Buckeyes are always a big hit at our house during the Christmas season!
As you all know by now, I don’t get to see my sister as much as I would like to, but we text, email, talk and there’s always that time when she called me at a weird not-her-usual-two-hour-time-difference time and I grabbed the phone and said, “What’s wrong?” Then she said, “OMG – Can you believe what _____________ put on Facebook? I mean, really, talking about airing your dirty laundry. I’m gonna have to block them.” Or did I say that? Either way, it’s a sister thing.
The other day we were texting (my very favorite form of communication) and I asked Melinda to share her most requested Christmas candy recipe. You know that one that’s always a given and the kids and hubby go ballistic if it’s accidentally left off the repertoire. She told me that her Buckeyes were always a big hit at her house. So I told her to send me the recipe.
Before I share Melinda’s recipe, I’ll tell you a little bit more about her. You’ve met her several times through my stories, including here and here. She hasn’t always lived in Colorado and approximately 1,400 miles from me. She actually met her future husband when she was living in Atlanta. She moved to Atlanta from south Georgia (yes, that is a place) after I had actually lived in Atlanta for a couple of years, got married and moved away. When she got engaged, we all thought she would live in Georgia forever.
Until her husband decided he wanted to return to the place from whence he came – Colorado. I’m still not speaking to him for taking my sister away from me. Just kidding. Actually we have a joke that I’m his “sister wife” because it seems like every time someone whips out their camera, we are always seated beside each other and Melinda is nowhere to be found. Love ya, Tim!
My sister started a babysitting service when she was a mere girl of 11! She soon became known as the best babysitter in town and was booked solid. She babysat just about every kid in our subdivision and during the summer months she had a full time job keeping the kids that lived to the left of us. When they outgrew the need for a babysitter, she watched the kids to the right of us. All of those kids are now grown with children of their own. We can’t be that old!
By now you are asking, “What about you?” No. I actually didn’t like kids and (at the time) was going to be a career woman and live in a loft in NYC and never have kids (wow, such “lofty” dreams). And during the summer all I worked on was my tan.
One time my sister found herself double booked for a babysitting job. She cajoled, nagged, begged, bargained and threatened my very life until I gave in and babysat for her. The kids were fine but it just wasn’t my cup of tea.
During that time, we began to discuss a joint venture into entrepreneurship where we would buy an old house in town, refurbish it (An Alli and Melinda Event?) and start a child care business. She would be in charge of the child care part (Hallelujah) and I would run the business side of it. We wrote out a business plan and had it all mapped out. Alas, we eventually graduated high school and our plans fell by the wayside.
Just so you don’t think that I still dislike kids, I eventually ended up with five and she has two. Who’s laughing now?
Here’s Melinda’s Buckeyes Candy recipe. Hope you enjoy it!
- ½ cup butter
- 1 lb. powdered sugar
- 1-1/4 cups peanut butter
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- ¼ block paraffin
- 8 oz. chocolate chips
- Note: If you don't want to use the paraffin, you can replace it and the chocolate chips with 8 oz. chocolate candy coating such as Candiquik.
- Mix butter, powdered sugar, peanut butter and vanilla until smooth.
- Form into 1" balls and place on a cookie sheet. Chill balls for about 15 minutes.
- Melt paraffin and chocolate chips together (or skip this step if you are using chocolate candy coating such as Candiquik and melt the chocolate coating according to the instructions on the package.)
- Stick a toothpick into a ball and dip into chocolate mixture, coating about ¾ of the ball. Place on wax paper until firm.
- These can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to two weeks. Let sit at room temperature for about 15 minutes before eating.