Tuesday, May 20, 2008

The Moon

This is an awesome photo that Joshua took with his camera, through his telescope. I think he did a terrific job!

The day is yours, and yours also the night;
you established the sun and moon.
Psalm 74:16

Monday, May 19, 2008

Escape!

"The quail are all whooshing out and they are in the yard!!" Joseph screamed...it didn't take us long to get out there (of course, I made a detour to grab the camera).

I laughed while everyone else started catching quail! They really were every where!

Joshua was pretty excited (can you tell) when he caught two.


We were extra proud of Honey (she's the little dark thing that Jonathan is holding) for helping sniff out some of the ones that flew out into the neighborhood.

We have a guest with us this week and she enjoyed catching the quail too - the proof is in the feather on her nose - way to go Chloe!

This is Cissy Anna - she is a terrific quail catcher!

Bud, was probably the best "quail finder" of the bunch. We were able to dress out several quail thanks to his expert catching abilities!



A casualty...


and a survivor!


What we learned: If quail can get out...they will (and it is quite the adventure to catch them).

Unless the cats and coons catch them, I think there are still enough escapees to form a neighborhood covey. The neat thing about quail is that they will usually return to their covey when they hear the Bobwhite call. We'll see how many are waiting under the pens in the morning!

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Our First Quail Meal

Yes, I did taste the breasts but just couldn't even think about biting into those tiny little legs and thighs.

Take a look:


The plate is one of those small salad plates - the leg/thigh combo was only about 4 inches long.

After deboning the breasts, I seasoned them with garlic salt and a bit of soy sauce and then wrapped them around a fresh slice of jalapeƱo (seeds removed). The bacon that was wrapped around each breast really added a great flavor and kept them moist - they were really good. This recipe was actually for an appetizer but we managed to make a meal of them!

I didn't want to waste the legs so I breaded and fried those - the boys loved them!

The following photo is of the breast slices...Joseph decided they looked like "quail sushi".

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Happy Mother's Day!


Welcome to Easter 1971! This is a photo that Stephen found. His mother is holding Rebecca (Aunt Becky), Matt is on the left with Stephen on the right. The photo really makes me laugh - it is one of those photos that is so sweet but also hilariously funny!