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Buttermilk Pecan Caramels








Buttermilk Pecan Caramels


  • 1 cup coarsely chopped toasted pecans
  • 3/4 cup Darigold buttermilk
  • 3/4 cups Darigold heavy cream
  • 1-1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) Darigold butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon orange or vanilla extract



Line an 8-inch-square metal baking pan with aluminum foil; spray bottom and sides of foil with non-stick cooking spray. Spread pecans evenly over bottom of foil-lined pan; place pan on heat-proof surface and set aside. Combine buttermilk and cream in a measuring cup. Pour 3/4 cup of cream mixture into a heavy 5-quart saucepan, along with sugars, corn syrup, butter and salt; cook over medium heat, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon until sugar is completely dissolved (about 8 to 10 minutes). Stir in remaining cream mixture and cook, stirring constantly (about 15 to 17 minutes) until a candy thermometer registers 250°F. (firmball stage). Remove pan from heat and stir in extract. Immediately pour caramel over pecans; score top of caramel when partially cool (9 across by 6 down), making 54 pieces. Cool completely until firm. Grab edges of foil and lift caramel from pan. Cut caramel along score marks with a sharp, lightly oiled knife. Candy pieces will be approximately 1-1/2 X 1-inch. Wrap individual pieces in 3 x 3-inch squares of waxed paper or purchased candy wrappers, or layer between sheets of wax paper and place in an airtight container. Keep caramels at cool room temperature. May be made up to 2 weeks ahead.

Makes 54 pieces.


Milk Carton Planter

What you need:

  1. Darigold Half Gallon Container
  2. White paper
  3. Tape
  4. Hot Glue
  5. Fabric or material – we used burlap
  6. Flowers or other type of plant – 3 – 3.5 inches wide is best
  7. moss

Start with a Darigold Half Gallon Carton. This could be Regular Milk, Lactose Free Milk, Heavy Cream or Half & Half.

Cut the top off however tall you want the planter to be. It would be fun to make a variety of sizes for display.

Cover the remaining carton with white paper so the color does not show through. We found tape to be the easiest way to attach the paper.

Select a fabric or material that matches the room you want to use the planter in as well as the type of flower you want to plant. We selected burlap. Cut the fabric into strips that are 1-2 inches thick. Using a hot glue gun, wrap the material around the rectangle vase, starting at the bottom. Not every piece of the material needs to be glued down, but use  a line of glue around each corner. Wrap the carton until you reach the top.

Select a plant that fits into the carton. Add filling (such as crumpled wax paper) to the bottom of the carton if you want the plant to sit up taller.

Top it off with moss.

And that’s it! You have a beautiful new recycled milk carton planter!

Thanks Family Chic from Camilla Fabbri for the inspiring idea!

Resource: http://cfabbridesigns.com/holidays/easter/milk-carton-planter/#.UXBvvUq8EYI

Dairy Bank
This is a great craft for giving kids a place to save their allowance money up for a special treat. You can also use it as a fun container for small toys or other treasured items.

What you need:
1. Darigold sour cream or cottage cheese container
2. Spray Paint
3. X-acto knife
4. Decorations: sparkles, ribbon, gems, paint pens

Lay out newspaper on the ground outside
Use the x-acto knife to cut an opening in the top big enough to slide coins into.
Spray the outside of the container, so that all visible areas are covered with an even layer. Allow time to dry. Spray a second layer of paint and dry.
Decorate as desired.

Thanks Free Kids Crafts.com for the inspiring idea!
Resource: http://www.freekidscrafts.com/tzedakah_box-e163.html

Creamer container used for home-made laundry detergent

Here’s a great way to reuse your creamer bottles!

What you need:

  1. Cotton ball
  2. Nail polish remover
  3. Scissors
  4. Permanent Marker / Paint Marker
  5. Decorations: string, buttons, glitter glue or any other ways to decorate
  6. Home-made laundry detergent
  7. Funnel

Rinse out the empty creamer bottle.

Use the cotton ball and nail polish remover to remove the plant code and expiration date from the bottle.

Use the scissors to cut the label off from the outside.

Decorate the bottle as desired and label with the marker.

Use a funnel to fill the bottle with your home-made laundry detergent.

There are many blogs and other resources out there on how to make home-made laundry detergent. Here are a few that we found:

Thanks Sweet Pennies from Heaven for the inspiring idea!

Resource: http://sweetpenniesfromheaven.com/13-perfectly-useful-ways-to-reuse-coffee-creamer-bottles/#l5d7zsWJcP9VKJv4.32


Sock Monkeys are all the rage and extremely adorable, but how about a SOCK COW?


  • pair of womens socks with contrasting toe/heel and (hopefully) cuff.
  • small amount of yarn
  • stuffing
  • buttons for eyes
  • sewing supplies

For complete instructions, visit http://craft-with-confidence.blogspot.com/2010/12/sock-cow-tutorial.html

Have fun!


A great way to make sure your kids are eating healthy at school is to pack their lunch. Make it fun! Try a themed lunch like this cow themed bento box!

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