Last week a member of one of my e-mail loops posed a question about which book others found most memorable. My hands- down favorite in the Christmas category is Truman Capote’s A Christmas Memory. It’s more than a lyrical story of an annual Christmas cake- baking tradition he shared with his cousin; it’s a sweet mediation on what she meant to him. I first read it when I was a young teacher. As I’ve grown older, I’ve come to appreciate even more its central theme: that it’s the people with whom we share and make Christmas memories that are most precious.
Some years ago, my best friend and fellow author, Leanna Ellis handed me her recipe for peanut butter fudge. It was an instant hit at my house and making it has become an annual tradition that reminds me of her. Here’s the fast and easy recipe:
3 cups granulated sugar
3/4 cup butter
2/3 cup evaporated milk ( I prefer Carnation)
1 cup peanut butter
1 seven ounce jar of marshmallow creme
1 cup chopped nuts (optional)
1 tsp vanilla
Combine sugar, butter and milk in a heavy saucepan and bring to a rolling boil. Stir constantly. Boil for 5 minutes over medium heat, stirring constantly. Remove from heat, add the rest of the ingredients, and beat until well blended. Pour into a greased 13 x 9 pan. Cool at room temperature. Cut into squares. Makes 3 pounds of mouth-watering fudge.
Enjoy! Maybe you’ll make a new Christmas memory, too. I’m taking next week off in celebration of Christmas, but I’ll see you on the far side. Till then, from my house to yours, Blessings to all!