Some of my Favorite Things!

...Oh yes, love Black Licorice Caramels!  One of my favorite treats during the Holiday's and better yet I do them in the microwave! 

 My sister Helen gave me this recipe and I'm sharing it today on my blog, and if you don't like black licorice and think you wouldn't like these, well think twice!

 Black Licorice Caramels

1 can sweetened condensed milk    
2 c. sugar                                       
1 c. butter                                       
1/4 tsp. salt
1 1/2 c. light corn syrup
3/4 tsp. black food coloring paste
3/4 tsp. anise oil (order through a pharmacy or check cake decor section at WalMart)

Stove top directions:
Mix all together but food coloring and anise oil.  Cook stirring constantly on medium heat to 235 degrees to 240 degrees.  Take off heat.  Add oil and food coloring.  Spread on bar pan.  Let cool.  Cut into 1/2" pieces and wrap in wax paper.  

Microwave directions:
First melt butter in large Pyrex glass bowl in microwave.  Add the rest of the ingredients to the melted butter and mix.
Cook for 5 minutes and stir
Cook for another 5 minutes and stir
Cook for another 7 1/2 minutes stirring every 2 minutes
Add oil and food coloring.  Spread on bar pan.  Let cool.  Cut into 1/2" pieces and wrap in wax paper.


Another yummy favorite treat is Mint White Hot Chocolate!

The best White Hot Chocolate you can find at the store!!  I get it at Albertson's and you must mix it with milk, not water.  Yummier that way!  Add a little mint and wala....yummy and way cheaper than Starbucks!

This time of year I'm always on the look out for Glass Ornaments.  I started collecting glass ornaments a few years back along with my sister's, sister-n-law and mom.  We got the idea from my Aunt who has the coolest Christmas tree with hundreds of glass ornaments on it!

These are a few of my favorites!

...also picked up one of my favorite Decor Magazines yesterday!

The inspiration is endless!!!

.....and last but not least I spent time with my favorite person last night!  My husband!  We packaged some quilt patterns!!  My husband has been so supportive and I love him so much!!


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