Crazy Cracker Candy – And You Thought I Forgot That Today was Recipe Saturday

English: Six saltines and a fork on a large plate

Turn these into candy (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I am going to provide you with a bit of an eccentric recipe but one I made a lot when my kids were little. It uses saltines as the base and is super easy. It is a fun recipe to do with kids, because they love to line up the crackers on a cookie sheet and try to leave no gaps.

I was given this recipe during a phone conversation with a friend. I had tried the candy at her house and just loved it. As such, this is a rather “loose” recipe, but it works with just a few ingredients and is super fast to make.

Crazy Cracker Candy

Ingredients:

Saltine crackers; 1/2 cup butter or margarine; 1/2 cup brown sugar; chocolate chips; nuts if you desire

Instructions:

Line a cookie sheet with tin foil. Line up saltine crackers so there are no gaps or overlapping. Boil 1/2 cup brown sugar and 1/2 cup butter or margarine. Spoon over the crackers covering them with the liquid “gold”. Put them in the oven for about a minute in a preheated 350 degree oven.

Take them out of the oven and sprinkle with chocolate chips and then put back in the oven until the chips melt and spread. When they come out you can sprinkle them with nuts (I never do this). Put them in the fridge for 1/2 hour to cool. Score bars and remove them from cookie sheet. (I usually just break them up).

Seriously, these are so good–and your kids will love them. You will love them. And most of us have these ingredients hanging around our pantry and fridge.

Do you have a recipe that is blissfully easy, but good, and uses really accessible ingredients?

Saturday Morning Sillies

Of Course: “When the Idiot Leaves”

Village Idiot sign

Village Idiot sign (Photo credit: dolescum)

When does a village become a town? While doing a little research on this I found out that a village consists of  500 people or less and a town can turn into a city when it reaches a population of 5000.  The answer varies depending on the source~so I guess I will just have to choose my own or go to Stats Canada.

The answer I loved the most in response to “when does a village become a town” is: “when the idiot leaves”. I love that tongue in cheek answer. We have all heard of the village idiot, and many of us, no matter where we live can probably name him. For some reason the village idiot always seems to be a man. And you do not have to live in a village to have one. My town has a few—but they will remain nameless as to me idiot defined has nothing to do with intelligence, and everything to do with social skills.

I am thinking of starting a novel, or short story, or novella, or who knows, maybe even an epic historical novel of 3,546 pages about a village that is on the cusp of turning into a town. If two more people are born to the village, then it will become a town. There are all kinds of things that can come from this premise: will Mrs. Keystone have twins, thereby turning the village into a town, or will the Baxter Family of ten leave town, keeping it a village for a little while longer?

These are the sometimes strange things that go through my mind. My question to you today is: Where do you live, and have you found bliss there?