October Replay

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Elegant Halloween A Pinch of Joy
          October began with  elegantly spooky Halloween  atop the dining room buffet.

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                                    Some brilliantly colored decor for the autumn front porch

Apple and Sausage Stuffed Acorn Squash from A Pinch of Joy                          
                                         Definitely autumn food -  Sausage and Apple Stuffed Squash

Grilled Brie and Pear Sandwich from A Pinch of Joy
                                . . . and autumn comfort food – Grilled Brie and Pear Sandwich 

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                                    Warm tummy breakfast – Cottage Pancakes  with a surprise ingredient

fireplace weatherization from A Pinch of Joy
                        Getting the house ready for winter with a little fireplace weatherization

                                      and  Dreaming of Stellar Staircases going up and down
                       to our busy basement family room, exercise room, laundry, freezer, storage space
                                                                                and kitty box.

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Autumn Porch Welcome

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Autumn Porch Welcome from A Pinch of Joy
A beautiful fall day — perfect for creating a welcoming porch for the season.  For the door, a simple sign proclaiming fall and hung with brown satin ribbon.

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A huge pumpkin, kissed by late afternoon sunlight and nestled in autumn leaves and berries atop a black urn.  Bytes has dibs on carving a jack o lantern.   Imagine coming at this dimpled brilliant beauty with a sharp knife — not me.

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Beautiful pumpkin’s companions.  That’s a swan gourd at the end.  Looks just like a swan, doesn’t it?  If swans were green and spotted.  It’s shaped like a swan I meant to say.   The stem looks like the beak — even though you can’t find it for the scarecrow’s twine ties.

Other side
On the other side, shooting into the morning sun, Mr. Strawman rests his foot on the little pumpkin.  My dad always stood with one foot up on something in the rare moments he stopped moving and this makes me laugh.  There are little tiny  lights in the leaves beneath the larger pumpkin to twinkle at twilight.   The cat was a song at a garage sale last summer.  He brings height and quirkiness to the assemblage.  Even the fairy door is celebrating autumn.    How do the fairies get in your house? 

Front Porch
                                                        And there it is — beautiful bright fall colors to welcome you! 

Oh, yes.  You are right.  The corner did change.  I took this picture last night in the evening.  And this morning went looking for some more pumpkins I KNOW I put away last year.  Instead I found Mr. Strawman and Quirky Cat.  I went out to take another photo and discovered  the shadows are really strange on our porch mid-morning. The bright sun makes it almost impossible to photograph.  But you won’t hear me complaining about too much sun in Ohio!  So that’s why you’ll have to imagine the corner photo superimposed over the lone pumpkin above!  

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Candy Corn Fudge

White, yellow and orange striped fudge that looks like candy corn

White, yellow and orange striped fudge that looks like candy corn

Candy Corn Fudge . . .   Just another pretty fudge.

Candy Corn Fudge . . . . Just because I can.

The coloring I used was Wilton’s gel and to give it a strong color I scooped out a bit with the edge of a teaspoon.   I  mixed the coloring into the sweetened condensed milk first before adding it to the chips to make the color more even.  I prefer Ghiradelli white chocolate chips to other brands.   Soften the white chocolate and shortening in the microwave for 30 seconds at 50% power.  Chips will hold their shape until stirred so don’t microwave again until you stir the chips and shortening together.  If they are not soft enough to combine, then microwave again in 15 second bursts at 50% power until most chips are melted.    Add the colored milk to the melted chocolate, stirring gently until combined.  Microwave for 1 minute, during which time the milk will begin to boil.  Quickly stir again. And pour into the prepared pan.  There were some chips that were not fully melted yet, but they seemed to finish melting  after I poured the layer.

 I tried chilling the first layer in the freezer for the few minutes needed to  prepare the second layer, thinking that would help the layers “stick” together if they were both slightly warm.  For the third layer, I  let the fudge totally set up in the fridge for a bit (like while we ate dinner!)  before coming back and making the last layer.   Didn’t seem  to make any difference so do what fits your schedule and whim.   Do, however, find a level spot in the fridge to place the cooling fudge so it doesn’t drift off to one side.  If you have to set it on top of two dishes, put a half package of cheese on top of the shorter bowl so they are even – or whatever it takes!

