10 Fudge Recipes to Try This Christmas

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10 Fudge Recipes
The master fudge maker in this family is my Super Wonderful Husband, Anthony, but this year I’ve found fudge recipes and am giving it a go myself.

 

Fudge makes a really lovely homemade gift so I thought a selection of different flavours presented in a lovely gift box would be well received by our family and friends.
I think the girls will enjoy helping to make them as well, especially the 2 ingredient fudge that’s cooked for a few minutes in the microwave!

I now have to go searching ebay for the right kind of gift box and ribbon to package them up 🙂

Winter White Red Velvet Fudge
Winter White Red Velvet Fudge

 

2 Ingredient Fudge
2 Ingredient Fudge

 

Gingerbread Fudge
Gingerbread Fudge

 

White Chocolate Reese Fudge
White Chocolate Reese Fudge

 

Salted Caramel Fudge
Salted Caramel Fudge

 

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Fudge
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Fudge
Peanut Butter Swirl
Peanut Butter Swirl
White Chocolate Mint Fudge
White Chocolate Mint Fudge

 

Five Minute Fudge
Five Minute Fudge

 

Buttermilk Fudge
Buttermilk Fudge

Please note: All images belong to the individual websites I’ve linked too. They’re all screenshots taken for the purpose of linking to the recipes.

Kaycee’s and Emma’s Christmas Raffle

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Kaycee and her friend, Emma, wanted to rent a stall at the Brownie’s Christmas fair yesterday. They borrowed some money to buy goodies for the Christmas raffle prize hamper and to pay for the stall then paid it back when the tickets were sold.

Guides Christmas fair - KayCee and Emma's stall
Sorry for the poor quality, I didn’t realise how blurry they were until I got them on here. They looked ok on my phone!

 

Christmas Raffle Hamper

They did really well, selling about 30 tickets at £1 each. After they’d paid back the cost of the stall and the hamper they’d made £7 profit each 🙂
They gave a donation to one of the charities the Brownies were collecting for and spent some of it at the fayre.

Kaycee’s saved some of hers for the next time she goes shopping.

They both worked really hard on making the posters and putting together the hamper and we’re all very proud of them 🙂

Christmas raffle - KayCee & Emma running their stall at Guides

 

52 weeks of gratitude – week 9

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Week 9 - A gnome swinging in the apple tree

Here are the things I’m thankful for in week 9 of my 52 Weeks series 🙂

week 9 - a gnome swinging in the apple tree

 

1) My husband for taking care of me while I’ve been sick
2) Happy girls in Halloween costumes
3) Christmas stories from the charity shop ready for our story a day for advent
4) Ibuprofen!
5) Movies 24 changing to Christmas 24 🙂
6) Aiden, Kaycee and Ella helping with the housework because I’ve been sick
7) Having the bed to myself while I’m sick, even though I do miss falling to sleep snuggled up to my husband. I don’t have to worry about keep waking him with my coughs and sniffles and what feels like constant wakings.
8) Ella’s fearlessness when it comes to snails! Somehow a snail got in our downstairs shower room and gave me a fright when I got up off the toilet and saw it there on the cistern! I shouted Ella and she saved me 😀
9) Tesco clubcard points and being able to double them up. I’d saved £99 worth of points over the year which I doubled up and spent on Christmas presents for the kids. It does feel good being able to order £200 worth of presents and not have the bank balance go down by that much!
10) Last but not least,  because there’s no way I’d be up to having to go to the actual shop to get our groceries this week!

  • Ant’s been staying at his mum’s as she’s fairly immobile at the moment. She is waiting for an operation. He does get a break when his oldest daughter comes to stay with her Grandma on the occasional weekend.

Angel Delight – Our #AngelDelightMoments

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Angel Delight - A favourite dessert

Angel Delight was a favourite dessert when I was growing up, probably like many people my age.
I remember always looking forward to family parties where my Nan-Nan (we’ve called my Grandmother, Nan-Nan from when we could talk and we still do) was doing the catering because her food was always wonderful.

My favourite part was always the desserts, as you’d probably guess.

