Tuesday, November 24, 2015

The Caramel Theory

Thanksgiving is here, and we are going to Georgia. I'll be happy to see family, but it won't be the same. There is no home to go home to. I don't have a kitchen to cook in. Even though I cooked very little, I still liked to be able to if I wanted.

I'm fighting the dreaded malady of depression. It's a constant battle, but I can put on my happy face and no one will know. It's what I do best. 

My daughter, her husband and the baby are coming and we are staying in our pastor's and wife's home.  They offered. I'm not complaining.  It's just not home.  The kids are sad because this is their first Christmas since the sale of our home, their childhood home.  I wonder if they will ride by or if it will make them sadder. 

This time of year, I crave my mama's cooking and that includes chocolate pie, banana pudding, carrot cake, pound cake and German chocolate cake.  Yes, we all like something different and she accommodated.

I met a lady Saturday at the Holiday Bazaar who does a whole lot of baking. 

She had such a pretty presentation. Yelp, FREE and yuuuuumy!

The salted caramel was divine.  I didn't want to be like the ladies in the supermarket standing in line to sample the product.  

These young girls are making a living the smart way, though probably not the easiest.  At least we know that homemade will never go out of season. 

by Jessica Renaud
My theory is simple - The best way to create rich, creamy, flavorful caramels is by combining high quality, local, and organic ingredients. 

The Caramel Theory was created in the wee hours of the morning by owner Jessica. Always one to make things from scratch, caramel was no exception. Her holiday gifts of homemade caramel were so enjoyed by friends and family that Jessica decided to make them available to the public, and The Caramel Theory was born. 

Each recipe is thoughtfully created to bring out the natural flavors of each ingredient. The sugar is slowly caramelized until a rich, copper color has been achieved. Other local and organic ingredients are then added to create each unique flavor. The Caramel Theory caramels are corn syrup-free and made with no artificial flavors creating a clean, authentic caramel taste unlike the rest! 

When Jessica is not selling her caramel at local craft fairs and farmer's markets, she works full-time as a pediatric nurse. But she is never too far from the kitchen. 

Visit Jessica on line at www.TheCaramelTheory.com.

Are you baking this Thanksgiving?  Have a Happy one and enjoy your loved ones. 



  1. So sad you don't have a home to go home too. That must be a hard transition, especially at Thanksgiving time. I left you a response on my blog after your comment. Not sure if you planned to go back and see my response, but I do like to say something back to those who are so kind to leave a comment. It had to do with home and parsonages.
    I pray this will be a good Thanksgiving, and all of us have to put on our "happy face" from time to time. Sending hugs.

  2. Change is tough. I pray you will soon feel Home in your new location. New memories are constantly made...hold them close :)
    Praying for you!
    Happy Happy Thanksgiving!!

  3. May God richly bless you and your family and friends as you gather to count your blessings this Thanksgiving.

  4. Happy Thanksgiving friend...I haven't been home in years and have learned to make our own traditions and Liam is happy, so that is all I care about...it will be alright Bonnie...I just know it will be. Safe travels, friend. Blessings

  5. Bonnie, remember, Thanksgiving is family! Could you possibly make one of your favorite foods at the Pastor's house? I'm sure they wouldn't mind, and you can share your story about it.

  6. I pray that you all will enjoy your Thanksgiving enjoying the memories of years past! I know you will love being back in Georgia, even though a little sad! Sending HUGS and PRAYERS your way dear friend!

  7. Bonnie, I'll be thinking of you. I drove by my mother's old house...the house I used to almost hate...I drove by and looked at the old place ..in my heart, I would love to go back to that house if we could all be there. We never had much there...but we had love. My parents have passed on and two of my brothers. It was never the food, or what we wore, it was the love ...that made it our home. Blessings to you sweet girl, xoxo,Susie

  8. I lived in NY all my life and we moved tot he mid-west, it is so difficult to visit my old house and see all of my friends. It has been 20 years since I left.

  9. I do understand...and I have you in my prayers! Holidays can be difficult, to say the least, and yet wonderful too.
    Take good care!



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