Making Memories

As early as I can remember, I have been in love with fishing. Now that my son is old enough, we go fishing all the time! Last night we got into a nest of bluegill and had fishing action all evening until dark. One of the keys to success on catching smaller fish with smaller mouths, such as the bluegill or sunfish, is to use smaller hooks. As I showcase in the picture below, I use a number 10 Aberdeen hook from Tru-Turn or Eagle Claw. These are also knows as “Cricket Hooks”. They have a long shaft and a small circumference to the hook making them good for fishing for bluegill or sunfish, or any species for that matter, of any size. We typically use Dillies, or small Canadian Night-crawlers, and have some inexpensive fun in the outdoors! I have to say it is a challenge fishing with that little Transformers rod and reel package he has but that makes it all the more fun!

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As you can see from the pictures below, my son and I have had fun the past two weekends now that I am back in town. There is something magical, even mystical, about fishing on a lake as the sun sets on the day. What a fun time it is to love nature and spend time with the ones we love.

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Summer Camp

I just finished my days with Camp Agape, an annual summer bereavement camp for kids. I have volunteered at for the past three years. We had a lot of fun this year and helped 27 kids from ages 7-12 process through the grief of loosing a loved one in the recent past. We had archery, fishing, swimming, and low ropes courses and more. I had a blast. Here is a picture of me carrying my guitar and walking to breakfast one morning. This camp was a good reminder that kids are our future. We have to include them in outdoor activites if we ever expect them to turn off the TV or put down the video game controller. Although parts of this camp were emotionally challenging for everyone, as we have all experienced the loss of a loved one, I wouldn’t trade the opportunity to positively impact the lives of our young people today. I remembered the seeds both of my grandfathers instilled in me. They encouraged me to live my life to the fullest and follow my passion. I am thankful and grateful for what they taught me every day.

photoLearn more about Camp Agape at http://www.campagapetexas.org/

 

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New FREE eBook Launch

Last week I launched a new e-book, The Best of the Outdoors.Just sign up to my e-mail list on the upper right corner of this page and get a FREE copy! This is a great compilation of some of my best writing articles on subjucts such as positive thinking in the outdoors, hunting, archery, bowfishing, and more. Download your copy now! ——>>>>>>

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Gun Rights vs. Mental Health Issues

I get fired up about Second Amendment rights as most of use due in the wake of school shootings and other public tragedies like the one yesterday in the Northwest. To sum up my feelings and position, its fairly simple. Mental health and wellness needs to be at the top of the debate, not gun control. You can’t prevent people who are hellbent on doing massive destruction to their surroundings from doing so in most cases. As someone who has suffered from major depression and OCD issues in the past, I have personally seen the way mental health conditions have been treated since I was a patient in the system and went through many different medications before finding the right ones for me. I think more can be done to help those who are in need of mental health care. It is not a gun issue, its a people issue. Having more guns there to stop a threat from escalating and law abiding citizens possessing those guns are the way to approach this situation in my opinion. If you are concerned about our Second Amendment rights, check out link below by clicking on the image.

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Jerking Perch!

One of the best parts of being an outdoorsman with a family is the opportunty to teach the next generation how to hunt, fish, and do other awesome outdoor activities. My son is 4 1/2 years old and our only child. He is an awesome trooper and always up for an adventure. One of the things we have started to do more together is go fishing at a local community lake park named Brushy Creek Lake Park. If you remember, I hunt on land that backs up to Brushy Creek and have been going to this lake to fish for carp for many years starting back when I moved to the northwest Austin suburb of Leander. Watching my son get excited about fishing reminds me of the time my Dad and I would go fishing for bluegills on Lake Dunlap and Lake McQueeny when I first started my outdoor adventure. We used to call it “Jerking Perch” as we refer to bluegills as perch in Texas. This also reminds me that the summer months are here. If you have kids of your own or in your family, this is the time of year to take them fishing!

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Vension Enchiladas

One of the best things about being a big game hunter is the meat you get to bring home. Each season, I am blessed with the opportunity to harvest at least 5 deer. One of my favorite deer processors, Brizendine’s Deer Processing, is well known for making Bacon Burger. We use Bacon Burger in just about every recipe that calls for ground meat. Its recipe time!

