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Weekly News Update & Reading List 09/22/17 - Pumpkin Fudge Edition

Weekly News Update & Reading List 09/22/17 – Pumpkin Fudge Edition

It’s officially the first day of fall (in the northern hemisphere, anyway)! My favorite time of the year. I love the way the light changes, growing brighter and softer at the same time, if such a thing is possible. Those clear blue sky days where the morning air is cool and crisp, but the afternoons are still warm enough for shorts. I love the back to school feeling that anything is possible and the world is new. Plus, there’s the knowledge that winter is coming and while it brings shorter days (boo!) it also means more time for reading, board games, and Lego. Yay!

And I love pumpkin everything in the grocery store. (This is, not coincidentally, an expensive time of year, as well.)

Autumn Leaves

To celebrate, here’s the best pumpkin fudge recipe I know:

Pumpkin Fudge Ingredients:

  • 3 cups sugar
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 3/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 stick butter
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon cloves
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
Combine sugar and cream in a heavy saucepan.
Bring to boil over medium heat, stirring constantly.
Add pumpkin, butter, honey, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, salt and vanilla extract and continue to stir until returned to boiling.
Stop stirring and continue to boil until a temperature of 240 degrees is reached (soft ball stage).
Remove from heat and cool until lukewarm and a “skin” is detected on the surface (about 110 degrees).
Whisk just until fudge becomes thick and the color dull.
Pour into a foil-lined and greased 8″ baking pan.
Allow to rest 2 hours before cutting into 1 inch squares.

The Reading List

This week’s list is, by pure coincidence, all Star Wars. Specifically, new books that tease Episode VIII, The Last Jedi.

Phasma, by Delilah S. Dawson. This one is the origin story for Phasma, the cool female officer/stormtrooper of the First Order. It’s not a true origin story in that it’s told through/as a young Phasma. Instead, it’s told through the intrigue of an adversary attempting to expose her secrets and origins in order to bring her down.

Leia, Princess of Alderaan, by Claudia Gray. This is a YA novel about a young Princess Leia, before she embarked on a quest to save the galaxy. As Leia is my favorite character of the series (aside from Chewie), I want to read more of her story. Although, I have to say that these movie tie-ins of the heroes at younger ages have not excited me so far. Warbringer (Wonder Woman) fell a bit flat, as did Rebel Rising (about a young Jyn Erso from Rogue One). It’s possible I’m just not the target audience.

 

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