Festive Holiday Recipes

Cranberry SauceI love to cook and I love to experiment and try new recipes. Following are some of my favorite holiday recipes. If you’re looking for new ideas for your holiday meals or parties, you just might find a new favorite here.

Cranberry Holiday Recipes

I wasn’t a big fan of cranberry sauce for a long time. Then, one year, I decided to try making my own. Get ready to say goodbye to the canned stuff because there just is no comparison. Here’s the link to my Homemade Cranberry Sauce.

Another fabulous cranberry recipe is for Cranberry Jalapeño Salsa.

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Pecan Holiday Recipes

Hot-n-Spicy PecansIn case you haven’t figured it out yet, I live in Texas. And in Texas, Pecans are the number one nut. It just can’t be the holidays here without pecan dishes!

My first pecan offering is Hot-n-Spicy Pecans. These are delicious at a party and they make nice little holiday gifts. Put them in a plastic bag with a bow or in a Mason jar. You will be remembered always! Get the recipe here.

Finally, it just isn’t the holidays to me without Pecan Pie. You can have all the others, just leave me with my pecan pie. This one has a story to tell. As I have studied more on foods and ingredients and being healthy, I wanted to not use corn syrup, which is pretty much the staple for making pecan pie. I went in search of a pecan pie without corn syrup and eventually created my own, based primarily on this one. Here is my recipe:

Pecan Pie

Pecan Pie


  • 9 ″ Unbaked Pie Shell – store bought or hand made
  • 1 Cup plus 1 Tablespoon Maple Syrup
  • 1 Cup Organic Cane Sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter
  • 3 Large Eggs slightly beaten
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Sea Salt
  • 1 1/2 Cups Pecan Halves


  1. Preheat oven to 400ºF.
  2. Measure sugar and butter and place in a medium bowl.
  3. Heat maple syrup in a medium sauce pan over medium heat until temperature is 225ºF, using a candy thermometer.
  4. Once the syrup reaches 225º, pour over sugar and butter. Let the mixture sit for at least one minute, ensuring that the butter has melted.
  5. Whisk ingredients together.
  6. Whisk in beaten eggs, vanilla and sea salt.
  7. Add pecans and stir well.
  8. Pour into pie shell.
  9. Bake for 15 minutes, then reduce heat to 350ºF and bake for 25-30 minutes longer. The center may not be fully set, but the edges should be. Center will set as it cools.
  10. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Tell me in the comments: What are some of your favorite holiday recipes?

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Hi, I’m Barbara McNeely, author and publisher in San Antonio, Texas. I coach authors who have a personal story they want to share in a book. And I consult and guide authors through the process of self-publishing their books.


The title of this blog is "Choose A Happy, Healthy, and Positive Life" but I don't want anyone to think that I'm perfect or that I've got it all together. I chose this title to help me become happier, healthier and more positive. I chose it as a way to remind myself and others of what we should strive for. I am actually proud to say that I am not perfect. After all, what else would I have to work on if I were perfect?
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