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Cranberry Nut Fudge

Cranberry Nut Fudge

1 can milk chocolate frosting

1 pkg. (11-1/2 oz.) milk chocolate chips

1 pkg. (6 oz) dried cranberries

1/2 C chopped pecans

Line a 7×11 square pan with foil and grease the foil with butter. Set aside.

Turn burner to Low-Medium.

In a heavy saucepan, combine frosting and chips. Cook and stir over low-medium heat until chips are melted.

Stir in cranberries and nuts. Pour into prepared pan. Refrigerate for 2 hours. (No more, no less).

Using foil, lift fudge out of pan. Discard foil; cut the fudge into 1″ squares.

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8th Birthday Party Photos

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Well Sunday January 6th 2013 was our middle boy’s, Alex, 8th Birthday. We went to a local park here in the city, one of the nicer ones….lol. Anywho, we were trying to beat the rain. We had mountains as a backdrop and you could watch the system come over the mountain. So as we were racing the clock, we sat down to pizza, birthday cake and cupcakes for lunch. We kicked a ball around for a short time and let the kids play, but very soon the rain came. It also turn colder, but that didn’t dampen our spirits. We let the kids continue to play under the pavillion roof, which was good sized as there were 8 tables underneath it. So while the kids played, our buddy got out a bag of BBQ briskettes and we decided to like a fire, not to cook, but to stay warm. So one thing led to another and with the help of the kids finding sticks and bark, we had a rocking and rolling fire going. It was going so good that not even the rain could put it out…lol. We sat on two benches just 2-3 feet away from the fire and we were all able to stay warm. We threw in the last of the sticks to burn them off and a short time later when the fire died down, all was left was a huge bed of burning red hot coals. You could still feel the heat about 4-5 over the coals. So when it was time to leave we went ahead and wet down the coals to be on the safe side.

No Inspiration

Sorry that I have not posted any photos that I have took myself here recently. Ever since before Christmas I have not really had any inspiration or drive to get out and do any photography. The Holidays were enough stress by itself, but I have come to find living where we are, well for lack of a better word is, depressing. Being that I suffer from depression myself, living here and trying to do what I can to protect my family and see that my kids had a good Christmas really took its toll on me. The area we live is has progressively gotten worse since we moved in in May of 2010. The violence has gotten worse and there are times I fear for my life just going outside to walk the dogs. Everyday I find it tough to start a project let alone finish one.

My hobbies have taken a back seat to everything. I have not picked up my camera and captured a photograph. I started drawing last year. One drawing was done and it was do big thing as I am a very new novice at drawing. I recieved a very nice art set for Christmas and I have yet to use it. And my long time favorite hobby, model railroading, has not even gotten past a piece of paper. I talk to different people who are into each one of my hobbies and I start up conversations and I do try to learn what I can. However I find it difficult to get past my depression and find the drive and motivation to do anything. I mean, I do things around the house, well what I can with reguards to my disability, but thats about it. I go out daily to walk the dogs within our apartment complex, and I have gone out and about a couple of times within the past couple of weeks, which does me some good. But its like what I get back inside, the darkness falls over me again and I loose what happiness and drive I did have.

I have come to find that the City of San Bernardino and the state of California is depressing. No one will ever be able to get me to change my mind. We are curretly looking for a place in Arizona where its slightly better when it comes to a few things, but at least its not here. Maybe after we move I will have more drive to do things. But until then I guess I am going to fight my way to find any motivation.

Yet another recipie from the OHG Yahoo group. This one I really must try to bake. It sounds yummy.

Cranberry Nut Bread

4 tablespoons butter 1/4 cup vegetable oil 1/3 cup granulated sugar 1/3 cup brown sugar 2 large eggs 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 3/4 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon almond extract, optional 3/4 cup sour cream or yogurt, full-fat or low fat-preferred 1 cup King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour 1 cup King Arthur White Whole Wheat Flour or Premium Whole Wheat Flour 1 cup dried cranberries 1/2 cup walnuts coarse white sparkling sugar or Demerara sugar, optional, for topping

Preheat the oven to 425°F for muffins, or 350°F for a loaf.

Lightly grease a standard muffin tin. Or line with 12 paper muffin cups, and grease the cups with non-stick vegetable oil spray; this will ensure that they peel off the muffins nicely. If you’re baking a loaf, lightly grease an 8 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ loaf pan.

In a medium-sized mixing bowl, beat together the butter, vegetable oil, and sugars until smooth. Add the eggs, beating to combine. Stir in the baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, salt, the vanilla and almond extracts, and the yogurt or sour cream. Place the flours in a food processor with the dried cranberries. Process until the berries are coarsely chopped. Add the nuts (if they’re not chopped), and process briefly, just until the nuts are chopped up a bit. Stir the flour mixture into the wet ingredients, mixing just until everything is thoroughly combined.

Divide the batter among the wells of the muffin tin, filling each one about 3/4 full.

Or scoop the batter into the prepared loaf pan. Sprinkle muffins or loaf with coarse white sparkling sugar or Demerara sugar, if desired.

Bake the muffins for 14 to 15 minutes, until a cake tester or toothpick inserted into one of the center muffins comes out clean.

Bake the loaf for 45 to 55 minutes, until a cake tester or toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean.

Remove the muffins or bread from the oven. Tilt the muffins in the pan to cool a bit, then transfer them to a rack to finish cooling. Serve warm or at room temperature. Allow the loaf to cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then turn it out onto a rack to cool completely. For best results, don’t slice until completely cool. Store muffins or bread well wrapped, at room temperature, for 2 to 3 days; freeze for longer storage.

Store muffins or bread well wrapped, at room temperature, for 2 to 3 days; freeze for longer storage.

Yield: 12 muffins or 1 loaf.

Merry Christmas

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MERRY CHRISTMAS Y’ALL. HOPE EVERYONE HAS A WONDERFUL, FUN FILLED AND SAFE HOLIDAY.

Facebook Page

I created a facebook page where everyone can come together and share photos (no nudes), stories, tales, lifes problems and accomplishments, jokes and just to have a good time. Though I do not allow politics nor do I allow bashing or flamimg one another. One warning then you are banned. Otherwish feel free to join and invite others as well.

http://www.facebook.com/CrazyInAmerica

College Update

Just wanted to bring everyone up to speed on my college happenings. I had to switch to a Associates degree program as financial aid would not cover the full tution cost of a BS degree program. So the drgree program that I am in now is Associates in Arts with emphisis on Communication. It sucks, but maybe after the two year program I will be able to get into the BS program on Communications and Journalism. I am in my fourth day of class as I started this past Monday. So wish me luck.

Want Out

Me and my family want to move outta Cali. However lack of a vehicle, funds and a new place to stay hamper our plans. If you or you know someone with a piece of land with some sort of shelter for a family of 7 and if we can figure out a way to get to the place, we can work out an agreement. Just need to get out if here and into the mountains or country. Doses not need to ne pretty, just a useable shelter that we can live in until such time we can afford to purchace our own land. We can not stand the city anymore and need to get out.

 

The Kids

I was only able to get 4 out of 5 of our kids today at a little festival at the local school.

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