This blog is now devoted to gardening with native plants with a focus on those species native to the east coast of the United States. With an MS in Agricultural Science from the University of Delaware and my love of native plants, I hope to help folks see the beauty and necessity of using native plants in your garden instead of exotic plants. Did you know that our native song birds and native insects are disappearing as our local environments continue to change?
Well, the snow has finished falling and we have about 18" on the ground! The snowplow has already been here and we are starting to shovel out the driveway. The schools are already closed for tomorrow and I am making Christmas cookies today. Yesterday, I made chocolate fudge and peanut butter fudge. My whole extended family loves peanut butter and we never think there is enough peanut butter in any peanut butter fudge recipe. So, I have developed my own peanut butter fudge recipe - I must attach a warning label to this recipe - once tasted - you will become a peanut butter nut! This recipe makes a full 13 x 9" pan of fudge - to make a smaller amount just cut the recipe in half!
Winterberry Farm Fudge:
3 cups sugar 1 12 fl oz can evaporated milk 4 tbsp butter (not margarine)
Put these ingredients into a heavy Dutch oven and bring to a boil, stirring constantly. After the mixture begins to boil, allow it to boil for 5 minutes, again stirring constantly. Remove from heat and immediately add:
3 cups of creamy peanut butter (I know - that's a lot of peanut butter) 3 cups of tiny marshmallows 1 tsp. vanilla
Stir the peanut butter, marshmallows and vanilla into the sugar mixture with a wooden spoon. Mix in the peanut butter and marshmallows until they have melted into the sugar mixture. Continue to mix together until the mixture has a 'shiny' appearance and is completely smooth. Pour into a 13 x 9" aluminum throw-away pan (or a cake pan coated with aluminum foil), allow to cool to room temperature and then place in the refrigerator for at least two hours.
Then stand back and let your peanut butter crazy people at it! My husband (who is not a big peanut butter fan) is usually my taster because if he likes it then peanut butter freaks will love it. I made a batch yesterday and had him taste it this morning. He thought it was 'good' but he is taking it into the guys at work - so that means it is a big hit!
Maya, the crazy dog, has been out in the snow since early this morning and thinks she is a husky or something! She races around and around the backyard jumping and biting at the snow. Here she is digging into the snow on the back steps! Our grandson is out front making a snow fort and my son is out back throwing snow balls at Maya. She thinks they are real balls and after catching them in her mouth - runs around looking for the 'ball' to bring back to my son! I have the trees lit and will wait for Christmas Eve to decorate the big one in the family room - where all of the gifts will magically appear Christmas morning. Time to start the fire in the fireplace and snuggle down with my book before starting on more cookies this afternoon! Tomorrow, a blog on the native winterberry!
Things have changed quite a bit in the last two years since I last posted a blog here at Winterberry Farm Primitives. My oldest grandson is now in college and my daughter is finishing her RN in her new home up in New York City. I have had four fantastic years as an antiques dealer and have met some wonderful people. Now it is time to get back to blogging about what I love - antiques and native plants! My blogs on antiques will be companions to my monthly shop updates and my gardening blogs will try to follow the seasons, so here we go! I am a wife to a great hubby, mother of two wonderful people (both of which served their country - AF & Army) & grandmother of three great teenagers. I am also a plant scientist with a masters in science. I developed a vegetative propagation method for Spigelia marilandica as my undergraduate project & worked with three species of trillium, for my masters thesis. That said - after several years in the ag/biotech field, I find myself drawn back to my first love of antiques & gardening.