Step 1: Shaving the chocolate
We drove to our son's house in Marysville for Thanksgiving. We went on Wednesday and stayed overnight to help with the dinner. Ian had had back surgery on Monday and was recovering. Our main job was just being grandparents, baking the pies, and then on Thursday we helped make casseroles and get the meal prepared. We had a nice turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, corn casserole, green bean casserole, scalloped oysters, cranberry jelly, homemade dinner rolls, deviled eggs, red beet pickled eggs, and stuffing. Dessert was pumpkin and apple pie, and there was lots of coffee.
As we drove home with stuffed bellies, we couldn't help but express our disappointment that the leftovers stayed in Marysville (as they should, of course), so today, Richard went out to the store and bought us a small turkey which is thawing in the fridge. I think we'll try cooking it on Sunday so we have some leftovers for sandwiches. We all love turkey sandwiches. We had Stove Top stuffing on Thanksgiving, and I really missed homemade stuffing, so I plan on making some to go with our meal. I'll use leftover cornbread and lots of celery, onion, and mushrooms, and I'll make a nice turkey gravy to pour over it. I will make some corn for a vegetable, and Richard wants some pumpkin pie. I guess he didn't get enough on Thanksgiving!
After a very busy Wednesday and Thursday, I didn't have much motivation to get too carried away making candy today. I made one batch of almond roca, one batch of peanut butter fudge, and one batch of buckeyes. I'll finish up with candy making tomorrow when I make peanut brittle, bon bons, and date balls.
Almond Roca-cook butter and sugar to 300 degrees and pour over chocolate and nuts
After the Almond Roca cools, break into pieces
Super delicious peanut butter fudge
Buckeyes, rolled and ready for chocolate
Use a toothpick to dip them into the chocolate, then tap with your finger to remove the hole
Three perfect Buckeyes!!!
A candy thermometer, wooden spoons, and a heavy pot are all necessary for a successful day of candy making!