February 25, 2009

Bad Hair Day — Wednesday Weirdness

Posted in Wednesday Weirdness at 11:23 am by Sidney

Special Note: I intended to make last Friday’s vegan fudge recipe, but no stores in my area sell dairy free cream cheese. I was finally able to locate a store near my work that sells Tofutti’s Better than Cream Cheese, and will make it this weekend. I attempted to use straight tofu, but it didn’t harden right.  It makes a great fudge frosting though!

Now back to Wednesday Weirdness. The drill’s the same. Look at photo. Think of caption. Post your caption in the comments and remember to laugh!

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Here’s my contribution:

“Yep! I’m a butthead!”

Have fun!
Arianna

February 20, 2009

Vegan Fudge — Cuz everyone needs fudge!

Posted in Fudge Filled Friday at 12:00 am by Sidney

I decided to post this interesting fudge recipe I came across. Even though I’m not a vegan, it sounds divine. I’m going to make it over the weekend and will post a follow up after I’ve tried it.

Vegan Fudge

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Ingredients

• 1 ½ c. dairy-free dark chocolate chips
• 4 ½ c. powdered  sugar
• 1 8 oz. tub dairy free cream cheese
• 1tbsp. cocoa powder
• 1/8 tsp. vanilla extract

Directions

Line 2 8” x 8” square cake pans with parchment paper and set aside. Place the dairy-free chocolate chips in a double-boiler or a stainless steel bowl set over (not touching) several inches of boiling water, stirring occasionally until the chocolate is completely melted.

In a large mixing bowl using an electric hand mixer, cream together the confectioners’ sugar and the dairy-free cream cheese until the consistency of a stiff frosting. Stir in the cocoa powder and vanilla extract and beat until well mixed.

Working quickly, add the melted dairy-free chocolate and beat for 1-2 minutes more, or until the chocolate is evenly distributed and the mixture is very thick. Spread into the prepared pans and refrigerate until set, about 2 hours. Fudge will keep for 3 days in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

As always, Enjoy!

Cheers!
Arianna

February 18, 2009

Wednesday Weirdness – Toilet Bowl Treats

Posted in Uncategorized at 1:09 am by Sidney

Welcome to another installment of Wednesday Weirdness. You all should know the routine by now. I don’t have a prize up for grabs today. All I’m offering is good ole unadulterated fun!

Caption away, my good friends!

Toilet Treats

Here’s mine:

“When I ordered the Pu Pu Platter, I never expected this!”

See how easy that was?

Have fun!
Arianna

February 13, 2009

Fudge Filled Friday — Valentine Edition

Posted in Fudge Filled Friday at 12:00 am by Sidney

I LOVE—LOVE—Did I mention that I LOVE dark chocolate? The richness of it, the flavor, the texture—EVERYTHING about it. Imagine my delight to find that dark chocolate is high in antioxidants that help the heart. Screw the apple. A piece of dark chocolate a day will keep my doctor away. So, in honor of Valentine’s Day, I’m giving you another special treat – Arianna’s Heart Healthy Fudge.

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Heart Healthy Fudge

Ingredients:

• 3 c. dark chocolate chips
• 1 can fat free sweetened condensed milk
• 1 tsp. Vanilla extract

Directions:

Line a 9×9 pan with wax paper. In a double boiler, melt chocolate chips, stirring constantly. Once completely smooth and melted, remove from heat and stir in condensed milk and vanilla. Pour mixture and smooth into prepared pan. Refrigerate until hardened (Varies, depending on how hard you want your fudge).

And, as always, ENJOY!

Happy Valentine’s Day!
Arianna

February 11, 2009

Wednesday Weirdness has moved for the day…

Posted in Wednesday Weirdness at 12:00 am by Sidney

Hey all!

If you’re here looking for Wednesday Weirdness (yeah right, like I’m *that* popular), I’ve posted it at Romance Roundtable. Stop by there for a chance at a $20.00 gift card.

Cheers!
Arianna

February 6, 2009

Raspberry Chocolate Fudge – MMMM!

Posted in Fudge Filled Friday at 12:00 am by Sidney

Welcome to another installment of Fudge Filled Fridays. Since we are getting closer to that special day of romance, I thought I would give you all an extra special treat. And if you haven’t noted, I like making them EXTRA special by including a little  liqueur in the mix 🙂

Please remember, if you have your own special recipe you’d like to share, please email arianna@ariannaskye.com. Keep those recipes coming!

