Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Christmas Goodies Thoughts and Things: I am not much of a baker or candy maker, I wish I was... The holiday spirit makes me feel like I could be.

Making peanut brittle is always one of the things that comes along with our holiday traditions, and staying true to tradition I always eat too much and end up with a stomach ache.

Thought I would pass the recipe along to you.
Ho Ho Ho! Santas belly is full
.Peanut Brittle

2 cups sugar
1 cup karo
1/2 cup water
2 t. soda
2 Tbls. butter
1 t. salt
1 t. vanilla
Cook until mixture spins a thread, then add peanuts.
Cook until golden brown, take off heat.
Add soda, butter, salt and vanilla, nix well.
Pour on greased cookie sheet. Let cool and then break into pieces.
P.S. To those of you who were wondering about the garland on my fireplace, I got it at a store called Tai Pan. It is not actually a garland though, just individual stems, I just strung them together.


  1. Peanut brittle is my favorite candy. Thanks for the recipe. Your house is one of the prettiest I've seen decorated for the holidays. Just beautiful! Have a great day! Twyla

  2. I'm so glad I visited today via Elizabeth's blog. Peanut brittle is my son's favorite. I am saving your recipe so I can make him some. Thanks for the recipe! *I just love your blog and will be back again soon!

  3. Yummmmmm. Peanut Brittle... Is there any left in Santa's hands. Thanks for reminding me of a holiday favorite.

  4. I like the smell of Peanut Brittle but don't like hard candies. I love your blog and I've posted you as a friend at my blog - the first photo is that a snowman head if so I like to find one for me like it a lots!

  5. Hello! I'm just popping over from Creative Breathing. Your home is sooo lovely, and thank you for the brittle recipe! I haven't had any in many years, so I think I'll give this a whirl, and make some for gifts too. I had no idea it was so easy to make!
    Merry Christmas!

  6. Another Carol here. I've come from Elizabeth's C. B. What a delight it is here, yummy in fact. I'll put you on my Bloglines for sure and visit often (although sometimes I don't comment, I do visit)

  7. Joy, I just love your home!!!! Your kitchen looks so cozy and festive! I am not a fan of peanut brittle, but my husband is....maybe I can make him some with your recipe!

  8. Joy, I am sooo happy to see friends here who I just knew would love your blog as much as I do! The snowman cookie jar is so very special. I love your baking sentiments! AHHH, I wish my children did not expect EVERY single holiday cookie to be made by ME! Happy, happy place to visit! Elizabeth

  9. Hi,I'm glad I found your it and your style...I am sure to return much.....come visit me ,if you like.....blessings

  10. mmm... wonder how many weight watchers points that would be!? enjoy!! love your cookie jars. And thanks for reminding me to get my christmas cookie jars out!

  11. I do love peanut brittle. Your recipe sounds delightful. I was at Tai Pan on Mon. They didn't have a lot of Christmas stuff left. I'll have to go back and check it out. Mimi

  12. I always thought peanut brittle and those types of candies required a candy thermometer and if you did't get it just right at just the right temperature, it wouldn't turn out well at all. But this certainly sounds easy enough. My Mamaw always made divinity every year -- love that stuff, but haven't had any since she passed away in 1988. I love your cozy kitchen and lovely home. Your blog is cheery and bright! Blessings :) Tammy