Monday, January 12, 2009

Pooh Bear

This past weekend our Daughter, Sheri, and her youngest son, Patrick Sean, came from Virginia to visit.  One of the things they brought with them was a belated Christmas present.


Sheri had put together a Pooh puzzle and then framed it for me.


I can't imagine how she was able to do this. There are so many pieces that look so much alike!  Thank you Sheri for a special gift.

In His name,
Chaplain Sam Houchins

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Margaret's Goose, Part 2

Margaret fixed the goose today.


Here Margaret is removing the apple stuffing from the goose


The carved goose, ready for serving.  It tasted delicious.  We had been told that it would be greasy but that was not the case.  The flavor was quite mild.


The table is set and we're ready for dinner


Margaret invited Jim Tracy (center) to sample the bird he had helped to prepare. On the left is Jim's friend, Teresa. On the right is our daughter Sheri, and her son Patrick Sean


Margaret in the center

(Jim got the goose feathers. He want's to make something with them.)

In His name,
Chaplain Sam Houchins

Friday, January 09, 2009

Margaret's Goose

Canada Geese are a very common sight where we live.  Margaret has never eaten one and asked a friend if he knew a hunter who would be willing to give her one to cook.  It wasn't many days before she got a phone call that there was a goose waiting for us in a cooler on our front porch.



The bird was almost as long as Margaret is tall!  It weighed 11 lbs 8 oz at this point.

I'm a city boy. My meat comes wrapped on styrofoam trays from the grocery store. When Margaret said she had to dress the goose, I expected her to get her sewing machine out.  Instead, our friend Jim Tracy volunteered to help her get the bird ready.





This is what we ended up with. It should be good eatin' this weekend!

In His name,
Chaplain Sam Houchins