Sunday, February 11, 2018

Fudge-A-Licious!


It's Sunday and there is freezing rain happening as I type this. I just hope we don't lose power! The weather is so wonky these days. Thank goodness I shoveled the driveway this morning or that foot and a half of snow would have ended up a block of ice by tomorrow! I have to say though, I was ready for a quiet Sunday in my pj's. I always say I live by the seasons and I ain't kiddin'. When Mother Nature decides to lay down weather, we must reschedule sometimes!!!

So in keeping with my weekly challenge to try out a new recipe...I made my very first fudge and it worked! Fudge can be tricky because if you don't heat it to the right temperature (235 F), it doesn't set later on. Here is the recipe I followed: Brown Sugar Fudge. The instructions are pretty general, but I followed them. After you let it cool, you are supposed to whisk the fudge until it lightens in colour and loses its gloss. I think  my arm would have fallen off, so I cheated and used my electric egg beater! :) 


I made pizza last Friday for National Pizza Day! :) We had fries too and I brought out those baskets and the checkered liners I'd bought last year for the fish and chips. It makes it fun! :)

And before the freezing rain, we had snow. It was really nice, big flakes! 


This is a busy week. Shopping week so that means menu planning and sifting through flyers...I have to say I'm not in the mood for that. I'm back on a bi-weekly shopping trip, sigh...I need to organize myself and get back to my monthly plan soon. I hate driving in the winter! 

Tuesday is Pancake Day and Wednesday is Valentine's Day. Do you have anything special planned? I do! :)

50 comments:

Becki said...

We used to be big pizza eaters. Okay... my husband and sons still are, but I've gotten burnt out over the years - we've celebrated Pizza Day, Pizza Week, and any other reason to eat pizza. lol I have to say, though... while pizzeria pizza holds little appeal to me these days, those homemade pizzas look yummy. I haven't made pizza in a long time. Maybe it's time to try again... ;^) Your fudge takes me back to my childhood. My mom made delicious fudge. And yes, it's tricky. I remember a few times eating fudge with a spoon because it didn't set up, and a few times eating it in small pieces because it was too crumbly. But even in those states, Mom's fudge was yummy. That's something I don't make but every few years - but not because I'm tired of it. Because I'd eat the whole plateful!

tpals said...

MMMM...fudge! I was afraid to open your blog when I saw the title; luckily I don't have any cream in the house.

So you have to know which recipes you'll be experimenting with for an entire month before making your shopping list. That's some impressive organization right there.

Debra She Who Seeks said...

When I was a girl and friends would get together for sleepovers, we would ALWAYS make fudge!

coffeeontheporchwithme said...

Oh fudge, be still my heart! I have made the "cheater" fudge which involves chocolate chips sweetened condensed milk (I think, it's been a few years now). But real fudge, now that's a treat! -Jenn

Mama Pea said...

I usually don't make fudge except at Christmas time, and I haven't even done that for the past few years! A good fudge is yummy, but I think we prefer all the "special" Christmas cookies over fudge which can be very sweet. Having said that, the best fudge recipe I have came from the mother of a guy I dated in high school . . . which was a hundred or so years ago!

Christine said...

you are such a good cook!

Sunnybrook Farm said...

Good looking fudge and pizza. My mother used to make fudge and would spread it out on old meat platters as I guess the thick ceramic worked better for some reason. People would expect it as Christmas gifts.

Martha said...

Your pizzas look delicious! I love homemade fudge. I haven't made it in years. My first attempt was from a recipe that the Cora Restaurant chain had posted on its website. Then they took it down. I haven't checked to see if the recipe is back up. But anyway, it was an easy recipe and sooooo good. Now that I'm back to exercising regularly, which makes me feel less guilty about eating this stuff, I may have to make some more fudge.

It looks really pretty where you are. And peaceful. That's what I think when I look outside my window each morning. But I've had enough of snow. LOL I'm ready to see some greenery, a few flowers, some birds...

Goatldi said...

Love pizza and make it at least once a month. My dear friends Italian Grandma's family recipe for the crust. I don't make candy as I would be the only one eating it and I don't need to do that.

Glad you enjoyed your Sunday thanks for sharing!

RO said...

Thos pizzas look fantastic, and I love that you gave one some spice with thos jalapenos. Fudge - yay! Hugs...RO

Marsha said...

I am so glad your fudge turned out. I make it every year for Christmas. I make one called 'no fail fudge' and it never does fail. Mo thermometer required. LOL

You pizza looks so yummy. Homemade dough! I am very impressed.

Your video if the snowfall is lovely. So pretty to look at bit so nasty to shovel and drive in.

Starting Over, Accepting Changes - Maybe said...

I have tried cooking fudge and have been successful once or twice but it has been a total bust more often. As you said, it is all about the temperature. Have a lovely Valentine’s Day, Rain.

Terry said...

