SOLD OUT HOLIDAY PRODUCTION

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We’ve sold out our capacity for the 2015 Holiday Season. Any extra caramels will be posted on our Instagram account. Be sure to follow us there for flash sales and other discounts.

The Caramel Jars are sold out again!

We sold out again!!!

The Caramel Baby Turns ONE // Recipe :: Low Sugar Sweet Potato Carrot Cake!

It’s true, my baby is 1. I didn’t cry, whimpered maybe, but leading up to the week, there were real sniffs of oh my gosh, remember when. Remember when he squeaked, remember we brought him home and sang him baby burrito songs so he would sleep, remember when he smiled for the first time, remember when he slept on my chest every night for 5.5 months? The Caramel Baby Turns ONE Now you crawl, stand, cruise, say mama, dada, nenenenene, bababababa and you snuggle up on my chest and look up with so much love in your eyes and it’s perfection in it’s truest form! Currently, we’re playing peek-a-boo with you in your walker, and me at the table, using the laptop. It’s these moments that I need to rush and type this so we can resume our fun games that make you squeal in delight!!!

I’ve chronicled some of our challenges on Instagram.. little sleep, lots of night cluster feedings, zero eating big boy foods and lots of hours, if you tally it … 900 hrs pumping “your milky” over the past year {yup…Medela and I are bff}. With your eating challenges, maybe there’s some actual anatomy issue…ENT will help us unearth one if it exists, or you’re just stubborn and love your milky, which given your parents, this could be true. Or perhaps this is one of many challenges that sets the tone for how we parent. Guiding, encouraging and patient as you learn this world of food that we so love!

Regardless, for your FIRST birthday I made you cake. I knew you wouldn’t eat it…but WE deserved cake. Not just any cake, a cake I hope you learn to love. One created from scratch, with your gentle tummy and young digestion system in mind. And maybe…just maybe parents in mind too….because CREAM CHEESE FROSTING! Recipe after the jump! [Read more...]

Pin it to Win it! {1} Jar of our Salted Caramel Sauce

A little giveaway to celebrate CARAMEL SEASON! Ok, I personally feel like EVERY SINGLE DAY is caramels season, but some strange beings may consider autumn caramel season. So to celebrate with those “strange thinkers…” I’m giving away a jar of our Salted Caramel Sauce!

Salted Caramel Sauce Drizzled over Ice Cream Waffle Cup_Fleur de Sel Caramel SAuce_The caramel Jar

Nice and simple, pin it to win it ladies and gents!

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Valentine’s Day :: i love you jar :: Last Day to Order Feb 2nd 2014!

Nothing says I Love You and hang tight with me forever like a jar of caramels right??

The Caramel Jar_salted caramels_ I love You with Red Twine Mason Jar

The perfect Valentine’s Treat! Salted Caramels with an “i love you” hearts garland

The year we started our business {2010}, we were honestly broke, coming off a pretty tough year {job stuff, personal loss stuff, relocation stuff – just heavy stuff} as a young married couple, but yet, he still splurged and snagged me a box of chocolate covered caramels. THE ENTIRE BOX was my favorite chocolate candy – no need to pop in any other chocolates for me…just caramels and chocolate covered ones {bonus}. This box clearly said,  hello – keeper!

The fact that he splurged, that he refused to eat them b/c he knew how much I loved them, that he didn’t judge that I ate the entire box in days {shhhh} and that he deep down knew that this would make my day after some pretty tough ones. It continued to solidify the fact that he’s the one. My true love. My Valentine.

So splurge a little :: grab an “i love you” jar :: you could be making your sweetheart’s day, week or year!

Order by Feb 2nd for guaranteed delivery by Valentine’s Day!

Until then,

Your Love Happy Chief Caramel Girl

The Caramel Baby :: Ruby Love Baby Book

Have you ever felt like you’re behind the curve? Perhaps everyone else is so prepared and you walked into conference and forgot your pen, paper, name tag, etc. Yeah, so that’s pretty much how pregnancy has gone for me. We’re thrilled we’re expecting. We’re over the moon about this little guy. And I enjoy and don’t take for granted any part of “growing him.” But when it comes to prepping for baby by way of purchasing things, reading books on how-to, or even clearing a space for the kiddo, I’m WAY behind. For instance, we’re due in 2 weeks and the car seat is sitting upstairs, bag isn’t packed for me or him, or husband and we still have zero idea of where our pups are going while I’m in the hospital. NBD.

It’s ok, I feel like what we lack in being prepared we’ll make up in snuggles, kisses and lots of love and laughter as we muddle our way through his first few weeks of life. See, we’re optimists!!!

One “thing” that I realized I didn’t have was his baby book! We were meeting with our Doula and she mentioned, if you have a page from your “baby book” that you want his little paw prints on, you should bring it with you to the hospital. I was like..um. yeah. I’ll get right on that. Baby book. Baby book. How could I forget that! One frantic search later, I came across Ruby Love on Etsy! Hello!

Ruby Love Boys Baby Book_Etsy Shop

Classic baby blue

Here’s a few photos of how fabulous these baby books are! No wonder she’s a selling dynamo on Etsy! Although these are a bit pricey, I think they would make the perfect baby shower gift! It’s truly something that I would feel honored to give, knowing that each page would be filled with memories that this family will hold near and dear to them forever!

Some of my favorite features of the book in photos after the jump! [Read more...]

