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Friday, July 23, 2010
I was just over at BJ's @ "Sweet Nothings"
Just looking at her posts always makes me hungry. She has this incredible gift of displaying, that makes your mouth just water... Oh that girl can cook!!
And she has a GREAT give-away going on....
Check out her sweet Blog Here
Well, in my comment to her, I stated "that I can't cook for beans" ... so true, I don't know how, don't like to, don't want to really try & learn.... When I had 3 teen boys in the house I HAD to cook... but it was usually 5:00 & I would say to myself, "What can I do with a lb. of frozen hamburger" No one complained...( not that I remember :) SOoooo Spaghetti, tacos....
My line was always, "If I sew all day, I have a new outfit, If I cook all day all I have is dirty dishes"
On the weekends up north, hubby does all the cooking.... He LOVES it. (seriously ) we have HUGE meals.... Everything that you could possibly have on a breakfast table, he provides...something on the grill at night...
BUT every weekend we go, I make the candy..... I know my sweets : )
It started yrs. ago when I brought my candy to a potluck....Now I can't even think about going without bringing some.... seriously folks will ride by on their boats & yell, "Did you bring candy?"
So I thought I would share my super easy recipes.....
Here is what I use............ My crock pot candy
In your crock pot on low
- Put in 1 can of salted, dry roasted peanuts
- 1 can un- unsalted, dry roasted peanuts
- 1 12 oz. pkg. choc. chips
- 1 12 oz. pkg. white choc. chips
- 1 20 oz. brick of choc. candy quik ( or something similar like Bark ) broken up into the squares.
Do not stir, just leave it as you throw it in peanuts on the bottom. Leave on low for 1 hr.
Then stir well, un plug & drop on to parchment paper
This recipe usually makes for me, about 75 - 85 nice sz. candies....
The easiest, BEST chocolate covered peanuts you will ever make
Then if I have time, I will make my sought - after caramel corn
Here is the recipe I use.... I'll add my tweaking at the end.
- 4 qt. popped corn
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 stick maragarine
- 1/4 Cup white syrup
- 1/2 teas. salt
- 1 teas. vanilla
Boil together until thoroughly dissolved. Remove from heat & add
- 1 teas. soda
Pour over corn - mix together. Bake 1 hr. @ 250 Stir every 15 min.
The recipe I use is from an old Church recipe book & it says to put on cookie sheets, but I have been doing this for yrs. & I always use my Grandmothers old, HUGE turkey pan ( see pics)
by stirring every 15 min. or so, it turns out better than good : )
Now for the IMPORTANT tweaking..... I always make 1 1/2 - 2 times the recipe....
I use REAL BUTTER (important ) not margarine
& then a few yrs. ago, I was making it & found that my popcorn was not popping all that big, so I decided to try microwave popcorn..... I used "Butter" microwave popcorn
OH MY !!! Does that ever make the difference
I usually use the whole 6 pkgs. in the box
Of course we are not talking diet food here..... but for a treat every once in a while....
It is Fabulous!!!!
Try them sometime, you are guaranteed to LOVE it.... If not, just send the leftovers over here & I will bring them to the neighbors, up north.
Monday, July 19, 2010
He ran back into the weeds & we watched him go, tracking where he went.
Now we hit him hard, & hubby was pretty sure that he had to be hurt, so not wanting to go into the woods, after an angry bear, we went back to our place & waited a bit.
Now my husband is a big hunter & he WANTED that bear for a rug in front of the fireplace.
So, waiting a little more & making a few calls, hubby decided it was "safe" to go back & look :)
So.... here is the picture... it is 90 degrees & hubby is walking thru the swamp in big ole boots & hunting gear, armed with a knife, "just in case" he tells me.... my sister & I are in the van watching... we have shorts & flip flops on.... with nothing at all to go after a bear with. You can just imagine the scenarios that we came up with.... the "what if's"
But after a little bit he comes back with nothing ( "Yay", I say under my breath ) Hubby doesn't have a scratch on him.... ( the "what if's" in my head ) & the last thing I want is a dead bear on the floor......
The DNR said that they would do some looking, but it is a pretty big area.....
I've never seen one that close before, it ran right into my side of the car....
We have a Christmas tree farm not far from there & Hubby & the boys have seen the mother & cubs there, before..... & I have heard the stories...
I'm hoping that he/she was just stunned & will be just fine.