Thursday, December 22, 2011

Southern Pecan Pie Recipie

I have been struggling with weather or not to release my super secret recipe pecan pie recipe.  I remember the touching episode of TrueBlood where Sookie is defending then eating her Grans Pecan Pie.  When I saw the show I was in tears...and I am not a cryier.  It looks just like my Grandmas Pecan Pie.  I am from Texas and just a hop skip and Jump away from the imaginary town of Bon Temp so I was sure my recipe was going to be similar and give fans a small TASTE of the show they love.

My friend Dallas has posted 2 recipes on her blog you should check out.  They are inspired by the same episode of TrueBlood.

Here is a video that should make you head to the store for all of your ingredients.
1 9inch pie shell
1/3 cup of melted unsalted butter
1 1/4 dark brown Sugar packed
1 cup for dark corn syrup
4 large eggs, lightly beaten
2 teaspoons of pure vanilla
1/2 a cup of heavy cream
1-2 cups of whole pecans

1.  Preheat the oven to 325 F
2.  Combine the melted butter(I melt it in the microwave, allow it to cool so you don't cook the eggs) with the brown sugar, corn syrup, eggs, vanilla, and heavy cream.  Mix with a spoon until well blended.

3.  Poke wholes in the bottom of your pie shell.  (I know there is scientific a reason for this...but I do it because Grandma says so)  The lay your pecans in the shell of your crust.  This serves 2 purposes.  You will roast your pecans and pre-bake your pie shell just a bit.  Not all the way. I always time it at 8min.  I don't line the pecans up exactly perfect...But if you like go for it...

4.  Then pull your pie shell out and pour in your mixture. (YOU ARE pouring your mixture OVER the the pecans that are at the bottom of the pie shell) DON't over fill your crust. You will notice some of your pecans floating to the top...and that is perfect...

5.  Bake your pie in the oven on the lowest rack for 35-40 minutes.  It is VERY important that you don't over cook your pie.  Some folks think because your pie is jiggly it is not done.  But it is perfect.
6.  Cool in the refrigerator before serving.
Let me know if you make it...

Oh note on the side of my pie....I am made homemade yeast rolls and honey butter...I will save that recipe for another time.

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Sunday, December 4, 2011

My 2011 Christmas Tree

My Favorite thing about Christmas is Setting up the Tree.  I like it so much you can find about 6 trees in my home.  (I have been so busy I only have 3 right now) My main tree is a 10ft tall tree I have had for over 7 years.  It is not prelit.  Every Christmas I spend hours wraping every single branch will a set of lights.  I am always asked if I can give tips on Tree decorating and I giggle....I am not a professional but I have perfected my methods over the year so I will share.  I would love to have a Twilight Tree but my husband put his foot down and said no way.  If you think about it I have a gold and amber tree....just like Edward's eyes.

I don't like this one is as much but you can see how it all has come together.  
The glow from the lights makes the lights so pretty.  

My first step is to set up my tree...I then add the lights wrapping each branch with the lights...I then add some twigs in the tree all over the tree.
Here are what the twiggs look like.  I tape them up when I store them...I get mine at Micheal's I use a coupon for 40% off and I get them for under $1.99 a bundle.  With my 10 ft tree I need about 2 bundles.   

My next step is to add my garland...I use a mesh ribbon that works perfect.  I was able to pick it up on clearance for $2 for ??/about 6 yards.  If I have some holes I add some gold poinsettias here and there just to fill in some spots.  I found the poinsettias after Christmas for about 75% off.   
I then add the ornaments.  All of my ornaments are shatterproof and extremely cheap.  I have purchased them after Christmas sales for no more than $3(for 6 to 12).  I have lots and lots.  I have a cat and 2 kids so I lose a few every year....

Now by this time my tree is really coming together.  I also add some gold ice cycles I found at the $1 store a few years ago and they have held up really well.  You can spray paint these if you want a different color.

I hope I have helped someone.  My tree ornaments didn't cost over $30.  My tree and lights were given to me...  My tree skirt was about $20.  You don't have to have alot of money to have a great tree.  If you use any of my techniques....I would love to see your tree...Please post a comment or send me a message...

 Before you know it.....the cat was in the tree...
I think it was the best decoration of all

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Vampire Theme Christmas Trees 2011

It is that time of year again.  I just put up my trees and I wanted to see other Vampire Themed Trees.  So here they are.  If you have decorated your tree in a

This one is my fav.  It looks like she made garland out of Red, Black and White Fabric.  Here is a Great toutorial on how to make rag garland. It is super easy and will last a long time.  The snowflakes can be found at lots of different discount stores.  I have seen the snowflakes in both Red, and White.  I can also see just some black ornaments, with stickers of the movie characters.  I am sure the images have some sort of epoxy on them to keep them on the ornaments for many years to come.  I also see a Hallmark Twilight ornament.

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<p>Sent in by LauraK.</p>
<p>More <a href="">Twilight Eclipse</a> and <a href="">Breaking Dawn Movie</a> news at <a href="">Twilight Guide</a>.</p>

On Dazzled by Edward blog Auctioned off by Salt Lake City Twilighters Anonymous
 and Auctioned off for $4,000 for a great charity

Here is a link for a Vampire Themed Tree.