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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

GRANDMOTHER OLIVE'S MINCEMEAT PIE RECIPE

Jean said you asked for my mincemeat pie recipe.   We both use the same recipe.  First, we make our own mincemeat - we do not buy it from the store.  Jean put on the recipe for mincemeat before,around Christmas one year, but I will put it on again.  Below that will be recipe for top and bottom pie crusts you will need.  They are putting this on April Fool Day.  This recipe is no joke.

GRANDMOTHER OLIVE AND JEAN'S MINCEMEAT RECIPE

3 quarts chopped apples (cored but not peeled)
4 quarts cooked meat boned and ground with a coarse chopper blade
1 lbs raisins
1 1/2 cup cider or 1/2 cup vinegar and 1/2 cup water
2 1/2 tsp cinnamon
2 1/2 tsp allspice
3-4 cups light molasses or the same amount of brown sugar

Mix all together and cook until hot.  Put the hot mixture in pint jars and cold back for 20 minutes.  Should make about 8 quarts.  One quart makes 2 pies.

You will need two 8 or 9 inch pie crusts for this pie.

PIE CRUSTS RECIPE

2/3 cup lard or 2/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons shortening
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
4 to 5 Tablespoons cold water.

Cut shortening (or lard) into flour and salt until particles are size of small peas.  Sprinkle in water, 1 tablespoon at a time, tossing with fork until all flour is moistened and pastry almost cleans side of bowl.

Divide pastry into two halves and shape each into a round ball.  One at a time flatten round on lightly floured cloth-covered board.  Roll pastry 2 inches larger than inverted pie plate with floured rolling pin.  Fold pastry into quarters, unfold and ease into plate, pressing firmly against bottom and side. Put 1 pint of mincemeat in pie plate on top of crust.  Roll out second crust and put on top of pie plate.  Trim edge.  Cut slits on top so steam can escape.  I do a pinch edge all around the pie edge.  Bake at 425 degrees for 35 to 45 minutes.

Good character, like good soup, is usually homemade.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

JEAN'S ZUCCHINI CASSEROLE

JEAN'S ZUCCHINI CASSEROLE

3 eggs
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
dash of pepper
1/2 cup cheese, grated
2 cups grated zucchini
1/2 cup onion, chopped
1/4 cup parsley

Beat eggs and oil. Stir together flour, baking powder, pepper, and cheese.  Add to egg mixture.  Add rest of ingredients and stir.  Pour into greased casserole.  Bake at 325 degrees for 45 minutes.

All the flowers of
all the tomorrows
are in the seeds of today.

Monday, March 30, 2015

EASTER STORY COOKIES

This recipe is to be made the evening before Easter, but I thought I would put it in early so you could get everything, if you decided to make it.

EASTER STORY COOKIES

1 Cup Whole Pecans
1 tsp Vinegar
3 Egg Whites
pinch Salt
1 Cup Sugar
Zipper Bag
Wooden Spoon
Tape Bible
Children

Preheat oven to 300 degrees (this is important - don't wait until you're half done with the recipe).  Place pecans in zipper baggie and let children beat them with the wooden spoon to break into small pieces.  Explain that after Jesus was arrested, He was beaten by the Roman soldiers.  READ John 19:1-3.  Let each child smell the vinegar.  Put vinegar into mixing bowl.  Explain that when Jesus was thirsty on the cross, He was given vinegar to drink. READ John 19:28-30.  Add egg whites to vinegar.  Eggs represent life.  Explain that Jesus gave His life to give us life.  READ: John 10:10-11. Sprinkle a little salt into each child's hand.  Let them taste it and brush the rest into the bowl.  Explain that this represents the salty tears shed by Jesus' followers and the bitterness of our own sin. READ Luke 23:27.  So far the ingredients are not very appetizing.  Add sugar.  Explain that the sweetest part of the story is that Jesus died because He loves us.  He want us to know and belong to Him.  READ Psalm 34:8 and John 3:16.  Beat with a mixer on high speed for 12 - 15 minutes until stiff peaks are formed. Explain that the color white represents the purity in God's eyes of those whose sins have been cleansed by Jesus.  READ Isaiah 1:18 and John 3:1-3.  Fold in broken nuts.  Drop by teaspoons onto wax paper covered cookie sheet.  Explain that each mound represents the rocky tomb where Jesus'body was paid.  READ Matthew 27:57-60.  Put the cookie sheet in the oven, close te door and turn off the oven.  Give each child a piece of tape to seal the oven door.  Explain that Jesus' tomb was sealed.  READ Matthew 27:65-66.  GO TO BED!  Explain that they may feel sad to leave the cookies in the oven overnight.  Jesus' followers were in despair when the tomb was sealed.  READ John 16:20 and 22.  On Easter morning, open the oven and give everyone a cookie.  Notice the cracked surface and take a bite.  The cookies are hollow! On the first Easter, Jesus' followers were amazed to find the tomb open and empty.  READ Matthew 28:1-9

A mother's heart is a child's classroom.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

ANNA'S EASY EGGPLANT CASSEROLE

The church at the top is the Old Order Mennonite building that Jean, and her family go to.  Bishop Joseph is bishop at this church and another one. I chose the church for Saturday because of the cross in front.

ANNA'S EASY EGGPLANT CASSEROLE

1 1/2 lbs.  unpared eggplant, diced
3 medium onions, chopped
2 Tablespoons butter
2 egg yolks, beaten
1/2 c. grated Parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon salt
1 Cup dry bread crumbs

Cook vegetables in boiling water, about 20 minutes.  Drain, add remaining ingredients and pour into greased casserole.  Bake in moderate over (350 degrees) 30 minutes or until browned.

Kindness is a language the deaf can hear and the blind can see.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

BARNS - AGAIN AND FIRST EASTER RECIPE FOR 2015-CHOCOLATE DROP COOKIES

Pictures of barns that I took while driving around this month.  The bottom one is a newer barn than te rest of them.  Couldn't find a yellow barn this time.  Hope I have better luck next time.

CHOCOLATE DROP COOKIES

1/2 cup shortening
1 cup sugar
1 egg
3/4 cup soured milk (add 1 Tablespoon vinegar to make sour)
1 tsp vanilla
1 3/4 cup flour
1/2 cup cocoa
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup chopped nuts (optional)

Blend four and cocoa thoroughly, set aside.  Mix shortening, sugar and egg thoroughly.  Stir in soured milk and vanilla.  Blend in flour/cocoa mixture, soda, and salt.  Mix in nuts.  Chill at least 1 hour.  Heat oven to 400 degrees.  Drop rounded teaspoonfuls of dough 2" apart onto lightly greased baking sheet.  Bake 8 - 10 minutes.  Cool.

Each day is God's gift to you.
Make it blossom and
grow into a thing of beauty.

Friday, March 27, 2015

TRAIN AT CROSSING IN PALMYRA, NEW YORK

Another train that I took pictures of last January.  Hope when the snow stops, spring comes, I will go and take train pictures again.

TOMORROW STARTS EASTER RECIPES.  THERE IS A RECIPE A DAY FROM TOMORROW UNTIL AND INCLUDING APRIL 4th.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

AMISH BUGGYS

Here are some Amish Buggies that I took pictures of last December. The third was not as good as the others as the driver was going so fast you would have thought that was a car and he was on the race track.  The last one Elmer really likes.  I believe I had it on Christmas post.  Elmer keeps telling me not to get rid of that picture.