Tuesday, December 16, 2008

SWEET Little Touches - A Wordful Wednesday

Wrapping existing wall pictures to decorate the spare bathroom.


Making something sweet even sweeter with little decorative touches. Just wrap a candy bar in wrapping paper of your choice, then decorate with Christmas stickers & ribbon/raffeta.



A couple more homemade spice bottles & warm reminders of what's what for guests & their coffee on Christmas Day.



And a successful 1st try at homemade fudge.


While I am not big into chocolate I thought I would make some of this to test run it for Christmas! What was surprising is the mild cherry flavor. Maybe it comes from the almond extract combined with other flavors. My only suggestion would be to add a smidgen more toffee & pecans, increasing to no more than 1/2 cup for each.

PECAN TOFFEE FUDGE

1 tsp butter
1 pkg 8 oz cream cheese, softened
3 3/4 cups confectioners sugar
6 squares unsweetened chocolate, melted & cooled
1/4 tsp almond extract
Dash salt
1/4 cup coarsely chopped pecans
1/4 cup English toffee bits

Line a 9 in square pan with foil & grease the foil well with butter; set aside. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese until fluffy. Gradually beat in confectioners sugar about a 1/2 cup at a time. Add the melted chocolate, extract & salt. Mixture will be very thick. I was almost worried at this point. Mix well. 

Stir in the pecans & toffee bits. Spread into prepared pan. You may need to even use your fingers to pat it out, it's so thick. Scatter a bit more pecan chips and toffee bits, if desired. 

Cover and refrigerate overnight or until firm. Using foil, lift fudge out of pan and gently peel off foil. Cut fudge into 1 in squares. Store in airtight container in the fridge.



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59 comments:

angie said...

I saw your fudge and thought.....yum fudge. Then I read pecan toffee fudge and now it's all over. How could you? I'm going to be dreaming pecan toffee fudge. :)

Scary Mommy said...

I am a sucker for fudge. And pecans. And toffee. Yum!!!

And I adore the wrapping paper around the pictures-- such a fun idea- love it!!

Jen said...

I love your sweet touches but I would love it even more if you could please send some of it over her. Just a couple pieces, pleeeeease!?!

avtcoach said...

These are great ideas, I like the packages on the walls! Also, thanks for sending me the archived Serendipity post..you spoiled me! You are too kind! Have a great rest of the week!

Susie said...

Those are great holiday pictures:-)

Deanna said...

Ooooh... not just fudge, but with toffee too! Love it!

Mommy2Twinkies-Deb said...

Mmmmm. That fudge looks great. I'll have to try some. I just finished the chocolate covered pretzels for my kids to bring to school... next time I'm going to try it your way. Boy that chocolate painting was very intense! I really like your idea of wrapping existing artwork for the decor!

Michelle said...

Very clever wrapping your pictures to look like presents.

Love fudge and your recipe for toffee fudge sounds really good.

Rhea said...

I love your decorations! Very cute. I'm lucky if I get ornaments on the tree this year. lol

Chocolate, yum.

Amy said...

Very festive. A magical WW to you!

mommaof4wife2r said...

fab ideas...as usual. i saw today at the pharmacy there were cookie boxes on sale for $1.99 each and they were cute! perfect for fudge :)

Allison said...

Wrapping pictures on the wall....GENIUS! Such a neat touch. I also love the homemade spice bottles. Merry Christmas!

Lorina said...

Love the Decor! And that fudge looks amazing!

scrappysue said...

i WANT that fudge! they are such cute ideas and so thoughtful too

Kimber said...

That sounds so delicious. I love pecans and toffee and fudge. Believe I'll have to try this one. Love the decor also. Never thought of gift wrapping wall hangings. Neat idea.

Hootin' Anni said...

I so love toffee!!!! And pecans are my favorite nut [other than the one I married and the two we produced]

My Wordful is a photoful this week. And if you'd like, drop by the linked 1st ever blog giveaway that I'm doing the next week or two....check it out. Happy Wednesday.

Jenni Jiggety said...

Oooh! You're crafty!!!! Nice job!

Tiaras and Tantrums said...

yum - love your little touches!

Tam said...

YOU are amazing! How do you do it? I love YOUR pictures also of it all! I am so behind..LOL

Coming to visit your blog is always so refreshing and that is why I love it!

Elizabeth said...

I LOVE the Christmas decor! SO original!!!

Elizabeth said...

