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Christmas Traditions

This is a re-post from a couple of years ago, but I think that it is a fun way to start off the season by sharing some of our favorite Christmas Traditions!

  This is a lengthy post, but you have all weekend…right? :) 

One of our Christmas traditions that we do is to donate blankets and quilts to one of our local hospitals.  We start this in November or even before.  I try to make a few quilted quilts and then we all tie several fringed fleece blankets. (click on link for tutorial on how to make these easy fleece blankets)  This year I did a few quilted quilts for our ward Humanitarian Project.

(I love this cute picture!!!  My grandson was only 2 1/2 years old in this picture, he is now almost 8 years old!)
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Christmas Traditions

Today I thought that it might be fun to share some of our Christmas Traditions!   This is a lengthy post, but you have all weekend…right? :)

But before I start this post…I would like to wish everyone a wonderful and safe Thanksgiving weekend!  I hope that you get to do something that you love with people that you love! 

One of our Christmas traditions that we do is to donate blankets and quilts to one of our local hospitals.  We start this in November or even before.  I try to make a few quilted quilts and then we all tie several fringed fleece blankets. (click on link for tutorial on how to make these easy fleece blankets)

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Christmas Candy Roundup

I thought that it would be fun to just do a round-up of some of our family’s favorite Christmas candies!  Some of these recipes go way back and some are pretty new, but they have all become favorites!  

Of course most anything with sugar in it, is a favorite around here! :)

I have fond memories of making candy for the holidays with my mom.  We used to make all kinds of fondant and dip our own chocolates, we would make BIG batches of it and give it away to all of our friends.  I also remember making anise candy, fudge, caramels and peanut brittle, those were great times and we had fun doing it all together!  It still brings back good memories when I make them for my family now.

I don’t dip my own chocolates anymore but I do make fudge and peanut clusters, they are two of my favorite Christmas candies!

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Easy Fudge

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Anise Candy

Today’s candy is a very old recipe that I remember my mom making for Christmas.  I have not made it for years, but ran across the recipe the other day and decided in honor of my mother that I would make this!  It is a hard tack candy that you could actually use to make suckers with, but I just made it the way my mom used to.  For those of you who do not know what Anise is, it is a black licorice type flavor.

So let’s make some Anise Candy!  First you are going to put 3 cups sugar, 1 cup corn syrup and 1/2 cup water in a large kettle.  Bring to a boil.

You will let it boil to the hard crack stage.  To test if it is at the hard crack stage, drizzle a small amount of the candy into a bowl of cold water, like this.

When the candy come out hard and brittle, it is at the crack stage,  if it is soft and pliable you need to keep boiling it until you reach the crack stage.  I tested my about 3 times, until I got it to where I wanted it.  If you have a candy thermometer, you could also use that, you need to reach 300-310 degrees F, but I am showing you the good old fashioned way to test it! :)

When it gets to crack stage, add 1/2 tsp red food coloring and 1/2 tsp anise oil.

Pour out onto a buttered cookie sheet  and let cool just a bit. (sorry about the flash spots in this picture, but the candy is so shiny that it just kept reflecting)

When slightly set, mark off in squares.  (I actually do not remember my mother doing this, I remember her just using the handle of a butter knife and breaking it into pieces, but I have this step written in my recipe, so I tried it!)

After it has cooled off, break into pieces.  Maybe this is why my mom just broke it with the handle of the knife, because it just kind of breaks into pieces!  But it looks so pretty!

Put all those pieces into a bowl and look at how festive they are.  They are also fun to add to plates of cookies or fudge etc to just add some bright color!

Here is the recipe:

Anise Candy

3 cups sugar

1 cup white syrup

1/2 cup water

Put in kettle and bring to a boil.  Cook to crack stage.

add: 1/2 tsp red food coloring

1/2 tsp anise oil

Mix and pour into buttered cookie sheet.  When slightly set, mark off in squares.  Cool and then break into pieces.