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Thanksgiving Quail Hunt

I took so many pictures that I couldn’t bear not share that I decided our quail hunt (let’s be real: mainly all our dogs) deserved its own post.  So Happy Friday!  I wish every weekend could be as full of friends, family, food, dogs, and fun (they couldn’t all start with “F”) as this Thanksgiving was!

Thomas Mill Branch | Oysters & Pearls Bubba the Lap French Brittany | Oysters & Pearls Old Jeep Wrangler | Oysters & Pearls Natalie's Browning Citori | Oysters & PearlsGoat Skulls | Oysters & PearlsBilly Goat Skull | Oysters & Pearls

Redneck Vase | Oysters & Pearls

We have a natural honey bee hive!  Anyone have any recommended reading for me?  I would love to move them (in the spring, I’m told) into a bee box and become a bee keeper, despite my dad’s and husband’s extended eye rolling at my bee keeping aspirations.Natural Bee Hive | Oysters & PearlsHoney Bees | Oysters & PearlsHoney Bee at Thomas Mill Branch | Oysters & Pearls

My dad prepping the beer-butt chicken, or “drunk chicken,” as Wheat calls it.  These two nekkid chicks went into the smoker, along with two racks of pork ribs, to cook all afternoon while we hunted.  Beer Butt - Drunk Chickens | Oysters & Pearls

She’s ready to go!Pick Me! Bird Dog Ready to Hunt | Oysters & Pearls Bird Dog Excitement | Oysters & Pearls

Sadly, Louie is too old to hunt now.  But he gets to ride with us anyway for this hunt.
Louie, 13 Year Old French Brittany | Oysters & Pearls

And sadly, as much as we want Bubba to hunt… he just won’t.  He’d rather be up on the Gator riding with us.But I Just Want to Ride Up Here With You | Oysters & Pearls

Buster, Truman’s beautiful new Springer Spaniel, does ride on the Gator with us.  He’s a great flusher and retriever, but still very much a puppy.  Makes me want one!
Buster, Spring Spaniel | Oysters & Pearls

Finally, we actually do some hunting.  I would have taken more pictures if I hadn’t actually hunted the entire time myself.  But you’re probably grateful for that!
Quail Hunting | Oysters & Pearls On Point | Oysters & Pearls Under the Power Lines | Oysters & PearlsGood Shot | Oysters & Pearls Good Boy | Oysters & Pearls They're Over Here! | Oysters & Pearls Spring Spaniel Flushing Quail | Oysters & Pearls

Sunset catches up with us, and we head back to the barn.Sunset in the Piney Woods | Oysters & PearlsThe Ride Home | Oysters & Pearls

A fire is built, birds are cleaned (20 in all; I proudly got 4 of those), and drunk chickens and ribs are pulled from the smoker.  And the sleepiest dogs seem to be the ones who didn’t even hunt. Put Your Feet Up | Oysters & Pearls Just a Buddy | Oysters & Pearls Smoked Ribs at the Barn | Oysters & Pearls Beer Butt Chicken, Drunk Chickens | Oysters & PearlsBed Thief | Oysters & Pearls They Didn't Even Hunt | Oysters & Pearls

I wish you all a relaxing and wonderful weekend.  Hopefully I’ll finish getting decorated for Christmas (bad blogger, I know!) and will share that with you next week.  Follow me on Instagram for sneak peeks, as usual.  I got a new name! You can now find me @oystersandpearls.  :)

Happy weekend!

Until Next Time

Thanksgiving Recap

I’m back!

I hope you all had Thanksgiving that were equally as wonderful as ours was.  It was a long weekend, with lots of cooking and eating and going and doing to be done.  I’ll start with a recap and bring you the recipes later this week.  K?  Here we go.

We started the long weekend off by having friends that were in town over Wednesday night while I cooked for Thanksgiving.  No, we didn’t host, but I had four pies, a pot of collard greens, and oyster dressing to make for our various Thanksgiving celebrations.

On Thanksgiving Day, we had dinner (aka lunch, for those not in the South) at Wheat’s parents house with his mom’s family.  There was so much food it was ridiculous.

Thanksgiving Spread | Oysters & Pearls Thanksgiving Meal- Oyster Dressing, Candied Sweet Potatoes, Pork Tenderloin | Oysters & Pearls

Oh, and I made these pies. :)Thanksgiving Pies- Pumpkin and Pecan | Oysters & Pearls

Both pies got rave reviews!  I have to be hush hush about my family pumpkin pie recipe at the moment – mum’s the word!  But I promise I’ll spill the beans as quickly as I’m allowed to. :)  The pecan pie recipe (another cherished family recipe, at that) is on the way later this week.  I pinky promise!

