Thursday, December 18, 2014

RotteneCard of the Week #66: Your Brain Is A Wonderful Organ

Your brain is a wonderful organ. 
It starts working the second you get out of bed 
and doesn't stop until you get to work.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Christmas Crack (Chocolate Saltine Toffee) Recipe

Cooking spray
35 to 40 saltine crackers
2 sticks (1 cup) butter
1 cup light brown sugar
8 ounces semisweet chocolate chips (about 1 1/3 cups)

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.

Line 1 large or 2 small jelly-roll pans with aluminum foil, spray with nonstick spray and arrange the saltines salt-side down in a single layer. In a medium saucepan, melt the butter and brown sugar together and boil until it turns a caramel color, a few minutes. Remove from the heat and pour over the crackers, covering them evenly.

Put the jelly-roll pan into the oven and bake for 3 to 5 minutes, or until just bubbly, watching carefully. Remove from the oven and pour the chocolate chips over the crackers. When the chips melt a bit, spread them over the crackers with a knife.

Transfer the pan to the freezer for 15 to 20 minutes, or until completely cold. They will form one big sheet. Break up into pieces. Store in an airtight container.

Recipe adapted from Home Cooking with Trisha Yearwood (c) Clarkson Potter 2010

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Candy Cane Fudge

1 teaspoon plus 4 tablespoons butter, divided
39 miniature candy canes, crushed (about 1 cup)
1-1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk, divided
4 ounces white baking chocolate, chopped
1 teaspoon cream of tartar


1. Line an 8-in. square pan with foil and grease the foil with 1 teaspoon butter. Sprinkle with half of the crushed candy; set aside.

2. In a microwave-safe bowl, combine chocolate chips and 2 tablespoons butter. Microwave on high for 1 minute; stir. Microwave at additional 15-second intervals, stirring until smooth. Stir in 2/3 cup milk. Carefully pour over candy layer in prepared pan. Refrigerate for 10 minutes.

3. Meanwhile, in a microwave-safe bowl, combine white baking chocolate and remaining butter. Microwave on high for 40-50 seconds; stir until smooth. Stir in the cream of tartar, remaining milk and candy. Spread over chocolate layer.

4. Refrigerate for 2 hours or until firm. Using foil, remove fudge from pan. Invert onto a cutting board; remove foil. Cut into 1-in. squares. Yield: about 1-3/4 pounds.

Note: This recipe was tested in a 1,100-watt microwave.

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Monday, December 15, 2014

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Sunday Stealing: Have You Ever?

This week's Sunday Stealing comes froMy Random Randomness.

1) Have you ever gotten lost in a maze? Yes, and it was quite embarrassing.

2) Have you ever been attacked by a wild animal? I have been hissed at by a opossum before.  It had climbed into my trash can and was stuck. I tipped the can over and ran back in the house.  About an hour later, I went back out and it was gone.

3) Have you ever ridden a camel? No, and I think it would be very uncomfortable to do so.

4) Have you ever pet a rat? Yes, I have petted a rat before.  However, I have never had a pet rat.

5) Have you ever been a member of a gym? Yes, and never went.

6) Have you ever been in a helicopter? No, but I would like to.

7) Have you ever cheated at a test? In elementary school I cheated on a math test.  I didn't know the answer to 8 times 8.  After a paddling from the teacher I learned the answer was 64.

8) Have you ever ridden a tractor? I have ridden and driven a tractor.

9) Have you ever passed wind/gas in an embarrassing situation? Oh yes, many times.  As a matter of fact, it happened yesterday at Sam's Club while shopping with my husband.

10) Have you ever played the bongos? I have but not very well.

11) Have you ever handled a snake? Yes, and I was very nervous.

12) Have you ever assembled furniture by yourself? Many times and I followed the directions!

13) Have you ever been scuba diving? No, but it is on my bucket list to do before I die.

14) Have you ever had a disastrous interview? One or two.

15) Have you ever sold your services? No, I have none to offer.

16) Have you ever raised money for charity? Yes I have.  And I donate to several charities.

17) Have you ever won a giant sized cuddly toy from a fair? Not that I can remember.

18) Have you ever milked a cow? I have milked a cow.  I was born and raised in the country you know.

19) Have you ever used the phrase "back in my time" to someone younger than you? I do this often.  

20) Have you ever invented a fairly unique meal or drink? No and I doubt anyone would eat the meal or sip the drink if I did.

Saturday, December 13, 2014