Today I was sent a link to Connecting Dotz … Linking people with ideas with people with ideas… and their lovely cards of the Osani: Circle of Love Game. . This struck just the right holiday note for me. Sitting in a circle. Feet touching, playing a the Love Game.
As I enjoy some time off with my family in the drippy, cool Northwest of the US, know that you are all in my heart, in corners big and little, in acquaintance deep and light. I wish you a new years full of learning, love and good health. I wish our world peace, wisdom and joy.
I have made donations to the following organizations in your collective names:
- American Cancer Foundation Frozen Pea Fund
- Heifer International (chicks and bees)
- The Seattle Guardian Ad Litem/CASA Program
- The Seattle Youth Garden Works
And for your stomachs, here is my family’s tradition – Fudge!
Put in large bowl:
(really big, big, big to allow stirring room):
- 3 packages chocolate chips – 36 oz. total (I recommend Nestles or Guittard — don’t go cheap!)
- 1 8-oz jar marshmallow cream (if you can only find 7 oz jars, that’s OK)
- 2 cubes butter (buy a brand name — sometimes the cheap stuff is full of water and it will ruin the fudge — very sad)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Have ready at hand:
- 2 cups chopped nuts (optional — you can even add coconut!)
Put in large kettle:
(again, I mean big – the mixture boils up to four times it’s original volume as you cook it!)
- 4 1/2 cups sugar
- 1 can evaporated milk (not skim or lowfat!)
Bring the sugar/milk mix to a rolling boil stirring constantly. Cook a full eight minutes (timed once the mixture comes to a boil — critical!!!).
Take off heat and pour over chocolate/butter mixture. Beat with mixer until creamy. Add nuts and spread in a pan to cool. Lick the bowl and beaters before washing! I like to use a cookie sheet with high edges, but the size of pan depends on how thick you like your fudge. Mine is about 13×24. My siblings use smaller pans. My mom uses two Pyrex pans. Cut into pieces and enjoy!
Now it is time for some “downtime.” Forgive me if I ignore your emails, twits and posts for a few days. Time for meals, conversation, books, puzzles, games and just some plain ole NUTHIN!