This year my dad shot a wild turkey for me to cook on Thanksgiving. This was an extra special turkey for me. Most of you know that I don’t eat any store bought or factory farmed meat,so it was the first time in almost 6 years that I’ve had turkey on turkey day.
I decided to try something a little different and went with a recipe that Steven Rinella from Meat Eater Tv made on his show. It’s called turkey galantine, which is turkey stuffed inside venison ground meat then is wrapped up in the turkey skin. Sounds weird but it was very yummy.
I should have read the instructions a little bit better before attempting this on the day of thanksgiving but it made for a fun time. Watch the video to see for yourself.
Original recipe can be found here.
Happy leap day everyone, it is already time to share my February Favorites with you. I cannot believe how fast this month went. I have been so busy planning our wedding and trying to purchase a house. I hardly had any time to blog the month. This is an exciting time for us but it seems like there is always something we need to do. Hopefully once we close on the house things will settle down a little bit. In the midst of all the craziness I still managed to find a few favorite things for the month.
1| Benelli SBEII- Cinderelli, Cinderelli my beautiful new Benelli. The Super Black Eagle II shotgun is my new semi-automatic shotgun with an Ultra-reliable Inertia Driven system and ComforTech recoil reduction system. I purchased this gun specifically for my upcoming Nebraska snow goose hunt. Everyone I talked to recommended the SBEII and after some research decided it would be the best gun for me. I’ve only had a chance to shoot it one time so far, but I am completely in love. I feel like Ralphie from the Christmas Story when I talk about it. The only thing that it is missing is the compass in the stock.
Thank you to High Grade for special ordering it for me. If you are from western PA I would highly recommend this shop. They people were very friendly and the price was unmatched
2|First Lite Uncompahgre Puffy Jacket- I have been wanting some First Lite fusion gear for a while, although I was hesitant to order it since they currently do not have women’s outerwear. But when it went on sale I decided it was worth a try. Since I was ordering all mens wear I contacted Outdoor Allie, who works for First Lite, for sizing tips. She was very helpful in helping me choose a style that would be best for a women’s frame.
It is a little bit baggy on me but I can easily layer up for a better fit. I am in love with the pattern too. The fusion is great for all seasons which is one of main reasons I bought it.
PS. Allie’s just posted a video on her YouTube channel which she talks about the new women’s line coming out this year! So if you are thinking about purchasing some First Lite gear you might want to wait for that to launch.
3|First Lite North Branch Soft Shell Pant- I also purchased the First Lite Fusion pants to go with the jacket. I am excited to really put them too the test out in Nebraska on the snow goose hunt. They are a highly water resistant, wind proof, durable pant made from patented 37.5 Active Particle technology. Here is some information on the technology taken from the website.
- Proprietary water-tight zipper system provides complete thermal regulation and instant “call of nature” response.
- Designed and engineered to work within the First Lite layering system
- Integrated gaiter system protects ankles when post-holing through snow drifts or during quick stream crossings.
- Exclusive 37.5 fabric uses Active Particle Technology moving perspiration (your human signature) to the outside of the fabric where it is functionally neutralized.
- Built-in stretch for complete range of motion.
- Tailored with biomechanically accurate shooter’s seat, knees and gaiters.
- All zippers, pockets, closures and adjustments quietly managed on-the-move and do not interfere with targeting.
4| Life and Little Things Antler Studs– I am a total sucker for hunting inspired jewelry, accessories and fashion. When I came across these little antler studs I couldn’t resist. They came from the etsy shop Life and Little Things run by two sisters, Amanda and Bonnie. The two of them share a passion for life’s little things. Their motto is that the little things that can make us happy. The little things that allow us to set ourselves apart, to be unique. They hope to bring that piece of unique happiness to you via their shop. Check out their shop and give them a follow on instagram for cute jewelry trends, daily inspiration and more.
5| GoPro Hero 4 Session- This little guy was purchased to replace the original GoPro I bought Tom a few years ago. I wanted something small for traveling but also high quality. After doing some research I ended up going with the new session and here is why.
- It is 50% smaller and 40% lighter than other HERO4 cameras
- HERO4 Session is a rugged and waterproof camera that you can take down to 33’ (10m) without a separate housing.
- When the camera is mounted upside down, Auto Image Rotation automatically adjusts the capture orientation to right-side up so there’s no need to flip your footage in post-production.
- HERO4 Session is compatible with all GoPro mounts.
- HERO4 Session maximizes battery life by only using power when the camera is recording. It automatically powers off when not recording. This means you can capture a full day of photos and video clips or record up to 2 hours continuously on a full charge.
- HERO4 Session features two microphones: one on the front of the camera and one on the back. When you’re filming in windy conditions or during high-speed activities like motorsports, the camera automatically switches to the mic that’s best-suited for capturing optimal audio. The result? Reduced wind noise and enhanced audio capture—no matter what the conditions or activity.
- Auto Low Light mode intelligently changes frame rates based on lighting conditions for optimal low-light performance, enabling you to move between bright and dark environments without having to adjust your camera settings.
So after reading all of that I determined that the session would be the best GoPro for hunting and fishing. I am just getting the hang of it so stay tuned for videos and footage from upcoming hunts.
Happy Friday everyone, I am excited to share my January Favorites with you. It seems to be a popular topic in the blogging community, so I thought i’d start my own monthly favorites collection. These can include food, fashion, hunting or whatever else I enjoyed over the month. The sky’s the limit. So without further ado, here are some things I have been loving this month.
