Monday, December 12, 2011
A LOVELY WEEKEND...FEELING A LITTLE BETTER.
Well it has been almost a week since we lost our sweet Duffy. Everyday gets a little better but I still get upset at least once a day. Poor Penny is still just lost. I got to be really happy yesterday though. We all gathered at my Uncles for a little Christmas get together. Since we are spending Christmas at our son's new home we wanted to see each other all together and it was lovely. Two new babies, what a wonderful Christmas this will be. Our little granddaughter who is 10 months and walking around the furniture, opened her first ever Christmas gift from my sister and her husband. It was a princess ride n' go and boy did she like that.
I also started some of my Christmas Treats. I am baking today but this year I have added some candy to my repitiore. I made ALMOND FUDGE and RUDOLPH FUDGE. Both were a big hit but that Rudolph Fudge was amazing. Everyone ate every piece. My husband loves it so much he has a piece with his tea instead of a cookie.
I got the recipe from Nigella Lawson, my Christmas Goddess. I just love her. Her recipes are great and she is such a nice person who really likes to eat. I will give you the recipe in both the U.K. measurements and the North American conversion which I converted. It was not easy to convert but it seems to have worked great. You may want to make a double batch it is that good, seriously.
250 GRAMS DARK CHOCOLATE 1 + 1/8TH. CUP
150 GRAMS MILK CHOCOLATE 1 CUP
175 GRAMS SOFT BUTTER 3/4 CUP
4 TBSP. DARK CORN SYRUP
200 GRAMS AMARETTI BISCUITS THE HARD ONES 2 CUPS
150 GRAMS ALMONDS OR BRAZIL NUTS 1 CUP
150 GRAMS GLACED CHERRIES 1 CUP
125 GRAMS MINI MARSHMALLOWS 1/3 CUP
MELT THE BUTTER, CORN SYRUP AND CHOCOLATE SLOWLY IN A LARGE PAN UNTIL VERY SMOOTH. IN A FREEZER BAG BASH THE NUTS LEAVING SOME LARGE BITS. DO THE SAME WITH THE AMARETTI BISCUITS YOU WANT LOTS OF CRUNCHY BITS. PUT EVERYTHING IN AN 8" BY 8" PAN LINED WITH PARCHMENT PAPER AND REFRIDGERATE FOR ABOUT AN HOUR. IT WILL BE SOFTER THAN MOST FUDGE. REMOVE THE WHOLE PIECE FROM THE PAN AND PUT ONTO A BOARD AND CUT INTO BITE SIZED PIECES, DEPENDING ON HOW MUCH YOU LIKE TO BITE. I FOUND A SURATED KNIFE, LIKE A LARGE BREAD KNIFE, WORKED BEST. YUMMMM!
Last but now least I received a lovely surprise in the mail today from Lynn ant Country Thyme Stitchery. I had won her lovel Primitive Sampler Pinkeep and with everthing that has happened completely forgot. It was such a nice surprise, an early Christmas present. Thank you Lynn, I love it.