Monday, December 15, 2014

Josh and Hayley::The Reception on 12/13/14::Dec 15

Josh and Hayley::The Wedding on 12/13/14::Dec 15

Getting ready:

The guests start arriving:

It's time!

The cute ring bearers:
The other cute ring bearer is with his Pops. / The flower girl gets stage fright - her grandmas try to reassure her:

Signing the Marriage License

This picture struck my funny bone. It seems to sum up all of the nervous feelings we all experience as we get married (she doesn't remember why she was looking at the ceiling, and I didn't mean to capture it, but it sure was a fortuitous accident on both of our parts :) )

Monday, December 8, 2014

Grandma D's Mincemeat Pie Recipe::December 8th

My cousin Patty posted this on facebook b/c other cousins were remembering my Grandma D's homemade mincemeat pies. I don't think I've ever tasted mincemeat, but I thought I'd store the recipe here so that I don't lose it :)
I think this is it:

4 # venison elk or beef
2 1/2 cups suet finely chopped or grated
7 1/2 cups chopped tart apples
3 cups of meat broth that meat was cooked in
5 cups sugar
3 cups apple cider
1 C. Molasses
1/2 C. Cider vinegar
3 C. Raisins
2 T. Ground cinnamon
1 T. ground cloves
2 T. ground allspice
2 T. ground nutmeg
Juice of 2 oranges
Juice of 2 lemons
1 C. Brandy
Trim and discard fat from meat
Place meat in large heavy pan and cover with water; simmer until meat is tender. Remove from heat and refrigerate meat in cooking liquid overnight.
Remove from fridge and take meat out of liquid. Remove all fat from top of
liquid; discard fat and reserve the remaining liquid. Chop boneless meat into small cubes.
In large pot combone meat , suet and all ingredients except brandy. Simmer gently for about about 2 hours or until desired consistency. Add brandy and mix together. (I doubt if mom or grandma added the brandy because kids ate it).
Its best to let mincemeat stand at least a couple weeks before using. Store in fridge. Freeze in airtight containers for long time storage. (Grandma and mom canned theirs)
Will keep looking in case there is another version of this.
♥ Melody