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Thursday, September 21, 2023

Pecan Praline Cookie Recipe


September 21 is pecan cookie day and so I decided to share the recipe for these tasty pecan praline cookies. Oh so yummy !!! 

1 1/4 cup chopped pecans
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup evaporated milk
2 tbsp salted butter
3/4 tsp pure vanilla extract

In a pot, combine the milk, brown sugar, and granulated sugar. Stir, and bring to a boil( over medium high).
Let boil for 1 minutes then add in the pecans, and butter. Stir in. Let the candy reach 240 F degrees ( use a candy thermometer )
Remove the pot from the heat, and add in the vanilla.
Stir the ingredients, and let cool for 3 minutes.
Stir the mixture, until it starts to thicken.
Grease/ Butter a cookie sheet.
Spoon out the mixture onto the cookie sheet, and let the candy cool and firm.

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Farm Safety Awareness

Today, September 21st is farm safety for kids' day. I grew up in a small town and my grandparents both had farms. As you can imagine there was a lot of work to be done but there was also a lot of fun. Of course, there were lots of rules to follow as well. 

The dangers on a farm are plenty ranging from livestock to tractors and other equipment. The same dangerous things were also what made a farm so fun. Kids are always or normally always to give a helping hand. I know that as kids we always had set chores on the list of things to do for the day. Our grandparents would always go thru the chores with us telling us what was important to do and what we needed to watch out for. Likewise, todays world demands the same in-depth preparation so a child can know what to do and what they cannot. 

One way to grab attention is to hang posters with pictures in places kids can see. You can find posters to order online that are perfect for kids of all ages. In addition adults need to make sure that keep tools, sharp objects, and poisons in and up out of reach.

Fencing is another great way to keep children protected. Ponds and places where equipment is located are great places to place fencing. Rules should be known by all so that the level is danger is kept at a minimum. Perhaps it is best to make it understood that adult supervision is needed to do certain activities/ 

supervision is one of the best ways to keep children safe. Keeping an eye on them at all times is nearly a must. Chores is a great way to get children involved with the work on the farm but must be age related to ensure safety. In addition, a reward for doing good on the farm, finishing chores etc would be a great idea. 

Farming is a wonderful way of life for the entire family both young and old. Keeping everyone safe is what makes it even better. 

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Tuesday, September 19, 2023

Butterscotch Pudding Recipe


Butterscotch pudding offers our taste buds a rich , delicious, creamy taste that reminds me of childhood. Butterscotch itself is made of brown sugar and butter. From hard candies to sauces and puddings butterscotch has been long loved. A close love but definitely quite different is caramel. The main difference is that caramel will use white sugar and uses heavy cream. The source for this recipe

  • 1/2
     cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3 Tbsp water
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 3 Tbsp corn starch
  • 3 large egg yolks
  • 3 Tbsp unsalted butter, room temperature, cut into pieces
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp bourbon (optional)

  • Over medium/medium-low heat, melt the brown sugar with the salt and the water. The water helps the sugar to dissolve and melt evenly. Heat until bubbling, and continue to cook for 5-6 minutes more, keeping a close eye on it and making sure it doesn't burn. Don't stir it while it is cooking, but you can swirl the pan around a bit to distribute the heat if needed.
  • Allow the melted brown sugar to cool for a few minutes.
  • Meanwhile, dissolve the cornstarch in a little bit of the milk, and whisk until very smooth. Add the egg yolks, and whisk until smooth.
  • Add the corn starch slurry to the rest of the milk and cream, and whisk briefly to combine everything.
  • Add the milk/cream mixture to the partially cooled brown sugar, whisking as you go. The sugar will seize up and become hard, but don't worry, everything will melt once the pan goes back on the heat.
  • Return the pan to the heat, and gently bring the whole mixture to a boil over medium-low heat, whisking constantly. Once all the brown sugar has dissolved and the mixture is beginning to thicken, switch to a silicone spatula so that you can scrape the bottom and sides of the pan as it thickens.
  • Once the pudding comes to a boil, (it should be quite thick), take it off the heat and immediately pour it through a fine mesh strainer.
  • Add the butter, vanilla extract, and whiskey (if using), and whisk vigorously to combine (I whisked mine for a good minute or so to get the butter well incorporated.)
  • Pour the pudding into serving containers, and enjoy warm, or allow it to fully set in the fridge. It will be fully set in a couple hours.

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Voter Registration Day

 Are you a registered voter??? If so then that is great but please check with the local registers office to ensure your information is correct. September 19th is Voter registration day. We each have our own way of getting others involved. George Washington, it seemed wanted to bring voters, so he used his campaign budget to buy everyone a drink. Texans do it even in a different way it seems you cannot use just any ID but if you show a gun card you are good to go. Folks of color had it even harder as they were made to pay a poll tax forcing them to stay away from voting, but these were later repelled.  So as you can see there have been many changes and many have fought for the right to vote.

National Voter Registration Day is a day that will see volunteers out at schools, in the workplace, and in neighborhoods urging others to get ready to vote. Tables will be set up with information on how to vote. Doors will be knocked on to share the news of voting with all. In addition, you may have noticed post on social media on the importance of voting. 

So the question is are you registered to vote??