Thank you so much for all of your kind comments in response to yesterday's post, both here and privately. This blog is not just your traditional happy knitting or cooking blog, and as much as I do have so many blessings, it does us all good to share the rough spots at times, if just to learn that we're not alone. My faith, friends, and family truly sustain me and I hope that you are finding support from these as well.
Here's the recipe as promised. Be prepared to spend some time by the stove stirring "forever", I had knitting at hand when I made the last batch, and I don't think I ended up with any fiber in them! The recipe calls for nuts; they're good both with and without (we're already nutty enough around here... sorry, just had to say it). Since we're on that topic, I'll share my Dad's favorite quote (he is the original author)...
"There are more nuts in this world than there are squirrels."
- Bob Millat
"Forever" Caramels by Mom
4 cups white sugar 2 cups white syrup 1 pint cream
1 quart whole milk 2 cups pecans dash of salt
Combine cream and milk in large bowl.
In large cooking pan put sugar, syrup, salt & 1 pint of milk cream mixture.
Cook & stir constantly until soft ball stage. Add 1 pint milk cream mixture.
Cook to firm ball stage. Add remaining milk cream.
Cook to hard ball stage. Add nuts. Stir. Pour into buttered pan.
Set in cool place. When cold & hard, cut & wrap in wax paper.
Hide in a very secret place until ready to eat.