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Now on to a bit about my place card.....
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.
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 recipe....so 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.
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Off I go to see what everyone has created. Have a most special week.