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I was creating some memory verse cards earlier this week for an upcoming women’s retreat for my church. All the verses were wonderful, but this verse is so extremely important for me to remember at this particular stage in my life. I am a mommy to 3 very young children, a dog, a cat and a husband who when home is very helpful, but unfortunately due to his career, he often is not able to assist in things around the house. Sometimes, I find myself getting so caught up in “doing” I forget to relish the moments with my family and my time with the Lord. I know I’m not alone in this. We live in a fast paced world where “busy” is almost seen as something to take pride in. But, it is so important for us to stop and fully immerse ourselves in the present moment. Instead of putting away that pile of dishes, maybe we should sit and color with our children or sit down and ask questions about how our husband’s day at work went. This is even more important in our time with the Lord. I’ve been making a very conscious effort to get up earlier this year to have time alone with Jesus. As a woman, I may pride myself in my multitask abilities, but my time with the Lord alone is completely different than if I had 3 kids climbing on me. I’ve felt much more connected to God in the past couple months because of this time in the morning. Praying amongst the chaos is okay and even important, but we can’t forget to find a time everyday to give God our undivided attention. Because I need this scripture in my life so much right now, I’m going to go ahead and print out 2 copies of this verse and place them on my bathroom mirror and refrigerator as a constant reminder to slow down and listen to God. Click the image above to download the free pdf for yourself.

I’m considering offering memory verse cards in my etsy shop. Perhaps, different designs for different themes. Is this something you would be interested in purchasing? Let me know in the comments below.

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White Chocolate Fudge

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Everyone has a few recipes that their friends and family can expect from them. This white chocolate fudge is one of mine. It’s my go to Christmas gift for teachers and friends and one of my husbands favorite. The recipe for the milk chocolate version has been in my family for generations. My grandmother got it off the back of a bag of Nestle Toll House chocolate chips. It was passed on to my mom when my dad would request his mom’s fudge and my mom passed it on to me. But, my hubby isn’t really into milk chocolate. He is definitely a white chocolate guy, so I tried the recipe with white chocolate chips instead of milk chocolate and it turned out great. Also, the original recipe called for 3/4 of a cube of butter, but when I was writing it down years ago I accidently wrote 3/4 Cup instead. I always wondered why my recipe seemed creamier than my mom’s and the extra butter is why! I just love happy little mistakes!

I enjoy making this fudge on Valentine’s Day as well. Add a little red food coloring and cut out heart shapes and it’s a perfect little gift. I’ve attached a fun little printable for a cute treat box to put the fudge in. It’s a 4.5″ x 1.5″ x 1.5″ box. It’ll hold 6 pieces of fudge or any other treat you would like to use it for. Just make sure to follow the directions for printing when you pull up the pdf document.

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A couple tricks to making this fudge: 1) Use parchment paper to line your pan. I still grease the pan and then simply stick the parchment paper to the butter so it’s not floating. The parchment paper makes things super easy when it’s time to cut into the fudge and if you overcook or undercook the fudge that extra ease will be very important.

2.) When making fudge it’s extremely important you take the fudge off the stove at the right time. Too early and your fudge will be an ooey gooey mess. Too late and it’ll crumble and be hard. I made a couple extremely short videos to hopefully assist you in getting this part right. The first video is of a rolling boil. Click HERE for video. This video will show you what to look for in a rolling boil. If your fudge is not boiling hard enough you will end up with fudge that is too soft. The next video is about 1 minute before I turned the stove off. Notice the fudge hit the side of the pan and slowly slide down. It’s also much thicker and this video doesn’t show it as well as I would like, but you will begin to see the bottom of the pan more as you stir. Click HERE for this video. The good news is that even if you overcook or undercook this fudge, it will stay taste delicious. It just may be a bit messy.

 

White Chocolate Fudge
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
1 hr 20 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
1 hr 20 min
125 calories
20 g
10 g
5 g
1 g
3 g
32 g
16 g
19 g
0 g
1 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
32g
Yields
54
Amount Per Serving
Calories 125
Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g
8%
Saturated Fat 3g
16%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 10mg
3%
Sodium 16mg
1%
Total Carbohydrates 20g
7%
Dietary Fiber 0g
0%
Sugars 19g
Protein 1g
Vitamin A
2%
Vitamin C
0%
Calcium
3%
Iron
0%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 3 3/8 Cups Sugar
  2. 1 12oz Can Evaporated Milk
  3. 3/4 Cup Unsalted Butter (I use Land O' Lakes)
  4. 1 12oz Bag Nestle Toll House White Chocolate Chips
  5. 26 Marshmallows
  6. 1 1/2 teaspoon Vanilla
  7. red food coloring (optional)
Instructions
  1. Prepare 13" x 9" pan by buttering, then placing parchment paper over the butter.
  2. Count out 26 marshmallows and set aside.
  3. Cut open the bag of chocolate chips and vanilla and have it ready to go.
  4. Place the sugar, evaporated milk and butter into a large saucepan.
  5. Turn the stove onto Med-low if you have a gas stove, medium if electric.
  6. Stir constantly.
  7. Bring to a rolling boil and start a timer for 10 minutes.
  8. Boil for about 10 minutes (gas stoves tend to be 7-8 minutes).
  9. Once the fudge begins to thicken up and you can begin to see the bottom of the pan while stirring, turn off the stove.
  10. Mix in white chocolate chips, 26 marshmallows and vanilla.
  11. Stir until everything is mixed in.
  12. Stir in food coloring if you would like.
  13. Pour in prepared pan.
  14. Refridgerate for 1 hour.
  15. Pull fudge out of fridge and pop out of dish, pulling parchment paper off.
  16. Slice into small squares or use cookie cutters for something extra special.
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calories
125
fat
5g
protein
1g
carbs
20g
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Kids Valentine’s Day Cards

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I’m super excited to share this fun free printable with all of you today! It’s kind of a spin-off from last weeks post. Remember, You Are Loved? This kids Valentine is a fun play on words. You’re Beary Loved. It’s a super simple DIY valentine. No curvy lines to cut or crazy origami pieces to put together. Just a few straight lines to cut along (I use my nifty paper cutter), fold in half and then staple to 3″ x 4″ treat bags. In keeping with the “Beary” theme, I’ll be filling my kids bags with gummy bears. If your child’s school has a no candy policy or you just don’t want to add to the sugar high, you could use teddy bear stickers or erasers, or I found some cute teddy bear beads that would be fun to make something with. Hope these work for you and your kiddos! Let me know if you decide to use them!

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