Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Snowstorms and Ice

It took 20 to 25 minutes to get to work this morning - usually it only takes around 10.  We got our snowstorm and it dumped quite a bit of snow on us.  It is funny how everyone forgets to drive in the snow.  The radio announced over 150 accidents just today.  Crazy.  It does feel a little bit more like Christmas.  It makes everything so pretty - dusted with snow.

The pipes in our basement froze, so we had to play "thawing" so that we could get some laundry done.  Ralph was a trooper to get things going.  The scary part is that it is going to get a lot colder.  I wonder if the landlord will do anything to resolve the problem. ?????

I came home to a pot of homeade tomato soup and a big bowl of chex mix.  My boy sure takes good care of me.  The soup was so tasty.  Riley got to lick the bowl and he could not get enough.  We had cheeseball and crackers with our soup.  Perfect dinner.  YUM!

I watched Disney's new little program tonight on ABC called Prep and Landing.  I love any little program that reminds us that there are reasons to believe in the spirit of Christmas.  Way cute show.  Destined to be a classic at our house.  I tried to watch the Charlie Brown Christmas, but the network didn't have the sound correlated with the mouth movement.  Didn't have the patience. 

Well...here is a recipe to wrap the post up.  We made this for Christmas gifts and our friends couldn't get enough.

Maple Caramel Corn
3 (3.5 ounce) packages of plain microwave popcorn, popped
2 ¼ cups packed brown sugar
1 cup corn syrup
1 cup butter
5 ounces sweetened condensed milk
Maple flavoring
Craisins (dried cranberries)
Roasted cashew halves
Sort through the pop corn to eliminate the old maids (unpopped kernels).
In a heavy sauce pan, over medium heat, cook the brown sugar, corn syrup and butter, stirring constantly. Cook until the sugar mixture is at 270°.
Remove from the heat and carefully pour in the condensed milk and flavoring. Stir until smooth.  You can add more - milk to make the caramel softer and gooier
Combine the popcorn, craisins and cashews.
Carefully pour the hot caramel over the popcorn mixture, gently stirring to evenly coat the pieces.
Cool at least 10 minutes before serving. Then start the second batch because the first is already gone.

Ta Ta for now.
Smiley from millan.net

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