Five Things and Alcohol-Infused Fudge

>> Tuesday, December 21, 2010


#1: 12 Cookies of X-Mas -- Nightcap Fudge

One word: I.N.C.R.E.D.I.B.L.E. This fudge-like treat would be perfect for crazy NYE parties. Or just every night before bed. Maybe? Honestly, it may be better suited for a tart filling. It doesn't harden as much as regular fudge. In other words: It's SUPER gooey. So, you should make it -- either way -- and let us know how it turns out!

And please nibble responsibly.


NIGHTCAP FUDGE
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What you'll need . . .
  • 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cup almond milk
  • 1/4 cup vodka (espresso flavor, specifically)
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons flax meal
  • 1 cup coarsely crushed graham crackers (optional, but fun)

Method . . .
  1. Line an 8 x 8 inch pan with tinfoil. Set aside.
  2. In a small saucepan over the lowest possible, heat, combine the chocolate chips, almond milk, and vodka.
  3. Stir until everything is uniformly melted. Stir in the flax meal.
  4. Take off the heat for a couple minutes. Then stir in the crushed grahams.
  5. Pour into pan and refrigerate until firm-ish. Cut into square or just eat out of the dish. However the mood strikes you.

#2: T-minus 2.5 work days until 11 days off. That is all.

#3: I'm happy I don't fit into my wedding dress.

My parents unloaded it onto me the other night (they're in the process of moving). Of course, I immediately drove home to see if it still zips. Now, I've definitely gained a couple pounds since our wedding (we've been through how my thin-ness around that time wasn't exactly healthy). But . . . I still look fabulous in it.

Right?


AND I'm sure that 90% of the reason it doesn't zip is because -- drum roll, please -- I've got some insane muscles going on from all the push-ups, chin-ups, and now swimming that I've been doing.

Fitter.
Happier.
More productive.
Not drinking too much.
Regular exercise at the gym.
Etc.

#4: My whole life could have been different.

Stephen teaches SAT-prep and has been telling me about all the fun questions on the test these days. There is a reading comprehension one comparing and contrasting John Lennon's political lyrics and Paul McCartney's melodies.

And this one:



I mean, maybe if the test had more questions like this one when I was in high school, I would have scored better. Maybe I could have been accepted into an Ivy League school. Who KNOWS what I could have become?!

#5: Some people blow cash on fancy purses. I prefer sexy camera bags.

This morning, I finally purchased a camera bag that will fit all my stuff. I've been cramming the D90 into my D40 bag for months now . . . and it just doesn't fit. Like. At all. And I may have overheard Santa talking about an external flash the other day. So, between the larger camera body, three lenses, and that . . . I need somewhere to stash it all.

Thanks to my tweeps for help with colors. I settled on this pack:


If you're in the market for a camera bag, check out the 5 Million Dollar Home by Crumpler (I still can't say the company name without snickering about its inclusion of the word crump . . . which, of course, makes me think of krumping . . . which, in turn, makes me think of My Sweet 16. Oh goodness.).

12 COOKIES OF X-MAS
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