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Butterscotch Pecan Pie

Today, I’m grateful for my back up laptop.

I had to write a grateful post on my laptop, because I hate it so much. And I need to take time to be grateful for it, because I could have no laptop. And that would be really awful.

And because, I’m being so spoiled by complaining about it. So maybe saying I’m grateful for this creaking (yeah, they creak when they get old enough) hunk of junk will somehow counter my spoiled rantings…

We bought this laptop in 2006, right after we were married. In late 2011 it crashed, and we shrugged our shoulders and bought a newer version. It was about time right? We’re so rough on computers, I hardly know what a realistic lifespan for a laptop is these days.

And then, this summer, I decided to multi-task and do a little blogging by the kiddie pool in our yard while Emma played. I thought it was harmless enough. There were barely 6 inches of water in the pool, and I was sitting at least 4 or 5 feet away.

But she threw her ball out of the pool and wanted it back. So instead of letting her roam the nasty yard (apartment living, it’s lovely) barefoot, I went to pick it up for her. I turned my back for approximately 6.2 seconds, and when I returned, she was holding a trickling garden hose over the laptop, which was sitting in a puddle.


I didn’t even panic. I knew it was a gonner before I even dried it out and tried to power it back on.

I moved through the stages of grief swiftly and pulled out the old laptop. We un-installed and re-installed the operating system and she roared (creaked) back to life.

Nope, it doesn’t hold a battery charge anymore. So, yes, I’ve lost many projects that don’t auto-save when a certain two year old bounds onto my lap, unplugging the laptop as she goes.

The screen flickers like a strobe light when it goes into battery-save mode (ironic), so I’m at risk of a seizure anytime I let it idle for longer than 5 minutes.

And it’s wi-fi reception is super low, so my husband and I can’t both be on the internet at the same time… which has been so pleasant.

But THANK GOODNESS I have it, right?!?! Imagine if I had nothing at all…

I wouldn’t be able to complain to you :)


So let’s talk pie, shall we?

I know this should have gone up before Thanksgiving, and that I’m too late to participate in Tidy’s Mom’s Love the Pie and Crazy For Crust’s Two Weeks of Pie, but it’s posted now, regardless :) Hope you like it!

The butterscotch makes it out of the ordinary enough that it’s special, the the flavor is classic enough for it to still be your favorite pecan pie!

Butterscotch Pecan Pie


  • 1 1/2 cups pecan halves or crushed pecans
  • 1 pre-made or homemade pie crust
  • 1 cup butterscotch chips
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup salted butter, melted


  1. Situate the pie crust in a deep-dish 9" pie dish.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together all of the remaining ingredients, reserving the pecans and the butterscotch chips.
  3. Add the pecans and the butterscotch chips, stir in with a spoon or spatula.
  4. Pour the mixture into the pie crust, be sure to scrap the bowl with a rubber spatula.
  5. Bake at 375º for 60-70 minutes, until middle is set. Start checking the crust after about 45 minutes. If it's getting too brown, cover loosely with tin foil.
  6. Let cool completely before serving.

Recipe from: Martha Stewart




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Ashton is the owner and author ofSomething Swanky. Although first and foremost a wife and mother, she considers herself an online entrepreneur, freelance writer and photographer, and brand ambassador.Her focus is in food styling, food photography and recipe development.
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9 Responses to “Butterscotch Pecan Pie”

  1. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust posted on November 26, 2012 at 11:28 pm (#)

    Would it be bad if I made this RIGHT NOW? You know how finicky I am about pecan pie, but the center of this? OMG. And, butterscotch. I think I’m dying in a puddle of want.

    You need a new laptop. Like, yesterday. Santa needs to step it up! ;)

    • Ashton posted on November 27, 2012 at 1:32 pm (#)

      Oh my gosh. Yeah. Like yester-summer!

  2. Holly W posted on November 27, 2012 at 2:17 am (#)

    this looks SO good, and I’m not really even a fan of pecan pie!
    And really, I completely understand your crappy laptop situation. I’ve had to rebuild mine, take it apart and order new parts, and cross my fingers many of times. But all in all, it usually comes through, and I’m very grateful for it.
    And I’m very grateful your computer has stayed alive long enough to share this pie :)

  3. Elaine @ Cooking to Perfection posted on November 27, 2012 at 11:08 am (#)

    What a combination! Pecans and butterscotch sound amazing. My Mom and I made Chocolate Pecan Pie for Thanksgiving and it was delicious…now I’m going to have to try this butterscotch version!

  4. Shiloh Barkley posted on November 27, 2012 at 3:32 pm (#)

    So pretty! I made two pecan desserts for Tday so I dont thin I’m allowed to make anything with pecans for awhile!

  5. Jodee posted on November 27, 2012 at 8:44 pm (#)

    Holy moly! I’ve never been brave enough to try and make pecan pie but I totally want to make this! It would probably be a bad thing if I ate it all by myself, right?

  6. Chandra@The Plaid and Paisley Kitchen posted on November 28, 2012 at 11:25 am (#)

    Love the story about the lap top! I have my lap top and PC from 2006! My hubby just cannibalised my PC while I was at work one day and when I came home I was so MAD! I loved the stupid slow thing and I knew right where all my files were! I think if I had this pie that day it would not have been so traumatic!

  7. Emily @ Sweet Bella Roos posted on November 29, 2012 at 2:37 pm (#)

    Literally laughed out loud thinking about the image of the strobe light… no good!

  8. Julie Espy posted on December 26, 2012 at 7:41 pm (#)

    I just noticed we have the same place mat. LOVE target!