Happy Yule ~ Winter Solstice

Light the Yule log and pass a cup of mead around. Or if you prefer, hot apple cider.

As we anticipate the battle of the aging Holly King and the young Oak King, light and warmth return.

We may not see or feel it, but the wheel of the season is turning. The sun will linger a wee bit longer each day.

I have my bottle of mead for the festivities, so I thought I would share a recipe for some spicy pecans. The heat of these nuts, combined with the mead will keep anyone warm on this special day.


3 cups sugar

5 tablespoons light corn syrup

1 5-oz can evaporated milk

1 teaspoon baking soda

3 cups pecans halves

4 tablespoons bourbon

1/2 teaspoon of cayenne pepper (optional)

Mix sugar, corn syrup, and evaporated milk in a large saucepan. Stirring constantly, heat to a rolling boil. Remove from heat, add cayenne, if using and baking soda. Let foam. Add pecan halves, continuing to stir constantly, and return to heat until the mixture reaches an amber color. Remove from stove and add bourbon. Beat by hand until smooth and glossy (about 2 minutes).

Drop by tablespoonfuls onto greased baking sheet or waxed paper. Let cool. Store in airtight container.

***In Dragon Knight’s Sword, there is a special Yule celebration!

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  1. Dianne

    I hope you have a wonderful winter solstice. Skye and I will spend a quiet time enjoying the wonders of the season.
    As for the mead, cheers!

  2. Leah Weller

    You keep teasing us with little snippets of Dragon Knight’s Sword… 😛 LOL!

    I missed watching it on the link Sue-Ellen shared. Had to go into work earlier than I was supposed to. 🙁

    I am going to try that recipe without the pepper. YUM!

    Happy Solstice!

  3. Cutieb

    I hope you had a wonderful Winter Solstice, I know you probably did something special. Love the picture!

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