Monday, November 29, 2010

Tiger Bars

This recipe was on the back of the Hershey Butterscotch Chipits package. I have never tried it before but I needed a quick no back treat and I'm sure glad I tried it.

CHIPITS TIGER BARS

Ingredients:
  • 1/4 cup (50 mL) packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup (50 mL) butter or margarine
  • 1/4 cup (50 mL) golden corn syrup
  • 3/4 cup (175 mL) CHIPITS® Butterscotch Chips, divided
  • 2 cups (500 mL) rice crisps cereal I only had on hand the Holiday Rice Krispies - works great and has festive colours for Christmas baking.
  • 1 cup (250 mL) CHIPITS® Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
  • 1 teaspoon (5 mL) oil
Directions:
1. In large saucepan, combine brown sugar, butter and corn syrup; bring to boil over medium heat. Stir until sugar is dissolved.

2. Remove from heat; stir in 1/2 cup (125 mL) of the butterscotch chips; stir until melted. Stir in cereal until well coated. Press into greased 8-inch (20 cm) square pan.

4. In medium bowl over hot water (or in microwave), melt semi-sweet chocolate chips. Spread evenly over surface of bars. I didn't have enough chocolate chips so I modified this and I think it is even better. I took 9 Tbsp. of cocoa with 3 Tbsp. margarine, sugar to taste(I added as I went maybe 3 Tbsp.  and melted that in the microwave. I had about a 1/2 cup of chocolate chips so I added that and melted it with the cocoa and margarine, add a few tsp of vegetable oil to make it a nice consistency and the cocoa gives a nice break in the really sweet flavor of the butterscotch.

5. In small bowl over hot water (or in microwave), melt remaining 1/4 cup (50 mL) butterscotch chips and oil. Drizzle in lines over surface of bars. Chill. Cut into bars. This works great with a fork and I just shook the fork across and it made nice design.

You may need to make a lot of these, I guarantee they will be a family favorite!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Butter Tarts

This was a recipe passed on from my DH Grandma, I like it as it is not sickly sweet yet it is still very tasty. I picked up mini-tart pans recently, usually I used muffin tins - either will do, bit the mini are perfect for one bite nibbling :)

Filling:
1/2 cup hard margarine(melted)
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
1 tsp. Vanilla
4 eggs(lightly beaten)
2 cups raisins

Pastry - make your own if you choose or buy pre-made shells. There is enough filling for 6 dozen mini tarts.

Melt margarine, allow to cool a bit. Lightly beat eggs. Pre-soak raisins(if desired, I do this) in boiling water to plump them up, drain. Mix all filling ingredients. Fill shells.

Bake at 425F for 15 minutes, enjoy!
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Saturday, November 20, 2010

Christmas Fun

We are doing something different this year at work for Christmas gifts. We drew names and for the season of Advent we pray for the recipient and at our Christmas staff. Party on December 30th we reveal whose name we have and exchange gifts.

I've decided to make up a gift basket. I couldn't think of just one thing. I'm doing two embroidered tea towels, three knit dishcloths, herbal tea, white chocolate peppermint bark and maybe a few more things. The price limit is $30, so I'm limited some what, but I think I can still come up with a nice variety.

Went in search of tea towels that could be embroidered on, thankfully I tried Home Outfitters first. Initially I only found coloured ones, just when I was about to give up I saw a four pack of white flour sack tea towels for $12. Great deal!

Christmas baking started. I did holiday Rice Krispie treats today and butter tarts planned for tomorrow.
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Friday, November 19, 2010

Modified Irish Hiking Scarf

Blessings Bear loves to model homemade knitting. Today he decided he'd give knitting a try ;)! He looks pretty comfy with those needles, I may have to keep an eye on him. On the needles an Irish Hiking Scarf in Bernat Softee Chunky, Faded Denim. I CO 30 stitches and have two cables instead of the traditional 3. This works great with bulky weight yarns and it knits up super quick. I've already made a twin in burgundy and have another one planned. Fun, easy Christmas knitting!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Getting Cozy

I cannot believe it's heading to the middle of November already! We had some snow last night and it just seems like it should be sunny and warm still. Just the other day I was able to wear capris and sandals and today I have to drag out my boots.

Working away on a few Christmas projects, there in secret so you'd have to check out my Ravelry page to see them - don't want to ruin any surprises. This one is a new favorite of mine. It's fun when you find a pattern that just clicks with you.

Have yous started Christmas Baking and Christmas Shopping? I've done a bit of shopping but no baking yet. I am beginning to plan what I will bake though. On the weekend we went to Home Depot to pick up another strand of Christmas lights for our yard and I walked past their Electric Fireplaces and this one was so cute I HAD to have it. The best part, not only is it cute but it warms up to 400 sq ft.

My evenings are now spent with the fire lit(lol) and cup of hot tea and my yarn and needles, could life get anymore cozy?

Monday, November 01, 2010

Halloween Fun










We had some snow last week, really wet snow - in what the weather man called a 'weather bomb'. If we had been somewhere warmer it would have stormed really bad with a tornado or a hurricane. Needless to say this snow made a big mess, our roads were horrible. The plus, it's already beginning to melt and should be gone by the end of the week and the snow on Halloween was sticky snowman snow so my DH had fun making an additional jack-o-lantern while my DD and I were carving ours and while I whipped up a batch of delicious caramel apples. We had a lot of fun!