Monday, January 4, 2010

Christmas goodies

I made pralines for Christmas and shared them with several people who have asked for the recipe. The recipe is from one of my Mom's friends who is also no longer of this world. It made me happy to read through the recipe which contained some comments alongside the ingredients and directions. Comments like a weather report, expected company, a description of a recent trip – just a few sentences about what was going on in her life. So not only did I made a delicious treat to share but I fondly remembered this person who was a part of my life, however brief.

Chewy Pralines
2 cups sugar
2 cups white corn syrup
1 lb butter
2 cups whipping cream
2 teaspoons vanilla
7 cups chopped pecans

Over medium low heat, cook together sugar and syrup. Cook until candy thermometer reaches 250 degrees. Remove from heat and add butter. Stir until dissolved. Add whipping cream slowly. Return to heat and cook, stirring constantly, until thermometer reaches 242 degrees. Remove from heat and add vanilla and pecans. Drop on buttered foil to cool. Wrap individually in plastic wrap when cool. Yield: 60 pralines. 219 calories per serving.

Nice beautiful sunny day today - hardly a cloud in the sky. Had a nice visit with Tim's folks over the holidays and looking forward to seeing Lori and her family in a couple weeks. We've been spending most of our free time painting the house - we are almost done. The guest room is all set up!

RIP Velma and Lynn

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