I'm not much of a cookie baker, but I do love to share a homemade treat during the holidays. We've been making this toffee for years. No candy thermometer required. It's super simple and pretty much everyone loves it.
1/2 cup finely chopped pecans
1/2 cup butter
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup water
3/4 cup semisweet chocolate morsels
1/4 cup finely chopped pecans
Sprinkle 1/2 cup pecans in a 9-inch circle on a greased cookie sheet; set aside
Coat the top 2 inches of a 2 quart Pyrex measuring cup with butter
Place remaining butter in the measuring cup
Add sugar, salt and water; do not stir
Microwave on HIGH 11 minutes or until the mixture just begins to turn light brown
Pour over pecans
Sprinkle with chocolate morsels
Let stand 1 minute, then spread melting morsels over the sugar mixture
Sprinkle with 1/4 cup chopped pecans
Chill until firm
Break into bite-size pieces
Yields 1 pound
Original recipe from Jan Ramsey Quintaque, Texas vis Southern Living
Virginia for the holidays
I've just returned from a quick trip to Virginia. First stop was Colonial Williamsburg to check out their wonderful Christmas decorations.
Natural materials, creatively combined to make striking displays.
Next stop Monticello in Charlottesville -also decorated for the holidays
They have recently restored the second and third floors and you can now see "what's upstair"
The behind the scenes tour gives a fuller understanding of family life at this iconic home.
Last stop, the The Southern Living Idea House at Bundoran Farm, with interiors by Bunny Williams.
Such a lovely mix of updated traditional and antique pieces.
Luckily the house is under contract, and I don't have $2.4 million to spare. Otherwise, I might be moving in.