Wednesday, December 17, 2008


I've been busy, busy! 
Sewing last minute Christmas gifts, making the yummiest toffee I can't stop eating in the process for wonderful elementary teachers who teach my children every single day (it's the least I can do!), addressing Christmas cards, ordering ALL my kid's gifts online (how I'm doing it from now on), trying to enjoy the season with nightly readings of Charles Dickens', making Christmas Eve warm jammies for the kiddies, taking a spin around the town searching for magically lit houses, practicing  jolly tunes of yule tidings on the cello with Taylor, putting together photo gifts for the grandparents...I'm exhausted! 

While going through all the many photos of this past year I came across a picture I must have skipped and forgotten to edit in the thousands I returned home from the Easter adventure overseas, but it is now a favorite. I was standing on the top of Masada over looking the Dead Sea in Israel 9 months a go. 

(one of the most yummy things I have ever made)

Chocolate-Almond Toffee
2 disposable pie tins
6 oz bag sliced almond  (or more depending on how much you like)
6 Hershey chocolate bars
2 sticks butter
3 T. water
1 c. sugar

In the two tins sprinkle a handful of almonds in each to spread across the bottom. In each tin break apart 1 1/2 bars and sprinkle over almonds. 

In a large saucepan/pot, melt the sticks of butter, add the sugar & water. Stir with wooden spoon until you feel like your arm is just about to fall off and then right when you think nothing is going to happen (about 5-6 min) it will start turning light brown. Let it continue to darken until it is a little darker (light paper bag brown) and then pour half the mixture in each tin. Immediately break apart another 3 Hershey bars and put 1 1/2 on top of one and 1 1/2 on the other, when it starts to melt (only a few seconds) spread the chocolate with a knife evenly across the toffee. Sprinkle the rest of the almonds on top, cover with foil, refrigerate for one hour or until chocolate is set. Take out and stab with knife until it breaks into several large chunks. 

Warning: You will eat an entire pie plate YOURSELF!  (or maybe you'll have more self control)


[BrookeO] said...

J. Honestly that is the most beautiful picture ever. Brings back all those memories. Can I have a copy? I would love to frame it. Beautiful. Can you believe it was 9 months ago?

AND DON'T even get me started on that toffee, no seriously how fattening do you think a batch is, or 6?
Thanks for the recipe, fun chatting today.

Love ya!

April said...

love Masada.... k - and I love that shot! So warm and salty.

I'm for sure NOT making that tofee because I don't have anymore freebie calories (neighbors dropped off fudge last night and I picked it up off the porch and took it straight to the dumpster... I'm being so good).

ps I have been compiling cool baby boy links for you... not everything cute is pink and ruffly!

Rachel said...

You're pregnant so it's ok to indulge! :)
That picture is seriously amazing! That is one you need to blow and frame for your house!!!

Me and The Boys said...

Oh Yumm! picture and toffee!

Mitchell Family said...

That tofee looks so good. I will have to try it out. I am so excited you are having a boy? did you want a girl? I am telling you, these mitchell boys produce BOYS! I mean, you are lucky you got at least one girl. I wonder if I will be so lucky. I also love that picture you took. It looks like it could be a cd cover for counting crows or something. good job.

Trying to Stay Calm! said...

Just stopped by to say hope you have a blessed and very Merry Christmas! ♥ Hugs :) Shauna

Alisha said...

Love the picture. You better slow down!

Kristal said...

I guess your trip was before I found your blog. I went back and read about it - WOW! I always think about how cool it would be to go there but then get scared. How neat to be there on Easter, too!

Katrina said...

You amaze (and inspire) me with all the awesome projects you do. Amen to online christmas shopping. It's so much easier.