A year in Recipes
A year in recipes
Some to eat! Some to use to decorate!
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Rock Candy


* 1 cup water
* 3 cups table sugar (sucrose)
* clean glass jar
* pencil or butter knife
* string
* pan or bowl for boiling water and making solution
* spoon or stirring rod

1. Gather your materials.
2. You may wish to grow a seed crystal, a small crystal to weight your string and provide a surface for larger crystals to grow onto. A seed crystal is not necessary as long as you are using a rough string or yarn.
3. Tie the string to a pencil.
If you have made a seed crystal, tie it to the bottom
of the string. Set the pencil across the top of the
glass jar and make sure that the string will hang into the
jar without touching its sides or bottom.
However, you want the string to hang nearly to the bottom. Adjust the length of the string, if necessary.
4. Boil the water. If you boil your water in the microwave,
be very careful removing it to avoid getting splashed!
5. Stir in the sugar, a teaspoonful at a time.
Keep adding sugar until it starts to accumulate at the
bottom of the container and won't dissolve even with
more stirring. This means your sugar solution is saturated.
If you don't use a super saturated solution, then your crystals
won't grow quickly. On the other hand, if you add too much
sugar, new crystals will grow on the sugar that did not dissolve
and not on your string.
6. If you want colored crystals, stir in a few drops of
    food coloring.
7. Pour your solution into the clear glass jar.
    If you have undissolved sugar at the bottom of your
    container, avoid getting it in the jar.
8. Place the pencil over the jar and allow the string to
    dangle into the liquid.
9. Set the jar somewhere where it can remain undisturbed.
    If you like, you can set a coffee filter or
    paper towel over the jar to prevent dust
    from falling into the jar.
10. Check on your crystals after a day. You should be able to see the beginnings of crystal growth on the string or seed crystal. 
11. Let the crystals grow until they have reached the desired size or have stopped growing. At this point, you can pull out the string and allow the crystal to dry. You can eat them or keep them. Have fun!

Borax Snowflakes
(Not to eat)

What You Need:
 * string
 * wide mouth jar
 * white pipe   cleaners
 * 20 Mule Team Borax
 * pencil
 * boiling water
 * blue food coloring (opt.)
 * scissors
1. Cut a pipe cleaner into three equal sections.
2. Twist the sections together at their centers to form a six-sided snowflake shape. Don't worry if an end isn't even, just trim to get the desired shape. The snowflake should fit inside the jar.
3. Tie the string to the end of one of the snowflake arms. Tie the other end of the string to the pencil. You want the length to be such that the pencil hangs the snowflake into the jar.
4. Fill the jar with boiling water.
5. Add borax one tablespoon at a time to the boiling water, stirring to dissolve after each addition. The amount used is 3 tablespoons borax per cup of water. It is okay if some undissolved borax settles to the bottom of the jar.
6. If desired, you may tint the mixture with food color.
7. Hang the pipe cleaner snowflake into the jar so that the pencil rests on top of the jar and the snowflake is completely covered with liquid and hangs freely (not touching the bottom of the jar).
8. Allow the jar to sit in an undisturbed location overnight.
9. Look at the pretty crystals!!! You can hang your snowflake as a decoration or in a window to catch the sunlight

Reindeer Chow

Estimated Time: 15 minutes
Number of Servings: 12-16

    1 box of Crispix Cereal (approx.12 cups)
    1 12oz. bag of Chocolate Chips
    ½ c. of peanut butter
    1 c. powdered sugar

    Use an enormous bowl! Over low heat, melt chocolate chips and combine with peanut butter. Remove from heat and pour over cereal. Gently stir thoroughly to coat the cereal. Dust mixture with the powdered sugar, and continue stirring to thoroughly coat the cereal. Cool and place in a container. Keep in a cool place.

•    A microwave can also be used to melt the chocolate chips and peanut butter.
•    After coating the cereal with chocolate place cereal in a large storage bag, add the powdered sugar, then shake. It is easier and less messy this way.


Chili Cheese Dip


1 large block of Velveeta
2 cans of hot dog chili with or without beans
1 can of chopped jalepenos
1 small can of chopped green chili


Cut Velveeta into 1 inch cubes for easier melting. Combine all ingredients in a large crockpot set to High. Stir often as the cheese is melting. When cheese is melted turn the crockpot to Low. Serve with tortilla chips.