Saturday, November 12, 2011

I Heart Toffee

Many years ago I learned to make toffee. I always thought it was the hardest thing in the world to make. How wrong I was! I love making it, and have not made any in years. So today me and my side kick (with awesome fingerless gloves we got at a craft show this morning, accompanying a totally rad beanie we got as well) decided to make some.

Here is the recipe. It makes about 1 lb of toffee.

1 cup unsalted butter
1 cup granulated sugar
Pinch of salt
Chocolate chips (room temperature)

1. Take Parchment Paper and cover a cook sheet. This is where you will pour the toffee once cooked.

2. In a non stick pot, on medium heat melt butter and then add sugar. With a whisk, stir constantly. You do not need to stir fast, just keep stirring.
This is where I had my cute helper step in. It is nice to make someone else stir for a couple minutes!!

3. Stir until your candy thermometer is at about 285 degrees. It will start turning a brownish color.
4. Take and pour onto the parchment paper/cookie sheet. I will kind of drop tap the cookie sheet to spread it out. Don't try to spread it out with a spoon it will break the consistency.
5. After about 2 minutes take ONE chocolate chip and drop it on the corner.
If it DOES NOT SINK then it is perfect. Sprinkle the other chocolate chips on top.
If it DOES SINK then it is still to hot and wait about another minute.
Once the chips are sprinkled on the toffee, wait about 2-3 minutes for the toffee to  warm up the chips, and take a spatula (with PAM sprayed on it) and spread your chocolate layer over the toffee.
You can tell, our chips were from the fridge!! WOOPS!!
6. Sprinkle the Nuts on top (push into chocolate a little).

Put in The fridge for about 1 1/2 hours to chill. Then take out and break apart.

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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Making Front Page

For months I have seen many people making front page on etsy in the different teams I am a part of. Also, how happy they are when they make front page. The joy that is expressed to them from all of the team members is something that brings joy to people reading the comments and I am sure the person getting them. This is something I have been striving to do since opening (well, reopening) my etsy in May of this year. It is almost like a great honor to have your item proudly displayed on the front page for one hour so everyone can see it.

Well, yesterday this happened! My little row of 5 black/red/white owls made the front page of etsy. It is so funny, because yesterday was a total off day for me. My car broke down, had $200 auto bill, missed the Dr. appointment for the baby, was late picking up daughter from basketball, list goes on. When I found out I made front page, my entire day turned around.

Not only was I very happy for the sales, it was just a feeling like, I belong. I now feel validated that what I am doing is good enough. I feel like maybe I can make this into a business. I can do this for a living and be home with my children. I am good enough!

Thank you to all my fans and customers. It does make a huge difference that you appreciate my products. And thank you to Etsy team for picking a wonderful treasury that my beautiful owls were a part of.