Monday, November 19, 2012
I thought my life would be so different than it is at this point. I always thought I'd be happily married, two kids, maybe even a dog and a cat. I always wanted lots of chaos and laughter. I'm actually on the opposite side of the pendulum, living alone for the first time in over six years. I'm obviously still learning to accept this as it's a big and unexpected change. I know eventually it will become the norm and in the process I'll create a happy new life for myself. For all of you that can relate in someway, here's to you and your strength.
This Thanksgiving I'm very thankful though for what I do have. The most supportive and loving parents ever. A wonderful brother and sister-in-law and the cutest, smartest niece and nephew that I love like crazy. The best friends - that have helped me through a very difficult time. Thank you! I love you all.
I don't know if you're cooking this Thanksgiving or just eating, but either way, I hope you're with people you love. I'm finally in a new home of my own. I am busy figuring out where to find the mixing bowls and the silverware. I'm the type of person that feels like I have to get everything done right away, unpacked, organized perfectly, cleaned and comfortable before I can really relax. I wake up at 6am thinking about where I'm going to keep the cookware and how I need to empty the box in the dining room. Crazy, I know.
I love it though. I love decorating and make a place a home. I know it goes back to growing up in the military. We moved every three years or so and the first thing my mom would do when we moved into base housing was to make the place look and feel like a home. Whether it was sewing new curtains or wallpapering a room, she did it. Because of it, my brother and I both enjoy fixing up our homes with plants and other inexpensive things.
I thought I had another week until Thanksgiving and then realized it's just a few days away. Time is just going by too fast...slow down, please! I wanted to give you guys a good recipe for Thanksgiving. My mom asked my dad and I the other day, if you could have just one dish at Thanksgiving, what would it be? We both said Broccoli Casserole. I know my brother would say the same thing. I told her that she could probably just serve up a big dish of this and we'd be happy. Part of the reason we love it so much is that we only have it once a year. Either way though, there would be a mutiny if we didn't have it on our Thanksgiving table.
You're probably asking why I would post a Pecan Pie recipe when there are so many Pecan Pie recipes out there. This one is the best. I've tried a lot of Pecan Pie recipes and my mom and I always come back to this one. We love it. It's super easy - so don't buy one, make your own! Happy Thanksgiving. I'll be back again soon with another yummy recipe.
Here a few other great recipes for your Thanksgiving table: Sweet Potato Casserole, Simple Mashed Sweet Potatoes, Roasted Asparagus Bundles with Prosciutto, and Broccoli Casserole.
2 tablespoon unsalted butter, softened or room temperature
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 cup corn syrup
3 eggs (slightly beaten)
1 teaspoon vanilla
pinch of salt
2 cups pecans (unsalted)
1 - 9 inch unbaked pie shell
Blend butter and brown sugar. Beat in corn syrup, eggs, vanilla, and salt until thoroughly blended. Stir in nuts. Pour into pie shell and bake at 375 degrees for about 50 to 60 minutes or until firm...not jiggle in the middle. You may need to cover it with foil if it gets to brown. Serve with a dollop of fresh whipped cream. So good!
Recipe is from Daryl Sorrells