Tuesday, November 16, 2010

William and Kate, Wicked Steps, Surgeon.

William & KateSo, at last, Prince William is engaged to be married. There will be a spring or summer wedding next year. That will cause a lot of excitement in the UK and will be a great boost for tourism. Thousands of people flock to see a royal wedding. There is an article about them here http://tinyurl.com/28p3kle Prince William apparently announced that he wouldn’t marry til he was 28 or 30 and he has just turned 28.

Funny, I had a thought, you never hear of a wicked step-grandmother do you? There must have been some through time. I am a step-grandmother but I hope I don’t classify as wicked. For any of my family who read this, you had better answer nicely or I will put a hex on you!

Today is the day I have been waiting for for some time, the day I see the vascular surgeon and find out just what is going to be happening. Keep your fingers crossed everyone that it will be something soon. I am sick and tired of my inability to walk very far. Mind you I wish I could blame my bowling on that too, but unfortunately I can’t. Yesterday I had lousy games (well one reasonable one) – it really is the weirdest game, you can bowl brilliantly one minute and appallingly badly the next. We have one member who is our top bowler and yet even he had two very poor games today although his last game above his normal standard. Because one of the bowlers says “I hate this game” whenever he bowls badly, we all say it now. Oh well, Friday bowling is another day.

As I have said, I don’t like Pumpkin Pie, however, Pecan Pie is another thing altogether and a Pecan Pie with Chocolate Chips – well what more can you want? Except, maybe the dollop of cream to go with it. For those who are planning for Thanksgiving, I offer this recipe from Cooking.com.

Pecan-Chocolate Chip Pie

Source: Cooking at a Glance - Pies & Pastries

From Cooking.com

Makes 10 servings

There's only one way to improve on a pecan pie: Add chocolate! The resulting pie is rich and filling, so cut the pieces small.

For the Pie:

3 eggsPecan Choc Chip Pie

1 cup light corn syrup

1/2 cup sugar

1/3 cup margarine or butter, melted

one 6-ounce package semisweet chocolate pieces (1 cup) or 1 cup chopped semisweet chocolate

1 cup pecan halves

Pastry for Single-Crust Pie (home made or bought)

For the Topping:

10 pecan halves

1 cup whipping cream, whipped


In a medium mixing bowl use a rotary beater or wire whisk to lightly beat eggs just till mixed. Stir in corn syrup, sugar, and melted margarine or butter. Mix well. Reserve 2 tablespoons of the chocolate pieces; stir remaining chocolate pieces and 1 cup pecan halves into filling. Set filling aside.

Prepare and roll out pastry as directed. Line a 9-inch pie plate with pastry. Trim and crimp edge of pastry. Pour filling into pastry shell. To prevent overbrowning, cover the edge of the pie with foil. Bake in a preheated 350 degrees F oven for 25 minutes. Remove foil and bake for 20-25 minutes more, or till center appears nearly set when shaken. Cool on a rack.

Meanwhile, in a small saucepan melt reserved chocolate pieces over low heat. Dip one end of each of the 10 pecan halves into melted chocolate. Place on a waxed paper-lined baking sheet and refrigerate about 15 minutes, or till chocolate is firm.

Dollop whipped cream on each slice. Insert a chocolate-dipped pecan half in each dollop of whipped cream. Store in the refrigerator

Have a great day



  1. Oooh, I missed this. I LOVE pecan pie. Yum. I'm going to be trying out this recipe. Well, after November and my crazy writing schedule. :-)

    Thanks, Jo!

  2. No surprise this engagement.

  3. Just don't pig out on it Sia, LOL.

    Maybe not a surprise, but we hadn't heard so much about them here as you would in Europe.

  4. Just don't pig out on it Sia, LOL.

    Maybe not a surprise, but we hadn't heard so much about them here as you would in Europe.