Today's is Veteran's Day and while I don't have a patriotic recipe to share, I do have MY veteran's favorite dessert with a twist. Nick served 8 years active duty army and now serves in the army reserves. He did a tour in Iraq and two in Afghanistan. Although I wasn't happy when he initially enlisted, over time I came to know nothing but military life and transition to civilian life has been strange to say the least. I do often miss our military family (but definitely not Fort Drum) and I'm thankful to have had that experience.
The years that Nick's unit wasn't deployed, we did a huge Thanksgiving. We all brought food (most of the women did the cooking, so all the guys cleaned up after dinner) and went over to one household to celebrate. Those Thanksgivings are some of my favorites. It was always a large group. There was singing, dancing, laughing, and it was always loud and happy. There weren't many leftovers though with such a crowd, so this recipe wasn't really feasible.
I improvised and purchased a 2-pack of pecan pie from the freezer aisle to make this treat for Nick. If you are able to stash a piece of homemade pecan pie this Thanksgiving, I highly suggest making this recipe! If not, your local grocery store should have the 2-pack, so you don't have to buy a whole pie. It's simple to make and it's oh-so-good!
During the holiday season especially, I find it important to support the troops in any way that I can (obviously, all the time is important, but especially at the holidays). The USO does so much for the troops and we worked with them a lot to send care packages during deployments [their website]. Soldiers' Angels has resources for both care packages and holiday cards on their website. Operation Gratitude also has a multitude of different ways to give and help [their website]. I know that a Christmas card seems like nothing, but Nick came home from deployment with so many. We also have a lot of injured and recovering soldiers here on the homefront at Walter Reed, too. These soldiers are so happy to know someone is thinking about them. :)
What you need:
- 2 cups vanilla ice cream
- 1/3 cup milk
- 1 slice of cold pecan pie, cut into chunks
- Whipped cream
- Chopped pecans
- Caramel syrup
- Place ice cream and milk in a blender. Blend on high until smooth and creamy.
- Add chunks of pie and blend until smooth.
- Pour into 2 glasses. Top with whipped cream, pecans, and caramel syrup.
Recipe slightly adapted from Betty Crocker
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