I had sister Susan’s name, and sister Verena had my name.
The rest of the day was spent playing games, singing and visiting. Everyone had snacks before leaving for home. It was a short, enjoyable day.
Our parents always had the family together for Christmas on New Year’s Day. Everyone would gather early in the morning to have breakfast together. Dad and Mom would have wrapped gifts for everyone. Such an excitement for all the grandchildren! Now us siblings take turns having the family every year although most do not take it around Christmas anymore so that takes a lot of the fun away. Usually the gathering is held around springtime.
It is brother Albert’s turn for the 2013 Christmas gathering but haven’t heard of any plans, so it is probably this summer sometime. It is nice for the four of us siblings that live here in Michigan to at least get together in memory of our dear parents on New Year’s Day. A blessed 2014 to all!
This week I will share the recipe Joe used to make our venison summer sausage.
VENISON SUMMER SAUSAGE
5 pounds ground venison
2 tablespoons TenderQuick
2 teaspoons mustard seed
2 1 /2 teaspoons garlic salt
2 1 /2 teaspoons black pepper
1 teaspoons liquid smoke
1 cup cold water
Stir water, tender quick, mustard seed, garlic salt, black pepper and liquid smoke in a large plastic bowl. Add venison and mix well. Stuff into bags and refrigerate for 1 to 2 days. Smoke in a smoker until internal temperature reaches 165.