It’s nearly the most wonderful time of the year – Hollydays! Hollydays is the Junior League of Baton Rouge’s largest fundraiser. Since Hollydays began 32 years ago, it has raised over $6 million dollars for the Baton Rouge community! In the past 32 years, Hollydays has raised over $6 million dollars for the Baton Rouge Community. These funds directly support our community projects: Diaper Cooperative, Kids in the Kitchen, Patient Activity Days, Breast Health Awareness, The Little Bookshelf, Building Blocks to Bright Futures, and Ready Hands.
For many, including this year’s Hollydays Chairman, Renee Skinner, Hollydays is the “kick-off” of the holiday season. With over 200 merchants to browse, Renee says that Hollydays is where “my Christmas shopping officially begins and I officially feel like I move from Summer to Fall. Last year at the Hollydays market I purchased the most beautiful tea towels from a vendor that I used to package my favorite River Road Recipe—the Sugar and Spice Pecans from the Warm Welcomes cookbook. I make these pecans every Christmas for my neighbors, children’s teachers, doctors, etc. They are so simple to make and always a crowd pleaser. They are great to snack on by themselves, on top of cheese, or even on top of ice cream. Last year, by wrapping them in the beautiful Christmas tea towels with a pretty ribbon, it made it an even more special gift. I am not very artistic or crafty, but they turned out beautiful. Nothing beats a homemade gift. I can’t wait to see what I can find at Hollydays this year to package them in!”
Hollydays 2016 kicks off with Blitzen’s Bash on October 5, 2016 and continues through Saturday, October 8, at the Baton Rouge River Center. We hope you’ll join us for great shopping, entertainment, special events, food, music and more. You can purchase tickets and learn more about some of the special events at this year’s Hollydays at www.hollydays.org.
Sugar and Spice Pecans, RRR IV, p. 255
In addition to making a great gift, these pecans are a great snack for cocktail parties and the like!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Level of Difficulty: Easy
Servings: 4 cups
- Mixing bowl
- Baking Sheet
- Wooden spoon or spatula
- Measuring spoons
- 1 pound pecan halves
- 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, melted
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 2 tablespoons (heaping) brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon Morton Nature’s Seasons Seasoning Blend
- 1 teaspoon curry powder
- Toss the pecans with the butter in a bowl Add a mixture of the sugar, brown sugar, seasoning blend, and curry powder to the pecan mixture and mix well.
- Spread the pecans in a single layer on a baking sheet. Toast at 275° for 45 minutes, stirring at 15-minute intervals.
3. Remove the pecans to a plate and let stand until cool. Stir in an airtight container.