Nan-Nan would make a blackcurrant jelly, top it with a blackcurrant Angel Delight (which I haven’t seen for years and reallllyyyyy really miss!) then pipe whipped cream on the top of that.
It truly was THE BEST dessert my childhood self ever had!

I’ve tried it with strawberry jelly and Angel Delight but it’s just not the same. Maybe I should start a petition to get them to bring back blackcurrant Angel Delight!

We were sent some of the new bubblegum flavour Angel Delight and rather than use both packets to make a dessert, we decided to use one of them to make the milkshake, using the directions on the back of the packet. It was delicious 🙂

Angel Delight - A favourite dessert
Ella uses any excuse to get the wine glasses out and pictures for a blog post is as good an excuse as any!

I bought other flavours of Angel Delight and we decided to make pancake faces using sweets, jelly and the Angel Delight 🙂

I’m currently on Slimming World so I decided to leave out the pancake and just have an Angel Delight layered dessert with a few sweets to make the face 🙂
Definitely worth the syns!

Angel Delight - A favourite dessert

 

Angel Delight - A favourite dessert

Kaycee and Ella loved making their pancake faces but next time we need to make the pancakes a lot smaller! They kept piling on jelly and sweets and squirty cream then struggled to eat it!

Angel Delight - A favourite dessert

 

Angel Delight - A favourite dessert

 

Angel Delight - A favourite dessert

 

Angel Delight - A favourite dessert

 

Angel Delight - A favourite dessert

 

I think when my kids grow up, their Angel Delight memories will be the layered desserts because they love making them in tall glasses for a special dessert 🙂

While looking through my albums on my phone to get the pictures for this blog post, I found some selfies Ella had taken while I was busy cooking the pancakes!

 

My Angel Delight doing what she does best - Selfie Posing

 

My Angel Delight doing what she does best - Selfie Posing
My Angel Delight doing what she does best - Selfie Posing

This post is an entry for #AngelDelightMoments Linky Challenge

Rainy Day Fun For The Kids

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Rainy Day Fun - Hama Beads

Now that Halloween and Bonfire Night are both over, I find myself in a state of panic trying to
think of new and exciting ways to make a rainy day fun, for the kids in the lull between now
and Christmas. With the good old fashioned British weather not on my side, I’ve
had to think of a few ways to keep my little ones entertained over the years. If you’re new
to this or are just looking for something different, here are a few indoor
treats that I cannot recommend enough.

rainy day fun
Build a fort
Who says that fun with the little ones needs to be expensive? You can create your own fairy tale
fantasy land just by throwing together a few pillows. Take the cushions off the
sofa, pull the bedsheets out from the laundry cupboard and pile your pillows
high – your little princesses can play the damsels in distress while the boys
can try their best knight in shining armour act.
Nothing helps to keep you warm in winter like a few homemade cookies and biscuits, and
everybody knows that kids love to get their hands dirty with eggs, flour and
goodness knows what else. To really get creative, try using different icing,
glitter, sugar paper and whatever you can get your hands on – you could even
try to stick to themes to make as gifts for loved ones.
rainy day fun bake a cake
Make a treasure hunt
If your kids are anything like mine, then they’ll love a challenge. What’s more, it’s also as
much as a challenge for the person coming up with the clues as it is for the
people doing the treasure hunt, so make sure you really go to town with your
creativity. Consider writing the clues in poetry form or use riddles to really
throw your little ones off. Make sure the treasure incentive is big enough to
keep your kids searching for hours – perhaps a big treasure chest of sweets?
Grab a deck of cards
Who needs XBoxes and PlayStations when there is a wealth of fun to be had from a simple £1 pack
of cards? If you fancy yourself as something of a magician, you can look up a
few tricks online to really impress your kids, or if you want to get them more
involved, why not teach them a few card games? For smaller children, blackjack
can be picked up in minutes.
Cards are our overall favourite way of making a rainy day fun.

Weekly weigh in – 1.5lb lost

Home / Slimming World / Weekly weigh in – 1.5lb lost

I’ve been in control all week and felt better for it. It paid off with the 1.5lb lost that I gained last week. I’ve also been sick though since last Wednesday with a horrible cold so I’ve had Beechams and  Tunes and Halls lozenges.
I didn’t syn them but I think they were about 10 syns for the three packets and they’ve been spread over the week.

