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1  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Fudge! help on: November 30, 2004 06:02:00 AM
This recipe turns out best when the air is dry, I can never to get it to work in the summer months, but this time of year is perfect for it.  I don't know anything about making it chocolate but maybe if you added cocoa just before pouring it out to cool and serve???

Old Fashioned Fudge

3 cups brown sugar (brilliant yellow) lightly packed
1 cup white sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup evaporated milk
2 tbsp butter
1 tsp vanilla

Combine brown sugar, white sugar, salt, butter, and evaporated milk.  Stir over medium heat until sugar dissolves and butter melts.

Allow mixture to reach soft ball stage (240 degrees).  Stirring occasionally to prevent burning.
Remove from heat & let cool without stirring. 
When mixture reaches 110 -120 degrees add vanilla and commence stirring like mad.   
When fudge "loses its gloss" pour into pan, allow to cool, cut up and enjoy.  You can also stir in nuts at this point before pouring into pan.

A few tips....

 Losing its gloss gets very thick, air pockets will form and break while youre stirring, and the mixture turns a lighter colour.

If the bottom does happen to burn try not to scrap the bottom just pour the mixture into a clean bowl leaving the burned bits in the pot, after it reaches the soft ball stage and you've taken it off the heat.

For easy serving cover a cookie sheet or tray with tin foil or parchment paper (no waxed paper) and pour fudge on to that. 
2  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Scrapbooking: Discussion and Questions / Re: Scrapbook Party - Suggestions? on: October 19, 2004 08:53:21 AM
A wee scrapbooking party was how one of my girlfriends got me and another friend hooked.  I've always had a scrapbook but tried to stear clear of all the goodies because I knew I'd spiral out of control once I started.

What we did that nite was one 12x12 page, our "friend" supplied the goods and had colour photocopies made of out pics of my other friend's birthday party and then the next day she drove us to Micheal's where madness ensued.  I was reluctant but there was a 40% coupon and the Slab II had just been released... my other friend loudly exclaimed SCRAPFOLIO! when she saw it sitting high on the shelf and jumped up to reach it, she calmed down a little once she got it down and realized just what it was.  Oh the page it would have made had one of us had a camera! 

I think we each ended up leaving the store with bags that didn't seem to have very much in them but somehow the contents of which totalled over $100 each. 

I think the way we did it with starting out with one page was good, that way we were able to go out later and get albums and embellishments that suited our personal styles and all 3 of us have pretty different books.

I went to one of those "scrapper-ware" parties once that another friend had.  I came away from it a little bit annoyed and didn't want to scrapbook for awhile afterwards. Our instructor had the nerve to say nasty things about "arty" scrapbooks, actually told me not to use a certain picture because it was similar to another on the page and moved things around on our pages to her liking.

I think it works alot better to just let people go at it in their own way and be as encouraging as possible. 
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