Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Livin' Off the Land

The little basil plant that I bought a few weeks ago at a local's farmer's market is thriving in our house. I decided to take advantage of it while I could and made some pesto sauce, following a recipe that Jess gave me. I always get a little nervous cooking a new recipe, never quite sure if I'll be able to make it turn out. I think this one was fail-proof! It was delicious, thanks Jess!

Bryan has been contributing in the kitchen as well with ingredients that are about as "organic" as they can come. Bryan went hunting with a few guys last weekend. They had some success, so Bryan was the lucky one to bring the pheasants home! Bryan cleaned and prepared the pheasants, I was relieved.

This was my first dinner of pheasant jubilee that Bryan made for me...the pheasant actually tasted just fine. I think I simply have a mental block that I need to get over, it's just a bird, right? Maybe a recipe with fresh basil and pheasant...Jess, what do you have? :)

Fall Festivities

Brandon, Lindsay and Stan came over last week to carve pumpkins and make caramel apples with us. Bryan and I had a hard time handing over the carving knife...maybe we'll need to set a time limit for each other next year. :) As you might be able to tell from the pictures below, there were some serious, and not so serious pumpkin-carvers. This is a fall festivity that Bryan and I enjoy doing each year, along with the "homemade" caramel apples. The caramel sauce is going to see some serious improvements now that I have a thermometer, here's hoping! I'm also hoping that some of Grandma Munns' caramel making skills are passed on to me. We will definitely miss her caramels in Colorado this coming holiday season!

The happy, engaged couple practicing their wedding cake carving pose on the pumpkin. Lookin' good..

Brandon helping out by adding the necessary touches...

Stan looking thrilled to be part of the festivities

Our final products!