Okay…admittedly it’s not a great quality photo but the smile is! In his later years my Dad honed his baking skills and produced pies and breads that we would all clamor for. The textures and flavors were out of this world. He really had the touch.
Among my most treasured possession are Dad’s cookbooks. One in particular is pure gold! He has written notes and added leaflets from companies such as Roger’s Flour (which he swore by).
Dad’s Pecan pie was the best I ever tasted! HANDS DOWN! (My Son and I were found in the kitchen eating frozen slices because we just couldn’t wait LOL!) Why was it so good? He had two secrets:
1) Don’t over handle your pastry. Just combine it, roll it and piece it together if you have to. When you handle it too much you slowly start to incorporate the little bits of lard with the flour. When the lard is left to do it’s job your finished crust is so flaky! Dad always used the recipe from Tenderflake Lard.
2)Toast the pecans. This brings out their flavor! Well worth the effort.
How to Toast Pecans:
Preheat oven to 300 degrees F
Spread pecans evenly over a cookie sheet and place in oven for 10 minutes. Remove the pecans from the oven and stir them, turning them over as you go. Put them back in the oven for another 10 minutes. WATCH THEM! If they start to turn too dark pull them out. Let them cool and add to your recipe.
Dad's Best Ever Pecan Pie
This pie is an improved version from Better Homes and Gardens New Cook Book. Of course Dad experimented until it was just right.
Sometimes you just need to do something different. I’ve been cutting (….and cutting and cutting) denim for a king-sized quilt (more on this another day). My hands needed a break so I decided to start some edging for the pillow cases and sheets. Honestly, I was a little excited to start a free pattern called “Wide Economy Edging”at MyPicot.com
The picture above doesn’t do it justice. As it’s a work in progress it’s not blocked. So pretty! The widest part measures about five inches. I’ve never owned or made lace edged sheets and pillow cases. OH the luxury! Hopefully the large lace will accent the denim and create a cozy vintage feel.
I have no idea who made the crochet cotton or even what size it is. Sorry… it’s a few balls from my Mom’s old stash. Whatever you use, just play around with crochet hooks until you have the gauge you want. I highly recommend following the link to the .pdf file for the diagram. The written instructions are very hard to follow if you are a newbie crocheter. I have crocheted for years and had to frog and redo many sections until it looked right. I emailed the site for permission to reproduce the pattern to share with you. Once I hear back I will post it with my changes.
It seemed like my husband was constantly “misplacing” his glasses, keys, tech toys, etc. One day out of sheer desperation I decided he needed a bag of some sort. So, from an old pair of raggy jeans and some left over blue cotton, the Murse was born. Enjoy this free sewing tutorial.