Tom and I are so excited to announce we are expecting our first child this October. We are both ready for the next chapter in our lives and thrilled to be starting our family. I am currently 14 weeks into my pregnancy and so far I’ve felt pretty normal. Other than being tired more than normal pregnancy has been easy for me. No bump just yet but I have a feeling it is coming soon, no need to rush it! I plan to blog throughout my pregnancy and post pictures along the way!
Photography by: Christy Clementi
Tom’s Shirt: Express
Jean Jacket: American Eagle (old circa 2007)
Camo baby Socks: Mudpie
Baby Bear Sign: Hobby Lobby
I couldn’t have been more excited when I got a phone call from Jessica of Follow Her Arrow asking me to join her and a group of ladies on a Texas whitetail adventure. Her step-dad, Todd, was nice enough to invite her and a few friends to come hunt cull-buck at RBR Ranch in south Texas. This was my first time hunting in Texas so I had no idea what to expect.
I flew into Austin, TX where I was greeted by Jessica, her husband Braxton, Nicole Oliver and Jennifer Ferries. We all spent the night at Jessica and Braxton’s house which was basically an awesome slumber party where we shared hunting stories and talked about the upcoming hunt. The next morning we loaded up the truck and headed for Beeville, Tx.
The ranch was even more beautiful than I had imagined it. There’s the main house where the boys were staying, equipped with a beautiful large kitchen where Jeremiah, From Field to Plate, could work his culinary magic.
Behind the house was another cabin that us girls had all to ourselves. It reminded me of my days at girl scout camp with a big room full of bunk beds. It was decorated with true Texas flare and on the walls hung trophy bucks with some of the largest racks i’ve ever seen. We quickly unpacked our things and prepared for our first evening hunt.
We drew names to decided which guide we were going to be hunting with. I drew Todd, Jessica’s step-dad, which made me extremely nervous at first but that didn’t last long. Todd is a very nice guy who in a way reminded me of my own dad which made hunting with him a lot of fun.
On the first night of the hunt I took a shot at a beautiful 9 PT cull buck at 17 yards. Todd and I both watched at my arrow stuck into the bucks side and take off. The shot was slightly back from the ideal placement but Todd and I both thought it was a kill shot nonetheless. We waited until the sun went down and for the others to meet up with us before we started to track.
We had a good blood trail that lead us to my arrow and a pool of foamy looking deep red blood, but no dead deer. My excitement quickly turned to worry and I started to replay the whole thing in my mind over and over. We took a break for to eat and to meet up with Jeremiah Dougthery and Jeff Quigley who just arrived. After a quick bite we continued on the search for the deer I shot. Everyone gave 150% effort into finding this buck, we crawled through the thick south Texas bushes and muddy swamps with infested with rattlesnakes and wild hogs. Todd even called in dogs to track the wounded buck but still no luck. After hours of searching we were exhausted and decided to call it a night. We never ended up finding the buck although we looked again the next few days. It was a heartbreaking blow for me but also a learning experience. Jessica said it best while trying to stop the tears from rolling down my face, ” this is a part of hunting, as hunters we never want to see an animal wounded. It happens to the best of the best but keep your head up and your arrow flying straight.”
Jessica ended up harvesting a BEAUTIFUL buck and the next day she shot a doe, which Jeremiah used to made the farewell dinner. Venison lollipops that were to die for! I ended up harvesting a beautiful mature doe on the last morning of the hunt and Nicole also shot a buck the last day.
At the end of the trip I ended up taking home more just a cooler full of meat. I took with me friendships and memories that will last a lifetime.
Thank you so much to RBR ranch for letting us come hunt. Also to Jessica and Braxton Byers for everything they did to make this trip so amazing!
Check out Follow her Arrow’s video of the weekend below!
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.
Simple, easy and delicious. Cooking trout doesn’t need to be complex, less is sometimes more and I believe this is the perfect example.
- 4-6 depending on the size Trout (cleaned and gutted)
- 1 medium Lemon
- 1 tablespoon Olive Oil
- 1 tablespoon Black Magic Seafood Seasoning
- 1 tablespoon Dill Seafood Seasoning
- 1/4 cup White Wine
- to taste Salt and Pepper
- Rinse fish well inside and out, pat dry with paper towels.
- Place each fish in the center of a piece of aluminum foil. Rub each fish liberally with the seasonings inside and out. Rub a lemon wedge inside the cavity of the fish. Drizzle each fish with olive oil and 1 tablespoon of white wine.
- Fold the top and sides of the aluminum together tightly so that the fish is completely enclosed. Tuck, tuck, fold.*
- Place the pouches on a medium-high grill for 7-8 minutes each side, or until the fish is just cooked through and flakes easily when pierced with a fork.
- Enjoy, but please be cautious of bones!
*PS. If you didn’t know about T.F.F. now you know. You’re welcome.
If you are following me on social media then you know I recently went on a snow goose hunt in Nebraska. It was an all girls trip that we planned through social media. I feel so grateful to have had the opportunity to hunt with such amazing women. It was a one of a kind experience I will certainly remember for the rest of my life. In the video I did my best to transfer the feeling of being there. I think I came quite close, although it was difficult to capture how much fun we really had into a 4 minute clip.
The geese were being stubborn, none of them wanted to decoy for us.
The sunrises and sunsets were stunning. It was one of the most beautiful sights to witness and a very humbling experience.
Sunset on the last evening.
Special thanks to Dirty Bird Outfitters for guiding us on our hunt. Especially our guide Dewey, who worked so hard for us. You are the best Dewey!