Time is a fickle thing. It passes super slowly sometimes. And other times, it passes in the speed of light, whizzing by. Somehow, that has been the last few months here on the Pond. We had family visit from Texas for a week this summer. We have had a 10 day relocation for lead abatement, Papa Frog was in the hospital with a blood infection for almost a week, and then just general craziness of life. Birthdays have passed us by, and Halloween is a memory. I keep meaning to pick up the blog and then find myself lost as to how to account for the missing time. There is no way to recount it all. So, we will call this time lost. Even though, it is not lost, not truly, just lost to the annals of remembrance.
There is so much coming up that looking backwards seems pointless. Lizard Breath is getting her new braces on Friday. Papa Frog poises on the precipice of finding new employment, after his recent hospitalization has reinforced the need for a job with stability and benefits. The Boy is cruising up on his 5th birthday and Baby E would have been 11 this Christmas season. The business over at Greybriar Hollow continues to grow and bless our family in ways we would never have dreamed.
So enjoy this look back as we begin the task of looking forward.
It’s been a busy couple of weeks here on The Pond. I have been busy making monster feet slippers and ghost fingerpuppets for Tiny Tadpole. But today, Papa Frog is back to work and fall is in the air! When we went grocery shopping in the city this weekend, I picked up some gorgeous locally grown apples and wanted to make poisoned candy apples and caramel apples before the Froglets got into them. For those who don’t know, poisoned candy apples are not poisoned apples at all, but are hard candy apples that are colored to look like something a out of a Halloween fable. I wanted to make black ones, but alas, someone had gotten into my gel coloring. I did however manage to find my white food coloring (which adds a nice color) and I used green and yellow. They turned out quite lovely. They are even bubbly and poisonous looking. I will just have to keep the Froglets out of them until after Papa Frog gets home.
Recipe type: Sweets, Candy, Halloween
- 2 cups granulated sugar
- ¾ cups water
- ½ cup liquid glucose/light corn syrup
- few drops food coloring (or mix your own colors)
- 6 -7 apples
- Grease a piece of baking paper and place on a tray/baking sheet.
- Insert popcicle sticks in all the apples and set aside.
- In a medium pot, combine the sugar, water, glucose/corn syrup and food colouring and stir over medium heat until the sugar has dissolved and the mixture feels smooth when you rub it between your fingers.
- When the sugar has dissolved, turn the heat up and wash the sides of the pot down with a pastry brush dipped into clean water to prevent crystals from forming.
- Allow the candy to boil until it reaches the hard crack stage (150°c/310°F).
- Carefully dip the apples into the hot candy mixture and place on the baking paper to set and cool before eating.
WARNING: THESE ARE HARD CANDY APPLES. THEY ARE NOT SOFT CARAMEL OR SOFT TOFFEE. The coating is meant to be licked and crunched. Not for little ones.
Tiny Tadpole thinks he is quite big enough for a candy apple thank you! (But he is not)