Sunday, December 16, 2012

Holiday Traditions

I think that one of my favorite things (and probably favorite of many) about the holidays are traditions! I believe it's really what makes it or breaks it. You know it's holiday time when the traditions are in full swing and everything just feels right. What's so cool is that everyone has something different that they grew up doing with their families that made it so special.

This year for the first time I won't be with my family on Christmas, as Mr. Charming and I are headed south to celebrate in Georgia with his family. Of course his family has traditions of their own, but it will definitely be different than the holiday that I'm used, and much thought about this makes me so thankful for parents that created such magic for us on the holidays.

We always got to open a fun present on Christmas Eve, usually it was something interactive that we could take with us to the big sha-bang on my Italian side of the family so we'd have something to entertain us. In the past couple of years since we've been older we've switched to getting new pajamas to wear to bed and spend Christmas day in.

Food is of course a large part of the traditions. On Christmas morning we always eat Pillsbury cinnamon rolls and tons of candy from our stockings. Then we're typically good to go until dinner! But of course, you can't forget about holiday treats. My mom bakes up a storm of at least 5 or 6 different kinds of cookies, but one thing everyone always looks forward to is her famous fudge. It's what we would give to teachers at Christmas every year, and our friends and family rave about it. The best part? It's the easiest recipe in the world. So now I'll share with you one of my favorite holiday traditions...

Charming Mama's Easy Peasy Fudge

2 Tbsp. butter
2/3 cup evaporated milk
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 Tsp. vanilla
Dash of salt
2 cups mini marshmallows
2 cups (11.5 oz. package) of chocolate chips*

*Most bags are 12 oz. The extra few chips aren't a huge issue but if you'd like to save a handful to use later just fill up half a shot glass with chips then use the rest of the bag.

Line an 8x8 pan with foil. In a large saucepan combine the butter, evaporated milk, sugar, vanilla and salt over medium heat and stir constantly for 4 to 5 minutes. Bring to boil and then add in the chips, marshmallow and any additional mixins.  Stir constantly and quickly until everything is completely melted and combined. Put in the fridge and chill until hard, overnight should do it.** Use the foil to lift it out of the pan and cut into 2" sqaures.

If you want to double the recipe use a 13x9 pan.

**After the fudge has cooled for a bit, feel free to put some tin foil across the top if you're worried about it soaking up any weird fridge odors.

Change up the flavor of chips for different types of fudge or feel free to use some extract (peppermint) for flavoring. Add nuts, candy or other mixins as preferred.

1 comment:

Charlotte said...

I love holiday traditions! I so wish my family did matching Christmas pj's every year. It's definitely something I want to do in the future...if only I could just get Ryan on board! And spending all day long in your pajamas is a must!