We put up our Christmas tree just a few days ago. Decorations abound. Little hands are fashioning cards and drawings. Christmas is in the air. Sometimes, I get caught up in the light shining in my children’s eyes and I love every single moment of Christmas preparation. Other times, I’m far too concerned about how to pull it all off. There’s been nothing but bad news financially this year and, as we face the new year, there’s little hope that things will get better. I want to do for my children; I just don’t always know how. But, sometimes I forget–Christmas isn’t about having enough money, about getting things, it’s not about a tree, shiny lights or toys. It’s about our Lord, rejoicing that He came. Being amazed became He came for me. It’s about trusting Him. If He can save me, He can provide for my family, plain and simple. He isn’t up to one but unable to do the other. Christmas is also about my family. My beautiful, precious, family. God’s grace and my loves, they are my greatest gifts.
Even though money is beyond tight, like most Moms I like to do things for my family. I may not always be able to do what I want to do but, whatever it is, it’s always done with love. One of the ways I like to do for them at Christmas is by making them a special treat or two. We love fudge and through the years, I’ve made all kinds. On the stove top, with velveeta, chocolate, peanut butter, vanilla and on and on. One of the easiest ones I’ve ever made has to be the one I’ve included here. If you don’t think you can make fudge, guess what? You can. And it won’t burn, it won’t fail, ever. It’s all done in the microwave and it just couldn’t be easier. Sometimes, when time is short, I still turn to this recipe. My family still loves it, even after all these years. After you’ve looked over the fudge, scroll on down and read the Cappuccino punch recipe. We don’t make it every year but when we do, they love this also. Try it, I think you’ll like it also.
***Microwave Never-Fail Fudge***
If you follow directions, it will never fail. While not completely classic, it’s both easy and good. Everybody that I have ever served it to loved it. My children think it’s great that they can make fudge “all by myself.”
3 cups semisweet chocolate chips
1 can sweetened condensed milk (NOT evaporated milk)
1/4 cup butter or margarine
1 cup chopped nuts (optional)
Place chocolate chips, condensed milk and butter or margarine in a large microwavable bowl. Microwave about 3 minutes (until the chips are melted). Stir once every minute as it melts. When melted, stir in the chopped nuts, if desired. Pour into an 8 x 8 glass baking dish. Refrigerate until set.
This makes a fantastic Christmas punch!
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup instant coffee granules
1 cup boiling water
2 quarts milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 quart vanilla ice cream, softened
1 quart chocolate ice cream, softened
Combine the sugar and the coffee granules and add to the boiling water stirring well until both are dissolved. Cover and refrigerate until chilled. Just before you are ready to serve, pour the coffee syrup into a large punch bowl; add the milk and scoops of both ice creams and stir until the ice cream is melted. Makes about 1 gallon.
Until next time,
Soli Deo gloria!