Granny’s Pecan Pie and Dan’s Knee Warmer

Happy (terribly belated) Thanksgiving Day! I hope you had a wonderful time.

It was a wonderful day of eating and of spending time with family for me. I made my Granny’s Pecan Pie along with a few other things.

My recipe barely resembles the pies she used to make. (I use a lot more pecans than she would ever dream of. Of course, I only make 1 pie compared to the 6 pies she made). Yet, I still call it her recipe out of hope that it will taste as good as the legendary ones she used to make. It’s hard work competing against childhood memories. Stealing your grandmother’s name and tacking it onto the recipe name does help though.

Pecan Pie by Granny & Me
1 tbsp butter
1.5 cups pecans, coarsely chopped
3 tbsp melted butter
3 eggs
1 cup dark Karo syrup or 1 cup good maple syrup
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
Pinch of salt

Melt 1 tbsp butter on low heat. Add pecans and roast for approximately 5 minutes. Set aside to cool slightly.
Stir remaining ingredients together. Add pecans and mix.
Pour into unbaked pie shell.
Bake for 45 minutes at 350 or until set.

Christmas is only 24 days away and I have a million things left on my To Do list. Decking the tree is top among them. I was able to cross off half of one item last night though.

One of 2 knee warmers is finished!

Better yet, it fits Dan perfectly! (Yes, I ruined the surprise so I could make sure I wasn’t knitting in vain.)

After my initial excitement of knitting the warmers in the correct size, I made him jump up and down. Despite the elastic encased in the top hem, the elasticity of the pattern stitches, and the lovely attributes of wool, the knee warmers still slid down Dan’s leg. Short of making him wear a garter belt, I have no idea how to fix it. Plus, I don’t think he’ll go for the garter belt.

I went searching on Raverly to see if I could find another way to make the knee warmers stay up and I came across this knee warmer pattern by Sarah Peasley. I think I’ll try her pattern next though it seems as if I’ll encounter the very same problem. 

Any ideas? I’m a bit perplexed. Come to find out many cyclist complain of the same thing: knee warmers sliding down their legs and not keeping their knees warm. Well, at least I have good company.

3 thoughts on “Granny’s Pecan Pie and Dan’s Knee Warmer

  1. Mmm, pecan pie! It looks like it was delicious!

    I’m not sure what you should do about the knee warmers. I agree with tamsie, maybe if they were longer, closer to leg warmer length?

  2. I am familiar with Knee-warmers as purchased for bicycling. In that style (machine-made of lycra other materials) they are just long enough to tuck into your cycling-shorts and go to just below the knee. When cycling in colder-climes or during the cooler months, tights aren’t needed until it gets really cold if you have some knee-warmers. I’m planning on making my own (knit) and multi-coloring them to match both of my bikes.

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