During this season, we are featuring holiday memories from some of our staff women and pastor’s wives, along with their favorite recipes. Enjoy!

Like most children, my favorite childhood memories are those of Christmas.  It seems like the world slows down for a few days and family gathers, and memories are made.  My grandmother made the BEST divinity and fudge.  I don’t know how she did it, but it would melt in your mouth.  Old Grandma, (which became her beloved name after Joshua was born) went to her heavenly home this year, so hopefully my mom will perfect the divinity and fudge this Christmas. J

My prayer for each of us as the holidays approach is that we will love and embrace the season.  That we will enjoy the laughter in our homes, the memories being made, and the incredible Gift of Christ our Lord!

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Old Grandma’s Divinity –  Straight from the Better Homes and Garden Cookbook

2 ½ cups sugar
½ cup light corn syrup
2 egg whites
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 or 2 drops food coloring (optional)
½ cup chopped candied fruit or nuts (grandma always put in walnuts)

In a heavy 2-quart saucepan mix sugar, corn syrup, and ½ cup water. Cook and stir over medium-high heat to boiling. Clip candy thermometer to pan. Cook over medium heat, without stirring to 260 degrees, hard-ball stage (10 to 15 minutes). Remove from heat. Remove candy thermometer.

In a large mixing bowl, beat egg whites with a sturdy, freestanding electric mixer on medium speed till stiff peaks form (tips stand straight). Gradually pour hot mixture in a thin stream over whites, beating on high about 3 minutes; scrape bowl. Add vanilla and, if desired, food coloring. Continue beating on high just till candy starts to lose its gloss. When beaters are lifted, mixture should fall in a ribbon that mounds on itself. This final beating should take 5 to 6 minutes.

Drop a spoonful of candy mixture onto waxed paper. If it stays mounded, the mixture has been beaten sufficiently. Immediately stir in fruit or nuts. Quickly drop remaining mixture from a teaspoon onto waxed paper. If mixture flattens out, beat ½ to 1 minute more; check again. If mixture is too stiff to spoon beat in a few drops hot water till candy is a softer consistency. Store tightly covered. Makes about 40 pieces.

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Julie Snellgrove is the Women’s Ministry Coordinator for the three campuses of Harvest Christian Fellowship and wife of Brad, who is the Executive Pastor for HCF. Julie is a gifted teacher of God’s Word and she loves that God is using her to minister to the hearts of women.