Really really really simple fudge recipe.

I had a reader email me that she made the fudge recipe without the cream because she forgot to buy it. She said it turned out fine. So I thought that I should give it a try before I shared that it was possible to make this recipe with the change. 

I used two 10 ounce bags of Andes Peppermint flavored chips with 1 can of sweetened condensed milk (14 oz). Then I forgot to add the 1 tsp of vanilla. No one noticed.

The photo above is how it turned out and I got compliments. So now, if you want a really really really simple fudge recipe. It is below.

2 bags of flavored chips (10 to 12 ounces each bag)
1 can of sweetened condensed milk (14 oz)
1 tsp of vanilla (optional)

Gift Wrap Idea

I, finally, ran out of wrapping paper that I bought so many years ago on sale. I also did not have any more of my fabric gift bags that I like to sew through out the year. 

No problem, I saw a Pinterest link about using newspaper as wrapping paper. We don't get the paper. We read on line, but we get so many advertisements in the mail. Since I use the advertisements for other eco-friendly ideas (lining the shelves, wrapping around breakables, and making patterns for sewing) I decided to use the advertisements as gift wrap. I even made a bow. 

I wish that I could give instructions on the bow, but I just winged it and made loops until it look right. I used a glue gun to keep the bow just right. 

Just wanted to share an idea and wish every one a Merry Christmas or season's greetings for whatever holiday that you may celebrate in your home. Hope you all have a great time

Simple fudge recipe

This is my very simple fudge recipe. My family and friends tend to be minimalists and do not like the extras such as nuts in the fudge.

2 (12 ounce) bags of chips, any flavor that you want. I used chocolate chips in this recipe.
1 (14 ounce) can of sweetened condense milk
1/4 cup of cream
1 tsp vanilla

***Quick note. Do NOT use fat free or low fat sweetened condensed milk for this recipe or it may not set up correctly

Combine ingredients in microwave safe bowl and microwave 1 minute at a time mixing well after each minute. Microwave in one minute increments until all is melted.

Pour in a 9 X 13 buttered pan. Allow to cool. Then cut into 1 inch cubes.

As said, this can be done with any flavored chips. I will make more fudge using butterscotch chips, white chocolate chips, and even peppermint flavored chips.


Tea Bag Package Ideas for the Holidays

Here is a link to a previous home made tea bag tutorial.

This blog deals with the presentation of such a bag.

I make a tea mix that I call Jingle Jangle for the holidays. I use a teaspoon of peppermint tea on one side of the bag and about 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of cinnamon on the other side of the bag. Some people like a stronger cinnamon flavor and some like a milder flavor.

I asked people for advice on ways to present them as gifts and I got plenty of ideas. I am sharing one of those ideas in this blog.

Start by wrapping each tea bag in aluminum foil.

Then used card stock or recycled cards as a protective cover. Cut a piece that would be large enough to protect the tea bag with one fold and then hot glued the paper to seal the tea bag inside. 

Here is the result of recycling a Christmas card to cover the tea bag.

Here is a recycled Peanuts Christmas card. I thought this would be cute for a child, such as my niece.