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The 2014 Farmers Almanac
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Make Your Own Valentine Candy

Planning on buying a box of chocolates for your true love this Valentines Day? Store-bought candy is nice, but if you really want to show how sweet you are on your honey, why not try something a little more personal. Here’s a recipe for a sweet treat that’s as delicious as it is easy to make:

Candied Cherries


1 lb. fresh cherries

1 lb. sugar

1-cup water

Boil sugar and water until the sugar spins a thread. Add cherries, pitted, let come to a boil. Let cool. Lift cherries with perforated spoon to platter. Boil syrup 5 minutes; pour over cherries, Cover with glass or cheesecloth, set in sunny area. Allow cherries to dry, turn into a clean cloth spread over wire cake rack. Dry. Store in glass jars.

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