Saturday, December 24, 2016

THE PERFECT HOSTESS GIFT FROM THE HARPER SISTERS

By Mary Kennedy
                                                          

Two characters from my Dream Club Mysteries have taken over the blog today! If you're reading the series, you'll remember the Harper sisters, the octogenarian neighbors who run a flower shop in Savannah.
                                                      
                                                         
 
 Minerva Harper: Down in Savannah, we take "visiting" seriously! I remember when Rose and I were growing up, we spent many a Sunday afternoon calling on friends and relatives. We wore our Sunday best, with white gloves and black patent leather shoes, so shiny you could see your reflection in them!                              
                                                        
 
 Rose Harper: And the one thing Mama drummed into us was to always bring a hostess gift. Of course, she also told us to mind our manners.  Cookies were always a good choice. We used to make cookies on rainy days and stock the freezer with them. And then on Sundays, we'd whisk them out, put them in a pretty container (Mama loved yard sales!) and take them with us.                                                          
 
Minerva Harper: Sugar cookies were always a good choice, and scones were another favorite. It seems everyone liked a home-made treat.
                                                      
     
Rose Harper:  Home-made jam was another popular hostess gift. We made jars and jars of peach jam, strawberry jam and blueberry jam in the summer months.
                                                         
 
Minerva Harper: And everyone loved Mama's glazed pecans. We could never make enough of them!
                                                        
 
The recipe is so simple, I hope you try it.  People just don't seem to go visiting like they used to, but we guarantee you will be a welcome guest, if you bring a nice little box of Mama's glazed pecans. Have a great holiday! See the recipe below, brown sugar, butter, corn syrup and a cup of pecans. Why, I bet you have all that in your pantry right now!  If you have an idea for a hostess gift, you'd like to share, please let us know. Rose and Minerva Harper.
 
 Ingredients

2 teaspoons butter
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 teaspoons light corn syrup
pinch of salt
1 cup pecans

 
 
Directions: Melt butter in a skillet, add the brown sugar and corn syrup; stir until combined.

Add the pecans and cook, stirring constantly for five minutes.

Make sure all the pecan pieces are covered with syrup.

Spread on a baking tray covered with parchment paper and cool.

You might want to double the recipe; these are delicious and will go fast!

Yield: 6 servings
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