Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Christmas Candy

Sorry I'm just now getting around to posting this. I would like to thank Merle from Merle's Third Try as well as Nancy from Nancy's Nonsense for this award. They both presented it to me at the same time! Stop over and visit them! I really don't know who to send this to at the moment, so I will post the names of the recipients on my next post.
This "bedspread" is actually several batches of homemade divinity. I went with my Aunt Pat over to my Aunt Linda's on Sunday to make the candy. My cousins Cheryl and Julie were there as well as Aunt Linda's step-daughter, Cindy. Grandpa rode over with us. He mostly sat in the living room and watched the Colts football game.
This covered bridge is in one of the local cemetaries. It is at the Garden of Memories north of Muncie. It's not very old. It wasn't there when I moved to Florida 21 years ago. It spans over a creek between the actual cemetary and the funeral home.
This was just a "drive-by shooting"! On the way home from aunt Linda's. I was sitting in the back seat, so I didn't have a very good view of what was coming up. I'm surprised that this picture turned out since we were moving.
This is Aunt Pat and my cousin Julie. Julie is trickling the boiled sugar, syrup and water mixture into the whipped egg whites. If you have never made divinity, it's time consuming and hard on the arms, unless you are used to going to a gym. It's very hard to make divinity by yourself! All of us were taking turns doing the stirring.
This is Aunt Pat and my cousin Cheryl. This is almost the last stage of the divinity making. It gets very stiff and hard to stir. A couple of years ago, we broke 2 or 3 spoons! It has to be hand stirred first, while mixing the egg whites and syrup mixture together, then use an electric mixer on it until it gets too stiff for the mixer to run properly, then hand stir again until it loses it's shine. Then it's finally ready to spoon onto the foil to set. Grandpa likes it better while it's still in the mixing stage than when it's completely finished. He likes the texture better.
Aunt Pat taking her turn on the final stage.
Cheryl working on the mixer stage.
Cheryl and Julie working on the first stage. Cindy is in the background.
Sunday was actually our 5th wedding anniversary. Chuck had to leave to head to Tennessee and I went to make candy! Nice way to celebrate an anniversary, isn't it! LOL I got all my Christmas cards out yesterday. I made my own cards this year. Some had to be store bought because I ran out of home made cards.

I finally got my music playlist to work on my side board. What a hassle!

Gonna get off here and finish my house work and fix dinner.
Every body take care and try to stay warm. Happy summer to Merle's Third Try , Jen's Chronicles and Noel About Town Photos and anybody else who is in that part of the world.
I'll try to post a little sooner next time!
Love Ya


Lori Schmidt (LoriProPhoto) said...

Sounds like a lot of work Lisa!! Not sure if I have tasted or seen divinity before, I have heard of it though. It is nice that your family can all get together and enjoy this type of experience.

I will visit one day I promise, still hibernating.

Lib said...

Hi Lisa,
Glad your back.Happy Anna.!
Wow, ya'll made some candy! Looks like a fun time!
Hope you're Moms doing better!
Merry Christmas!

Susie said...

Lisa-My mom use to make this every Christmas but I don't remember it being this hard for her.

Loved the bedspread. How cute!

Old Lady Lincoln said...

Now that looks good enough to eat. Also looks like you're using my pan and bowl for the making of the candy.

Congratulations on the award, I also received it from two different people, I acknowledged both of them but only picked 8 people (not 16).

fishing guy said...

Lisa: Can I say that your divinity looks devine? It probably melts in your mouth.

Middle Ditch said...

Wow, that sure was a lot of work but the end result is just incredible and edible.


About Town Photos said...

I'll wager that the candy is divine but I'd be with grandpa and watch the football and come out when all the work is done. Lisa your winter photos are great, sure is different to where I live. Seasons greetings to all.

Don't Feed The Pixies said...

MMMMMMMMMMMMMMmmmmmmmm sugary goodness!

Right - that's it - get out your spare visitor's bed, i'll be on the next plane for some lovely sweets...

or as a cheaper alternative you could put the recepie up!