Caramel Apples

One of my favorite traditions for Christmas is making caramel apples. They are quite the process but oh so worth it! From the buttery caramel to the creative decorating I love every step, mostly! For the complete recipe click here.

Step 1 Wash the apples and insert wooden stick.
If the apples are not washed, the wax will cause the caramel not to stick

Step 2 Make caramel sauce
The caramel must get hot enough to make it to the firm ball stage. If it isn't hot enough the caramel will not harden.

Step 3 Dip apples into caramel
Allow the caramel to drip off of the apple a little  and begin to harden before placing apples on parchment paper or too much caramel slide off of the apple.

Step 4 Prepare Chocolate
Only prepare as much as you can use while it is still warm or the chocolate will harden quickly in the bowl.

Step 5 Apply the chocolate to the apple.
This can be done by swirling or dipping

Step 6 Coat the apple in a topping
This could be, Reeses, Butterfingers, Oreos, Nuts, Nutterbutters, Coconut, graham cracker, toffee bits or anything else sweet.

Step 7 Place the apple lovingly in a cellophane bag and tie with a ribbon.

Step 8 Give as a gift.
Watch as their eyes grow big and their mouths begin to drool.

Step 9 Rest! Well done!

Apples taught me a great trust lesson.
When making these caramel apples we must follow the recipe to ensure the best results. As Christians we must follow the recipe for life that God has given us.  Sometimes we don't understand the steps or why we have to follow them, but just like the recipe there are reasons why things must be done. The process can be as important as the finished result!

Trust that His steps are right.
Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge. Psalm 62:8

Trust that He will lead and guide us.
God, teach me lessons for living so I can stay the course.
Give me insight so I can do what you tell me— my whole life one long, obedient response. Psalm 119:33-34 Message

Trust that He knows what the outcome will be.
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

Father, some days I just don't understand the why and how of life.  I am frustrated by the things that happen and the hurt that occurs.  I am trusting that your steps are right, that you will lead and guide us and that you know the outcome. Please remind me of this when I am weary.. 

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