Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Cookbook Wednesday | A Sweet Give-a-Way

Here’s a surprise for you, I wasn’t much of a candy eater in my younger days. I remember being a kid and hearing the “grownups” make comments such as “she’s such a good eater,” and “you won’t have to worry about her having rotten teeth.”

I guess I was a “good eater.” Our meals were usually made with very simple ingredients and not much fuss with elaborate sauces or “exotic” ingredients. I’m sure my mother would have preferred using box mixes such as Shake n’Bake, Rice a Roni, or Hamburger Helper. My father wouldn’t have it. I’m not quite sure if it was because in his mind they were more expensive, which most likely they were, or, because he was a farmer at heart and believed in the gifts of the soil. Whatever the reason, I grew to love fresh vegetables and simple meals. Don’t get me wrong, growing up in an Italian house simple can be highly exaggerated! Put it this way, my mother didn’t make her own pasta or bread from scratch but Sunday’s sauce and all the trimmings always began with parsley and garlic and everything else!!!

I suppose I should be thankful and, I am. My sweet tooth arrived later in life, much later as a matter of fact. You know, now that I think of it, my sister was what they would have called “a terrible eater” always wanting her sweets and ice cream and now, she hardly eats ever and when she does, 99% of the time it’s salad. IMHO she’s a boring eater! You can tell her I said that because I’m older than her, lol…As for me, well, bring on the Reese’s and tubs of chocolate ice cream!!!

In case you haven’t guessed, we are welcoming the month of June with a National Candy Month theme and a sweet give-a-way. (but more about that later:) Unlike the mix up on Wine Day, I’m pretty safe in saying June is National Candy Month without any repercussions. (not there were any last week, the more wine days the better was pretty much the consensus.) Today, I have it from a very reliable source so, I’ve decided to run with it!

WASHINGTON, May 31, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire: June is National Candy Month, and the National Confectioners Association (NCA) will be helping Americans celebrate by highlighting sweet innovation in chocolate, candy, gum and mints, and spotlighting the men and women who make the special treats that have played an important and unique role in cultural traditions and seasonal celebrations for thousands of years.

Since I’ve already celebrated National Candy Month on this blog with an antique cookbook titled Hood's Book of Home Made Candies published in 1888…here’s the link in case you missed it:)

Hood's Book of Home Made Candies | 1888

…I thought this year it might be fun to modernize a bit. How’s this for modernization? Candy Construction by Sharon Bowers.

From the publisher:

Candy Construction: How to Build Race Cars, Castles, and Other Cool Stuff out of Store-Bought Candy
Build a candy fantasy! Use ordinary store-bought candy and cookies as the raw material for a brand-new kind of crafting, where castles are made with wafer-cookie walls and race cars have Oreos for wheels. Sharon Bowers provides step-by-step instructions for dozens of whimsical and fun projects that will have you seeing candy in a whole new way. From licorice pirates and centipedes made from Life Savers to marshmallow aliens and candy bento boxes, the sweet possibilities are endless.

Or this book titled Candy Bouquets for Celebrations!

From the publisher:

Candy Bouquets for Celebrations. Make a lasting impression with these new bouquet cookbooks! Step-by-step illustrated instructions are clear and easy to follow. You will be the hit of your next party with these stunning centerpieces. Give them as a gift? Truly unique inexpensive and memorable! Perfect for Gifts; Class Treats and Birthday Parties. Spiral-bound Softcover: 60 pages. 16 projects.

Oh yes. We can’t forget the one at the top; Cool Candy Crafts. It’s the one I’ve chosen to share with you for Cookbook Wednesday:) It may only be 48 pages but let me tell you, it is jam packed with very cool ideas:) Just look at that cover. Does it remind you of anything? That’s right, International Picnic Day is also celebrated in June:) It’s even on the June Food Celebration Calendar below. You know what else is on the calendar? Ice Cream Cone Day! That’s right you “guys” today is Ice Cream Cone Day and I have just the “recipe” to share; Cupcake Cone Rockets! (I’m not sure why today is Ice Cream Cone Day. You may remember the Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes I baked for the celebration of the first ice cream cone mold patent granted to Italo Marchiony.)

I can’t help myself. I just have to share, lol…

Here’s another taste of Cool Candy Crafts just in time for, you guessed it, Father’s Day!

How cool is this!

Ta Dah! Here’s the June Food Celebration Calendar!

June is…
National Dairy Month
Fruit and Veggie Month
Iced Tea Month
Mango Month
Frozen Yogurt Month
Rose Month

On a personal note, I have a bit of news. First let me say, Marion is home and doing just fine. I’ve been trying to “fatten” her up with healthy, hearty food but she won’t have any of that. She’s back on the junk food kick, feasting on Mary Janes and Ice Cream. The doctor said to just leave her be. We’re following doctor’s orders. (don’t worry, I’m getting pretty good at “sneaking” in nutrition too:)

Next, due to circumstances beyond my control, I will not be visiting the kids for my birthday this year. Instead, they will be visiting us in July!!! Which brings me to my next thought. What to do about the Picnic Game? Since I was on a rather complicated hiatus last year, we had to forgo the Picnic Game. However, since I won’t be going to Idaho this year, we might be able to pull it together if you “guys” are game. I’d love a “show of hands” on how you feel about it. (or leave a comment:) If you have never played the Picnic Game just follow the Picnic Game link for “the rules.” Don’t worry, they aren’t strict rules and as many of us can attest, the Picnic Game is a blast!!!

Have you enjoyed the peek of candy related cookbooks I’ve shared with you today? GREAT! How’d you like to add them to your collection? You would, great again! Since so many of you have generously shared your cookbooks with us for the last couple of months, I thought it high time I share a few from my collection in the form of a give-a-way. How do you win? It’s simple, share a sweet candy memory in the comment section below and that’s it! I’ll put everyone’s name in Marion’s favorite hat and have her choose a winner! Want to increase your chances, post a candy related recipe on your blog and leave the link in another comment form below before the next Cookbook Wednesday and I'll put your name in the hat twice! (you might want to check out #1 in the resource section below or, my Pinterest National Candy Month board for inspiration) Not to worry, Marion is one of the most honest people I know:)

Unfortunately, I haven’t had much luck when it comes to sending things over seas. I’m working on a better method and hopefully in the future everyone will be able to enter one of my give-a-ways but, for this month’s give-aways, US residents only, please. (or an US address) That’s right you “guys” each Cookbook Wednesday in the month of June will also offer a new give-a-way so, if candy cookbooks aren’t your thing, you might want to wait until next week’s surprise cookbooks because once you win, you won’t be able to enter again. Thanks for visiting! Don’t forget to dig out your favorite cookbook to share with us on Cookbook Wednesday! Louise:)

Cookbook Wednesday | Share Your Favorite

1. Candy Cocktails: Recipes for drinks that taste like 60 of your favorite sweets-Infographic
2. A Visual History of Candy-Infographic