Thursday, December 23, 2010

Family time

Just wanted to take a few minutes to post some pictures after day one of being "home for the holidays". 

I got to my folks Tuesday night and my mother had already made 34 1/2 dozen cookies. No, there is no bake sale going on- these are for my family. Yes, my family is that big! I think she still has more to make. So far she has made peanut butter and chocolate chip. I think she still has to make oatmeal cookies.

Cookies anyone? Yes, they are individually wrapped. They stay fresher longer that way!

Yesterday she spent most of the morning working on the pecan pies. Her pies are famous worldwide- oh, I'm very serious. My parents were missionaries and while they were living in Brazil, she would make pies. They have a few pecan trees in their backyard so my dad has spent time picking them up (my mom hates for pecans to go to waste). He has this fancy device that he rolls over them so he doesn't have to bend over and pick them up- whoever invented this is a genius!

Picking up pecans

After the pecans are shelled, my dad crushes them in this handy dandy electric crusher. My dad said this might surpass the cell phone and computer as the greatest electronic device out there. Before they had this they would have to cut the pecans individually to get them to be the right size.

Stirring the pie mix

Ready to add the crushed pecans to the batter

Pouring the mix into the pie crust

Fresh out of the oven!

She ended up with a total of 11 pies. I didn't get a picture of all of them. 

Now that cookies and pies are made, my mom and oldest sister and I are going to brave the crowds and do some last minute shopping. EEK! I think we are crazy. Before I go, I wanted to post a few more pictures! :)
My great-nephew "E" loves his musical snow globe!

My friend Mel sent me this picture, not sure who took it (these are not her dogs), but this is so adorable!

I actually had this last night but I'll post it for my Thursday Thirsty. A Dr Pepper ice cream float- made with Blue Bell ice cream. Nothing like watching A Christmas Carol while enjoying an ice cream float! :)

Merry Christmas!!


  1. That thing your dad is using to crush the pecans IS one of the best things ever invented. My mom has one & I used it all the time. I really need one at my house!!! :)

    Merry Christmas! :)

  2. Wow! That's a heck of a lot of cookies and pies! (o:

    Have fun last minute shopping - I finally finished mine up yesterday. It's nuts out there!

    Merry Christmas!

  3. The pie looks really really good!! Your blog is great and I look forward to linking it to my blog. I plan of returning often.

  4. Holy co, 34 1/2 dozen cookies?! Huge family! Everything looks DELICIOUS!

  5. That is amazing. Pecans here are so expensive! My niece brought us pecans when she lived in Mississippi. She had picked up pecans the neighbors didn't want. What a treat it was for us!