Sunday, December 22, 2013

Homemade Pecan Praline Sauce

you will need -

1 1/4 cups chopped pecans
7 tablespoons butter, divided
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
3/4 cup light corn syrup
3 tablespoons flour
2/3 cup evaporated milk

Place pecans and 3 tablespoons butter in a glass bowl.
Microwave 3 minutes, stirring after each minute.
In another glass bowl melt 4 tablespoons butter.
Add brown sugar, corn syrup, and flour.
Stir until combined.
Microwave 3-4 minutes or until sugar is completely dissolved, 
stirring after each minute.
Add pecans and evaporated milk.
Stir well and pour into jars.

Store sauce in refridgerator. 
Will keep three weeks after opening.

Makes approximately 24 ounces of sauce.

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Pasta Fagioli Soup Mix

Soup Mix in a Jar!
A favorite homespun holiday gift.

For Pasta Fagioli Soup -

Place 1 cup small pasta shells in the bottom of a large mason jar.
Add a layer of 3/4 cup red beans.
Add a layer of 3/4 cup great northern beans.
And a layer of 1 cup pinto beans. 

Combine spices and place into a small bag.

3 tablespoons dried parsley
1 teaspoon dried oregano 
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon dried minced onion
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon onion salt
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 bay leaf

Fold over bag and staple. 

Carefully place bag on top of beans.

And top with lid.

Add a piece of fabric or ribbon and attach the following recipe to prepare soup.

Additional ingredients needed -
1 can diced tomatoes
1 teaspoon salt
fresh grated parmesan cheese, optional

Carefully remove seasoning packet from jar and set aside.
Remove beans; sort and rinse.
Set pasta aside.

Place beans in a large pot and add 6 cups of water.
Bring to a boil and boil for 2 minutes.  
Remove from heat; cover and let stand for 1 hour.
Drain and discard liquid.

Return beans to the pot.
Add contents of seasoning packet and 8 cups of water.
Bring to a boil.
Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 1 hour or until beans are tender.
Add tomatoes and salt; cover and simmer 30 minutes longer, stirring occasionally.
Stir in pasta; cover and simmer for 10 minutes longer or until pasta is tender.
Remove bay leaf before serving.
Top with parmesan cheese if desired and enjoy!

Makes 14 servings.

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Menu Plan

Supper Menus
December 22nd-29th


bbq sandwiches, potato salad, baked beans

Christmas Eve supper - toscana soup, olive garden salad, garlic breadsticks, christmas cake mix cookies, triple chocolate cheesecake 

Christmas breakfast - sausage balls, butter braid, cinnamon rolls, cranberry scones, coffee, juices, and chocolate milk
Christmas dinner with Mr. H.'s family - taking mashed potatoes, rio grande dandy green bean salad, tea

Christmas lunch with my family - cheddar cheese enchiladas, green chili enchiladas, taco bar, spanish rice, refried beans, black beans, tortilla chips, picante sauce, guacamole, pico di gallo, fudge, chocolate billionaires, oreo truffles,  M&M cookies, hot cocoa bar