I know what I want my 2017 self investment to be in-learning to create the vision and then photograph lovely food art. My pictures do not do things justice. At the 2016 MN Blogger's conference, there was a session on food photography but it was so packed there wasn't even floor sitting or standing room only space. i was pretty surprised it wasn't offered again, and will suggest for next year. there must be some layman's class though that would help me out. regardless, I'll keep snapping pictures to illustrate things my words may not be able to convey, but these pictures do not do justice to the tastes behind the photo.
Candy making is a big part of Christmas celebrations in the mid west. Fudge, truffles, caramels, toffee's and peanut brittle are being made by the batch full to give away as gifts and adorn holiday desert buffets. Candy also goes on sale at ridiculously low prices compared to the rest of the year, making it easy to grab an extra box or two as filler gifts, or as I like to use them, to accompany gift cards for coffee. Is it just me, or having a really good piece of chocolate with a cup of fresh brewed coffee with a splash of cream, one of the most decadent treats imaginable. Just me? fair enough. On my list for post Christmas sales is to pick up food safe gift boxes and treat trays. I'll still grab boxed candy for certain gifts, choir directors and violin teachers, and other gifts that need to be able to outlive a shelf life of home made goodies. For family and friends, homemade treats are perfect thank you's. If lucky, I can find season neutral versions in just solid colors. The treat box on top is four pieces of fudge in a cute green Swiss dotted box, a gift from a coworker.
The economics of home made treats make giving treats for your kitchen a win. This batch of Mounds, with sale priced ingredients came in at under $1.45 a dozen. I've seen similar products in chocolate stores sell for close to $2.00 a piece, or more, and slabs of fudge selling for $15.00 per pound. My coworker put her recipe inside a card along with the fudge for a special touch. Made or bought, I appreciate the indulgence. I just wish my camera would appreciate the view more.
|Still not there for presentation, but my homemade Mounds candy.|
|A gifting stand by, under $5.00 a box right now-everywhere.|