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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Leftovers

So you think this is about food? Read it and weep 🙂

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People buy/give me Stuff when they find out I crochet, sew, quilt. This little box of gems came from my aunt on a antique shop hop she took recently. IMG_2862I come from a long line of bargain Hunters. (My mom was a Hunter. Pardon the humor) The scissors necklace was unique, and a new conversation piece for my upcoming sewing room. (more later on the room)

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IMG_2876 (2)IMG_2877 (2)Front side shows the $.33 price tag. Back shows the year…. 1988. And made in China.

IMG_2868This baggie of tatted pieces was included in that box. Great for embellishing ‘stuff’. Just look on Etsy under ‘tatted’. FYI Tattoos will also come up in your search. Not what I’m referring to here 🙂

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My Mother-in-law went ‘hunting’ last week. I got a phone call asking me if the described jar was a good buy. I let the hubby answer the question. Hunter’s quickly answer yes many times when good buttons and thread are concerned so I let him be the judge to stifle my grins that could not be seen in a phone call. IMG_2874

One view of the contents of the Jar.

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IMG_2872and a bottom view.

Taking this blog minute to thank each person who brings me those Leftovers.(Aunt Maybelle and Mom Nancy in this instance). I can’t wait for you to see how they’ll play a part in my sewing space. Unfortunately you will have to wait as it’s not finished and won’t be for a few weeks.

Hope you enjoyed my ‘leftovers’ gifts. Hope you’re also enjoying leftovers from yesterday’s Thanksgiving.