Pecan Dreams

Pecan Dreams

I know for certain that dreams of pecans can keep you awake at night. Dreams of unshelled nuts in bushel baskets, cracked pecans in buckets, the smell of cinnamon rolls baking in the oven. In my dreams I can see the crispy sugary nut halves settled in the surface of a pie, taste the warm buttery sweetness of the custard underneath, see puddles of pralines drying on a sheet of waxed paper.

Then there are dreams southern antebellum like aisles of arching branches. These are the dreams I have of the pecan orchard. My husband has his own style of dream.

He dreams of trees laden with clusters of green nut hulls. He dreams of a rain of pecans falling under each tree, and he dreams of his work finding God’s timing and buckets and baskets and bags of clean beautiful product to carry to market.

He also has a dream wintery evenings of sitting in his recliner cracking a pan full of nuts for me whenever I want them for cooking up something wonderful. With a fire  crackling and bright in the woodstove, he enjoys the staccato cracks and pops of the nut shells.

A dream often takes much longer than you expect to show up at the front door. Some dreams take so much work and seem so far away as to be impossible. Some dreams with plenty of prayer and elbow grease come true!

 

Pecan Growers Convention

Ron, Brenna, and I attended the pecan Growers Convention in Ardmore, Oklahoma. Ardmore is south of Paul’s Valley and Turner Falls where our teens went to Bible Camp last week. After church at Faith Baptist in Broken Arrow, we visited with Jordyn, her mom, and brother Kaiden, and Rose and Larry who came by to wish Ron a happy Father’s Day. Jordyn and Grandpa are working up a comedy skit or something. I tell you, Father’s Day can be stressful!

It was a long drive and the Oklahoma sky was clear of all but some puffy white clouds. We ate at the Prairie Kitchen and stayed at the Marriott Hotel next door to the Ardmore Convention Center. Red Crepe Myrtle bushes were planted around the hotel grounds. We explored around town and saw these cool horses sculpted from scrap metal.

The Ardmore Convention Center is new. It is a fun building, very artsy.
The American Bison was painted with a train and deot, oil derrick, and an Indian.
 
The design is art from the ceiling, to windows, to the doors, ticket booth, and the carpets.

The convention show floor featured booths of pecan products and orchard machinery, tools and information. There were workshops on interesting topics like controlling tree aphids and leaf scab, grafting and pruning, storing pecans, health issues, pecan research, and markets. There were also competitions by orchards for the best pecan varieties and crops. A pecan farmer in Muskogee took three of the top awards!

The convention show floor featured booths of pecan products and orchard machinery, tools and information. There were workshops on interesting topics like controlling tree aphids and leaf scab, grafting and pruning, storing pecans, health issues, pecan research, and markets. There were also competitions by orchards for the best pecan varieties and crops. A pecan farmer in Muskogee took three of the top awards!
I won prizes in the pecan food show for Pecan Cherry bread and Pecan Praline Cake.

Pecan Growers Convention

Ron, Brenna, and I attended the pecan Growers Convention in Ardmore, Oklahoma. Ardmore is south of Paul’s Valley and Turner Falls where our teens went to Bible Camp last week. After church at Faith Baptist in Broken Arrow, we visited with Jordyn, her mom, and brother Kaiden, and Rose and Larry who came by to wish Ron a happy Father’s Day. Jordyn and Grandpa are working up a comedy skit or something. I tell you, Father’s Day can be stressful!

It was a long drive and the Oklahoma sky was clear of all but some puffy white clouds. We ate at the Prairie Kitchen and stayed at the Marriott Hotel next door to the Ardmore Convention Center. Red Crepe Myrtle bushes were planted around the hotel grounds. We explored around town and saw these cool horses sculpted from scrap metal.

The Ardmore Convention Center is new. It is a fun building, very artsy.
The American Bison was painted with a train and deot, oil derrick, and an Indian.
 
The design is art from the ceiling, to windows, to the doors, ticket booth, and the carpets.

The convention show floor featured booths of pecan products and orchard machinery, tools and information. There were workshops on interesting topics like controlling tree aphids and leaf scab, grafting and pruning, storing pecans, health issues, pecan research, and markets. There were also competitions by orchards for the best pecan varieties and crops. A pecan farmer in Muskogee took three of the top awards!

The convention show floor featured booths of pecan products and orchard machinery, tools and information. There were workshops on interesting topics like controlling tree aphids and leaf scab, grafting and pruning, storing pecans, health issues, pecan research, and markets. There were also competitions by orchards for the best pecan varieties and crops. A pecan farmer in Muskogee took three of the top awards!
I won prizes in the pecan food show for Pecan Cherry bread and Pecan Praline Cake.