Then after a quick break to see the critters (pictures at the bottom of this post), we headed to Tallahassee to see the Kirbos with the collard greens in tow.

We started the meal how we start it every year: with raw oysters!  My very favorite part, naturally.

Oysters on Thanksgiving | Oysters & PearlsFresh Raw Oyster | Oysters & Pearls Sincerre Wine & Oyster Toppings | Oysters & Pearls

Wheat’s aunt Vicki introduced me to her favorite white wine, Sincerre.  After trying a glass, I was pleased to find it tasted like an amazing sauvignon blanc (my favorite white wine).  Amateur wine connoisseur I am… turns out Sincerre is a French sauvignon blanc.  Anyway, it was a treat and went really well with the oysters.

After a while we loaded up our plates and sat down to a gorgeous table set by Wheat’s other aunt, Lillian.  While we waiting for everyone else to sit down I snapped a few pictures.  She has a gift, I tell you!

Kirbo Thanksgiving Table | Oysters & Pearls Kirbo Thanksgiving Candelit Dinner | Oysters & Pearls Candlelit Thanksgiving Plate | Oysters & Pearls

All the food was delicious, despite the looks of my slightly unappetizing and far-too-full plate.  After a full day of eating like this, Wheat and I were ready for a day of lounging like our critters did all day.  We kept my mom’s Yorkie, Babe, while they visited my sister in Jacksonville for Thanksgiving, so he joined in on the lounging.

Babe on Thanksgiving 2013 | Oysters & Pearls Wallace on Thanksgiving 2013 | Oysters & Pearls Harold on Thanksgiving 2013 | Oysters & Pearls

I’ll be back tomorrow with a crazy exciting post on my favorite things and a giveaway, then I’ll have recipes up for pecan pie and collard greens on Thursday, and an all-picture post on Friday recapping our quail hunt this past Saturday.  I got far too camera happy to include those today!

Until Next Time

Birthday Dinner & Rob’s Caesar Salad

A week letter, I’m going to wrap up the last of our trip to the beach this past weekend.  Whew.

St. Joe Beach, Florida, Early November Sunset | Oysters & Pearls

We had just skidaddled back from Apalachicola and were watching the ill-fated (if you’re a Gator fan) Florida-Georgia game.  We broke out our new Sump’n sauce on some chicken salad from Cahall’s Deli in Panama City.

Sam Solomon's Sump'n Hot! Sauce and Corn Dip | Oysters & Pearls

So good!  But again, I’m clamoring for a little more heat, Sam!

Also, Cahall’s has the BEST chicken salad.  My family is slightly obsessed with everything (except the fish dip – just don’t do it) from there.  This won’t be the last time I mention Cahall’s today, either.  Anyway, we also had some corn dip my mom made that was really good.  Maybe she will share the recipe??

Sump'n Hot Sauce on Cahall's Chicken Salad | Oysters & Pearls

We spent the afternoon admiring the view from the windows more than the game itself.  But at least we came back in the second half to look somewhat respectable?  Anyway, moving on.  There was serious lounging going on.

Harold, Doing Some Game Day Lounging | Oysters & Pearls

Babe was a little jealous.

Babe, our 12 year old Yorkie | Oysters & PearlsAt halftime, my mom and I cleaned a couple heads of romaine lettuce for Rob’s Caesar Salad.  Actually, it’s Rob’s grandfather’s recipe from Chicago that he sent to me a few weeks ago.  I love family recipes!  This one is a big hit in Rob’s family, and I’m really thankful he felt compelled to share it with me.  Thanks Robert!

At the end of the game, we realized we needed Sunset Beers and hurried to the fridge and then to the porch.  It was a GORGEOUS sunset.  The kind you only get on this particular beach during the Fall.

Wheat & Natalie | Oysters & Pearls Adorable Parents and the Sunset | Oysters & Pearls

After Sunset Beers, I got to making the caesar salad for supper.

