Friday, December 12, 2014

Peanut Brittle Recipe - As Promised.....

As promised....I made the first batch of peanut brittle today and thought I'd share....want one...go ahead!  Anyway.  While making it, I thought it might be nice to re-do the recipe using photos.  So, here you go.....
If you missed the recipe, check out my blog page for December 2nd.  Now, on to the process.....
Butter those pans....aren't mine ever so gorgeous.  These pans are as old as my oldest son.....
Put them in a warm oven.  The lowest heat on my oven is 170 degrees and it works perfectly.
Get everything ready:  The first thing, is the 1 1/2 teaspoons of baking soda, 1 teaspoon of water and 1 teaspoon of vanilla.  Set this aside, it will go in last.
Next measure out 1 1/2 cups of sugar, 1 cup of water and 1 cup of corn syrup.  You will put this into a heavy pan and using a candy thermometer bring  the mixture to 240 degrees, stirring occasionally. 
Keep cooking, no shortcuts.  You MUST bring the temp to 240 degrees......
Honestly, this process could take 20 minutes or more.  Once you reach 240 degrees add
3 tablespoons of butter and 1 pound of peanuts.  I use Planter's cocktail peanuts, but you could use Spanish peanuts if you like.  Don't use dry roasted.  Once you add the butter and peanuts, stir CONSTANTLY.  No kidding, this will burn.  Now you will cook until the temperature reaches 300 degrees.  Again, no cheating and this takes quite a while.  Are you stirring?  By the way, if the phone rings.  Don't answer it, if you quit stirring for even 10 seconds, your mixture could burn.  Once you reach 300 degrees remove from heat and add
Remember the mixture of baking soda, water and vanilla.....add it now, stir it in and pour your mixture onto your two greased pans.  Spread the mixture as thin as you can.  I use a wooden spoon to spread.  Don't worry if it tears apart, And if it looks not so good, who cares.  You are going to break the brittle into pieces when it cools.  It's really, really hot so be careful  Not a mixture to make with small children underfoot.  Oh oh...guess what photo I didn't take.  You've got it.....sorry.  If I make another batch tomorrow I'll be sure to take a photo. 

This recipe makes about 2 pounds.  If your husband helps, you'll have to hide it to keep him out.  My two pounds is disapearing quickly.

It's easy clean up if you put your pans and utensils  into hot soapy water.   Let them sit a minute or two and everything will be all clean and ready for another batch.  I never make two batches the same day.  It too tempting to rush the second batch and remember what I said, no cheating, no rushing. 

That's it for me today, I hope you give this a try, because it's really easy and it always turns out. 

Hugs from my world to yours,
Mary Mac
AKA:  Glitter Grammy

Wishing You A Merry Christmas

I needed one more Christmas Card and I needed a quick make.  You couldn't get much quicker than this card.  Check out the how to, and the inside on the Poppystamp Blog.  I'm headed there now. The Design Team has been very busy this month.  Check out what we've all been up too.  If I don't post again before Christmas....I'm sending Wishes for a Blessed Christmas and a Most Happy, Healthy New Year. 

I'm looking forward to sharing crafty moments with all of you in 2015. 

Off I go.  Today is baking day and I'd best get my apron on and get busy. 
Hugs from my world to yours,
Mary Mac
AKA:  Glitter Grammy

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Poppystamps and Memory Box Blog Hop

Memory Box and PoppyStamps are having a joint blog hop.  There are prizes, to find out how to win hop on over to the Poppystamps Blog page for all the information.  This blog hop begins today and ends on December 4th.  You have until the 10th of December to enter.  Good luck everyone!

If you came to my blog page from
You are traveling in the right direction.....

Now on to a bit about my place card..... 

I like to have handmade place cards for guests. This year, for Christmas I am making place cards that can be used later as a decoration. Let me first give you the dimensions of the frame, which by the way is exactly the same as the one I use for my mini-calendars. Cut a piece of card stock to 4 x 12 inches. Score at 4 inches, 8 inches, 9 3/4 inches and 11 1/2 inches. Fold and glue to form the frame.

 Now on to decorating..... I die cut the Mod Snowflake Background on glitter card stock.

 I then ran a piece of white card stock through my Xyron machine. You could also use spray glue.

The size of white card stock I used was about 4 1/2 x 4 1/2 inches.  Now glue the Mod Snowflake Background (#1034) to your piece of glued white cardstock. You might be asking what white card stock?  I only see red. Well, after you glue your Mod Snowflake to the white card stock, you will have sticky everywhere the die did not make contact with the card stock. As you can see, I chose red glitter to cover all the sticky openings. Trim your glittered piece to 3 7/8 x 3 7/8 and glue this piece to your frame and decorate.

I chose the Snow Flocked Tree die (#1096) and added chunky glitter. I die cut the Vintage Merry Christmas (# 1105) on a thick glitter cardstock. And it released beautifully. Note: All machines cut differently. Sometimes you will need a shim, even if your cardstock is thick. My little deer is from Memory Box. It is one of my most cherished dies. It's called Leaping Deer (No 98390). I will write the name of each guest my little deer. I added ribbon, a bit of bling and a bell. This place card is complete. I'm sure you will find many different ways to decorate your place card. If you create one, please email me to let me know. I'd love to see what you've created.

I'm going to share my top secret peanut brittle don't tell a soul!  Promise!  I've been making this every Christmas for probably (yikes, more years than I want to remember...) I'm guessing at least 30 years and probably more.  

