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Mrs. Dani
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   Posted 12/5/2010 12:24 PM (GMT -6)   
 
   This is a bit off-topic. Sorta.... It is painful to do but worth every smile it brings!
I will update with more pictures when I can stand to sit at computer a bit longer. Having a rather high pain day right now.
 
 
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       dani

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couchtater
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   Posted 12/5/2010 12:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Wow!
That's enough to satisfy any sweet tooth!
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   Posted 12/5/2010 4:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Whoa, what an assortment of goodies!!! That is an awful lot of work in those bags I do not know how you do it even with help.
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   Posted 12/5/2010 4:43 PM (GMT -6)   
No way, this is right on topic. That is awesome!! It is amazing what you can endure to smile and give a smile!! Keep up the awesome attitude and amazing will to give smiles!!! The world is a much better place because people like you care!!!

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   Posted 12/5/2010 5:31 PM (GMT -6)   
WOW, DANI! This is wonderful. I can't believe that you do so much. You just made me SO hungry for chocolate. Thank you for sharing.

:)
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   Posted 12/5/2010 6:59 PM (GMT -6)   
Yummy!! Looks like tons of work! You are one amazing lady, do you do this every year?
Gentle Hugs,
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   Posted 12/5/2010 10:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Lots of candy, but the sweetest thing in those photos is that little girl and her big smile.
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   Posted 12/5/2010 10:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Nice pictures Dani, give yourself a good pat on the back.
wonderful job, hun...
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healing Hugz, I'd ask you to send some my ways, but wouldn't want to put
any pressure on you, but you did good, job well done....
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   Posted 12/6/2010 6:17 AM (GMT -6)   
Oh Dani,

I have been afraid that I couldn't see these because I don't have facebook, but the link works! Yeaahhh! What a wonderful candy maker you are. I wanted to pick up a peppermint something awful. I haven't seen "real" Christmas candy in Sooooooo long. Then I reached the photo of your daughter and saw the joy she has in her and I could see why you did it all. She must be such a blessing to you. It makes me mad at myself that I haven't started teaching my daughter to make candy. Mother taught me, so I have no excuse.

You did a wonderful job and an amazing one! You inspire me almost everyday!
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Mrs. Dani
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   Posted 12/6/2010 11:46 AM (GMT -6)   

 

 

     Thanks so much! I will update with more pictures as we do the last stages and put together the gift bags. That is little Rosie in the pictures, my littlest Bumblebee. Both of my Bees do a good portion of work. They take care of all the candy canes. All I do is dip and they come behind me with their little dishes of sprinkles and little hors d'oeuvre spoons to sprinkle them. That way, I don't have to bend over the candy canes and sprinkle them. It is a terrible angle too! Not quite fully bent down, not quite fully about to stand up. Needless to say I am very grateful they help! 
 
    I have been slacking the last few days, I have 3 batches of "Cream Cheese" truffles to make (one for myself of course) still. The truffle base is easy to make.... but rolling into balls is a hassle. They are terribly sensitive to temperature fluctuation. I use a melon baller tool. Get the initial ball, form it into a tighter ball, then roll in topping. I have to re wash and re "cool" my hands ever 5-8 truffles. Basically roll 5-8, then wash hands, cool hands (cold water / ice bowl), do another 5-8. All while the windows are open to keep the temperature very cool. Each batch yeilds 50-58. My pain is all inflammation based so the "cold and ice" makes my hands and joints ache terribly. If I wasn't so addicted to them I probably would not make them. The taste like a mixture between "cadbury chocolate" and "milk chocolate".

   Last night a very cute set of puppy dog "I'm guilty" eyes confessed to snatching Butterscotch Fudge. Along with the "preeeety pleeease" would I make some for the guys on shift too? Some of the stolen bags were shared with his friends at work. So, I'm a sucker and will make 2 batches to replace what was taken (holy cow it was a lot!) and a little extra for just us. 4-6 batches for the night shift guys. Fudge is ridiculously easy to make. I just pull up my stool and slowly stir through out the entire process. Flip on my kindle to read my book to me. The mixture gets increadibly hot and the heat feels so good. I might just save that for after the truffles to help with the hand pain. I will probably get the truffles and fudge all done this afternoon and tonight. Everything else is ready to go. Foiled, wrapped, bagged and decorated with colorful ribbon. All I have to do is a little work these last few days and everything is done. I don't have anything left to do but enjoy the holidays.

*warm hugg*
       dani
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And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood

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   Posted 12/6/2010 12:42 PM (GMT -6)   
Dani, truffles are my one true weakness when it comes to candy. Every year at Christmas I will either go to the mall one morning very early to the Godiva Chocolate shop and buy truffles, or else order them online. I prefer going in person and buying because the aroma of the Godiva Chocolate store is something else and some of their stores offer fresh made hot cococa that is to die for, lol. It is just something I have to do this for myself. They are expensive but well worth the money. I have looked at several truffles recipes and always tell myself I am going to make some and never have. Last year I did make Buckeye balls with my daughter in law and her mom one day. They did most of the wokr because I was still in a caste at the time, lol. But, oh they were yummy. Have you ever heard of potato candy?

I am still floored that you turn out all of this candy. RM made a very good point about teaching the girls to make candy.
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Monty's Mom
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   Posted 12/6/2010 12:54 PM (GMT -6)   
Oh how I wish I could learn from you! You are amazing and the pictures have me drooling.

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   Posted 12/6/2010 1:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Wow Dani! That's totally amazing! I can't believe what you've been able to do considering what you're going through! Great pictures, and I agree with Jim, your daughter is precious and her smile says it all!

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