Miss Rae is somewhat independent.
Well, if “somewhat” means “ferociously”, the above statement is true.
She doesn’t want help walking down the stairs. “Self!” she’ll proclaim. (This is baby speak for “Back off, Mom. You’re cramping my style!”)
She’s insistent on feeding herself, more specifically if she is sitting on your lap and you’re eating, she wants to feed herself your food from your fork.
And so we have this toy. It’s one of those things that has 5 zoo animals that pop up after the push of a button or the twisting of a key.
The twisting will get you every time. It’s tough. Most kids, certainly, have a hard time with this feature. But does Miss Independent want help? No sirree…
So she works at it. Again and again (with sporadic breaks to “cook” in her little kitchen- she’s truly a girl after her mama’s heart!). She’s stubborn. She’s determined.
And so was I with Grandma V’s peanut brittle recipe.
This peanut brittle is hands down the best you’ll ever have. I’m not exaggerating. It’s light and crispy with the perfect Peanut:Brittle ratio.
We haven’t had this treat since we lost Grandma V five (has it been that long?) years ago. I approached the recipe with trepidation…
The first batch was thrown into the garbage. Why? I apparently didn’t use a heat safe bowl because when I went to take it out of the microwave, the entire lip of the bowl just came off in my hands. Oops. I didn’t take a picture because I was in shock.
The second batch followed the first into the trash. Why? I didn’t cook it long enough and it never firmed up. It was white and bendy (the way my brother prefers his waffles, but that’s another story). No one wants their peanut brittle “bendy”. I didn’t take a picture because I was frustrated.
The third batch was the proverbial pendulum swing. In an attempt to have crispy peanut brittle I scorched #3. I took a picture because I was mad.
It may not look that bad but it tasted like campfire. I tried sprinkling some sea salt on it and calling it “smoked”. Matty B spit his piece in the sink.
By now I had just wasted 1 1/2 cups of corn syrup, 3 cups of sugar and 4 1/2 cups of peanuts. I couldn’t do this “Self”. I was angry. Angry and sticky.
I didn’t pray, but Grandma V helped me anyway:)
Batch 4 was fantastic.
Batch 5 was fabulous.
Batch 6 was super.
Batch 7 was sensational.
Batch 8 was everything I thought it could be.
Yesterday, Miss Rae turned the twisty key all by herself. Yesterday, I created peanut brittle just like Grandma V’s. Success all around! Although, Miss Rae’s success didn’t involve throwing away a broken bowl and three batches of peanut brittle. You might call her an over achiever:)
Best Ever Peanut Brittle
1 1/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 cup raw peanuts
1/2 light corn syrup
1 TBS Earth Balance butter
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp baking soda
Combine sugar, peanuts and corn syrup in microwave safe bowl. Microwave on high for 10 minutes.
Stir and immediately add vegan butter and vanilla. Microwave on high for 3 minutes.
Check. If the peanuts and syrup are golden brown, remove. If not, microwave in 30 second increments, checking after each segment. Do NOT overcook.
Stir in soda. It will puff up. Immediately pour onto greased baking sheet and spread out thin. Let set for 10ish minutes. Break into pieces and enjoy!
P.S. Why did I need 5 batches? School board member Christmas presents. I rock at my job. Seriously. They should pay me more. Seriously x 3.