Robyn Venable asked me to share my recipe for caramel corn, one of my favorite autumn things. I didn’t share it with anyone for a long time, because it was the only thing I could make better than anyone else.
Besides, it wasn’t MY recipe. It was a recipe given to me by a friend or two.
But I’ve changed it so much over the years, I think I can safely share it now without worrying that she’ll get mad at me. I hope so, anyway.
The trouble with the way I cook is that I use a specific pan for the popcorn and know how high it should go in the pan. When it gets that high, I stop popping corn. LOL.
I use a turkey roasting pan (the heavy kind) filled just less than half full. Since that doesn’t tell you much, the recipe calls for 8 cups of fresh popped corn.
1 1/2 C brown sugar
1 1/2 C cashews
12 T margarine
6 T light corn syrup
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp vanilla
Bring brown sugar, margarine, corn syrup and cashews to a boil. When mixture boils, stop stirring. Cook for five minutes. Stir in soda and vanilla.
Pour over popcorn and put in 250 degree oven for an hour, stirring every 20 minutes.
Spread out on waxed paper to cool. Break up and eat. It’s really (REALLY!) good with coffee. :)
As I said, this really isn’t my recipe. (I’m always shocked at people who share a recipe as if it’s theirs. Does anyone really create a recipe from scratch?)
This recipe came from my friend Joy and my sweet friend/neighbor/Heavenly Citizen Suezan for sharing their recipes with me. I’ve enjoyed it for years, and now I’m sharing with you!
It isn’t a calendar or a clock that tells me. It’s the feeling when I go outside. It’s #2 son’s birthday and football and the fair.
It’s the color of leaves and the frost on the punkin.
What? you might ask, but I bet you already know.
It’s Fall. Autumn. Heaven Time. (Whatever you call it.) And I’m so excited! Its got me knitting and cleaning and loving life.
The best thing? Caramel Cashew Popcorn. D-E-L-I-C-I-O-U-S, buttery, sinfully wonderful goodness. I learned how to eat it (by the ton) and finally how to make it myself when I lived in Pryor Creek. Friend Joy Mobley shared the magical recipe :D and over the years I’ve tweaked it just a little.
It’s great with coffee for breakfast. Not exactly the breakfast of champions, but it DEEEELICIOUS! It’s good for lunch. Heck, it’s even good for dinner.
Think I’ll refill my coffee and have another kernel–or a bucketful!
Now, I’m wondering . . . what’s your favorite Autumn treat?
How long has it been since you were at the Grand Canyon?
We’ve been there twice, the last time at the beginning of this month! And to be honest, my toes stayed curled for a long time after we left because of the sudden drop looming next to the path. :)
As you can probably guess, I snapped a few pics while we were there.
This statue was in front of the restaurant where we ate. Don’t you love it?
I decided I couldn’t climb any higher on the rim train at one point (that deep hole was making me dizzy) so I sat on a bench and waited while G-Man went on up.
I met several people while I was there. One couple was Sam and Rebecca from Ohio. They asked where I was from and I answered, “Cleveland, OKLAHOMA. When I say Cleveland, most people say ask if it’s the one in Ohio.”
Rebecca laughed. “When you start talking, they know it’s not Ohio.”
“I have an accent???”
So when was the last time you were at the Grand Canyon? Well, it’s time to go back.
Not that it changes much in a span of a few years, except for the manmade stuff. But most peoples’ memories are never as beautiful as the real thing. Head out that way soon and send me a picture of your favorite part.
I’ll love it.
Sometimes when I’m referring to my baby sister and me, I call us Alpha and Omega–the first and the last. The beginning and the end.
Well, that’s only when we’re talking about my siblings. I’m going to share the REAL Alpha and Omega in our fam. And since niece Melanie already shared it on Facebook, I’m hoping I won’t get in trouble.
My name is on there so I can get the photo cred. :)
That’s C&C–Carol and Christian. Carol’s the taller one, but they’re both pretty cute, aren’t they?
Alpha and Omega got along pretty well. Omega didn’t squeal or squirm and Alpha didn’t drop him.
Of course, he’s had a little practice with six kids of his own, twenty-one grandchildren (counting the two in heaven) and twenty (or so) great-grandchildren. He just might know what he’s doing. :D
Here’s the funniest picture I took while we were on vacation.
I tried to get G-Man to get out of the car so we could take a selfie together in front of the sign, but he just shook his head. I don’t know if it was because the shop was still open or if he was afraid Puff the Magic Dragon would snatch us.
I wasn’t worried, though.
In case you’re wondering (you are, aren’t you?) I didn’t go inside. I didn’t buy anything. I didn’t get a free sample, and I didn’t see Puff. (I didn’t even breathe deep while I was there.)
I knew Colorado had passed a law that made the sale of weed legal, but actually seeing it for sale like that blew my mind! :D
There was a shop closer to our hotel called GANDALF’S SMOKE SHOP. I don’t know if it sold cannabis (they don’t mention it in their ad) but just hearing the name made us laugh out loud. They had the name for it!
BTW: For those of you who don’t know, in that song about Puff the Magic Dragon, they aren’t talking about imaginary creatures. At least, that’s what the big boys told me.
See what you think–
If you talk to anyone who’s been to Durango, they’ll almost always ask if you took the train to Silverton. We took the train, but they made us give it back. *That’s a joke.*
And I’m so glad we did. :D
The day before our train ride, we went through the museum. (G-Man and I are big museum visitors. Just ask our kids!)
He uses most of it going to Silverton, because it’s all up hill. Very UP
That’s Gary standing in for the engineer. Does a great job, doesn’t he?
Some are close to the refreshment car.
We went in a car that had windows that could be opened or closed and wasn’t too far from the food/drink/party car. (We didn’t do the party thing, but some people do.)
I don’t know if you heard about it or not, but there was a spill into that river a few weeks before we headed to Colorado.
When we got there, the main part of the river had cleared up, but all along the edges on the rocks and shore was a yellow stripe. Kind of like a bathtub ring.
Does the little house above look familiar? It’s where Etta Place lived in “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.”
I had hopes, but Robert Redford wasn’t hanging around. :(
We stopped several times on the way up to pick up campers and hikers and zip liners. I think this was a private home out in that area. Even though it’s a National Forest, private individuals owns pieces of it.
The railway was built–blasted out of the rock of the mountain–to carry silver and gold to the smelter in Durango. Those mines are closed now and very few people live in Silverton all winter long.
But in the summer, it’s a good sized town. They have lots of restaurants and places to shop–because of the train.
We had narrators going and coming. The first was in the character of the man who built the railroad. The second was one of the first lawmen of Durango.
Very interesting and educational.
I’m not sure if little kids would enjoy the time on the train, but I did!
Have you taken the Durango/Silverton train? Which part did you like best?