Hello everyone! I hope your holiday was fabulous. Mine was great, though I’m a little run-down and don’t feel like sifting through photos at the moment. Maybe tomorrow. Edited to add: I’ve given a few links for some of our photos…the rest you can find through my regular photo link on the right. Here are a few details:
*We spent Thanksgiving day with friends, playing kickball and eating delicious food. I spent most of the game on the ground…I fell down so many times I lost count. I’m now sporting ridiculous scrapes and bruises all over my body. But hey, our team won! (Never mind that the winning team was named after a very intense bout of rock/paper/scissors.) For dinner, we ate stuffed acorn squash, sweet potatoes with black beans, sweet potatoes with cranberries, homemade rolls, apple-walnut stuffing, green bean casserole, fudge, and pumpkin cheesecake.
*On Friday, my parents and my sister and her family met us in Fredericksburg to wander through a huge craft show. I got three things at the craft show, though they were all gifts: my sister made me a gorgeous silver Christmas watch and bought me the cutest little stuffed kitty cat, and my mom bought me a snowman softie that is just too adorable for words. They’re sitting on my desk at work now, ready to bring me a smile during my day.
*On Saturday, we walked downtown and watched the parade, with huge balloons, live bands, and the cutest itty-bitty cheerleaders I’ve ever seen. Then we met my family for lunch and a waltz through Whole Foods, where everyone chose their dessert of choice (chocolate-dipped graham crackers for some, pecan pie for others).
*Sunday morning we met my parents and my grandma at Las Manitas for breakfast, and it was delicious as always. My family headed home, and Justin and I spent the day flipping through magazines and going through various cleaning spurts.
I somehow forgot to take a picture of the fudge that I made, but it came out so perfectly! I remember trying to make fudge when I was little, and we ended up having to eat it with a spoon. This recipe tastes great and holds its shape; no spoon required. :)
- 32 large marshmallows
- 1/4 cup water
- 1 stick butter
- 2 1/2 cups sugar
- 1 (5-ounce) can evaporated milk
- 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips
Melt together marshmallows and water in a double boiler or a heavy pot, stirring occasionally.
In a large pot, bring butter, sugar, and milk to a boil. Cook 8 minutes, stirring constantly.
Combine marshmallow mixture, sugar mixture, and chocolate chips. Pour into a 9×12-inch buttered pan (I used a pan lined with foil and coated with cooking spray so the fudge would lift out easily). Refrigerate overnight. Cut into small pieces and serve.
You can also stir in chopped nuts, toffee bits, or any other bit of goodness.
Makes a heckuva lot.
Source: My friend Andi McNeal.