Thoughtful Thursday ~ Road Trip & Happy Autumn Equinox!

Packing is on my mind this morning.  Jerry and I leave at noon or thereabouts.  He has a school he has to attend tomorrow and I am riding shotgun.  I haven’t packed but it is just overnight and I will spend tomorrow in Hobby Lobby and Michaels so really I just need some money!

I have been busy as a bee since Jerry got home so I haven’t had much time to write.  The “knock your socks” off giveaway is coming together so …
Patience Grasshopper!  You are gonna LOVE IT!

I absolutely LOVE this time of year.  Days are shorter, and cooler, the sky is bluer.  And my tummy turns to Autumn foods!  Here is a recipe I found yesterday at KingArthurFlour – I am going to give them a try this weekend when I get back.  I know it’s not really recipe day but I have to get moving but I wanted to share this.

Salty Sweet Butter Pecan Cookies (OH MY!)

  • 1 1/3 cups pecan halves
  • 2/3 cup light brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup vegetable shortening
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon espresso powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3/4 teaspoon butterscotch, vanilla-butternut, or butter-rum flavor
  • 1 teaspoon vinegar, cider or white
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 cups King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 1/3 cups butterscotch chips
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar mixed with 1 to 1 1/4 teaspoons salt, for topping*
  • *If you’re making smaller (teaspoon cookie scoop-sized) cookies, increase the coating to 1/2 cup (3 1/2 ounces) granulated sugar mixed with 1 3/4 to 2 teaspoons salt.

1) Preheat the oven to 375°F. Lightly grease (or line with parchment) two baking sheets.

2) Place the pecans in a single layer in a pan, and toast till they’ve darkened a bit and smell toasty, about 8 to 9 minutes. Set them aside.

3) In a large bowl, combine the sugars, butter, shortening, salt, espresso powder, baking soda, vanilla, flavor, and vinegar, beating until smooth and creamy.

4) Beat in the egg, again beating till smooth. Scrape the bottom and sides of the bowl with a spatula to make sure everything is thoroughly combined.

5) Mix in the flour, then the chips and toasted nuts.

6) If you’re going to refrigerate the dough, cover the bowl, and refrigerate for about 4 to 5 hours; or overnight. Cookie dough refrigerated for 3 1/2 to 4 hours will spread moderately; chilled overnight, it will spread much less.

7) Mix the 1/3 cup sugar and salt for the coating, and put it in a bowl. Use a spoon (or a tablespoon cookie scoop) to scoop 1 1/2″ balls of dough into the sugar/salt mixture, rolling to coat. Then transfer to the prepared baking sheets, leaving 2″ between them on all sides; they’ll spread quite a bit. Or use a teaspoon cookie scoop to scoop 1 1/4″ balls of dough.

8) Bake the cookies for 10 to 11 minutes — 11 minutes for smaller cookies, 12 for larger ones. Their edges will be chestnut brown and their tops a lighter golden brown. (For dough that’s been refrigerated, add 30 seconds to 1 minute to those baking times.) Remove them from the oven, and cool on the pan till they’ve set enough to move without breaking. Repeat with the remaining dough.


Have a great Thursday!  See you guys tomorrow morning!  Foodie Friday you know!


Wednesday ‘s Woman: Bakerella

Best I can tell from reading her blog, Bakerella (Angie Dudley) is at the top of her game.  According to her last entry she has now made the NYTimes Best Seller list with her book Cake Pops by Bakerella! Whoa, Baby!  I gave her a shout out in my pie book for the inspirational Cutie Pies.  Look, this gal is A-M-A-Z-ING.  Get over there and check her out.  If you don’t drool on your keyboard, you need to have your eyes checked out.  Here is my version of her little pies from my cookbook NotQuiteJuneCleaver bakes a PIE!



Hurry over and see what a great, informative, yummy blog she keeps!

Happy Wednesday Everyone!


What does it mean to be Green?

So Tuesday has rolled around again and it’s time to hug another tree. Before I forget, I want to show you one of my new green pictures.  Aren’t my tomato plants growing beautifully?  I know this may not be a big deal to anyone but me.  However, I really am excited.  I can’t even eat fresh tomatoes but Jerry can, and he loves them and we always say when eating our delicious winter salads…”I really wish we had a fresh homegrown tomato to go with this.”  Now, maybe we can!


If you look really close in the last frame you can see a little bloom…awwwww.  Cute huh? And yes, I know my tomato cages are upside down but I wanted them for keeping kitties out.  I will actually stake the tomatoes soon.

