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Too much fudge is never enough…

One of my daughter’s friends was just about to celebrate a milestone birthday.  Sally is allergic to cocoa butter and so can not have a lot of the chocolate that is available in the shops.  We have worked out the cooking chocolate that we can use in my fudge recipe that you can find here.  I worked out a gift that I could make for her with some special touches from my daughter.

We started with this split ring…

And then I made a series of numbered tags, one for each year, each tag had a punch on the back with sweet sentiments about their friendship.

As you can see they are a collection of different themes and ideas, current and retired products.

This cute little cat was made with the Fox Builder Punch.

Once all the tags were made I added them to 18 bags of fudge…

The idea is that once the fudge is all gone the tags can be threaded onto the split ring as a book of love.

Here’s the card that Tegan had to go along with the gift…

And yes…Sally loved it.

 

 

Fudge

Here is the best fudge recipe I have ever known.  It is a little tricky to get right at first so I’ll add all the tips I have learned along the way.

185g butter

1 tin condensed milk

500g brown sugar

Put these ingredients into a large glass bowl and mix.  Put into a microwave and cook for about 8 minutes on a medium heat stirring about 3 -4 times.  It is going to get really hot, make sure you use oven mitts.  When it is ready it will be all combined and bubbling.  This is obviously not a recipe you want to make when kids are anywhere near you.

And then 375g roughly chopped cooking chocolate (you can use any type or flavour, dark choc will be very rich, white chocolate will give it a caramel flavour due to all the brown sugar.  The cheaper the chocolate the better, my nicest fudge has been from plain label cheap chocolate).  Add this quickly and combine very quickly with electric hand held beaters (or chuck it all in your thermomix if you are lucky enough to have one).  Then quickly put it in a square container that you have lined with baking paper (my square Tupperware slice container works well).  Set in the fridge but cut it at room temperature or the fudge will crack if you try to cut it straight from the fridge.

You can experiment as you go along.  Chopped nuts are great, macadamias are particularly nice. My sister had even added Rum for my brother-in-law and he loved it.

Enjoy!

Easy fun gift giving!

I’m happy to be known for giving fudge, it is easy and appreciated – what’s not to like about that?  My recipe is no secret, you can find it here.

The box punch board is a simple way to make many boxes in lots of different sizes.  The punch boards are about the same price as a punch and are incredibly versatile.


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This video describes how to use the punch board beautifully.  We also have the envelope punch board and the gift bag punch board, I love both of them too.

 

The joy of giving!

Welcome back to the school term for 3 out of 4 of my kids!  My eldest starts University this year, how crazy is that?

I’ve loved Scrapbooking for a long time but the main thing that hooked me into Stampin’ Up! was the ideas for gift packaging.  With four kids in school I’m always keen for inexpensive thoughtful gifts for teachers and support staff.  My fudge recipe is my typical gift but I love to have a new way to package it.  (Find my fudge recipe here)  I had a pile of Stampin’ Up! chevron bags (now retired) and I found an idea for the tag that I modified to suit the supplies that I have.

This particular group was given to our Tuckshop staff at each of our schools.  If they wanted to they would be able to regift the bags and the tags. Also retired are the little clothespin pegs, our other clips would work well too.
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Triple Chocolate Slice

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I have a tradition of sharing the recipes of the treats that I serve at my classes.  Here is one of the treats that I recently made, even if you NEVER bake, you need to switch on that oven and get mixing, this recipe is to die for. What’s even better is that I had thought I had lost it and only just found it again after about 8 years while sorting through a big pile of cooking books.  It’s called “Triple Chocolate Slice” but it is basically just like a brownie…..and way better than my fudge.

Ingredients:

125 grams butter, chopped.

90 grams dark chocolate, chopped.

90 grams milk chocolate, chopped.

1/2 cup (100 grams) firmly packed brown sugar.

2 eggs, lightly beaten.

1 cup (150 grams) plain flour.

2/3 cup (130 grams) white chocolate bits.

Grease deep 19cm square cake pan. Place strip of baking paper to cover base and extend over 2 opposite sides.

Combine butter with dark and milk chocolate in medium pan, stir over heat until chocolate melts (I do this step in the Thermomix, which is way easier than standing over a stove watching chocolate burn, but if you don’t have a Thermomix I guess that sucks to be you, he he).

Stir in remaining ingredients and mix well (basically I just throw the rest in the Thermomix and let it do the work, if you do use your thermomix don’t add the white chocolate until everything else is combined, add the white chocolate (I use buttons so you get bigger chunks of white chocolate) and mix in reverse until just combined.

Pour mixture into prepared pan and bake in moderate oven for about 25 minutes.  Cool in pan. Serve sliced dusted with icing sugar if desired.

A million thanks to my friend Kristina from who the recipe originated.

Enjoy!

Christmas Countdown – Project 92

How are you finding this refresh of my blog posts?

I hope it is helping you to be inspired for Christmas!

I have made heaps of these Santa Boxes, as you can see they use the Big Shot Top Note Die, along with the Fancy Favour Box.  I have used some of the retired Blush Blossom cardstock for the flesh tone, I really hope they bring this colour back someday (we still have the marker in this colour).  Real Red, Whisper White and Basic Black have also been used along with a couple of punches such as 1 inch circle and 3/4 inch circle.  Tombow adhesive is my choice when putting it all together, along with some sticky strip to assemble the box.

It is the perfect size for fudge or some Christmas shortbread and was what we gave to the Sports Teacher and Deputy Principal as I think it is great for men.

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Here it is from the back, this shows the fancy favour box.

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Happy Stampin’

Bec.

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