Yes, the world stopped in the Southeast about a week ago. In our area, we had 5 to 6 inches of snow. This gave us all an opportunity to talk about the way Southerners approach playing in the snow. When I asked my husband what they used for a sled up in Buffalo, he thought I was insane. In case you didn't know, they use a sled for a sled. We used waxed cardboard the majority of the time. I have friends who pulled one another around the streets on a car hood. I suspect that wasn't the safest way to go. My nephew went down a hill in a kayak. It looked like fun, and I think he was fairly well protected in that. Others used lids from storage totes or garbage cans. Another friend used deflated pool floats. I saw one who used an ironing board. The awesome part was of course when he flew off the ironing board. And, everyone was flying by the snowman they built that was decked out in SEC gear. At least the snowmen were more snow than leaves this time.
After a little bit of a Christmas break, I decided to make a Southern classic. Pralines sounded like a really good idea. It appears as though I wasted $6 worth of pecans. Don't get me wrong; the taste was fine. My husband wanted to eat it over ice cream. He said they were gooey perfection. I think he's being nice to me, since I am carrying what will become his giant baby. I believe that I didn't cook the candy mixture long enough. What I made was pecan pie filling. Like I said, still good. I like a pecan pie; I just wasn't planning on pecan pie. Here is what I would recommend if you get a hankering for pralines. Go to the Praline Connection in New Orleans. Order the fried chicken and macaroni and cheese. Yes, that is the only thing I eat everywhere I go. Then, get the classic Bread Pudding with Praline Sauce, and then pick up some pralines in their store as you leave. These folks know what they are doing.