This is what eight hours in the kitchen looks like:
Clockwise from top: black walnut fudge, ribbon fudge, stained-glass windows, turtles, more ribbon fudge, more stained-glass windows, and a pile of truffles in the center.
The black walnut fudge turned out OK. When you consider the fact that I made it in the microwave in under 10 minutes, it’s awesome. The stained-glass windows are like rocky road. Very easy. The turtles are more trouble than they’re worth, but they look kind of cool. The truffles are also pretty labor-intensive, but the payoff is better. The ribbon fudge — a layer of peanut butter fudge topped with a layer of chocolate fudge — is the best.
I found this hilarious decoration at Vintage Holiday a couple of years ago and finally remembered to pick up gumdrops to go on its branches. What a horrible candy … but a truly swell dispenser for it.
And here’s my little Christmas display in the living room: vintage aluminum Christmas tree, new color wheel (complete with CFL bulb), and a string of LED Christmas lights hanging above the whole scene. How festive.
I know I promised recipes earlier, but they’ll have to wait. My 40-hour sleep deprivation marathon is winding down, and I’m starting to get really spacy. I’ll try to post candy recipes tomorrow, when I’m coherent. For now, it’s bedtime.