So, I had these big plans (I always seem to) involving store-bought chocolates and handmade fabric valentines for J. But as we're getting slammed with all these wintery conditions up in New England, I'm home from work today and unable to get to the grocery store (okay, that's a complete lie. I live two blocks from Whole Foods, but it's cold! I've only motivated to go play in the snow with Miles, which doesn't require much motivation. Have you ever played fetch with a black lab puppy in his first real snowstorm? Doesn't get much more entertaining than that. He's still all fired up, but I expect him to pass out any moment. Here's a picture I snapped in between rounds of fetch.
sorry random tangent. Okay, stuck inside, can't go to store. I rummaged around the cabinets and decided to make fudge. I'm especially relieved to get rid of the last of the fluff that's been around since the last time I made fudge (which was three apartments ago - don't even ask why I've been toting it around with me. I have no excuse. I'm just a sad pack rat. Hopefully, all the chemicals in that stuff kept it from going bad...).
tangent again. here's the recipe. It's pretty fool proof and delicious, especially if your a peanut butter addict like me.
Aunt Peggy's Two-Tone Fudge
2 cups brown sugar
1 cup sugar
1 cup evaporated milk
1/2 cup butter
7 oz. marshmallow fluff
1 cup peanut butter pieces (or butterscotch if you so desire)
1 cup chopped walnuts
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate pieces
In saucepan, combine 1st 4 ingredients. Bring to full boil over medium heat, stir constantly. Lower temps to med-low and cook 10 minutes. Stir occasionally.
Remove from heat. Add fluff and vanilla. Mix until smooth.
Take 2 cups mixture & add peanut butter pieces & 1/2 cup walnuts. Mix Well.
Pour evenly into greased 9" square pan.
To the remaining mixture, add chocolate pieces, 1/2 cup walnuts. Mix well.
Pour over other mixture in pan.
Chill until firm.
Makes about 2.5 lbs.
Note: You can pretty much add anything else you think sounds good, i.e. other nuts, m&ms, coconut, etc. Although, if you use m&m's, it's probably best just to sprinkle them ontop of the fudge before it starts cooling, so they don't get all melty.