This recipe is from my  Aunt April (whom we fondly call Aunt Pokie).  She’s famous for these bad boys, and I started making them a few years ago  for us.  They’ve quickly become a favorite in our house, and we think of Pokie every time we make them.

Venison Cheese Enchiladas | Sarafina's Kitchen

  • 1 lb ground venison
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1 package Lawry’s Enchilada Sauce Mix  (3 cups water, 6 oz. tomato paste)
  • 8 flour-corn tortillas
  • 1 cup Velveeta, shredded
  • 1 cup Mexican blend cheese, shredded
  • Handful fresh parsley, chopped

 

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Brown the ground venison with half of the onion.
  3. While the venison cooks, prepare the enchilada sauce according to package directions.
  4. Lightly coat a 9×13 baking dish with nonstick spray.
  5. Take the first tortilla, dip it in the enchilada sauce, lay it in the pan.
  6. Fill it with the meat mixture and a handful of the Velveeta.
  7. Roll it up, with the seam side down.
  8. Repeat with the remaining tortillas, lining them up in the pan.
  9. Pour any remaining sauce over the enchiladas.
  10. Cover with the cheddar cheese and remaining chopped onions.
  11. Bake for 15-20 minutes until the cheese is melted and the enchiladas are heated through.
  12. Top with fresh parsley and serve.
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Food that Rocks

Being married to a food blogger has its perks. There is always new food ideas going through our kitchen and I have been blessed to be well connected to some awesome people. One of the products I have recently tried is Howie’s Cajun Dust  Seasoning which you can find at www.howiesdust.com. You can sprinkle seasoning on just about anything you cook for a Cajun kick. This past weekend, I paired Howie’s Cajun Dust with a stuffed chicken from The Rust Game Place and Meat Market (www.therustgameplace.com) located in my hometown of New Braunfels, Texas. This chicken was stuffed with crawfish and wild rice and the combination was  dynamite! Check out the finished product below. I highly recommend both of these businesses since both products can be ordered online and delivered to your home!Photo Apr 13, 7 18 46 PMMmmm…Chicken stuffed with crawfish and rice and sprinkled with Howie’s Cajun Dust! Life doesn’t get much better than that!

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At the Gun Range

Last weekend I visited the gun range (www.stansrange.com) here in central Texas and was reminded a few things. I remembered why I love the Olympic Arms AR-15. I was hitting in the bullseye with every shot I made, switching between Federal Fusion 62 grain and Winchester Ballistic Silver Tip in 55 grain and even some Hornady Full Metal Jacket in 55 grain. This gun is versatile and accurate and I plan to take it on many more hunts in the future.

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Did I mention how much I missed the gun range? It had been too long. Sitting on the bench and squeezing off shot after shot made me remember how much I enjoy our 2nd Amendment rights as an American as well as how much fun it is to own more than a few firearms. I even broke out my custom Mosin Nagant with a bent sniper bolt, Jmeck Scope Mount, and Leupold Scope for a test drive. I can’t wait to go hunting again!

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VarmintLights.com is Rocking!

I just had lunch today with Brad Selph, the owner of VarmintLights.com. He showed me some of the new products they are getting ready to come out with and I am excited to say the least. A new 12 volt feeder light is on the way that will blow away everything on the market today and will be USA assembled. The VRL-1 just recently upgraded the LED modules, resulting in a brighter flashlight with a longer beam. I cannot say enough about this company. I reconnected with Brad when he started this idea from a cocktail napkin and have seen in grow into what it has become today and that is awesome. In fact they were working on a huge order going into Cabela’s this week! If you haven’t already done so, check these guys out at www.varmintlights.com

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Sarafina’s Kitchen

Its Sunday so here is a short Bible verse!

Proverbs 31:10–11 says, “Who can find a virtuous wife? For her worth is far above rubies. The heart of her husband safely trusts her; So he will have no lack of gain.

One my inspirations to become an outdoor writer is my wife Meagan. She is awesome and has believed in me and my dreams since we met over 16 years ago and married in 2003 after we both graduated from the college where we initially met. Meagan is an awesome writer, a food blogger. When we cook at home, I usually handle the meat portion of our dishes and she does all the rest. Many times she will “test out” meals on my son and I and I have yet to eat something she made that I didn’t like. I encourage her to keep blogging and cooking as I think we make a good team. Meagan, you are my sunshine! Check out her website at www.sarafinaskitchen.com for awesome recipes and food inspiration!

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