Archive for “October, 2009”

caramel apples

This has got to be the best caramel recipe I have ever tried. I got it from a neighborhood cookbook. I normally just make a harder caramel with this recipe, but we wanted to make caramel apples with it, so I didn’t cook it as long. It was at the beginning of hard ball stage. I’m guessing 240 degrees on a candy thermometer.

1 c. butter or margarine
Dash of salt
1 c. light corn syrup
1 tsp. vanilla
2 1/4 c. brown sugar
1 (15 oz) can sweetened condensed milk

Butter 9×9 inch pan and set on cooling rack. (Note: If making caramel apples butter a cookie sheet and set aside.) Measure ingredients and have thermometer before starting. Melt butter in heavy saucepan. Blend in sugar and salt. Stir in syrup and milk. Cook, stirring constantly over medium heat until candy reaches firm ball stage (245 degrees), about 20-25 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in vanilla. Pour into buttered dish. Cool. Cut into squares and wrap in wax paper squares. {Recipe courtesy of Karlette Merrick}

A couple of Notes:
Note 1: If you don’t have a candy thermometer, put ice in cold water in a bowl and use this to test your caramel. You will put the caramel in the bowl and try to roll it. If it is a soft ball, it’s not quite done. Try to have the caramel roll into a hard ball.

Note 2: If making caramel apples, let cool slightly and then roll the apples in the caramel. Poke a Popsicle stick in the top of the apple to make it easier to handle. Then roll in your favorite candy bar. Or drizzle chocolate over the top.

Enjoy this delicious caramel recipe!

For a fun Halloween treat to neighbors and friends, just wrap in cellophane or plastic bags. Then wrap Raffia Ribbon around the outside. Write on the stick. So easy. So delicious!


Scott E. Franson was my teacher at BYU-Idaho and wrote this book titled Un-Brella.

Horn Book Magazine called it “instant weather-gratification.” It is just delightful.

Go check out his his work . He’s so talented.

Scott always told us to never give up on your dreams, and look where it took him. One book published and I’m sure there are many more to come.

another freebie

Thanks go out to Jessica over at How About Orange for putting my card up on her site! Thanks Jessica! Who knew we had so much in common? But I can say one thing, it was the milk and manure that made us so tall. Hee hee!

To celebrate the success of my previous free card download, here’s another freebie. It seems that so many of you liked this pattern. So here ya go! Enjoy.

For the free card just click here {right click to download}.

free card download

So, I decided to go ahead and make these patterns into fun printable downloads. Have fun with this card. Feel free to print it as many times as you like. Print on white card stock for best results.

For the free card just click here {right click to download}.

fashion trends {series 1}

This is the first of a series of patterns designed after fashion trends. I might start doing these each week. Probably on Tuesday or Wednesday. Just thought this was fun to do. I will probably make these patterns into free downloadable files, like bookmarks, cards, stationary, etc….

What do you think? Wouldn’t that be fun for everyone?!?


Where the Wild Things Are

I’m not going to spoil the movie for anyone, but after just seeing it. All I have to say is..


The music, stunning!

A very emotional movie filled with joy, laughter, imagination and even a tear was shed.

I highly suggest seeing it.

The best part is that the little boy reminds me of another little boy that I know, Dexter. Do you see a resemblance?

Not only is there haircuts similar, but everything about them…just ask his mother…

a little feature

I was so excited when Holly over at decor8 called for submissions for the 2010 Calendar Round-up, because I knew that I wanted to submit one.

I worked so hard to get my Printable Calendar finished in time and emailed her last minute. Thanks Holly for making my day!

Go check it out and make sure you check out all of the other amazing calendars up for grabs this year.