But a broken spirit dries the bones.
Old Fashioned Butterscotch
2 cups sugar
1/4 cup light corn syrup
1/2 cup butter
2 Tablespoons water
2 Tablespoons white vinegar
Combine all the ingredients in a heavy saucepan and cook until on a high temperature until sugar dissolves and it begins to boil. Reduce heat to medium and continue to allow it to lightly boil. It will bubble constantly, so you need to use a heat resistant rubber spatula to scrape the sides so sugar crystals don’t form.
For stirring candy, I like to hold the edge of the pan with a pot holder, scrape the side of the pan, working my way around once or twice, then stir the mixture in a figure eight pattern. Candy making takes patience and a lot of stirring. I don’t recommend trying to read, but maybe listening to music or a book on tape would be nice.
Cook until hard crack stage, which is 300-310degrees. If you like a thermometer, fine, use it. I love the water test. You keep a little bowl of cold water on the stove. When you think your syrup is ready, drop a small amount from a teaspoon into the water. If it hardens in the water and makes a little crack (for those of you from ND think of the sound the ice makes when you are ice-fishing, but on a much quieter scale.) If you are unsure, test a few times to make sure you hear the noise and see the threads.
Carefully pour the butterscotch into a cake pan. The bigger the cake pan, the thinner the candy will be. I use a 10×14, because I have a great aluminum one that I don’t have to butter, just pour the candy in. I don’t spread to the edge of the pan, because I need room to work.
As it is cooling, use a knife or pizza cutter to score it. If the lines go away too soon, it isn’t cool enough. Sometimes I just leave it and break it up, but then it gets kinda’ jaggedy.
Here is a great tutorial on learning the stages of candy. Knowing this will make your life so much easier, although you might end up eating way too much corn syrup!
How could John the Baptist feel the need to say this? He is never recorded to have failed or denied the Lord. He followed Him, giving up his job, His home stability, traveling all over and preaching about the Savior.
It isn’t recorded that he struggled with priorities. It isn’t recorded that he struggled with the financial loss of a full time career. It isn’t recorded that he felt the believers weren’t taking good care of him when his camel’s hair clothing and sandals were getting tattered. He never fussed about eating locusts in the wilderness.
Yet, this godly man, the forerunner of the Savior, felt the need to think MORE about Jesus and LESS about Himself.
What does that speak about OUR hearts?
When we go through a trial, health, financial, friendship, we can dwell on and relive each trauma over and over, but we’re only increasing ourselves. If we read the verses that are appropriate for the situation, pray and praise the Lord for His promises, we’re making Him increase.
The emphasis on ourselves is depressing. The focus on Him is encouraging.
The focus on our problems is overwhelming. The focus on His solution is deliverance.
Instead of thinking about a lack of money, rejoice in His promise to provide.
When physical sufferings overwhelm, turn your pain to praise, knowing those that suffer with Him will be glorified with Him.
We can even focus on our gifts, instead of the Giver of the gifts.
We can be so enamored with our blessings, and not truly worship the One who daily blesses us.
In good things and in hard things, we need to focus on Him.
O soul, are you weary and troubled?
He must increase.