Monday, December 3, 2007

Snow day

A beautiful snowy day here...


















The perfect day to start the candy and cookie making. Every year I do this. My kitchen turns into Willie Wonka's chocolate factory, as I whip up yummy treats for friends, and neighbors. I started this tradition long before I had kids, but I must say, it is so much fun when you have help.






Pretzel rods dipped in chocolate and rolled in mini m&m's, sprinkles, and crushed toffee. ( My mom got this idea from someone at work) very fun for the kids!




I also made some chocolate bark. Just melt chocolate chips in a double boiler, spread on wax paper and top it with anything...nuts, candy canes, rice krispies, sometimes I add a few tablespoons of peanut butter in the chocolate too!
Then, you put it in the freezer for about ten minutes, and break it into pieces.





Magic bars are also quick and easy. I make two batches of these every year.
Here is the traditional recipe:
Melt one stick of butter in a 9x13 pan in the oven at 350
Add 1 1/2c. graham cracker crumbs and mix well with a fork to make the crust,
add one cup of chocolate chips, one cup of walnuts, and one cup of coconut, then pour a 15oz. can of sweetened condensed milk on the top
Bake for 25 minutes.
I never follow this recipe.
I double the chocolate, and coconut ,and today I also added butterscotch chips, and pecans instead of walnuts.
Happy baking!






8 comments:

Fran said...

My mouth is watering....

Having sweet children in your snow pictures is definitely better than mine without!

I just shoveled the snow off the front and back porch so our dog Weezie could do her doggie thing. I looked out a minute ago and can hardly tell I cleared it. BEWARE THE YELLOW SNOW!!!!

angie said...

Ok, everytime I visit your blog I get really, really hungry. Your treats look delicious, and I'm jealous of all those who get to partake of them. The snow looks so beautiful, and your kids look like they are having so much fun. There's nothing like fresh snow....it's amazing how kids instinctively know to stay away from the yellow stuff. :)

ebeth said...

Katie - I DO remember that decadent chocolate Christmas Party at your and Franky's place above the store very well some years ago! I got that year's supply of delicious chocolatyness all in one stop! And your pics today remind me how much I miss REAL snow days growing up in northern Maine! Thanks for this beautiful reminder! I would like to play with the kids outside today...and make a snowman! It is raining here in Missoula and ruining the 6-8 inches of lovely snow we had on the ground the past two weeks! Love E

Jro said...

Okay I am coming up next week now that I know you've made candy! What day is good? I can help you count all the money you are going to make at the craft fair.

Laura said...

I found you on Angie's blog... We had a snowy weekend here too and it was beautiful. Pretty much the first big snow of the year. Your treats sure look yummy. I get so scared making all that stuff because I have so little self control and I just can't eat it. I will have to give in now its the holidays and make some though. Will power will be needed.

Jen r. said...

HI Katie,
Hi. I do have some noel plaques and I could do a "peace" one for you. I charge $12 a
piece in my booth per plaque and shipping was $3 a plaque when I sent them for my drawing regular USPS. e-mail me if you are still interested. If not, that's
fine.
Thanks again! Jen R

Missy said...

I have a tradition of making caramels every year (I used to make them with Grandma) and I can't wait 'til Hannah is old enough to make them with me. I get tired of stirring it for almost an hour!

beki said...

Mmmmm!