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Saturday, August 29, 2015

Raw Chocolate Walnut Fudge

I may have mentioned before that I have a bit of a sweet tooth and chocolate is a recurring theme with me. Over the years, I have figured out that there is no fighting the urge once it has started and I am much better off treating myself to a small cocoa induced confection and just move on.


Another thing I have learned is that it really doesn't take much to satisfy my craving and that the darker the chocolate the better. Perhaps it is just in my mind, but taking a moment to really savor a small sweet indulgence does the trick for me. I don't need or want anymore than this.


I found this delightful fudge recipe at Oh She Glows. I made it per Angela's recipe, but used special dark cocoa powder for a nice strong flavor and chopped the walnuts much finer. I knew I wanted to cut the fudge in tiny pieces and the larger nuts would have made this difficult.


Gone are the days of cooking fudge on the stove with a candy thermometer and a wing and a prayer - hoping that the finished product would set properly. This no-cook fudge couldn't be easier to make and it has a smooth velvety texture that mimics the finest chocolates. 


A batch of this creamy deliciousness now stands in my freezer at the ready to satisfy any urges that may come about.

If you would like to make this fudge, find the recipe here. Trust me, you won't be disappointed.



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Saturday Sparks Link Party 130

Welcome to Saturday Sparks 130!

It's that time of the week for all of you to shine! Show us how you've been spending your creative time.

 "This world is but a canvas to our imagination."
~ Henry David Thoreau

 Now, lets get this weeks party started.

First up, the Fabulous Features from Saturday Sparks 129.



Big Girl Room at Suburbs Mama. Rita created a 'Big Girl Room' for her little Emily, by converting a playroom into this bright and happy space.



Fun with Arrows DIY Wall Art at My Husband Has Too Many Hobbies. Laurie intended to  clean up her craft space, but got sidetracked with an abundance of scraps that were calling out to her. The result was a trio of different Arrow Wall Art pieces.



DIY Barn Wood Jewelry Hanger at Making it in the Mountains. Kristi needed a way to store and organize her jewelry and like any true DIY'er, she created a unique and pretty hanger.



19 and Counting.... at While I Linger. Jolena is celebrating her 19th anniversary and takes a moment to reflect on the gift of marriage that she has been blessed with.



Bridal Shower Game - Disney Love Songs at Designs by Miss Mandee. Mandee threw a bridal shower for her sister and shares a free printable for a fun game that she says was a hit with all ages.



Florida Keys Island Dresser at Unique Junktique. Brenda participated in a furniture flipping contest and shares her August entry. She transformed a tired dresser into this fabulous island themed piece.



Welcome To Kev's Cove at Artsy Vava. Artsy Vava shows us the Father's Day gift she made for her husband to personalize a special place they love to share.



25 Ways to be a More Productive Blogger at Krafty Owl. Maria is sharing a list of 25 ways to increase your blogging productivity.


Cucumber - Mandarin Orange Salsa at Best of Long Island and Central Florida. Linda found herself overflowing with mandarin oranges and used them to create a yummy salsa recipe.


Strawberry Smoothie at Adie and Aden. Lisa is sharing a delicious smoothie combining fruits with ice cream and milk. You know it's going to be good!


Spicy Asian Zucchini at To Simply Inspire. Sherri is sharing a simple and healthy side dish recipe that she describes as full of flavor.


Loaded Chili Baked Potato at All She Cooks. Jessica is sharing a quick and easy recipe for a 'Loaded Chili Baked Potato' that sounds satisfying and delicious.



Easy Fondant Ghost Cupcakes at One Little Project. Debbie loves Halloween treats and is gearing up a bit early with this fun idea for 'Ghost Cupcakes'.


Tofino Gooey Plum Butter Cake at Something Sweet. Winnie is tempting our tastebuds with this recipe for a Tofino Gooey Plum Butter Cake.

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Saturday, August 22, 2015

Saturday Sparks Link Party 129

Welcome to Saturday Sparks 129!

Sorry for the late start to todays party, but time seems to have gotten away from me.

Summer is winding down for us here in New Hampshire. Our days of late find us basking in the few remaining days of warm air and bright sun filled skies and savoring the final summer harvests.

 "Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened."
~ Dr. Seuss

 Now, lets get this weeks party started.

First up, the Fabulous Features from Saturday Sparks 128.


Adventures in Tanzania at Little Miss Dexterous. Tara takes us along her Tanzanian trip with a slideshow of some amazing wildlife and breathtaking scenery.



One Kings Lane Knock Off Table at Savvy Apron. Sherry transformed a thrift store find into a One Kings Lane inspiration piece.



The Fab Furniture Flipping' Contest - Icing on the Cake at From Evija with Love. Evija shares her furniture contest entry piece. She took an old dressing table and brought it back to life with some paint and new hardware.


