It just started snowing at my house. I'm so excited!
Today I’m going to leave you with a couple of thoughts and recipes, and sign off for Christmas. I’m very excited about some things we are working on, so I do hope you will click back in after Christmas. Thank you all for following RWR over the past few months. It has been amazing to experience our "rural women diversity"! I can't wait to see where this journey will take us over the next year. Thanks ladies for making it happen!
I have made this cinnamon Christmas candy hundreds of times over the past 30 years. My recipe came from my late Grandma Barbara, who was the ultimate rockin' rural woman. The noodle recipe was a new one for me. These yummy noodles are making great gifts for various families we love and appreciate. Thanks Mom, Len, and Janie for a fun baking day last week.
Here are some things I’ve been thinking about:
This first one has really been bothering me. The Kardashians, Big Brother, Desperate Housewives, The Real Housewives: What is going on here? Is this an acceptable direction for women? Can we change directions? I don't know about you, but I’m not in favor of shallow bimbos. We are better than this!
Women are encouragers- are we doing a very good job with our daughters and younger generations of women? Are we doing a good job with each other? Are we happy with Good?
How can we reconnect my generation and younger generations of women with the wisdom of older generations of women? We have a disconnect going on. How do we fix it?
I recently read that online communities for women are growing at a rate of 35% faster than any other online community. Why is this? Are we connecting well offline? Why online?
Burdens and Visions: I’ve recently heard that we all need burdens and visions in our life- it brings out our purpose. Your burden is what you feel strongly about. Your vision is what you see yourself doing about it.
Just some thoughts to ponder if you get a quiet moment.
1 Cup corn syrup
2 ½ cups sugar
Red food coloring
Cinnamon flavoring (at drug stores) to taste.
We like it really hot and use 5 tsp.
Boil first three ingredients to Hard Crack stage. 310 on candy thermometer. Remove from heat, add flavoring and coloring. Be careful with cinnamon oil it will burn your eyes and skin- a good way to test amount of oil is to add a few drops and then drop mixture into a cup of water. Taste the piece that hardens. Add more if needed. Pour out onto buttered sheet pan dusted with powered sugar. Let cool. Score with knife while warm- Let it harden then break into pieces.
12 ½ cups flour
1 tsp salt
2 ½ cups milk
5 TBSP butter
We tripled a standard recipe to get these amounts. Mix and form into small balls. Run through noodle maker. We let our noodles dry for three days before we sacked them.
Have a wonderful holiday season. Be mindful or respectful of why we celebrate Christmas. Enjoy your families to the fullest and embrace the blessings of the season.
Have a very Merry Christmas!