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You know it’s my favorite post of the week, the Heirloom Recipe Series is back for another installment with Ashley Brooke Quinatana of Ashley Brooke Designs!

We’ve been tweeting for some time and even had a fun meet & greet at a past Gift Mart in Atlanta. She’s just lovely and I am thrilled to be partnering up {more to come, stay tuned!} And, hopefully you have already taken a moment to enter the fun giveaway she’s doing on the blog for her fabulous hand-illustrated lemon recipe & note cards!

I loved reading her yummy recipe below, and love that it comes from many generations back. And besides, as a true southerner, she had me at “buttermilk.” Enjoy!

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Heirloom Recipe Series with Ashley Brooke Quintana

This is my great grandmother’s (oh-so-yummy!) Buttermilk Candy recipe. I look forward to every Fall when the holidays start to roll around and I start smelling the buttermilk candy in the kitchen. Gosh, this stuff just smells amazing. My great grandma Ann used to make this and bring it to all our family gatherings in a beautiful tin, but now that she is 99, she’s earned her right to relax during the family baking season, and now my grandma Kay (who is featured in the old photo!) her daughter, is in charge of the buttermilk candy. It’s just one of those amazing feels-like-home recipes.  I hope you enjoy!

Buttermilk Candy:
Ingredients:
2C – Sugar
1C – Buttermilk
1/4C – Butter
1t – Baking Soda
2T – White Karo Syrup
1t – Vanilla
1C – Peanuts

Mix in a large kettle, sugar, buttermilk, butter, baking soda, and Karo syrup over medium heat. Stir  and check with a candy thermometer until the temperature reaches “soft ball” status.  Remove from heat and let cool. Then add in the vanilla and nuts. Then beat until its very stiff, like fudge.


Mix in a large kettle, sugar, buttermilk, butter, baking soda, and Karo syrup over medium heat. Stir  and check with a candy thermometer until the temperature reaches “soft ball” status.  Remove from heat and let cool. Then add in the vanilla and nuts. Then beat until its very stiff, like fudge.

The lovely Ashley Brooke Quintana of Ashley Brooke Designs is the owner & creative director behind the beautiful illustrations. She has a great enthusiasm, loves to learn and try new things, and is sweet as can be! Her passion for paper cannot be denied. Be sure to connect with her on her blog, twitter, facebook, instagram, and pinterest.

I always think giveaways are such a great way to start off the week. I know some people dread Mondays, but I for one love that fresh start to a new week. A much better thought than the end to a weekend – all about perspective.

Well, today I have a fabulous giveaway to share from the very lovely Ashley Brooke Designs. I have long been a fan of her work so it’s about time for us to do a little collaboration! Her custom illustrations are just so killer and personal. And, today we have cooked up a little something fun for you – in the kitchen of course!

What better to pair with your IceMilk Apron than this adorable collection of lemon fresh recipe cards & notecards! You know I am a fan of the handwritten recipe card, and these little gems will be perfect for you to start or ramp up your collection of family recipes, perfect for capturing and keeping for generations.

And, lemon is truly one of my favorite flavors, so to enter the giveaway you can simply tell us your favorite lemon-inspired recipe! And, even better, Ashley will be back on the blog tomorrow to share a family recipe with us for part of the Heirloom Recipe Series!

As always, entering is so simple.  You can earn one entry for each of the below that you might choose to do, for a chance at 4 total entries – just remember to leave a comment for EACH of the below that you complete so your efforts will be counted!

1. Leave a comment below telling us about your favorite lemon-inspired recipe!

2. Follow @abdesigns on Twitter

3. Follow @heirloomed on Twitter

4. RT the following: I just entered to win @abdesigns lemon recipe cards at @heirloomed! http://bit.ly/Uh04Zd

Be sure to enter by Friday, Sept 21st at 5PM EST.

Also, take a minute to pop over and visit Ashley Brooke Designs to see all her illustrated pieces!

Giveaway entries must be submitted between 9-17-12 and 9-21-12 at 5PM EST . Winner to be chosen at random and will be announced on 9-24-12. Open only to US residents. A maximum of four (4) entries per person are allowed. No purchase is necessary of course. Some restrictions may apply.

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