Shelling Pecans

How can Thanksgiving be so near?  We were trying to survive a swelteringly hot and dry summer, and the very next day we were making decisions on who would bring the rolls and who would bake the pies.  Ahhh… I’m thrilled about it.  It’s a grand holiday, and I just can’t wait.

Today I’ve shelled pecans.  I sat on my kitchen porch hammering away.

I thought of Grandma and Granddad’s kitchen… the wooden bowl always full of pecans from the huge tree out front, and the pecan shelling gadgets always at the ready.

I thought of Aunt Dude and Uncle Sumner and the incredible labor of love they showered upon our family Christmas after Christmas… beautifully shelled pecan halves from their tree in Lubbock.

I thought of Nana’s delicious pecan pies… and looked forward to pulling out  her handwritten recipe to make pies with these pecans from my tree.

Oh, I’ve had such a good time.

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3 Responses to “Shelling Pecans”

  1. Marcea Clive says:

    I will be getting our your “Nana’s” recipe, too. It is the best ever.

  2. Cheryl says:

    I haven’t shelled pecans in years. I’ve gotten lazy I guess plus I don’t have a tree in my yard! I remember the gadgets though during my growing up years, but we also used a hammer or held two together and cracked them in our hands. The latter was only good for cracking two or three just for popping into one’s mouth! Thanks for bringing a sweet picture of my mother into my head…sitting in her recliner in her duster picking the meat our of cracked pecans for her pralines, fudge and fruit cake cookies. I still make the pralines and fudge along with 6 or 7 other things but I have yet to tackle the fruit cake cookies!

  3. Lawanda Calton says:

    And how about Great Granny and Grandad Calton arriving with large bags of shelled pecan halves from their trees in Oklahoma! Yes, we have been and still are truly blessed!

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