And forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair. ~ Kahlil Gibran

Friday, October 16, 2009


It's that time of year again. Hunting season is coming up, and everyone who hunts is busy eating up as much of last year's deer as they can to make room for the NEW deer they plan to kill this year.

I love it.

Not too long ago, Wolfie brought over two 10lb chubs of venison burger. Ooooh, yummy! It was a lot of meat, and one chub has already been used in several recipes. The best was last night, when I made meatballs and a stroganoff-like sauce and we snarfed that over mashed potatoes (I went with the egg noodles, cuz that's how I roll). Today, for the Traditional Friday Lunch, Mom cooked up all the venison steaks she had in the freezer with a ton of onions and green peppers, and we all gorged ourselves on that. She even gave me the leftovers. My Mom is so awesome.

So here I am, feeling so stuffed full of venison that I could very possibly wake up tomorrow with a flashing white tail and some antler buds. Seriously, it is a good thing.

Big Sprout is all excited because Wolfie is planning on getting some piglets this coming spring to raise for meat. Big Sprout is to help with the care and butchering of said animals. I am so proud, it brings a little tear to my eye to think of my baby girl being able to provide for her Barefoot Mommy like that. She is going to grow up to be a hunting, butchering, foraging, gardening fool. Isn't that just a beautiful thought? *sniff* Today at the Traditional Friday Lunch, I charged her Barefoot Grandpa and Uncle with the task of taking her out and teaching her the joys of pheasant, duck, rabbit, and squirrel hunting.

I'm not greedy, or anything.

Bro laughed a little and said he could feel his wallet getting lighter the more I talked. hmpf. You would think that he would be excited that his wonderful niece is all pumped to learn about hunting and butchering. I mean, this is the next generation! We are going to count on her to provide for us in our old age, and I really like the idea of not having to give up game when I am old.

*sigh* Life is good when your kids wanna kill things....


Lisa said...

You crack me up, girl! Ask Sprout is she could keep an eye open for some lobster while she's out hunting Or maybe a wild cheesecake!!!

barefoot gardener said...

If Big Sprout finds wild cheesecake, that will be a family secret that we will take to the grave....I don't think I would want to share that discovery.

As for the lobster, the only "lobster" she would find around here would be crayfish. While I hear they can be tasty, I just don't think I am ready for that....

Lisa said...

Nah... you can keep the crayfish, but should she find a wild hot fudge sundae, would you share that find with me?!?!? Please!!

Wendy said...

Too funny! I was reading some of your post to my husband, who is a bow hunter, and would love nothing more if his daughters were interested in joining him.

My daughter's father-in-law won the moose lottery this year, and he and my son-in-law just came back from their successful moose-hunting foray. They gave us the hide, and now my husband is scrambling trying to find a decent fleshing tool so that he can tan the hide. They're going to share some of the bounty with us. I guess we'll be having moose meat in a day or two ;).

RuthieJ said...

I had a big doe hang up just out of range of my bow the other night. I was disappointed because she had a big body (similar to your pic in this post) and I was thinking how much better she'd look in my freezer!
You're raising that Big Sprout right--we need more women hunters out there!

barefoot gardener said...

Wild hot fudge it. I will send it special so that it doesn't melt before it gets to you!

Mmmmm, I haven't had moose yet, but I bet it would be tasty! Enjoy the bounty...

Durn right I am raising her well! I don't hunt, but I wish I did. I just could never get over the whole killing part of it. Once they are dead I have no prob cutting them up and eating them....personal issue, I guess.

Good luck hunting!