My friend, Linda, loves apple jelly. In fact, it’s the only type of jelly that she will eat. I can sympathize. Apples are one of my go-to fruits and a standard item on my grocery list. With fall just around the corner we thought it would be the perfect time to try our hand at some apple jelly. Well, we actually upgraded the basic jelly recipe and opted for apple pie pecan jam. We found a recipe that will not disappoint.
As a young bride I had no idea how to make pecan pralines. I remember feeling this pressure to make these delicious candies, but I had no idea where to begin. It wasn’t because anyone pressured me, but for some reason I put undo stress on myself. I mean there I was newly married into a family with a rich pecan heritage. And I hadn’t the faintest idea how to make a staple pecan candy. I knew I could find a recipe, but I was the type of person that needed step-by-step guidance. Preferably someone like my grandmother standing next to me to talk me through each process.
It’s a dreamy world when pecans and coconut collide, so when my friend, Kassy, shared this recipe with me I knew it would be just the thing to help make my dreamy world a reality! I enjoyed a generous portion with a nice, hot cup of Millican Pecan’s Butter Pecan Coffee. Oh my goodness, just mentioning it makes me want to stop writing right now and go brew a pot. Must. Stay. Focused.
Once a week our family joins about four or five other families for a small group Bible study. While the kids get some fun playtime with each other, the adults dive into God’s Word and discuss how to better live our lives in an honorable way. Occasionally, we take a break from our normal routine and just spend our time socializing. On one such occasion recently we gathered at our home and had a potluck meal around a nice toasty fire. I had a recipe for a green salad, which happened to include pecans, that a friend of mine had shared with me and I was dying to try it.
It’s been awhile since we’ve shared a pecan recipe with you. Now that the weather is starting to feel more like fall I think it’s time to start making hot meals. Of course, in Texas our mornings are about the only thing that is cool, but I still think it’s time to embrace something hot to eat none-the-less. After all, it seems that when we are accepting of the next seasonal change that it makes it a whole lot easier to make the transition.
I’m so excited to share a new recipe with you! I created this recipe with my kids using some of our delicious pecan candy. This summer has been terribly hot here in Texas and most of us in the south have been super sad about Blue Bell Ice Cream being unavailable at our local grocery stores. So in order to satisfy my cravings I have been making a whole lot of homemade ice cream. Since we’ve mastered our vanilla recipe, my kids and I decided that it was time to get a little more creative. That’s how our Praline Pecan Ice Cream recipe was discovered.
I’m always on the lookout for new recipes. Good ones. Taste is my number one requirement, but I also make it a point to keep my eye out for recipes that are healthy. It’s summer and this recipe accomplishes both. Not only does it utilize the abundance of zucchini that is produced this time of year as well as using pecan meal, but these fries taste great too. It’s the perfect gluten free recipe to add to your list this summer.
I’m on a quest. A quest to eat more vegetables. I know. It’s not the most exciting mission of my life, but it is a good one. A healthy one. And I have to be honest that I am not interested in choking down my veggies. I really require that they taste good as well as providing me with the healthy nutrients that my body needs. After all, it’s my quest so I can make the rules. Strangely, I prefer salad over most other vegetable options. I don’t mind trying new things, but salad is my go to vegetable option.
Y’all I have the cutest recipe video to share with you. Not only because it has some yummy pecan cookies from a great recipe, but also because it has some pretty precious kids in it. I admit I am super partial on this theory. Mainly because one of the kids is my daughter, Anna, and also because the other kid is our family friend, Ben. These kids had a great time filming this recipe. I told my mom that it was kind of like cooking with Elmo. The cookies are delicious as we got to enjoy them fresh out of the oven. As you will see, they thought the cookie dough was pretty spectacular as well.
Front porches and cold drinks: two things that make the Texas heat more bearable in my opinion. When I said “cold drink” I wasn’t referring to the South’s poster child, iced tea. I was actually referring to iced coffee. Butter Pecan Iced Coffee to be exact. I personally like my coffee hot, but my sister, Leslie, has been telling me for years to give this beloved drink a chance. Since we are approaching summertime I decided to take her advice. By the way, I am so glad I did. This drink is amazing! And the recipe that I am about to share with you will “knock your socks off”, as we say in the south. AND… with your socks off, you can mosey on outside with this drink in hand and enjoy it on your front porch!