What a hunky hero dreamboat.
I am not proud to admit that at first I was upset about taking them into our care; in the back of my mind, I feared waking up the next morning and finding them dead despite our best efforts. But, as kittens do, they melted me into a puddle of maternal goo and there was no turning back. I have to say, I think farm life is much more therapeutic than actual therapy. Just when you find yourself in the trenches of self-pity or loathing, something of the animal or vegetable variety that needs your immediate attention and care drops into your lap. The distraction is often humbling. It does the body good to help creatures in need and reminds me of that old Regina Spektor lyric, "Must have been kind to the kittens and birds in a previous life, must have thought happy thoughts..." I really must have been kind to deserve what I have now, so I might as well be kind to the kittens in this life, too.
But I really can't blame him. How can you blame someone so kind-hearted? I swear, I don't know how I ended up with such an empathetic person; his generosity has no limits. Please do me a huge favor and take a moment to send some positive, loving thoughts my farmer's way. Mark is in the throws of spring anxiety and the lack of rain is just making the annual headache that much worse. But even despite the stress, he somehow manages to make me laugh and put me at ease every single day. I am so grateful to be with a man who encourages me to be a better person just by example. Hopefully under his influence, I can grow to be more tolerant - just give me time. And more kittens.
Dulce de Leche
Makes 1 - 14 ounce can
Adapted from Ree Drummond
1 - 14 oz can of sweetened condensed mlk (or more!)
Remove the label from the can and place it in a stockpot that is at least 4-5" taller than the can. You can cook as many cans as will fit comfortably in your pot.
Place the can upright in the pot and fill the pot with cold water. The water should be at least 2" above the can. Heat the pot over high heat until the water just barely boils, then turn it down to a gentle simmer. Simmer for 1 1/2 hours. Keep an eye on the water level and never let it evaporate below the top of the can. Top off the water to keep it 1-2" above the can at all times.
After the 1 1/2 hour mark, gently turn the can upside down in the water using a pair of tongs. If you want a thick, spreadable caramel like the one pictured here, let the water continue to simmer for another 2 hours. If you want the caramel to be more liquid, simmer for another 1 - 1 1/2 hours. Keep an eye on the water level and never let it evaporate below the top of the can. Top off the water to keep it 1-2" above the can at all times.
When the appropriate amount of time has passed depending on the consistency you want, remove the pot from the heat. Remove the can and let it cool to room temperature.
Do not open the can while it is still hot!
When the can is cool, remove the lid, marvel at the wonder of it all and then transfer the caramel to a container with a tight-fitting lid. Store in the refrigerator for up to 1 month.