Jan 232024

No question about it, I have a sweet tooth. I always have and I always will. I don’t use alcohol, I don’t do drugs, and I don’t smoke. But put a candy bar, or a cookie, or any kind of sweet treat in front of me and it’s gone!

When it comes to candy, my two favorites are chocolate and jelly beans. For a long time, I thought Jelly Belly made the best around, and while they are excellent, lately I’ve gotten hooked on Starburst jelly beans. A bag of them contains several delicious flavors, and I have to watch myself or I would eat them all day long. They are like peanuts and Lays potato chips, you can’t eat just one.

Besides having a sweet tooth, I am a dedicated carnivore. I don’t like most vegetables, but I do eat green M&M’s and jelly beans so I guess that counts for something, doesn’t it? If not, it should. In my younger days I could eat steak four or five days a week and never grow tired of it, but as I’ve gotten older, I find myself getting more chicken and fish than I do beef. I’m sure part of that is because Terry is such a fantastic cook and she can turn dishes I never cared for into fine dining.

A while back a friend of ours gave us some venison steaks, as well as summer sausage and hamburger made from venison. The hamburger had bacon mixed in it, and last night Terry pan fried it in a small amount of  bacon grease to make the best cheeseburgers I’ve ever had in my life. It’s been years since I’ve done any hunting, but I told Terry they were so darned good that I might have to go out and shoot a deer one of these days. Not really. I’m too fat and lazy to have to field dress and carry one out of the woods if I shot it. See the above paragraphs on my sweet tooth for explanation.

Speaking of deer hunting, Alabama has a long deer season, and because of the healthy deer population, hunters can take more than one per season. I know some people might think shooting a deer is cruel, but I have seen what happens to animal populations when they go unchecked. There were so many deer when I was at West Point that a large one was not much bigger than my German shepherd, and the habitat was so overgrazed that they were starving to death.

Because of the hunting season here, it’s not uncommon at all to see a vehicle going down the road with a dead deer strapped to it or in the bed of a pickup. Last week when we were in town, I saw this deer that someone had just taken. I think it’s the first time I’ve ever seen a deer with antlers on just one side. I don’t know if it lost its other antler in an accident or a fight with another buck, or if it was born that way.

When I showed the picture to my daughter Tiffany, she recognized it right away and told me that it’s Elliot from the Open Season animated comedy films. Yes kids, somebody is going to have Elliott for dinner this week. Sorry.

Moving right along, last night I got a message from the person who won last week’s blog drawing for an audiobook of Hands of Onyx, informing me that he already has the book. Charles Howard was the next name on the entry list, so I passed it on to him. Congratulations, Charles.

And finally, here’s a chuckle to start your day from the collection of funny signs we see in our travels and that our readers share with us. I hope it was a spelling test.

Thought For The Day – You call it nagging. I call it “Listen to what I said the first time!”

Nick Russell

World-Famous, New York Times Best Selling Author, and All-Around Nice Guy!

  2 Responses to “Jelly Beans And Venison”

  1. I’ve got the same addictions but have recently introduced a lot more vegetables to my diet. Serving them on wraps can be quite filling.
    Be Safe and Enjoy!

    It’s about time.

  2. Have you tried Jelly Belly Dips? Chocolate covered jelly bellies. The best of both worlds! Cherry covered is my favorite.

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