Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Come On Over to the Party!

It's party time! Five Minutes for Mom is hosting the ultimate blog party this week.

Today, you're invited to mine! Yesterday, my daughter and I spent the day making one of my favorite treats from the Taste of Home Magazine, Pecan Delights. If you like Fannie May Pixie candy, then you're going to fall in love with these. So grab a bite and kick back.

So those of you who are new here, welcome! I'm Karen from the state of Chicago, er um, Chicago, Illinois. I'm actually from Bolingbrook but unless I tell people that we're right next to Naperville, (the number two city ranked as the "Best Place to Live" in Money magazine) they often have no clue about my town. I'm a deaf mom with three deaf and hard of hearing kids and a deaf husband too. You can hear the music blasting from our house clear across town.

Today, I've got a sick kiddo at home and an IEP meeting this morning. Thank goodness for neighbors who step in when needed.

That doesn't stop me from crashing a couple of parties this week. Of course, I have to stop over at Groovy's house, she's throwing a game party. Groovy and I met on a writer's board and she's got a wicked sense of humor. A couple of weeks ago, she did a Google search for images under her name and my photo popped up. Groovy recently made it into the Reader's Digest and now I tease her that the more famous she becomes, the more my photo will come up. Go, Groovy, go!

Rocks in my Dryer is hosting a unique writing challenge: write yourself a letter going back in time and reflect on some knowledge that you've gained.

Jenny, from Home is Where You Start From writes about homeschooling in sunny California. That's where I wish I was right now...

I expected some desserts on Dessert Diva but I found a fellow photographer after my own heart: she's got my favorite Robert Frost poem on her site, "The Road Not Taken."

Another writer and another Karen shares about life on Write From Karen.

So tonight, I'm planning to kick back with the Pecan Delights that are left over and read more!


~Melissa~ said...

I look forward to coming back for a visit again! While my daughter is not deaf, we have been trying to teach her some basic signs.

Adventures In Babywearing said...

Glad you joined the party!!

Come on over & check out my fun Bump! Photo Tag going on! Hope you’d like to play along and post your favorite pregnant belly pic! (And we’d love to see expectant adoptive parent photos, too!)


Praying for your Prodigal said...

Welcome to the party! Thanks for the warm welcome and the great links. I'm going to do a little visiting right now!

So nice to "meet" you.


Elizabeth said...

I love Taste of Home magazine, don't they have great recipes? :)
I have always been interested in ASL, and know a little, I actually taught my son before he knew how to talk a little bit of sign (he loved it, and knew at least 30 signs!)
Anyhow, thanks so much for inviting me to your party :) Let that music blare :)

Carey said...

Thanks for the invitation to your party, and the treat. They look really good. I bet they are sweet.
It is nice to meet you. Stop on by if you get a chance and say hi.

Melissa said...

Those pecan delights are calling my name and I am not even a pecan fan! I am just stopping by for the part. Thanks for the links, I think I will go do some visiting. If you get a minute come on over to my place and sample some chocolates!

Monkey Giggles said...

Swinging in for the party!!! Nice to meet ya.

I am having my 4th..yes 4th party favor give-away. If ya get a chance come on over.


~Jennifer said...

The Pecan Delights look delightful! Sorry about the sick kiddo, I've got one of those at home myself right now. Not fun. Nice meeting you!

Jodi said...

I'm saying hi via the party. Just doing some party hopping.

I'm originally from skookie,my parents grew up in chicago, and my family is iibertyville. I know exactly where you are!!!

Jenny in Ca said...

Karen, really nice to meet you! And I am so flattered that you linked to my party in your post.

Your home town is Anne Shirley's home town, right? Canada?? I love the Anne books.

oh, the treats are making me hungry...must find some chocolate now.

I hope the kids get well soon,
see you round the party circuit!

Dollymama said...

I'm here for the party! I hope you get lots of new blog visitors. :)

I have six kids and also work from home. You may enjoy my baby boutique blog:
I'll be having a fun promotion there later this month.

Come on by!

Alexis Jacobs said...

We lived in DeKalb for 4 years and Decatur for 4 years before moving to NC this past summer. So I know exactly where you are located.

Great party!

melody said...

