Peanut Butter Fudge. One of the reasons I’ve been absent from the blogging world for the past week or so. I’ve been busy making (and eating) lots of it.
There are two more reasons.
But I’ll get to those after the fudge.
This recipe doesn’t require the use of your stovetop either. Yes, you heard right.
Nope, no grill either.
Just a microwave.
What else do you need? Just a mixing bowl, a spoon, parchment paper, and a square baking pan (8″x8″).
Oh… and butter, powdered sugar, and pure vanilla extract.
AND… of course… PEANUT BUTTER!!
Since originally trying out this recipe I decided to give it a spin of my own… check out my Toffee-Nutella Fudge. YUM!
And for more great dessert to use as gifts you can click HERE.
TIME TO MAKE FUDGE!
Start by buttering your pan and lining it with parchment paper…
Put butter and peanut butter in a large, microwavable mixing bowl.
Microwave for a couple of minutes. Stir. Then microwave for another two minutes.
Then add in the powdered sugar…
Then the vanilla extract…
Then stir it all together!
At first it will look strange and you’ll think you’ve done something wrong… but then it will come together and all make sense. Keep stirring as best you can to really mix everything together. It gets really thick but that means you’ve done it correctly!
Transfer this to your lined, buttered pan…
Then use your fingers to press the fudge down into the pan as evenly as possible. Try not to eat it just yet…
But, if you steal a taste… I won’t tell.
Use your excess parchment (or another small sheet of it) to cover the top of the fudge…
Then pop the whole pan in the fridge for two hours.
When you take it out you can lift the parchment and the fudge right out of the pan!
Then you can cut it however you like! This makes about 2 pounds of fudge. I cut it into two half pound sections to give as presents and then cubed the other pound for our family to nibble on!
You can see the two half-pound blocks on the left and the rest is in the process of becoming cubes.
I couldn’t wait to take a bite before the last shot so…
$5.00 to make 2 pounds of fudge. This would be an AWESOME gift idea.
For Christmas you could give 1/4 pound chunks out to family or friends and you’re looking at just 63 cents each. Even if you gave out 1/2 or FULL pounds it would be a pretty cheap gift option!
Click HERE for the official recipe!
The first reason…
A final ‘before-baby get away’ with my hubby to a cabin in the woods.
We went to a little town called ‘Pine’ less than two hours away northeast of us. David and I went for an after-dinner walk in the rain and the next day we sat outside on the porch to enjoy the ambiance and the weather. Anything under 90°F sounds luxurious during the summer in Phoenix. The temperature was 66°F first thing in the morning. It would have been wrong not to go outdoors so I went for a morning walk. The trip was short, just one night and two days, but it was a much-needed break from the heat. As tired as I can feel after a week of caring for my girls (and being 8+ months pregnant), I still miss them and can’t wait to see them every time we are away
The second reason…
I’m nesting. Hardcore.
Instead of blogging I’ve been busy painting, bargain-hunting, decorating, and organizing. I went through this big-time with my first baby girl. I was so prepared for her. Crib, changing table, glider, clothes, toys, Diaper Genie… but I had no idea what I was doing. All the “stuff” made me feel ready but I definitely wasn’t. I had no idea what to do when I first held her. Funny how you figure it out pretty quickly though. You kind of have to!
Here is her coming into her room for the first time after arriving home from the hospital…
My second baby girl came right in the middle of the moving process for our family. We were in a rental house and most of our stuff was boxed up in the garage. Finding a permanent home took longer than we expected, but we did manage to get out the crib, some blankets and burp cloths… maybe a few other things. I didn’t seem to miss all the extra stuff but maybe it will make my little Emily sad to see that her big sister and little brother had painted, put-together rooms and she didn’t. I didn’t take any pictures of her room because it was just a crib, bright pink curtains, and a box of clothes. I left her diapers right in the box they came in and the wipes, too. I changed her on the floor, sofa, or wherever I was in the house. I nursed her on the sofa, floor, or even walking around the house. I realized that all the “stuff” was nice to have but definitely not vital to the whole experience.
Here is Emily in her room… doesn’t she look disappointed about her unfinished room? She must be thinking, “Where are my wall decals? Why isn’t my name on the wall? Why do you change me on the ground and not on a changing table?”
Food, clean diaper, sleep and lots of love. That’s all they really need, isn’t it?
Well, I’ll ask Emily if she remembers being so neglected as a child 10 years from now. For the present she doesn’t seem phased by having had no nursery…
Doesn’t she look distraught? It’s a rough life for those middle children… or, so I hear.
And now comes a boy, and I somehow caught the nesting fever again.
I didn’t think it would come since this is my third baby, but apparently having a boy changes things. I’ve had my share of the color pink, accessories, and tutus… and I’m sure I’ll continue to get a steady stream of these things through the years. I must say though, I’m excited to change things up and add bow and arrows, matchbox cars, and legos to the mix!
He has all the “stuff” leftover from his sisters, but he is getting a “re-finished” chair (my version of refinished), a freshly painted room, a bookshelf, and a new outfit. A good friend gave us lots of boy clothes so between that and gifts, he will be more than set!
Here are the “BEFORE” shots of the room that is to be baby Benjamin David’s in the very near future…
And here… weeks after this post was published… are the “AFTER” shots… ENJOY!