Too Cute Tuesday: Salt Water Taffy

Too Cute Tuesday: Salt Water Taffy

Too Cute Tuesday is a weekly event involving a craft, a cocktail, and friends. To learn more check us out on Facebook or see the TCT posts at www.toocutetuesday.com.
This past Sunday was Maine Maple Sunday and while sap production is lower this year than was expected (something to do with the relatively warmer weather we've been having), we are not letting that get us down at Too Cute Tuesday!
We decided to make maple flavored salt water taffy because it was easy and it involved sugar, two factors we often consider with crafting.
Armed with buttery scissors, I am up to evil candy cutting.

Dorrie deals with our mass of taffy, with buttered hands and a tolerance for heat. Now that's taking one for the team!
Ingredients:
2 cups white granulated sugar
1 cup light corn syrup
1-1/2 teaspoons salt
2 tablespoons butter
1-1/2 cups water
1/4 teaspoon flavored oil
7 drops food coloring
maple syrup or other flavoring
food coloring (optional- we didn't use it)

candy thermometer
sauce pan
cookie sheet
plastic wrap or wax paper
scissors
extra butter
Cocktail of the Night: Triple Phat Limeaid (two parts lime juice, 1 oz citrus vodka, 1 oz cognac, 1 oz orange liqueur. Shake and pour.)
If you need more detailed directions, check out eHow. Otherwise, we'll take you through our process below:
1. Gather sugar, syrup, salt, and water. Dump in saucepan. Heat and stir until sugar is dissolved. Heat mixture slowly to 260ish degrees F. (Mental note: You might want to actually get a candy thermometer to do this. Ours only went up to 220. D'oh!) Candy will be at the hard ball stage, which means you can put a bit of mixture in a cup of cold water and it makes , you guessed it, a hard ball. Stir in maple syrup (or any flavor and coloring you are using).

Marketing Monday: Making Friends In A New Place

Marketing Monday: Making Friends In A New Place

Every Monday, I look at a person or company doing something cool online. Got an idea? Let me know about it!

A couple months ago, I noticed Larry Literal on Twitter. He had recently moved here and I saw he started following a bunch of us Twitter users in the Bar Harbor area. I sent in a few questions to see how social media was helping him settle into a new area. Here's what he had to say:

"I moved to Bar Harbor slowly, starting in September of last year. My godson visits quite regularly and always spoke of the area fondly. I'd visited in the past but not very recently. My brother-in-law owned a vacation house in the area and I decided to go along with my godson when he invited me last summer. I had recently retired and had a lot of time on my hands. Shortly after my visit, my brother-in-law was offered early retirement. This meant he would have to sell the vacation home. I decided instead to take over the payments, he'd already paid off half of the house, I'd make the rest of the payments and we would share it. Upon another visit in September I decided to make it my permanent home. I spent the next few months living part time in Maine and New York and I only finally moved all my stuff up here a few weeks ago. My beloved wife had loved the area in her youth. I wanted to retrace her steps and live for myself the memories she had shared with me from her childhood.

Before I moved I used Facebook a bit. I tend to keep to myself and my godson set me up with a Facebook account and then my Twitter account to make sure I would keep in touch with everyone. Bar Harbor is very quiet in the winter and I love that about the area.

Fun Friday: The New Dog

Fun Friday: The New Dog

I write about whatever I want on Friday, because it's fun. And I can.

I thought I'd take some time to answer a few FAQs about my new addition. Gidget became my dog at about 11 pm on Wednesday night when she, over the course of half an hour, crawled out of her airline crate and accepted a Greenie from me. Here's more about the whole scenario.

Gidget will lay right down if you start patting her, even in the middle of a sidewalk.

Why Gidget?
Gidget was originally named Corky on the website she was listed on. When I asked the animal shelter director if she'd mind if I changed her name, she didn't skip a beat. "I mean Corky the Corgi? Were we even trying that day?!?" And everyone I met agreed that this name could not stay, which only reaffirmed what I was going to do anyway.

This Week In Business: Distracted By The New Dog Edition

This Week In Business: Distracted By The New Dog Edition

This week's biggest news has nothing to do with my business bottom line but will effect things from here on out. Last night at about 11 pm, I got a dog.

Gidget is a 30 pound Corgi mix that'll keep me company while I work, force me to take exercise breaks, and otherwise up my overall quality of life.

Besides getting a dog and probably paying way too much attention to her, here's what's been going on this week:

Gidget, the little dog with big ideas.

I talked someone out of spending a lot of with me.

I usually get a few website inquiries a week and I'm lucky if 10% of them turn into actual sales.

When a woman I volunteered with a few years ago contacted me about a website this past week, I would have really loved to have done the work, especially when she said she definitely wanted to hire me (Awww).

Too Cute Tuesday: Parachute Toys

Too Cute Tuesday: Parachute Toys

Too Cute Tuesday involves a craft, a cocktail, and friends. It's different every week which means no one is the crafting star and we always get to try something new. To see more posts, check out www.toocutetuesday.com (it's just a link the 'too cute tuesday' posts on this blog) or check out www.facebook.com/toocutetuesday.

Here at Too Cute Tuesday, we look for inspiration everywhere. When I saw this on the Readymade website, I thought it looked fun and relatively simple, not to mention gave a way to use not-so-rockin scarves in a second life.

Add some friends, ditch the sewing machine, and you've got yourself a fairly relaxing evening... well, until the last step anyway.

Materials
Silk scarves (think the old granny kind) or fabric
Plain white fabric
Markers
Needle and thread
Poly-fil
Scissors
Washers or pieces of miscellaneous hardware that'll add weight to your parachute dude/lady

Cocktail of the Night: Modified Dogsled (2 oz. whiskey, 1 tsp grenadine, 1 tbsp. lemon/lime juice mixture, fill with lemonade)

Dan Dan the Lobsterman sews for the second time in his life. Even a star chef/master of the high seas is clueless on attaching the parachute guy/gal to the parachute.

Note: If you want actually detailed, useful directions, check out the original post here.

1. Attempt to print pdf of the instructions only to find your printer needs new cartridges. Try to fool your printer by taking out your existing cartridges and just sticking them back in. Apparently your printer is too smart for this. We're reading off the screen tonight I guess!