Oh Fudge!


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fudgeOh Fudge!  It’s been a long time since my first post! Considering it’s a new year (Happy New Year!), it’s a great time to start this blog thing up again don’t you think?

I also thought it would be a great time to share THE best fudge recipe I have ever tried. No joke. THE best. I made this fudge for my kids’ teachers, our neighbors, and extended family during the holiday season. Heck, I might make it for every holiday on the calendar. Everyone agreed that it is creamy smooth perfection.



2 teaspoons plus 1 cup butter, divided

4 cups sugar

1 cup 2% milk

25 large marshmallows

1 package (11.5 oz.) milk chocolate chips

2 cups (12 oz.) semisweet chocolate chips

2 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1. Line a 13 in. x 9 in. pan with foil; grease the foil with 2 teaspoons butter.

2. In a large heavy saucepan, combine the sugar, milk and remaining butter. Bring to a rapid boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Cook, without stirring for 2 minutes. Remove from the heat.

3. Stir in marshmallows until melted. Add all chocolate; stir until melted. Stir in vanilla. Immediately spread into prepared pan; cool for 1 hour.

4. Score into 1-in. squares. Refrigerate, covered, for 3 hours or until firm. Using the foil, lift out fudge. Remove foil; cut fudge. Store between layers of waxed paper in airtight containers.



My first blog post


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A year ago, I didn’t follow any blogs.

A year ago, I didn’t have a twitter account.

A year ago, I hadn’t written any book reviews.

A year ago, I had no idea who E.L James, Sylvia Day, Sylvain Reynard, S.C. Stephens, Abbi Glines, K.A. Linde, Tiffany Reisz, David James, Helen Boswell, Samantha Young, Tina Reber, Tammara Webber, Christine, Zolendz, Michelle Leighton, Debra Anastasia, Rebecca Donovan, Raine Miller, J Sterling, Kahlen Aymes, Kelli Maine, Alice Clayton, Roni Loren, Kat Bastion, PJ Bayless, Emma Hart, J.A. Templeton, Jamie McGuire, or Darwin Blake were!

Then….I received a Kindle for my birthday and my world changed. I had been so anti e-reader back then. I still like the feel of a book in my hands, but I am just as content with my fully charged, light-weight, electronic bookshelf now.

Then…a few months later… I joined Twitter. The first person I followed was my husband, of course.  Next, I followed some authors I liked, then bloggers who blogged about books written by the authors I liked. Then I followed David Gandy, well, because he’s David Gandy.

David Gandy 2012 Lucky Brand

David Gandy 2012 Lucky Brand

I was one of those kids that read what I needed to and nothing more. Sure, I was in the advanced English classes, but I didn’t put any real effort into them. I wrote insightful essays year after year and used “your” and “you’re” properly. Easy A’s. That’s why I chose to study math in college.


Yes…math. It was hard. It was a challenge. It drove me nuts! But I ended up loving it and consider myself a math geek even now. As an adult, I read Harry Potter, Twilight, and The Hunger Games. Hasn’t everyone? But that was pretty much the extent of my list of reads for years.

Now, here I sit writing my first post on my own blog. I’m thinking about how the authors listed above and their words have affected my life (I have become quite good at stirring dinner with one hand and holding my Kindle with the other). I have enjoyed reading hopeful, heartbreaking, romantic, suspenseful, and magical adventures. I crave my reading time. But there is also a balance. That’s why this blog is called “Kim’s Books ‘n Things”. I don’t want to have my nose stuck in a book (or inches from my Kindle) while important “things” pass by. Books are great, but so is life!

Let’s see where this little adventure takes us…..