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Happy Mother’s Day

Like any self respecting southern woman, I hold what I learned from my mother close to my heart. I hang my sheets out on the line to dry, I make sweet tea for company,  and there is always someone’s heart to bless.  My mother was my role model for many of the things I celebrate today,  but I am a girl from Georgia that does did not like pecans.

My mom loves pecans. She loved them so much she would even shell them (this took forever).  When we were little she added them to everything she made; cookies, pies, brownies, waffles, etc.  My brother and I were not happy with this.  Little did we know that pecans (like most other nuts) contain nutrients, i.e., minerals, vitamins, and antioxidants with so many healthy benefits!  Pecans are rich in fiber and vitamin E , both of which are great for your skin.  She probably already knew this.pecans-health-benefits

I think I will be able to eat more  pecans if I put them in chocolate.  Dark chocolate is full of antioxidants that help your skin protect itself from uv damage (hello fewer wrinkles), and it even helps with skin hydration (hello dewey skin).  Yes… bring on the (dark) chocolate and pecans!

How does Salted Dark Chocolate Pecan Bark sound? How about if I tell you it has no sugar and only four ingredients, and is healthy and delicious (even with the pecans, ha)

If you’re “fixin’” to make it, here’s how:

In a microwave, melt one cup of dark chocolate chips (70%), with 2 teaspoons of coconut oil (this is getting even better for you!) for 30 second intervals.  Mine took 2-thirty second intervals.  Stir chocolate, add in one cup of chopped pecans, stir, and pour onto a parchment lined sheet pan and smooth out.  Sprinkle with course salt.  Put in freezer to harden and afterwards can be left in refrigerator or at room temp.

Here are some other things I learned from my mom…

Eat your veggies  – We ate mostly veggies from our garden (like it or not) for dinner every night.

Always fix your hair – We’re kind of a hair family.  My mom had beautiful, long red hair. People still stop her to ask about her hair.  As a child, my hair was “fixed” every day.  My brother recently came to visit,  and he brought three brushes, a comb, and a hairdryer.

Me and my mom

Be smart – My mother has run a family business for over 50 years now.  She enjoys investing in stocks and she even knows who Blue Ivy is…  that’s well -rounded smarts!

Don’t be afraid to try new things – My mom will try anything. She and my dad recently drove ATV’s in Hawaii, flew in a biplane in Alaska and gambled with my brother and I in Vegas ( pecans don’t come cheap).

Homemade trumps store bought every time!– My mom never buys store bought goodies.  She makes everything from scratch  (I think so she could add pecans).  We even made our own ice cream, which our family of four would easily eat 6 quarts of instead of dinner on hot, summer nights ( we are also an ice cream family… with nice hair)

There are so many things I have learned from her, too numerous to mention, and I am grateful every day to have my beautiful, smart, caring mother in my life.  I love you, mom.  Happy Mothers Day.  Now I need to go make my mom some pecan bark!

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