Thursday, January 22, 2009

A fudge Recipe for Valentine's Day

Might be fun to try this fudge recipe for all those special people in your life. I am going to try it this weekend. If you do, let me know what you think--will compare notes. lol

4 1/2 cups white sugar
1 pinch salt
2 tablespoons butter
1 (12 fluid ounce) can evaporated milk
2 cups chopped nuts
1 (12 ounce) package semisweet chocolate
12 (1 ounce) squares German sweet
2 cups marshmallow creme
1. Butter two 9x9 inch baking pans and set aside.
2. Place chocolate chips, German chocolate, marshmallow creme, and nuts into a large mixing bowl. Set aside.
3. In a 4 quart saucepan, combine sugar, salt, butter, and evaporated milk. Stir over low heat until the sugar dissolves. Bring to a boil, and cook for 6 minutes.
4. Pour boiling syrup over ingredients in bowl, beat until all chocolate is melted. Pour into prepared pans. Let stand a few hours before cutting.

Monday, January 19, 2009

New Primitive ornies/Bowl FIllers for Valentine's Day

Just completed these sweet ornies for the coming holiday and wanted you to see them. They are available at my website:

Friday, January 16, 2009

Interesting Valentine's Day Trivia

  • February 15th was the date of the Roman festival of Lupercalia - where young men held a lottery to decide which girl would be theirs.
  • During Medieval times, girls ate unusual foods on St. Valentine's Day to have a dream of their future husband.
  • In the middle Ages, people believed that the first unmarried person of the opposite sex you met on the morning of St. Valentine's Day would become your spouse.
  • In the middle of the 17th century even married people took a Valentine - not always their legal other half!
  • Alexander Graham Bell applied for his patent on the telephone, on the Valentine's Day, 1876.
  • In Wales, love spoons of wood were carved and given as gifts on February 14th. Hearts, keys and keyholes formed the favorite theme of decorations on the spoons, which together symbolized- "You unlock my heart!"
  • It wasn't until 1537 that St. Valentine's Day was declared an official holiday. England's King Henry VIII declared February 14th a holiday in 1537 for the first time.
  • On February 14, 1779, the natives of Hawaii murdered Captain James Cook the great English explorer and navigator.
  • Some people believed that if a woman saw a robin-flying overhead on Valentine's Day, it meant she would marry a sailor and if she saw a sparrow, she would marry a poor man and be very happy. If she saw a goldfinch, she would marry a very rich person.
  • The Taj Mahal at Agra, India is perhaps the most splendid gift of love. It was built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his beautiful wife, Mumtaz Mahal. Work on the Taj began in 1634 and continued for almost 22 years. It took the labor of 20,000 workers from all over India and Central Asia.
  • In England, the Romans, who had taken over the country, had introduced a pagan fertility festival held every February 14. After the Romans left England, Pope Gelsius, who established St. Valentine's Day as a celebration of love in 496 A.D abolished the pagan ritual.