Pecan Pie (s)

Pecan Pie

simply delicious,  It is  one of the all time great pies~

OK, I went back to the March Blog to get this pecan pie picture to show you (again). Same recipe but different story. I was making this pie yesterday for today’s Thanksgiving dinner. We were all going to Tricia’s to eat dinner in her new sun room. I made the pie and while it was baking I went out to cut some juniper for Debbie’s Christmas decorations. I sacked up a garbage bag full, then walked around the yard and enjoyed the nice weather. I went inside  and remembered the pie. It was smelling ‘pretty done’ and the timer was blaring. After it cooled, I cut a tiny slice to see if it was going to be good enough to use. Not bad but the crust was hard and tough. I thought for a minute and I knew I should start over. So, I whipped up another one and got to the place where the custard is poured into the pie shell, reached over to get the bag of toasted pecans and just as I was fixing to dump them, saw I had the bag of Kibbles & Bits I had measured out for the pasture kitties. I saved it just in time! I was so happy, the rest of the day I was feeling good. Instead of having to make a third pie, it only took two tries. This one was perfect. It is an easily pie to make, you just have to use your head and not wander off out in the yard or get distracted. I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. It was a beautiful day. We all have so much to be thankful for~


1/3 tsp SALT
2 CUPS PECANS (toast in microwave for 2 minutes, stirring twice)
Mix syrup, sugar, salt, butter, and vanilla.
Add slightly beaten eggs. Pour into 9 in. unbaked pie
shell. Sprinkle pecans on top. Bake at 350 for
1 hour. Watch carefully the last 20 minutes. You can lay a piece of foil over the top during the last 15 minutes so the crust doesn’t brown. It should be golden.
1 ½ c flour
1 tsp salt
½ c shortning
Mix flour and salt, cut in shortning with pastry blender
Slowly add a few teaspoons of cool water while stirring to make a ball of dough that is firm and not sticky. Don’t over work it, the less you fool with it, the more tender it will be.
Roll it out thin on floured wax paper,( put a few drops of water under the paper so it won’t slip and slide). Now carefully fold it around the rolling pin and place it in the pie pan. Cut excess crust off around edge, leaving 1/2 in. overhang, which you can tuck under and make a pretty fluted edge.


Mallard Ducks

this is a male mallard duck figurine, Andrea made thousands of these ducks and they are beautiful but not expensive~

we always named our ducks before we knew if they were boys or girls, we were usually wrong.

Here are some Mallard duck figurines I bought after I no longer had my real ducks. They are quite beautiful and realistic. I have had a love for ducks ever since I got two babies at a garage sale thirty five years ago. Stanley and Rose Olive lived with us for almost ten years. Later the kids had ducks when they were grown and married. There was Sarah Kate, Katy Mae and Algeritta, to name a few. No one knows how smart and loving these birds can be until they have them for pets.  They are unbelievably beautiful. All they wanted was a puddle of water. We always remember them at Christmas time and how much fun they were  when they got their special gift~a pint of earth worms~

This is a picture of Katie Mae begging for his Christmas worms. He got to come in the kitchen on special occasions.


Algeritta went to live in Santa Fe Park after he was a bad boy~


ducks are noisy, but those of us who owned them loved the sound of their ‘wak wak wak’  This is the handsome  Sarah Kate in the pond

Sarah Kate was a beautiful male mallard, he loved the pond with the fountain. It was fun to watch the ducks go upside down in the water to eat off the bottom. We had a wonderful time with all the ducks, what special little friends~

Pickups, Trucks and Trailers

Not everyone needs to own a pickup truck, it is better if you have a friend who has one, when you want to haul something that won’t fit in the car then you need that friend and it is even  better if they owe you favors. If you have a car with a hitch and own a trailer, you are in business. Or if your car has a hitch and your friend has a trailer, that is even better. Here are some pictures of how people move things from one place to another.

this trailer has side boards, you can really overload it. It  probably carried stoves, cots, water, food and a bunch of junk that hunters would need for their two weeks in the mountains

This old car was sitting at the ranch in Culberson County with the trailer behind it. Here it is, seventy miles from the nearest town and and it must have had to pull it’s load over rocky country roads (or no roads) to get to the camp. It gives me a ulcer just to think about it.

this is a pretty big load for one little truck. They better drive fast, it is starting to rain

Not a good idea to move furniture on a rainy day. Oh, mama is going to be so mad!

these little cars are great for carrying your stuff,  looks like this one is taking the wool to market

This hatch back seems to be hauling sacks of wool.

you notice this man put a tarp over his load, he was thinking ahead. Now if he can only get the engine cooled off

He thought he could just add one more stack and save a trip~

here is a flat bed trailer hauling a car. When I see this, I wonder if the car is being repossessed

We see a lot of flat bed trailers hauling cars and heavy equipment.

this is a real trailer, it has lock downs inside, a great fold down ramp in back and secure locks. Now I like this one~

If you have a neighbor with a cargo trailer, you will be going first class.

there is a walk in door on the side. I made good use of this trailer while it was at my house


ZZ took Granddad for lots of  rides, she put a flip bed back there  so he and Missy were nice and comfortable.

