Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Sweet Tooth

I have had such a sweet tooth and when I found this on pinterest I knew I had to share it. Yummy and so sweet!

Chocolate Caramel and Pecan Turtle Clusters

Photo Credit: jamiecooksitup

Yield: about 40 clusters

  • 2 1/2 C pecans
  • 1/2 C butter (I use salted)
  • 1 C brown sugar
  • 1/2 C light corn syrup
  • 7 ounces sweetened condensed milk (1/2 of a 14 ounce can)
  • 1/2 t vanilla
  • 1 (12 ounce) package milk chocolate chips
  • 1/2 t shortening (I use butter flavored Crisco)

  1. Toss 2 1/2 cups of pecans into a large skillet. Toast them over medium high heat, stirring occasionally, until they have darkened just a bit and smell fragrant and wonderful. Should only take a few minutes.
  2. Find yourself 2 large cookie sheets. Line them with parchment paper and spray it with cooking spray. Arrange your pecans into clusters, three to a group works well. You want to leave some space (about an inch) between each cluster.
  3. Make your caramel (full tutorial with pictures found here). Place 1/2 C butter into a medium-sized sauce pan. Melt it over medium high heat. Add  1 C brown sugar, 1/2 C light corn syrup and 7 ounces sweetened condensed milk to the pan. Increase the heat just a bit and stir it continually. Cook and stir until it reaches 235-240 degrees. I generally remove it from the heat when it reaches about 234 degrees. It will continue to rise in temperature just a bit even without the direct heat, making the caramel just the right texture.
  4. Stir in 1/2 teaspoon vanilla.
  5. Carefully drizzle about 1 1/2 teaspoons of caramel over each nut cluster. You’ll want to work quickly, as the caramel will begin to set up. Be sure there is caramel touching all of the nuts in your cluster. The caramel works like glue, sticking the nuts together.
  6. In a microwave safe bowl pour 12 ounces of milk chocolate chips. Heat in the microwave for 30 seconds at a time, stirring after each cooking interval.
  7. Add 1/2 teaspoon of shortening to the melted chocolate. Allow it to sit for a minute or two (so it can melt and make the chocolate chips more spreadable). Stir it all together.
  8. Spoon about 1 1/2 teaspoons of melted chocolate over the top of the caramel and nuts. Swirl it around along the top making a pretty swoop with your spoon.
  9. Allow the chocolate to set up. Once it has hardened and cooled you can serve them immediately, or transfer them to an air tight container.
Original Recipe: jamiecooksitup

Wednesday, July 17, 2013


I am currently cleaning out my cardmaking, scrapbooking, and rubber stamping supplies. These are all for sale NOW! 

Group 1: Traditional/Formal Ho, Ho, Ho Christmas
This package features: 11 rubber stamps (some new and a few gently used). 5 plain gift tags. Over 50 paper & vellum embellishments. 4 large vintage image style postcards. 32 - 4.5 by 6.5 inch old world winter card stock. 30-12 by 12 inch scrapbooking sheets.  
Get all of this for only $30.00 plus shipping! Over $100 value!

Group 2: Beautiful Blue & Silver Christmas

This package features: 14 vellum glittery snowflake embellishments. 2 packages of glitter chipboard flourishes 26 in each pack.  Yuletide letters chipbox by K&Company 68 pieces. 5 plain white paper tags. Die-cut vellum pad swell noel by K&Company.  Package of blue chipboard thickers alphabet and numbers by American crafts. Glitter chipboard alphas with 32 glitter letters by ColorBok. 13 white glitter flourishes.  A variety of embellishments with vintage images. 10 - 12 by 12 inch scrapbooking paper various colors. 1 Martha Stewart snowflake punch. 
Get all of this for only $48.00 plus shipping! Over $100 value!

Group 3: Valentines Lovey Dovey Collection
This package features: 19-12 by 12 inch scrapbooking paper sheets. 3 rubber stamps. 1 Valentines sticker page (by Tim Holtz).  Over 40 glitter paper embellishments with victorian or retro valentines images.  17 Beautiful nostalgic valentines paper images. 9 mini Daisy D retro style valentines.  Get all of this for only $15.00 plus shipping!  Over $70 value!

How to buy:  Email me at . I accept PayPal.
Shipping charges will be calculated and invoiced separately once package 
is taken to the post office. 
Enjoy - Angelina!

Sunday, July 07, 2013

Christmas Theme...

It is final! I have decided to have my blog focus on my passion for Christmas!  I love Christmas so much and if I had it my way, It would be Christmas at my home year around.  I am currently creating new winter season designs. Here are a few photos of my handmade Christmas products from 2012. If you would like any of these products, email me at . - Angelina