Tuesday, January 01, 2013

The First Day Of The Rest Of Your Life...


Hi Everyone! Hope you had a fantastic new year's eve (and a safe one too).
Can you believe another year has gone by? Wow, where does the time go?

I had a pretty good New Years. We were invited over to Alex and Thomas' for a party. It was a really nice evening. There was about a dozen people there. Just the right amount. Some dancing, some drinking (I only had one and then come champagne at midnight) and lots of conversation. This was the first time in many, many years that we've gone out. Usually we stay home, bang some pots and pans and make some noise. But it was great to get out. I made some fudge to take with us. Everyone seemed to like it. Troy kept trying to hide it in the cabinet so no one else could have any.
I started with a recipe, which quickly went out the window. Our local store didn't have the ingredients it called for. So I revised it. :) 

the ingredients......
14 oz. Sweetened Condensed Milk
1/2 cup Baileys 'Irish Cream' Coffee Creamer
36 oz. Chocolate (24 oz special dark / 12 oz. premium white)
almond slices

In a sauce pan, combine chocolate, condensed milk, and creamer.
**I split the condensed milk and creamer between two pans,
one for the dark and one for the white. No definite measurements,
I 'eyeballed' it - I've been cooking and baking far too long**
Over low heat, stir constantly until chocolate is melted.
Spray a 9x9 pan, or use parchment paper.
Make sure you don't let the chocolate scorch.
Once the chocolate is melted, remove from heat and add
almonds (I added them to the dark chocolate) and the
cherries (I cut these into smaller pieces before I started melting
the chocolate, and then added them to the white chocolate....
which turns the white kinda pink. I think next time I will
reverse the almonds and the cherries).
I then layered the dark first, leveled it out, and then
added the white over top.

the fudge while waiting to cool, before being cut of course. :)
I'm calling this "Irish Almond Cherry Fudge"
If you make any be sure to let me know!

everyone dancing (The Twist) at the New Year's party.
this was taken from the upstairs balcony (beautiful house).
there was even a birthday party (cake and all) slipped into
the festivities.

the 'last' picture of 2012
(technically it was before the party -
but you get the idea. LOL)

I want to thank Alex & Thomas and Troy for inviting us to their party. We had a great time. Looking forward to getting together again.
I even met someone who I am trying to get to model for me. I actually met her at the Halloween party - but apparently she washed my business card. So wish me luck! 2013 is going to be a great year! I also met a couple at the party who run a marketing business....you think this is a hint or what? I'm really excited about the upcoming year! My daughter may be pregnant as well. So it is definitely going to be an interesting year. We won't know for sure til next week sometime. That will make five grand kids.....I think my children are seeing if they can make me older than I already am. :)

That's the post for now......seems awful short, doesn't it?
Anyway, I hope your new year is off to an amazing start! Here's wishing you and yours ALL THE BEST!!

til next time....
Be Good, Be Safe, Be Happy!



  1. Happy New Year Ron!!!!

    That fudge looks very good....yum yum:) I made some using a recipe off a Carnation Brand condensed milk can...not bad. It was only my third time making fudge. I think I will spray the pan next time like you suggest. My recipe said to use waxed paper.

    1. Thanks Mary Ann! Happy New Year to You!
      I thnk that spraying the pan works better. I guess you have to be a little more practiced at the wax paper....my Mom used to use paper and never had a problem....Not Me! :)

  2. Happy New Year!!!
    Lots of happiness :0)

    1. Thanks Patri!
      Happy New Year to You Too!!
      This is going to be a great year!

  3. Happy New Year! And the last thing I need is fudge... Dear me, yes. It does sound delicious and I'm all for any fudge recipe that doesn't call for the boiling of things to a soft ball stage. Too much fiddling and burnt finger tips. Yours sounds better, and safer.

    1. Oh and I love Puck on Pegasus! So unexpected!

    2. The last thing any of us need is fudge. But it's the holidays! ;)
      Happy New Year Miss B!

  4. Happy New Years, that fudge looks yummy, I might have to try this. Looks like you roll the New Year in with lots of fun. Congrats if your daughter is pregnant, 5 grandkids will keep ya bussy, but you will always find time for creating, and no it does not make us get older, I just think it keeps us moven when there around, so we just fill older after the fact.