Hunting, Fishing & Camping

Tuesday’s Top Ten: What is Redneckishness?

This past weekend my hubby & I went out to our old hangout, just outside his hometown.  It was a benefit to honor a friend of ours who was killed in a car accident in Dec. ’09.  Naturally, many people attended. We had a blast catching up with old friends…some of whom cracked me up due to their ‘Redneckishness’.  (By the way, that’s my new word of the week.)

So this week’s Top Ten was inspired by all of you rednecks out there.  Here is this week’s Top Ten…What is Redneckishness?, complete with bonus material at the end. :0)

1. Someone says “Give me a Beast (Milwaukee’s Best) immediately, with a capital E!” True story from years ago.  The guy who coined the phrase, was present at the gathering Saturday night. We use the phrase quite often around here.

2.  You hear that some guys are going ‘Bank pullin’ – this means they are taking their jon boat down our river, putting poles into the ground every so often.  The goal is to catch the biggest catfish possible.

3.  If you see a man and three boys competing to see how far they can water the grass while emptying their bladders.  Never seen that around here, honest.

4. If you find your kids duck taping the garden hose to the top of their slide and calling it the world’s best water slide.

5. You notice your neighbor’s security cam is behind his house, pointed towards his deer food plot.

6. The neighbor’s family room has two TV’s…one for the Direct TV and one to watch what’s in the food plot.

7. When the song “Family Tradition” by Hank, is played at the local bar most of the crowd starts singing.  Not just because they love the song but because 1/2 of the bar is truly related.

8. Your wife would rather hunt while you fix supper and take care of the kids.

9. When your son asks to go potty #2, you find him squatting outside in the front yard.

10.  You use mineral spirits to light the charcoal fire.

Bonus #1: The highlight of your summer is floating down the river in inner tubes…complete with a highly sophisticated refrigerator – the cooler tube.

Bonus #2: When you spend more time wiping a cow’s butt than changing your kids’ diapers.

Bonus #3: When you are able to differentiate between the smells of cow poop, horse poop, pig poop, goat poop and of course, chicken poop.

And, finally….you hunt from within your home!

Hope I’ve provided some laughs to brighten your Tuesday!  If you have anymore, by all means share!

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Tuesday’s Top Ten: 10 Tips for Women Deer Hunters

Introducing “Tuesday’s Top Ten!” echo, echo, echo.   I’m going to give this a try for a couple of weeks and see how it goes.  The top ten could be any number of things…top ten quilting tips, top ten vegetables and fruits you should grow, top ten deer recipes, top ten ways to potty train…it could go on and on…so let’s get started.

If you are a guy I’d love for you to read this post but I just heard there are some great deals over at The BassPro Shop.  Several pages of clearance items.  AND, the new 2011 Catalog is out! So, skip on over and check out their website.  Don’t forget to come back another day and check out my hubby’s grilling magic!

Ladies, we’re friends right?  Now that it’s just us, I know I can trust you to keep these tips and tricks in your pocket, right?  Shake your head yes.  Very good.   You have to pinky promise, you won’t share or tell guys about these Top 10 Hunting Tips. Now that we’ve gotten that taken care of we are all sister for life.  Let’s get down to work….

In our family, to be taken seriously as a female hunter you have to be able to do two things.  1. Clock as many hours in as the guys.  2. Shoot and hit.  The shooting takes practice and patience but you will get it.  Now, why is the time clock such a problem?  Well, A. We don’t like the cold. B. We get bored easily.  C. We can’t hold our pee.

So for my first “Tuesday’s Top Ten,” series, I’m going to share some top secret hunting tips for us girls….some you might be familiar with, others you might think are crazy…either way I hope you can take something from the list and prove to the boys that girls rock!! The secret to this is making sure they don’t find out about your tips & tricks.  What they don’t know won’t hurt them and in the process you’ll earn their respect while havin’ a little fun.

1. Invest in hand, foot and body warmers.

1a. Send your hubby to McDonald’s Playland with the kids for ice cream or out to the barn while you get ready.

1b. To keep the menfolk from cacklin’ about how you couldn’t stay out there because it was too cold (and to keep you out there)….the first step is to grab one of your microwaveable warming pouches used for keeping food warm at potlucks.  Warm it up as warm as your microwave allows.  Stuff it nonchalantly into your hand muff warmer thingy.  Cute, huh?

