At our house it’s the fourth Sunday in Advent. And time for some sweeping in the stable.
Translation: the creche figures which followed me home from Hungary nearly 34 years ago are beginning to take their places.
Next door, our neighbors are celebrating the first night of Hanukkah.
It’s also the day after my Feminine Frequency Festival live video debut!
I doubt seriously that there’s an Emmy in it for me AND I lived through it and learned a lot.
A whole bunch of IT was laid down in that half an hour! Which means more light in this world, now, and that totally works for me!
My dear friend and Intentional Creativity® sister, Natalie Moyes, was hugely helpful!
So, for service above & beyond… The Recipe!
If you missed the presentation, it’s all recorded and you can go check it out.
Hint… IT, in this case, refers to beliefs which are not empowering for you!
Even if you don’t make it to Festival Land, you can make cookies. Even if they’re not exactly the way WE always did it, they’re really good!!! (And a great addition to your medicine basket!)
Pecan Crunch Cookies
These are the mythical cookies that made my dad propose to my mom when he went home from college with her for Christmas break. When they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary, he said it had been worth it for all the cookies! Granny made round and crescent moon shaped cookies.
The round ones are easier to roll and bake better without breaking. (I suspect Granny liked the moon ones so she could eat all the crumbs.) These are basically just enough dough to hold the pecans together! Especially if you’re baking with kids, I’d go with the balls.
Equipment Note: This dough gets pretty stiff. Whatever mechanical advantages you want or have will be helpful, though you’ll have to finish mixing by hand.
Ingredient Note: Unless you just like cracking pecans and picking them, and have about a week free, don’t be a shero on this one. Get good, current crop pecans, papershells in the South, cracked by somebody with a porch and a rocking chair. Those statues that look like scary toy soldiers are not the men for this job!
Preheat oven to 250°F. These work well with 2 sheets baking in the oven at once, evenly spaced.
In a bowl for your chosen mixing method, cream:
1 c. room-temp unsalted, organic butter and 6 Tbsp. powdered (confectioner’s) sugar (I like 10x which means it’s finer) until mixture is like whipped cream.
Add and mix in well:
2 Tbsp. real, preferably organic, vanilla extract and 1 lb. pecans, chopped to a med. size.
1 large pinch sea salt.
Stir in gradually, mixing well:
2 c. organic, sprouted grain (or all-purpose) flour.
Roll into small balls with the palms of your hands, about the size of a quarter or 1 neat mouthful. Press well together but don’t press so hard that they crumble.
Place close together, but not touching, on ungreased cookie sheets. These don’t grow.
Bake very slowly @ 250°F., really just drying them out, for 1 hour. They’ll be only a tiny bit browned. While cookies are still hot, roll in small bowls full of:
More powdered sugar. Roll cookies quickly to cover and set aside on layers of paper towel.
Continue until all cookies are baked.
Store in airtight cans or glass jars between layers of waxed paper. They’ll keep a week to 10 days, less long in humid areas. Gotta eat faster!
ps… the Legendary Husband was also hugely helpful with all the Festival stuff. Plus, he survived my tech-angst and vocabulary challenges! (The badly timed “crash” and my dead keyboard didn’t help much!) This is medal of honor work!!!
pps… huge thanks, as well, to Uncle Walter, and to C.S. Lewis’ friend, Puddleglum, who has been a powerful guide in my journey with the notion of beliefs! Curious??? Here’s the gist of the story from a slightly different Holy-day: https://sueboardman.wpengine.com/st-puddleglum/