Nothing planned here Rain. As usual I have a breakfast of porridge (no sugar) and loads of water. 3 beakers to be precise. I don’t have pizza, but love having chips. It’s a very disciplined and is living like a monk. The home doesn’t ask that I do. They’re very good to me. I’ve just set myself some parameters to live by. It was my fifth year of being disabled, recently.

laurie said...

congratulations on the fudge success ,, I know it can be tricky, a lot of work but so good!! Your pizzas look amazing and i love the redcheck papers and baskets ,, makes me think of an old diner we went too. I will do pancakes on pancake day and as for Valentine's Day I'm making heart shaped chocolate cup cakes with the oozy centres, thats his treat, I'm making heart shaped sugar cookies for my grand daughters and letting them frost them. We all need these special days in the long winter to survive, a bit of fun helps, don't you think? Beautiful falling snow,, as if we need more ,,, lol,, I know you have lots already as we do too.

wisps of words said...

Fudge. I used to make it all the time, when I was young. And it wasn't tricky, like this. Maybe you need to look up a much simpler recipe.

Oh those pizzas! Delishhhhhh... And the chips presentation is so cute.

Hope your weather doesn't get any worse. We had some ice here yesterday, but not enough to really mess with things. I always worry about power loss, with ice, though.

Thank you! You showed me how to cross out words! It is now easy, but I had not noticed it. Thank you!!!

Buttons Thoughts said...

Oh, your fudge looks so delicious I wish it was here the same goes for your pizza's. It freezing rained her yesterday and the day before. Melting now. Strange winter but pretty. B

Magic Love Crow said...

My mom LOVES fudge, but we have never made it! My mouth is drooling over all this food! Wow girl, you can cook! Thanks for the video! So pretty! I live by the seasons too!! Big Hugs!

Kristina said...

Your fudge looks like the salted caramel I made at Christmas. Yum. No sweets here this week. Winter has put a few pounds on me, ha ha!

Sandi said...

Are those jalapenos? Yum!

Rain said...

Hi Becki :) I think it's time to make pizza again, definitely! :) We used to eat it a lot more, but now it's about once a month or so. The last time we had restaurant pizza we were really disappointed. The fudge is really good, but I was hoping it would be a little harder, next time! The sweetness makes it really hard to eat all in one shot, but I can handle a few pieces each day! :)

Rain said...

Hi Tpals :) Ha! Well, you'll have to come to expect food everywhere on my blog lol! I started the monthly shopping as a way to save myself from having to drive the hundreds of kilometers to the town with all the grocery stores every other week. It was grueling and I hated it. When I had enough money saved, I decided to try monthly planning. I buy according to the flyers and I've found that not only have I saved my sanity, I've also saved money on groceries and gas. Whatever is on sale (meat wise) is how I plan the meals. I usually run over to the highly expensive local store for milk and veggies once during the month, but otherwise, it's been wonderful for me. Everything is planned, I freeze and preserve what I need to and I don't have to worry about going out for another month. Last fall I stretched it to 6 glorious weeks! :)

Rain said...

Hi Debra :) When I went to sleepovers, we would usually make brownies! :)

Rain said...

Hi Jenn :) I didn't know there was a cheater fudge!! I'd like to try that one too!


Rain said...

Hi Mama Pea :) You're right, the fudge is super sweet. I don't know if I"ll make it again any time soon, even me with my sweet tooth can't handle too much of it! LOL @ a hundred years or so ago! :)

Rain said...

Thanks Christine! :)

Rain said...

Thanks Gill :) Someone else told me to use ceramic to help it set better too, that's interesting. I do have a ceramic container, I'll try that next time.

Rain said...

Thanks Martha :) The pizza night was fun! I used to like eating at Cora's when I lived in the plateau, it was a nice breakfast! Exercising is wonderful for the health, but also to be able to eat more of what makes us exercise in the first place lol! :) I know how you feel about the winter...I've set all that up though...the greenery and flowers...they are growing in the window! And the birds...I started to feed the birds again so the Blue Jays are everywhere! It'll tide me over until spring I think! :)

Rain said...

Hi Goatldi :) Homemade pizza is so dependent on a good crust! We make ours thin, we prefer that. Once in a while though I'll make a Chicago pizza and that is such a thick crust, it rises for 6 hours!

Rain said...

Hi RO :) Thanks :) Actually those are just big hunks of green peppers! Alex and I can't handle the hot stuff, but we put the green peppers on top and take them off before we eat them, that way we still get the flavour without the heartburn :)

Rain said...

Hi Marsha :) No thermometer required? I have to do some research! I've been making the dough for years now, I can't go back to store-bought now. :) The snow is very lovely but yes, it can be back breaking to shovel. At least we rarely go out so it doesn't have to be done every day. We do it in stages to help our backs and shoulders!

Rain said...