2. I hate to suggest spending money but I highly recommend these shirts and pants called Cuddle Buddies.  Great for keeping warm in a drafty, 120 year old home and perfect for your first layer of hunting clothing…double layers of long-underwear will work too.

3. Layer, layer, layer, baby!  Start with a turtle neck (I think they still make them) then the Cuddle Buddies followed by long-underwear, fleece lounge pants, overalls**, followed by a hooded sweatshirt – this is your back up warmth pouch, winter coat***, orange sweatshirt with hood.  Before zipping your coat tie on the hand muff, see #7, then cover the muff with coat.  The coat will help preserve the heat.

4. Toe Warmers!! This is a pretty common one.  I like to use three pairs at a time.  Used correctly and with ample coverage your toes will be nice and toasty for hours.  First, begin with a regular pair of boot socks.  Remove the adhesive from the bottoms and stick them to the bottom of your feet.  Next, put on a good pair of insulated outdoor socks – the guys won’t have a clue you’ve got extra warmth going on.  Next, prepare your boots.  Take the second pair of toe warmers and adhere them inside, on the top of your boot, above your toes.  Finally, place the third pair on the bottom as intended.  Depending on your warmth level you could leave out the first pair.  It just depends on how well your toes handle the cold.  Mine do not fair well…thus, the three pairs of warmers.

5.  Body Ache Warmers – I can think of the brand name but they advertise there products for relieving pain.  You can adhere the patch right to your Cuddle Buddies, near your lower back.  This will also help to keep you calm and relaxed while waiting for your harvest.

6.  Your Head – Another area that cries, “let’s go in, please, please!!”  Begin with a fleece headband/ear cover.  Use a hand warmer and place it in the top of a regular stocking cap.  Then cover with your blaze orange stocking hat.  If you get too warm you can always take the first one off.

7. Your neck – For your neck we will use a multi-use tool.  Find some scrap fabric or go to the clearance area of your local fabric store.  You’ll only need 1/4 of a yard.  Fold the fabric in half and cut 5 inches wide.  If you sew, sew each side, reinforce the bottom which should still be a fold, leave the top open.  Measure 20 inches and cut the remaining off of the open end.  If you do not sew, have no fear.  You can use a hot glue gun or purchase the no-sew products from Walmart, Target or sewing store.  Find yourself about 5-6 cups of corn or enough to fill your sack.  Fold the open ends in and sew or glue shut.  Reinforce with a second stitch.  Now you have your own neck warmer.  Just microwave for 30 sec. until you find your desired temp.  Try to preserve the heat by placing the warmer under your hooded sweatshirt, use your bibs to keep it in place and then coat.

**Side note:  Use 1/2 yd. and make two.  On your second one place small droplets of lavender oil or a citrus oil to help relax or revitalized your body.

8. Your fingers – for me this is the worst part.  Once my finger was so cold I couldn’t even tell if I had it on the trigger or not.  First, find a pair of those cheap, thin gloves the sell for $1 at Walmart.  Put those on along with a hand warmer in the palm of your hand.  If you are a Droid user, you will want to cut a very small hole in the pointer finger.  (If your a lefty then cut the whole in the right mitten)  If you do not do this you can forget about #9 because the phones respond to body heat rather than pressure.  The mittens which open up to gloves with the finger tips cut-off are next.  Place a pair of warmers on the inside of the mittens as far to the top as possible.  Then another on the other side of the mitten.   part to keep the top of your hands/fingers warm.   a cloth pair of gloves then put the mitten/gloves on top.  Don’t forget that your food pack is also there to help keep your hands warm.

9. Boredom – If you have one, take your smart phone along.  If not, find something similar that you can silence.  I have learned so much about my Droid X just from sitting out in the bales.  And, have gotten some amazing photos.  Even a phone that is textable can keep you entertained.  My pesky good-hearted, brother-in-law likes to take goofy pics of himself and send them to us all.  And, don’t worry, as long as you remember to keep scanning the area you won’t miss any deer.

10. Buy some depends.  Just remember to stash a plastic sack in the bathroom before you leave and some newspapers in the garage next to the garbage can.  Run right in claiming you have to pee and remove your business, place in the sack put inside your hooded sweatshirt and head for the garage where you will drop it into the garbage can.

