Friday, November 30, 2012

Preparing for Christmas at 10 Fitch - Peanut Butter Fudge

This is a family favorite recipe that I make every year and give as gifts but it's the first time that I've shared my recipe!  Hope you enjoy!


Cheryl's Peanut Butter Fudge

Makes apprx. 70 two inch pieces of fudge

Ingredients:
  • 8 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 cup butter
  • 14 oz marshmallow creme
  • 3 cups chunky peanut butter
  • 1 1/3 cup four
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups chopped nuts (I like walnuts)
Directions:
  1. Butter two 9x13 baking dish's or (what I do) one 18x13 cookie sheet that has 1 inch sides
  2. In a large pot, bring the vanilla, sugar, milk and butter to a full boil. Let the mixture cook 5 minutes from when it begins to boil.  Remove pot from the heat.
  3. Stir in the marshmallow creme and peanut butter until well blended.  Gradually stir in the flour until well incorporated.
  4. You can either stir your nuts in now or you can sprinkle them on top of the fudge after pouring into the pan and then press them into the  fudge while it is still warm which is what I did in the photo above.
  5. Pour the mixture into the prepared pan(s), and let cool.  
  6. With a sharp knife cut into 2 inch squares

Preparing for Christmas at 10 Fitch - Peppermint Marshmallow Recipe

Is it really the last day of November!? Still so much to do before Christmas!  I have several "homemade" projects going right now for holiday gift giving.  This year I'm trying a couple of new things.  I saw a photo of Martha Stewarts candycane marshmallows and they were so pretty I decided I wanted to try making them but when I read the reviews for the recipe it appeared that some people had a few problems so I did a google search for another recipe. There are a lot of homemade marshmallow recipes posted online.  I decided on this particular one because it said "easy" and the reviews were also good and guess what, they are easy to make! However, they do take some time.  These are also very tasty. Would be fun to do with the kiddos.  I plan to package these up with a homemade hot cocoa mix for gift giving.  This recipe comes from bettycrocker.com




NOTE: I made these in a 13 x 9 glass baking dish and cut them into smaller cubes

INGREDIENTS:

Butter for greasing
1/3 cup powdered sugar
2 1/2  tablespoons unflavored gelatin (3 envelopes)
1/2 cup cold water
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1 cup corn syrup
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup water
1 teaspoon pure peppermint extract
8 to10 drops red food color
  • 1 Generously grease bottom and sides of 11x7-inch (2-quart) glass baking dish with butter; dust with 1 tablespoon of the powdered sugar. In bowl of stand mixer, sprinkle gelatin over 1/2 cup cold water to soften; set aside.
  • 2 In 2-quart saucepan, heat granulated sugar, corn syrup, salt and 1/2 cup water over low heat, stirring constantly, until sugar is dissolved. Heat to boiling; cook without stirring about 30 minutes to 240°F on candy thermometer or until small amount of mixture dropped into cup of very cold water forms a ball that holds its shape but is pliable; remove from heat.
  • 3 Slowly pour syrup into softened gelatin while beating on low speed. Increase speed to high; beat 8 to 10 minutes or until mixture is white and has almost tripled in volume. Add peppermint extract; beat on high speed 1 minute. Pour into baking dish, patting lightly with wet hands. Drop food color randomly onto top of marshmallow mixture. Pull table knife through food color to create swirl pattern over top. Let stand uncovered at least 8 hours or overnight.
  • 4 Dust cutting board with about 1 tablespoon powdered sugar. Place remaining powdered sugar in small bowl. To remove marshmallow mixture, loosen sides from dish and gently lift in one piece onto cutting board. Using sharp knife greased with butter, cut into 1-inch squares (11 rows by 7 rows). Dust bottom and sides of each marshmallow by dipping into bowl of powdered sugar. Store in airtight container at room temperature up to 3 weeks.

Monday, November 19, 2012

10 Fitch Holiday Decorations & Mobile Website

So, it was indeed a productive day!  Mom took down and put away all the Autumn decorations and we began getting ready to decorate for Christmas. The front entrance is done and inside it looks BARE with all the fall things now safely tucked away in bins, boxes and bags down in the basement and nothing Christmasy anywhere! But, a lot was certainly accomplished.

While mom was busy with that I worked away on the mobile website that I began on Friday. About an hour ago I finished it up and made it live. I'm so excited! Last week I attended a PAII webinar and found out that I HAD to get a mobile website up for 10 Fitch!  I knew I needed to get one up I just didn't realize how crucial it was that I get it up right away! Thanks to the webinar and some research I found a site that pulls your information off your full site and reconfigures it to work with mobile phone formats.  I did have to do a lot of editing, adding some things, getting rid of some things but it gave me the bare bones structure making it much easier, and much less expensive to get it done than I had thought.  My first attempt I was basically trying to make it look just like the full size site, with all the pretties, graphics and fluff that I LOVE so much! Did not look so good on the phone tho, soooooo.... that's when I really got down to business.  I think there is probably still too much on there, too much text, too many pictures, but it's so hard to know what people looking at it will want! So, the next time you've got your phone in your hand would you take a look at 10 Fitch and let me know what you think?  You can post here on the blog  or on our facebook page.