Chocolately Chocolate Fudge

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Fudge was one of the first desserts I learned to make when I was a youngin’. I used to make it as a birthday gift for all of my friends on their special day. This recipe is slightly lighter than my original favorite, but it’s just as good. Gat-free evaporated milk, marshmallows and Earth’s Balance soy free butter are better than their fattening counterparts. Fudge: it’s not just for birthdays any more!

Gather all of the ingredients.

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Coat an 8 x 8 inch pan with aluminum foil and nonstick spray.

Stir together 1 2/3 cup sugar with 2/3 cup fat-free evaporated milk and 2 tablespoons of Earth’s Balance {or whatever butter alterantive you prefer} soy free butter. Bring to a boil in a pan, reduce heat to medium-low heat and cook for 3 minutes, stirring constantly.

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Stir in 12 ounces of semisweet chocolate and 14 large marshmallows. Remove from heat and stir until smooth.

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Pour into pan and refrigerate until firm, about two hours. Cut into small squares and serve.

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Happy Baking!

Post by Ali: Papery & Cakery

Decorating a Dollhouse for the Holidays

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Decorating my daughter’s dollhouse for Christmas has become a bit of a tradition. It started with a single Christmas tree in the living room, and, over the past couple of years, I’ve added more and more festive holiday décor.

Many of her dollhouse furnishings are simple hand-made and repurposed items, and the Christmas decorations are no exception. In fact, it’s easy to give a holiday update to a dollhouse with very little expense. Here are a couple of ideas I’ve incorporated into Jenna’s dollhouse:

Things to Make

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My daughter loves to draw, so I enlisted her help in creating a Christmas-themed gallery wall for the living room. She chose to draw a reindeer, a snowflake, Santa, a gingerbread man and a snowman.

For the tiny Christmas tree ornaments, I used a paper punch to cut circles out of decorative paper and applied it to the tree with a glue gun.  It’s a little messy, but very easy.

Things to Repurpose

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Many items you likely have on hand during the holidays can be repurposed into toys, decorations and furnishings for a dollhouse. For example, decorative paper napkins make great blankets, rugs and wall décor. I also looked to our own Christmas tree for inspiration and found a silver sleigh perfectly scaled to her dolls.

Decorating Jenna’s dollhouse has become a fun holiday tradition, one I hope we’ll continue for many years.

Post by Julee : Warm Hot Chocolate

Winter Wonderland

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Festive Felt Garland /Cream Cardigan Pendant /Doorknobs /Fawn of Forest Time

Wander this Way Sign /Oh Deer Canvas Sign /Swimming Polar Bear /Winter Deer

Reindeer /Baby, It's Cold Outside Pillow /Maple Andersen Crib /Star Pillow

White Rock Lamps /Heavy Cream Dresser /White Bedding /Joya Rocker

Woodland Rug /Dotted Floor Bin  /Aqua Blackout Curtain /Pull up a Pouf

Register for these great nursery items at LandofNod.com

Post by Joni: Lay Baby Lay

Let it Snow

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Since we live in Phoenix, we have to make our own snow fun (see what we’ve done in the past here and here). So you can imagine our excitement when we learned a trick for making a fluffy pile of snowflakes with nothing more than a bar of Ivory soap and a microwave.

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The best part: it takes mere minutes to whip up your own flurries. Go get the full instructions in our tutorial for Raising Arizona Kids magazine this month. Your kids are going to love this!

Reposted with permission by Aimée Lowry & Bettijo B. Hirschi from PagingSupermom.com