Brickhouse…

The night before we eloped we had to go and get our marriage license. Since in Vegas you can pretty much do that 24 hours a day, we decided to go at night in hopes of it not taking so long (many people told us it would take awhile). So we decided we would go and then eat afterwards. Yeah, it took like 5 minutes, 10 if you want to really stretch it out. There was one couple in front of us, a young couple with the man wearing a “Honk if you like Boobies” t-shirt (I sure hope it worked out for those kids ;) ) and a strange, yet cute (and very in love) goth couple. Moral of the story, if you want to get married in Vegas, go get your license at 8pm on a Saturday night.
Having not made reservations anywhere as we thought it would take a few hours we wandered around from restaurant to restaurant trying to see how long the wait was. They were all a couple hours. Hmm. We figured if we had to wait, we would wait for steak (p.s. Delmonico Steakhouse in the Venetian is fabulous). I could hear music from the lounge, 80′s music. Since I am a product of the 80′s and not knowing anyone (aka no one I know would see me dance) I convinced my husband to go dancing. I happily did the white chick bobbing slug. You know, where you stand and kind of bob your head back and forth. Sometimes you move your arms but that usually results in stabbing someone with your finger so you just go back to bobbing.
We went, we ate, we had fun, we went to bed.
The next day we got married. We got married in the afternoon and had time before we were to go to our  wedding dinner. I made my husband dance to “our” song in the room (Somebody by Depeche Mode…see, 80′s girl) but told him that after we ate I wanted to go dancing again so we could dance on our wedding night. He agreed.
We went, we ate, we had fun, we went to dance. Hmmm. The band that played the night before was not playing. It was a 70′s band. Hmmm. I don’t really know any 70′s music and neither does my husband. We sat there for quite some time. Finally we agreed that we would just dance to the next song that both of us recognized and then call it a night. So that is ladies and gentleman how the song Brickhouse by the Commodores became my wedding song. Yes, a song about a well stacked chick is my wedding song. At least it gives us something to laugh about. ;)

Marriage has it’s good times and it’s sticky times. Lucky for me the sticky times have been few and short lived and the good times are what dominate life in our Brickhouse. But in honour of those having a sticky time in there love life right now, I ofter you up the traditional caramel apple. I tried to make small ones but the lollipop stick kept coming off. The larger ones really do work better as do the wooden sticks (both sticks and pops were found at Michaels). I rolled mine in Demura sugar, just for effect, you so don’t need to do it (it will make it too sweet….but I wanted texture darn it all :P ).

Caramel Apples

Makes 10 to 12

1 cup granulated sugar
1 ¼  cups heavy cream
½  cup light corn syrup
2 TBSP unsalted butter
1 tsp vanilla extract

10 to 12 small apples (I used a variety of sizes), stems removed
Vegetable-oil cooking spray
Round wooden skewers (or lollipop sticks)

Directions
Heat sugar, cream, corn syrup, and butter in a saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring until butter has melted. Clip a candy thermometer to side of pan, and continue to cook until mixture reaches 240F. Remove from heat, and stir in vanilla. Let cool for 5 minutes.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, and coat with cooking spray. Insert a skewer into stem end of each apple. Dip apples in caramel, and place on sheet. Let stand until set, at least 1 hour. Apples can be stored airtight for up to 1 day.
If you want to add decorations you simply roll the apple in the item you want right after you dip them. Chocolate chips, crushed candy pieces, crushed cookie pieces, colored sugars, marshmallows, basically whatever you want.

Adapted from Martha Stewart.com

Comments

  1. This looks delicious! Caramel apples are so fun, and I love anything with caramel in it. Your wedding story is so cute- I love how you got your song!

  2. Wow! the colours on your photos are absolutely gorgeous! One of the reasons why I love fall is because it’s apple season!

  3. Love the apples! What’s not to love about caramel and then a healthy apple.

    Your wedding story probably tells a lot about how/why the sticky times have been few and short lived and the good times are what dominate life in your Brickhouse. Fun and whimsy always have a place.

  4. Okay, I LOVE how you two got married, and that your wedding song is ‘Brickhouse’ – so fun!! :-D

    Peabody, I’m dying for one of those caramel apples….

  5. The pictures look so good! Who cares if it’s too sweet – give ‘em out to the kids for Halloween. Love your marriage story. Hope you have some fun pics to go along with what sounds like a very memorable weekend!

  6. Funny story! We eloped in Vegas too! I agree getting the license was so easy. I still have my polaroid!!

  7. I LOVE the new look and those apples look divine!!

  8. Great looking caramel apples! I like the one with the bite.

  9. Love the wedding story, the new look, and the sugared apple!

  10. First, I have a Depeche Mode 101 t-shirt I wear sometimes. And, I wore it recently, and some kids asked me where I got that vintage shirt. I informed them its not vintage–I am old and I had attended that concert. 80s rocks.

    Second, great romantic post. I love caramel apples and the added sugar makes this deadly.

  11. Oh God, “Somebody” by Depeche Mode! It plays on my dad’s favorite station every single day so I’m really sick of it, heh :) Cute story, thanks for sharing! I actually thought you could get married in *one* day in Vegas but it turns out you need the license in advance! TV has betrayed me again!

