Today my kids enjoyed the last day of their holiday with friends. This was a first for me and I could really get used to a quiet house. My oldest is fifteen and has never had a babysitter outside of after school care when she was five. My youngest does not start school until next year, which means that I have never had a moment’s real peace in all that time.
The twins were invited to go play with their cousins and the oldest took the youngest along with her to play with her friend’s sister. The first thing I did when I returned from dropping them off was put on a playlist of MY favorite music. The music streamed through the house as I cleaned the bathrooms and kitchen. The smell of lemon Ajax wafted through the house.
My original plan was to sit down with a mug of coffee and a good book but with the couch all mine and no kids thinking I was the cushiest cushion to sit on, I stretched out my legs and relaxed. The coffee could wait and my eyes were getting heavy on the pages of my novel. I set it aside and curled up under a fuzzy blanket for a nap.
My dreams are often as amusing as any book I’ve read and today’s was no different. I dreamt of making creamy chocolate fudge just like the kind my aunt makes and gives to her loved ones including me! Every year she makes batch after batch of fudge: chocolate, chocolate walnut, chocolate peanut butter, peanut butter and butterscotch. No one makes better fudge. Here is her recipe from the back of the marshmallow creme jar.
3 cups sugar
2/3 cup (6 oz. can) evaporated milk
1/4 cup margarine (or butter)
2 – 6 oz. packages semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 jar Kraft marshmallow creme
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup chopped walnuts
Combine sugar, milk, margarine in a large saucepan. Cook to soft ball stage (238 degrees F), stirring frequently. Remove from heat. Stir in chocolate chips, marshmallow creme, vanilla and nuts. Beat until well blended. Pour into greased 13″x9″x2″ pan. Cool and cut.