Welcome Five days until Christmas and our last two blog posts in the Twelve Days of Christmas series…are you ready for some Christmas Turtle Candy today? Thanks for sharing your holiday season with me.
Food For Thought I love history. In fact, I have a secondary degree in history and if I had finished my certification requirements I could have taught this subject in addition to, or instead of, special education or kindergarten. I think that interest in history made the idea of researching the meaning behind The Twelve Days of Christmas carol more intriguing to me. There is some history behind our two turtle doves today. The two turtle doves symbol actually predates Christianity. This symbols has been found on ancient coins, statues, and catacombs. It is thought to represent enduring, ever-lasting love, as turtle doves are known to mate for life and exhibit affectionate behaviors toward their mate. They have long been known for their peaceful and gentle nature, which explains why doves are often shown as a symbol of peace. So today, I want to talk about peace.
Peace is something I pray for a lot. Yes “world peace” may be part of those prayers, but to be honest, I pray for personal peace a lot more. As I wrestle with my own guilt, frustrations, and personal demons, I’ve been asking God to grant me peace. It wasn’t until this past year that I realized God will answer that prayer for me. Wow! I could have been praying for that all along! It’s taken 39 years of life for me to learn the lesson that God will bear my burdens for me. He will wrap his comforting arms around me and wipe away my tears. But He wants me to ask Him for this peace. As my favorite Mercy Me song says, “I know the sorrow, I know the hurt, would all go away, if You’d just say the word.” But if I don’t ask Him for that peace, I have not shown Him that I completely trust Him to be my peace provider. It just so happens that my morning devotional yesterday was focused on peace. It talked about how we the people are very interested in acquiring peace, looking for it everywhere from insurance policies to retirement plans, but we rarely look to God to provide us our peace. Probably the most key line in the devotional, outside of scripture, was “God’s peace comes only through Christ–and it’s free for all of us!” What a gift for us this holiday season!
Today’s Scriptures Having God’s peace through Jesus Christ is an amazing acquisition! I hope that you, too, can find God’s peace, starting with these few verses here.
John 14:27 “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”
Romans 8:6 “The mind of sinful man is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace.”
Colossians 3:15 “Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.”
2 Thessalonians 3:16 “Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you.”
Note References from the devotional on peace are used by permission from Where God Leads, I Will Follow Journal, published by Barbour Publishing, Inc., copyright 2014.
Today’s Recipe Throughout this Christmas season I have referenced my love for holiday treat making and baking. This can be anything from cookies and candies to cakes and hot chocolates. So we’re going to have some Christmas Turtle Candy today. Today’s recipe is about the third variation I have come up with, but it’s the easiest. You might even call it “lazy turtles!” Who couldn’t use another #easyholidayhome treat to make?
Christmas Turtle Candy (makes a lot!)
- 4 cups pecan halves
- 2 sticks butter
- 1 cup brown sugar, packed
- 1/4 cup heavy cream
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 1 12-oz pkg semi-sweet chocolate chips
- holiday sprinkles
- In medium saucepan, melt one stick of butter and brown sugar over medium heat, stirring until well combined. Add cream and continue to cook until thick and bubbly, stirring constantly.When sauce has thickened, remove from heat and add vanilla, stirring well.Line a baking sheet with wax paper. Spread pecans out evenly across sheet. Pour caramel sauce over entire pan, as evenly as possible. Pat down pecans with back of spoon to set. Place in refrigerator for 10-15 minutes.While caramel layer is setting, melt remaining stick of butter and chocolate in saucepan (you can use the same pan from the caramel.) Stir the chocolate well until butter has melted through and the chocolate is very glossy. Remove from heat. Take pan of pecans from refrigerator and pour chocolate mixture over entire pan, spreading with spoon or spatula. Sprinkle with candies as desired. Place in refrigerator for 1-2 hours until set.When candy has set, remove from refrigerator and cut or break into pieces. I like to keep mine stored in a covered container in the refrigerator when not being served so that the heat from the kitchen doesn’t melt the candy. It’s super sweet and sticky, but super yummy and festive, too!
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