Ever travel and not bring back a souvenir?
Ever had a souvenir strike fear in your heart? I never had, until just a few weeks ago.
Souvenirs are known for being a waste of money. The recipient is often challenged with trying to mask their dismay while simultaneously weighing their options . . . trash or re-gift.
But I have many souvenir gifts I love. I have shot glasses from many trips, some mine and some others'. When Hubs went into Tijuana to buy the medication I needed for IVF, he was pestered into purchasing a paper mache doll from a young boy who followed him around. I look at it and it reminds me of all we went through to have children.
And then there's the cone College Boy recently brought me.
College Boy had gone to Indiana to help his brother move in to his frat. He was only gone for a few days, but I really missed him. We talk a lot, especially during this election cycle as we both have similar views. College Boy and I are liberal. And we live with two other family members who are conservative.
It's interesting to talk politics with someone who thinks differently from you. They have points worth consideration whether I agree with them or not. I hate that we all, in our house, basically cancel out each others' votes, but that's how it works. As of yet I've never spiked anyone's food the night before an election, just for the record.
But it's fun to watch the national news with College Boy, to hear his point of view about all that's been going on. He's very intelligent and passionate. Although we're both liberal, the degree of our commitment to different issues, candidates and the party itself makes for interesting conversation. I do know who I'll vote for in the up0coming election. College Boy is still struggling and his thought process is a clear window into the thoughtful young man he's become.
We talked here and there while he was gone, but more just to touch base about the trip than serious discussions. He was on his way home, about half way through the 10 hour drive when he let me know he'd stopped at a place I just wouldn't believe without proof. Just that, no further info. Oh, except that he'd bought me a souvenir.
Oooh, he'd been in Amish country, was it fudge?
White Chocolate Toffee Fudge
Nope, not fudge.
My son brought me . . . a traffic cone?
I'd say "just shoot me now", but considering the situation that could be dangerous.
White Chocolate Toffee Fudge©www.BakingInATornado.com
3 cups white chocolate chips
1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 cup milk chocolate toffee baking chips, divided
1/4 cup butterscotch chips
*Line an 8 inch square baking dish with plastic wrap. Use a large enough piece of plastic wrap that it hangs over the ends of the dish a bit.
*Heat the sweetened condensed milk, white chocolate chips and salt in a microwave safe bowl for 40 seconds and 60% power. Stir well. Continue to microwave at 20 second intervals until all of the white chocolate chips are completely melted..
*Mix in 1/2 cup of the toffee baking chips.
*Add the butterscotch chips and mix just briefly so they barely start to melt.
*Pour into the prepared baking dish and sprinkle with remaining toffee chips.
*Refrigerate until completely set, about 2 hours.
*Run a knife carefully around the edge of the dish, turn the fudge out of the dish, discard plastic wrap, turn back over, slice and serve.
*Cover the leftover fudge and store in the fridge.