What’s Your Dish? Teri Harrison

My grandmother kept a silver candy dish on her living room coffee table as long as I can remember. I also remember me and my two brothers and sister making a bee-line to the dish upon our arrival. Lifting the lid off we would find one of many beloved favorites..would it be bridge mix? jelly beans? butter mints? or jelly candies? Whatever the treat, my mom would be guaranteed to hear our shouts.

“Can we have one?! Can we have two!?”

There is no doubt the sweets were a draw for 4 young grandchildren, but as an adult, the sweets are a symbol of all the goodness of my grandparents’ home. The basement with the narrow wooden stairs that led to a world of treasures, a closet full of games and puzzles, a kitchen that never left us wanting, and a yard perfect for summertime lemonade stands, those were the real treats inside the “candy jar”.

And so, this is how my blog begins. Sharing and celebrating life’s sweetness with our family and friends. I would love to hear your “candy dish” stories. Email me with yours and we will post and share. Click on Candy Dish above to read the beginnings of our collection of stories. Please join me!

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Teri

Orange Slice Cookie Recipe #2

Another recipe to try. This is more similar to the texture of a chocolate chip cookie- never turned one of those down either! Try the different options to suit your tastes.

Ingredients:
2 sticks butter, softened
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups flour
1/4 tsp salt
1 package candy orange slices
1 cup pecans, walnuts or macadamia nuts(optional)
2 cups rolled oats
1 cup sweetened coconut flakes (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In large mixing bowl, beat butter, sugars. Add eggs and vanilla and beat until well combined.
In separate bowl, combine flour, salt and baking soda. Add to the butter mixture.

Cut up the orange candies. If you toss them with a little flour, they won’t all stick together.
Add the candies and nuts, oats and coconut and combine well.

Roll into balls and space 2″ apart on cookie sheet.
Bake 12-20 minutes depending on desired crispness.

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Orange Slice Cookie Recipe #1

The blog would not be complete without a few recipes for Orange Slice cookies. These are favorite of kids and adults alike. A taste of nostalgia for some and pure sweetness for all!

Ingredients:
1 cup sugar
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 cup shortening
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
2 cups quick cooking oats
2 cups orange fruit candies
(this is a fairly large recipe, so if you don’t want as many cookies, half!)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a large mixing bowl, cream the sugars and shortening until fluffy. Add the eggs and vanilla and beat well. Stir the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt together. Mix into the creamed mixture.

Stir in the oats and the candies. You will want to snip the orange slices before mixing. Best to dip a pair of kitchen shears into a glass of hot water to make it easier. Roll cookies into balls and place on greased cookie sheets.

Bakes at 350 for 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove, cook and enjoy!

Orange Slice Cookie Recipe

What’s Your Dish? Katie VanBrackle

What’s Your Dish Story -Contributed by Katie VanBrackle

It’s funny the things a child remembers about their grandparents’ home, but my grandmother’s candy dish always help a particular fascination for me as well. It was a pretty, crystal dish full of unwrapped hard candies—like peppermints, only instead of only red stripes, some had yellow, some had green, etc. I don’t remember any blue ones, but purple was definitely in there somewhere. The yellows were my favorites.

The problem with unwrapped candies, especially in hot and humid South Georgia, is they tend to clump together, so when my brother and I tried to select one, the whole bunch came up with it. Then we had to bang the lump on the side of the dish until we managed to chisel out the color we liked best. It was a bit of a challenge and rather noisy. Come to think of it, perhaps my grandmother intentionally used unwrapped candies in order to make it more difficult for the grandkids to sneak a piece unobserved. She needn’t have bothered. If we really wanted candy, all we had to do was find Granddaddy. He was a banker and always kept his suit pockets full of those little thin “bank suckers” that the tellers hand out to children. He would wink and slip us one behind his back.

Today, that crystal candy dish is still in use in my own home. It sits in our living room just as it once did in my grandparents’ home—-on top of the piano where my mother and her sisters took music lessons in the 1950’s, where I took lessons in the 1980’s, and now in 2013, where my youngest son is learning to tinker away on the keys.
Through the generations, it has been filled with various treats, has suffered through many poorly played piano concertos, and has been lovingly handled by many sticky-fingered children seeking a bit of sugar. How it has survived through the years unbroken is a minor miracle.

Today, I keep shiny, golden toffee candies in it——firmly wrapped and easy to sneak. I smile when I see it, imagining how many more generations of our family will seek its treasures in years to come.

Katie

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