In classic Mackenzie fashion, the weeks have slipped away and its been a few weeks since my last post! I was hoping to stay more on top of things but of course… that didn’t happen. But I’m perfectly okay with that – blogging is something I do for fun and if there isn’t time for it, that means I’m busy with school or other, more fun things!
The last few weeks have been a little bit of all of both! School has been busy but exciting. I love my classes and although I am taking a heavier than usual load, this has been one of my favorite semesters. I’m deep in the midst of writing my senior honors thesis – it’s an exciting process and call me crazy, but I reward myself at the end of each week with “time” to work on my thesis. Ha! With the end of the semester rapidly approaching, it’s time to crack down and make some serious progress… fun fun! I have all 24 interviews transcribed into a 118 page document and a massive, glorious spreadsheet to start my analysis. This week I’ve been coding the data and I’ll start writing this weekend!
And what have I been up to in the kitchen? Well… I made a crockpot Chicken Tortilla Soup a few weeks ago that was delicious! And so easy! Sadly, the photos I took were just terrible and so I’ll have to make it again before I post it 🙂 But I did hit a home-run with this Salted Pecan Butter!
Libby came home from the farmer’s market last weekend with a tiny jar of pecan butter. It was nutty, creamy and absolutely amazing – so naturally, I had to recreate it. I found a recipe from Cookie and Kate and gave it my own little twist with some extra salt and a dash of cinnamon – and boy, do I have a new favorite treat! It’s a bit unfortunate that pecans are so expensive, but if you can buy them in bulk it would cut down on the price! Regardless, I’m definitely going to be making pecan butter all winter long!
- 2 cups pecans
- Sea salt, to taste
- Cinnamon, to taste
- Maple syrup, to taste
- Toast the pecans in a medium skillet over medium heat for 4-7 minutes. Once toasted and fragrant, transfer to food processor.
- Blend in a food processor until it is creamy and smooth, like peanut butter! It can take awhile, close to ten minutes, so be patient! Scrap down the sides often!
- Once it is smooth and creamy, add a pinch or two of salt, a dash of cinnamon and a teaspoon or two of maple syrup. Blend and taste and adjust flavors to your liking! I added extra salt and LOVED the combination of the nutty spread with salty undertones and a sweet cinnamon finish. Pour into a small jar, seal with a lid and enjoy with toast!