Friday, December 21, 2012

The Kindness of Others

To all of you who answered my plea for the fudge recipe last night, my heartiest thanks!
Here it is, sent to me by several kind people:
               Peppermint Fudge
1 2/3 cups granulated sugar
2/3 cup (5 fl. oz. can) Carnation Evaporated Milk
2 T. butter or margarine
1/4 tsp. salt
2 cups miniature marshmallows
1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate morsels
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/4 tsp. peppermint extract
1/4 cup crushed, hard peppermint candy
Line 8" square baking pan with foil. Combine sugar, evap. milk, butter and salt in medium, heavy-duty saucepan. Bring to a full rolling boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Boil, stirring constantly, for 4 to 5 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in marshmallows, morsels, vanilla ext. and peppermint ext. Stir vigorously for one minute or until marshmallows are melted. Pour into prepared baking pan; cool for one minute. Top with candy, pressing in slightly. Refrigerate for 2 hours or until firm. Lift from pan; remove foil. Cut into 48 pieces.
As you see, Diann (in this instance) took the trouble of re-typing it.  I was sent the same recipe by 3 other people, and I am so very grateful to you all.
I used goat's milk instead of Evaporated... and did not put peppermint extract in it, but used peppermint marshmallows.  It was so creamy and good.  I got the pan out to make more this afternoon, but ran out of time, so will make some tomorrow.  (Oh, and I will use parchment paper, too)
In the meantime, I received a wonderful gift from little Ramsey, the Dancing Donkey, of homemade fudge!  Thank you so much, Ramsey, Emma, and Kris!
I am stunned again at the kindness of bloggers and blog readers everywhere.
Friend Jill, who is a registered vet tech, believes she is a pregnant vixen, and I think I agree.  I have seen no evidence of a dog fox.  We got many pictures of her last night around 7 PM, and again at 4 AM.  Something was worrying her, as she kept stopping and turning around and looking down the pasture, though this is to the northwest.  Something was worrying her. 
No possums last night, which is very curious.
Nathan caught these geese for me on the pond at the foot of our road.  There is still some water in it... and the geese land there often. 
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey in 3D
Nathan and I went to see this tonight.  We liked it, it was nice to return to Middle Earth.
However, I must really be getting old, as I can't watch the fight scenes anymore.  I close my eyes and scrunch my face. I liked it, but came home to read reviews and found out lots of people were disappointed, but I thought that the director would have had to squeeze three movies out of a small book, and do a lot of filling in.
Here are our two little girls, so excited when Daddy comes through the gate at night:
Every morning, I push the curtain aside so that Gertie can lay on the back of the loveseat and watch out the window.  She loves to lay there and watch the road and the gate.
Here's Nathan popping the Reese's bells into the peanut butter cookies this afternoon before we left.  These are going to the food pantry in the morning, for the volunteers, along with some others.  They do such good work all year.  Then, I'll make some more after Nate goes to his dad's for the day and night.
I have a LOT more baking to do after that!



  1. That recipe looks wonderful! So glad you and your grandson went to the movie, even if you kept your eyes closed some. There are those sweet pugs! Aren't they wonderful!

  2. Morning, thanks for the recipe, yum those night shots, pretty fox.........sweet Puggies looking out the window....Enjoy the weekend, Francine.

  3. Looks like you're all ready for Christmas!! How wonderful that you have a helper to make cookies!

  4. I hope you and your family enjoy all that fudge. Merry Christmas.

  5. Merry Christmas and thanks for sharing the fudge recipe! :)

  6. OK first of all, glad you got the fudge recipe! Sounds great. Those cookies look good too! I've been debating on whether to go see the hobbit in theaters, closest one is an hour away so it's always a late night but I love those kind of movies, and it's one thing hubby and I can both enjoy - together... Great trail cam picture! Love the Pug butts :)

  7. When The Lord of the Rings came out, we waited for the movie on video. After it ended, my husband was so mad. He had not read the books and didn't realize there were 3 of them.

    I want to see the Hobbit too.

    The food pantry works will love to see you coming!


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