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Jon Got a New Toy! 
Oct. 27, 2013 5:04 am 
Updated: Oct. 30, 2013 3:14 am
I've blogged a few times about my new toys recently - I got a Panini press, pizzelle maker, and a brand new stove. I even got a brand new car but didn't blog about that - I don't really consider that a toy.  Some might read my blogs and wonder - Does that woman's poor husband ever get anything new??  Well, the answer is YES.  He finally got a new toy of his own.  Though, I'm going to argue here that my new toys benefit him as well - he eats what I make with them.

So... what is his new toy?  It's something I can enjoy, too.  And I'll make something to eat out of what he gets while using his new toy.  It is very versatile - useful in both warm weather and cold weather.  Give up??

I'm a duckhunter's widow and the season has just recently opened.  Suzy is a duckhunter's partner, so she's in her glory right now.  She knows when that alarm goes off and Daddy gets up instead of Mommy it is not a work day, but a hunting day.  She gets so excited she can barely eat her breakfast and she starts whining at the door.  She's a very impatient hunting partner. The cats and I get up and enjoy my coffee in peace and quiet once they've gone.  

Duck hunting is done mostly on the water; that's where the ducks are.  Jon has a marshy area he hunts at in the early season, but then when we travel to the Eastern shore after Christmas he needs a boat to get to where the hunting is good.  We have a large lake nearby home that he uses a boat to hunt as well.  His boat was beginning to see better days.  It was bordering on not safe.  Plus, he was constantly saying it wasn't big enough when making points why he needed a new one.  Hmmm.... not sure about that point.  His human partner, aka Steve, moved to South Dakota. He wasn't here to hunt any longer.  Had Jon grown??  No, he didn't grow. His decoy collection grew.  And, he started hauling a backpacker's compact stove and a small cooler with food "fixin's".   He may go out to hunt, but he also makes some awesome food while waiting for the ducks to fly by.

Anyways - he finally worked enough side jobs to buy a new boat!  Two weeks ago we headed to Bass Pro Shop and he picked out a 17-1/2 foot Jon Boat.  A boat used for hunting starts out pretty basic - it's a hull with a bench seat.  The front "V" also has a bench for another person.  That's all there is to it.  This one included the trailer for hauling.  He picked that boat up on Friday.  Now he has to put a lot of time into it to get the "blind" installed on this thing and add all his little touches to it so it will be just perfect for him.  He wants to make the blind easily removeable so he can also use this boat for fishing in the Spring and Summer.  Sounds good to me. I like fish.

He pulled into the yard with his new toy Friday evening and there it sat.  Yesterday morning he got up and attached his motor to it.  I went out to take a look and he was just standing there admiring his new toy, Suzy by his side.  She knows what a boat is for.  He said he had to take it for a spin so he was going to go launch the boat and just go up and down the lake a time or two.  Well, I was not about to let him go on the maiden voyage without me!  Keep in mind it was 40 degrees - in our yard.  We arrived at the boat launch and there was only one vehicle parked there, I'm pretty sure it was a fellow duck hunter.  The wind was whipping around pretty good and I pulled my camouflage coat a little tighter.  Suzy was whining and shaking - not from cold but excitement.  She loves this stuff!    The motor turned over and started after just two tries and away we went!  Putting along in the no-wake zone was nice. The shoreline was beautiful dressed in it's oranges, reds, golds and even a few green trees still.   Then we passed that last buoy and Jon opened up full-throttle.  BRRRRRRRRRR!!!!!!!!!  the water's spray was hitting me in the back (glad I had a water-proof camo duck hunter's coat on).  Suzy stood, looking right into that spray, tail a-wagging.  This is what she was made for!  The boat works great and it was a lot of fun - but I'm going to let Jon savor those trips all by himself until it's much warmer.

Later last evening my parents came over and we headed to a local winery.  I had packed a picnic dinner for us - Bavarian ham, Swiss cheese, tomato, lettuce, nice buns for sandwiches.  I made an oriental salad and cut up cheese, grapes, crackers, and I tried my hand at filled cupcakes.  One of Jon's childhood friends was playing guitar and singing that evening.  We've seen him perform before and he's very enjoyable.  He plays a lot of John Denver, some Jimmy Buffett, lots of good, fun music.  Kristal and Jake and their friends Stephanie and Andrew joined us as well.  They were going to downtown Kent to watch the Halloween festivities later but wanted to enjoy some wine and cupcakes with the old folks first.  That is a show everyone should see once at least.  Those college kids can get very creative with their costumes - the town is full of parading characters all night long.   Our evening was a lot of fun - how could it be anything but fun when there was good food, good music, and even better people to enjoy it all with?!

