Monday, December 12, 2011
COLOR ME RED AND GREEN by Linda S. Glaz
I’m a sucker for Christmas stories. Just saw Christmas Carol at Meadowbrook—again! Never tire of it. Even fruitcake enchants me if it’s my grandmother’s famous fruit bread which is filled with nuts, green and red maraschino cherries, and very little else. So sweet, it melts in your mouth.
Tonight, once we returned home, I put on an old favorite dvd: Marie Osmond and James Wood in The Gift of Love, an adaptation of The Gift of the Magi. Now, this is without a doubt the cheesiest acting you’ll ever see, but if you love real romance, O. Henry knew how to write it. Next will be Hallmark’s, The Christmas Card about a soldier from Afghanistan and a woman whose supposed love is anything but. Before the night’s over, I’ll pull out my very worn copy of Glendon Swartout’s A Christmas Gift, or as originally known, The Melodeon. The story of a young boy being raised by grandparents during the depression, and the story takes place just about an hour from my home here in Michigan. It’s a short, sweet, sappy getcha between the eyes Christmas tale of the true meaning of Christmas. And at last, I’ll get some sleep, but I’m sure there will be a few sugarplums dancing through my dreams.
In a couple days I’ll be making caramel corn for my friends at work, finishing the Christmas cleaning, and FINALLY getting up the Christmas decorations. This year has been a bit of a challenge to get to the normal activities, but I’m not about to let life get in the way of Christmas. It has always been such an important day, this wondrous day of Christ and family.
Well, you’ll have to excuse me, that soldier is about to appear in town, and the girl’s gonna have to make a choice for love or security. Hmmm, what do you suppose she’ll choose?
5c popped corn
½ c corn syrup
1c butter, yes, a whole cup, this is not for amateurs
1 T vanilla, I love vanilla!
2 c packed brown sugar
1/2t baking soda
2 c peanuts
Preheat oven/250 degrees. Place popped corn and nuts into large bowl
Over medium heat, melt butter and brown sugar. Add corn syrup and salt. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Allow to boil 4 mins without stirring. Remove from heat and stir in soda and vanilla. Pour over popcorn and nuts in a thin stream, stirring to coat.
Bake in large pans, stirring every 15 minutes, for 1 hour. Remove from oven and place on wax paper that has been liberally sprayed with Pam. Allow to cool and break into chunks.