Pecan pie is a tradition at Thanksgiving. Our holidays would not be complete without one! For several years we ordered them from a friend of ours. I had tried to make pecan pie in the past and it was a horrible failure! I could never get it to ‘set’ in the middle. It was a runny, sticky mess. I determined I was going to successfully make one, if I had to use every pecan in the state of Texas to do it! Well, here it is! If I can do it, I know you can, sweet reader! Go for it!! The secret is in toasting your pecans!
To toast pecans, you simply put them on a microwave safe dish (I use a dinner plate so all pecans are exposed to the heat) and microwave them for one minute. Taste them and see if you would like a more “toasty” flavor than that. If so, microwave them for 3o second intervals until they taste as you desire!
1 cup light brown sugar
1/4 cup white sugar
1/2 cup butter
1 tablespoon milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup chopped, toasted pecans (Instructions are above)
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a large bowl, beat eggs until foamy, and stir in melted butter. Stir in the brown sugar, white sugar and the flour; mix well. Last add the milk, vanilla and pecans. Pour into an unbaked 9-in pie shell. Bake in preheated oven for 10 minutes at 400 degrees, then reduce temperature to 350 degrees and bake for 30 to 40 minutes, or until done.
At our house on Thanksgiving Day the first words out of my mouth to my husband as I watch him fix his breakfast is, “Don’t eat big! You know we are having a huge lunch and Momma will be hurt if you don’t stuff yourself!” And that is exactly what we all do…skip breakfast! By the time our Thanksgiving feast is ready, you would think we had not eaten in a week!
Appetizers are a must for us during the holidays. Pecans in Texas are plenteous! We use them in cookies, pies, cakes, salads and, in this case, candied appetizers! With this recipe you can pour them right up into a pretty candy dish and let your family “graze” without filling up before your meal is ready. These make great gifts, too! Wrap them in pretty baggies to keep them fresh and stuff them into a gift bag. Tie a pretty bow, and voilà! It is just an added plus this recipe is so simple, too! Enjoy!!
1 tablespoon water
1 pound pecan halves
1 cup white sugar
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Grease one baking sheet. In a mixing bowl, whip together the egg white and water until frothy. In a separate bowl, mix together sugar, salt, and cinnamon. Add pecans to egg whites, stir to coat the nuts evenly. Remove the nuts, and toss them in the sugar mixture until coated. Spread the nuts out on the prepared baking sheet. Bake at 250 degrees for 1 hour. Stir every 15 minutes.
In Texas, we love peanut brittle! They even sell it at local hospitals here! Yes, it is that good!! My great Aunt Lonie used to make her’s the old fashioned way, which included a candy thermometer and constant stirring. It was out of this world!! I could never seem to master anything that required a candy thermometer or a recipe title that had “dough” in it. When I found this yummy recipe, I was elated! Enjoy my friends, and as always, keep it simple!
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup white Karo
1 dash salt
1 tablespoon margarine
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
I live in Texas, not far from the Louisiana border. I married into a family of Cajuns and sha can they cook! I was reminded last night by a friend of mine (thank you, Haley!!!!) of “Boudin Dip”. It is yummy and you will find it served from weddings to baby showers to July 4th barbeques! It is easy, fast, and downright “sometin” as they say in Louisiana!! Give it a whirl…I think you will enjoy a taste of Louisiana from a Texana girl!
8 0unce sour cream
8 ounce cream cheese
1/2 cup fresh green onions, chopped
3 links boudin
Place links in microwave for 1 1/2 minutes or until warm (cover while you heat). Mix sour cream, cream cheese, and green onions in a medium size bowl. Remove boudin from the casing and mix with the with sour cream mixture. Serve with your favorite crackers or chips. Makes about 4 1/2 cups. Enjoy!!
SOURCE: boutte’s boudin
God awakened me at 3:15 a.m.. He immediately began to speak to me and have a talk with me I needed. If you are new to my blog, I’ll fill you in quickly. My husband works for the I.R.S.. Ironically, we are supporters of the Tea Party and are conservative Christians. We are so conservative and such Christians, we could be put on a poster to show what conservative Christians look like! In a moment you will know why it is so important for you to know this.
