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Recipe of the Day: Eggnog Fudge

You asked for it!

Very simple:

Line a 8 or 9 inch square pan or dish with parchment or butter thoroughly.

  • 1/2 stick butter
  • 16 large marshmallows
  • 3/4 cup dairy eggnog -canned or refrigerated
  • 2 1/4 cups sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup white baking chips (put these in your food processor and pulse until broken into small pieces -helps them melt faster White baking chips take forever to melt!)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp freshly grated nutmeg

Put first 5 ingredients in a heavy saucepan and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly.  When mixture begins to boil, start timing and boil and stir constantly for 5 minutes.  Remove from heat, add vanilla and white baking chips – stir until chips are melted and mixed in well.  Add 1 tsp freshly grated nutmeg pour into prepared pan.  Cool and cut. Store in a cool dry place in an airtight container.

And Pat in New Brunswick (Welcome Pat!) asked what my husband does.  He works for an energy company and is “stationed” in Tunisia.  He is gone a month and home a month – give or take a few days.


Christmas Confections: Part Deux & a question…

or Partie Deux De Confections De Noël 

I talk to Husband every morning, and he always asks: Travaillez-vous à votre Français ? ummm…not enough?? Is that the most honest answer?  I don’t work on my French enough.  Not near enough.  What do I have mastered? Bonjour. Baguette et fromage et café s’il vous plait.  Merci. So I won’t starve anyway. AND I have a tutor hired for January thru March. Maybe that will help.  Actually she will not only refresh the girls’ French, teach me a little (hopefully), but also help us prepare on a cultural level and dispense travel tips.  

Well as usual I got a bit side tracked when I started making candy.  I opened the refrigerator and there was eggnog.  YUMMY.  I know, I know…bought eggnog ~ but it is about the only kind I would have.  I like it…a lot…but not enough to make it from scratch.  Especially since Ben and I and one of my brothers are the only ones who would drink it.  Of course this is non-spiked eggnog.  Dairy and alcohol do NOT mix in my opinion.  I had a bad experience with Mudslides once and couldnt even drink a glass of wine for over a year.  But back to the original subject.  There was the eggnog.  So I said to myself: “Self, that surely would be delicious in a confection.”  And so eggnog fudge was my goal.  And it worked beautifully!  I just took my old stand by “16 large marshmallow” fudge recipe and substituted the eggnog for the evaporated milk and added a tsp or so of freshly ground nutmeg at the end. Wow  Yummy! 

I didnt get to post yesterday…internet was cranky.  And I didnt have time to waste waiting on it.   

Lots of things to share and maybe if I get my work done today I will have time. I am SOOO behind telling you about our Christmas Movie watching.   

Oh…not to forget my question.  Okay, I would LOVE to wear contacts instead of glasses.  However, I don’t seem to be able to keep my eyes hydrated enough.  I definitely have the Dry Eye.  I need bifocals and I am on my second trial pair.  If any of you are middle aged, post menopausal and have successfully mastered the contact dilemma,  please advise.  Honestly if I am not watching TV I don’t wear my glasses.  I can see fine without them indoors and for close work.  I have to squint at times and find that “perfect distance from my face” for close work like sewing, but it is better than glasses, you know? 

Today, is cookie baking day.  I will get all the cut outs done this morning – both gingerbread and sugar cut outs and get them back in the freezer till the weekend when Rachel will work her art on them. I will be taking some pictures so stay tuned.  

I hope you are all getting your holiday preparations accomplished.   There is much to do, and little time!

Oh and my friend Michelle brought me the cutest apron she made me yesterday.  My camera battery is charging but when I can snap a picture I will put it up for all to see…so so cute! 

Là vous l’avez!





Christmas Confections Today!

I slept rather late this morning. So COLD here! Well, cold compared to yesterday morning. But a beautiful clear, sunny day so, today will be Christmas Confection making! Rachel and Hannah are finishing up some shopping today and visiting with Oldest Daughter. So Benjamin and I will be the confectioners for today. Confiseurs if you like! On today’s list:
Cocoa Fudge
White Christmas Fudge (recipe given previously)
Martha Washington Candy
Date Nut Roll (recipe given previously)

Closer to our celebration, I would like to make some Meringues. As you know Louisiana if VERY humid and especially this time of year and I dont want to have a sticky blob of Meringues so I will wait till closer to time.

Tomorrow we will begin baking and freezing cookies. We will make loads of cut-outs, freeze them and then on Friday have a HUGE cookie decorating party. Who am I kidding? Rachel will decorate them. Here’s a peek from previously made cookies by Rachel:

I will post some pictures and recipes later on. The holidays are fast approaching! Gotta get busy!

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