Thursday, November 18, 2010


Before I got married, the women in the church I grew up in gave me a huge shower.  My husband has always referred to it as a monsoon, and he isn't that far off.  We were very generously showered with everything a couple could need to fill kitchen cabinets and start the adventure of owning their first home.

But one of my favorite things about this shower was that everyone was asked to bring a recipe card with a favorite recipe from their home, as well as an ingredient from that recipe.  This helped stock our pantry (ironically, I got 4 or 5 cans of water chestnuts which my mom said was more than she'd ever used in 27 years of marriage!) and also gave me a wealth of recipes to choose from, given to me by people who were a real, sweet part of my life.

I keep those recipes in a special Longaberger recipe box, and go through them every once in awhile.  I have been on a butterscotch morsel kick lately and pulled out a recipe for Butterscotch Haystacks the other day, a recipe that was written on a card from a woman named JoAnn that I admired very much growing up.  She jokingly said on the card that it was from her "vast repetoire" of recipes (she wasn't too interested in cooking - she didn't need to be, she could do pretty much everything else unbelievably well!) and said it was a nice dessert in the fall or around Thanksgiving time since the finished product resembled haystacks.

All you do is melt a bag of butterscotch morsels, stir in a cup of peanuts and a can of chow mein noodles, then drop them on a cookie sheet or wax paper to harden.  They are super yummy if you like those flavors (which I do) and very easy to make.

And yes, perfect for this time of year!

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