When I posted a white chocolate fudge once before, someone mentioned that they had a hard time lifting the finished fudge from the pan. I’ve never had a problem with that  Maybe because I lift the fudge with its waxed paper lining a couple of times in the cooling process.  Taking it out of its comfort zone—good for people, good for fudge is my theory!  Others  say  spraying the pan lightly with cooking spray before adding the waxed paper helps..

There are three variations.   One is the Traditional Candy Corn:  Trim one edge of the fudge so you have a clean straight cut.  Make an  inch thick slice all the way across the chilled fudge.  Lay the strip on your cutting board so the layers are visible and begin cutting triangles.  Every other triangle will have the white layer on top and the yellow at the point, but I guarantee only you and I will notice that when it is on the plate! :-)   Variation Two:  Press peanuts into the top of the last layer.  This is a play on the popular peanut and candy corn mix.  I like this best for taste because I like nuts, first of all, and the saltiness of the nuts counteracts the sweetness of the fudge just like it does for the “real” candy corns.   Variation Three:  Figure out where you plan to make your cut for fudge pieces.   Press a line of candy corn into the top and cut the finished fudge so that a candy corn adorns the center of each piece.

Candy Corn Fudge

Candy Corn Fudge

Ingredients

  • 2 12 ounce packages of white chocolate chips, divided. Preferably Ghiradelli
  • 1 14 ounce can of sweetened condensed milk, divided
  • 3 Tablespoons of shortening, divided
  • Orange food coloring, preferably gel (can also combine red and yellow coloring)
  • Yellow food coloring, preferably gel

Instructions

    White Layer
  1. Prepare 8x8 inch square pan by lining with waxed paper. Spray lightly with cooking spray.
  2. In a DRY small /medium microwavable bowl, put 1 cup of white chocolate chips and 1 tablespoon of shortening
  3. Microwave thirty seconds at 50% power.
  4. Add 1/3 cup of sweetened condensed milk and microwave for sixty seconds.
  5. Remove from microwave and quickly stir the milk and chips together until almost smooth.
  6. Pour into prepared pan and place in refrigerator.
  7. Orange Layer
  8. In DRY small/ medium microwaveable bowl, place 1 and ½ cups of white chocolate chips and 1 tablespoon of shortening.
  9. Microwave thirty seconds at 50% power.
  10. In the meantime, add orange (or combination of red and yellow) coloring to ½ cup of sweetened condensed milk to reach desired shade, stirring to blend thoroughly.
  11. Add milk to softened white chocolate chips and stir gently to distribute milk somewhat.
  12. Microwave for sixty seconds.
  13. Remove from microwave and quickly stir the milk and chips together until smooth.
  14. Pour over firm white layer and return pan to refrigerator.
  15. Yellow Layer
  16. Repeat steps for orange layer -- EXCEPT use yellow food coloring.
  17. Place layered fudge in refrigerator and let set until fully firm, about 2 hours.
  18. To serve, let set at room temperature for ten minutes to soften slightly before cutting, especially if it has been chilled overnight. Cut with sharp knife, warmed with hot water. Dip into hot water and wipe before beginning additional long cuts to keep the colors clear.
  19. Variations:
  20. Traditional Candy Corn: Trim one edge of the fudge so you have a clean straight cut. Make an inch thick slice all the way across the chilled fudge. Lay the strip on your cutting board so the layers are visible and cut into equal triangles, alternating the angle of your knife and leaving a bit of space at the white layer when it is at the apex.
  21. Variation Two: Press peanuts into the top of the last layer before placing in the refrigerator to set up. For extra peanutty flavor, press peanuts into the top of the second layer before chilling it and adding the last layer.
  22. Variation Three: Figure out where you plan to make your cut for fudge pieces. Press a line of candy corn into the top and cut the finished fudge so that a candy corn adorns the center of each piece.
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Need more Halloween ideas?  Check these links:  Preschool Party Snacks and Games      How to Make Pom Pom Spider     Fun Foods for Kids Halloween Party    Grasshopper Guts     Smashed Frogs    Zombie Brains

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