Vickie’s Bourbon Balls Although Bourbon has been around since the 18th Century, Bourbon balls were a 20th century invention. As the story goes anyway. In 1919, two substitute school teachers named Ruth Hanly Booe and Rebecca Gooch began a candy-making business in Frankfort, Kentucky. Soon, The Rebecca Ruth Candy Company and their chocolates were a big hit. In 1936 a dignitary was taking a tour of the business and made an off handed comment about mixing candy and Kentucky’s famous bourbon together. Mrs. Booe worked on the recipe for two years before perfecting the still-secret process for blending bourbon and candy.
Bourbon is an American whiskey, a type of distilled spirit, made primarily from corn and named for Bourbon County, Kentucky. It has been produced since the 18th century and is a “distinctive product of the United States.” So said the United States Congress on May 4th 1964. The Bourbon Trail or Kentucky Bourbon Trail is the name given to the area in Kentucky where the state’s bourbon distilleries are located. It is an official trail launched by seven of the eight distilleries in the region. Recently, the eighth distillery, Tom Moore Distillery, joined the trail.
Some believe a bourbon cookie served on the tables of Gentleman and high society during the era of Continental America, is the original source of the rolled bourbon ball. There is evidence of this cookie in letters and documents found in Williamsburg, Virginia during the time the Continental Congress was establishing the U.S. Constitution. One thing is for sure, the traditional Rebecca Ruth Bourbon Balls do not resemble the rolled and coated candy dough that is often seen on party tables. But others believe her idea was the inspiration for the rolled candy ball and the bourbon cookie was something totally different. It’s hard to say for sure, without knowing what’s in the secret recipe.
Finely crush vanilla wafers into a large bowl.
It takes about 1½ cups of whole wafers to make 1 cup of crushed wafers.
Add confectioners sugar and mix thoroughly.
In a cup, combine the Kentucky Bourbon and corn syrup. Mix thoroughly.
Mix the liquid and powder together as well as possible. You can use a spoon, but I’ve found simply kneading the mixture by hand works a lot better.
Place the ‘coverings’ listed above on 4 separate paper plates.
Form the bourbon wafers into small bite sized balls
Roll the ball in one of the coverings until it’s totally covered. Then set the ball aside on wax paper to set. You can also mix and match the coverings, for instance, roll a ball in the confection sugar, and then roll it into the pecans and set aside. You’ll have a variety of coated flavors when done.
Bourbon balls can be served cold or at room temperature.
They should be stored refrigerated
You can replace the pecans with any of your favorite nuts.
You can use chocolate wafers instead of vanilla to create chocolate bourbon balls
Some recipes call for refrigeration of the dough before it’s rolled into balls. I have found this doesn’t work well at all. The dough should be slightly sticky and damp in order for the coverings to stick to the sides.
GrandMa Great’s Hot Toddy Cold Remedy
I’m not sure where we got this recipe, but it’s a Holland favorite. We’ve used it on several occasions and it truly works on a sore throat and helps you rest during a cold.
We think Gary found it in his GrandMa Great’s papers. So we’re going to attribute it to her.
Preparation time: 5 minutes Ingredients
2 oz Jack Daniels Whiskey (not Jack Daniels Honey)
1 tblspn honey
1 tspn lemon juice
4 oz water
Pour Jack Daniels into a hot safe mug and set aside.
In a medium sauce pan, heat the water to boiling.
Reduce heat and add the lemon and honey.
Stir until honey is dissolved in the water.
Pour heated mixture into the mug with the Jack Daniels and stir.
Add a slice of Lemon or a cinnamon stick if desired
Serve hot, and enjoy, preferably while you’re under a nice warm blanket!
You might also like Maw Stoots’s recipe to Rum out a Cold.
Any whiskey brand will do.
You can divide the water measurement into
1 oz lemon juice
with 3 oz water
Instead of a lemon you can use lime. But don’t use orange.
You can stir with cinnamon sticks.
Honey is a natural antiseptic and cough suppressant. It’s the one thing you shouldn’t trade out in your hot toddy.
Maw Stoots Got The Blues Brew: For those rainy day blues, here’s an apple a day to keep the doctor away drink. A great old homeopathic remedy to help you feel relaxed and warm inside.
Preparation time: 4 hours to prepare, add 6 hours to allow mixture to stand before serving
2 quarts cut apples
4 quarts water
3 tablespoon white vinegar
2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 orange, cut into small pieces.
3 cups of sugar
Makes about 4 quarts of brew.
Freshly picked apples are best. Harvest enough to make 2 quarts of cubed apples.
Core the apples, but do not skin them.
Wash the apples in cold water then slice them into 1 inch cubes.
Select a large orange and peal the rein.
Separate the slices and if necessary, remove the seeds.
In a large stew pot, mix the water and sugar to boiling for about 1 minute.
Reduce heat and allow the mixture to cool slightly.
Add the cut apples and cook for approximately 3 hours. Stirring often. But do not let mixture come to a strong boil.
