It's Autumn and Time for Chili and Pecan Pie



In Kansas City today it's cloudy, rainy, and 64 degrees. In my opinion, today is a perfect autumn day. I woke up happy this morning because my husband gets home from a week long trip to Connecticut. I miss him so very much when he is gone on business trips. I struggle with missing his touch and seeing his pretty blue eyes. I also woke up bright eyed at 5:30 am because we got a very exciting phone call last night, truly an answer to our prayers. Nothing is official at this moment in time, so I won't share the news, but for us it's very exciting! Yesterday I also got my lap procedure scheduled and I went to the social security office to make my name officially Mrs. Smith. So yesterday was a day full of changes and good news. 

I rolled out of bed before the sun came up, when the rain was still sprinkling, opened every single window in the house, and then brewed my new butter rum flavored coffee that I got at Target last night. I lit all the fall smelling candles and made the bed. I got the laundry going and then I pulled out all the ingredients for our dinner - turkey chili! 

Ryan's favorite dessert is pecan pie! One of my dear friends made us a gift basket for our wedding, and in it was a bag of pecans from Fulton, MO. Along with some other goodies for the kitchen, like dish towels, and the absolute best smelling grapefruit and thyme cleaning products by Stonewall Kitchen. I've been using it all every day.

I thought this morning would be a great day to make my baby a pecan pie to welcome him home. I put Pandora on Dolly Parton, pulled out all the pie ingredients and got to it. As I was listening to the music, sipping my hot coffee, with the cold breeze blowing in the house, I couldn't help but reminisce about all the days I watched my grandma in the kitchen. That lady poured her heart into her family and home. She loved her simple life and I love her for that. Quiet moments, like this morning, when I'm doing as she did, I strongly feel her presence with me, usually enough to stir my heart and make my eyes fill with tears. I just hope to be half the woman she was. 



Ingredients: 

1 3/4 cups of white sugar
1/4 cup dark corn syrup
1/4 cup butter
1 tablespoon of cold water
2 teaspoons of cornstarch
3 eggs
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract (I always use extra)
1 1/4 cups chopped pecans
1 unbaked pie shell











Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F

In a medium saucepan, combine the sugar, corn syrup, butter, water, and cornstarch. Bring to a full boil and remove from heat. 

In a large bowl, beat eggs until frothy. Gradually beat in cooked syrup mixture. Stir in salt, vanilla, and pecans. Pour into pie shell. 

Bake in preheated oven for 45-50 minutes, or until filling is set. 

I haven't tasted this one yet, but I made one like it last fall and it was delicious! I cannot wait for Ry to get home and have a slice. 

And a random quote, because that's what I like to do: 
To fall in love with God is the greatest romance; to see him is the greatest adventure; to find him, the greatest human achievement. 
- St. Augustine of Hippo

See more of my faith and blessings board on Pinterest here

Love to you and yours. It's FALL!

xo Wen

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