Homemade Gifts of the Season

With the holiday season getting into full swing in a few weeks I thought it would be good to share with ya’ll some of my homemade gift recipes. These are just a few of the wonderful items that I like to give as host/ hostess gifts whenever I am invited to dinner or brunch.  A good bottle of wine or flowers are also a nice touch.I think that homemade gifts just are a nicer way of saying thank you to your host or hostess. But I have noticed that in recent years the act of giving the host/hostess a thank you gift has gone the way of the thank you note. I do not think that they really exist any longer. But these are two things from the past that should not die out. They need to be preserved and passed on from generation to generation.

 

Mom’s Wonderful Walnut Candies:

3 cup brown sugar
2 cup light corn syrup
1 cup butter (do not use margarine)
3/4 cup sweetened condensed milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/3 cup walnuts or pecans You can also use cashews
Candy thermometer
Heavy saucepan
Wooden spoon

Do not attempt on a humid day. As it will not set up properly

Combine sugar, corn syrup, butter and condensed milk in heavy pan. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until sugar is dissolved and mixture boils. Continue cooking to 248 degrees stirring occasionally to prevent scorching.

Remove from heat add vanilla and nuts. Pour into 9 x 13 buttered pan. When firm cut and wrap in waxed paper squares. Store in refrigerator.