Pecan Pie Truffles



If you make chocolate, they will come! Yes, it’s true, for me anyway. I will go for anything chocolate on the dessert table above anything else, any time of the day, any day of the year.

These fabulous little nuggets of heaven taste amazing, and they are super easy to make. Aren’t they pretty on this beautiful serving tray too?

If you are looking for something just a little bit different for this year’s dessert table, give these delicious truffles a try. Then grab a cup of coffee and devour away!

Pecan Pie Truffles
  • 2½ c. pecans, toasted and finely chopped
  • 1 c. graham cracker crumbs
  • 1 c. light brown sugar
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 2 tbsp. maple syrup
  • ¼ c. light corn syrup
  • 1½ tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 pkg. Candiquik candy coating, white chocolate or chocolate or combination
  1. In a medium bowl combine the pecans, graham cracker crumbs, brown sugar, and salt.
  2. Add maple syrup, corn syrup, and vanilla and mix well.
  3. Refrigerate mixture for 15 minutes.
  4. Line a baking sheet with wax paper. Remove pecan mixture from the refrigerator and roll into 1-inch balls. (I use a scoop to get all of the truffles the same size.) Place on the wax paper and return to the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
  5. Melt Candiquik according to package directions.
  6. Coat truffles with chocolate and return to the wax paper. Return to the refrigerator to allow the coating to harden.


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Bananas Foster Pancakes



I , like most mothers, love flowers and thoughtful gifts on Mother’s Day.  I enjoy going out for a lovely meal and the calls and cards are nice too.  However, I would love a day of pampering.  By pampering I do not mean that I want a gift certificate for a mani, a pedi, and a nice long massage.  Yes, that would be nice too, but what I’m referring to is a day sitting in my chair watching Lifetime all day long!  The television would not be on Nascar, or baseball, or anything remotely close to an ESPN channel!   I’d watch sappy chick flicks like You’ve Got Mail, While You Were Sleeping, and The Notebook, with a box of tissues and several diet Dr. Peppers.  I could laugh and cry all day long.  Oh, and no Criminal Minds marathons!  All the while Greg and the kids will be doing the laundry…all the laundry…which includes folding and putting away.  They could dust and vacuum, cook and clean up, and my most dreaded job, clean the bathroom!  Oh my, that sounds like the most perfect day ever!!!

Whether you plan to do all of the above for mom or not you can still start her day with a nice home-cooked breakfast, maybe even breakfast in bed.  This is a wonderful recipe for Bananas Foster Pancakes.  This bananas foster syrup is very simple, even the younger kids can help out with a little supervision from dad.  You can use the buttermilk pancake recipe or simply make Bisquick pancakes, which always turn out good.  Mom will love it!

Buttermilk Pancakes
  • 2 c. all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 3 tbsp. sugar
  • 2 lg. eggs, beaten
  • 3 c. buttermilk
  • 4 tbsp. melted butter
  1. Heat griddle to 350°.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and sugar.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs, buttermilk, and melted butter. Gently fold egg mixture into dry ingredients. Some lumps will remain. Too much mixing makes tough pancakes.
  4. Butter griddle and pour batter by ¼-cup measure. Cook until edges look dry and there are bubbles on the surface. Turn and cook 2 to 3 more minutes. Serve warm with Bananas Foster Syrup, with whipped cream, if desired.

Bananas Foster Syrup
  • ½ c. unsalted butter
  • ¼ c. light brown sugar, packed
  • ½ pure maple syrup
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 4 medium bananas, peeled and sliced
  • ½ c. chopped pecans
  1. Heat butter, brown sugar, and maple syrup in a medium sauce pan. Cook over medium heat for 3 to 5 minutes or until sugar dissolves.
  2. Add bananas and pecans and heat through (2 to 3 minutes).
  3. Serve warm over warm buttermilk pancakes.


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