This is one of those super easy candy recipes that anyone, even the most inexperienced candy makers, can make. Triple Delight Chocolate Marshmallow Squares are perfect for holiday plates and parties. Continue reading
Welcome to Day #3 of Christmas Week, a multi-blogger event co-hosted by Kim of Cravings of a Lunatic and Jen from Juanita’s Cocina! Each day we will be celebrating the holidays with a different set of Christmas-themed treats, as well as a fabulous Christmas giveaway. We hope you enjoy this fabulous event. Tune in each day starting today, Monday, December 9th and ending Saturday, December 14th.
I am back with more candy, because December seems to require it. Although this stuff is as wonderful as it gets, no one seems to make homemade candy any other time of year. If grocery stores put sugar, extracts and other baking supplies on sale in June, maybe the story would be different, but our waistlines can heave a sigh of relief. December is the only homemade sweet month. ..for now. Continue reading
I get tired just thinking about the holiday rush. We add so many things to our schedules: gift giving, buying, wrapping; decorating the inside and outside of our homes; parties at school, work, church and home; concerts or other musical festivals, recitals, etc. As we pile more and more into our already busy lives, we also feel guilt because we aren’t extra loving, charitable or kind 24/7 as we try to get everything done. Songs about good cheer simply add fuel to the fire. Continue reading
Welcome to Christmas Week, a multi-blogger event co-hosted by Kim of Cravings of a Lunatic and Jen from Juanita’s Cocina! Each day we will be celebrating the holidays with a different set of Christmas-themed treats, as well as a fabulous Christmas giveaway. We hope you enjoy this fabulous event. Tune in each day starting today, Monday, December 9th and ending Saturday, December 14th. Continue reading
Every year I make up treats for neighbors and friends. What I make changes a little every year, but the fun is in the planning and delivery of the plates. My kids get involved, arguing over who gets to take which plate to which family. We take an evening early in the month of December and instead of sitting in front of the television, we give. It may be wishful thinking on my part, but I like to think that that evening of sharing sweets with friends sets the tone for the month.
This year, I did my ingredient shopping at Dollar General, which has lower prices than most of my local stores. They have a full line up of ingredients for all of my holiday baking needs. I find that their Clover Valley brand is just as good as most name brands. They had a great big section all set up specifially for making treats.
I was able to get plates, candies, sugars, chocolate chips, nuts, crackers, and many other ingredients for less than $25. I came home and fired up my stove and microwave. I made homemade caramels, peanut brittle, fudge, chocolate covered Ritz sandwiches and English toffee and then filled 16 plates.
English Toffee has been a family favorite since I was a little girl when my mom started making it. It is really simple to make. I am not very good at making dipped candies, but because this recipe is broken into randomly sized pieces on purpose, there isn’t a lot of stress over whether it looks right or not.
- 1 cup butter
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 Tbsp water
- 2 Tbsp corn syrup
- 12 oz chocolate chips
- Melt butter in a medium sized saucepan.
- Add sugar, water and corn syrup to the pan.
- Cook over low heat to 290 degrees F, about 20 minutes.
- Line a rimmed cookie sheet with foil.
- Pour hot mixture over foil.
- Sprinkle with chocolate chips.
- Wait a few minutes and then spread the chocolate evenly over the toffee.
- When cool, break into bite sized pieces.
The Dollar General Holiday holiday section can serve all of your needs. Not only are there foods and supplies for favorite holiday recipes, but there are decorations, lights, present wrapping supplies, stocking stuffers, and great ideas for presents from toys to electronics.
I have always wanted to learn to dip chocolates and make homemade candies. When we lived in the Seattle area, I had a friend who had mastered the art as a home cook. I looked forward each year to receiving a holiday plate filled with her creations. It takes skill and lots of patience to make candy and I am sadly, pitifully lacking in the patience department. Lucky for me, there are things like jars of marshmallow cream, peanut butter and quality dipping wafers like those from Ghirardelli. Continue reading
It has started. The annual six month candy glut is here and will last all the way until April when the last of the chocolate bunnies hops off the shelves. We will be saturated with candy corn, candy canes, chocolate hearts and jelly beans and then, just as suddenly it will stop as summer approaches and we realize we have to fit back into our swim suits.
That is half a year away, though, and the plethora of sweets has barely begun, so grab your stretchy pants and big sweaters. Let the Amazing American Candy Feast begin!!! Continue reading
How would you like to live in the Alaskan interior in a cabin? What would it be like to be one of the few people in the neighborhood to have electricity and running water? Nicole from Arctic Garden Studio could tell you. She blogs about her adventures in the last frontier as well as some superb food. She is a cook after my own heart: she has almost as many breakfast dishes as she does dinners and she has even more desserts. I think the ratio on my blog is very similar. Check out her scones, muffins, ice creams, pizza, curry, cinnamon rolls, cakes, chops, chicken, dips, drinks and more! You can follow her on Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter and Google+. Continue reading
It’s Thursday again! Thursday has suddenly become my favorite day of the week. It’s the day that I get to share another member of the Improv Challenge with you. This week, I’d like you to meet Kate, from FoodBabbles. Her site is filled with beautiful photos of glorious food. In her own words, “I’m just a girl with a passion for good food. I am a mostly stay-at-home-mom, part-time paramedic, baker, and amateur fotog. I started my blog FoodBabbles about a year and a half ago. I had just quit my full-time job to stay home with my daughter, Maddy who had just been born a few months before. I’ve always baked a lot and my husband was always encouraging me to share that love with people. I didn’t know just how much I would love writing this blog! It’s my outlet to challenge myself to learn and try new things, meanwhile sharing my successes as well as my snafus.” Now lets get on to the goodies. She brought BACON!! Continue reading
Homemade candy has long been something I have wanted to master. As the holidays approach, I figured there was no better time than the present. Both of these candies are super easy. I have yet to attempt the molded chocolate type….but the year isn’t over and I have some fun recipes to try. Continue reading
Regardless of how many people across Blogland have made homemade candy corn, I had to jump on the wagon and make them, too. It is Halloween after all. And it’s a great activity to do with kids….I had four ready helpers (the fifth actually decided to take a nap….I love teenagers).
This is my oldest son’s favorite homemade candy. While he was attending a summer school program at one of the local universities, I made him some. Living away from home five days a week and eating cafeteria food got old after the first week (it was a six week program). He was begging for homemade treats the first weekend home. I didn’t want to turn on the oven. That’s the beauty of fudge. I sent him a container full of the treat. Luckily for my other four kids, there was enough left over for them all to get a little sugar buzz after dinner. Continue reading
This recipe comes from a 1936 “international” cookbook. It is a super easy way to make a mock toffee candy. It is quite addicting but perhaps if we say it has oatmeal in it, we can convince ourselves that it is healthy. Or maybe not. Continue reading
During the summer, I am all about no bake desserts. That includes easy candies as well as ice cream, cookies and bars. This crunch bar fudge is just like a Crunch bar (or Krackle if you favor Hershey’s version). Of course, this isn’t just hot weather food. It makes a great addition to a holiday plate of goodies. It could also just satisfy a craving for chocolate. Watch out, though. You might be tempted to eat the entire batch yourself! Have some friends ready to eat it with you.
Way back in the the 1970s, when I was a little 2nd grader, I brought my reader home and asked my Mom if I could try a new recipe. There, in amongst the stories I had to read, was a recipe for Peanut Butter Candy. We made it and have continued making it for the last 30+ years.