Thanksgiving Dinner at Church

This is my blog from a year ago, I liked it and wanted to run it again. Happy Thanksgiving to Everyone. We all have much to be thankful for, never underestimate your good fortune.

this is Vickie, she was the most decorated helper so she gets to go first

I am re-posting my blog from last year’s Thanksgiving Dinner at the Presbyterian Church in Eldorado. This year we will be celebrating at the Old Bank Building and having the dinner catered. Our church kitchen is all laid in the floor of the basement, being renovated.

Here is an account of last year’s dinner:

After church service today we had our annual Thanksgiving dinner, it is always a special meal.  Everyone brings their favorite dishes and we have wonderful cooks. There are about 40 members in our church, I think they were all there today and some guests too.  I will show you a few pictures, it will make you hungry~ 

there were platters of ham and turkey, wonderful dressing and gravy

two of our best cooks, we published a cook book a few years ago and there were wonderful ‘start from scratch’ recipes

Debbie is the one who brings the wonderful music every Sunday

here are Danell and Maxine

here are  good vegetable dishes, the deviled eggs are the first to go~

there are always delicious fruit salads, the pink one in front is Danell’s

this is just a few of the desserts, the table was 6 feet long and loaded with cakes, pies, banana pudding, and cheese cakes.

What a feast, how wonderful it is to have our church family~

Deer Hunting

I have never seen bucks really fighting, they may just being macho for their buddies

I have found the bucks to be skittish, they usually only come at night. The does come and stay during the day eating corn, enjoying the shade of the oak trees and lying around in the cool grass. The fawns are like baby goats, they love to play.

As hunting season gets started, we will be seeing men in camouflage clothes in in the grocery store, buying stuff, mostly snack food and ice. They all seem happy. There are a lot of deer in Schleicher County and the hunting is good. These were a couple of pictures from Frankie Lively’s camera.

this is a picture of a doe at my water trough. Three years ago was one of the worst droughts ever in West Texas, many deer didn’t survive but my yard was a haven for them. They had corn, water, and a cool shade under the oak trees with green grass. The windmill never stopped pumping. What a year!

I have deer in my yard all year long, they come up to the trough for water and I throw corn out for them. It brings up the wild turkeys too. I love the wildlife. I am not a hunter but a watcher. Nature is one our blessings~

Mexican Beef Enchiladas

Mexican Enchiladas

may be the favorite of all Mexican food


1 lb. very lean ground meat
2 T. Gephardt chill powder
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp salt
1 tsp ground cumin
½ tsp oregano
3 c. water
Brown meat in skillet with spices; then add water. Cover and cook on med. for about 25 minutes. Skim all the grease off.

Enchilada Sauce
2 T. Gephardt chili powder
3 T. corn oil
1 tsp. ground cumin
4 T. flour
1 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp red pepper if you like it hot
Heat together in saucepan, then add 3 cups water. Stir until thickened (like slightly thin gravy).
Soft Fried Tortillas: In a small skillet, add about 1/2 cup corn oil and, one at a time, soft fry 12 corn tortillas, just 4 or 5 seconds on each side. Drain each one on a paper towel, pat to be sure to get the grease off. Keep warm.
Shred 2 cups longhorn cheddar cheese. Chop 1 onion.
To keep it neat, assemble enchilada on a plate, then slide it onto a dinner plate.
Assembling: Dip each tortilla in enchilada sauce; lay on plate and spoon on some chili, cheese and onions. Repeat until you have a stack of 3. As you finish, put each plate in microwave for 1 minute so it will be really hot. Top each enchilada with a soft fried egg and pour remaining sauce on each stack. Garnish with a sprig of cilantro.   (Chili, enchilada sauce, cheese and onions can be prepared day before.) Serves 4

Pasture Cats

I could only get a picture of these four, there was the big black cat and two other babies in the grass behind them. Squaline is the spotted cat, she runs down the road to meet the car every evening when I go to feed them.

When I went down the road to feed the pasture kitties this evening the usual three were waiting by the big yellow pan and there were four new little gray kittens,  they are probably three weeks old, someone has had babies~ I was planning to catch the three big cats and have them fixed right away but waited too long. Oh my, life is hard~ ( but there is nothing cuter than a baby kitten~) I have three cats who live at the house that I had fixed. Domino and Buttermilk live on the screened in porch and Mammie lives in the garage. They are nice pets.

