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No one likes to mess with a classic! But you can improve upon one by toasting your pecans for a richer, nuttier flavor!
1 cup corn syrup (light or dark)
1/2 cup dark brown sugar
2 tbs flour
1 cube (1/2 cup) butter
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla
3 beaten eggs
2 cups pecan halves (not pecan pieces or chopped pecans)
1 prepared pie shell, in glass pie pan
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat the pecans lightly with melted butter. Spread pecans out in a single layer on a baking sheet or in a shallow pan. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes, stirring or shaking the pan often until pecans are lightly browned and fragrant. Remove from oven and let cool. Put pecans in the bottom of your pre-prepared pie shell.
Stir first 5 ingredients together over low heat until butter is melted. After you remove the liquid from the heat, stir in the vanilla. Cool to room temperature. Add beaten eggs, after the mixture had cooled (otherwise you will cook the eggs!) and pour on top of nuts in pan.
Bake on bottom shelf of oven at 375 for 30 minutes. Turn down the oven temperature to 325, bake 20 minutes more, or until the filling is cooked thru and begins to crack a little on top. Cool to room temp on a rack before serving.
You can pre-bake your pecan pies and freeze them several weeks ahead of time. After the cooked pie has cooled, seal the whole pie (still in the pan) in a large zip lock freezer bag. Make sure the pan lies flat in the freezer!
Filed under: Kitchen Magic
I usually make a batch of this with a batch of regular chocolate fudge and layer one on top of the other!
1 lb box of powdered sugar
1/2 cup milk
1 C Peanut Butter (not crunchy)
1 jar marshmellow cream
Combine sugar with milk in saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Boil for just under 3 minutes, while stirring constantly. Remove from heat.
Add peanut butter and marshmellow cream. Stir until mixed thoroughly and pour into an 8×8 dish. Chill in refrigerator until set.
1) Make a throw pillow out of a silk scarf!
2) One dollar design finds from Domino. Some good ideas, just like their one dollar gift ideas in the last post.
3) Embroidered menorah (very easy and chic looking!)
4) WalletPop’s gifts you wouldn’t know are from the dollar store.
5) Sour Cream Pumpkin Bundt Cake. Doesn’t this look delicious? I would love for someone to give me a delicious cake!
6) Cute bears to sew from felt. A fairly easy hand sewing project. Come to think of it, I would love someone to give me some felt bears, too!
7) Marshmallow guns! No need to buy them, they are simple and inexpensive to make!
8) Homemade felt stockings. Another fairly simple hand sewing project, and one you can fill with goodies!
9) Free printable 2009 calender. Gorgeous graphics. Print it off at work for no cost at all!!
10) Ok, so I don’t have a number ten. What is your favorite inexpensive idea?
1) Domino has a bunch of dollar gift ideas here, with some clever new spins on some inexpensive classics.
2) Homemade hot chocolate mix. This mix is TO DIE FOR OMG SO GOOD. I’ve not had any kind better that isn’t completely homemade. And sometimes this recipe even beats the completely homemade. There is some serious fighting over this mix whenever I make it. Talk about office politics! You can present it in jars, or baggie it up, put it in a Christmas mug (mason jars and Christmas mugs are dirt cheap at thrift stores, which will make you not only cheap, but green). If you want to get fancy, decorate with ribbon, candy cane, etc.
3) Homemade quick bread such as Pumpkin Plumpkin Bread (this recipe makes two loaves, which equals two gifts, or one-for-me-one-for-you.
4) Have a friend who loves to cook? Make them some Umami Salt!
7) Teacup candles (love this idea, it’s great even if crafty isn’t your thing)!
8) Your Daily Freebies is my favorite deals and freebies board online. Great source for cheap and free magazines subscriptions and other items you can use as gifts!
9) Have kids? Frame their art with inexpensive frames and mats from the thrift store or your local discount supercenter. I have my kids art mixed in with other framed pieces around the house and it looks great. A good present for grandparents!
10) Marble suncatchers. I want a bunch of these on my back porch!