Wednesday, December 22, 2010

This Week's Treasure

Look what I found at our local antique thrift store! There were several unique buttons around the edges of the tub which had me itching to see what other treasures lay inside...but the lid was taped shut! So, $13 later and they were on their way home with me. As I drove, I was reminded of all the times my mother took me to Ben Franklin's as a little girl, where I'd stand FOREVER at the huge button barrel...sorting, collecting, studying & dreaming up projects.

Let the sorting begin! While most are plastic there are several wooden buttons, as well as a few leather...even a couple glass buttons.

Now don't you just want to run your fingers through these :)

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Rocky Road Fudge

Check out all of the fabulous holiday-themed projects, gift ideas, and more from our wonderful EtsyMom Blog Hop Contributors from around the world!!

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On December 11, 2010 we'll choose a winner using the Random Integer Generator from The winner will receive this super sweet gift basket full of handmade holiday goodies, including:

a pair of Turquoise Earrings from
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a lampwork bead bracelet by
sterling silver and Swarovski pearl/crystal holiday earrings by
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a matching splat mat and baby bib from
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Here's my contribution to the Holly Day Blog Hop:

Rocky Road Fudge

I love this easy fudge recipe (no candy thermometer needed) passed to me by my mother. It's my "go-to" dessert for any get together, the first thing my husband asks for at the beginning of the holiday season and, thanks to this blog, I'm eating a piece now!

What you'll need:
12 oz package of semi sweet choc chips

14oz can of sweetened condensed milk

2 tablespoons butter, margarine or other butter spread

2 cups dry roasted peanuts --I love the taste of salty peanuts and chocolate, but not too salty, so I do 1 cup salted, 1 cup unsalted.

10.5 oz package of mini marshmallows

In large bowl, combine peanuts and marshmallows. In sauce pan, melt chocolate chips with sweetened condensed milk and butter over medium-low heat until smooth. Remove chocolate from burner and pour over marshmallow/peanut mixture. Mix well. Spread into a wax paper lined 13x9" pan. Chill 2 hours. Cut into squares (makes about 40 squares...or 4 big ones!)

Let me know how yours turns out! ~Jocelyn

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