I took this shot of the fabric mache Santa collection. They belong to Son1 and are still living here, but I am hopeful that they will go live in Oregon next year. For the time being they hang out on the buffet in the dining room. Son1 started collecting them when he was about 10 and they have grown into a decent sized community of Santas that need a new home!
I am sure most of you have heard about the sweet/salty confection referred to as Christmas Crack and for those who have not, well, I am here to enlighten you. Though I would never put limiting the amount of this you ingest in the same category as abstaining from an opiate based product, this stuff is hard to quit eating once you start.
Sweet and Saltine Toffee
1 cup butter
1 packed cup brown sugar
1 sleeve saltines
1 cup milk chocolate bits
1/4 cup pecan pieces, optional
Line a medium jelly roll pan or sided baking sheet with aluminum foil. Place the saltines side by side to cover the entire pan bottom. For my pan I can get 4 square crackers across but I still have about an inch of space before the side of the pan is touched so I have to break several in half to fill the bottom. The object is to have the entire bottom covered with crackers, however you have to do it.
Melt the butter in a medium saucepan and stir in the brown sugar. They, whoever "they" are, say to cook it over medium heat stirring until it boils and then continue cooking for 3 minutes without stirring. I say good luck removing the sugar char from the bottom of your pan if you do. I stand there and give it quick stirs throughout the boiling process. After 3 minutes remove it from the heat and pour it as evenly as possible over the crackers. Use the back of a wooden spoon to smooth it over the cracker surface. Immediately sprinkle the milk chocolate chips over the hot toffee mixture. Let it stand for a couple or three minutes, then spread it with an offset spatula evenly over the caramel. If necessary stick it back in the oven for 30 or so seconds to help melt the bits. As soon as you have spread the chocolate sprinkle with nuts if you are using them. Let it cool well (Stick it in the freezer for about 10-15 minutes) then either cut it into very neat squares or let it break in pieces more like brittle would.
Have a Holly Jolly Christmas