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Peanut Butter Fudge

I remember my grandpa PopPop’s peanut butter fudge vividly. It’s one of the only things I remember about him. The fudge, Camel cigarettes, rocking chairs, and watching sports in the basement. But that fudge…It was SO good!

I have been trying for years to recreate a recipe that is close to him. I just made the best batch ever, it tastes like memories. Here’s to you PopPop!

1 cup Honey Peanut Butter

2 sticks unsalted butter

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 lb powdered sugar

Melt the honey peanut butter and the unsalted butter slowly in medium pan over the stove. Add in vanilla extract towards the end of melting. Once melted (don’t cook any longer), quickly stir in the powdered sugar. Stir until the mixture is throughly incorporated and loses its sheen. Spread in glass dish that has been buttered and lined with parchment paper. Cool in fridge for at least 2 hours.

I like my fudge cold, so I keep in the fridge in tupperware. So delicious!

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Recipes

Baked Brie

This recipe is SO easy, but that doesn’t stop people from requesting it for pretty much every function.

1 large wheel brie
1 roll of crescent dough
Water crackers
1 jar Smucker’s Orchard’s Finest Northwest Triple Berry Preserves

(this is THE JAM- I highly recommend you find this exact jar)

Wrap the brie tightly in the crescent dough. Place on a greased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 for about 15-20 minutes until the dough appears golden brown and cheese is melted. You can test to see if the cheese is melted by sticking a sharp knife in a hidden area and looking inside.
Empty preserves into a small pot and cook on low until hot, constantly stirring to avoid burning. When preserves are melted down and hot, pour over the baked brie.

Serve with water crackers.

Triple Berry Preserves

Thoughts

The World Today

I am feeling very uneasy today. Between recent attacks, an ISIS supporter attempting to buy guns in Chantilly (way too close to home) and the recent MURDERS of innocent people by police, our world is in turmoil. And it is disheartening.

Today on the social network for my neighborhood, it was brought to my attention that the area behind my house that is under construction is being used for Satanic rituals, drugs, and sex. There were photos posted of the drawings on the new concrete, baggies for drugs, and used condoms everywhere. This is IN my neighborhood, where we decided to move because we felt safe. This is where I go to walk, jog, contemplate life. A safe, beautiful place to relax and unwind. No longer.

I feel like not only our world is under attack, but my smaller world is under attack as well. We moved because I felt like the place I grew up was safe. It felt like a great place to raise kids.

Once again, world flipped upside down. We lost our twins 3 hours after birth. I think of what things would be like if they were actually here, and I find myself actually THANKFUL that they don’t have to deal with the awful things going on here. What kind of world is this when I am not sure I even want to bring children into a world that is such disarray.

It’s getting ridiculous. Today I feel sad, unsafe, and burdened by the troubles of the world. We all need prayers.

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More Quotes I Love!

It’s simple. I believe in pink. I believe in wearing lipstick. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe in miracles.

~Audrey Hepburn

 

I choose my friends how I like my cocktails. Strong, fabulous, and with a twist.

~Esther Blum

 

Forget yesterday. It has already forgotten you. Don’t sweat tomorrow, you haven’t even met. Instead, open your eyes and your heart to a truly precious gift: TODAY.

~Tatum Thatcher

My Angel Babies

For my Boys

I carry your heart with me, I carry it in my heart and I’m never without it. Anywhere I go, you go, my dear. And whatever is done, by only me, is your doing, my darling. I fear no fear for you are my fate, my sweet. I want no world more beautiful, you are my world my true. It’s you or whatever a moon has always meant, whatever a sun will always sing is you.

Here is the deepest secret nobody knows. Here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud. The sky of the tree called life, which grows higher and higher than the soul can hope or mind can hide and this is the wonder that is keeping the stars apart. I carry your heart, I carry it in my heart.

~ee cummings

 

#2

This is my wish for you. Comfort on difficult days, smiles when sadness intrudes, rainbows to follow the clouds, laughter to kiss your lips, hugs when spirits sag, sunsets to warm your heart, friendships to brighten your being, beauty for your eyes to see, faith so that you can believe, confidence for when you doubt, patience to accept the truth, courage to know yourself, love to complete your life. ~Anonymous