Divinity/ ThursdayDoors

For Thanksgiving, the doors were open in our home for dinner. This oven door got quite a work out with some sweet potato casserole and dinner rolls.

The towel reads, “A Life Well-Lived is Usually Messy”

So after eating the turkey, and some deciding to lie down and take a short snooze, we had the priviledge of a little cookin’ lesson from Mother, aka Grandma.

Step 1: Slather on the butter. Only real butter will do.

After some discussion of the dynamics of the recipe, there was some mixing and stirring.

Pardon the extra pan on the stove and the littering of items on the counter. Hence, my towel’s saying is ringing truth.

The recipe is for homemade Divinity as mother makes it and as her mother before her. Further discussions revealed that some people add pecans or dried fruits while we prefer our own local black walnuts.

Waiting for the candy to harden.

Did you know that Divinity has to be made with a humidity level of below 50% or your candy will not set (harden). We were blessed with 45% humidity according to the local weather report. 

Googling the origin of Divinity.

We learned that early versions of divinity were recorded in the early 1900’s and the recipe in it’s current form around 1907, except they used milk. We use corn syrup in our recipe.

Success!! Textbook perfect as mother says.

Google also explains the name was probably derived from exclamations of “Divine!” after biting into one of these nougats. We can certainly understand why!

I hope you’ve enjoyed this version of Thursday Doors and will check out more over at Norm 2.0, the founding father of our blog event. 

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Icing/Sunday Sampler

Sunday Sampler

While the world is trying to ice up outside this morning here in Mid-Missouri, I’m going to show you a little recipe from yesterday. It was the hubby’s birthday and I wanted to change up the typical cake result. What better way than with the frosting??

The recipe below is from a 1st edition of America Cooks, my Etsy find and a wonderful reference in case you care to look one up. Be prepared to pay. They are highly sought after and I am grateful to have found mine.

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Before the toppings begin though, you naturally have to have the cake. So, whipped it up, poured it into 3 pans, and baked it.

Love- The Main Ingredient

Do you know how much a difference an extra cake layer can make? Trust me, it elevates flavor to a new level. No pun intended.

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Very sloppy appearance here but I had only a teeny window of opportunity for the picture taking. Had to work fast to keep the cake layers from sliding and breaking.

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And there you go, a little glazed on the sides but it didn’t disappoint the samplers. Mission accomplished, a keeper recipe and another birthday for the books. Have a wonderful rest of your Sunday!

 

Bookmark, Bag, Birthday, Blessing/Letter B

Spent some time trying to figure out a present for my niece who is moving out of the nest. This A to Z challenge proved pretty timely as I’ll have some items piling up in my stash.

I’d like to first show you a tutorial in progressive photos of the bookmark.

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Note: be sure to tear off the paper before sewing backing on.

I used some old bluejeans fabric for the backing and added a rick rack tag.

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Hoping she’ll find some tasty recipes to share with me in the future.

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Baked Potato Bag is Bursting with “B”ears of course! Made by yours truly with love!

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Party at Bandana’s.

I nearly ended this post with that last line, but my niece suffered a huge loss very recently. I’ve decided to share a little ‘New Home Blessing” and dedicate it to her new abode.

Isaiah 40:30-31
Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

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