Ironing Board Cabinet DIY at Scavenger Chic. In a previous post, Joan shared how to make an ironing board cabinet. In this post, she shows us how to convert any picture to use as the front door of the cabinet.



Antique Mirror Makeover at CD's Country Living. CD painted and distressed an old mirror that brought out it's natural beauty and it now rests happily on her fireplace.



Pair of End Tables - Before and After at Clockwork Interiors. Cynthia shows us some refreshed garage sale end tables she worked her magic on.



DIY Arrows at Mod Megs. Arrows are all the rage in home decor right now and Meg shares her frugal solution to creating her own.



Industrial Bathroom Shelf at Backwoods Babies. Sarah's husband needed a shelf in the bathroom to store his things and came up with this industrial shelf assembly. I am loving the pipe towel bar addition - so cool!


Barn Door Hardware at Aurora Patina. Kris was the lucky recipient of this fabulous old barn door hardware with some old wood to go along with it and promises a future post to show us what it will become.



Why We Stopped Buying Toys at The Practical Mom. Swapna shares why she does not buy manufactured toys and finds simple everyday objects that are every bit as entertaining and engaging.



Copycat Chick-fil-A Frosted Lemonade at Urban Girl Bakes. Leanne found herself taking weekly trips to Chic-fil-A for their Frosted Lemonade. In this post, she shares how to recreate this yummy drink at home.



Cocoa Infused Enchilada Sauce at Pinch of Nutmeg. Meg took the plunge and made her own homemade version of Enchilada Sauce with a special twist.



Peanut Butter Cheesecake at Olives-n-Okra. Sherry's found the perfect excuse to make this decadent treat that she had been craving.


Golden Raisin Scones at Honey and Birch. Jenny shares a delicious recipe for 'Golden Raisin Scones' that she says are even better smeared with apple butter.

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Saturday, August 15, 2015

Saturday Sparks Link Party 128

Welcome to Saturday Sparks 128!

It's time for this weeks party;

In other words, it's  I-N-S-P-I-R-A-T-I-O-N  time!

 "I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it."
~ Pablo Picasso

 Now, lets get this weeks party started.

First up, the Fabulous Features from Saturday Sparks 127.



DIY Gift Bag Wall Art at {R&R} at home. Rebecca shows us how she created these lovely framed art pieces using a gift bag, paint and some imagination.



Looking Past the Ugly at Re-Fabbed. Brooke and her husband have been steadily improving the foreclosure home they purchased 2 years ago. In this post, she shares why it's so important to look past the 'ugly' and see the potential of what can be.


Living Room Built-In Reveal at Little Bits of Home. Samantha imagined a built-in cabinet for her living room and her husband helped to bring it to life for her.



DIY Trumeau Mirror at Making it in the Mountains. Kristi wanted a Trumeau mirror but didn't want to pay the high prices they can fetch. In true DIY form, she created her own and shares with us just how she did it.


Back To School Iron On/Appliqué A=Apple at DIY Crush. Denise is sharing a tutorial on how to create this fun iron on appliqué that would be fabulous on a shirt or tote bag for your little ones first days of school.



17 Airplane & Hotel Busy Bags at The Practical Mom. Spawn is sharing 17 different 'Busy Bags' that will keep the little ones entertained and happy on those long trips.



How I Built My Own Pallet Steps at Scrapality. Andrea shows us her DIY Pool Steps and shares just how she made them with some wood and a plan.


Strawberry-Banana Smoothies at While I Linger. Jolena is sharing a tried and true smoothie recipe filled with delicious and healthy ingredients.


One Pot Buffalo Chicken Pasta at Honey and Birch. Jenny shares a one pot recipe that was the perfect answer for a quick and easy 30 minute meal that allowed her to take some down time with her pup 'Nero' who is recuperating from surgery.



Gluten Free Mini Cinnamon Sugar Donuts at City of Creative Dreams. Shaniel shows us how she made some tempting gluten free donuts for her Mom.


Simply Fresh Wild Salmon at Simply Fresh Dinners. Robyn has been a lot of seafood this summer and shows us how easy it is to cook salmon and enjoy it's delicious flavor and health benefits.



Snickerdoodle Cake at Something Sweet. Winnie is sharing a tempting recipe for a coffee cake with a crispy coating that sounds perfect for a mid morning treat.



Monster Cookie Bars at Kleinworth & Co. - Gina has combined peanut butter, oats and chocolate to create these yummy 'Monster Cookie Bars'. You know they have to be good!



Pumpkin Dump Cake Recipe at All She Cooks. Some people only eat pumpkin in the Fall, but Jessica likes it year round. In this post, she shares a recipe for a quick and easy pumpkin dump cake that she describes as light and moist.


Copycat Chipotle Guacamole Recipe at My Sweet Mission. Heather shows us a healthier dip recipe that her nephew shared with her that she describes as "popping with south of the border flavors".

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