But back to Treehuggin’…Being Green‘s meaning has changed over the years.  When I was much younger, if someone called you green it was more of an insult.  It insinuated that you didn’t know what you were doing.  Or that you were naive.  Also, you could have been said to be “Green with envy.”  That was certainly not a compliment if being said about you.  Nowadays, totally different.  In fact I had to really wonder if my own kids would know that there was more than one meaning for “being green“.

In my own life, honestly, I am more green at heart than action.  Where I live really, really makes it very difficult to be as green as you might like.  There is the whole unbearable Summer heat and humidity that completely negate any thought you have of not using energy to cool your home.  I mean are you kidding?  106 and humid.  I am going to have the air going full force. Winter is a little different.  As I have always said, I can get warm, getting cool is another subject all together.  I can add layers, bundle myself, but I cannot get nekkid enough to be cool! Nor do you want me to!

Then there are the pests.  Serious pests.  People who don’t live in the South can’t imagine how big a mosquito can actually get.  Not to mention the diseases from mosquitoes. Or how how horrible fire ants are.  In fact they can be deadly.  My brother is horribly allergic to a fire ant sting.  Too many and I would worry that he might not survive.  I cannot tell you how much I hate fire ants.  I have tried “natural” pesticide recipes .  Oh, I haven’t given up – I just read something about soy oil and cornmeal.  I will try anything once.  But at present, I use Ortho.  Yes, it is extraordinarily poisonous.  But don’t judge if you don’t have imported fire ants.  They can ruin so much and I am convinced there is one original colony still in existence somewhere in South America  and they are all still just making a trail north.  Did you know they will get in your air conditioner and short it out?  Phone company equipment, water well mechanism?  AND there is no natural predator of the imported fire ant in the US.  Now some scientists are trying to get permission to introduce the fly that is the natural enemy in Brazil…but I personally think that is a BAD idea.  Stop with the introducing things into an eco system!  Kudzu in Mississippi??? Rabbits in Australia, pythons in Florida, aquatic plants in Texas Lakes? Some done illegally, but in the case of Kudsu, it was brought in and introduced as a erosion deterrent. No I am not a scientist – har har.  And WOW I can get off on a tangent so easy.  Sorry about that.  Where was I?

Being green, going green, living green is one of those subjects I thought Jerry and I disagreed on, kinda like politics.  Live with a man 25+ years and never know what political party he would join if he joined things, which he doesn’t and ought to have been a hint.  I am slow on the uptake sometimes 😉 You see Jerry is a man of few words.  Especially if he doesn’t have the facts to back up his statements.  Having worked in the petroleum industry for nearly 32 years and that industry providing us with every material possession, I just assumed I knew what he thought of  renewable energy and such things.  I suppose I should ask instead of assuming.  I will learn one day maybe.  Being a man of few words, his response to one of my “speeches” was “Well, we are going to have to do something.  There isn’t an endless supply of oil. And even if there is,   we can’t get to it.”  Okey dokey. Well put.  Sort of like our “discussion” about the BP disaster in the Gulf.  His response “Of course some part of it was human error, Suzi.  Humans were involved.”   He went on to say much more about it and elaborate on his thoughts on how and why it happened.  Sometimes I know he would like to smack me upside my head – not really but he seems to grasp the reality of things much better than I do.  I get all emotional and such and want to adopt a “just do it” attitude, that rarely works.

Pesticides have been the topic of many a discussion lately.  As has recycling.  He just told me this morning, he was going to try a soap concoction for garden pests this Spring. Interesting.  I suggested tobacco tea but he turned his nose up at that.  He’s not a big fan of tobacco.  Period.   And then onto recycling.  There used to be bins in the Walmart parking lot.  No more.  There used to be a “can man”.  No more.  If I drive my recycling collection 80 miles one way, what have I done right?  Granted landfill is a HUGE problem and one I think about often.  I think really our consumerism is the problem but I won’t go there – I hate hypocrisy 😉 Especially in myself.

So this brings me to the end of my post for today.  I am not by any means thru talking about all this and thinking about all this, but I do have to do something else today!  For one thing make soy candles.  Yep…trying to get all crafty again.  More on that later.

Day after tomorrow is the first day of Autumn – sweet! And I hope to have the new give away posted…you know, the one to knock your socks off!

One more thing.  I am looking for fellow bloggers/writers to write guest posts for me for Tree-huggin’ Tuesdays in the future.  I would love to know what you or your community does to promote Being Green.  Just drop me a note if you are interested.

OH…don’t forget to get your green photos in too.  End of the month! Oh yeah…and there will be a prize…duh!