Month: December 2017

The Perfect Candle

The Perfect Candle

I could go on and on about them, candles. I love the smells, but I hate the black soot. I have found the perfect soy candle, made by my friend at her amazing store in Stillwater, Reclaiming Beautiful. Monique and Susan make the most amazing […]

Buffalo Chicken Dip

Buffalo Chicken Dip

    Every single time I make this, I am asked for the recipe. I love it because I love buffalo wings but not all the mess or the fact that they are fried. I thought it would be perfect for my work party with […]

To-Die-For Caramels

To-Die-For Caramels

This is always one of my favorite days of the year!

 

Making caramels and toffee with two of my favorite people on the planet, Jen and my cousin Emily. This year, Kelly joined us, too…she is also a favorite!

We always start with lunch, which is always long overdue, then laugh till we cry, and all the while starting our caramel-making process.

Everyone puts their own spin on the toppings. Emily uses sea salt on her batch and Jen put salt on half. I choose no salt at all. I think they are just perfect as they are…melt-in-your-mouth goodness.

Homemade Caramels

1 cup butter or margarine
1 pound (2 1/4 cups) brown sugar
dash salt
1 cup light corn syrup
1 (15 ounce) can sweetened
condensed milk
1 tsp vanilla

Melt butter in heavy 3-quart sauce pan. Add brown sugar and salt, stir until thoroughly combined. Stir in corn syrup, mix well. Gradually add milk, stirring constantly. Cook and stir over medium heat until candy reaches firm ball stage (245 degrees), about 12 to 15 minutes. Remove from heat, stir in vanilla. Pour into buttered 9×9 pan. Cool and cut squares. Makes 80 squares.

Without these utensils, it would be so very hard to make caramels or my famous toffee…which I will share with you shortly!

If you need to get some of these fantastic kitchen utensils, you must contact my friend Jessica Chastik.

Fancy Friday!

Fancy Friday!

Not really fancy, but I found this shirt I just love at The Gap! It’s lightweight and feels mildly fancy with jeans. I was dying to wear it with my new patent leather red Tieks, but it was 10 degrees here today so I opted […]

A Favorite Corner in My Room

A Favorite Corner in My Room

This is one of my favorite spots in my home. My room…ahh, I love it there. My bed, my chair, my wall color…all of it. On my 42nd birthday, I celebrated by staying in my bed all day. Yes, all day. I know this may seem disturbing […]