And, presto you just had yourself a relaxing time with God and nature without kids screaming, fighting or asking you to do 10 different things at once.  It helps you re-center and re-focus.

If you have any ideas for future Top Ten’s, by all means share!

Have a great day!!

P.S.  I’m joking about number 10 but I had you going didn’t I??  Come on, admit it, you were falling for it and thought I was crazy.  Right?  Love it! Gotcha!

P.S.S You might be a tiny bit correct about the being crazy part…but just a bit!

Smiles and hugs to you all!

Remember to live each day as though it’s your last and take not for granted what you’ve been given. Let those positives flush free your desires for things you have not been given, or this will only create negativity from within.


Deer or No Deer? Or, dear?

Tonight at 5:26pm, deer hunting came to end until next fall.  We have 5 different weekends from mid-November until mid-January.  Before first season I said, “This is going to be my year!”  And, it probably would have been if I didn’t have what my pesky, goodhearted,  brother-in-law calls “deer fever.”

My first mistake really is out of my control.  BUT I have and will continue to practice.  I stink…I mean really stink at estimating distances.  I thought my target was at approx. 170 yards.  Knowing that my firearm was shooting a little lower than where it was sited in, I took my shot a tad bit higher.   After it was over we took the range finder out and determined the target was actually closer to 150 which would have been right on had I not added that “tad bit.”  First lesson re-learned, always carry your range finder!!

On my next attempt things were really slow and there was nothing in sight.  I continued to check in between the bales but was keeping from standing up completely.  I had reached the point of peeing through my long-underwear, jeans and camo, insulated, Cabela’s bibs.  No, thanks.  I got up to leave the blind and there he was.  Right on the other side of the main bale.  Urgh!  He was spooked and jumped over the fence to the neighbors ground.  That gave me the motivation to stay.  Just 10 more min. I could do it!! I think I can, I think I can.  Well, I couldn’t and got up to leave.  As I began walking away I realized the buck had jumped the fence and laid down just on the other side. URGH!!

At my third opportunity was a romantic date night in the blind…romantic for us.  We had a babysitter and went hunting together.  I was trying not to put a damper on the mood but I was irritated with myself after prior attempts.  With that said, I had really gotten myself pumped up for this go around…maybe too much.  I wanted to get one so bad that I stirred up every ounce of anxiety in my body.  Although it was controlled as we patiently waited for supper to appear, my nerves went out of control when my prey came into sight.  My biggest fear was spooking the deer before I was able to get myself into a steady position.  Unfortunately, I was on the wrong side of the blind and it’s not easy maneuvering two people in a small space with two firearms.  I got over to the other side with my hubby instructing me to brace my body against the corn bale before I took the shot.  As any good wife would do, I didn’t listen.  The barrel was making circles and I missed all three shots. Ugh!  Hence, “deer fever”.

So my “deer fever” has continued over the last two months and sadly tonight was my last chance.  In order to get a deer, you have to see a deer.  And, I did not.

Squirrel and Turkey seasons are next! And, next fall is another season.  The best part is my dearest hubby has taken on a lot of the cooking and cleaning so that I can have time to hunt.

So even though I didn’t get a deer, I have a wonderful dear!


Today is one of the most important days of the year – Open Season!

I’m not talking about the movie either.  In Illinois, we welcome celebrities and hotshot hunters from all over the country, just to hunt in our timbers and fields.  In fact, when we travel to our hunting ground in Adams County you will usually see more out-of-state vehicles than our own.  The cost of guide services is crazy but when you have hunter’s like Michael Waddell and country music stars or major league baseball players, the cost of opportunity jumps higher than a deer. 

I’m can’t verify the country music stars name because it is hear-say however, after rubbing shoulders with Michael Waddell at last year’s NWTF State Banquet, I can confirmed that he has hunted and shot footage nearby.

Ok, so I'm not exactly rubbing shoulders...but hey, I can't help that I'm short!!!

 

 

Don't they look like a couple of old buddies catchin' up? As they chatted away a long line was forming for autographs. It looked my hubby was part of Waddell's caravan or something.

A native of Peoria, IL, Jim Thome, a major league baseball player, is rumored to also have hunted in the vicinity.  Other than shopping with him at a fantastic meat market while in Peoria, IL, I again cannot verify.   I was tongue tied and star struck at the time, I couldn’t think of anything to say.   My point being this is a huge area for the hotshots!

