Thank you for letting me close out the Great Soup Round-up by sharing my special recipe with you.
— Jodi Thomas
Aunt Dixie’s Divinity
Put in a quart size pan—works best in heavy pan, medium heat:
2 cups sugar
½ cup water
Dash of salt
Bring to a boil—should be rolling boil but not a crazy boil that climbs up the sides of the pan are you’ll have a mess.
Boil stirring most of the time and watching ALL the time for about 6 to 8 minutes until the mixture will go soft ball stage. (That means when you drop a drop of it in a small bowl of cold water, you can push it around with your finger and make a sloppy ball.) Once that happens I usually let it boil for another minute just to make sure it’s ready.
Next: Pour over marshmallow cream from a small jar 8 ounces, and start to mix on low for about 30 seconds, then kick it up to high for about 4-6 minutes. Sometime during this add 1 teaspoon of vanilla.
Stop mixing when it starts to thicken, losses its shine, or the ripples the mixer makes stay up for three seconds.
Add a cup of chopped nuts and make a few more rounds with the mixer
Wait and add a nut on top of each piece. May also add a cherry on top if you don’t like nuts.
Late: Using two spoons drop candy on waxed paper.
If the first few drops go flat, slow down a bit and give the candy time to cool a minute. Once the candy looks right coming of the spoon, move fast.
This makes about three dozen candies. The first few will be flat, but they still taste just as good. The last few may be stiff so eat them first. If you decide to put the nut or cherry on top be sure to dry the cherries on a paper towel first and put them on as soon as you drop all the candy.
Never double the recipe. It won’t turn out.
Love you, kid, and remember, divinity is like birthdays, not everyone turns out perfect.
Aunt Dixie Kirkland
What Kids Learn from Cooking —
Found in an old cookbook, source unknown.
Addition: How many ingredients in all? How many minutes longer will the cornbread be in the oven?
Subtraction: Count the eggs in the carton, and have them count out the number needed for the recipe. How many eggs are left in the box?
Multiplication and division: If I cut this plan of cake into four squares across and five down, how many squares will I have in all? If everyone gets two slices of cake, how many people will this pan feed?
Geometry: Circular pans, square and rectangle pans.
Reading: Have them read the recipe to you. Teaches new words and how to follow directions.
Telling time: The cake needs to bake 30 minutes. It’s 3 o’clock. When will the cake be ready?
Science: The three forms of matter … solid (flour, sugar), liquid (water, milk), gas (steam from the heat of the oven), as well as simple machines, levers and planes, and countless other science experiments. Coming to mind to me is buttermilk and baking soda.
READ PINK — October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Each day we fight on, we’re one more day closer to the cure.
In wars heroes are born who give us all hope, and in this fight against cancer the same is true. As we move into Breast Cancer Awareness Month, I hope all will join me in not only helping others but in supporting the battles today and those to come. Each army begins with one, and I pray for and look forward to the day when we win the war and Breast Cancer is only a memory.
In loving memory of my mother, I am happy to support READ PINK. Jodi Thomas
Penguin will reprint special editions, including WELCOME TO HARMONY, featuring READ PINK seals on their covers. When you see READ PINK, buy
books and join us in the fight—Jodi
My new release Somewhere Along the Way is available for preorder now at Somewhere Along the Way