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Back In Business Baby! 
Feb. 19, 2014 7:30 pm 
Updated: Jun. 20, 2014 7:40 pm
I admit... it has been a while since I have blogged.  I have no excuse, other than I haved suffered from The Winter Blues!  I can see all the heads shaking and the sneers.... the unspoken thoughts of some of you in the nethers regions covered in snow up to the wazoo... " for goodness sakes girlie... you live in South Carolina... come visit the real winter"!  I know ... I know!  

Time for me to shake the blues and get back to the world of the living!  It didn't hurt that we had a 79 degree day. I was able to open up the house and get some fresh air in... for the first time in a while I felt a glimpse of hope, that spring is right around the corner!

Through the cold months... outside of Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years.. my kitchen has been sorely neglected.  I have found that Jim has been doing a good bit of the cooking and my baking motivation has been deminished with the turning of drab,  dreary, old man Winter!

Well... now, what is this old girl gonna start with?

I had Audrie with me today...for those of you who don't know my Angel... she is the little 4 yo. that I have kept since birth. ( I know..can you believe she is four already!)  She is my baking buddy!  She has been at my side in the kitchen since she could hold a spoon and stand in a chair at the kitchen counter.

I asked my little Angel if she was up for some baking... before I could get the question out of my mouth, she was off the couch, ignoring the Sophia the First cartoon that she adores, and pushing her chair across the kitchen floor to take her place at  the counter!  Well... I took that as an emphatic yes!

Scouring the remnants of baking ingredients, that were scant in the pantry... we came up with a half of a bag of coconut, a half of a bag of mini chocolate chips, and some Marshmallows from our last camping trip.  Well that's a good combo there! Last week I remembered saving a recipe for Almond Joy Candy!  It was meant to be!

Once into the start of the recipe... I quickly realized that this is Not A Kid Friendly Recipe. Sure Audrie loved watching the marshmallows melt in the pan... but she couldn't stir it.  She wanted to help stir in the coconut in the sticky glob... but it was to thick and difficult.  Once mixed and my thumbs tired from stirring with a wooden spoon... it had to cool in the fridge.  For me , I was grateful for the break... for my little chef... that was the longest 30 minutes of her life!

Great... now it is cooled and ready to roll into balls... Are you kidding me?  This stuff was like Taffy! Well again, the dissapointment shows on my little cherubs face!  I gave her the, all important, task of separating the Almonds out of a can of mixed nuts that I found at the back of the bakers rack.  That was actually fun, she would hold up a nut and ask the name of it and of course had to give it a taste... by the time we had Identified all of the nuts and the Almonds sucessfully separated... the goo was rolled into their specified size, more or less, ok they were rolled...

Audrie placed one Almond on each goo ball  as I melted the chocolate.  I saw the anticipation on that sweet girls face of getting to help dip those candies into the bowl of chocolate.... Well guess what?  Once those cooled goo balls hit that wam chocolate... sticky, stringy mess occurs... again.. dissapointment washes over the sweet, beautiful face!  Ugh!

Once the candy is coated... back in the fridge they go to set the chocolate.. you got it... severe devastation to my 4 y.o. baker!

After all this... Audrie and I got to spend time in the kitchen, and through all the lack of a kid friendly recipe... her smile with the first bite of our creation... was all worth it!

My Kitchen Is Back In Business Baby!!!
Feb. 20, 2014 3:00 am
It sounds like Audrie was a trooper thru this recipe! I know when I have my favorite little kiddos over they always are so eager to help out in the kitchen. Sometimes, though, the recipe is just not kid-friendly. We have to really think to find something for them to do. I love the picking out the almonds story! Bake on, friend! :)
Feb. 20, 2014 7:26 am
Terry, Good Morning! Niece to see you blogging again. Audrie will certainly grow up to be a great cook. I hope to see some more Tripp adventures!
Feb. 20, 2014 7:38 am
MA... she was! Funny thing about the nuts... Audrie loves the color purple... and to her the hazel nuts looked purple... she ate most of them ! Which was fine with me.... my least favorite!!!! The candies turned out great!
Feb. 20, 2014 7:43 am
Good morning to you Lela! Audrie already has the badics down... she can level a measuring cup, pour liquids, crack eggs ( but not separate from shell), she can sift ingredients, stir and fold! I'm so proud of her love for baking! Oh this year... she has been able to use the Kitchen Aide! Should have seen her face the first time a poof of cocoa surprised her!
Feb. 20, 2014 9:47 am
Ah 79 degrees still a distant memory for me! Baking with you will probably be some of Audrie's favorite memories when she grows up. It will green up soon, St Paddy's day is only a few weeks away!
Feb. 20, 2014 12:03 pm
Hi Cat, it is a beautiful day again today! I hope Audrie never out grows her love of baking! She lights up when the B word is mentioned and she is really good at it! She is still a little girl and her favorite part is always licking the spatula!!!
Feb. 21, 2014 6:32 pm
So glad you have such a good time with her. She (and you!) Will treasure those memories.
Feb. 22, 2014 9:06 am
Magnolia... I know I will! My Angel starts school next fall and I am already dreading it! On the upside I just got a new little one... baby Luke! I've had him since 3months old... he just turned one! I hope he likes to bake!!!!
Feb. 22, 2014 8:11 pm
That is such a sweet story! It's sounds like y'all had a blast. My 3 year old has just started really helping me in the kitchen. It's some amazing bonding.
Feb. 22, 2014 8:29 pm
Hi Terry, nice to see you again. I don't blog much any more and I was thinking about you the other day (as another missing blogger) and lo and behold, there you are!! WB to you and yours!
Feb. 23, 2014 8:13 am
Stick...Thanks ! Audrie really started getting into the real baking when she turned three! It's a great way to bond with the kiddo's!
Feb. 23, 2014 8:17 am
Hi Randy! I really am glad to be back! Miss your blogs though!!! I have been busy with the grandkids... Damien is four and Molly is one! I can't wait to get her in the kitchen! Thanks for popping in!
Abby N 
Apr. 7, 2014 5:48 pm
Hey Terry! Glad to see you're back!
Jun. 20, 2014 7:40 pm
Abby... I miss AR!! Gotta get back to a regular blog! It's good to miss and be missed!!! Thanks girl!!!
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Terry Goff Tripp

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I was a working mother of 2 boys! I didn't have much time for cooking... now that the boys are grown and on their own... I have been enjoying learning and appreciating the art of cooking. I started with a day of baking with my mother in law and I was hooked! Not to mention my new stepkids... what was two... now is four! Our family is growing we now have a grandson, Damien, and one on the way! My grandson loves his visits with Gramma and Grampa...We spend quality time in the kitchen snd chronical our visits here on AR!
My favorite things to cook
I love to bake! It is my therapy...I love to buy and read all types of recipe books ( call me old fashion ) but it's fun to pick out 1 recipe in a new book and try it the day I get the book!
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My husband and I have great times cooking meals together! When the kids come to visit we let them request their menu of choice. Funny twist... my two boys request Jim's culinary feasts... Jim's two request Stepmom's dinner delights! Works out fine at the end of the day!
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Check out my pics, the wedding cake? It was my 1st attempt at a wedding cake... can you believe it... I still can't!
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so many... hard to pick just one! but isn't that the joy of cooking?
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