 

For our family it’s an exciting, 3-day vacation where our older two boys hang out in our “cabin in the sky,” while Daddy hunts out the window.  Or, at least that was the plan.  I had hoped to post this a LONG time ago however, my hubby called at a little after 7am, letting me know that shortly after eating a poptart, Willis had vomited twice out that “coveted” cabin window, once on his own pillow and once on daddy’s gun case.  Heehee!  I’m laughing with him, not at him…I promise!  Well, maybe not but don’t tell!

So I gathered myself up, skipping my usually routine of hair and putting on my face.  Pudder was still sleeping so I scooped him up and fastened him into the car seat and away we went.  Just before leaving the lane my hubby called again and said he had started this way.  Willis was having trouble standing, walking and had become somewhat disoriented.  Not good.

We sped towards one another, covering what would normally be at least a two hour drive.  In the meantime, Willis continued vomiting, so I called the doctor’s office looking for some sort of guidance on dehydration.  They advised providing him 2-3 tsp. of water every 5 min.  The nurse assured me that even though he may lose the water, a portion of it will be absorbed into his stomach, avoiding dehydration.  Although I’m sure this helps many patients, it made him vomit twice while at our meeting spot and then two more times after I picked him up.  I decided to stop the water and the vomiting finally stopped.  Once we arrived home he slept for a while, woke up and asked if he could call daddy and go to the cabin.  I took that as a good sign! :0)

If you are a hunter you are probably looking for a tally.  No, not a number of times Willis vomited but the deer hunting results.  As of 2:30pm they had harvested two does.  As my hubby’s phone went dead, I believe he was trying to tell me he harvested another but can’t be sure.  So for now I’ll go with

  • Hubby – 1
  • Brother-in-law (LB) – 1
  • Sister-in-law (I’ll have to think of a nickname for her)  – 0
  • Me – a big FAT zero…you have to be able to go out to get anything.  My tag is for our home county.  If Willis is better by Sunday I might try to get a sitter and go out.
  • My brother – ? I’m guessing zero, b/c he hasn’t called but I’m always the last to know.  I hate it when he does that!
  • Vomiting – 11 (thought I might as well throw it in)

I’ll try to post a final tally on Sunday evening.  Now time to start supper…I’m thinking “panpakes” as Willis’ calls them.  Not just any panpakes, The Pioneer Woman’s panpakes…heavenly!!  Especially with blueberries.

I’ll end by with a short conversation between Willis and daddy, just before they met up with us…

Daddy:   “I bet you’ll never want to go hunting with me again, huh, buddy?”

Willis:   “NO! I will NEVER eat another poptart again!”

Spoken like a true hunter!  I’m a proud mama!


Tantilizing Venison Bacon Kaboblets

First, I apologize for the lap in posting.  Our internet data card had a little mishap, I just received the replacement – not related to last week’s storm damage.

If you read my post from last week called Got Meat?, you know that after 25 agonizing days, my hubby finally harvested his first deer of the season.  I was so relieved as we were running low on ground meat and a dry shoulder for him to cry on…LOL!  As a treat to our family (and now that I think about it, maybe an apology for being so grumpy over the course of those 25 long days) he made us a wonderful meal.

A couple of years ago, he began making these little wraps I call Kaboblets.  The first time he made the Kabolets for my mom’s birthday at which time he used duck.  He has since tried deer and beef.  I’m pretty partial to the deer but the duck was fantastic too!

This recipe is great because there really aren’t any rules or measurements…here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 Deer tenderloin (or your choice of meat – I’d like to try a goose breast next)
  • Box of toothpicks
  • Package of bacon, cut each strip into thirds.
  • Brown Sugar
  • A grill
  • Patience
  • An empty stomach…seriously, you won’t be able to stop eating these little treasures!
  • A grill heated to approximately 350 degrees.

Begin by cubing the tenderloin into your desired sizes.  Take each piece and smother in brown sugar.

Once they are wrapped, run to the grill!!

Smother the cubes into brown sugar, covering them generously!

Remember to slice your bacon in thirds, then wrap the cubes.

Then wrap each cube with a strip of bacon, secure with a toothpick.  Once you have finished wrapping and rolling all of your cubes head out to your grill.  If you do not have a grill a broiler works great in the oven.  Place the Kaboblets on the grill and close the top for 2-4 min.  Roll each Kaboblet 1/4 of the way.  Close grill for 2-4 min. and repeat until all sides have been evenly cooked and look similar to the photo below.

