The first dusting of snow arrived last week and as I was gazing out at the falling flakes through my back window I spied a rare feathered friend in the fields behind our house. See this brown speck in the very center of this photo?
It's a male ring-necked pheasant! I had seen one of these beautiful game birds in our parts 15 or more years ago. We had a male that would jump onto our lawn tractor and flap his wings at us with vigor, making his distinctive cry. I'm not sure if he was try to ward us off his territory or was just hopped up on mating hormones, but we could get quite close to him. Not so with the present pheasant, who was very wary and kept stock still when I would lift my window curtain to peep out at him. He came within 50 yards of the house, but never came closer, perhaps because of our dog's scent.
What a handsome bird! Well, fear not, we did not bag him and eat him, though I haven't seen him again and hope he is just roosting in another field down the road and not residing in some coyote's stomach.
Since this is a food blog, rather than a birdwatching blog, I will turn to my giveaway. As part of General Mills MyBlogSpark program, I received a Live Gluten Freely prize pack containing all the gluten-free products you see below. I am delighted that I am also able to offer one of my U.S. readers the chance to receive a Live Gluten Freely prize pack as well.
To enter this giveaway, please leave a comment below letting me know what gluten-free product or food you are most thankful for by November 20, 2010. That'll get me in the Thanksgiving spirit! I will pick a randomly generated winner from the available submissions after the deadline.
I used a box of my Betty Crocker GF Brownie mix to make these terribly tasty Mexican Brownies. They have a bottom crust of crushed Cinnamon Chex cereal mixed with melted butter and brown sugar and were polished off rapidly by my hubbie and daughter and two of her sleepover pals. Okay, I had one too. Alright, two brownies. You can check out the recipe here at the Live Glutenly Free website that General Mills has developed to assist consumers with recipes, and GF health and lifestyle information.
Good luck to everyone!