HELLO! HELLO!! I'm back! Sorry for the absence yesterday.
As I said on Wednesday, I was under the weather. Well, yesterday, I felt even worse and literally just kept sleeping, waking up for 2 seconds, falling back asleep, waking up and so on.
The rest did me good, because I feel almost 100% today!!
Well, it's finally Friday. Not sure what we are doing this weekend. The girls have begged me to go to the barn to see their horses for a little bit.
Considering that we will be there all next week, I may have to pass on a weekend visit.
It's Foodie Friday and it's also Penuche Fudge Day.
If you are like me, you are probably wondering: What the heck is "Penuche Fudge?"
Penuche (Italian: panucci) is a fudge-like candy made from brown sugar, butter, and milk, using no flavorings except for vanilla.
Penuche often has a tannish color, and is lighter than regular fudge. It is formed by the caramelization of brown sugar. As a result, its flavor is said to be reminiscent of caramel.
Most fudge is made with white sugar. The dark color of brown sugar is due to its molasses content, which ranges between three to seven percent, depending on the kind of brown sugar (light or dark).
The hint of molasses yields a spicier, richer flavor than regular white sugar to the taste of penuche fudge.
Other ingredients may include maple syrup, evaporated milk or nuts, like walnuts or pecans.
It got me thinking about the best places in the country to get fudge. After some research, I found a wonderful article from The Daily Meal, entitled America's 25 Best Fudge Shops.
Click on the link to view the slide show!!! It's so worth it. Here is the breakdown, however, which I found very interesting.
Out of the 25 Fudge Shops listed...
* 10 of the Best Fudge Shops named are in Michigan, namely, Mackinac Island (with 8) and Frankenuth (with 2)
* New York only boasted 1 - Li-Lac Chocolates in Brooklyn - ranking #5 of 25. This place just make it onto my "must-visit" list. According to The Daily Meal: "Li-Lac has been producing some of New York’s finest chocolate (and fudge) since 1923. Its old-world, artisanal approach is still in practice at its factory in Brooklyn. While Li-Lac is best known for its selection of more than 140 chocolates, its fudge, made the same way for more than 90 years, is a must-try."
JoAnn's Fudge in Mackinac Island, Michigan - named #1 in The Daily Meal's list of America's 25 Best Fudge Shops. (credit: thedailymeal.com)
* San Francisco and Massachusetts had 2 each
* The #1 Fudge Shop named was JoAnn's Fudge in Mackinac Island, Michigan and Mackinaw City. According to The Daily Meal: "Fudge is made daily in its quaint and charming shops with the highest quality cream and butter available, cooked in copper kettles over a gas flame and cooled on marble slabs, and is available in 29 varieties including butter pecan, double dark chocolate, pumpkin pie, and raspberry."
Li-Lac Chocolates, Brooklyn, New York (credit: thedailymeal.com)
I hope it's a fudgingly good day for you!!!
See ya back here tomorrow!
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IT'S FRIDAY! W00T W00T!!!
Wow, I feel like I did so much yesterday...but looking back on the day it was rather typical and I think it was just the heat that zapped me.
I find it understandable (although I hate it) that it's freakin' hot here in SoCal, but then I took a gander at the temps around the country and I've gotta say that I was a bit in SHOCK as to how HOT it was everywhere that I looked!! YUCK.
Can you believe that it's already July 22nd?
It's already almost August for goodness sake. And depending on the school - some poor kids end their summer break in August and head back to school. I sure hope that these schools at least have A/C!
Well you already know that I'm a real fan of our National Parks, and there is one that is right here on the west coast that has eluded me for all of these years...
Kings Canyon & Sequoia National Park!
I love the Redwoods and Giant Sequoias and yet I have yet to go..STRANGE.
So I took a peek at my over-loaded calendar - I am already on pace to have 137 Travel Days... Which is quite funny since the last two years have been 138 Days! What's a few more...right?!
Well I did it - I squeezed and shifted and found a lovely little spot in November for us to head up to Kings Canyon & Sequoia National Park!
If you really had any clue how many trip I wish I could fit into my packed calendar - I'd be booking trips ever more often than I already do now!
Ya see I get all of these awesome deals that I really shouldn't be saying no to. But I have to because of the specific dates on the deals. I'm a pretty flexible person and I would love to finally be able to take advantage of one of these great finds!
So what I'm thinking is that maybe next year or 2018 I leave a wee bit of space open in my calendar to make this happen.
This won't exactly be an easy task for me, since I'm such a planner and I already have much of 2017 all planned out already - with a little bit of wiggle room come Sept. 2017. So maybe just maybe I can hold off on filling in the gap, and see what offers I get!
Today I've got to hit the gym - I tend to take Sat/Sun off. I've got an acupuncture appointment, a mani/pedi, and need to do some shopping.
Plus I need to hopefully find a quick turn around tailor who can adjust/hem a pair of slacks that I just bought Dominic - he needs them on Sunday for the wedding!!
Which btw I'm just realizing that my shawl has yet to arrive!
Well guess what... I just looked at the order online and it claims that it was delivered on Monday!
I know that this house is full of people coming and going - but now I have to hunt down my package. UGH
Okay folks, I'm gonna wrap it up.
Busy weekend ahead with lots of events and lots of pics to be taken!