The Caramel Girl Eats :: Recipe Martha Stewart Chewy Molasses Cookies

As I near the end of my pregnancy journey, I will admit, yes, there have been cravings. There was pie. Oh god, was there pie {French Silk pie…um yeah}. There was salsa, chips, and cheese. The desire for fried chicken, you’d think I lived in the south. I tried to eat healthy, and give my body what it needed to grow this little guy but no one is perfect and I indulged.

Indulgences weren’t too often, nor too much, but there was a night at Red Robin that we just won’t talk about. Let’s just say, my Husband was in shock. lol

One day, I was craving pie and yet I felt like I should diversify my babe’s sweet tooth so that he likes what I like and husband likes…so I made one of my all time favorite recipes Soft & Chewy Molasses Cookies by Martha Stewart.

We devoured the plate of mini cookies in 2 days. No shame.

We devoured the plate of mini cookies in 2 days. No shame.

Friends, let me tell ya, this recipe works every time! Delicious, soft and chewy molasses cookies. Trust me, you’ll feel like you’ve just slid into a pile of gooey molasses heaven! I dare you not to finish these in a day or two. They are THAT GOOD! Give them a try and let me know what you think!

Until next time,

Your Chief Caramel Girl

Chewy Molasses & Spice Cookies
Chewy Molasses Cookies - recipe works each and every time!
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Ingredients
2 cups all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled)
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups sugar
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
1 large egg
1/4 cup molasses
Instructions
Step 1
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. In a shallow bowl, place 1/2 cup sugar; set aside.
Step 2
With an electric mixer, beat butter and remaining cup of sugar until combined. Beat in egg and then molasses until combined. Reduce speed to low; gradually mix in dry ingredients, just until a dough forms.
Step 3
Pinch off and roll dough into balls, each equal to 1 tablespoon. Roll balls in reserved sugar to coat.
Step 4
Arrange balls on baking sheets, about 3 inches apart. Bake, one sheet at a time, until edges of cookies are just firm, 10 to 15 minutes (cookies can be baked two sheets at a time, but they will not crackle uniformly). Cool 1 minute on baking sheets; transfer to racks to cool completely.
Notes
Store in an airtight container up to 4 days.
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Valentine’s Day Sale on our Handmade Caramels & Sauce :: YAY!

Nothing says “i love you” like a sale?? Right? Right?

So here it is ladies and gents…

Use coupon code: Cupid5 for $5 off any purchase of $40 or more in our Etsy shop! Valid through 1/20/14.

Use code: Cupid5 for $5 off your purchase of $40 or more in our Etsy shop!

Use code: Cupid5 for $5 off your purchase of $40 or more in our Etsy shop!

Happy Friday Friends!

Your Chief Caramel Girl

Oh Baby! :: Has never been so relevant…

So here it is…the news that has rocked our world since the end of May. After some trying…freaking out about my age and some help from modern medicine…this Caramel Girl is having a baby! A BABY!!!!

Um, yes, it’s true {words I’ve said to my husband more than once in the last 4 months}. We’ve been debating starting a family for over 9 years. It has been a long journey of dinner time discussions, enjoying our couple life, traveling to exotic locations, playing with our bears {pups} and more deliberation. Do we have what it takes to be amazing parents? Are we ready? Is this the right time? Daycare? Nanny? Stay at home Mommy? Ahem….student loans from {3} private post graduate degrees? What about that dream house? College fund? Hello, this kiddo is gonna be biracial…oh, and um, hi, what about that booming caramel business???

Turns out, we’re in. We’re ready. Let’s do it!

So come 2014, we’re bracing ourselves for a BABY!!!

Nothing like sharing our baby news the old fashioned way!

Nothing like sharing our baby news the old fashioned way!

 

How the heck did we share this incredible news?? We took a more traditional way of announcing our pregnancy instead of sharing on social media given my husband is pretty darn private. We phoned, Facetimed and texted our immediate family and sent these precious “Oh Baby 2014″ note cards to our extended family and closest friends. These cards were custom designed by the lovely Courtney Talbot and will forever hold a sweet place in our hearts! To write a little note to friends and family about our exciting news made us feel like it was our little secret and those closest to us were able to hear the news first! Trust me, I NEVER send snail mail, but this time, it just felt like the thing to do!

As always, you can see snippets of my behind the scenes life on Instagram {@thecarameljar} and all the cute baby stuff I dream about on Pinterest. Most of the uber private stuff never makes it online, but I promise there will be a few tidbits that I’ll divulge and perhaps a bump or two. As always, Caramel Girl Eats hashtag {#caramelgirleats} is alive and well on IG, and sure to become more interesting as the days and weeks tick by and the cravings peak! Come join me as this Caramel Girl expands. Literally.

xoxo,

Your to-be-Caramel Mama

 

 

The Caramel Girl Grows :: Scallions and Celery from Scraps Update!

So remember this post, I talked about growing celery and scallions from scraps! I showed you how to get started in your kitchen {put the ends in water}, and then the next step was for me to actually plant them!

LOOK! They grew AND prospered!

Big : Beautiful : Scallions

Big : Beautiful : Scallions

The celery tops have filled in and it's about 4 inches tall, but fuller than when I planted it!

The celery tops have filled in and it’s about 4 inches tall!

Until next time,

Your somewhat successful scrap gardener!

 

The Caramel Girl Grows :: Planting Update!

We’re back now that we’ve had a few sprouts and it’s time to update you on the garden! Last post, we were cleaning up, now, we’re planting!

Those seeds that I started in my fab Burpee planter started great!

Look at them grow!

Look at them grow!

 

 And then I went on vacation…. [Read more...]