Monday, July 7, 2014

Candied Puff Corn

My sister Kristie made this and I had to share it with you. I know the name isn't that original, but she didn't have a name for this recipe and I like descriptive rather than abstract names when it comes to food.

**Warning** do not make if you are eating healthy. You will not be able to stop eating it. 

Now that you have been fairly warned, here goes.

Candied Puff Corn
1 large pkg of puffed corn.
1 11oz pkg of caramels (cut into 1/4)
1 12oz pkg of M&M minis
1 24oz pkg of white almond bark
\1 tbsp vegetable shortening (no substitutions)

Combine first 3 ingredients in the largest bowl you can find.  In a separate microwave safe container break the almond bark into small squares and drop in the spoonful of vegetable shortening. Microwave on high until mostly melted. stir periodically, do not burn, do not add any other thinning agent. (White chocolate is not the same as regular chocolate. ) When it is about 2/3 melted removed from microwave and stir until fully melted. this will keep you from burning it, and it will have time to cool enough that the M&M's won't melt.

Pour white chocolate mixer over the puffed corn, M&M's, and Caramels. Gently stir to coat, then spread out on waxed paper to cool. Serve, keep any extras tightly covered.

(Who am I kidding? Keep it sealed while transporting to party and be discreet when you are at the party and try to lick the bowl clean.)

Monday, June 9, 2014

Chalk Paint

A while back I took a chalk paint class with a friend and I finally got around to finishing the project. It was a nice way to get out and spend some time with a friend. We used a product I had never heard of before.

I've read lots of other blogs about chalk paint and not very impressed. Chalk Paint Powder seemed different. Instead of over paying for a limited number of colored paints. This just mixes in to any latex paint you want.

We painted small wooden trays. I initially tried to paint 2 colors with traditional black on the tray bottom, but I didn't have detail brushes to use and the edges weren't as nice as I had hoped.

After letting the paint dry while we perused the store, we used wax to seal the paint. There is a difference to waxes. The texture and ease of use of Fiddes and Sons was really nice and I would highly recommend for any of your waxing needs.

I used a clear wax on mine for a more modern look. While my friend gave hers an aged look with the darker wax.

I immediately decided that this would be great for my girls to use, and wanted brighter colors than what the class provided. I used some materials that I already had on hand for a quick update.

The tray is an excellent way to corral hand made beads and other jewelry making supplies.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

What Doesn't Kill Me...

Earlier this spring we gave some much needed attention to a large tree in our yard. For years I trimmed as high as I could so that I could mow the lawn without poking out my eye. But it was slowly growing into ours and our neighbor's homes. Something needed to be done. 

While I was away on a field trip with my eldest, several guys with some pretty heavy equipment rolled into the yard and hacked away. In addition to getting the limbs off the houses, they weeded out the sickly and dead branches. 

When I got home that afternoon I was a bit shocked at just how much of the tree they had removed. A few days later the clouds cleared up and My Vet and I went out to deal with the stack of firewood left behind. Then I noticed how much sunlight was shining through.

So many times I have grown limbs that were abruptly removed from my life. Limbs that were so much a part of me, it hurt, I've weeped, I mourn the scars that will always remind me of them. Yet I continue to live and grow new limbs.

It seemed like forever until the leaves started to grow and the wounds started to heal. Now suddenly I see things that I couldn't before, flowers are blooming in new areas, grass is growing. A neighbor was inspired to trim his trees as well, another told me how they could see farther now too.

Whatever you are walking through, whatever fresh wounds you are nursing, keep your eyes on God. He is Good ALL the time, trust in His plan. God made the tree, He certainly knows how to make it grow best. He also sees who is watching you.