There are two hints and these hints will make your peanut brittle perfect, every time!  First:  Don't cheat on the heat.  You MUST cook the mixture to 240 degrees prior to adding the peanuts and the butter.  And then you MUST continue cooking until you've reached 300 degrees.  Second:  Spread your candy mixture so that it is as thin as you can get it.  If you follow these two rules you'll have PERCECT  peanut brittle. (Sorry there is no photo.  I haven't made any yet this year.  It's on my schedule for mid-December.  I'll try to remember to post a photo soon.)

Have all the ingredients and tools ready before you begin.....

1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon water
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 cup water
1 cup light corn syrup
3 tablespoons butter
1 pound salted peanuts

Butter:  2 cookie sheets and put them into a warm oven.
In a small bowl combine:  baking soda, 1 teaspoon water and vanilla.  Set this aside
In a heavy sauce pan combine:  sugar,  1 cup of water, and corn syrup.

Cook the sugar, water and corn syrup until the temperature reaches 240 degrees.  Stir occasionally
Stir in the butter and peanuts and continue cooking until the temperature reaches 300 degrees.  Stir continually.  This mixture will easily burn if you don't stir. 

Remove from heat and stir in the baking soda mixture.  Your heated mixture will bubble up, don't be afraid it's supposed to.

Immediately pour onto the two cookie sheets and spread to a thin layer.  I use the back of a spoon to do this.  This is where an extra set of hands are very helpful.  I spread to about 1/4 inch.  Cool and break candy into pieces.

Never double this recipe or any candy recipe.

If you are following the hop in order, your next stop is a visit to

And here is  the list of everyone hopping along today......

Sue McRae  

While you are hopping, how about checking out:

Birch Press Design has gorgeous unique gifts for all the ladies on your list.  Check out the recipe cards.  They are the perfect gift for club exchanges, stocking stuffers and just to have on hand for those unexpected guests.  I absolutely love the aprons.  They are so pretty.  They remind me of women in the 1940's, which is the era of my favorite movies. 

For a chance to win, don't forget to comment on the Poppystamps and the Memory Box Blog pages.  Winners will be posted on December 15th.  Good luck to evreyone. 

Off I go to see what everyone has created.  Have a most special week. 

Monday, December 1, 2014

Having A Blue, Blue Christmas

Not that kind of blue....this kind of blue.....

It's time for another Sparkles Christmas Challenge.  Can you believe this is the last one before the jolly old man shows up at your house.  Well, that is if you've been very, very good!

Of course there will be a fabulous prize for one lucky person....certainly worth taking a few minutes to play along.  Want to know what the prize might be?
When I said lucky I meant very lucky.  The winner can choose either 2 of Marianne's gorgeous dies or 1 die and one get to choose!  So enter.... you know you want to.....

As always, I had to finish the inside (I wouldn't be able to sleep if I didn't!)  and this is  what the inside looks like.....I was thinking of one of my nephews when I created this inside.  When he was little, he was a real active kid and I'm sure his letters to Santa had  lots to explain.....

A quick post,  I'm putting the finishing touches on my Christmas cards and moving on to making candy.

If I don't see you before Christmas, have a most wonderful Christmas and a Very Happy New Year.

Hugs from me to you,
Mary Mac
AKA:  Glitter Grammy

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Merry Christmas One and All

I'm posting on the PoppyStamp Blog today.  If you'd like a tutorial... here's the link.  I wanted a card that would not only be a card, but could also be used as a decoration.  I've added a battery operated votive candle and this see through card is a perfect addition to any mantel.

I hope your creative journey to Christmas is stress free.

Until next time, hugs from me to you.
Mary Mac
AKA:  Glitter Grammy

Sunday, November 23, 2014


Happy Almost Thanksgiving.  Such a busy time this time of the year, and I thank you for taking a minute to stop  by to see what I've created.  If you want to see what's inside, stop over to the Poppystamps Blog.  It's my day to post.  I think you will like what you see. I go, I think it's time to see what crafting trouble I can get into.  Until next time, Happy Thanksgiving....Happy Crafting and Wishing you many hours of stress free holiday preparation.  One more month and it's growning.....everything will be as it should be.

Before I close this page, I want to wish you and yours a Happy Thanksgiving.  Please know, I am very thankful for you!

Happy Thanksgiving,
Mary Mac
AKA:  Glitter Grammy

Thursday, November 6, 2014

November Card Class and Blog Blitz

I know November is the month that kicks of the best Holiday Season of the year, that said, I decided to take a little break from holiday cards and create a card for my November class using the new Fancy Hello by Poppystamps.  FYI, there is a blog blitz going on over on the Poppystamps Blog page.  Check it out....there are lots of prizes and all you need to do is comment. 

Don't worry, I've also created a quick and easy Holiday card.....
Can you believe how quickly the year is flying by?  I know we are all in hyper-drive right now, that's why I wanted to offer another card that can be quickly cut and easily assembled.  If you are interested, give Karen a call 530-895-0505.  Class begins at 1:00 PM on Nov. 12th.  If you want to see both cards, they are on display at Paradise Scrapbook Boutique

Off I go....I'm addressing Christmas cards today....I started making my cards in January of this year.  I've made 103 to date....that's like a record for this ole gal!  I'm debating on whether to write a Christmas letter.....are you Christmas letter writers?  Like them?  Hate them?   Hmmmmm!

Mary Mac
AKA:  Glitter Grammy