Garlic French Bread Croutons for Rob's Caesar Salad | Oysters & Pearls

Rob’s Grandpa’s Caesar Salad


– one whole head of romaine lettuce, or 2 to 3 hearts of romaine, washed and chopped
– chopped ripe tomatoes are suggested by Rob
– 3/4 – 1 cup olive oil with minced garlic in it
– 2 tablespoons dry mustard powder
– 2 teaspoons ground pepper
– 1 or 2 coddled eggs (boil the egg for 25 seconds, crack open, discard yolk, and scrape out the inside)
– the juice of a fresh lemon
– crusty bread, cut into 1″ cubes
– 2 tablespoons olive oil
– some garlic, minced
– 2 or 3 anchovies
– grated or shredded parmesan reggiano cheese, to taste


Whisk the dressing ingredients together (olive oil, mustard powder, pepper, coddled eggs (I used two)).  I used a beastly large lemon, so I regret using the juice of the entire lemon.  The dressing was too tangy.  However, a smaller lemon may have been just right.  Anyway, whisk together and refrigerate.

In the meantime, fry the croutons in the olive oil and minced garlic until the croutons are nice and crispy.  Rob’s grandfather/father/Rob suggest adding the chopped anchovies to the salad itself, which I’m sure is the proper way to do it.  However, I knew most people in our crew weren’t going to buy that, so I snuck them into the croutons by melting a couple of them in the olive oil with the garlic.  They added a salty umami flavor to the croutons, and it was delicious!  And I promise, they really do dissolve and disappear.  I also used a loaf of garlic Italian bread I had purchased earlier in the week for the croutons, which spiced things up even more.  Once again, #vampiresbeware.

Garlic & Butter for Garlic Anchovy Croutons for Caesar Salad | Oysters & Pearls

Toss the dressing with the romaine and croutons and top with parmesan cheese.  Bon appetit!

Rob's Caesar Salad | Oysters & Pearls

We accompanied the salad with some grilled snapper throats (sounds gross, but it’s by far the very best part of the fish!), filet mignons wrapped in bacon from Cahall’s Deli, and twice baked potatoes, also from Cahall’s.  It was one seriously awesome meal!  Even if it was enjoyed at 9:00 p.m.  And we were really happy our friends, Zach and Michelle, could join us!  They live at the beach all the time, so basically we are constantly jealous of them.

Grilled Snapper Throats | Oysters & Pearls

I plan on sharing my dad’s oh-so-good Bloodworth’s Marinade that he used on the fish sometime soon!  Get excited, because it is awesome.

Filet Mignons Wrapped in Bacon, from Cahall's Deli in Panama City, Florida | Oysters & Pearls Grilled Snapper Throats, Filet Mignon, Rob's Caesar Salad, & Twice Baked Potatoes | Oysters & Pearls Filet Mignon and Twice Baked Potato from Cahall's Deli, Rob's Caesar Salad, & Grilled Snapper Throats | Oysters & Pearls

It was an awesome birthday supper!  We didn’t last much longer after supper though, because this was the longest day ever.  As evidenced by the three blog posts dedicated to it this week!

Sunday we woke up refreshed and decided to just go for a cruise.  We drove all the way to Cape San Blas, and were crossing our fingers that the Indian Pass Raw Bar was open on Sundays.  It was not.  :(  So we stopped at Triple Tails for the first time ever.  Wheat and I had some delicious baked Apalachicola oysters.  I had parmesan and garlic, and he had jalapeño jack.  After our experience Sunday, we don’t really recommend getting any fried food at Triple Tails.  But the oysters were local and small (how we like them) and really good and fresh tasting.

Garlic & Parmesan Oysters from Triple Tails Restaurant in Indian Pass, Florida | Oysters & Pearls Jalapeno Jack Oysters at Triple Tails in Indian Pass, Florida | Oysters & Pearls

And finally, we went back to Bainbridge for a birthday dinner with my in-laws, who treat me entirely too well!  My MIL Nancy loves to cook too, and after I had been ogling her new food processor, she got me one too!!  Because I had someone ask which food processor she got me/us, here’s a link to the model Cuisinart we have. (<– affiliate link!)  It’s AWESOME!  AND Nancy cooked us another amazing steak supper.  It was SUCH an epic, awesome weekend.  I am so thankful for everyone in my life that made it such a relaxing, fun weekend.  I love you all!  And HAPPY BIRTHDAY, DADDY!  I know you’re reading this. ;)

Happy Birthday, Doc & Natalie! | Oysters & Pearls

Think there are enough pecans on that red velvet cake?? Just how the good Doctor and I like it.  It was nice not making my own cake!  :)

Until Next Time