Saturday, August 6, 2016

Candied Ginger Fudge

Today was the 2nd Fudge Competition at the Grand Prairie Farmer's Market.
I decided to create a recipe for ginger fudge this year.
Candied Ginger Fudge

3 Cups Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
1 14oz can Sweetened Condensed Milk
1/2 tsp Ground Ginger
1/6 Cup Candied Ginger, finely chopped

Place a piece of parchment paper in a baking dish (size depends on how thick you want the fudge). Leave pan to the side until fudge is ready. Put an inch of water in a medium pot and put over medium heat. Place glass bowl over pot of water and pour in chocolate chips, condensed milk, and ground ginger. Stir continuously until chocolate is melted and smooth. Take chocolate off heat and mix in chopped candied ginger. Then pour into parchment covered pan, and smooth out flat. Put in fridge to set for 4 hours, and resist temptation to eat with a spoon ;) Enjoy!!
The judges trying my fudge :)

3rd place ribbon!!
They liked it! They really liked it!
Thank you Grand Prairie Farmers Market for hosting this competition again! I can't wait til next year!

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Celebration Dallas Style

Today My Love & I are celebrating our anniversary! This pic is 15 years ago when we first started dating compared to today, our 9 year marriage anniversary, having breakfast at Cafe Brazil :) Which apparently is where we went to breakfast last year as well! 
Then we went to the Nasher Sculpture Center.
This is the first sculpture the Nashers collected :)
Life imitates art!
I wonder how Picasso would feel about selfies? ;)
Then we walked across the street to the Trammel & Margaret Crow Collection of Asian Art, which was open this time. We walked around the courtyard on our Art Walk for our 6 year Anniversary :)
They have an exhibit of wooden Tibetan book covers. They are beautiful and a great piece of literary history!
This is essentially a book spine, this is the side you would see on the shelf, and the carvings tell you which book it is.
They were so intricate!
My Love had to ring the bell!
Our next stop was Maple & Motor.
Someone is getting a little impatient with my obsessive picture taking ;) We shared the cheese fries with bacon and jalapenos, they were not skimpy on the toppings! My Love got a bacon cheddar burger with a fried egg and grilled jalapenos and onions. I got a bacon pepperjack burger with chili, grilled jalapenos, and onions. They were both great burgers, but we agreed we would skip the bacon next time. It was not crisp enough to be on a burger, so one bite and the whole piece tried to come out.
Of course, because today was a celebration, we had to get dessert on our way home! :) We did a Google search for ice cream and found Carnival Barker's.
There is no indoor seating, you order at the window, and eat at this very cool street sign table :) I got Nutella ice cream, which was creamy and chocolately! My Love got an Old Fashioned Vanilla Malt, it was heavy on the malt and delicious!
Happy 9 year anniversary My Love! This year has been quite the year, but together with God we can do this! Thank you for a wonderful day, and a wonderful life together! I love you!

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Texas Discovery Gardens

Today we got to visit Texas Discovery Gardens in Fair Park!
We were celebrating AddieJane's birthday!!
The kids got to color on the tablecloth & play with butterfly stickers while we are lunch :)
That's one way to mark your water bottle!
Lioittle butterflys wanting some birthday cake! ;)
After lunch we got to see the butterfly habitat!
It was so beautiful!
There were butterflys everywhere!






and a couple birds :)



Birthday girl getting an upclose look at a butterfly laying an egg!
This giant butterfly likes fruit :)

These 3 were hanging upside down

I waited a long time for this big guy to open his wings, but he didn't want to show off his bright blue wings.
Then we went out to explore the gardens
and we found the Snake Shack!

Leah wanted to pet them :)
This guy was checking out his dinner
but he ended up curling up back inside his water bowl for a nap. Dinner will still be waiting later.
We really enjoyed our day at Texas Discovery Gardens! Happy Birthday AddieJane! Praying for a wonderful year!