These babies are just about ready to come off the grill!!

In the meantime, my hubby started a side dish of potatoes and onions.  I’m not exactly for sure on the recipe but I couldn’t resist sharing this picture of him using his hunting headlight to check on the potatoes.  Silly rabbit!

Goofy boy!! That's why I love him so!

A lovely side dish of carmelized onions and potato slices...yummy!!

Enjoy these wonderful Venison Bacon Kaboblets!!


Got meat?

**Warning: this post contains information pertaining to hunting which we depend on for food and survival.  If this is offensive then please check out the ‘In the Farmhouse’ page and category.  I respect your opinion and I ask that you respect mine.  I can not explain our desire to hunt any better than a fellow blogger, The Country Man’s Wife, so I direct you to her site.  Specifically, her response to the first comment following the post “Tree Stand Celebration.” (she also has a cute post today about her babies)**

On to my post….Got Meat?

Well, we almost did not have any meat until last night.  We’ve been running low on our deer & beef and only remaining ground meat are  specialties like breakfast sausage.  Great for breakfast, not my favorite in spaghetti.  Store bought meat contains too many artificial ingredients and ‘what ifs’ in my mind.  My favorite butcher is an inconvenient 35 miles away.  So I’d really prefer that someone harvest a deer.

Bow season/harvest in Illinois begins Oct. 1st.  Since that day we haven’t seen one deer on our property.  This is the longest dry spell in our family’s history.  Now there are several theories floating around but just when you think you have the species figured out they do something else.   Needless to say my hubby had been in the dumps as of late.  So I kicked him out to the great prairie.  Ok, he called our neighboring farmer and asked if he could hunt out on his property.  Just before the sun set he saw two deer within shooting range.  He shot at one that was only 15 yards away and missed.  His second shot at about 40 yards was a hit.  Hmmm?

Through the dark, wet night with thunder rumbling from above and lightening streaking across the sky, out he & my brother-in-law went to locate his harvest.  The blood trail was strong at first and then trailed off, probably due to oncoming rain.  Finally, they found the buck.

My hubby's first harvest of the year.

Certainly not a trophy buck, but we don’t hunt for trophies, we hunt for survival.

I was jumping up and down, “We have meat, we have meat, we have meat!”  No more sausage spaghetti, hurray!  Not really, but I sure was relieved.

So now I can answer my question, “Got meat?”  Yes we do!!  My next post is going to be another recipe.  One which makes a tantalizing meal that easily double as an crowd pleasing appetizer.  Following that post, a review of another fellow blogger who has inspired me with a challenge.

‘Til next time!


Going Dutch!

Last week I reviewed the Cub Scout Camp out we hosted at The Magic Farmhouse.  I’m going to continue with that topic today focusing on our morning activities.

Once they were awake the boys immediately, with a capital ‘E’, ran back to the maze.  I didn’t know it could be such a hit.  While the kids went crazy the parents were preparing to prepare the meal.  Once we had all of our ingredients outside and on our prep table we called the boys over.  In groups, according to den, the boys helped make US breakfast!!

In preparation for our camp out I completed the Boy Scouts of America’s Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation (BALOO).  One of the activities was preparing food at the camp fire.  We were each in charge of our own meal and then as a group we make a wonderful peach dessert using a dutch oven.  For years I’ve listed to my hubby talk about the ovens however, I couldn’t place a face to the name.  I really did know what all the buzz was about.  Now I do – and I knew what it was all the time, just didn’t know it had a name.  The best portion of the orientation was by far the cooking.  It reminded me of ‘true’ camping.  Since we purchased our camper in 2003, we’ve seldom gone tent camping.  Prior to having children we would often boat and then tent camp along a nearby river.  Needless to say I came home from BALOO boasting of our experiences talking quite a bit about the dutch oven and tent camping.