I baked chocolate cupcakes and they came out looking nice. I used "festive" wrappers with pumpkins and leaves on them.  Then I mixed up my icing, dyeing it orange for Halloween and "shot" it into the cupcakes.  I had no idea how much to use and it took a few before I got the hang of it.  After we ate them, I also think I needed to turn my tip around inside each cupcake to shoot a little more filling into them.  Then I iced them.  I realized my icing was a little thin - we had to eat our cupcakes with a fork to keep from having icing all over the place, but they still tasted good. 

This morning I sit here with my coffee in a very quiet house. Jon took Suzy out to the marsh to play. I hope she gets to retrieve a duck or two; maybe a goose even.

Oct. 27, 2013 7:24 am
A boy and his toys! Love the blog. Having two non-hunting labs (other than yard critters) I know exactly what you mean about how excited they get. Roast goose for Thanksgiving?
Oct. 27, 2013 7:30 am
MotherAnn, your Jon and my brother would get along just great. I can just see Suzy at the front of that boat...hope she gets her goose. Oh and I don't blame you for staying home and sipping that warm cup of coffee.
Oct. 27, 2013 7:33 am
What a fun weekend! And that new "toy" will bring a lot of people joy, I'm sure (thanks to your cooking) Love to hear of people that actually use their dog for what it is bred to do - makes their lives so much happier. And like you, I much prefer warm-weather boating!
Oct. 27, 2013 7:36 am
Sassy - I've only ever roasted one goose whole - didn't really care for it as on a wild goose the only part truly edible is the breast meat. We use that in a variety of ways - our favorites are cut in chunks and dredged in Cajun seasoning, wrapped in bacon then grilled; or Steve & I like it cooked low and slow and pulled then put on a sandwich with a raspberry chipotle bbq sauce. I think Suzy wears herself out from the excitement of going long before they get to the marsh!
Oct. 27, 2013 7:36 am
Sherri - way back in the day - before children I would go duck hunting with him. What was I thinking??!! It's cold out there!
Oct. 27, 2013 7:39 am
scootersandi - Suzy is our 4th hunting dog and 2nd lab. We had 2 golden retrievers as well. After the second golden was retired we went with a lab (chocolate; our Missy who just died a year ago in March. Labs are much more suited for hunting - the goldens' coats are too long and collect every stick and burr out there. Plus after swimming they dry quicker.
Oct. 27, 2013 9:32 am
Hello, Mother Ann! I know that Steve wished he was there to see his Dad's new boat and also duck hunting. My hubby would go duck hunting with our next door neighbor with a remarkable golden lab named Storm. That dog was at home in the water. He would retrieve ducks all day even in the coldest weather. Our family favorite pizzelle is an orange pizzelle. Nice Blog!
Oct. 27, 2013 10:09 am
It seems these dogs like going out the colder it gets! I think they like to go so much because when they get home they snuggle by the fire and snooze the rest of the day away! ;) Orange pizzelles sound good - I don't care much for anise-flavored which is traditional flavor, but instead use almond or just vanilla flavor. Do you use orange extract for orange ones?
Oct. 27, 2013 10:48 am
Mother Ann - Great blog! Thanks for sharing! =)
Oct. 27, 2013 2:07 pm
Hello Mother Ann, my lab won't near the water, so she would not be a good at hunting anything except her tennis ball. When my husband or myself pick up the Chuck It she just starts to vibrate she gets so excited. Wonderful blog.
Oct. 27, 2013 2:17 pm
Thanks for stopping in Mrs. J.
Oct. 27, 2013 2:18 pm
manella - Suzy is also great at hunting her tennis ball and then tearing it to shreds. I don't know what she has against tennis balls. LOL
Oct. 27, 2013 3:26 pm
We have to induldge the boys sometimes! I sometime wish Jim was a hunter! I love wild game but rarely get it! Great blog and I happy for Susie too!
Oct. 27, 2013 3:53 pm
Hi Mother Ann, you have way too much fun! I love little wineries like that. They're starting to sprout up north of us in Montana. Sounds like a great evening. As for the boat ride...we have a Jon boat that's not seen water for several years now. I'm thinking of turning it into a planter. Don't tell your husband. LOL!
Oct. 27, 2013 4:48 pm