I checked how I did last week after not knowing all week and I only put a pound and a half on which was a lot better than I was expecting.

Today, with the 1.5lb lost, I now need to lose exactly a stone to get me back to my 8 and a half stone award weight and 1 stone 7lb to get my 9 stone award. I’d need to lose 4lb a week now to get that by the weigh in before Christmas week which I think is impossible but I’m leaving my chart as it is because it might just spur me on to try my very best!

Weekly Weigh In - 1.5lb lost
If British imperial weights of Stones and Pounds confuse you, here is a link to a Stones to Kg calculator, to make life simpler 🙂

5000 question survey, part 2 – #101in1001

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Flowers

Continuing the survey part 2

101. What does happiness/joy feel like physically? I remember getting my first baby doll when I was about 5. It was in a big pink box and it was wearing a pink dress. There were accessories all round it and I remember thinking that it was the most beautiful thing I’d ever seen. I remember feeling an overwhelming feeling of happiness that at first felt like bubbles rising inside me then a pressure that made me feel like I was going to burst.
102. List five people you love starting with the one you love the absolute most. I have three children and a husband who I adore and couldn’t possible pick the one I love most so these are in the order I put them when sending a birthday card to someone!

Ant

Aiden

Kaycee

Ella

All the rest of my family!

103. How many movies have you gone to see this month? I haven’t been to the movies in about 15 years

104. If you could have 3 wishes…but none of them could be for yourself, what would you wish for? I’d wish for one of my family to win a huge lottery prize so they could afford to share it with the rest of the family and they could all buy a house and live comfortably forever 🙂
I’d wish for Ant to have his cold office/workshop (read garage!) transformed into a warm room with everything tidy and organised.
My final wish would be for Nanny. She;s in a lot of pain right now and I’d love to be able to take that away.

105. In what ways do you relax and de-stress when you are really tense? Watching tv with Ant relaxes me. If that doesn’t work reading does.

106. How much money would it take to get you to drive to school naked in the springtime and get out of the car? No amount of money would ever make me do that!
107. Have you ever killed an animal? My rabbit died during a particularly cold winter and I still feel guilty because I neglected it. I kept forgetting to give it fresh water and food and cover it over at night. My girls want a rabbit but I can’t face having another.

108. Have you ever lost someone close to you? Three of my grandparents

109. What do you think of cloning? Haven’t really given it much thought
110. Do you read or watch TV more often? I probably watch tv more than I read but I’m trying to read more.
111. With all this talk of terrorism going around are you willing to sacrifice rights and freedoms for increased safety? Yes

112. What is the punishment you would come up with for Osama Bin Laden if you caught him alive? I’d leave punishment to the officials
113. Have you ever named an individual part of your body? No

114. Have you ever been on the radio or on TV? No

115. Have you ever won a lottery or sweepstakes? No

116. Have you ever won a contest or competition? Yes a couple

117. Do you like to watch The Joy of Painting show with Bob Ross (check out this link if you don’t know who he is. Also please note me if you notice the link is broken) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bob_Ross_(painter)? I’ve never seen it

118. Do you know what your grandparents and your great grand parents did for a living? I know my grandad worked for Rolls Royce in Derby. I think my grandmother worked in a factory and I’m not sure what my other grandad did.

119. Is there anything really interesting in your family history? I have no idea

120. Is there anyone you trust completely? My husband and my parents

121. Have you ever lost someone without having the chance to say goodbye? My grandma and I wasn’t allowed to go to the funeral either so never really felt that I said goodbye
122. How do you feel about women in politics? No different to men in politics
123. Would you rather have an indoor Jacuzzi or an outdoor pool? Indoor jacuzzi

124. What things are you interested in that you study or read about on your own? I’d like to learn how to use a dslr properly and I’d like to take a writing course
125. Would you consider yourself to be intelligent? Yes

