Rescue Duck update

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A few weeks ago we took in a duck that had somehow lost it’s way from it’s mother and was being raised by a family during summer vacation from school.  When school was starting and the duck was quite a bit bigger they realized they could no longer care for it and asked if we would take it.

Mrs. Waddles is a mallard duck.  She did not have the skills to survive on her own as the little girl who was “mothering” her treated her as you would a puppy.  It would not have been fair to try and let her go in the wild without the natural instincts she should have.  So we took her in as we have raised mallards on our ranch before.

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Over the past 2 weeks we have been teaching her how to be a duck.  She has her own little pen which is attached to the chicken and goat pasture.  Every day we use the hose and make a little make shift “marsh” so she will learn how to forage for food, bugs and worms as she would in the wild.  She loves being squirted with the hose and she is flapping her wings which is what she should be doing to build strength to eventually fly.  See video on my Facebook page here

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Next week we will take her back to our pond and let her swim and work further on her skills in a larger setting.  Hopefully before the middle of October she will be teaching herself how to fly and eventually will leave our home in search of her own kind.

You can see my original post and how much she’s grown here…A duck is a duck

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Meatballs and Pasta

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Remember my post wayyyy back on August 10 (Sunday Food and Fun) where I made meatballs and froze them??  Well yesterday was a busy day and the perfect time to pull them out of the freezer, throw them in the crockpot and heat them with sauce for dinner.

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I freeze meatballs in batches of 15 so I always have a couple bags going in the freezer for busy nights and sometimes even for a quick meatball hoagie for lunch.

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I think of this dish as the ultimate comfort food and luckily there was enough left over for tonight’s dinner :-)

My Meatball recipe: (there are pictures in the link above to the Sunday post)

1 lb ground beef, 1/4 cup Italian bread crumbs, 1 Tablespoon minced garlic, 1 egg, 1/4 cup milk.  Combine all and roll into balls.  Brown in a frying pan and bake for about 25 minutes in the oven until cooked through.  Let cool and freeze until ready to use.

 

Birthday Dinner (cooking strip steaks)

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This past Tuesday was the man of the house’s birthday.  It was a big one (50!!) and the kids were very excited to have a wonderful grilled strip steak dinner along with the potatoes they harvested and a chocolate chip cookie cake for dessert.

He works in the medical field and had a first case at 6:30 a.m. and a late case that started at 6:30 p.m. so the kids had to contain themselves until he was finally home.

I am not a master on the grill.  As a matter of fact, I probably shouldn’t be allowed to use that thing!!  But use it I did and I think I did a great job on our steaks.

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When cooking any type of steak I always rinse it first.  I season it with Montreal Steak seasoning which has all the wonderful spices you need such as garlic, black pepper, salt, onion powder etc.  I let that sit for 1/2 hour and then before grilling I put a few pats of butter on the side that will be face up on the grill letting it melt and season the meat as it cooks.

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For perfect steaks you should always cook them on high heat quick.  We like ours medium rare so it does not take long for the outside to get browned while the inside stays light pink and juicy.

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The potatoes were grown in containers this year (see post here on how we grew potatoes).  I steamed them in a little garlic oil and water and seasoned them with freshly ground sea salt.

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A side of corn and a tad of sour cream with chopped chives finished our plates.  It was delicious.

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The kids were finally happy to sing to their dad!!

 

 

Duh!!!!!

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Today is a fun filled day with the boys hockey game and the tween has a football game to cheer at.  But after barn chores  I am off for a walk to try and make something I wear feel loose!!  Happy Sunday :-)