I LOVE the Christmas decor! SO original!!!

Lori of I'm no super Mom said...

I am so excited to try the fudge! YUMMY!

Brenda said...

I really like the gift wrapped wall hangings! I wish I had that idea sooner.

Maybe next Christmas!

Susan said...

What great decorating ideas!

Kelly said...

Those decorationg ideas are so cute! And the fudge looks delish..
One of my tenents wraps up all her photos on the wall too..what a neat idea!

Lula! said...

You are way cooler than Martha...with all your food and treats and goodies and fun decor.

And I had planned to leave out the almond flavoring in this--because I love almonds, but I am not a fan of almond flavoring. Will let you now how it turns out...

Saundra@An Italian Mama Gone Crazy said...

Mmmmm. what spicesa are in the bottles???

Here from 7 clown circus!

rachael said...

we used to wrap pictures on the wall at the restaurant i used to work at, i love the idea! your homemade gifts are really just wonderful!

Mommy2Twinkies-Deb said...

Ok, I just found out from my hubby that we have to go to Nashville Friday to Saturday to see his boss. I'm totally printing this recipe to make fudge to bring with me. Talk about crazy holidays!

Savvy Mode SG said...

those decors are too cute. and that fudge is killing me....

les_mason_curt said...

Love your holiday touches, you are so fabulous.

jsprik said...

hey, i hear you won the TMTT giveaway!!! congrats!!! take care!!

lana said...

Congratulations on winning!!! I truly hope you enjoy your new cookbook stand. What fun! Thanks for always participating!

By the way... you jalepeno treats are my favorite. I make those for my hubby. He adores them.

KDLOST said...

Y.U.M.!!!!

Natalie said...

yum. i love fudge!!!

Posh And Trendy Living Frugal said...

What a beautiful bathroom!!
I love fudge and the more nuts, the better.

Maria said...

I love all of your holiday touches! So special!

~TAMY 3 Sides of Crazy~ said...

Great recipe, cute picture wraps and congratulations on your win over at Blessed With Grace!

The Happy Housewife said...

Great ideas! I love the fudge in the tin! Makes it more special.
Toni

Elaine A. said...

What a great idea to wrap the pics on the wall!!

And that fudge looks and sounds awesome... I may have to try that recipe (I love ANYTHING with cream cheese!)

Pam said...

You really get into the spirit... great decorating! The fudge is drool worthy.

Lump said...

I'm not a chocolate lover either... well maybe if it was balanced out with a nice huge platter of peanut butter. :)

love the wrapping of pictures on the walls idea!

Rachel said...

YUM! I made my grammy's peanut butter fudge and it was delicious too bad nobody in my house eats it but me :(

We too wrapped the pictures on the wall; just a cute touch don't ya think!

I am sure you are the bestest hostess...not to mention the hostess with the mostest!

Ace C said...

Feels like home looking at those pictures. Good job on the decorating.

Michelle said...

So cute! Love the decorations! Great idea!
Fudge sounds to die for!
YES you can come babysit anytime! We are in Texas!

Life with Kaishon said...

These are beautiful ideas! You are such a kind and thoughtful person! I love the tags!

Yaya said...

Mmmmm....I should try making fudge! Nothing like homemade fudge!!

The Blonde Duck said...

I have a bit of a thing for peanut butter fudge.

sassy stephanie said...

Ok, so you know I love food. Most foods. Lots of different types of foods. I'm not so picky. But fudge is one of my very very very fave foods. Man, this one sounds AWESOME.

BoufMom9 said...

I LOVE the idea of wrapping the exsisting pictures to make it look festive. Just great!

Happy WW!

ConversationsWithACupcake said...

Oh, yummy, yummy. TOFFEE Fudge may be the next best thing since sliced bread. And the New Kids On the Block (way back then NOT now).

Coco said...

I am doing this tomorrow! I think I have everything and need a new fudge.

Great idea with the wrapping the picture. Hmmmm..what can I wrap and hang on the wall?

Tiffany said...

Pecan Toffee Fudge... are you kidding me?

I love you.

The Pink Potpourri said...

wow! you did amazing! everything looks so incredible

Jennifer said...

I love the "presents" on the wall, what a cute idea.

dolcechic said...

This looks delicious!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The Mrs. said...

What a cute idea to wrap the pictures!

Jamey said...

Wow great Ideas!

Jamey said...

Wow great Ideas!