Monday, October 6, 2008

Deer meat and vegatable gardens

Last night Nephi's kindergarten teacher called me. She wanted to know if we wanted some meat that her husband had just brought home. It was the hindquarters with some backstrap. The deal was all or nothing. The catch - I had to butcher it myself. Okay already. Stop laughing. I am happy to say - I did do the job. I thought I might find myself squeemish as these pieces of meat were part of a living/breathing creature yesterday morning. I thought of other things instead. I thought there would be the unpleasant smell I remember from a long time ago when I lived at home. There was no smell.

The bag. I hadn't opened it yet. For all I knew the deer hide was still attached. I was actually kind of nervous. I mean - I can cut up roast, chicken whatever. I have never contimplated doing a deer. Ever.
Wow. There actually was quite a bit of meat.
One hindquarter out. The other one was lots bigger.
I felt like I got all the meat off that I could get to. I think I did the hindquarters justice. AND it filled my bowl (32 cup) over half full.
After butchering all that was in the bag - I have 6 pint freezer bags for the freezer. I need to ask the neighbor if he has a meat grinder. I think he might. If not - I will can the rest tomorrow.
There is lots in the fridge.
This afternoon Nephi and I had a veggie fest in the garden. Look at all the stuff we picked! Tons of zucchini and yellow summer squash. Under the yellow squash is a handful of green beans. Under the cukes in the blue bowl is lots of tomatoes!


sticky said...

Wow! What a job! I am so impressed, I don't know if I could have done it, but what a sense of accomplishment you must have felt. Love your blog, sweetie.

(me & alex from 'zaar)

Candace said...

Hi Sticky! I am in the process of reading your blog. Way cute! :)

Eileen said...

oh my. nothing else. just oh my. and here i was thinking i was really cool because i baked three pounds of tofu *and* got it to crisp up. nope. you win :-) hugs...ellie

I just love this picture! The's the place to be!

I just love this picture!  The's the place to be!
I think this was in 2004. It was Nephi's first trip to the beach. The boys were all so little! My have they grown.

Meet the Parents...Russell and Candace

Meet the Parents...Russell and Candace
It all started for us when Russell left for Cape Town South Africa on a mission. Candace felt inspired to write him - so she did! We wrote for 3 1/2 years. Candace came home from her mission to the Texas Houston East Mission and we dated for 5 months. We married in July 1994 and have been happy ever after!

Son 1...Donovan

Son 1...Donovan
Our 14 year old boy scouter, 50 miler bike rider, cartoon drawer, computer gamer, book reader, clarinet player, babysitter, 8th grader boy!

Son 2...Christopher

Son 2...Christopher
Our 13 year old, boy scouter, harry potter computer gamer, lego creator, imaginator, book reader, 6th grader boy!

Son 3...Michael

Son 3...Michael
Our 9 1/2 year old drama king, perfectionist (I wonder if he gets that from mom? lol), drawer of many things, 3rd grader boy!

Son 4...Nephi

Son 4...Nephi
Our8 year old keeper of surprises, leg breaker, book listener, lego creator, music enjoyer, 1st grader boy!