Hi Starting Over :) I was actually a little worried this would turn into caramel sauce! I got lucky I think because it just wasn't working out with the whisk. Happy Valentine's to you too! :)

Rain said...

Hi Terry :) Congrats again on being sugar free! I'm cutting down a little each year with the refined sugars. I love chips/fries...with some mayo it's really a good combo! I used to load my fries with vinegar but sometimes your taste buds change.

Rain said...

Hi Laurie :) That's what I was going for with the red baskets and checkered liners, that diner look! :) I'd bought them last year when I saw them on sale and figured they'd be fun to have our fish and chips in! :) Oh boy, your cup cakes sound amazing! Oozy is very good lol! I agree, with our winters, we need extra comfort...and for us, food is the way to do that!

Rain said...

Hi Wisps of Words :) I think next time I'll try that "no fail" fudge recipe and see how that works out. We ended up NOT losing power I'm happy to say though we had quite an ice storm overnight and some of the poor trees lost branches. :( Now it's back to arctic weather, bah!

Rain said...

Hi Buttons :) Nice to see you again :) Winter is getting crazier. When I was a kid, I don't remember ice storms and rain in mid-winter...We have to adjust though.

Rain said...

Hi Magic Love Crow :) Thank you! I love to cook and bake! I consider it a delicious hobby lol. Living by the seasons is a wonderful way to live, I'm glad you liked the video :) It was so peaceful that morning!

Rain said...

LOL Kristina...I always gain in the winter too. I don't mind too much because it all gets worked off once spring arrives! :)

Rain said...

Hi Sandi :) No, they are green peppers! I mentioned above to RO that we can't handle peppers, or any kind of hot or spicy foods. But we love that pepper taste. So far, cooking it with the peppers on top lets the juices and flavour come out a bit and we just take the peppers off to save our digestions!

Pam Jackson said...

As big a mess it can make you have to admit...falling snow is beautiful. Also just laying there if no one has walked through it. Fudge....oh there again...sugar! Love fudge, chocolate, peanut butter, chocolate.....and no I did not make a mistake saying chocolate twice!

Rain said...

You're so funny Pam :) I forgot my blogs were sugar-heavy lately ha ha! Tomorrow's dessert will make you jump through hoops let me tell you! ;) I'll post about that tomorrow night or Thursday!!!

jack69 said...

I'm not much of a fudge person, my Sherry is and knows making fudge can be tricky.
But me, I like the looks of the PIZZA! YES! I hope the weather wasn't tooo tough! SOUNDS COLDDD!

Rain said...

Hi Jack :) Yes, it's darn cold...-20's Celcius today. I'm very thankful for the sunshine though! The pizza was wonderful! It's such a comfort food! :)

baili said...

your food is always compelling :)

this fudge looks DELICIOUS!!!
glad you shared the recipe.
loved this inviting Pizza so yummy indeed :)

you are all rounder my friend and i am amazed that in such dull weather your brain works very well
sorry that you have to drive in snowy weather .hope you are having safe times with power on

MrsDuncanMahogany said...

I missed this post somehow!! Oh that fudge looks mouth watering delicious!! So does the pizza! We rarely order pizza anymore, I would rather make it too! I love the little clip of the snow falling. We call the big flakes in our house Hollywood snow. :)

I hope your shopping went okay!

Rain said...

Thanks Baili :) The weather has changed so drastically, it's raining today of all things! Doesn't make for a nice view though, everything look so dirty out there from the sand and ice the village puts on the roads. The fudge is really good, I actually have some left! I would like to try to get it a little harder though, it was quite soft, though I don't mind it that way either! :)

Rain said...

Hi Dianna :) Ha ha ha...Hollywood snow!!! We call that "perfect" hard rain "Hollywood Rain" lol! funny, great minds think alike. Shopping is done...I got stuck in the slush and on black ice...I will regale you with the details later...I never want to drive in winter EVER again...gawsh.

Sam I Am...... said...

The pizza's look great. I meant to ask you last time how do I get a crispy crust making your dough. I have a stone but you have to preheat and I didn't because how do you get the dough on there as it is soft and with all the toppings? I don't have one of those paddles do I need to get one? It was very soft when I took it out...it was cooked but soft which I don't care for.
Love the snow video...beautiful! Thank you!

Rain said...

Hi Sam :) I answered your questions on your blog, I didn't think I'd have a chance to answer comments tonight, but Alex is sneakily wrapping my bday present so I found some time! :)

Stefanie said...

What is the consistency of fudge like? Thicker than a brownie of course, yeah? Is it hard or almost buttery? Your personal pizzas look good. I'll have to try making pizza dough again one day as the first was a big fail.

Rain said...

Hi Stefanie :) The fudge...well, the question really is what is the consistency SUPPOSED to be like...mine was very soft. But then, others say they make it and it turns our hard. I think it's supposed to be thick like a brownie, kind of hard on the outside and softer as you bite in...how's that for confusion lol...