December 22, 2015 – Cookies and Spaghetti Sauce

It is Andy’s 79-4/12 birthday.  I was going to make him a pan of brownies for a cake, but I didn’t have the baking chocolate.  I changed to Pecan Praline Cookies.

Pecan Praline Cookies


  • 8 ounces butter (2 sticks)
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups chopped pecans, toasted
  • sifted confectioners’ sugar, optional

Cream butter and brown sugar; stir in vanilla.  Gradually work in flour.  Mixture may be crumbly.  Add chopped pecans and work into dough.  Pinch off dough and roll in hands to form balls about 1 inch in diameter.  I use a teaspoon (not a measuring spoon) to scoop it up and keep the balls uniform.

Bake pecan cookies at 325° for 15 to 20 minutes, until firm and browned on bottoms.

Roll pecan cookies in confectioners’ sugar while still warm, but give them a few minutes to cool down a bit so they wont’ fall apart when handled.
Makes about 4 dozen pecan praline cookies.

Here they are laid out on my rolling cart that give me a little extra counter space in the motorhome.  As you can see behind them, the table is our den with our computers back to back.  We eat outside.

b01 Cookies
Pecan Praline Cookies

A few of the four dozen are missing in this picture. We bagged up most of the cookies to hand out to the neighbors.

As soon as I got the some space cleared, I started making a big pot of spaghetti sauce, Andy’s favorite meal. We took a walk to the waterfront while the sauce was simmering. This Little Blue Heron was standing on a rope on that floating barrier at the entrance to our canal.

b02 Little Blue Heron
Little Blue Heron
b03 Bougainvilla

Around sunset, we walked back to the water again so I could take some pictures of the lighthouse with Christmas lights on it.  On the way, I got a pretty nice moon picture. It would be better if I had a tripod, bit I was happy enough.

b04 Moon

I probably took a hundred pictures of the lighthouse.  It was too early in some and the lights didn’t show up.  Then, after it got darker, the pictures were not in sharp focus.

b05 Key RV Lighthouse
Lighthouse Dressed for Christmas

So I didn’t get too much done on Big Creek.  I finished fixing the mistakes Andy found and that was it. But, it is probably good for me to take some time away from it. I am ready for a Christmas vacation.

10 thoughts on “December 22, 2015 – Cookies and Spaghetti Sauce

  1. Frank Wilmer December 23, 2015 / 7:55 am

    hi Dinata….could you send me a photo of your lighthouse all by itself? I want to try to save it ….again! Do I remember you sending one previously where it had Xmas decorations on it?


    Sent from my iPad



    • Dinata Misovec December 23, 2015 / 9:20 am

      Here’s one. I also have horizontal shots if you would prefer that.

      Andy and Dinata Misovec

      Aboard Holiday Rambler “Sao”

      In Marathon, Florida



  2. Afrika Bohemian December 24, 2015 / 2:21 am

    Oh this sounds and looks like a beautiful day well spent, happy birthday to Andy. One of these days when I am not lazy, I will try the pecan cookies recipe. I love the lighthouse that is dressed for Christmas. Happy Holidays Dinata


  3. Dinata Misovec December 24, 2015 / 12:06 pm

    Happy Holidays. I also love the lights on the lighthouse. It is not a real official lighthouse, but more of a decoration in or RV park. Do try those cookies, they are so delicious.


  4. sportsattitudes December 25, 2015 / 12:53 pm

    The pictures are just beautiful. As for the recipe…it will be handed over to the wife who absolutely loves pecans and will appreciate it…as will I once they’re made and I then wind up eating half of them!


    • Dinata Misovec December 25, 2015 / 9:46 pm

      I just love this recipe. Hint, I measure HEAVY on the pecans. Too heavy and they’ll fall apart though.

      Liked by 1 person

  5. milliethom January 4, 2016 / 4:35 pm

    How great to have a birthday so close to Christmas, when everything is so festive, anyway. I hope Andy had a wonderful day and enjoyed those pecan praline cookies, which sound divine. Your photos are beautiful. I love the reflection of the festive lighthouse on the water, and your moon photo is excellent, even without a tripod!


    • Dinata Misovec January 4, 2016 / 8:02 pm

      Oh, I didn’t clarify. It was his 79-4/12th birthday. He get a birthday cake, or cookies, or something every month. the man is spoiled.

      Liked by 1 person

      • milliethom January 5, 2016 / 7:05 am

        I think I just misunderstood the dating system over there. Plus, it didn’t enter my head that Andy should celebrate his birthday every month. How great is that – especially when he gets cakes! 🙂


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