "Kate", 51 days old.



Oh the eyes...

Our little desert dog

The big world awaits
 
Proud new dad
 
Kate's first ruffed grouse hunt










There are those eyes again



Girls day in the snow





Kate at 11 weeks
 
One of her favorite spots in front of the heat vent.





"A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself."
-- Josh Billings


Friday, December 7, 2012

WHO DOES THIS? - NO DOG = HALF BIRTHDAY SUIT ROOSTER RIVER RETRIEVE

Swimming across the John Day River in the lower 40 degree water armed only in low cut socks, t-shirt, bra, and underwear, and while trying to maintain some sort of normal breathing pattern before hypothermia and/or hyperventilation set in, all I kept thinking to myself was...who does this?  Well, apparently that day, I did while retrieving the rooster pheasant we had just shot.  Being November, the only thing that was warm, was my husband waiting for me on the bank of the river.  Being without our bird dog hunting companion for well over a year now, we've run into some situations that have required some creative thinking on our part.  Today, I will chalk it up to just plain crazy behavior.

My husband and I had headed east in search of new bird hunting country along the John Day River.  We had already made the decision that if we downed a bird over the water (and wasting game is not an option), one of us was swimming for it.  Well, on our way back to the truck from a short walk with daylight quickly disappearing, I just happened to spook a rooster pheasant from the brush.  Within seconds, the bird went from bursting out of its hiding spot to landing 40 yards across the river and being carried downstream.  The river having a slow current where we were, my husband quickly headed back to get the truck.  I however, decided I had better go get our feathered friend before it got too dark or carried down the river too far.  I now have a whole new appreciation for our four legged  furry friends. 

I am not quite sure what got into me that day but as crazy as it was, I would probably do it again.  Now if you're planning on bird hunting, I would probably advise against using this type of retreival method if possible!  I will let you know however, fetching the rooster like that made it the best tasting rooster I've ever had.



After landing yourself a nice game bird, this recipe is one of my favorite. 
 
SMOKY PHEASANT SOUP


2 TBSP BUTTER
1/4 C FINELY CHOPPED ONION
1 CLOVE GARLIC, MINCED
1/4 C ALL-PURPOSE FLOUR
1/2 TSP SALT
1/2 TSP FRESHLY GROUND PEPPER
4 C CHICKEN BROTH, DIVIDED
2 1/2 C COOKED WILD RICE
2 C CUT-UP SMOKED PHEASANT OR SUBSTITUTE (ABOUT 10 OZ)
1 C THINLY SLICED CARROTS
1 BAY LEAF
1 C HALF-AND-HALF
2 TBSP DRY SHERRY


In a 6-quart Dutch oven or stockpot, melt butter over medium heat.  Add onion and garlic.  Cook for 2 to 3 minutes, or until onion is tender, stirring frequently.  In 4-cup measure, combine flour, salt, and pepper.  Blend in 2 cups of broth.  Stir into onion mixture.  Add remaining 2 cups broth and remaining ingredients, except half-and-half and sherry.  Bring to a boil over medium-high heat.  Reduce heat to low.  Simmer for 30 to 35 minutes, or until carrots are tender.  Stir in half-and-half and sherry.  Simmer for 10 to 15 minutes longer, or until flavors are blended.  Remove and discard bay leaf before serving.

Serves 8

Per serving:
Calories:  222
Protein:  16 g
Carbs:  18 g
Fat:  9 g
Cholesterol:  54 mg
Sodium:  700 mg

From: 
Preparing Fish & Wild Game, Creative Publishing International, Copyright 2000

"It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed."
-- Theodore Roosevelt