Today I want to honor my Grandma. First things first is that my grandmother LOVED Pecan Pie!
Grandma Bonita was a spunky, caring, outspoken, comical, life of the party kinda gal. She had absolutely no problem telling you what was on her mind… and 9 out of 10 times it’s what everyone else is thinking, but is too chicken shit to actually say. You know… she said those kind of comments that only the alpha female can say! AND IT WAS AWESOME!!!! oooohhhhh how I loved those controversial words that woman could fire off!
On top of being a very honest person, Grandma Bonita was always very traditional. She always wanted a card over a gift any day. She LOVED getting birthday cards, thank you cards, thinking of you cards, and get well soon cards. Grandma always displayed them on her mantel and showed them off to anyone and everyone that would walk in that door….. seriously.. anyone!
Along with cards, Grandma was very appreciative of phone calls. She valued calls on her birthday, thank you calls, holiday calls and any call in between. Grandma always told me how much she just loved hearing my voice. “I love hearing your voice, Elizabeth. I just miss you so much. Give those kids a kiss and a smack for me!” I also loved hearing her voice. She talked a long while on phone calls, but I didn’t mind, she always had so many great things to tell me or a wonderful story from “back when”. Those were always the best stories… man.. her and my Grandpa Walter sound like they were just so much fun to be around. I always loved seeing their old pictures of all the adventures they went on together.
She left me voice mails that always started out with, “I hope this is Elizabeth’s phone… If not, tell Elizabeth to call me back.”…. and she ALWAYS left me her phone number like I had never heard it before… haha.. she was 90, so I am sure she had no idea that my cell phone saved her number years ago… love that woman so much! As a matter of fact, I have one of her voice mails saved on my phone so I can listen to her voice anytime I want to… and I plan to listen to it often.
As kids we always used to love going to their house! My dad, aunt, and grandparents always had such HILARIOUS stories to tell us about their past…. all their family vacations, life on the farm, ALL of their ridiculously named animals, and all the fun they had together as a family. After a while us kids would go down to the basement and go through all their old pictures, tools, artifacts, and “junk” (their “junk” was the coolest junk in the world!). The adults would stay upstairs and play a mean game of pinochle. I always wanted to learn how to play that card game, but I was too distracted by all the cool stuff in the basement, as well as the ice cream in the deep freeze!!!! 🙂
Did you know that Bonita means beautiful or pretty in Spanish? Well now you do.. and let me tell you… She was gorgeous!! As I was sitting next to her in the hospital, all I could do was stare at her beautiful, non-wrinkled, skin. She was 90 and had smooth skin like a young woman. Bonita was a knockout…. good job Grandpa, you snagged a beauty! 🙂
I could go on and on about how much I love my Grandma and how much I am going to miss her honesty and her love… but I will save that for another day.
My Grandma Bonita LOVED pecan pie and she always used a very generic recipe, but she really enjoyed my Aunt Kathy’s recipe the best! So I have for you today a slightly tweaked Aunt Kathy’s Pecan Pie recipe.
I made this pie for her wake Tuesday and it was amazing. I tried to put her initials in the pie with pecan halves.. so you might be able to make out the ‘BJV’ for Bonita Veralee Johnston. Doesn’t she have the most beautiful name??!!
This pecan pie has a wonderful nutty flavor thanks to the browned butter. Adding the vanilla bean paste gives it a beautiful robust taste and a beautiful speckled design.
I hope you enjoy this pie as much as my Grandma Bonita did.
I’ll miss you forever Grandma. We will meet again some day. So, like you always said at the end of your phone calls…
Bye for now.
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