The holidays can be a bit of a mixed bag of emotions. So much of the season is wonderful. We very often see friends and family, spending time with the people we love most. We’ll forget about the tension that sometimes arises, and the issues that can come from all of the traveling. That feeling of togetherness makes the season really special.
I love buying presents for people. It’s so fun selecting the perfect gifts, mostly for Mom and Dad. The look on their faces when the wrapping has been torn away and the perfect something or other is revealed is a special moment. It brings me such joy. I have to admit I rather like receiving presents too. But really, who doesn’t? We all turn into kids on Christmas morning.
The decorations are so beautiful. All of the trees and the village set up in our house. The singing snowmen and women animated decorations from Hallmark and a staircase full of stuffed animals. It’s safe to say our house has been turned into a winter wonderland. All those decorations make me happy, but at the same time a little nostalgic or even sad.
I wish I could remember the story behind every decoration. Ornaments that were purchased at all kinds of fun events. Stuffed animals that comforted me on sleepless nights. Nicknacks that were ordered on a whim watching QVC on a quiet day at home with Mom. A stocking that reminds me of the cat we once had. Many gifts from my Granny who would love to see the decorations one more time, I know. Dad bought cheesy singing mice stuffed animals knowing I’d love them. And I do. I love all of these things and I often cry thinking of those fond memories, wishing sometimes I could go back to those moments instead of growing up and everything changing.
The holidays also remind me of the people who have passed. I find myself missing them more this time of year than any other. I especially miss Granny, wishing for just one more Christmas with her. And don’t get me started on Christmas music. One note of “Holy Night” and I’m lost in a sea of tears. Plus, here in Michigan the weather is also freezing cold and gloomy. Day after day of clouds can get anyone a little down.
I’m not saying I don’t like the holidays. In fact, I love them. I just think it can be a difficult time of year. What are your favorite and least favorite things about the holidays? Do you think they can be sad?
Baking is a great thing about the holidays. Or in this case no baking. This Easy Almond Butter Fudge is crazy easy to make. It has only four ingredients, is made in the microwave, happens to be gluten free, and is rich and creamy. The almond flavor comes through with a hint of vanilla. This will become your new favorite candy and is perfect to serve at a party or give as a gift. You’ll be making this year round!
If you love almond butter as much as I do, please check out this video Mom and I made demonstrating how to make Almond Butter Cookies 🙂 They are also very easy to make and gluten free. It would really make my day if you’d take a look!
2 sticks unsalted butter
1 cup almond butter (I like Justin’s Maple Almond)
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 1 pound box confectioners’ sugar
Line an 8 inch square pan with parchment paper.
In a medium microwave safe bowl, place butter and almond butter. Cover with a paper plate and microwave on high for two minutes. Remove from the microwave and stir. Microwave for an additional two minutes.
Carefully remove from the microwave, as the mixture will be incredibly hot. Stir in vanilla. Add the confectioners’ sugar and stir until the mixture is thick and no longer glossy, about five minutes. The mixture may look like it is separating. That is okay.
Pour the mixture into the prepared pan. Dab any excess butter on the top. Cover with parchment paper and place in the refrigerator for 2-3 hours, until solidified and cold. Remove the fudge from the refrigerator and cut into pieces. Fudge may be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week.