11.21.2014

Santa's Little Helper - Salted Whiskey Caramels

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Ok, let's face it...While they can also be a ton of fun, the holidays are a somewhat stressful time of year. Sure you get to chow down on some delicious food &(in some instances) get presents...but seriously! We don't all have story-book perfectly cooked turkey Thanksgivings & what-have yous in our near future. So, with that in mind, I would like to introduce you to a little recipe that is sure to keep you jolly through the years and this holiday season.

SALTED WHISKEY CARAMELS!
Ingredients:
  • 5 tbsp. butter
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 oz. (1/4 cup) whiskey
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp. kosher (coarse) salt (plus some to sprinkle)
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/4 cup light corn syrup

Hardware:
  • 9-inch cookie sheet
  • Parchment or wax paper
  • Cooking spray
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Step 1:
Line 9-inch square pan with parchment or wax paper, allowing the paper to drape over two sides; spray lightly with cooking spray.

Step 2:
In 1-quart saucepan, heat butter, heavy whipping cream, whiskey, vanilla, and 1/4 teaspoon salt to boiling, stirring frequently. Remove from heat; set aside.
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In 3-quart saucepan, mix sugar, corn syrup, and water. Heat to boiling over medium-high heat.
DO NOT STIR (it's hard to resist!!!)
Boil until sugar turns a warm golden brown.
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Step 4
When the sugar mixture is done, turn off the heat and slowly add the cream mixture to the sugar mixture. Be careful -- it will bubble up violently. Cook over medium-low heat for about 10 minutes, until the mixture reaches 248 degrees F (firm ball) on a candy thermometer.  photo Step3_zps33c6f973.jpg
Step 5
Pour caramel into pan & cool for 10 minutes. Then, sprinkle with up to 1 tablespoon salt. Let it cool completely before step 6.
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Step 6
Cut into squares & PIG OUT!!!!
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Some of mine turned out a little softer than desired, so I used it as an ice-cream topping...JUST as delicious. Of course, if you're not a greedy Grinch like me, you can wrap them in parchment paper or gift bags and give them as gifts....Of course, you may want to try a few batches to work out any kinks before you go crazy! Oh! and...Thanks, Betty Crocker...for making our holidays much more manageable.

Until next time!
~Steph @ Calamity Layne
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Whiskey River - Willie Nelson

11.19.2014

Bento Report, V.4

The Bento Report is a regular feature on the blog where I show you what's in my lunch for a few select days over the past couple of weeks. It's informational because I am a post weight-loss surgery patient who is also a vegetarian/pescetarian, but also fun because I love the idea of bento lunches and have fun making my lunch look cute and/or making it fit into unique lunchbox container constraints.

You can view past posts of my Bento Report series here.
  Bento Report V.4

  1. Faux lunchmeat mini sandwiches cut out using these cute cutter shapes.
  2. Primal Strip!
  3. Almonds
  4. Cheese and grapes skewers
  5. Mini Tupperware o'vitamins

Bento Report V.4

I recently starting using my cute little ninja girl bento box for smaller, quick lunches. It's a two-section box, with a third "section" that's an upside-down bowl. Here's how she packs up:

Bento Report V.4

  1. Mini Tupperware o'vitamins
  2. Colby-jack string cheese, cut into cubes
  3. Faux lunchmeat sandwiches from cute cutter/press tool.
  4. Almonds

Bento Report V.4

  1. Mini Tupperware o'vitamins
  2. Pretzel chips and hummus
  3. Hard-boiled egg
  4. Mini babybel cheese (white cheddar!)
  5. Grapes
  6. String cheese, cut in half to fit (under the grapes)

Bento Report V.4

  1. Mini Tupperware o'vitamins
  2. String cheese, cut into chunks
  3. Tuna (from those foil pouches, emptied into bento container to fit)
  4. Caluiflower-Tomato Detox Salad (from this recipe via Pinterest)
  5. Cute salt shaker
  6. Grape tomatoes
  7. Cutlery wrapped in reusable napkin, aka pink leopard-print bandana


Rock On,
Jen @ Hell Razor
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11.17.2014

Ballet Skirts and Leather Jackets

Ballet skirts and Leather coats
shoes - DSWarehouse / tights - We Love Colors / skirt - eShakti / t-shirt - Iron Maiden tee (turned backwards) / jacket - Target (old) / earrings - Etsy

Ugh, I've got a mad case of the CBE's here: Crazy Big Eyes. Please excuse.

So I was pretty excited to discover that this (faux) leather jacket from Target several years ago (like pre-pregnancy) finally fits again! So I had to wear it today with something. This is how I discovered that I do not have a wardrobe staple: a solid black t-shirt.

Ballet skirts and Leather coats

Being the resourceful and "refuses-to-take-no-for-an-answer" type of girl that I am, I simply wore another t-shirt (my Iron Maiden t-shirt, seen here) and turned it backwards. Hey, no one sees the design since I have the jacket on anyways... so why not?

Ballet skirts and Leather coats

I can't seem to bring myself to stop wearing all/mostly black right now. The color just feels like a safe hiding place to me right now, and I want to keep hiding in it all winter. I have a lot of stress and "things" going on right now, between the things that I want to do (spend time with family, roller derby) and the things that are necessary evils (grad school, teacher's union, my day-to-day-job) that I really don't want to do, but suck up a huge chunk of my life and mostly make me unhappy overall. There are good parts to those things, but overall, I'd rather not have them. Just feeling down about it lately.

Therefore, black.

Ballet skirts and Leather coats

I love this jacket. I wish the sleeves weren't so long, though. #shortgirlproblems

Rock On,
Jen @ Hell Razor
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