I LOVE the pecan delites...more please and thank you. And I'm admitting to LOL about your loud music.

Love your blog and plan to come back. You are always welcome at my place.

groovyoldlady said...

Hi Kawen! Tanks for topping by. Sowwy, my mouf ith all ticky fwum da candy. Yummy! I want youw wecipe!

Karen said...

Here ya go, from the Taste of Home:
2-1/4 cups packed brown sugar

1 cup butter, cubed

1 cup light corn syrup

1/8 teaspoon salt

1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1-1/2 pounds whole pecans

1 cup (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips

1 cup milk chocolate chips

2 tablespoons shortening

In a large saucepan, combine the first four ingredients. Cook over medium heat until all sugar is dissolved. Gradually add milk; mix well. Continue cooking until candy thermometer reads 248° (firm-ball stage).
Remove from the heat; stir in vanilla until blended. Fold in the pecans. Drop by tablespoonfuls onto a greased or parchment lined baking sheet. Chill until firm. Loosen from paper.
Melt chocolate chips and shortening in a microwave-safe bowl or a double boiler. Drizzle over each cluster. Cool. Yield: about 4 dozen. Editor's Note: We recommend that you test your candy thermometer before each use by bringing water to a boil; the thermometer should read 212°. Adjust your recipe temperature up or down based on your test.

dcrmom said...

Pecan Delights. O my merciful heavens! That sounds like utter perfection in my mouth!! THanks for visiting.

Michelle said...

Looking forward to coming back to visit again .. stopping by on my party trail ... =) Thanks for the invite!

Karen said...

Hey there! Just wanted to drop by and say thank you for coming by my blog. I am looking forward to coming back by and reading some of your archives. Those Pecan Delights look scrumptious!!

God Bless~

Darth Nepharia said...

Thanks for the pecan delights! Can you put one on top of my second plate for me? My hands are full juggling the two plates of food and the Warp Core Breach drink I picked up at all the different blogs....hope I can find my keys...but maybe it's a good thing I lost them....

Anyway, thanks for letting us all roam around your blog.

Jennelle said...

Hi Karen, it's nice to meet you!

My name is Jennelle and I'm coming here from the blog party. :-)

I hope your little one feels better soon.

The Pecan Delights sound sooo good but I'm on a diet so guess it's best for me to stay away from those things for now, huh? *lol*

If you get a chance, please stop by my blog 'n say "hi".

Have a good day!



groovyoldlady said...

A Wecipe! Oh Boy! Now I can eat even mowe canny! Yippee! Thankth a bunsh.

Liz said...

It's so nice to meet you - those pecan delights look absolutely sinful...um...can I have some!?!

I just finished reading your post about your son's prospective high school and totally agree with your thoughts.

I believe it's very important that he feel comfortable with his peers - high school is tough enough, thank you.

Good luck and stick to you what you feel is best!

Karen said...

Hi Karen (like your name, girl!)...it's so nice to meet you! I'm thinking we will be fast friends because of those pecan delights...they are seriously calling for me. You didn't eat them all, did you? You DID save one for me, right? :o)

Karen said...

They're all gone, but I'm whipping up another batch! :)

Gina said...

Visiting from the blog Party. Your title caught my eye because my sons were involved in a musical for the deaf community. They had to learn ASL for the songs and dialogged. It was a huge challenge, but they did great!

NspiredByFaith said...

Coming in from the blog party. I truly enjoyed your blog and hope to visit again soon! Hope you'll stop by and visit me when you get a chance!

Shannon said...

Stopping in to say hi for the party. Thanks for a great read.

Jenny said...

Mmmm, those pecan delights look AMAZING!

Will you email me? I have a question for you.

Brandie said...

I know where Bolingbrook is! Funnily enough I used to live in West Chicago, but also had to tell people by Naperville to get them to understand I did not mean the western part of Chicago. Then we moved to Palatine and have now moved back to more of the western suburbs!
Hope you have been enjoying the lovely weather we had this weekend =)

Amy said...

hi karen, i think i may have met you...have you ever spoken at edward hospital's cradle talk on diehl rd.? if so, i saw you speak there last winter.


Karen said...

Yup, Amy, that was me. :)

SolShine7 said...

I participated in this blog party too!! Wasn't it fun?!?!