Add white vinegar and orange slices. Allow to simmer for 30 minutes. Stirring frequently.
Turn off heat and let mixture cool upon the stove.
Once cooled, strain the mixture through a double ply cheesecloth, squeezing the leftover fruit pieces to remove all the juice.
Pour the liquid into a jug, such as a glass cider jug.
Cover with a lid, but DO NOT screw the cap down tightly.
Store in your refrigerator.
Drink over ice, or you can warm single cups adding a cinnamon stick for additional flavor.
The Left Overs You don’t have to throw away the ‘mushed’ apples and oranges. Use these leftovers to make a taste apple sauce.
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Drop the leftover fruit from the cheese cloth onto a large cookie sheet.
Using a spoon or potato masher, flatten the leftovers over the sheet.
At this point it should be fairly easy to find the remaining orange skins and remove them from the mixture.
Return the remaining ingredients to the pot.
Add 2 cups of water and ½ cup brown sugar.
Cook over medium heat, stirring the brown sugar into mixture until melted.
“America isn’t easy. America is advanced citizenship. You’ve gotta want it bad, ’cause it’s gonna put up a fight. It’s gonna say, “You want free speech? Let’s see you acknowledge a man whose words make your blood boil, who’s standing center stage and advocating at the top of his lungs that which you would spend a lifetime opposing at the top of yours.” You want to claim this land as the land of the free? Then the symbol of your country cannot just be a flag.” – The American President 1995
“Freedom of speech is a principal pillar of a free government: When this support is taken away, the constitution of a free society is dissolved,” wrote Founding Father Benjamin Franklin in The Pennsylvania Gazette.
You can’t claim to be a Patriotic American and then oppose the First Amendment of the Constitution and those American values. Sorry, you don’t get it both ways. You want to complain about disrespect of the military, then remember what those Military forces have and continue to fight for. Anything less, is the true disrespect. #LetThemKneel!
2016 World Series – Game 7 Last night, like a lot of people, I watched the final game of the World Series with the Chicago Cubs and the Cleveland Indians. And also like a lot of people, I watched it while following my normal Twitter feed. Now for me, that means I watched a Major League Baseball game with a bunch of NASCAR fans, tweeting about baseball. Talk about some funny tweets.
But it wasn’t until the final 10th inning when I realized these two sports are more a like than they are different. That’s when the Chicago Cubs brought in their pitcher Carl Edwards Jr. You see, in NASCAR we have a Carl Edwards too. And he is also in the final playoff races to the NASCAR Championship. And that got me thinking about how a NASCAR fan would call the game on Twitter.
Baseball From A NASCAR Tweeter:
The baseball Tweets are provided courtesy of The Wall Street Journal – World Series Game 7: Live Updates. Continue reading →
Every now and then you may come across a phrase out of no where that you can’t let go of. Perhaps it’s a poignant moment in a TV show, a movie, maybe even an Internet meme. What ever it is, the words touch you in a way that grabs hold of your mind and you need to know more.
Thankfully in today’s world your only a little search tool away from looking into the Library of Alexandria and discovering more. That happened to me tonight.
While watching a rebroadcast of Inspector Lewis, one of the characters recites a line from a P.B. Shelled poem “And the moonbeams kiss the sea“. There was something magical in that phrase and I felt drawn to finding where it comes from.
It wasn’t hard to find. And I’m glad I made the effort. It’s that last paragraph that truly touched my soul.
P. B. Shelley
The fountains mingle with the river
And the rivers with the ocean,
The winds of heaven mix for ever
With a sweet emotion;
Nothing in the world is single,
All things by a law divine
In one another’s being mingle—
Why not I with thine?
See the mountains kiss high heaven,
And the waves clasp one another;
No sister-flower would be forgiven
If it disdain’d its brother;
And the sunlight clasps the earth,
And the moonbeams kiss the sea—
What are all these kissings worth,
If thou kiss not me?
Tonight on NBC Nightly News, they shared a story about prescription drug prices and the fight between insurance companies and pharmaceutical corporations to cut costs for prescriptions. As the pharmaceutical industry increases prices on drugs people need to survive, everyone is trying to find ways to save money, including Insurance companies.
Congress can act like they’re offended and concerned about the greed being shown by pharmaceuticals. But let’s face it, IF they do anything about it, it won’t help us afford our necessary medications for several years to come. Those average citizens who have a terminal disease can literally be put in the position of choosing life or death because they can’t afford their prescriptions. Those people who have a disease that can be managed, like diabetes, may also be forced into that same position because of the cost of their maintenance drugs.
Now the insurance companies are making a case that they’re trying to “help” us average citizens by forcing the pharmaceutical industry to lower its prices on commonly used medications. Ok, I can understand the concept. If you want to force any industry into lowering its prices, hit them where it hurts most, in their bottom line. But at the same time, you know the insurance companies are doing the same thing to customers that big pharma is doing. Continue reading →
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