So, have things really been that uneventful for me in the kitchen? Well actually, I think I've been less adventurous. But have no fear. There's nothing like a holiday to change that real quick.
Yes, I'm talking about Valentines Day and this year we were NOT going to do the same old store bought classroom valentines. No sir-ee! I didn't spend the last couple of months on Pinterest for nothing. (Okay, maybe I would have. It's soooo addicting!)
So the boy's valentines were pretty uneventful. I labeled the juice for this classroom party "Love Potion #9", which he found totally humiliating. [Perfect!] And aside from not initially realizing the googly eyes were self-adhesive (the slick backing paper made it tough for the glued eyes to remain stuck), the valentine monster bookmarks also were a success. Who doesn't love a valentine that says "Valentine, Mark my words, you are a great friend.", "Valentine, You are a novel friend.", or [my favorite] "Valentine, You make my tale spin."?
For the girl, though...I should have stuck to paper crafts. However, I envisioned strawberry fudge -- Strawberry Quick in flavor, without resorting to the pink stuff. So I started with my Cookie 'n Cream Fudge recipe (http://www.cookooree.com/u/car2ngrl/recipes/cookies-n-cream-fudge
) and just replaced the Oreos with strawberries...right? What could go wrong?
I even had leftover stewed berries from that morning's Valentines themed breakfast (http://www.cookooree.com/u/car2ngrl/recipes/strawberry-french-toast
). But after I incorporated the berries, the fudge still didn't have enough of a strawberry flavor. So <gulp> I added strawberry jelly. I know it sounds bad but isn't jelly just fruit and sugar?
Well, when all was said and done, the fudge never got a strong strawberry flavor and...even worse, it didn't seem to set. I'm guessing this is due to the pectin in the jelly or maybe there's something about strawberries since I couldn't find any recipes for strawberry fudge using the white chocolate/condensed milk method.
<sigh> Well now I have an oozy block of super sweet fudge and can't decide if I should chuck it [total waste, right?], spread it on toast and eat it [well, that can't be healthy], or evolve it into something else. Obviously the Frankenstein in me won't be satisfied until I can proudly shout, "It's Alive!" But what can I do to it? You'll have to stay tuned as this will require more thought. In the meantime, feel free to let me know if you have any suggestions.