Return Of The iMac

Our large home computer — the faithful, yet aging, iMac — went on the fritz about three weeks ago.  It was a devastating development.  All of our photos are on the iMac.  All of my iTunes are on the iMac.  My iPod is synced to the iMac, and therefore I couldn’t load new holiday songs.  Blogging continued, fitfully, through use of an old laptop, but it wasn’t as easy as it would using the wide, responsive iMac keyboard.  It made me realize how much of our lives and conveniences are tied up into one computer unit.

The problem with the iMac was one of those annoying, frustrating computer issues.  The unit would turn on but never engage.  Instead, you would see the Apple logo and a ceaselessly spinning wheel.  After starting and restarting, plugging and unplugging, tinkering with power supplies, and whispering fervent but unanswered prayers to the capricious technology gods, we finally broke down and took the iMac to the nearby Apple store.  They promptly and happily fixed the problem, and now the iMac is back in its rightful place on the desktop, ready to provide crucial services in the Webner household.

Tonight, at least, all is right with the world.

Calling For Christmas Cookie Recipes (Cont.)

I like it when people give you recipes that appear to be Xerox copies of the backs of ingredient labels or handwritten instructions stained with flour or slightly smeared with chocolate.  You get the strong sense that the recipe has been tried and tested.  This recipe falls into that category.

Fantasy Fudge

Ingredients:  3 cups sugar; 3/4 cup margarine; 2/3 cup evaporated milk; 1 12 oz. package of semi-sweet chocolate chips; 1 7 oz. jar of Kraft Marshmallow creme; 1 cup chopped nuts; 1 tablespoon vanilla.

Combine sugar, margarine, and milk in heavy 2 1/2 quart saucepan.  Bring to full rolling boil, stirring constantly.  Continue boiling for 5 minutes over medium heat, stirring constantly.  Remove from heat and stir in chocolate until melted.  Add marshmallow creme, nuts and vanilla and beat until blended.  Pour into greased 13″ x 9″ baking pan.  Let cool and cut into 1-inch squares.

What’s a Christmas cookie platter without a little fudge?

Calling for Christmas Cookie Recipes (Cont.)

Calling for Christmas Cookie Recipes (Cont.)

Calling for Christmas Cookie Recipes (Cont.)

Calling for Christmas Cookie Recipes (Cont.)

Calling for Christmas Cookie Recipes