Sunday, November 30, 2008

Homemade Holidays

With so much commercialism resulting, sadly, in death as people trample each other to save $5.00 on some item they won't even know what they did with next year, I like gifts from the heart. In fact one year my father-in-law got so fed up with how much "purchasing" was going on he delivered the edict: make it yourself or you can't give it.

Wow, that was the most fun I've had at Christmas since I was a kid!

The reason it worked was because it made you think: who is this person, what are his/her likes, hobbies, things he/she would never do for themself? Father-in-law had a wood workshop and he turned out creations that would've made Santa's elves jealous. Even down to the wrapping paper, you weren't allowed to spend money. Okay, the exception to the rule was tape. But we used the colored Sunday comics or recycled paper from a birthday which had just passed. My Mom-in-law even had us crocheting long lengths of single crochet to use for bows or tie packages together.

This weekend I've accomplished two things [if we don't count laundry]: I've addressed my Christmas cards {but they need a message added} and I've shelled pecans until I have the scars to prove it. Nothing says homemade like picking up pecans under the tree at your house, shelling them and sharing. My Mom refers to them as "gold".

So here's my gift to you, to start your holidays out right. Sorry, I'm sure some of you will have to take these measurements and "translate" them but this can be a simple gift that makes people rave about you. And don't forget the most important rule of Cooking as a Gift: eat a few first, just to make sure they're special. :)


1 teaspoon cold water
1 egg white
1 pound pecans: which equals about 4 cups, shelled.
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt

Mix egg white and water until frothy. Add pecans and toss gently, until nuts are coated. In a separate bowl, mix other ingredients, then combine with nut mixture. Again, stir gently. Spread pecans on a non-greased cookie sheet. Bake at 225 degrees for one hour....stirring pecans around every 15 minutes.

Cool on wax paper....and eat!


Dave King said...

Wouldn't it be great if we could all get back to giving only home-made presents? Come to think of it... why can't we? Wouldn't help the recession, I guess!

hope said...


Would you believe the government finally declared today, "The U.S. has been in a recession since Dec. 2007."


I guess the day those figure heads have to go grocery shopping or put gas in their car, they can figure things out as fast as the rest of us.

the broken down barman said...

love pecans and that recipe sounds wonderful.
my Christmas: my g/f buys everything by late august, whether i like it or not, just things she thinks i should like!! then give me a list of what to buy her!!! Santa where are u?