"Sometimes I wonder about my life. I lead a small life - well, valuable, but small - and sometimes I wonder, do I do it because I like it, or because I haven't been brave?" - Kathleen Kelly (You've Got Mail)

Monday, December 27, 2010

Sugared Pecans

2 egg whites
1/2 tbsp. water
1/2 tbsp. vanilla
1 lb. pecan halves
1 c. white sugar
3/4 tsp. salt
1 tsp. ground cinnamon

Preheat oven to 250 degrees, grease a cookie sheet and set aside. Place egg whites, water and vanilla in a mixing bowl and whisk vigorously for 60 seconds, until foamy. Add the pecans and stir well to coat. In a small bowl, toss together the sugar, salt and cinnamon. Sprinkle the sugar mixture into the pecan mixture and stir well to combine. Spread pecans evenly on the prepared cookie sheet and bake in the preheated oven for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes.

Notes: Every holiday season I've wanted to make these but I've never gotten around to it. This year pecans were on sale so I went for it! They were super easy to make and they turned out great! I put them in cello bags and gave them out as little Christmas gifts to friends and family.

PS: This is not my photo! I gave all my pecans away before I could take one...

Baking something extra special...

My last blog post explained that I haven't been posting much lately because I haven't had much time to be in the kitchen due to the holidays, etc. The truth is I haven't wanted to be in the kitchen lately...but I'm cooking up something extra special right now! We are expecting our second child July 4th! We found out in mid November and just told our families on Christmas. We're already almost 3 months along and I still can't handle cooking and being around food very well. So please stick with me during this time! I'm hoping as I get farther along in this pregnancy I'll be able to spend more time in the kitchen....

Margot is going to be a big sister! Yay!


Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas!

Sorry for the lack of posts lately...it has been quite the busy month! Hopefully in the new year I can get back into the swing of things and start posting more regularly. Until then, I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a happy and safe New Year :)

God bless! Lots of love, 
Randy, ChloƩ, Margot, Buckley and Truman

Photo done by Kama at Fizelwink Photography

Friday, December 10, 2010

Pumpkin Pecan Pancakes

1 1/4 c. flour
2 tbsp. packed brown sugar
2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 c. milk
1/2 c. pumpkin puree
1 egg
1 tbsp. oil or melted butter
1/2 tsp. vanilla
2 oz. chopped pecans
Cooking spray

In a mixing bowl, stir together the flour, brown sugar, baking powder, salt, nutmeg and cinnamon. In a separate bowl, whisk together the milk, pumpkin puree, egg, oil or butter and vanilla. Preheat a large skillet over medium/high heat and coat with cooking spray.
Add the pumpkin mixture to the flour mixture and stir just until moist...don't over mix! Ladle the batter in about 1/3 cup measurements onto the hot skillet. Once bubbles form and begin to pop, flip over and cook an additional minute or so, until golden brown. Spray pan again for each batch. Makes about 10 medium pancakes.

Notes: I know pumpkin season is technically over but I had to squeeze in one more recipe! And I'm so glad I did...these were delicious and super flavorful! We ate them for dinner :)