Without further ado:

Raspberry Chocolate Fudge

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Yields: 3 pounds (approximate)

Ingredients:

• 3/4 c. (1 1/2 sticks) margarine or butter
• 1 5-oz. can (2/3 cup) evaporated milk
• 1 7-oz. jar Marshmallow Cream
• 1/3 c. seedless raspberry jam
• 2 3/4 c. sugar
• 1 12-oz. package semisweet chocolate chips (You can also use Hershey’s raspberry chocolate chips, as well)
• 1 ½ tsp. raspberry liqueur (Chambord works great)
• 10 drops Raspberry Flavoring (Not needed if using raspberry chips)

Directions

Lightly grease a 13-x9-inch or 9-inch square pan. Mix margarine or butter, sugar and milk in a heavy 3-quart saucepan; bring to a full rolling boil on medium heat, stirring constantly. Continue boiling 5 minutes on medium heat or until candy thermometer reaches 235°F* (soft-ball stage), stirring constantly to prevent scorching or burning. Gradually stir in chocolate chips until melted. Remove from heat. Add all remaining ingredients and mix well. Pour into prepared pan. Let sit at room temperature to cool. Cut into squares. Keep remaining fudge covered and stored in a cool place. A refrigerator works well. Heh 🙂

* High Altitude: Decrease recommended temperature (235°F) 2 degrees for every 1,000 feet above sea level.

As always, ENJOY!

Arianna

February 4, 2009

Wednesday Weirdness – Daddy’s got nipples?

Posted in Wednesday Weirdness at 12:12 pm by Sidney

And that’s all I’m gonna say…

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February 3, 2009

Pride and Prejudice and ZOMBIES????

Posted in Books tagged , , at 1:35 pm by Sidney

Congratulations to Tanya, last weeks’s Wednesday Weirdness winner. Tanya, you won the $10.00 gift card! Congratulations!

I was surfing the web and visiting some blogs and came upon this interesting book. At first I thought it was a joke, but after further investigation, found out it’s real. Who would have thought you could incorporate zombies into a regency classic. Well I know at least one person that could. If you were a contestant in Avon Fanlit, you know who I’m talking about. I’m just wondering who’s actually going to read it. Then again, I do have an extremely morbid curiosity…

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Pride and Prejudice and Zombies features the original text of Jane Austen’s beloved novel with all-new scenes of bone-crunching zombie action. As our story opens, a mysterious plague has fallen upon the quiet English village of Meryton—and the dead are returning to life! Feisty heroine Elizabeth Bennet is determined to wipe out the zombie menace, but she’s soon distracted by the arrival of the haughty and arrogant Mr. Darcy. What ensues is a delightful comedy of manners with plenty of civilized sparring between the two young lovers—and even more violent sparring on the blood-soaked battlefield as Elizabeth wages war against hordes of flesh-eating undead. Complete with 20 illustrations in the style of C. E. Brock (the original illustrator of Pride and Prejudice), this insanely funny expanded edition will introduce Jane Austen’s classic novel to new legions of fans.

Interesting way of exposing today’s youth to the classics. What’s next? War and Peace and Werewolves?

Cheers,

Arianna

January 30, 2009

Toffee Coffee Fudge

Posted in Fudge Filled Friday at 12:00 am by Sidney

Welcome to the first installment of Fudge Filled Friday, because life is better with a little bit of fudge. Every Friday, a delicious fudge recipe will be featured. Some will be from our personal files, some will be from gleaning websites, and the others will be collected from readers. If you have a favorite fudge recipe, we want to hear from you! Please email either arianna@ariannaskye.com or cynthia@cynthia-ann-arends.com with those recipes.

Here is one of my favorites. You can never go wrong with a little coffee, toffee, and liqueur.

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Toffee Coffee Fudge

Ingredients

• Butter
• 1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
• 1/4 cup coffee liqueur
• 2 1/2 tablespoons instant coffee granules
• 1 (12 ounce) package semisweet or dark chocolate morsels
• 1 8 oz pkg crushed English toffee chunks (Heath Bits ‘o Brickle works great)
• 1 teaspoon coffee liqueur

Directions

1. Line an 8 or 9-inch square pan with aluminum foil, overlapping the sides slightly for easy removal; butter the foil on the insides, set aside.

2. In a large, heavy saucepan, combine condensed milk, ¼ cup coffee liqueur, and instant coffee granules.

3. Bring to a simmer over medium heat; and let simmer for another 2 minutes, stirring constantly until mixture thickens slightly.

4. Remove from heat. Stir in the chocolate morsels, stirring until melted and smooth. Add the toffee chunks and remaining coffee liqueur, stirring well to combine.

5. Spread evenly into aluminum lined pan.

6. Refrigerate for 2 hours or more.

7. Lift foil onto cutting board, peel fudge from foil and cut into uniform squares to serve.

But the most important direction of them all: ENJOY!

Have a blissful Friday!

Arianna

January 28, 2009

Wednesday weirdness is back — Call all your friends!

Posted in Wednesday Weirdness at 12:04 pm by Sidney

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Just make sure you disinfect your phone first!

For those who are new, this is how it works: leave a comment with your best caption. I’ll randomly choose one commenter to win a $10.00 e-certificate from Amazon. I’ll pick a winner Friday morning before I leave for the weekend.

Here’s my attempt:

Can I borrow your phone? Nevermind.

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