The Newest Addition to Living Stones

Posted: May 15, 2012 in Uncategorized

Last year a mama duck built a nest under a bush in an island in our parking lot.  We watched her for weeks sitting there on her eggs.  And then one day – she, and her ducklings – were gone.

This year the mama duck returned.  Yesterday I was leaving the office at 5:00 pm when I noticed movement on the blacktop of the parking lot.  I looked over and the mama duck was leading nine little ducklings through our parking lot, under our fence and off to new adventures.

Chad Newport & Wayne Karner who were working in the Pit came out to watch the show.  Our neighbor in the white house at the back of our property came out with her child.  My wife drove up just as they were leaving the property.  We all snapped photos with our cell phones.

I love nature.  It is delicious! 🙂

Honey Duck Recipe


  • 1 (4 pound) whole duck, rinsed
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh basil leaves
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh ginger root
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 orange, quartered
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup undiluted, thawed orange juice concentrate


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. In a small bowl mix together mix together the basil, ginger and salt and sprinkle mixture on inside and outside of duck. Stuff duck with orange quarters and lay in roaster. Add water.
  3. In a small saucepan combine the honey, butter, lemon juice and orange juice concentrate. Simmer together over low heat until syrupy; pour a little of the mixture over the duck, saving the rest for basting. Cover roaster.
  4. Bake/roast ducks in preheated oven for 30 minutes. Turn duck breast down, reduce heat to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C) and roast covered for another 2 to 2 1/2 hours, or until very tender. If desired, turn duck breast up during last few minutes of cooking, to brown.
  1. Sarah Wilken says:

    There is so many names I would like to call you after reading this post. All of them are naughty and I don’t want people to think that I engage in behavior that is less than angelic (which let’s face it…I usually am an angel). However, I will just say that is one of the cutest pictures ever. I bet they gave their Momma a good mothers day.

  2. The Bishop says:

    Don’t let Sam’s little joke fool you. He was tearing up this morning when he showed me those pics on his cell phone. Beneath that gruff facade beats the heart of an animal lover.

  3. Melissa says:

    Mallard breast on the grill is delicious.

  4. Tina says:

    That was just wrong to include a recipe!

  5. the other ed says:

    I find it ironic that, as human beings, we stray away from eating “the cute animals”.
    I wonder if cannibals have the same standards…remind me never to visit South America.

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