Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Sweet Vintage

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An early morning yesterday spent surrounded by elements of vintage goodness…

My grandmother on my mind—her favorite recipe on my mind, as well…

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Newly into September, the holidays are soon to be here—and one of our favorite things in our family?  Grammie’s English Toffee….Christmas just wouldn’t be Christmas without it!

The hours she would spend in the kitchen—either hers or ours—making batch after batch of the buttery sweets—tartan tins lining the counter, just waiting to be filled with the delicious gifts for family and friends…

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I can still remember seeing her carefully written-out grocery lists on the counter…ingredients not-to-be-forgotten…

A little page made for my heritage story book just to remember…

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Another little vintage card made—this time for a girlfriend, perhaps—all pink, ribbons & lace…

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“Made just for you”, it says…something Velda might have said as she lovingly handed her toffee to an eager friend, I think…

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And, just for you, too—a recipe to share:

Velda’s English Toffee

Velda’s English Toffee

1/2 lb. butter                              chocolate chips

1 cup sugar                                  chopped pecans

2 Tbsp. water                              pinch of salt

Put in heavy saucepan.  Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly with wooden spoon until light golden brown.  Pour into buttered 9″ square pan.

Immediately sprinkle 3/4 package of chocolate chips over top.  Let melt a minute and smooth with spatula.  Then, sprinkle with chopped pecans–almost a cup.  Pat lightly to set nuts in chocolate.

When cool, break into pieces with point of a sharp knife.

Enjoy!

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See you soon with something new…

Julie

{all elements & papers used on my projects today (except for ribbon, buttons & blue flowers) are found at the wonderful Vintage Street Market}