126. Would you consider yourself to be wise? Yes

127. Have you ever given or received a lap dance? No

128. Have you ever spoken to a homeless person? Yes

129. Would you ever creep into the subway tunnels to go exploring? No

130. If you could add 70 years to your life but only by making some random person die 70 years sooner would you? No

131. Can you finish any of the following lyrics?

A: Nothing to kill or die for…and no religion too

B: Late comings with the late comin’ stretcher…No idea what this song is

C: I could make a film and make you my star…Don’t know this one either

132. Were you ever with someone while they died? No

133. Would you rather be a world political leader or a rock star? Rock star

134. Have you ever given someone a love letter that you wrote? Yes
135. Have you ever sent someone a surprise though the mail? No

136. Are you looking forward to any concerts right now? I’ve never been to a concert

137. Of all animated movies, which is the best one you’ve ever seen? I loved The Lion King the first time I saw it.
138. What are the best bands or songs to listen to while driving? I don’t drive but if I did my favourite music at the moment is the soundtrack to Nashville, the tv show
139. What do you think is the most amazing thing that anyone has ever accomplished? Building the pyramids without the technology we have today amazes me

140. What could a member of the opposite sex do to impress you? It would probably depend on the person so I can’t pick one thing

141. About how many emails do you get a day? 30-50 

How many of those emails are junk mail? 45!

How many of them are forwards? None

142. What’s your favorite thing to do online besides write in your diary and hang out at this site? Facebook and Pinterest

143. Do you believe Kurt Cobain (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kurt_Cobain) killed himself or was it a conspiracy? Never thought about it. Just took it that he killed himself

144. Have you ever though about hitchhiking across the country? No

145. Who would you bring with you on this kind of a road trip? I’d never hitchhike so no one!

146. Of the following, which word best describes you: accurate, bold, charming, dependable – Dependable

147. If you are single, at about what age do you think you will be ready to settle down and get married? If you are married, how old were you at the time? I got married in my late 20s

148. Do you often wonder, when you say goodbye to people, if it is the last time you will ever see them? Never

149. What movie are you most looking forward to seeing when it comes out? The next Hunger Games
150. What is your quest? I don’t have a quest

151. What is louder and more annoying: 200 adults talking or one four-year-old screaming? A 4 year old screaming!
152. Do you believe the stories about planes, boats and people mysteriously disappearing into the Bermuda triangle? Yes

153. Who are you the most jealous of? Probably all people who on’t have worry about money. I’m not bothered about being rich, I’d just like to not have to worry about groceries or things like finding money for Christmas and birthday presents.

154. What is the happiest way you can start your day? With a cup of coffee made the super wonderful husband!

155. Do you ever have moments where you feel like everything is all right in the world? Yes, well with my world, not the world in general!

156. Who thinks that you are offensive? I hope, no one.

157. If you had to teach a class in something, what would you be able to teach people? How to use Paint Shop Pro

158. Have you ever had a spiritual experience (an experience that cannot be explained by science)? I don’t think so, I think it was just a dream

159. Do you believe that this experience was truly mystical or do you think there is some scientific explanation for it, only you don’t know what it is? As I said, I think it was a dream

160. Do you get offended easily? No

161. Would you still love and stay with your signifigant other if he or she had to have a breast or testicle removed? Of course

162. Do you believe in fate or free will? I think I probably believe in fate although I haven’t given it much thought

163. Do you believe that only boring people get bored? No

164. Can life change or are we all stuck in vain? This goes back to fate I think so we’re all stuck in vain if I believe in fate then!

165. What changes are you afraid of? Becoming a widow
166. Are you a day person or nocturnal? Nocturnal

167. What one CD could you listen to for an entire week (no mixed CD’s, it must be an album)? Nashville soundtrack

168. Which is worse, working in retail, food service, or an office? I’ve never worked in food service or an office so I wouldn’t know

169. What’s the coolest job you ever had? Being a blogger. just wish it paid more regularly!

170. What is one central idea that your thoughts seem to come back to? I don’t have one central idea

171. Have you ever wanted to be an actor/tress? Yes 

172. If you had the power to control one person and make this person do anything you wanted for a whole day, who would you pick and what would they do? I wouldn’t want that power
173. What star sign are you and what is your sign like? I’m cancer but I don’t know what cancerians are supposed to be like

