Thursday, December 31, 2009

Dead-eye Dustin

Keith's Dad, Ken, passed down his .222 Remington Rifle to Dustin for Christmas this year and we bought him a case to put it in, put a bow on it and put it under the tree. He asked Santa for a gun, case and a day hunt. He must have been a really good boy this year because he got all three!

It's New Year's Eve 2009 and Dustin is in the deer stand in Moffat with Keith. Ken has been feeding deer behind his house all year so it was likely they would see at least one deer today. The first deer he saw was a 4 point, but it saw him and got a little spooked and went too deep in the woods by the time Dustin got his gun up. Next a doe came out and started walking toward the feeder. Dustin was trying to get his gun up and he realized he was not high up enough so he got on Keith's leg. By now, the doe turned back around and started heading back into the woods. Keith told him to pop it if he wanted it and Dustin's shot was dead on. It only took one bullet to drop the doe dead where it stood.

Dustin was very happy and excited and could not wait to tell everyone. He called Grandpa Ken on the walkie talkie, me, uncle William, Maw Maw and John Bailey. They gutted the deer and took it to Green's Sausage House for processing and of course had to tell everyone there that they knew. It will be another week or so before he gets the meat back and is looking forward to having his first chicken fried back- strap from his own deer.

We are very proud of our little hunter. Way to go Dustin!!!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Visit with Santa

Santa came to visit the kids at our religious education class last night. Kids from small to extra large got to sit on Santa's lap and tell him what they wanted for Christmas. Santa gave everyone a coloring book and chocolate candy and wished that everyone's wishes come true.

Rachel: I want bendaroos (retail $15)

Courtney: I want a Nintendo DSi (retail $150)

Monday, December 7, 2009

Homemade Noodles and Persimmon Bread

My conversion from Software Engineer to Domestic Engineer is coming along quite well. I am enjoying spending time in the kitchen with the kids making things from scratch. This month we made Chicken Noodle Soup with homemade egg noodles like Grandma used to make and Persimmon Bread.

Ok, so I'm stretching the truth a bit... I just wanted to play with my new rolling pin my brother made me out of mesquite wood. And, boy did I like it! Thank you William!!!

The persimmon bread was fun to make too. Sandra and Melvin Haisler gave me some persimmons and they looked really pretty sitting in the bowl on the bar. Finally, they started getting ripe so I figured I should do something with them besides throw them out. I found a recipe on the internet and it turned out to be a good one. I saved the seeds from the persimmons so maybe we will plant them and have our own tree some day. Thanks for the persimmons, Melvin!!!