We’ve been busy around here (as I’m sure we all have) finishing up shopping, creating gifts for teachers, watching kids perform in Christmas musicals, and making lots of treats like this No Fail Peanut Brittle. We need things to not fail around here, because if you’ve read my previous Pear Ginger Vodka cocktail post, our wheels have been falling off big time recently.
Making this, though…totally nailed it. Luckily, due to it’s longevity, I can knock it out way ahead of time before things get too Christmas cray cray. However, I’m then left with the matter of hiding it from Ryan. Otherwise I’d only be left with peanut brittle shrapnel when I need to package it up for gifts.
Every Christmas Eve we deliver this, along with the rest our our homemade goodies, to our neighbors. Ryan and the kids are always in charge of delivering the Christmas plates, and in the true spirit of Christmas, they try to look as festively ridiculous as possible. Point in case – their selfie from last year.
Unfortunately I never make the rounds because I spend all daylight hours in my PJs, cleaning up the house, ironing Christmas Eve mass clothes, and getting things put together for our highly anticipated evening at Gram Gram and Poppy’s house.
All my hard work ironing and primping lasts approximately 30 seconds to nail a picture, and then…
all hope is lost when a posse of Christmas vagrants, who once resembled our once angelic children, moves in.
Later on in the evening, a very busy Santa pops in for an appearance (AKA Frankenclaus due to his uncanny resemblance to Uncle Frank), and some kids are more taken with him then others. Last year Elliot keenly deduced if he stared at the man in a big red suit long enough he’d cough up some presents.
We always cap off Christmas Eve night with the widely traditional Christmas Eve piñata because who doesn’t smash an object to smithereens on one of the holiest nights of the year?
Don’t forget to enjoy and embrace your own quirky family traditions this year, and I wish you the happiest of holidays, lots of love, and laughter!
- 1 cup sugar
- ½ cup light corn syrup
- ¼ tsp. salt
- ¼ cup water
- 1 cup peanuts
- 2 tbsp. butter, softened
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- Grease a large baking sheet.
In a medium saucepan combine sugar, water, salt, and corn syrup. Cook over medium heat until sugar dissolves and mixture starts to boil. Stir in peanuts.
Set a candy thermometer in place and continue to cook and stir until temperature reaches exactly 300ºF.
Immediately remove from heat and stir in butter and baking soda vigorously. Pour onto the greased baking sheet. With two forks, pull at the edges of the peanut brittle until it practically fills up the pan.
Cool and break into pieces.
Adapted from Allrecipes