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.
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