Fudge Frosting from BraveTart

About a year ago I attempted to make fudge from this same cookbook and I had the worst luck with it. The fudge was completely…well, nothing. It wasn’t edible, fudgelike, or anything salvageable. It was one of the biggest fails I have had in a long time. And particularly disheartening when your blog name is Fudging Ahead. Oh well. I decided to give it one more go and figured if it didn’t work, then I would make a different chocolate frosting instead.

In case you’re wondering about the size of this cake and the shape, I made it for the Fudgelet’s half birthday. He liked it…but said he wants his next cake to be a sheet cake because he didn’t like having frosting inside the cake…I have no words.

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King Arthur Flour Vanilla Birthday Cake

More pictures will be shared Wednesday when I share the frosting, but this cake was for the Fudgelet turning 4.5! I actually made it as a surprise for him. I baked the cake while he was at school, and then hid it (kind of…it was still on the counter cooling when he came home, and then I managed to wrap it up without him seeing it later). I made the frosting and frosted it while he was sleeping, so when I revealed the cake in the morning he was quite confused! He did appreciate the sprinkles.

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Topic-Changing Thursdays: The Chiplet is 16 Months Old!

If you want to refresh your memory from 14 months, here it is. I left off talking about his snuggles, and really he is still like that. He has separation anxiety in such a big way. It started when he was around a year, but it has gotten worse over the last few months. What makes it really bad is he mostly wants me. Even K isn’t enough to appease him sometimes. I think part of it is he sees me as his food source (he doesn’t like to eat much for other people) and his source for sleep, so if he is hungry or tired, he wants to come to me. He also wants to come over to me to check on me and make sure I’m still around and okay. So, all of this to say that he is still quite attached. I’m not worried, though, since I remember the Fudgelet was also quite attached and he has no problem being dropped at school; sometimes, he won’t even say goodbye until I remind him!

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Broiled Chicken with Couscous

Here is another meal where I made it slightly more complicated due to allergy restrictions. But, you can definitely make it in one dish if you wish, and it is fairly simple with ingredients. We hadn’t had couscous for awhile, and I have always liked it. Something about the texture is really fun for me. But, I have had a really hard time typing it up today. Between writing couscouc, coucscoucs, and every other iteration, whew! I am ready for bed.

 

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Friday Favorites 29

I know it is a day late, but I don’t have a new pie recipe to share for pi day. I didn’t want to let the day go by without saying anything, so I decided to do a day after post showing some fun pies I’ve seen. My fingers are crossed right now with the hope that I can make a dairy and/or nut pie for the family and then maybe share it soon. The Chiplet is having more tests done and I really really hope to have some good news. Either way, I will make something circular for us.

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Mixed Bag Mondays: Near Misses

I remember learning about near misses in science class and I always find it such a strange phrase. It makes sense, but it is also confusing. Maybe it’s just me. I believe I first learned it around middle school which is when I had lots of random confusing information. Such as, the word “inclement.” We learned it in a vocabulary unit but our book had the wrong pronunciation and as a result, I find it hard to remember which way is correct because both ways sound wrong now, oops.

Anyway, let’s get back to food.

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Ina’s Beef Brisket

I’d like to say that I have a clear winner between this brisket and the last one I tried. But I’ve got to say, I don’t have one. I think it depends a bit on time. I think the first one I did was simpler upfront, although there was more chopping simply because you roast vegetables with it (which is a perk). This brisket is hands off once it is in the oven, which is handy, although it still roasts for a long time so you need to be home for much of the day. But maybe the clear winner is just dinner, since I didn’t realize how much I like beef brisket until recently.

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