Saturday, December 19, 2015

Happy Dancing in the Rain!

Good morning, peeps and peepettes.

We've got rain!  The weatherman says only half of an inch, but I don't care.  Rain is life for our area, I will be glad to take it.

It was a long, long week.  I had a great Sunday, found some amazing yarn in a yarn shop at the coast. My husband saw a beautiful scarf and hinted that I should make it for him.  It is a simple knit/purl, so I can do it!  It is a mix of merino wool and brushtail possum.  Yes, possum.  I did some research.  In New Zealand these animals are not native and considered a pest.  They cull thousands a year.  I'm sure that some people will be offended, but I feel that it is like raise them to use them. Can't get around it.  All you can do is give them the best life you can and be as humane as possible. Here is a picture of the yarn. It is so soft...

The rest of the week went like this...

Drove to work on Monday, behind an accident on a bridge.  Black ice.  It's California, we don't know how to drive.

Drove to work on Tuesday, accident at the end of my road.   More ice, car drove through stop sign, hit rail, all bad.  I stopped to offer help, no injuries.  

Drove to work on Wednesday, accident on highway, wrong way drunk driver.  So incredibly sad, the fatality was the person that got hit, not the drunk driver.  It had been several hours earlier, so took the detour.

Drove to work on Thursday, no accident, but did see a huge wooden wire reel on the road, missed it. Coming home, my truck started making crunchy noises in the front tire.  Got hubby to look at it.  We were both up until 10 pm changing the bearings and rotor.  I was only his gopher, but felt bad about leaving him outside to do it alone.  Since he is such a hoarder, we couldn't fit my truck in the barn. Worked outside in 35 degree weather.  By the time I got in the house and showered, I had to put two down comforters on the bed to try and get warm.

Drove to work on Friday, no problems.  Wheel worked fine.  Work was good until the sewer system plugged and the prison dumped 85,000 gallons of raw sewage in a creek.  All water was shut down with rumors that we would have no water for three days.  It took me and my staff two hours to plan meals for three days, for 2,200 people, with no water.  We did it!  Of course after we got everything planned and the canned food into the kitchen, they got the plug cleared.  LOL  I'll just think of this as an emergency exercise.  But I was so tired!  Came home, had dinner, and fell asleep in the chair at 7 pm. Of course, I did get up and go to bed at 11 pm, but still slept until 7 am.  Feeling pretty good this morning!  I should, I got at least 11 good hours of sleep.  LOL

The only thing I got done for Christmas this week was to make six batches of fudge.  Lots of different kinds:  Coconut, Heath Chocolate, Chocolate Mint, Candy Cane Peppermint, Peanut Butter.

This is a picture of the coconut.  I brown the coconut and then add it to the fudge.  A little extra on top.  Tasty!

And here is a group picture.  LOL


I've used the same recipe for over 20 years.  Always creamy, not grainy.  And no marshmallow fluff. I hate to use that stuff, so messy.  Here's the recipe I use:

My Fudge

Mixture One:
½ cup butter
1 cup nuts
3 cups of chips
1 tsp vanilla

Measure all items and cube butter into small cubes.  Allow to soften.  Set aside.

Mixture Two:
2 cups sugar
2/3 cup heavy liquid whipping cream
10-12 large marshmallows

Stir and cook Mixture Two over medium heat until bubbly, about 7 ½ minutes.  I use a wire whip.
When Mixture Two bubbles for about 30 seconds, remove from heat and add Mixture One, stirring until chips and butter melts completely.  Pour into buttered pan and cool.  I use a 9x13. 

This recipe works well with chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, white chocolate chips, mint chips, etc.  I have also added Heath Chips, Peppermint Chips, etc, as part of the original 3 cups.  Be careful to not add too many chips, it will cause the fudge to “seize” and separate.  I've added coconut, crushed candy canes as an extra, not part of the original three cups.  I'm thinking of trying a pumpkin recipe, but haven't got around to it yet.  I hate walnuts and never add them, but some people do, so I leave them in the recipe.

When a friend gave me the recipe, it was called See's Fudge.  I don't want to step on anyone's toes, so I just call it My Fudge.  LOL

Okay, off to start my day.  I really, really need to get some shopping done.  And I definitely need to get out of my jammies, it's a little chilly this morning.   LOL  Have a wonderful week, be kind to one another.



  1. Oh Angela! What a week! Have a super, super weekend my friend.

  2. Sweet Vickie, I am already on my way! Ran a couple of errands with hubby and stopped at a new-to-me yarn store. Found a couple of skeins at 40% off...yay! While hubby was driving, I kept crocheting on my blanket. One more skein down...another yay!

  3. OMGoodness woman what a week! Yum on the fudge! I hope things settle down a bit so you can catch your breath. Looking forward to seeing the crochet blanket. :) Merry Christmas to you and yours.

    1. I am hoping for a better week coming up! LOL My boss is gone all week, but it's only a four days I can do this! Merry Christmas!

  4. I have come upon two accidents and found it unnerving. Always so thankful other people were there already and someone taking charge. But what a lot in a row...hate black ice;it is quite treacherous. Drive carefully. Thanks for the fudge recipe; I will be trying it. Love your group shot and hubby loved it too. He's got a serious sweet tooth. :)

    1. Good morning, Jocelyn. I only make it once a is way too good to have just "laying around". LOL I've never liked working with the marshmallow fluff, just plain marshmallows are just easier to use.

      It's over freezing this morning, thank goodness. We had black ice again yesterday, but I didn't go to town until after 1 pm.

      Have a great day!

  5. Oh my Angela, that was a week. But the good thing is that there wasn't an accident on each of the days. I just hope that you had a stress-less weekend and that this week started a bit differently for you.
    This fudge recipe doesn't sound too complicated but if I wanted to make it I first had to find a store carrying those chips, lol, I mean any kind of chips. I have never seen them here but I have never searched for them. They might be there, somewhere.
    I hope you will have a nice Christmas holiday.

    1. Good morning, Brigitte. So far,so good this week! I can handle the rain, it's the ice. Drivers in California have NO clue how to drive on ice. LOL
      Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones.

  6. Wow--awful traffic issues!
    I cannot believe all that beautiful fudge!!! I'm afraid I would eat about half of it by myself!!! haha I will have to try your recipe!