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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Scherenschnitte and Sweetness

It's such a special time of year,
when we remember the Reason for the Season.
Have you ever tried practiced the art of Scherenschnitte?
I think I spelled that wrong.
Scherenschnitte is a form of paper cutting , sometimes such min-ute cuts that I have a very difficult time mastering.
This Nativity was my second cutting, and then a third for gifts for my Mom and Mom-in-Law.
My first attempt was of White Trees, done in such a way as to make them stand on their own...
I did them as a Christmas gift for two sisters, who, at the time,
lived far away and would not be home for Christmas.
I wonder if they still have them?
 Mary, Joseph and Baby Jesus, I made of paper ribbon many years ago.  They come out each Christmas for the GrandLoves to play-act the Christmas story.  I love that they know and understand the Reason for the Season.

OK, food, sustenance, necessary Christmas goodies...something sweet!  
What do you do with 40 Saltines...
I make ' Saltine Toffee Bark.'
 It's so fast and easy.  Line a cookie sheet 10x15 pan, with heavy duty aluminum foil.  Line 40 saltines on the sheet.
 Next, melt 2 sticks, ( that's 1 Cup ) of real butter with
3/4 Cup of sugar until it comes to a boil, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon, boil 1-2 min.
 Pour the boiling hot butter/sugar mixture over the saltines, and quickly spread over the crackers to cover them.

Bake in a 350 degree oven for 7-10 min. or until bubbly.
 Next, as soon as you pull the pan from the oven, 
add 2 Cups of Semi-Sweet Cho. Chips on top of crackers.  They will warm and soften enough to spread over the top to cover the saltines.

Cover with an 8 oz. bag of Toffee Chips.  That's it!

Cool completely.
Refrigerate 1 hr. before breaking into bite-sized pieces of 
Saltine Toffee Bark.  
Store in an air tight container.  I keep mine refrigerated until ready to use.
These are so sweet and Melt In Your Mouth Delicious, that if eaten too many, your next appointment will be with your dentist and your bathroom scale....LOL

Do enjoy every mouth-watering bite.  
This box full will be going to our family Christmas which is just around the corner.  

Do you have your baking/ making /shopping done yet?  I haven't even started.
Mercy Me., and we celebrate this weekend. :o/



Anonymous said...

Dar, I love the fact that you have a Nativity that your Grands can hold and act out the Christmas story. I did the same when our children were small. I eventually passed it on to our daughter.

Your Saltine Toffee Bark looks delicious! Wish I was coming to your family Christmas this weekend! ;-) Have a wonderful time of enjoying one another!

Hugs, Dianna

Muffy's Marks said...

Love your crafts from the past. The paper cuttings must have taken much patience. Good luck getting everything done!

Suz said...

oh come on....you don't do that too!
amazing Dar
you are one of a kind....

TexWisGirl said...

you ladies and your toffee bark are killing me! :)

i like that paper cutting! wow!

imac said...

Clever work of Art my friend, of cutting and of cooking.

jack69 said...

Amazing the talents one person has, not always fair, but that is life. The toffee looks good, Sherry says I like it, I don't eat much sweets but this looks great. But then everything yo do, does.!!

Yep my baking, shopping and planning is done.n The whole thing comes together Sat. when we board the Ship for our cruise!!!

Love from here at Orlando...

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

I wish I could be that crafty with a scissors. That is just beautiful. I can barely make a snowflake!

E.C. said...

Love the paper art. You do beautiful work. I'd never heard of saltine toffee. It does look delicious. Yummy! Thanks for sharing the recipe. Sweet! :)

Susan, a Sometimes Blogger said...

The art of paper cutting is so beautiful. It was lovely to see yours Dar. Much patience must be needed.
Oh my goodness, such sweet delights are your toffee - I think I can already taste it :D)

Dee said...

The art of paper cutting amazes me....did yo have a pattern to follow? I had trouble cutting paper snowflakes this year...LOL...I am glad you showed how to make the saltine coffee bark...I have heard about it...I think this is something I could do :)

Cher' Shots said...

Why of course I still have the Scherenschnitte you gave me, and those beautiful little trees still stand like the first day I received them! I love gifts from the heart!
I haven't had that toffee in years but it is oh so good.
'love & hugs from afar Dear Sis'

Fred Alton said...

WoW, Dar! Thanks for the Toffee Bark. What a wonderful Christmas gift. May you and your family be blessed abundantly this year.

Anonymous said...

Thought about you over the weekend and wondered how your family Christmas get together was going. I'm fairly certain there was plenty of good food with you and Mel around.