Monday, December 28, 2009

Holiday Recipes & Crafts

Here are some goodies that we made this year. The first is a cracker toffee. The recipe I got from my friend was called Saline Chocolate Pieces, but I don't like that name! I'll call it Chocolate Cracker Toffee.
Chocolate Cracker Toffee

1 sleeve saltine crackers
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 cup butter (2 sticks or can use margarine)
12 oz semi-sweet chocolate chips
3/4 cups chopped nuts (I used pecans)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray a jelly roll pan (cookie sheet with little lip around the edge) with cooking spray. Arrange crackers to cover the bottom of the sheet. I had to break a few in half to fit along the edge. My daughter arranged the crackers while I boiled the brown sugar and butter for 3 minutes. Then pour over the saltines and put in oven for 5 minutes. Remove and sprinkle choc chips on top. After 2 mins or so spread the melted chips evenly across the top. Sprinkle the nuts and press them in lightly. I used the back of a spoon. I put it in the fridge to harden and then I broke it apart into uneven pieces. It's the perfect combo of salt and sweet and you will want to eat it all!!

On Christmas Eve my daughter and I made this great ornament that we saw in Family Fun magazine. (I love that mag and got a subscription off eBay for $2!)It was made with a nail file as the trunk of the tree, craft sticks as the branches, glue, green paint, and sequins. Fun, easy, and cute!

The final thing was a recipe that we got out of Family Fun magazine. It's supposed to look like a fruity Christmas tree, but it didn't quite look how I wanted it to. But it was sure YUMMY! Make sure to get star fruit for the middle. Pineapple was used for the base. We used the extra for fruit salad!