Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Baking on the Back Burner

Sorry no recipe postings for Day 4, 5, and mom did pass away on Saturday evening and it has taken the mojo right out of me. On Saturday DH and I spent the day with her and from all appearances and the Hospice nurse's comments, time was close and she was right. Four hours after we headed back home mom peacefully left that cancerous broken body behind and headed up to greener pastures. We shall meet again in heaven but for now I am trying to get my groove back and my sister-in-law said I could do what Stella did but DH probably wouldn't approve. I've not seen the movie but now I'm curious about it. Probably not an option.

I did make caramels on Friday, 2 batches in fact. The first batch I overcooked and it turned out between the consistency of very chewy caramels and hard candy...teeth breakers if you start biting them. I switched to a new recipe and tried second-guessing my candy thermometer and they did come out better but a teensy bit on the soft side. Kind of drove me nuts so I decided not to post either recipe. I had the fail-success scenario making them last year as well. Need a new candy thermometer it seems!

Last night I made another batch of peanut butter balls...the first one was GONE! They are just too good. I took some up to dad on Saturday and he raved over them so I made some more and maybe they will last until I see him in a few days to share some more.

Still haven't gotten a tree. Did a bit of online shopping in protest but I cannot get motivated to get sewing so I have no choice but to purchase a few things. As I said...I have no motivation other than to work, make peanut butter balls and do a bit of knitting on this crazy cool felted purse pattern that I'll show you when it's done.

And it's colder than a witch's......well you know! It's too cold for men nor beast. Crazy when 32 degrees is downright "balmy" and we're looking forward to those temps to return on the weekend according to the weather man.

So, I'm abandoning the Bake-A-Thon while I take an I-miss-my-mommy "breather." If you only try one of the recipes I have posted so far, please do the PB balls. I promise this is a keeper recipe if you have a family that loves PB and chocolate like I do. I'll try to get the tree up this weekend. And the beat goes on....and I'll be baaaaack and don't take any wooden nickels. : )


  1. love the peanut butter balls.. thank you. Am so sorry about your mother. My mother passed away from cancer also. Hospice was a God Send. I can't say enough good things about them. Was very blessed to have them for my dad and mom.

  2. Jami-
    I'm soooo sorry! I just read of your mom'spassing- such a difficult thing!!!!
    Praying for you!!!

  3. I love reading your blog. I also have a sheep farm in Washington.I spin, knit and belong to 2 spinning groups here in Eatonville, Washington
    on the westside

  4. I am so sorry to read about your mother....

  5. Jami, you are in my thoughts and prayers during these difficult days. My heart truly goes out to you.

  6. Your caramels sound like mine. ((((hugs))) Sorry about your mom.


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