summer sale!

>> Friday, August 9, 2013


we're having a summer sale, everyone!  15% off everything for the entire month of August with the coupon code "AUGUST13" when you check out at our etsy shop!

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really good easy fudge redux - and SALTED.

actual picture of the batch of salted fudge that is in my fridge right this second.
 
yes.  I have been experimenting with fudge again.  whether it's because of the fact that the weather has been less than favorable and we've been spending more time inside, or the realization that I ALWAYS seem to have the ingredients on hand, it feels like there is always a fresh batch of fudge cooling on my counter.  while I was pregnant with the mini-mini, I craved salted caramel like crazy and now its ingrained on my tastebuds, but I am not brave enough to attempt making homemade caramel yet.  but - I realize that I could achieve an equally decadent - and equally amazing - experience just by tweaking the fudge recipe.
 
the only variations I made on the original recipe is that I substituted a cup of milk chocolate chips in for one of the semi-sweet - it gives the fudge a certain creamy texture - and then a generous sprinkling of mediterranean sea salt on top.  you could also be a salt junkie like me and actually dip the fudge into the salt but that's crazy.
 
you can't get better than this salty, sweet, chocolately goodness.  don't blame me when you get addicted. i'm just the messenger.  anyhow, here is the new recipe.
 
all you need is:
2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup milk chocolate chips
1 300 ml can condensed milk
1/4 cup unsalted butter
generous sprinkling of mediterranean sea salt (you could also use any good quality, super awesome sea salt/fleur de sel but i'm poor and I used what I had on hand)
heat a burner on the stove on low. not the lowest temperature, but pretty low so that nothing will burn. put all the ingredients in a heavy pot. heat slowly, stir often so that everything is incorporated. it will be a little lumpy as the chocolate chips melt, but keep going. eventually everything will melt together and after about 15 minutes, the mixture will "ball" up and start to slightly pull away from the sides of the pot.  DO NOT overcook or your fudge will get grainy and while it's still good to eat, I don't like the texture.
lightly butter, or line a dish or pan large enough to hold the whole mixture with parchment or waxed paper.  spread out evenly and smooth the top.  sprinkle lightly with the sea salt.  cover with saran wrap and put in the fridge to set for at least two hours.

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it's a big big city...

>> Thursday, August 8, 2013

 

The Grit -  Mechanics Edition - Natural Soap, Vegan Soap, Handmade Soap, Cold Process Soap, Organic Soap, Mechanics Soap - TheHiveBotanicals
Coin purse - coin pouch - grey felted wool coin purse - Mothers day gift - made to order - AgnesFelt
Vinyl Record tie, silkscreen necktie, microfiber. Choose narrow or standard. - Cyberoptix
dark grey  cape Coat winter coat Autumn Woman Wool Long Knitted Coat Sweater my01 M-L - colorstore2011
Labradorite Ring, Blue Flash Labradorite Oxidized Recycled Argentium Sterling Silver Ring - US Size 9 - TheSlyFox
Earl Grey Tea Soap, 6oz Large Bar - DavisMain
Union Jack, offset, black and white, 16 x 20, acrylic on canvas, hand painted original - OurJack
Hand knit fingerless mitts / gray / steel grey / wool / lace decor / rustic chic / for her / Christmas / Valentine's - MaybeTheWhiteDog
Picture Art Locket : 36 Original Photographs - blueorder
gadget accessories - kindle or iPad cozy - grey leather ipad cover with aqua hearts - customizable - made to order - stitchandswash
NYC New York City Subway Sign, Rollsign, Bus Blind, Tram Scroll Vintage Style Wall Art Canvas Huge - wordology
Key Chain Central Park Fabric Key Fob - ablemabel
Handmade men retro grey waxed canvas coin purse/ wallet - aseismanos
Chunky Scarf Knitted in Dark Gray Blend Wool - knitBranda
iPod Nano Case 6th Generation / iPod Nano Case with Leather Strap / iPod Shuffle Case - Elephant Gray - RogueTheory
Central Park Photo Fabric Necklace - Trimmingly

so with the odd weather we have been having this august - cooler than normal temperatures, rain, wind and clouds - this girl's fancies are turning towards autumn. I have to admit that while I love the warm weather, fall is my favorite time of year.  even though I can't believe how fast the time is moving.  sigh.

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