When God woke me today, He reminded me of a vacation we took our children on when they were little. We had gone to San Antonio, Texas to the River Walk. You could ride in a gondola and they would take you along the River Walk and tell you various aspects of the different buildings and the history behind them.
I will never forget one building in particular. As I looked at this tall building and the architecture of it, it struck me how much money had to go into building such a massive structure and architecturally intricate building. It had several storeys and on the corners of the building were very ugly creatures. The guide said they were gargoyles and had been placed by the business partners on the building to “guard it” and their money to keep it safe. They were billionaires in their own right and did not want to part with their money or their status of two of the wealthiest men in the world at that time.
Ironically, it wasn’t long after the building was finished the “Great Depression” hit and they lost every dime of their money. I remember one man committed suicide, but I don’t remember what happened to the other exactly other than I believe he died a pauper.
I thought to myself at the time, “This is what happens when you put your trust in anything or anyone other than God! Had they not trusted in gothic, mythical creatures to protect them, they probably would have died rich and this would not have happened!” God reminded me of that this morning.
My husband is in the lay-off due to the United States government shutdown. We have always been tithers and givers and God has always miraculously made a way for us. We have never trusted anyone but God when it came to our finances. Not long ago, we went to see our son who is a college and career pastor in Arkansas. On the Sunday morning we were there, his pastor preached on making sure you knew God was your source and no one or nothing else. He provides for our needs and is faithful to take care of us! Our jobs are just our REsource, but God ultimately is our SOURCE.
I had a feeling when he preached that message it would be an important one in the weeks ahead for us. I had no idea the government was going to shut down, but I had become far too comfortable in my husband’s job being the provider of our needs instead of seeing God as the one Who was using my husband’s job at the time to do it. Thank God, I had a timely and necessary reminder that day!
We are going into the ninth day of this shutdown. We have a president who will not budge or compromise and is determined things will be done his way or people can just suffer as punishment for what “the Republicans” won’t do! He does not seem to care that families are going hungry, children do not have food or other necessities. His goal is to get what HE wants at any cost. He is happy with the discomfort of people because discomfort often means pressure and he wants the pressure to be put on the Republicans to pass funding on the ”Affordable Health Care Plan” otherwise known as “Obamacare“. This is his mark on history, and by God he will have it, even if it is disastrous to the people it will have direct effects on! Why else would he and others opt OUT of having it themselves if it is the answer to all our problems??
I have never in 30 years seen a shutdown like this or furloughs such as we have endured. I have never seen a president, Democrat or Republican, that could turn their heads with nonchalance, to the needs of their own people of this great country to get what they wanted or had proposed. Obama does not seem to have the American people‘s best interest at heart…he will do what he deems necessary to prove his point without a willingness to compromise in any way, even if that means starving John Smith and his family and letting congress know they can give him what he wants or face the consequences of telling him no!
This had begun to cause me great distress! I began to feel fear try to grip me. I knew I had to remain strong on the outside for my husband’s sake and for the sake of my family. It is what a mother does! A mother is the glue that holds her family together and I am not going to fail my husband or the rest of my family!!
When God woke me up, He reminded me of what happens to people who put their trust in other things other than Him. He reminded me HE holds my future in His hand, not the government and certainly not a president who appears to be immature, childish, and reacts in a passive aggressive manner when he is told no in my opinion! God is the highest authority, contrary to certain people’s belief, and HE WILL MAKE A WAY FOR THOSE WHO TRUST IN HIM!! I am on God’s mind, God cares about the fact my family needs to eat and bills need to be paid. God cares about us and will never look away from helping us, EVER!! His ears are open to our cries and He will not fail to provide!
David wrote in Psalm “I was once young and now am old and I have never seen the righteous forsaken nor His seed begging bread.” I have quoted this many times throughout the years and now I can say I was once young and now I am older and NEVER have I seen the righteous forsaken or His seed begging bread, including my family and me!
My trust is in God alone and it is well placed. He rules this universe and He rules my world. On Him I can rely and I do! I can literally hold onto my peace, because no matter how magnificent the circumstances may seem, God will take care of them and me.
God bless you, dear reader! May your every need be met, and never forget God is mindful of you and you can trust Him. Make Him your source today and always and you will never be disappointed or put to shame!