Pecan Trees and Candy

pecan groveWe just finished making little chocolate covered Pretzel Rolos. It’s a simple project which involves unwrapping Rolo candies, putting them on a mini pretzel, melting in the oven for about three minutes and then topping with a pecan. It’s a great project for kids.

pecanpicToday, as we topped them with freshly shelled pecans, I reflected on the fact that we have a pecan supplier. While most of the world buys pecans at store, we go to my uncle’s farm and pick them up by the bucket load. His front yard is a 25 tree pecan grove. We have bags of pecans in our freezer!

These pecan trees were planted by my grandpa in 1970. My grandpa died in 1989. My grandma died in 2008.  But here I sit today with my family making Christmas candy with pecans from those very trees he planted.

I have heard many sayings about planting trees and here are a couple of them.

“The best time to plant a tree is 25 years ago.  The next best time is now.” Author Unknown

“The true meaning of life is to plant trees under whose shade you do expect to sit.” N. Henderson

So, I’m thankful for the pecan trees.  If I was making up a quote, I would say, “One of the most fun things we have done all week has been creating and cooking with food that came from trees grandpa planted.”

Reflection: What am I doing now that will make a difference in the future?  What am I planting in my life, in the lives of my children and in the lives of people around me that will outlast my life?  What kind of physical things can I do now that will have an impact on my family for generations?


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3 thoughts on “Pecan Trees and Candy”

  1. I love your store about the pecan trees. It remind me of growning up as a child we had the most pretty pecan trees I use to sit under them it was so wonderful. Then the storm came and blew the trees away. Where I live now I have no trees and it is very sad for me. I love trees and Gods beauty. I’m a nature lover of out doors. Thank you for sharing your story with me. Mrs Portia roberson Bayou,LA,batre ,Alabama

  2. Hi Tim I loved your story about your grandfather pecan trees, bring back such wonderful times for me growning up. As a child we had the most preetiest pecan trees I used to spend hours sitting under theam Then the storm came and blew our trees away. I was so sad. Now were I live I have no trees. I truley hate it. I’m a nature lover of out doors. Thank you for sharing your story with me. Merry Christmas. Mrs portia roberson I live in bayou,LA,batre Alabama

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