It just so happens that my birthday fell the week after BALOO training.  Guess what my hubby and boys got me!  Guess?  You’ll never guess.  A Dutch Oven!!  I was so super excited!  And that brings us back to today’s story…

Now that a dutch oven was available we merged a breakfast recipe from the cookbook which accompanied the oven and a recipe provided to me by another den leader (I will post the cookbook recipe at the very bottom of this post).  Due to the size of our oven and the hungry kiddos who I knew would be getting restless we went with something like this…

The Magic Farmhouse Dutch Oven Breakfast Casserole

  • 2 lbs. sausage (we used pre-cooked sausage patties which were broken up into little pieces)
  • 2 doz. eggs (we pre-scrambled ours)
  • 2 cups (approx.) Bisquick mix
  • Milk – enough to get the mixture a fluffy consistency
  • Sharp Cheddar Cheese – 2 cups or more depending on your taste buds

Rub a bar of soap around the bottom of the oven.  According to my instructors, this will help with clean up time and preserves your oven.  Pre-season the dutch oven using butter or cooking spray.  Add eggs and Bisquick.  Stir gently until it’s somewhat mixed.  Then slowly add milk and stir.  Continue until the consistency is just shy of being able to pour.  Cover with cheese.  Each den was responsible for adding the ingredients or stirring.  It was a great way to incorporate some teamwork instruction.  Now comes the tricky part…

Place the top on the oven and cook with 8 coals underneath the oven and 16 on top for 20 to 25 min.  DISCLOSURE:  We have found that these instructions will sometimes work but you will probably need to adjust things depending on how hot your coals are and what type of coals you are using.  To keep things real we used hot coals left over from the fire pit.  In the cookbook, they are talking about grilling charcoals.

Ours cooked in about 15 min.  Just in time because the kids were turning into animals.  Aside from needing salt it turn out very well….nice and yummy!  The boys were pretty proud of themselves which was the cherry that topped the cake!

We've been using my hubby's, Grandparents' old stove with the dutch oven on top. Pretty cool! Or, hot!

Since the camp out we’ve been trying different recipes, dutch style.  We recently made an outstanding pot of Chili.  Instead of cooking on coals, my hubby decided to try it out on his grandparents’ old wood burning stove.  This made for easy cleanup and a nice history lesson for the boys.

I challenge you to start going dutch with your cooking!  I’ve heard it provides additional iron to your food.  I can’t verify that as true however, when your anemic like me you are willing to try anything.  (Yes, my hemoglobin has dropped again…another topic for another day.)

Happy cooking, dutch style!!

Mountainman Breakfast – taken from ‘Camp Dutch Oven Cooking 101: from Backyard to Backwoods’ published by Lodge 1896

  • 2 lbs. sausage
  • 2 lbs. frozen hash brown potatoes
  • 8 eggs, beaten with 1/4 cup water
  • 2 cups cheese, grated

In a 12 inch Lodge Camp Dutch Oven oven full bed of hot coals, fry and crumble sausage.  Remove cooked sausage and drain on paper towels.  Using the sausage drippings in the pan, brown potatoes, and spread them evenly in bottom of camp oven.  Place cooked sausage over potatoes.  Pour eggs over sausage layer.  Sprinkle top with cheese.  Cook with 8 coals underneath and 16 on top for 20 to 25 min., until eggs are cooked.


The Campfire Candy Store

As promised, I’ll share one of the funniest moments from last weekend’s Cub Scout Camp out.  After the cookout portion, the maze, flag football and pumpkin decorating, we gathered around the campfire for some songs and skits.

Of course, we taught the kids the “Skeeters and the Bedbugs”, “Grey squirrel, Grey squirrel,’ ‘Have You Ever Gone Fishin’ and the when your up your up, when your down, your down song.  In between each den performed a skit or song they came up with on their own.  Our den did the Girl Scout Cookie Military song.  Then it was time for a skit that I had schemed up with a couple other moms.  We called two of the husbands up to the front.  Using a stick , I explained that the stick represented a Candy Store counter and behind the counter our Pack leader “Auntie Em” stood.  The two dads/husbands held the stick from each end to hold up our ‘counter’.  Then four of the moms each took a turn skipping up to the counter like a little kid asking Miss Auntie Em if she had a certain kind of candy (anything but suckers), each time she’d say, “Nope, sorry I do not.”  Then it was my turn.  I ran up and asked if she had any lemon drops.  She again replied by saying she didn’t.  So then I asked, “Well, Auntie Em, what do you have?”

She replied with “Two suckers on a stick!”

This was a skit which I learned while going through the BALOO training for camping.  A riot!  I highly recommend doing it to your own husband!!

