Sunday, November 29, 2009

Family Tradition

Every Christmas for the past 34 years I have been making peanut brittle for friends and family. It started while I was visiting my in laws right after Ric and I were married. This was my mother-in-laws recipe and she put me to work helping with this labor of love. I can not imagine the amount of nuts, sugar, syrup and butter I have used but to suffice to say that it is in the hundreds of pounds.
This project starts after Thanksgiving and continues up until Christmas Eve. We usually get requests from friends and co-workers when the holiday approaches. The question is if they are on the list to get this wonderful candy. As we have moved around, the list grows and the tradition continues.

The recipe:
Peanut Brittle
1/2 cup water
2 cups sugar
1 cup Kero light syrup
2 cups raw spanish peanuts
2 Tablespoons butter
2 teaspoons soda
1 teaspoon vanilla

Bring water to boil on medium high heat. Add sugar and kero syrup. Bring to a boil and add peanuts. Stir constantly and cook to 295 degrees. When temperture is reached, turn off heat and add butter and vanilla. Continue stirring and add soda. Pour out onto two generously buttered cookie sheets. When cooled, break into pieces with the handle of a butter knife.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Thanksgiving Birthday

Twenty eight years ago I gave birth to a rather special little boy. This was before the ultrasounds that could tell me I was having a boy after having two little girls. I had the planned C-section on Wednesday before Thanksgiving and this meant that the holiday dinner was clear broth and jell-o. Ric did bring up a thermos of Wassil so I could have a little bit of the Holiday in my hospital room. I had mixed emotions on this day,(some of which I will not go into here) but I can say that I have been very blessed to have Kelvin as my son. He is kind, tender-hearted and compassionate young man. He is genereous and responsible father and friend. He now has a little boy of his own.

When Kelvin left on his mission he gave me the book, Love You Forever, by Robert Munsch. The message he wrote inside still makes me cry and reminds me of what a remarkable son I have.

So on this Thanksgiving Day I will give thanks for many blessings that include my children, husband and especially the "Turkey" that came 28 years ago today.

Sunday, November 22, 2009


With Christmas around the corner, I am looking forward to this bounty during the holiday. This variety of citrus is called Arizona Sweet. They are very sweet and will make for some nice juice and tasty snacks.

My sister Diane came through town on her way home to Oklahoma. Enjoyed the brief visit and catching up on her family while she was in town.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Holiday Prep

I did find some time to make hats for Warming Families. You can read more about this charity on Bev Qualheim's site.

These are some of the things I have been working on for Christmas, Birthdays and a new baby. I still have a few more items in my WIP basket and will post as they are finished.

Shortbread Cookies

2 cups butter
1 cup sugar
4 cups flour

Mix the above ingredients in a bowl. Take dough and spread out onto a cookie sheet 1/4 inch thick. Poke with a fork. Bake in a 325 degree oven for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from oven and sprinkle sugar on cookies.
Return to oven for another 5 minutes. Cute into squares and then let cool.

Saturday, November 7, 2009


For the last few Saturdays Ric and I have been able to spend time with our grand children. We attended the Gymnastics meet for Will and Kaitlyn and Halloween parties with Hailee and Sevrine. (My picture of Hailee didn't turn out and I need to get a copy of her and Payton's Halloween costumes from Ashley.) We are very fortunate to have all of the kids close enough to get to have these experiences.
This Saturday (today) we head over to Gilbert to celebrate Elizabeth's third birthday.