Lol I’m a SnowN1gger

I’m fortunate in that my ancestors have carefully recorded our history. Seriously-I can look up about a million years of family heraldry just on the interwebs.  Maybe not a million but enough to make my eyes glaze over and think ‘Who are these people again?” They’re all English English English.  Despite the fact that I hail from the oldest families in America.  

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My parents were still little kids when the Hart-Cellar act to destroy America was passed. (At that time 51% of the country could trace its roots back to the founders)  It actually shocks me how little diversity there is in my family tree. I remember some of my sibs complaining that ‘we’re so boooooring’ I defended us externally to them and half-heartedly because I was older and didn’t want them to feel bad but internally I agreed. We were boring. We didn’t have any fantastical dysfunction.  We  were annoyingly conscientious and concerned with the nature of the right action.

The only point of interest was that we have some snown1gger in us.  I grew-up with many Dala Horses in da house and Yule Goats at Christmas along with Ableskivers ( I will be posting that recipe and how to soon)

Of course I know that if you look fååår enough in my background you will find Danegeld North England raiders-I just never felt connected to it. Until a few days ago. I was making a birthday card for someone I love very much and bc reasons I wrote Happy Birthday in Danish. card copy.jpg

(Do you see the dag which is day is so close to the German Tag?)  I had this fairly cheap polka-dotted floral ribbon that I wanted to use up because I didn’t have enough to do a real project with. So I cut out the hearts and modge-podged them around the sentiment. Then I thought I would dot up the letters for cohesion. 

As the four readers of my blog already know I am always on about, you can only build what is already inside of you. As in culture is a byproduct of biology. I sat back surprised to realize when I had finished my card that unintentionally I had made a card with a snown1gger aesthetic.

I think it’s the first time I really felt connected to it.I mean I knew-I knew blah blah but I didn’t really see why I should care- like most of the powerful feels in my life it really surprised me.

I am now at the point where I can champion our British heritage with complete enthusiasm to my sibs. If I get the opportunity-when I get the opportunity. Not often. Of course they all think I am crazy- but I hold a special place in my family.  They think I am crazy but they also think I am right. 

My mother calls me her “magic 8ball daughter” that whenever she wants to divine the future she just has to shake me up.

Not really fair but it makes her happy. She is naturally distressed about what is happening to our people but smiles her pretty smile when I remind her how we brought civilization to the world and snown1ggers don’t need numbers when we’ve got strategy.

To-To-Toffe Me Babe; What was that Promise that you Made?

To carry on your culture?  Oh yeah. That’s what us white ladies are charged with. We must carry on hearth and home. Way more important than excel spread sheets. 

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There is no more important way to do that than through our food. There is no more beloved food than our Christmas candy.  So let’s get to it!toffee5

 

Toffee is easy and it is not. It’s like learning to ride a bike. The primordial form is easy enough to assemble. 

50%  Butter

50%  Sugar

Some Vanilla 

Some Salt

Chocolate Chips (I’ve made my own chocolate and peppermint too- the peppermint is actually worth it but haven’t been so pleased with the chocolate. I’ve also used very pricey chocolate but still have the best result with semi-sweet chocolate mid-brand)

Peppermint canes/sticks

 

 

In this case I used 1 cup of each. I suggest this as a good starting point. In a medium sauce pan I combined them over medium heat. I also added two table-spoons of water. If this is necessary or superstition I can’t tell you.

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When you are dealing with boiling sugar, you always have to stir frequently, but not in a hyper way. Add a bit of salt and vanilla during this phase. 

Pro-tip for kids whose moms had to work too much to teach them how to cook. Your regular spoon us about a teaspoon and your soup spoon is about the same as a tablespoon. In this case you will add about a teaspoon of vanilla.  If you don’t have vanilla, you can use brandy or really any kind of brown liquor.toffee4

It changes color. It’s kind of exciting. You can use a candy thermometer set on hard-crack but the real thing is that you watch the mixture rise and fall and pull away from the sides of the pot. It rises and falls a couple of times.toffee2a

 

Pour it out immediately on to some kind of aluminum foil covered dish that has sides. You can pretty much tell within the first five minutes if it worked because it starts to harden right away.toffee7

 

Then sprinkle and spread the chocolate on top. Like frosting a cake. For the peppermint, I put the sticks in a ziplock baggie and beat on them with a wooden mallet. It’s fun.  I also like to add flake-salt to the top. As soon as the chocolate dries you can break the toffee into small bite-sized and incredibly caloric pieces.  I give it too my friends and neighbors every year.toffee8

You should also dust it with powered sugar to keep it from sweating.