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Monday, December 2, 2013

Soft and Chewy Apple Cider Caramels

Every once in a while I create a
recipe that makes me want to
share it with everyone I know.
When creating recipes it can take a couple
 of tries to perfect, tweak, get the right balance
of certain ingredients in order to have a
successful end product. Well after many
and I mean MANY tries of making these
caramels, I am SHOUTING out load
with a smile on my face..."I DID IT!"
These Apple Cider Caramels are
one of my absolute favorite caramels!
You care going to be amazed at just
how good they are.
Soft and Chewy Apple Cider Caramels
2 Cups Heavy Whipping Cream
1 Cup Light Corn Syrup
2 Cups White Sugar
6 TBSP. Butter~ cut into pieces
1 1/2  teaspoon of Apple Pie Spice~ divided
1/2 Cup Boiled Cider ~ *see note below
1/2 teaspoon Salt
*Take 1 Cup Apple Cider and
boil it down until you receive a 1/2 Cup
of boiled cider.
Lightly grease a 9x9 pan, line with
parchment paper and lightly grease
the paper as well. Leave enough paper to
hand over the edges. This will make it easier to
remove the set caramel out of the pan.
In a large pot combine the cream, corn syrup,
sugar, butter, cider and 1/2 teaspoon of
the apple pie spice. Bring to a boil stirring until
all the sugar has dissolved. (make sure you place
your candy thermometer into the pot first thing)
When it reaches a boil, STOP stirring.
Reduce heat to med-high, cooking until the
candy reaches 248 degree's.
(It took me about 24 minutes)
Remove from heat, stir in salt and remaining
apple pie spice. Pour into your prepared pan.
Let caramel sit for a minute or 2 and then I
like to sprinkle the top with cinnamon/sugar.
Just enough to give it a little sparkle. ;)
Let cool and set. I made this late at night
and then just let it set over night.
Cut into small pieces by using a sharp
knife that you can dip into hot water
before each new cut. I then like to
wrap each piece in wax paper to keep fresh.
Store in an air tight container.
The perfect Holiday Treat,

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Soft and Simple Dinner Rolls

These rolls are so light and soft.
You can bet they wont sit for long
in the bread basket.
I usually have to double this
recipe in order to make sure
I have enough for everyone to
have a couple.
Soft and Simple Dinner Rolls
1 packet Active Dry Yeast~ *I use Red Star
1 Cup Warm water
1/2 Cup Sugar~ I use Domino Sugar
3 Eggs~ beaten
1/2 Cup Butter~ melted
1/2 tsp. Salt
1/2 tsp. Orange Zest
4 Cups All Purpose Flour~ I use GoldMedal Flour
Place the yeast in with the warm water,
let set for about 5 minutes. (since there is more
water than yeast, it will look watery)
In your mixing bowl combine the sugar,
eggs, butter, salt and orange zest.
Add in the yeast, and flour.
Place dough in an air tight container
or cover with plastic wrap.
Leave in a warm area, for about 2 hours
or until it doubles in size.
Punch down dough and roll out
onto a floured surface. I roll my dough out into
a large circle, then using a pizza cutter, cut into
smaller triangles. Roll each triangle starting
from the largest end first. Tuck the small
end underneath to seal. Place onto a
lightly greased baking sheet.
Lightly cover with a towel to let the dough
rise a second time. The second rising usually
goes by quicker, about 20 minutes.
While they are raising, preheat your
oven to 375 degree's.
Bake for 20-24 minutes.
The hardest part of this whole
recipe is the few minutes after you pull
these little rolls out of the oven, and you
have to wait for dinner in order to eat one!

Monday, November 25, 2013

Sweet Potato Casserole

Thanksgiving Holiday has always
been one of my favorite Holidays.
I love having a get together, I love
spending hours in the kitchen.
Preparing dishes that everyone looks
forward to each year. I feel as if I am
giving a personal "thank you" to each
individual that is partaking of the meal.
I have much to be grateful for,
and each Thanksgiving gives us
the opportunity to share that with
others. So even though you are not
sitting around MY table I want to
 express my gratitude for each and everyone
of you who take the time to support
me and my site. I am in awe just how many
come visit my site daily. THANK YOU!!
 Now what do you say we get cooking?
Believe it or not, I never had this
growing up. No one in my family
cared for sweet potato's. Although we did have
(My Mom made them with canned yams.)
Well since then I have come to really enjoy
the taste of sweet potatoes. This casserole is
simple to make, and can be served as a
side dish or even as a dessert.
Sweet Potato Casserole
4 Cups Sweet Potatoes~ peeled, cubed/cooked
1/2 tsp. Salt
1/8 tsp. Nutmeg
1/2 tsp. Cinnamon
4 TBSP. Butter
1 Cup Brown Sugar
1 Cup Toffee Pieces
1/2 Cup Chopped Pecan's *Optional
1 Cup Mini Marshmallows * Optional
1/4 Cup Honey
Preheat oven to 400
Mash potato's along with the butter.
Add in salt, nutmeg, cinnamon as well
as 1/2 cup of the brown sugar and toffee.
Spread into a 9x13 pan. Bake for 20 minutes
Remove from oven and top with remaining
brown sugar, toffee pieces.
**If you are adding in the pecans and marshmallows
you will just add them over the brown sugar/toffee
Return to the oven and broil for a few minutes.
Watch carefully so it wont burn.
Before serving drizzle the honey
over top. DELISH!!
Happy Holidays,

Saturday, November 23, 2013

A New DIY site for Crafts / Christmas Cards

The Holiday Season has started!
If your like me I tend to start planning
on DIY decorations and crafts to add
that homemade touch to the holiday's.
  I search all over the internet
 looking for the newest and latest idea's.
 This year I have found
a fabulous D.I.Y site that has a ton
of idea's to inspire you.
JULEP  has everything from
Holiday craft ideas, Fonts, Party,
DIY Wedding to Holiday Tips and
much, much more!
*Just LOOK at this cute
Scratch Off Advent Calendar.
 I just know you are going to find
a ton of ideas to get you in the
crafting mood.
Another MUST visit Site you
are going to be thrilled you found
is Minted here you are going
to find a huge selection of Holiday
cards to personalize with your own
photo's to send to everyone on your
Christmas list.
Take a peek at a few samples~
 There are so many to choose from.
I cant wait to get my order back
to send off to my family and friends.
Not only can you make holiday
cards, you can make party
invitations, birth or wedding
The possibilities are endless.
You can also follow Julep
and Twitter HERE as well as
Minted has given me a credit to use for
the purchase of my own Holiday Cards
in return for advertising their site to
Lark's Country Heart readers.


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