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Almond Roca - Here I Come! 
Dec. 21, 2009 7:19 am 
Updated: Jan. 11, 2014 10:30 am
Hi All! Well, today I am going to embark on making my great-grandma's Almond Roca recipe. I made her caramels 2 days ago and they turned out just like they are supposed to. I'm not sure why it has taken me so many years to try making all of these heavenly goodies. I guess I thought it was going to be too difficult to do and that I'd leave the candy making up to my mom and grandma. My husband is so happy that I decided to take the plunge. I have a feeling we will both be sorry come January 1st - "D-Day"!!! Do you know why "diet" is a four-letter word? Because all of the other one's were already taken! haha! I still like "Die with a T". Well, enough about the "D-word". I'm going to live the next week and a half pretty much oblivious to the fact that I won't be indulging in these goodies for another 11 months.

I'm excited to try the Almond Roca. I also want to make some Licorice Caramels today (another recipe handed down in my family) and I need to finish making some sugar cookies. My dad just called and I get to go feed cows and chop ice with him (Stone gets to go too). I actually look forward to these outings as we both get some fresh air and I get some major exercise (which helps kill some of the calories that I've been eating). I am putting off the candy making until after we get back. The only bad thing about going is that Stone usually falls asleep in the pickup instead of at home. I get most of my stuff done while he is napping. Oh well, I'd rather go out today. It's beautiful!

I have reason to celebrate today too. Today marks my first break from school since I started last March! I have 2 weeks off!!! Oh, what will I do with myself???? I won't have to wonder long about that! I already know that I will be getting my taxes ready to go and filling out an application to refinance our house. Such fun! School isn't really that bad, but just the thought of a break is wonderful! I attend the University of Phoenix online (full-time). I absolutely love it! I should have my AA in Healthcare Administration in August and I will be going on for my BA, which will take about 2 more years. I figure that by the time I have my BA, Stone will be 4 years old. I will more than likely be getting a job in town when he starts school so the timing will be just about right. We live 35 miles from town (and there is no bus) so there is no point driving back and forth twice a day. I may as well have a job so that I am at least paying for our fuel there. We'll see how it all plays out. They are building a new hospital so I'm hopeful that there will be a job for me when I need it.

Well, it's a little after 8. Stone is still sleeping and my dad will be here about 9. Time to get cracking! Hope everyone has a wonderful day! It's hard to believe that Santa will be here in just a few days! Where does the time go?????
Dec. 22, 2009 2:43 am
The caramels and almond roca sound great! Would you mind sharing your recipes?
Dec. 23, 2009 8:09 pm
Not at all! I'm going to post them on here or would you prefer me to email them to you? They are both my great-grandmother's recipes and they are incredible! I gave the recipe to 2 of my facebook friends and they have been asked for the recipe from every single person that has tried it!
Dec. 24, 2009 3:53 am
Hi again! Thank you for being willing to share - I love making goodies for my family and friends and know they will love your recipes! Posting them here would be fine with me! Thanks again and Merry Christmas!
Jan. 14, 2010 10:15 am
Hi Laura4853. If you would email me at I'd be glad to send that recipe right over. I apologize for not posting it on here sooner. I have a little one, go to school full time, and help my husband. Things have been a bit crazy! Thanks! ~Cheyenne
Jan. 17, 2010 4:09 am
Hello Cheyenne, I just stumbled across your blog and love it...I love to bake and I love reading about cooking...and i noticed you talking about your grandmothers recipe for candy. Id love to have the recipe's also if you dont mind sharing...I look forward to reading your e-mail is Thank you so much...
Jan. 20, 2010 2:47 am
Thanks Cheyenne! I will send you an email soon!
Jan. 11, 2014 10:30 am
I can't believe I found this, my email got messed up and I couldn't get the candy recipe, could u please re send it to me ',, Hopefully someone sees this , Thank u much! Jewel
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I am happily married and have a son, named Stone. He was born in August 2008. He definitely keeps me busy at home. We live on a large cattle ranch in southwestern South Dakota. We raise black angus cross cows/calves and breed/raise quarter horses. I spend most of my days running my business "Cowgirl Swank" from home, taking care of my son, being the ranch cook, and helping outside as much as possible. We are involved in rodeo, but I haven't found much time to spend with my horses (or in the arena) since Stone was born. I am looking forward to that changing this as my son gets older. He has his own horse now so he will be able to go along when we go riding. My business has taken off and I am extremely busy with that. Other than that, I love being a mom and I love the fact that Stone will grow up the same way that I did (on the ranch with both parents present). I also love to cook and am always looking for new things to make. is my favorite site of all time!!
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I love to bake cookies, pies, banana bread, zucchini bread, deserts, etc. We eat a lot of beef so I am constantly searching for new recipes to try to spice things up a bit. I love to cook for my family (so I love to cook just about everything).
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My grandma and mom are both incredible cooks. I am trying to follow in their footsteps. I love to make things that I remember from my childhood (just like grandma did). We always try to get together for the major holidays. There's nothing like enjoying the company of family and friends over a homemade meal.
My cooking triumphs
I mastered my grandma's Lemon Meringue pie recipe. It is incredible! I have gotten to be a very good baker. Now I'd like to master making bread and rolls (something that I am a novice at). I know that it takes a lot of practice to be a good bread baker. I'm up for the task!
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I haven't had a lot of tragedies (thankfully). I did try to make my grandma's bread (just once so far) and I didn't check the expiration on the yeast. Needless to say, it never raised and ended up getting thrown out. I will master bread making.....if it's the last thing I do! :)
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