Wednesday, December 20, 2017

A Sweet Tradition!


Every deer season I make caramels. The men-folk spend weeks processing the deer (at my in-loves' meat market) while a few of us women (and my children) work at wrapping the orders! It's a super busy season for our family! One year, I decided to make the men a treat. I made caramels. Ever since then...it has become a tradition! If I try *not* to make them (because I always end up eating some which is torturous) the guys are always asking where the caramels are! :)


They are not difficult to make...but you must make sure you have a candy thermometer. You definitely don't want to over cook your caramels! I made two batches this year. The first turned out perfect. This batch I have pictured turned out too hard because my thermometer wasn't giving me the right temperature and I ended up cooking them too long!


If this is a tradition you'd like to try with your family and friends (or just want to make it *once*)....you can find the recipe HERE! :)


The days have been quite busy around here lately. The hustle and bustle of the holiday season is here. We're still schooling and will just take next week off for a break. I know the children are really looking forward to that! :)

We hope to have a joy-filled Christmas...enjoying time with family. We have many plans that span more than just this coming weekend! Although we don't really *do* Christmas (as I have shared in the past) we still purchase gifts and do all the Christmas traditions with family. (I am not a *total* scrooge....haha!)

It is time to officially get the day started! Breakfast is cooking (by the lovely Madelyn)...we will have prayer/catechism together and I will read aloud to the boys for a bit. Then they will start their school work! I don't know when I will post again...it may not be until after the weekend so I wish you all a beautiful season with your loved ones and most of all may Christ be exalted (not as the baby in a manger only...but as our perfect Redeemer and Savior who lived a sinless life, suffered and died in our place and rose again! Blessed be the Name of the Lord!)

Until next time, Lord willing ~
Katy :o)


17 comments:

  1. Christmas blessings to you and your family~blessings of love~joy and peace.
    Helen

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    1. Thank you Helen! Warm wishes to you as well! :)

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  2. Your caramel recipe is wonderful! I've been making it for several years now. This year I made three batches. Chuck takes a bag into work, I give some out on Chistmas Day and my dad takes a bag to share with their church family. He told me Sunday afternoon that several men came up and patted their pocket telling him they were taking a few home. Funny!

    Enjoy the time with family celebrating the birth of our Savior. Merry Christmas, Katy!

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    1. How wonderful Wendi! I am so glad you have been able to put it to great use! :)

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  3. Katy, you are so "sweet" to provide the caramels for your friends. I just bet they are yummy-licious! I have been making treats for my husband's co-workers as well. They love me and I have never met any of them! LoL

    Merry Christmas to you and your family!

    Grace & Peace,
    Pam

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    1. Hi Pam!
      Haha...the guys don't give me a choice anymore! It's *expected"! They are always so appreciative though and I know it adds some fun to their long hours of deer processing! That is so kind of you to do that for your husband's co-workers! :)

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  4. Traditions are lovely. Last year we started a tradition of opening Christmas crackers at Christmas dinner. It was a fun time. Even though you don't do Christmas please have a joyful holiday with your family.

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    1. Hello Regina!
      I have never heard of Christmas crackers before? What are they?

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  5. Oh my, THAT look delicious! My inner sweet tooth whispered "make it Shelbs" but my out-of-shape body and plump rump shouted back "EAT A CARROT". WHO should I listen to???? Lol
    Merry Christmas
    Shelby

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    1. Hahahaha!!! I read your comment and laughed out loud!! The battle is real!

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  6. Yum, those look amazing! Please tell me more about your Christmas. We have stepped back from the holiday considerably. It has been quite the journey....

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    1. Hello! :)

      We feel that the Bible never instructs us to celebrate Christ's birth in the way Christ-Mass is done. We believe the roots are in Catholicism. We don't do a Christmas tree....(although I have a pencil tree up with white lights that is just up all year to be pretty....not for Christmas). We don't go over-the-top on gifts. We don't do Santa and haven't for many years(which some family members thought was unkind of us to do to our children). We see every day as a day to worship the risen Lord. We still get together with family and have meals and do little gift exchanges. I am known as the scrooge really because I would rather not do it at all!

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    2. Ah, okay. I was not sure as it looks like Christmas in the pictures. We are pretty much on the same page with your convictions, however, we are new to this idea of thinking (how sad! Our eyes were opened only a few years ago.) We are learning how to be worshipful and praise our Father without delving into the traditions of Christmas and confusing our children. We have avoided present exchanges, at least for this year. Be blessed this weekend!

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    3. Hello Ladies, just a little side note to add to your thoughts...did you know that the tradition of celebrating birthdays is also rooted in paganism? No where in the Bible does it instruct us to celebrate birthdays, in fact, the only birthday "party" given in the Bible was for a pagan king. However, having mentioned that, let us all be careful to remember 2 Cor. 3:6. "The letter killeth, but the spirit giveth light". I respect your decisions to not celebrate Christmas in the traditional way. But again, please be careful lest our focus becomes one of abstaining rather one of celebrating which is much more becoming to a Christian. Love to all!

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    4. Sorry, lol, spirit giveth life..not light ;)

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    5. Oops, the spirit giveth "life"..not light :)

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May you enter as a stranger and leave as a friend!
Warmly, Katy