    I don’t know why I’ve never had a caramel apple, they look delicious. Not sure I can eat a whole one if it wasn’t as small as a Gala apple, though, which I don’t particularly like :/

  12. When my husband and I hit ten years of marriage (2010) we are going to Vegas for the “elopement we never had.” I’m pretty excited!

  13. Nice photos! We eloped, too but just here in Toronto.

  14. What a sweet story! I’m an 80s girl, too – I enjoy cleaning the house to the songs of Duran Duran.

    Caramel apples are my favorite fair treat – I always try to get an apple (and a small serving of cheese curds and fire roasted corn). Yum.

  15. This is another great use for all the apples I picked this weekend.

  16. Congrats! I love the story. Will be in Vegas soon and will think about this. Love the apples also.

  17. Great story, eloping to Vegas! Maybe I’ll try that next time around. Meanwhile, I could happily munch on one of those caramel apples.

  18. This looks SO good! I haven’t ever made these but I think it would be lots of fun…especially right now instead of being on call!

  19. Is it ever really too sweet?
    They look great.

  20. Really pretty! I’ll have to make Caramelized Apples very soon… Yours looks ever so tempting!

    cheers,

    Rosa

  21. They look adorable!

  22. Sending you huge hugs from Soeren for this! I was looking for caramel apple recipes for his Halloween party on Friday. Should have know you’d help me!

  23. Beautiful story…. I can say that the sticky times get less and less. As you get older, you realize it is a waste of time to sweat the small stuff!

  24. I LOVE caramel apples and have been LOOKING for an excuse to make them. Those are the CUTEST things!! I think that pic may just be my excuse. Love it!

  25. Aww what a nice story. I agree, the not so typical things are what made the time unique and memorable.
    We are actually on our way to Vegas in 3 days. My sister & her man decided to get married there as well. We are looking forward to good friends, good food, good times. Hmmm I wonder if I’ll be able to convince my hubby to go dancing with me lol
    Thanks for sharing you memories with us =D

  26. Thankyou for sharing your wedding story.
    I have only had these apples when there is a fair, never made at home, i am sure my daughter will love sthese if i make them for her and her friends.

  27. it is a fun wedding story!!

    I’m making mini caramel apples today – I just hope they work out!

  28. Pea – are you a mind reader? I’ve been thinking caramel apples for two weeks now, but have never made them without buying a bag of caramels. Thanks for coming to my rescue.

  29. Love the post, Pea! I don’t recall reading you got married in Vegas.
    I was a kid in the 80′s but that’s the music I like – my husband is a product of the 80′s, so our song is “Every breath you take”.

    Your apples look adorable, that little bow is really pretty.

  30. I was born in the 80s and still find myself addicted to 80s music :) . This was such a fun post to read. I think I’ve been craving caramel apples for weeks now, it’s time I actually make them!

  31. Child of the 70′s here, and I danced to “Brickhouse” for years before I knew what brickhouse actually referred to. I guess I never really listened to the words that closely – or maybe it was cuz nobody ever could have called me one that I just never heard it! Cute story, cute apples.

  32. yay! Another vegas bride! I got married there too … not a true “elopement” but still! What a way to do it!!!

    And those apples look delish!

  33. Yeah but the sugar on it look so dang good! Delmonicos in Vegas. Yum.

  34. I can see why you wanted the texture…it really does look fancy, better, more definition, etc..
    I love your photos.

  35. Viva Las Vegas, Viva Lionel Richie, Viva Caramel Apples!

  36. Ha! That’s funny :-) Yesterday when the alarm went off, Brickhouse was playing on the radio. Not something you want to wake up to, as I had it in my head ALL day long.

    I made caramel apples the other day, of course they were from the bagged caramel, but htey were still good :-)

    http://hopefulmomma.blogspot.com/2008/09/wheres-caramel.html

  37. Wow. Eloping. I wish I had done that. I love “Somebody” – I’ve always thought of the ex that the song is attached to whenever I hear it. Shhh – don’t tell my hub.
    Great story and great looking apples!

  38. That was an adorable story.

    I eloped too. It was fabulous.

  39. What a lovely story Peabody. Sounds like you had quite the perfect wedding celebration – simple and spent with the most important person of the day.

    Lovely apples, I’ve meaning to make caramel apples, so some might be coming up on my blog very soon! Did the sticks fall off of the smaller apples because they were too heavy?

  40. what a heartwarming story, peabody! it’s a pretty good wedding song, if i do say so myself. :)
    meanwhile, your apples are, as expected, absolutely perfect. :)

  41. that’s a great story.
    the demera sugar adds a nice touch to these apples. they look delicate and delicious.

  42. Sounds like you had more fun for your wedding, especially the night before, than most people do at those overblown superweddings.
    The caramel apple is very cute. I like mine with chopped walnuts on the bottom half, but the sugar sure is purty.

  43. wow these look so nice and cute. You re great :)

  44. Great story, maybe we’ll elope next year too! It’s going on 13 years for us, so stories like your’s gets us closer and closer…

    I just love your first picture, the bite looks so perfect!

  45. absolutely GORGEOUS. i don’t think i could eat one, they’re just too pretty! :-)

  46. That is so cute! Really … Brickhouse … too funny.

    Love the apples! I’ve been wanting to make this Halloween but don’t know if I’ll have the time. We’ll see.

  47. i luuuuuurve caramel apples. have never made it at home w/caramel from scratch though…always just melted those squares. i’ll bet yours is so much better :)

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