Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Deely Bobs

This morning I was tucking away a few stragglers from Christmas decorating. Yes, I know it is long over with...but somehow a few decorations managed to not make it in the box. So as I packed these away, I found in the mix some little knitted stockings, about 4" long that I had made when I think I was around 10 or 11 years old. As I held these in my hands I was taken back in time, seeming just like it was yesterday, to when I made these.

I was at my Gram MacDonald's house (where we spent half our childhood), and she was doing her usual knitting and crocheting. She showed me these cute little stockings and how to make them. I was hell bent on them because I think I must have made around 40 of them over those next few days.

My grandmother had to be the least fussy person I know. She never wore make-up, never bought anything expensive for herself and was super frugal. But she had a passion for creating and always had some new craft supplies on hand. I think craft supplies and candy were her indulgences in life.

Gram would take me up the stairs to the landing where she had a buffet cupboard that held all the goods. There was yarn and glue, knitting needles, all different types of paper, fabrics and my MOST favorite of all, GLITTER!!! There were little vials in red, blue, green, silver and gold. The best part is the buffet cupboard now sits in my living room. It reminds me of how she would open that cupboard up and ALWAYS share its contents with me.

I still have 2 of the little vials with just a bit of glitter left in them. I refuse to throw them out. Not only do they hold the glitter, but they hold the memories of knitting with Gram, cutting out cookies on that White Tupperware baking sheet, playing school upstairs with my sisters and sewing for hours on the treadle sewing machine.

I was talking this morning with my sister Wanda about memories and the past. We cannot go back in time, but if I could magically for one day go back, I would choose to be with Gram. Her and I were kindred spirits. Most of my creative abilities I KNOW comes from her...right from the cooking, baking and crafting. She knew how to make something from nothing and was darn good at it. She had a strong will and was as stubborn as hell. That is why I loved her so much. I see her in me...I now know to be proud of that.
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These yummy treats are so simple to make and taste like the most gourmet of confections! My Gram MacDonald used to LOVE Macintosh toffee bars! She used them for a special recipe at Christmas time, called Cornflake Toffee Drops. If she were here today I know she would love this recipe as well.

Deely Bobs
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4 MacIntosh Toffee bars, whacked hard on counter several times to break up
1/2 cup butter or margarine
1 can of sweetened condensed milk
whole large marshmallows, one bag should do
Rice Krispies to roll the goods in (I used Vanilla Rice Krispies this time and they ROCK in this recipe)

Over low heat, melt Toffee bars, butter and sweetened condensed milk until bars are thoroughly blended. Dip marshmallows in toffee mixture, then in Rice Krispies. Let cool on parchment lined cookie sheets.

***Just a note...I prefer to keep mine in the freezer. I like them better frozen..they are super chewy and crispy!!!***

Otherwise, refrigerate after cooled.

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