Gramp’s Kitchen – Oven Caramel Corn

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Oven Caramel Corn
2 cup brown sugar
1 cup oleo
½ teaspoon salt
½ cup white corn syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon soda
5-7 quarts of popped popcorn

Preheat oven to 225 degrees bring brown sugar, oleo salt and syrup to boil. Remove from heat, add vanilla and soda. Pour over popcorn, bake for 45 minutes. Stirring occasionally. Store in are tight container.

*Recipe from unknown source. Found in my Grandparents kitchen.

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The Constance Neck Cozy

Wow, that didn’t take me long to whip up my first project out of all of that yarn I got in the mail on Tuesday. The Constance Neck Cozy was a fun and easy knit that worked up quick on US size 9 (5.5 mm) knitting needles. I used Knit Picks yarn in the shade of Celestial. The yarn was a dream to work with. It’s so soft and cozy that I didn’t want to put it down.  I will definitely be using the yarn and pattern again.

Constance Neck Cozy 1

This is the most detailed lace project that I have knit thus far. This project gives me the courage to try knitting a harder pattern with a lighter weight yarn. I’m thinking of possibilities now. I am always thinking about my next project… ;)

Constance Neck Cozy 2

Here is another picture of my project outside with my newly blossomed cactus plant. I am really happy how this scarf turned out.

I ORIGINALY POSTED MY PLANS TO MAKE THIS NECK COZY/SCARF ON THE “MAIL DAY” POST EARLIER THIS WEEK. DETAILS BELOW…

Constance Neck Cozy Yarn
I purchased this yarn to knit the Constance Neck Cozy. I saw the name of the pattern and it made me think of this sweet lady who was like a Mother figure to me while I was going to Cosmetology school many years ago. She listened to me when I was in a really dark place while grieving the loss of my Father. She took the time for me when it felt like no one else cared. I went online to shop for yarn specifically for the Constance shawl and this color just popped out at me. I wonder if its coincidence that the name of the yarn is Celestial. She was truly a Heaven sent woman who now watches from Heaven over those who were blessed to know and love her.

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THROW BACK THURSDAY: Ice Cream and Toppings

Today’s Throw Back Thursday post was originally posted on February 7th of 2013. Enjoy and have a great day.

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Ice Cream

  • 6 eggs Beaten
  • 1. cup sugar
  • 3 T. Vanilla
  • 2. cup cream to 1 cup milk (Can use ½ & ½ – 3 cups)

Hot Fudge

½ cup marg. – melt in double boiler

  • Add 4 1oz squares bitter choc. and melt
  • Add 3 cup sugar a little at a time
  • Add 1 large can evap milk
  • And 1 tsp vanilla

Cook real slow – stirring every once in a while

Marshmallow topping

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 tablespoons water
  • 4 tablespoons white corn syrup

-Add a hand full of mini marshmallows (I use 2) boil till marshmallows are melted

– Stir constantly.

– Pour over two egg whites that have been beaten.

– Beat both together until stiff peaks form. 5 – 10 minutes.

*Recipe from unknown source.

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Mail Day!!!

Ok, so it’s no secret that I have been on a shawl knitting kick lately. So, it’s no surprise to anyone that I am bouncing off the walls because I got a bunch of new yarn in the mail today.

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The first shawls that I plan to cast on are knit with the Color Affection Shawl Pattern by Veera Välimäki.

101 Purple Color Affection Yarn

* Not my images – Click to see on Knit Picks

My 101 Purple Color Affection Shawl will be knit with Knit Picks Yarn in these shades Lilac, Lilac Mist, and Ivory.

Pretty in Pink Color Affection Yarn

*Not my Image – Click to see on Knit Picks

I also plan to knit a Pretty in Pink Color Affection Shawl for my Daughter with Knit Picks Yarn in these shades Hollyberry, Peony, and Ivory.

