Can you tell I've had this recipe for years?
With the holidays in full swing, how are you feeling?
I'm finding that my earlier energy boosts have diminished somewhat. I suspect that adrenaline may have been a contributing factor to some of my highs. Have y'all noticed that whenever you get fired up about something for whatever reason, and your adrenaline kicks in, suddenly the fatigue thing goes away? Completely? And very temporarily?
I've noticed that when this happens, and then whatever triggered that adrenaline rush is over, the crash that follows is epic. With unfortunately far too many epic crashes in my past, I think that I'm finally learning to recognize that artificial burst of energy for what it is: completely biochemically induced and that it's fleeting. So I'm trying to ignore those rushes when they start. An example: We had a Christmas gathering the other night with Greg and Terese and company; and I was excited and happy to host the party.
I have always loved a party.
Instead of rushing around last minute exploiting that adrenaline push to decorate and clean, I started slowly preparing the day or two before by gradually preparing whatever I could ahead of time. Like the fudge. Mmmmmm.....fudge........
(Which ended up creating an epic incident for reasons other than an adrenaline crash considering the amount of milk and butter that populate each piece of delicious, creamy, chocolatey, sweet............uh............what was my point here? Ah. Yes. Dairy induced GI distress.)
The preparing ahead strategy worked pretty well. In my pre coming-to-my-senses-about-my-limitations life, I would have waited until about an hour before go-time to do this stuff. Our plans included going out for dinner, ogling the neighbors' Christmas lights, and then returning to our house to have dessert, exchange gifts and commence the other Merry Christmas type activities. All of which we did and had a grand time. I walked into the house with everyone for dessert, and was thankful that the teensy part of my brain that thought ahead and prodded me to pace myself was successful in making itself heard. Because all I had to do after critiquing the other Christmas light displays was pull a few things out from the refrigerator (like my fudge, which turned out amazingly good this year) and punch the BREW NOW button on the coffeemaker.
Am I tired today? Yes. Am I crashing? No. Do I wish I wouldn't have eaten a zillion pieces of fudge?
Oh. My. Gosh. Yes.
So. How are things going for you? I really want to know. Tips? Survival ideas? Embarrassing stories?
In return, I'll share my fudge recipe:
*Yes. This recipe contains obscene amounts of butter and sugar. Use it all anyway. Doesn't turn out if you skimp.*
Joanne's Fanny Farmer Fudge
Line a 9x13 inch pan with foil or parchment paper.
4 ½ C white sugar
1 pound good quality salted butter
1 - 13oz. can of whole evaporated milk
18 oz. good quality semi sweet chocolate
1 Tablespoon good real vanilla
1 ½ C chopped nuts
In a heavy large saucepan, bring evaporated milk and sugar to a full rolling boil. Cook for a full ten minutes at rolling boil.
Remove from heat.
Add butter and let melt. Stir for two minutes.
Add chocolate and beat with a hand mixer at medium to high speed for ten minutes.
Beat in vanilla; fold in nuts.
Pour into prepared pan and chill to firm up. Using sharp knife, cut into bite sized pieces. Devour.