174. Did the Blair Witch Project scare you? No

175. Are you in constant fear of death? No

176. Does fear of death keep you from building a life? No

177. Do you like all your movies to be in wide-screen? It doesn’t bother me
178. Are you a fan of any comic books? No

179. At what age did you attend your first funeral? 14

180. What do you smell like (lotion, cologne, sweat)? Body spray

181. What are your greatest sources for wisdom? Google!

182. When you were little, where did your parents tell you babies come from? I don’t remember
183. What is your favorite band? Red hot chili peppers
184. What’s the best cheesy 80’s song? Girl you know it’s true by Milli Vanilli

185. What’s the best kind of movie to see on a date? A romcom
186. Do you like to sit in the front, middle or back of the Movie Theater? Back

187. Have you ever been inside an abandoned building? Yes

188. Under what circumstances would you agree to work for free? I volunteer at a charity shop

189. Candles or strobe lights? Candles

190. Do you think the Lord of the Rings movies are true to the books or did Hollywood change the story too much? Haven’t read the books or seen the movies
191. When you see a stranger on the street does your first reaction lean towards thinking of this person as a potential friend or as a potential threat? Neither

192. Is it natural for human beings to fear and distrust each other, or is it cultural? No idea
193. What do you really want to buy? Christmas presents for family
194. You have to choose. Would you be happier marrying someone rich for their money or living in the streets and subway tunnels with someone you love? Living with someone I love
195. If someone wanted to understand you what book could they read that would help? I don’t know

196. Do you think it’s odd that Americans have freedom of religion and yet call themselves ‘one nation under god’? No

197. In what sense are you a minority? I don’t see myself as a minority

198. Are you anti social? No

199. Do you photograph well? No

200. Do you think that human beings would survivor through a nuclear winter? Probably

Dear Diary – Our Week, a day late!

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Somehow I forgot to do our dear diary post last week so this one will cover the last two weeks, depending on how much I can remember!

Dear Diary

Charity Shop Interview

I went for an interview at our local charity shop last week as I applied to be a volunteer. The interview went well, as did my first afternoon.
I found all the procedures for sorting and pricing the clothes, bedding, curtains etc really easy to pick up and I was fine on the steamer, but then after managing a laundry it would have been a bit embarrassing if I weren’t!

I really enjoy working there. All the people are lovely and it’s great to get out and chat to people instead of being at home all the time.
Also, I get to see all the books as they come in and can have the first pick before they go out on the shelves!
I’ve already put about 10 children’s Christmas books to the side for me to pick up next week. I want to collect 24 books so I can wrap them up and the girls can open one each night at bedtime during advent 🙂

Halloween

This week the girls were eagerly awaiting Halloween because they were going to a party with my best friend, Jo.

Dear Diary - KayCee in her Halloween costume

 

Dear Diary - Ella in her Halloween costume

They had a great time if the photos on Facebook are anything to go by! Kaycee said she was too hot all night because she did loads of dancing 🙂

They phoned last night to say they were going to see some fireworks at a public display in town. They were very excited. They’d been asking if we could have some fireworks in the garden but I’m hoping we don’t have to now they’ve been to a proper display!

Brownie’s Christmas Fair

Kaycee had a friend round for the day on Thursday. They both go to Brownies and next Saturday is the Brownie’s Christmas fayre, Instead of going in uniform and helping out on the Brownie stalls, they want to rent a table and run their own raffle.

They’ve borrowed some money from Ant and he took them to the shops to buy chocolate and biscuits for the hamper prize.

They made posters and decorated the box for the hamper then arranged all the prizes inside. I must say it looks really good.
They’re going to have a small Christmas tree on the table with shaped gift tags hanging from it. You pay a pound, pick a gift tag and write your name and number on the back then put it in a box for the winner to picked randomly when all the gift tags have been sold.
If they sell all the gift tags they’ve worked out they should make £10 each after paying Ant back for the table rent and the raffle prize.
They’ll then probably spend their earnings on all the other stalls at the fayre!!

Christmas Raffle hamper

Movies 24

Talking of Christmas (which I’m sure I’m allowed to do now Halloween is over, right?!), Movies 24 has now changed to Christmas 24 and this makes me very happy! Admittedly, I’ve been watching Christmas for the past week because True Movies changed to True Christmas a week or so ago and though I tried not to watch them in October, I couldn’t help myself!

NaBloPoMo November 2014