Constance Neck Cozy Yarn

I purchased this yarn to knit the Constance Neck Cozy. I saw the name of the pattern and it made me think of this sweet lady who was like a Mother figure to me while I was going to Cosmetology school many years ago. She listened to me when I was in a really dark place while grieving the loss of my Father. She took the time for me when it felt like no one else cared. I went online to shop for yarn specifically for the Constance shawl and this color just popped out at me. I wonder if its coincidence that the name of the yarn is Celestial. She was truly a Heaven sent woman who now watches from Heaven over those who were blessed to know and love her.

Hitchhiker Shawl Yarn

and last but not least. I already had this yarn on hand but I am planning on using it to knit the Hitchhiker shawl. The yarn is from Knit Picks in the shade of Hollywood.

I also have two more projects in my line up. I am just waiting to see how much yarn that I have left before I pick colors. One is shawl with lace on one edge and the other is a scrap yarn cowl which should be perfect for using up the left over Purple, Pink, and Ivory yarns.

Over the last 2 weeks I had been knitting a shawl with some yarn that I had left over from a sweater I knit last year. I wasn’t really happy with the yarn for the sweater so I don’t know why I thought a shawl would be any different. I ran out of yarn and I did try to rip it back but the yarn just wouldn’t ravel and my temper got the best of me.  Into the trash can it went. At least it was only some cheep acrylic yarn. I was more ticked off about loosing two weeks of my free time than I was about loosing the yarn.

After that issue I needed something easy to work on so I started crocheting more hats to donate to the troops. I am happy to say that the yarn was behaving for me and I am almost done with my Project Forever 24 – 2015. I will post pictures of my newest hats soon. ;)

Until next time

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Gramp’s Kitchen – Coconut Kisses

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Coconut Kisses

Mix together:

1/2cup sugar
1 ½ cup shredded coconut
1 tablespoon flour
¼ cup raisins
¼ cup candied cherries
¼ teaspoon salt

Add and mix well:

¼ cup milk
½ teaspoon vanilla

Drop on greased cookie sheet. Bake in moderate oven. Remove from pan while hot, shape with fingers, makes about 2 dozen

*Recipe from unknown source. Found in my Grandparents kitchen.

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THROWBACK THURSDAY: White Frosting

Today’s Throw Back Thursday post was originally posted on January 28th of 2013. Enjoy and have a great day.

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1/3 cup Crisco shortening
2½ cup powdered sugar
1/8 tsp salt
1 ½ tsp vanilla
1 egg white
1 – 2 tablespoons milk

Mix all ingredients together. Add a little more milk if need to.

*Recipe from unknown source.

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I Feel Your Pain Billy Bob Thornton

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My sweet blogging friend Dee writes the blog Mourning Amy Marie about the loss of her beautiful daughter who passed a way just a few weeks before my Sister Brittany. Today she posted this video of an interview by Billy Bob Thornton about the loss of his younger brother. I am re-blogging her post because I want y’all to understand the depth of loss and the continuous impact that it has on those who grieve. Our losses are permanent scars on our souls. It’s always there and it’s never going to go away.

“HE DIED AND I’VE NEVER TRUSTED HAPPINESS SINCE”

“I’M 50% HAPPY AND 50% SAD”

“I’VE NEVER BEEN THE SAME SINCE MY BROTHER DIED”

“YOU WONT EVER GET OVER IT”

“I’LL BE SAD AND MELANCHOLY ABOUT THAT FOREVER”

Originally posted on MourningAmyMarie:

Rarely do those among us honor loss after the first year. Surely after 25 years, you would not expect someone to admit they are still mourning their brother. Mr. Thornton admits:

“I don’t want to forget what it felt like when he died, because he deserves [that remembrance]. That’s how important he was to me,” Thornton says. “So, if I have to suffer and I have to be sad for the rest of my life, and if I have to be lonely without him… then that’s the way I honor him.”

It’s an anguish that he doesn’t believe will ever go away. “I’ll be sad and melancholy about that forever. I know it and I accept it and I live with it,” he says. “But I think it’s OK. I think it’s OK to have all those feelings.”

Amen, brother. Finally, someone writes my heart. I want Billy Bob Thornton…

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