Saturday, October 30, 2010

Honey Caramel

"Tiggers
don't like
honey."

~Winnie the Pooh



Well, I am definitely
not a Tigger...

I have been munching
on these caramels all
day...

I have completely
ruined my "eating
to be healthy" plan...

I'll start that tomorrow.

Honey Caramels

1 1/4 cup brown sugar
1 2/3 cup white sugar
1 cup butter
1/2 cup corn syrup
1/2 cup honey
1 1/2 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup whole milk
2 teaspoons vanilla

Combine all ingredients in a large saucepan.
Heat, stirring constantly to  240 degrees.
Pour in a well buttered 8 x 8 pan. Let set
 until completely cool before cutting.

Try one sprinkled
with Hawaiian red
salt...
Oh yeah!



Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Pumpkin Caramel Bars

"Life is uncertain,
 eat cake first."

~Ernestine Ulmer


The pumpkin cake is good,
but the frosting is "to die
for":

I wanted to eat it all off
the cake with a spoon!

Pumpkin Caramel Bars

For the bars-

2 cups all purpose flour [ I used 1/2 whole wheat]
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups pumpkin puree
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 egg
4 Tablespoons butter, melted
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup chopped, toasted pecans [optional]

For the Frosting-

2 cups packed brown sugar
1/3 cup water
Pinch of salt
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 stick unsalted buttr, cubed
4 oz. cream cheese, cut into 1 inch cubes

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat  a 9x13 inch baking pan with non-stick spray.

Whisk together flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt in a medium bowl; set aside.

Whisk together pumpkin puree, sugars, egg, melted butter and vanilla in a large bowl until well blended. Stir in flour mixture and pecans.

Spread pumpkin batter evenly into prepared pan; bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 20 minutes. Let cool completely before frosting.

Frosting-

Boil 2 cups brown sugar, water and salt in a large saucepan over high heat, 5 minutes, gently swirling occasionally to prevent scorching.  Whisk in cream and butter pieces. (Mixture will bubble furiously; keep whisking). Boil 2 minutes more.

Transfer caramel to the bowl of a stand mixer; whip on high speed until sides of bowl are cool to the touch and caramel is thick, 8 - 10 minutes, scraping down sides of bowl as needed.  Add cream cheese, 1 cube at a time, until frosting is smooth.  Frost cooled bars.  Store bars in the refrigerator up to a week.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Pecans

 "I think that if
you shake the
tree, you ought
to be around when
the fruit falls
to pick it up."

~Mary Cassatt

And I want to pick it up but...

...numerous pecan trees
on my property and
the squirrels have
eaten every nut from
all of them!

There is one bag
of pecans hiding
in the freezer so
there can still be
fudge.

Exhale.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Candy Corn

All I need is love,
but a little candy
now and then
doesn't hurt!

~Charles Schulz





 
How sweet are these !
Just the kind of candy
I love.

Plenty of time to make
for National Candy Corn
Day: October 30th.

Have a great Monday.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Pizza Muffins

"You don't
 get tired
 of muffins..."

~George Bernard Shaw

These were a big hit
with the people in
my home.

The recipe lends itself
to a lot of play:
I think they would
be fabulous made
with spinach in
place of the meat.

I plan on putting
some away in the
freezer for when
a quick lunch is
needed. Just add
a salad or a cup
of soup and you're
all set.


Thursday, October 14, 2010

My Little Shadow

I have a little shadow
that goes in and out
with me,
And what can be the
use of [her] is more
than I can see.
~Robert Louis Stevenson

My little shadow
and I have been
enjoying the lower
humidity levels,
if not the day time
temperature's...


we have discovered
little bits of fall...
gazed at the clouds...
eaten far too
many boiled
peanuts...
collected pine cones
to use as fire starters
because ....
at least the nights
are cool enough
for an outdoor fire.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Perseverance

Perseverance is not a
long race;it is many
short races one after
the other.

~Walter Elliot


I sewed an apron:
with a pattern:
on a machine:
all by myself:
finally!