Thursday, December 18, 2014

:: First-time Fudge

 

Today was my Dad day.  Errand with my dad, grab some lunch, empty the trunk of my car at the Good Will… it’s right around the corner from Dad’s house;  very convenient for dropping of items I’ve been packing up or sorting through…

Today, an indoor grill, a singing lobster, 3 purses and two bags of clothes that are now too big for me!  YAY!

Came home—snuggled with Vincy and rocked him to sleep.  He was overly tired from playing when I got here around 1:30 pm — a few bars of Moon River and he was out!  That’s his favorite song that I sing to him.  I don’t kid around, that baby LOVES THAT SONG!

BIRTHDAY FUDGE

As soon as he was asleep, I was ready to try my hand in the kitchen making fudge.  I’ve always heard you either CAN make IT… or not.  Apparently… I can make FUDGE!  

 

FIRST TIME FUDGE RECIPE

I was afraid it wasn’t turning out, I was patient and let it cook—the recipe I used had two times of 15 minutes with in the recipe… so I ended up cooking this first WHILE STIRRING about 15 minutes and then WHILE NOT STIRRING… another 15 minutes. ( a bit sketchy for me… not on the part of the recipe- I didn’t read through the recipe ENOUGH TIMES! )  I kept checking for the ‘soft ball’ test. 

 FIRST TIME FUDGE

It wasn’t pretty going into the pan, because it was starting to set up pretty quick, BUT!!! I was hopeful at that point.  It isn’t smooth… it is a slight bit grainy.  HERE IS THE REASON-

FROM HER NOTES: 

NOTES:

For best results, do not double this recipe. The directions must be followed exactly. Beat too little and the fudge is too soft. Beat too long and it becomes hard and sugary.   OH YEAH!  I DEFINITELY DID THAT! 

 

But over all—CHOCOLATE-Y GOOD!   When Honey tried it… see that corner missing?   Oh yes!  He told me it tasted just like what his dad used to make.  {big grin} 

I call it  --A SUCCESS! 

I’ll try again before Christmas or New Years for sure.  I hope to get better with each try.  Wouldn’t fudge be a SWEET GIFT for my VALENTINE? 

Then in April for our Anniversary…? 

…June for Father’s day? 

By this time next year… He’ll be so sick of my FIRST TIME FUDGE. 

He’ll get pie for his next birthday!

 

‘Til next time, Be Blessed!


           Patricia



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Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.                 ~ 2 Corinthians 9:7

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

:: Chatty, Christmas Ramp-up and Crocheting

 

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On Monday, I was cut loose from the jury panel and dismissed after being there about 4 hrs.  I was certainly glad about that.  Of the last 4 times I was called in, I’ve been chosen 2 times—I think I was on the brink of being chosen the time before this one—but a paper fire, in a clerks trash can downstairs,  got us all dismissed that day after being evacuated and then filed back through the metal detectors.  

Anyway, I left there and went to Wal-Mart—I don’t know that I’ve every mentioned it, but we got a new Wal- Mart near us about 1 year ago—I hardly am ever that way, but I do prefer it over the “OLD” Wal- Mart near the lake; especially in the Summer.  Not news worthy for sure, because there is a Wal-Mart in every town now days.  It’s not my favorite source  to shop--- but, on occasion they have what I need in a pinch. 

On this trip, I shopped for  OIL-BASE SHARPIES.  I’ve got dollar store mugs that I’m personalizing.  I also bought the ingredients for Fudge—Wednesday is The Honey’s birthday and he LOVES fudge, he talks about how his dad always used to make fudge!   I’ve never made it—so I’m hoping it turns out. ;)

** I know I said, “I have a pie to make.”  But after thinking about it—I thought he’d like the fudge better.  (so I really, really, hope it turns out.!!!