LBJ State Park

he drove up in a big white Lincoln, everyone stood in line to meet him, but he took off down the ranch road and came back after a little while, his prank for the day~

We were at the LBJ Park in April 1973 for the exhibit of all the best Presidential Cartoons that had been in the newspapers through Lyndon Johnson’s days in the white house. Some of them were a little mean spirited, most of them were clever and terribly funny.  He must have been a cartoonist’s perfect subject with his big ears and deep wrinkles. Lady Bird was always the favorite in a crowd, she was pretty and so warm and gracious. He married well~

it was a surprise how tall he was, he was a big man, he reminded me of John Wayne


Lady Bird was dedicated to making the Texas countryside  beautiful~ covered in bluebonnets and wild flowers. It was her passion~


Firey Red Chinese Pistache Tree

this tree will grow to be a medium size, it makes a nice shade in the summer and here it is in all of it’s splendor with the cooler weather.

This is the Chinese Pistache tree in my back yard, it is beautiful. I bought it just before Duckwalds closed their store, their trees cost $13 in the 5 gallon size buckets, and every tree I bought lived and has done well. This one is my favorite. The Chinese Pistache is originally from China and is kin to the cashew family. They grow in poor soil and harsh conditions, they are hardy trees. They like full sun, after they are established they don’t need a lot of watering. A long time ago I had three mimosa trees in this spot, they had lacy leaves and beautiful flowers, I enjoyed them for many years. They shaded the screened porch. I have always loved trees, even those that don’t bloom or turn bright red in the fall. A tree is a treasure, no matter where you live, or for how long, plant a tree and enjoy watching it grow, then leave it for the next ones~

One Nation Under God

I have shown this picture before, it is Granddad,  with Elizabeth and Spook, raising the beautiful American flag~

A friend sent me this message from the Rev. Billy Graham, I wanted to put it on my blog this morning because it is important. When he is gone, who will take his place~

“The legacy we leave behind for our children, grandchildren, and this great

 nation, is crucial.  As I approach my 94th birthday, I realize this election could
 be my last.  I believe it is vitally important that we cast our ballots for
 candidates who base their decisions on biblical principles and
 support for the nation of Israel.  I urge you to vote for those who protect the
                                   sanctity of life and support the biblical definition of marriage between
                             a man and woman.  Vote for biblical values this November 6, and pray
 with me that America will remain one nation under God.”
Billy Graham
Montreat, NC

1940s Favorites



mother made our clothes and back then little girls wore dresses. (will you notice those knees)

I ran across a picture this week of me, Tricia and Nancy and our Uncle Calvin and Aunt Maxine. We loved them, they were fun and taught us all kinds of things. After they were older, Calvin was in the navy, (he looked wonderful in his sailor suit) and Maxine was a beautiful girl, she worked as secretary for lawyer, Robert Amacker. When Calvin was home on leave, they liked to jitter bug  and they tried to teach us the steps.  “kick~ kick~toe~heel~toe~stomp~slide”  Now it stuck with me and that is exactly how I did it even when I was grown. (not a pretty sight) I did the steps but didn’t learn the dance. They knew all the dances from the early 1940s.

this picture was taken two years ago, Baby Nancy and Aunt Maxine

Maxine was 90 years old in this picture, she died this past year. She was still very pretty and resembled Queen Elizabeth. Calvin lives in California with his family and is retired from Jet Propulsion Labs. He has a beautiful shock of white hair and plays tennis weekly. We were always proud of our aunts and uncles, these two were the most fun~

Old Airstream~ New Draperies

These trailers were decorated in browns and oranges and all the ugly colors from the 70’s. I changed everything to my favorite shades of blue and creamy white

The draperies in our used Airstream trailer were getting worn and I wanted to buy new ones, these were original so they were nearly 40 years old. I looked on the internet and found a place that made custom replacements, they were expensive~many hundreds of dollars. The trailer has seven big windows and a large wrap around window in front. I thought it over for a few weeks and decided to make them myself. It is hard to find drapery material so I went to Penney’s and bought readymade draperies (they were 80 inches long so I could cut them in half and have plenty of fabric for the shorter trailer windows. They were the perfect color and texture, I figured out how many I would need and came home and started ripping and cutting. Since they had lining I didn’t need to buy anything else. It was a big job, you need to make pleats at the top and bottom of each drapery or 344 pleats. Then there are little plastic hangers that are sewn to each pleat and connected to a glide that goes on the top and bottom of the window. I was really happy when I finished, I enjoyed making them and they only cost $128.00. There is still another story about the draperies but I will save it for a little later~

the bedroom has comfortable twin beds, the draperies cover the windows and the side walls, it is like a stateroom. I bought king size comforters and cut them to fit the beds and had fabric left for pillows and shams.