1| Hide and Hunter Bag– These custom handmade purses have been on my radar for a while. I discovered the brand on instagram one day and i’ve been swooning over them ever since. I used my birthday as an excuse to email the designer to see what was available. Everything she had in stock was amazing. I choose to go with black (go figure) since it goes anything. I also ordered myself a Hide and Hunter camo hoodie. When the package arrived it was almost too pretty to unwrap. Fitting for this post since it was literally a brown paper package, tied up with string. Those are a few of my favorite things. Get it? I crack myself up. Anyways, the bag is stunning. More beautiful than I imagined it would be. I’ve received a ton of compliments each time I wear it out.
I asked the Hannah, owner/designer, of Hide and Hunter if she would give me some information on the Brand. Learning more about them made me like my bag even more. Here is what she had to say about her Company:
- Hide & Hunter was founded in 2014 by Hannah Christine after being inspired by her senior runway show at the University of Alabama
- The leather is sourced in person by Hannah to ensure not only a great quality product but an ethically sourced hide
- All bags are cut and assembled by hand
- Due to the handiwork involved in making the bags, every design varies, even just slightly, from the next. She believes her designs are a representation of her customers. Each is different and unique, no two are alike. That’s what makes the bags special.
- This last year they added clothing which has been very sucessful. Each tee, tank, and sweatshirt is examined closely to ensure a soft fabric that will maintain its shape and feel over time.
- What a lot of people don’t know that they donate a portion of their sales from certain products to a charity that rescues and houses women and children from the human trafficking industry. Which is totally amazing if you ask me.
2| Beauty Ignited Lipstick- I have posted several instagram photos of this lipstick brand. I’ll admit I’m a sucker for cute packaging. When I saw these lipsticks designed to resemble shotgun shells I had to order some. I wasn’t expecting to like them as much as I do. They are nice quality, the consistency is smooth and the colors are very pigmented. They remind me of Mac Cosmetic’s Matte lipsticks, but these are more affordable. They cost around $11 each, whereas Mac start around $20 each. My favorite shade is winey cowgirl followed by ruby revolver. If you are a fan of lipstick I would recommend giving them a try.
3| The Pizzeria Pronto – We were invited to a Party this month hosted by family friends. It was a build your own pizza night where this pizzeria was the star of the show. It changed the way I feel about homemade pizza forever! I do not actually own one yet, but I wanted to list it as a favorite because I am completely obsessed. We had a blast building the pizzas ourselves then watching them bake to perfection. I was told the key to great pizza is having an oven hotter than 500 degrees Fahrenheit. According to the website the Pizzeria Pronto can reach up to 700 degrees Fahrenheit! Be prepared for homemade pizza recipes when I get one of these bad boys.
4| The Little Red Book of Hunters Wisdom– This book given to me as a gift. I received this from my soon-to-be mother and father in law for Christmas. I cannot stress enough how much I enjoy this little book. It is full of quotes, insight and wisdom on hunting and sportsmen ship. It really comes in handy when I am struggling for a good caption. I just pull this little book out to find a good quote. I even purchased a copy for my friend Nicole, a fellow hunter, whom I thought would enjoy it.
5| Arrow Journal – This was gifted to me by my amazingly talented web designer, Sarah. I have been filling it up with ideas for the blog. Each time I use it I am reminded of her and all the work she did on making this blog so beautiful. I could not be happier with how it turned out. She purchased the journal here, but it is no longer available. I found a similar one on this website if anyone is interested.
Last year I decided to finally commit myself to becoming a blogger. My goal was to create a place where I could write about food, travel and adventure to share with friends and family. It was going to a marvelous blog with great pictures and a uniqueness all its own, but unfortunately I blew it. So this year will be the year I commit to making this thing happen.
Nilla and Bailey thrilled about their stylish NYE accessories.
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens is one of my favorite places to visit in Pittsburgh, so when my very best friend and college roommate landed her dream job as their internal events coordinator I was thrilled. That is the exact reaction I had when she called me to offer me the opportunity to do a food demonstration at the Phipps Tomato and Garlic Festival. The festival is a celebration for two of western Pennsylvania’s tastiest summer crops, tomatoes and garlic; (which just happen to be two of my favorite ingredients!) Of course I said yes!
After much consideration I decided to go with a simple tomato and bean salsa recipe that is always a big hit with my family. I was also thinking about making a delicious tomato pie recipe that I received (via) Tom’s mom, Diane, but the festival was outside and I was limited on key kitchen supplies (hello, no oven!) so I went with the salsa recipe instead.
The demonstration went great, I had a nice sized audience and everyone seemed to enjoy the tomato bean salsa I whipped up for them. It was a lovely Sunday afternoon filled with family, friends and tomatoes! I don’t think it gets much better than that. I enjoyed meeting fellow tomato and garlic lovers and I also picked up a few items from the farmers market while I was there.
Greetings and salutations! My name is Anna Lea DeLattre. I am a self-proclaimed jack-of-all-trades in the kitchen, never afraid to tackle a new recipe. Half of my recipes are made using wild game, fish, and veggies. Once a vegetarian, I’ve slowly worked my way back to the land of protein, thanks in large part to my boyfriend, Tom, who is the main inspiration of my cooking. He likes to eat and I like to cook—we are a perfect pair.
This is my first blog and formal documentation of my cooking. I invite you to come along on the journey. It’s sure to be interesting—classic but unconventional, and always well thought out. I find cooking to be relaxing, and rewarding. Not only can you create your own little masterpiece, you can take a temporary vacation to any destination or culture you fancy. May my recipes bring happiness and excitement to your kitchen (Via) Anna Lea. 🙂
That’s me, and my handsome man, Tom.