Posts tagged ‘Sweets’

February 16th, 2011

Giving My Time

The coolest thing arrived in my inbox a few days ago. It was this:

Bart Yasso.tiff

Yup. The Bart Yasso. Running God, Bart Yasso. Still a bit perplexed why he’s following little ol’ me and it makes me feel like I need to be Tweeting about running a heck of a lot more than I do but you know what? I’ll take it, makes me feel hard core!

Bart Yasso is following me Twitter. Life is good. :)

In other news I would highly recommend you all try Angela’s No Bake Chocolate Macaroons. I made them a couple of weeks back and they were gone in three days. They had the perfect mix of sweet and salty, I told Alan that they’re the quintessential treat for combating PMS. However, I did use canola oil instead of coconut oil and I would recommend either using the coconut oil instead or at least cutting back on the amount of canola oil used as it came out a bit oilier than I would have liked.


That being said, I’m glad they make less than a dozen or else I’d be in trouble right about now…

Lastly in this random post of mine, I wanted to mention something I’m doing in early April: I’m volunteering for a race!


I’ve never volunteered for a race before but when I decided to limit my races this year to four (due to finances and time) I still wanted to be involved and I thought volunteering would be the perfect way to give back. I don’t know about you but I am also so immensely grateful for everyone who gets up earlier than myself just to help us crazy runners do our thing. I also know how happy I am when I see those fabulous volunteers who man the aid stations and give me my liquids! I look forward to seeing you in EVERY race!


This year is also special because two of my good friends are running this race and I’ve ran both the 5 and 8k in the last two years. I’m really looking forward to seeing them cross the finish line as I volunteered for the best job ever: I’m handing out medals! So if you’ll be at the Harry Rosen Spring Run Off in Toronto this year, I just may be putting that medal over your head!


This course is beautiful but can be pretty brutal, when the finish line is located about 100m from the top of a roughly 400m hill, you know the organizers did it on purpose and curse them the entire time! That being said, I can’t tell you how proud I was when I ran the entire hill last year and sprinted to the finish line so it’s definitely a race where you can test your abilities!

Have you ever volunteered for a race before? Would you ever consider it?

November 24th, 2010

Dark Chocolate Candy Cane Fudge

Like it or not the holidays are upon us! Only 5.5 weeks left ’til Christmas my friends!

This year, not surprisingly, I’ve decided to bake. But unlike other years, I’ve started early! I realized how few weeks were left and pretty soon they’ll start getting filled up with holiday affairs and I’d find myself scrambling to get everything done so I actually started early!

Last weekend I decided to make one of my more famous goodies: FUDGE! My fudge isn’t the creamy kind of fudge, it’s the crazy sugary don’t-feed-to-children type fudge. My Dad says it’s “old fashioned” fudge.

Yup, I have to admit that Christmas is the time when any sugar morals go out the window. I can’t help it. There is nothing nutritionally redeeming about this recipe! But everything in moderation, especially sugar and I have trained myself to keep out of the goodies when they’re packed into containers because then I know it’s for other people and that means hands off!

This year I decided to try something different with my fudge and it worked out perfectly! AND, for the first time EVER, I’m sharing my recipe with you because, well, I love ya’s!


Dark Chocolate Candy Cane Fudge

  • 1c of salted butter
  • 3/4c evaporated milk
  • 2oz dark chocolate squares
  • 3c yellow brown sugar
  • 1tsp vanilla extract
  • 3c icing sugar
  • 6 candy canes, crushed

9×13 baking dish, lined with parchment paper


Step 1: Add butter, milk, chocolate and brown sugar to a sauce pot and turn heat onto medium. Stir occasionally to make sure everything melts and doesn’t burn.


Step 2: While your mixture is melting on the stove, unwrap the plastic on the candy canes and wrap the canes in some parchment paper, making sure the ends are tucked under. Take a rolling pin and beat the ever livin’ begeezus out of the candy canes. They don’t have to be beaten until it’s all powdered, have a mix of powder and tiny chunks of candy cane for texture. Set aside.


Step 3: Once mixture is at a frothy, roiling boil wait for six minutes (don’t ask me why, just do it) then add the vanilla and slowly add the icing sugar, about 1/4c at a time while mixing furiously (think of it as toning your arms). You want to make sure everything is mixed very well but don’t stop as this stuff settles very quickly.

Step 4: Once the icing sugar is mixed thoroughly, immediately pour into baking dish and smooth into the corners. The parchment paper will help the fudge to not stick and allows you to pull the entire block of fudge out easily.

Step 5: Sprinkle crushed candy cane all over the surface (you’ll have noticed that the top of the fudge may have already begun to set) of the fudge and set aside to cool.

Step 6: About a half hour later take a knife and do a cut test. If you can slice the fudge with minimal breakage proceed to cut the rest of the fudge into pieces (1×1″ pieces or less, this stuff will rot your teeth instantly). You do NOT want to wait until the fudge is completely cooled as your blocks will be super hard to cut and just break apart but if it’s still too warm your fudge will just stick to the knife and get all over the place.


Done! Easy, eh?! Everyone always thinks fudge is so difficult but it’s probably the easiest thing in the world!

The great thing about this recipe is how versatile it is. You can take the chocolate and candy canes out for a simple vanilla fudge, you can mix up your extracts for different flavours (I’ve used mint, maple, rum and even khalua). Halve the butter and add a a half cup of peanut butter plus 2oz of chocolate for amazing peanut butter and chocolate fudge! You name it! Just experiment! I’m going to make two more flavours by the time I’m done, I’m thinking chocolate orange may be one of them!