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.
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.
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.
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.
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.