I’ve got a couple of different topics up my sleeve for the next week…stay tuned!!  One includes our newest passion…cooking in a dutch oven on top of my hubby’s grandparents antique, wood burning stove.  Some great fall pictures in another and then I’d like to share a really neat homework activity that our school’s PE teacher has implemented.  So don’t change this station!  Unless of course you’d like to read some of my favorite blogs. :0) Happy Weekend!


The 6 Seasons…through the eyes of a boy.

The weather has turned cool, the leaves are changing into beautiful colors, the combines are spinning their wheels and spiders are plentiful.  (Ugh!)  I realize the first official day of fall came & passed a couple of weeks ago but until today I just wasn’t ready or in the mood.  I LOVE the fall but it reminds me that winter comes next.

We took a drive up to my hubby’s grandma’s farm which is currently getting a face-lift.  As we drove I admired the new colors and a funny story from last year came to mind.  Willis & I were discussing the change of summer to fall.  I told him that there were four seasons and proceeded to list off  Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter.  Immediately *with a capital E! LOL!* he exclaimed “No, no, no, Mama!  You forgot deer season!!!”  It was another one of those moments when I thought my tongue really would fall off from biting it so hard.  I tried my best not to giggle and said that he was correct there is a deer season.  I couldn’t resist emailing his teacher and sharing the story.  Apparently, I had again forgotten another season.  The class had also been discussing the change in seasons and when they listed our four traditional seasons he insisted they were wrong and proceeded to correct the teacher by saying…

“No, no, no!! You forgot deer season & combine season!!”  So in our home we celebrate six seasons during the year! You can’t fault him for being wrong.  The eyes of a child sure can simplify life and put things in perspective.

Speaking of deer season…it started at sun-up on Friday morning.  At 7:15am, my brother harvested his first doe of this year’s ‘Deer season.’  He closed the day by harvesting a button buck.  I called him yesterday evening and just moments before he had two walk under his stand.  Don’t worry, I asked that he leave a few for the rest of us!

Have a great sunny, fun week!!


The Boys of Fall

I LOVE Kenny Chesney’s new song “The Boys of Fall.”  It reminds me of times gone by at high school football games and now Pickle’s first year of JFL.  Football is one of many signatures of fall.  The title of Kenny’s song reminds me of other boys of fall.  Last year, I had a lovely time taking some of my most favorite & special pictures of ‘my boys of fall.’  I’ll include one of each…

Pickle in the leaves...My first boy of fall!

Willis playing in the leaves...My second boy of fall!

Pudder discovering the leaves...My third boy of fall!

And, it doesn’t stop there…Bow Season starts in 5 days & we’ve been watching for some other boys of fall lurking around the Magic FarmHouse.  As luck would have it we’ve been able to spot several of these ‘boys,’ as they chow on our beans & corn.  Which is nice to watch, however, not so good for our feed next year.  Do you know what kind of ‘boys’ I’m talking about yet?  Let’s see…

Another 'boy' of fall...

He’s not my favorite one or the biggest but I’d defenetly settle for him as my first kill.  This year will be my second or third time hunting deer.  Once Willis & Pudder lit up our lives, I decided to stay out of the stand and just be mama in the camper.  This year has been an epiphany for Willis who is suddenly addicted to going hunting and staying in our ‘sky cabin.’  Prior to this year he was too afraid to crawl up the 14 foot ladder – he’s been there once last month and wants to go back just as soon as possible.

And, this will hopefully be Pickle’s first year hunting.  For his birthday & early Christmas present he received his first 20 gauge.  Between my work load and school volunteer responsibilities, football, Cub Scouts, housework, the house renovation and outside work, I’ve had a shortage of time to get both of us enrolled into a hunter safety course.  Ok, simply put, I’ve not stop to take the time.  In my defense it’s been hard to schedule around football practice & games.

***Side note: How do some of these women have time to maintain successful blogs, home school, be business women and mamas all at the same time?***

Anyway, this time I may have blew it & we might not make our hunter safety coursework.  Tomorrow, I hope to know for sure.  Pickle has decided he’ll miss his last game to go through the course this coming Sat.  From what I understand the state doesn’t require the class but it’s always been my rule that the boys complete hunter safety prior to hunting.  And, I’m not budging on the rule.

So there you have it….all of **MY** Boys of Fall!!