Friday, December 28, 2012

At the Years End With a Piece of Fudge (or two) in my Hand



That’s what this week has been, this last full week of the year.


Nothing happening.  Nothing scheduled. 


No school!  Yippeeee!


No rushing, just relishing in the quiet.


Staying up late and reading all those books piled by my night stand, then sleeping in an hour later than usual! 


Studying deep into God’s words….leaning back into His truths and trusting.


Enjoying once a year treats, using a vintage candy cookbook from 1970.  Resulting in the BEST fudge I have ever eaten! I seriously  can’t leave it alone.


fudge- SycamoreLane Photography- w


Superior Chocolate Fudge

(taken from the Farm Journal Homemade Candy Cookbook 1970)

4 c  sugar

1 (14 1/2oz) can evaporated milk

1 c  butter

1 (12oz) pkg.  semi- sweet or milk chocolate chips

1 (7oz) jar marshmallow crème

1 tsp vanilla

1 c   broken walnuts or pecans (optional)

Combine sugar, evaporated milk, and butter in heavy 3-qt pot.  Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, till soft ball stage is reached (234 degrees).  Remove from heat; add chocolate chips, marshmallow crème, vanilla and nuts. Beat until chocolate melts and blends into mixture. Pour into a heavily buttered 13 x 9 in. pan.  Makes about 4 lbs.

**I did this a bit different.  I put some broken pecan pieces into a buttered 9 in.  pie plate.  I used another pie plate but did not add nuts to it.  Then I split the mixture between the two pans.  That way I had a little variety since I have some in my family who like their fudge without nuts.




cook book- SycamoreLane Photography-w


Doing a bit of crocheting, just for fun.

yarn- SycamoreLane Photography- w


Taking care of Bob (a.k.a Bobcat or Mr. Bob) who, my retired Veterinarian dad has discovered,  has a congenital heart defect called ductus arteriosus.  I listened to his heart the other day when my dad was checking him out.  There is not a strong beat to his heart just whoosh-whoosh.  He has now been brought inside, no longer to be a mouse catching barn cat, and is currently being babied.  He sleeps A LOT.  We will love him while we have him and he will lack for no amount of attention!


bob cat-w


There has been a fair amount of ingenuity going on around here, too!  Sis, got out the boxes from my bedroom closet that our Christmas gifts were shipped in.  She made herself one fine dolly house… a three story, she informed me. 




And I’ve had a bit more freedom to take some photos.  How I love capturing the beauty of God’s nature in a photograph.  I stand there snapping away, looking for great composition, and praising my Great God with all that is within me!


house finch- SycamoreLane Photography- web


sunset- sycamoreLane Photography- web


This year is at its end, quickly fading into the new year.  I’m savoring these last few days and looking forward with great anticipation for what the Lord will bring with the new year.


Happy New Year!


  1. Beautiful my sweet friend. Just beautiful! I'm going to have to try me some of that fudge, and since I am not near enough to your home to sample yours, I will have to pick up the necessary ingredients and whip up a batch here.'s that for a long-winded sentence! LOL! Fudge always requires attention, and this time it was in words. :) Hmmm...your cat's heart sounds like Austin's did! Interesting. Have a wonderful New Year Jenn!

    Much Love,
    Camille XO

  2. That fudge looks amazing! I may have to try that recipe soon. So glad that you have a quiet week to enjoy! Love you!!

  3. Jenn-what a beautiful post! I love your photography. And isn't it funny...your little girl playing with the BOXES the gifts came in! <3 I love that! And wow. Did you have to post the recipe for the fudge??? ;) The only thing that might save me is I have a little one that is allergic to milk and I'm not sure almond milk or coconut milk would work the same in I'd have to use dark chocolate chips...hmmmm. Might have to try it anyway! I'm sure God has wonderful things planned for our New Years!

  4. Loved this post...would love to make your fudge, but alas this momma and baby don't need anymore sweets for now. Maybe next Christmas I'll make it to celebrate all the yummy goods I tried to leave alone this year :) I ALWAYS love your bird pictures. There is something about their sweet faces! And poor Bob. He looks very happy to be an indoor kitty now though.

  5. You have such beautiful light coming through your windows! I love that!
    My boy and your girl would get along just wonderfully, creating lots of adventure with cardboard :) Have you checked out Caine's Arcade yet on youtube? She may be inspired by it, we were! Together Pa and Sawyer created a dart board and skee ball game out of cardboard! So fun!

    I love that you are able to bring in Bob, he looks like a sweet lil boy :) We also had a Bob, for only a year...and a Copper for only a month. Boy cats living in the country don't seem to last very long, very curious little creatures. and unfortunately I am unable to bring any inside because of allergies. :( your Bob is a lucky little boy :) give him a snugglly ol hug for me!

    Happy New Year Jenn and many blessings to you and your family!

  6. That fudge looks yummy!!!! I may have to try to make it. Thanks for sharing! We had no school either and it was so nice!! I love your photos! You do such a beautiful job! Happy New Year Jenn!

  7. Sounds and looks like your holidays have been filled with wonderful times. I know that little kitty will live out her days being loved by your wonderful family. Happy New Year and many blessings to you and your family in 2013!!

  8. Made the fudge. Just when I thought I could stop indulging this Christmas...I spotted your recipe...made your recipe...and have been nibbling away!! It's a lot of fudge to get through....dear me!! I am sharing, in case you were wondering. :)

    Love you!

  9. Camille, it freezes well... I know it is a big batch! However, I noticed it holds well even on the counter. I liked the big batch because I knew I could place some in the freezer and use for guests and such.


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