After Wal-Mart, I went to the WATER DEPT. and filled out a LEAK ADJUSTMENT FORM and was able to get the water bill lowered due to the leak.  By the time I got back to the house they were already calling with the adjustment—and cautioning that our bill may be higher next month since they had already read the meter.  She told me I can only take one adjustment a year—so I might want to wait until next month.   I thought about it a minute… We turned OFF the water early that Sunday morning—and they read the meter on the previous Friday. In the mean time, I if I wait to file the paper work—I miss the 15 day window to dispute THIS bill.   They GET YOU both ways!!! :/   I instructed her to file it.  I’ll take my chances with next months bill! 

I came home—and Honey had both kids crashed out taking a nap!  He has the magic touch, I guess. 

He said, they played hard all morning.

Probably a ‘tickle-match’!  

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I ate some lunch- and started crocheting!  I don’t know why, I just wanted something busy for my hands.  I really didn’t feel like getting up to DO ANYTHING.  But sitting and crocheting was fine with me.  I was able to make One stocking on Monday and pieced and finished the second one Tuesday morning! 

I saw Sandy’s stocking at Teacup Lane were both so cute… I was inspired!   It’s not her pattern; she linked in her post to the original pattern, free on Ravelry – well, Y’all know I don’t follow a pattern. ;)   But, I DID LOOK AT IT!   These are OOAK!  (one of a kind)   They worked up really quickly! 

 mittens with stars

On Monday you saw the mittens I started sewing over the weekend.  The picture is dark—but I crocheted 3 sets of stars yesterday before crocheting the stockings.  The stars are for the Mittens and hats I’m making for the boys.  Crocheting is my ‘GO-TO’ craft.  While I am still learning and experimenting with sewing—and I DO LOVE IT;  I have a natural feel for a crochet hook—and am able to improvise and WING IT a lot of the time.  I often think I should just improve upon my crochet skills – and make sweaters or something.

Today, I’m taking Dad to run his errands. Then back here— I’ll spend the rest of the day with Honey, nothing too elaborate for Dinner, and then we’ll try that fudge!   I’m sure he’ll want to try making it too.  He likes to dabble in the kitchen sometimes.  It’ll be fun!

‘Til next time, Be Blessed!

           Patricia



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Sunday, December 14, 2014

:: My Weekend— and Jury Summons puts a kink in the Week!

 

This weekend I’ve been somewhat busy. Though I slept in and played on my phone a bunch! —I feel like I got a lot done.

I only packed one box. :/

I did laundry on Saturday, wash, hung to dry and folded/ put up- YAY!  I also- tidied up the kitchen, ran the vacuum through the entire house, washed,dried and put away dishes (I usually let them air dry, it’s true.) 

Then I made a big batch of Hot Chocolate—I  found the link at Pioneer Woman at Heart--- I had to try some.  It’s delicious! (it’s going in the mugs I bought last year for the kiddos) I’m hoping to do a craft with those mugs this week.

On Sunday-I broke out the sewing machine and started making mittens for the grandkids.  I’ve gotten all the boy’s a pair made so far… mittens

I didn’t get a picture of the end product…  this is cut out and liners in the progress of being sewn.  I’ll get a picture tomorrow, hopefully.  (actually, I’ll be sewing stars of most of them, they are SONS of Dallas Cowboy fans- households)

Not re-inventing the wheel. But I found this tutorial for the mittens.  Easy Peasy.  My favorite part?  That it repurposes old sweaters.  If you have wool …it’s even better!

I don’t know what all I’ll get done tomorrow.  I have Jury Duty… and the County court house.  I really hope I don’t get picked this time. 

Jury duty can be a curse and blessing.  Sometimes it’s just so inconvenient.  But… I often think, if I were in the hot seat- I’d want people to be responsible and show up so I can have a fair trial.  Anyway… still hope I don’t get picked this time!

The Honey’s birthday is on Wednesday—so I’ve got pie to make some time!

Have a great week!

 

‘Til next time, Be Blessed!

           Patricia



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Trust in the LORD and do good; Dwell in the land and cultivate faithfulness. Delight yourself in the LORD; and He will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the LORD, Trust also in Him, and He will do it. ~ Psalm 37: 3-5