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Chocolate Turtles

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This was going to be on my “Christmas Craft/Recipes” list if I wasn’t shlacking so much! Anyway, it does earn the right to be on my Christmas Craft/Recipe list because I only make this once a year. For starters it is DE-LISH!! I could eat all of it in one sitting. It also makes superb Christmas gifts! This recipe made about 40 turtles and then I also had enough caramel left over to fill a 9×11 pan 1/2 thick. I would love to take credit for this recipe myself, but alas, I cannot. I must give credit where credit is due. When I got married, my mom gave me a recipe book from a flea market she picked up with all kind of old-fashioned, honest to goodness down home recipes. It has been my favorite and most well-loved book by far. So, here it is:

For the caramel:

2 cp sugar

2cp light corn syrup

2 sticks butter or margarine (NOT OIL SPREAD)

1 can sweetened condensed milk

Cook sugar, syrup and butter in heavy saucepan over medium heat to a full rolling boil. Slowly add condensed milk, stirring constantly until it reaches 242 degrees F.

Lightly grease cookie sheet and cover with pecans. Drop caramel by spoonfuls over nuts while still warm. Let stand until set. Melt chocolate chips or wafers in double boiler (or if you are like me I learned from my mom to use a small sauce pan and boil water in it with a metal bowl on top and melt the chocolate on there). Dip caramels in the chocolate and let set until firm.

Lastly, enjoy and try to share them! Wrap and give away with love. ❤

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Day 6 and 7 of Christmas Crafts: DIY Children’s Book

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One day we asked Nora if she could be anything in the world, what she would want to be. Her answer, very prompt and very serious was, “A unicorn in a uniform.” Sam and I had a very hard time keeping a straight face. One day I told him I really wanted to draw and write. If you are an artist or a writer, you understand that itch you get sometimes to get the creative juices flowing (especially if you are the mom of small children as well). Even as I am trying to type out this blog I am being bombarded with questions and I have had to retype the first few sentences at least three times each and I’m still not sure if they make sense! 

Anywho…..my husband said that I should write books like “A Unicorn in a Uniform”, and from there we rolled out a bunch of other titles that rhymed. I have written three so far, but have only illustrated two; one for each of my girls for Christmas. I am going to show you some samples of “Dogs in Clogs”. 

***Disclaimer: not that anyone would want to steal this idea, I am still asking for the courtesy that you not steal this idea for a book of your own (referring, of course, to the titles and ideas of these particular stories).

I am making this a two parter because there is a lot of work that went into these books, but they were so much fun to do and such a great creative outlet! 

Step one: I wrote the stories. Edited, read them to my kids, re-edited them and when I was finally satisfied and happy that the girls enjoyed them, I got out some blank pieces of drawing paper and went to work. 

Step two: I scanned the completed pictures onto my computer and then used Picmonkey to add fonts and other details I wanted to add. Here are a few sample pictures.

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Anyway, more to come about putting these books together later!! Have to dash!