Terry-Jon doesn't hunt much of anything besides waterfowl. He does go turkey hunting and deer hunting sometimes, he hasn't shot either one for a few years now. He just said today maybe he'd go deer hunting this year.
Oct. 27, 2013 4:48 pm
Cookin'Cyn - I try to have fun. It is amazing how many wineries are within an hour of my house. Hmmm... a boat planter - neat idea. LOL
Oct. 27, 2013 5:25 pm
Here is my orange pizzelle recipe. The pizzelles have a mild orange flavor. You can up the orange extract if you like a more orange flavor.---
Oct. 27, 2013 6:45 pm
Thank you, Lela! I just may give these a try!
Oct. 27, 2013 8:51 pm
My dad and brothers used to go duck hunting. And dove, pheasant, deer, elk, and antelope hunting, too. I'm sure my mom was happy to have them gone. Truth be known, she'd probably have liked for me and my sister to have been gone, too! I know how nice it is to have the house quiet because it doesn't happen very often when families are intact. I'll look forward sometime to coming to your restaurant and supping with you!
Oct. 28, 2013 3:03 am
Marianne, when the kids were young and still home it was even sweeter when they'd go along with dad. It's funny, but now that the kids are grown and gone, I want to spend every second with them when they're here! I've never tried antelope but I've had all the others you mentioned, plus bison, rabbit and caribou. My guys did not shoot the bison, caribou, or elk I tried. If ever you're in my neck of the woods stop by and have some great Mexican food! I'd love to see ya!
Oct. 28, 2013 10:03 am
LOLOL! Men and their toys. Mine got a new hunting bow. I so wish you lived closer so I could learn about duck and goose cooking from you!
Oct. 29, 2013 3:24 am
Cat - the most important thing with cooking your goose (LOL) is do not over-cook it! We treat it like lean beef as it is a dark meat. Duck tends to be the same way. I've heard tame duck/goose is different - but I wouldn't know, I've only ever had wild. Also - I've heard people say goose is so greasy - again that must be a "tame" trait as I've always had to add oil, or better yet bacon, to mine to give it some grease. Could you imagine how much fun we could have together, not just cooking, but going to wineries??
Oct. 29, 2013 11:27 pm
A few years ago, I tried duck hunting. I lasted twenty minutes and decided to go back home and enjoy my outlandish heating bill. As for that 17 ft john boat? It's mine if I ever get near it!
Oct. 30, 2013 3:14 am
Mike - I agree with you! Who in their right mind would get up way before daybreak and then sit out in the freezing cold, making duck sounds??! I'll warn Jon to keep an eye on his boat... (Though when he gets done getting it ready for duck hunting you won't be able to find it, it'll be so camouflaged up.) ;)
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I've been married for 32 years, and live in Ohio. We have a daughter who is married and lives nearby. Our son graduated from college and moved to South Dakota. He has his own place but still goes to visit my sister and brother-in-law and have dinner with them occasionally. We have a black lab that gets to go duck hunting with dad, 2 cats, 2 cockatiels. We own a Mexican restaurant and are learning alot about the food industry. I love to eat, go camping, read, spend time with family and friends, watch movies, and drink wine; not necessarily in that order.
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I love to bake - anything chocolate is fine with me. Seafood, chicken dishes and slow-cooker fare.
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My husband and I enjoy cooking together with wine. We pop open a bottle of wine and get cooking. :-)
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Whenever I can put together a meal that gets many compliments and leaves the diners satisfied is a triumph in my book! I love to cook meals for family and friends.
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When I was first married we had my grandparent's-in-law over for a pot roast dinner. The meat came out great, but the potatoes and carrots were still half raw. My husband's grandfather went to cut his fork into a carrot and it flew off his plate. He looked at me, winked, and said he loved his carrots that way!
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