Getting in the spirit of Halloween.  So I decided to post some pictures of Halloweens gone by.


MAKING CANDY APPLES: Store bought mix vs. Homemade recipe

In the spirit of Halloween and to mark off another activity on our fall bucket list we decided to make candy apples. Since I usually buy them yearly this turned out to be a real learning experience being that this was my first time ever making them.


I looked online for a recipe and headed out to the store to buy my supplies. While shopping I found that you can actually buy a pre-made mix. I went ahead and threw it in the cart just in case I fouled up on my first try and to test to see the differences in the two. 
Of course in both recipes you have to have your apples. I personally love the sweet Red Delicious apples but majority on the house like tart. So we used the Granny Smith Apples. Your first step is to wash and dry the apples, and remove the stems.
Next you insert the sticks down the center where the stems were. You can use Popsicle sticks or I found Candy Apple sticks at our local Lowes Foods store. With this step completed you can set your apples to the side.

1. You'll need 2 cups sugar, 1/2 cup light corn syrup,and 3/4 cup water
2. Mix sugar, corn syrup, and water in a small sauce pan (mine was a bit to big). set on burner turned to low to medium low. Stir mixture constantly, until all sugar is dissolved.

3. Continue letting mixture cook with out stirring for 30-45 minutes or when the thermometer reads 275-300. it's ready when a spoonful dipped in a glass of water hardens immediately. 
4. Stir in vanilla and food coloring. For a Halloween look I decided to make this batch of apples black. I told the kids they were black poison apples and they seemed to enjoy that idea.  I also did it so I could tell the batches apart.
5. Dip apples immediately into hot sugar mixture. hold each apple upright by the stick to coat. then let excess drip back into pan. 
6. Set coated apples on a greased cookie sheet upright until candy hardens, at least 1 hour.

*** I had intended on making 5 apples in each batch. I was only able to make 3 black apples. {{You have to devote your full attention to the dipping process or the sugar with harden or of on the burner it will burn}}  in my case I was trying to do two things at once and burned my sugar mix.***
And here is the finished product!! I will admit I did sneak in a couple drops of red food coloring to give it a deep black red color.  but they turned out pretty and tasted great.

With the pre made mix all you have to supply is 2 1/2 cups of sugar and 1 cup of water. the box contains the mix and sticks
With my second batch I used a small pot and it worked great. The directions are basically the same. You just add the mixture with the sugar and water. and stir till sugar is dissolved.
Allow to bubble till the thermometer reads 300 and it's time to coat the apples.
Once again, here is my finished product. :)

Both batches were super simple. one just required you to supply more than the other. They both require your full attention so I'd recommend doing this when you know your not going to have any distractions. Lastly taste!! The only difference between the two in taste was that the store bought batch was noticeable sweeter. But they both tasted great!!

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Linking up again with the 10 day YOU challenge.  Here are my 7 WANTS. :)

1. {{Camera}}

I don't care how many cameras I have I will never have enough I am always looking for new and better ones


I'm hoping that this want is going to happen when we get our taxes next year. James and I went last week and looked at one to see how much we would have to put down on it. It was made for me!! THIS CAR IS BAD TO THE BONE!!!

I've been wanting one of these little guys for a while. I love how short and fat they are and they have so much spunk.

I would love to finally have a 4-5 bedroom house that has at least 2 bathrooms so that the 6 people in our home has room to stretch out and so that our little house isn't so cluttered.

This would truly be a dream come true for me. We have a decent sized above ground pool but I have ALWAYS wanted an in ground pool and the waterfall would be an awesome finishing touch.

6. {{ College degrees for my children}}
I hope that all 3 of my children will have the ability to go to college and that they will all 3 obtain a/multiple degree/s that will help them build a abundant future.

I want to win the lottery and travel the globe with my family. I would even hire a professional private tutor to travel with us to home school my kids till we got tired and decided to settle down somewhere and buy a new home.

Whelp there you have it my crazy outlandish greedy wants but they are what I want. :) Still keeping my fingers crossed and praying a couple come true!


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