Each pecan season we are blessed with a wonderful crew of dedicated workers. Some of them are legendary bakers and others are learning for the first time how to bake. One of my favorite stories this season was from Kristin, one of our novice bakers. Her Nana is known for making some of the best desserts in the family, but this year Kristin was hoping to win the honors. She offered to contribute a dessert to their Christmas meal and Nana suggested they have a competition. After some consideration she chose one of the Chocolate Pecan Pies that she helped bake that day. She was pleased to report to us that the family decided her dessert was the best. According to her, this will be her dessert of choice anytime she is responsible for bringing the sweets!
My husband, Winston, and my father-in-law had a really nice wheat crop this year. In fact, Winston posted a blog about it recently. Our wheat harvest has struggled the last several years due to drought in our area. This year was another story, though! We were so enthusiastic about it, that we decided to keep some of the harvest for ourselves and my mother-in-law had it milled. We visited them a few weeks ago and enjoyed some warm, fresh biscuits that she had made with the recently milled harvest. I thought you might enjoy a picture of these delicious biscuits.
I’m sure it sounds a little silly, but I loved the idea that we were enjoying the end result of all their hard work. I enjoyed mine with a generous amount of butter. Yum! And, of course, I added a nice cup of coffee. I then mosied on outside to their front porch, sat myself down in an inviting rocking chair and enjoyed the evening with some wonderful people!
“For whatever you sow, that you will reap.” Gal 6:7
I remember when I was a kid it was quite the rage to start clubs and invite your closest friends to join with you. I was a member of The Girls Club in which we would yell “no boys allowed” at the top of our lungs when some little boy would innocently cross our path. Poor thing! I’ve even heard my daughter get into the spirit of clubs with her friends. My favorite kids club of all time, though, is one that I wasn’t even a member of. It was one that my Grampy served as a proud founder. He and his friends built a treehouse in a nearby forest in Stoughton, Wisconsin that served as their clubhouse. As with most clubs they had a “magic word” in order to enter the clubhouse. Now most of us used something simple like “open sesame” as our magic words, but my Grampy and his friends were creative. Their magic word was in the form of a song. It made such an impression on me that I can still remember it today. I know at this point in the story you are thinking “surely she isn’t going to make me read this song”, to which I am responding “oh yes I am.” :)
Alla garu garu, wahoo bahoo
Hiex piex, hika pika domatika
Tippa tika hong kong
Alka balka bah
Guah guah guah
A friend of mine has a shirt which reads “No Perfect People Allowed”. I really like that. It made me think of these clubs that we create as kids. Because even though a kids club is usually in the spirit of fun, the bottom line is that every club excludes someone. “No Perfect People Allowed” should adorn every doorway in every home, church, business, government office and clubhouse. It would help remind us that unconditional acceptance should be the constant rule. And I know for myself it would make me breathe a sigh of relief as I walk into a building with such a motto.
When I think of the perfect pecan tree I think of a huge tree with a wide trunk and leaves that could completely cover you from the sun on a hot day. The thing about pecan trees though is that they are somewhat similar to our own lives. They have stages of prime growth and when they get to the latter stage of life their production starts declining. So my version of a “perfect” tree is not what a pecan farmer would view as perfect. I think these beautiful, mature trees would appreciate this statement as well.
Hello Wordpress friends! So this week we will be filming some of our recipe videos and would like to hear from YOU what kind of recipes you would like to see us film and post! Even if the recipe contains no pecans, challenge us to incorporate pecans into the dish. Comment below or email us!
1. Use a fresh spring mix.
2. Mix in 2 Cups of chopped Strawberries.
3. Add 4 Cups of Grilled Chicken
4. One Cup Blueberries, One Cup Pecans, 3 Tablespoons of fresh basil, and a few onions.