I’m thrilled that it’s finally cooling down and starting to feel like fall. I actually am sitting here, it’s night, and I don’t have to run the air conditioner. I’m in Florida so that’s a big deal.
But now that the air is getting crisp, I’m getting in the mood for fall. That, of course, means that I’ll start pulling out the fall decorations and gearing up for all my favorite upcoming holidays. Can you believe it, I actually started Christmas shopping this week.
When I think of fall, or autumn if you choose to call it that, makes me think of one thing first – pumpkins. I have an obsession with all things to do with pumpkins. The color, the smell, and especially, the taste.
Tonight I made my first pumpkin recipe of the season. Pumpkin Milkshakes. After all, I had to have something to drink with the Graham Pralines that I made.
Now, before I share the recipes, let’s talk about those pralines.
My husband is in Texas with his work pretty often. And being the creature of habit that he is, he always stops by the same place to eat. To the point, that he schedules his route to be there during the lunch hours. My husband is probably the #1 fan of Cooper’s BBQ and Grill in Junction, Texas. At least he’s not selfish with the goods, he’s even brought back BBQ rub and the sauce and the last time….a brisket!! It was D.E.V.I.N.E.
My husband has developed friendships there and shared my Goofy Cake recipe with them. And this last time, he even brought back a recipe – Graham Pralines. Not diet friendly at all, but a nice yummy special treat.
- 1/3 c. canned pumpkin puree
- 1/2 c. milk
- 1/2 t. vanilla extract
- 1/2 t. cinnamon
- 1/8 t. nutmeg
- 2 Tbsp. brown sugar
- 2 c. vanilla ice cream (I use Breyer's natural)
- Place all ingredients in a blender and blend thoroughly. Pour into chilled glasses and enjoy.
- 1 box of graham crackers, (it took two of the packages in the box for my cookie sheet)
- 2 sticks unsalted butter
- 1/2 c. sugar
- 1 c. finely chopped pecan pieces
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Line a cookie sheet with unbroken graham crackers.
- In a small saucepan, melt the butter and then add the sugar.
- Boil the sugar mixture for one full minute til it thickens.
- Remove from heat and add pecans.
- Pour mixture over the graham crackers.
- Bake for 10 minutes.
- Let crackers cool completely and then break into pieces.