In honor of Reformation Day, since we don't do Halloween, we had a party. It did get bumped up a day, but we are calling it our Reformation Day party anyhow. Because it was our party and we can call it what we want.
I was baking three loaves of bread. Ashlee wanted a heart. So here is Ashlee's heart on a platter, formed with a few bashes and tugs. Try not to take that as a metaphor for life.
Folks started arriving about noon, and we had to get started on the caramel pretty quickly. This was a recipe I used last year, and it is TO DIE FOR! The girls had never done caramel so I handed the recipe and ingredients over to them.
Bringing in back up, for all that constant stirring.
It went just a little past soft ball stage, I could tell by the smell when I came in the room. Remind me to shop for a candy thermometer with a clip on it. But despite the rapidly thickening caramel, they managed to coat them all!
But check out that surface area! I did not buy enough white chocolate to cover that. LOL
Not a problem. They just spread instead of dipped.
Who gets the leftovers.....
And this very generous young man worked tirelessly for hours on getting an old computer running again for Michael. What a blessing!
Everybody loves truffles. And this had a nice surprise. Cayenne pepper. Two tough guys, feeling the heat...
Now we are talking! The final semi-sweet chocolate coat, to be sprinkled with butter brickle bits. We called this "Leah's Dress in A Pan". Silky, yummy, dreamy chocolate, to smooth out all the rough spots on the candied apples and fix every problem that exists in the universe.
Let's see what this young lady is up to...
Mmmmmmmmm. The main dish for tonight - Pumpkin Stew.
Beginning to pile into the room to watch the BBC mini-series of Pride and Prejudice. It was not the typical BBC dry flick, but actually very good.
When people begin to fall asleep on the furniture, yours truly included, you know the evening is being milked for all it's worth. We love each other and I'm so grateful for friends who are like family.
Happy Reformation Day!