Pecan Pie Truffle Recipe


I made my own version of the NYTIMES pecan pie truffles recipe.

1 TBSP Maple syrup

2 cups of pecans

2 sticks of butter (1/2 cup)

Graham crackers (8)

2 4 oz bars of dark chocolate

Nut pieces for garnish (optional)


Melt the two sticks of butter in a microwave safe bowl.

Grind graham crackers down to fine crumbs.

In a frying pan, lay out pecans in single layer. Turn the heat to medium-high, and wait till the pecans start toasting. Once the pecans start to become darker in color, turn the pan off and transfer the pecans to a cooling plate.

Combine the melted butter, graham crackers, and pecans in a medium sized bowl. Mix thoroughly.

Grab a cookie scooper and form balls of the dough. Place on parchment lined baking sheet, place in refrigerator for 2 hours (or freeze for 15-30 minutes in a jiffy).

After the truffles are set,  remove from the fridge. Place chocolate in microwave safe bowl(or instant pot on keep warm setting!). If microwaving, microwave in 30 second intervals until chocolate is melted through.

Dip the truffles into the chocolate and place back onto the cookie sheet. Top with nuts for garnish.

Place back in refrigerator for 2 hours (or freeze for 15-30 minutes in a jiffy).

Bon appetit!

Can engineering principles solve sales problems?

Around this time last year, I did some leadership work to solve problems the SE team as an org was experiencing within the company. The topic of the blog post is to explore how to apply engineering methods to non-engineering teams, and testing if the methods work cross functionally.

You can read more about the work I did here.

Clotted Cream Recipe(Ultra pasteurized)

If you only have ultra pasteurized heavy cream on hand and have a hankering for clotted cream, I’m here to tell you it is possible! Don’t let all the blogs on the internet tell you otherwise.

Adapted from

Equipment: Instant Pot IP-Lux

Ingredients: 1 cup of ultra pasteurized heavy cream, 35% fat or higher


  1. Pour cream directly into IP pot
  2. Switch the tab to “sealing”
  3. Press the “keep warm” functionality, and let it cook overnight, at least 8 hours.
  4. After 8 hours, remove pot, cover, and place in fridge for 12 hours.
  5. Once 12 hours is up, scoop out the cream using a slatted spoon.
  6. Save leftover milk for scones!

Paper Planes

It’s the night of Layl al Qadr. The mosque is packed with worshippers, and those who want to spend the night and the early AM focusing on God and asking Him for forgiveness. Not only is it the most popular night of worship, it’s also the most popular night for donations.

How is this donation money accepted?

A common practice at mosques is asking donators to write their credit card details on a piece of paper, later collected by volunteers to manually type in the details into the system to record the donation.

So why is this practice bad? Why should we care that we are encouraging users to manually write down their credit card information, and hand over this sensitive information via paper to a stranger? What if the paper is accidentally left in an open space? What if the papers fall in to the wrong hands?

We are told to trust in Allah, but to tie our camel. In this case, that means educating people with protecting their assets. We have a duty to teach others to be more mindful of providing sensitive bank account information.

I’ve heard the counter argument, “Oh just cancel your credit card. They’ll refund you the money and it’s fine.” Have you ever been through the process of canceling a credit card?? It sucks. You have to call in, explain what happened, if there’s theft involved, police report might need to be filed etc. What happens if the credit card company denies your claim? Not to mention how long it might take to receive a replacement credit card.

Here are good examples of mosques that have gotten it right, and links to how people can get this set up within their own mosques. These are not completely foolproof options, but they are a step in the right direction.

Purchase a Square POS sale system, and enlist the help of a few brothers and sisters to walk around the prayer areas and swipe people’s credit cards in front of them.

Setup a venmo account, and ask folks to add the venmo account as a friend, and once verified, send money away!

Setup a credit card machine outside of the prayer area, like this one at Islamic Center of Boulder:

Donation kiosk

Tie your camel, and trust in Allah.