Million Dollar Fudge

Million Dollar Fudge

Nothing says Christmas like a rich and nutty fudge!


The whole family will love this classic fudge recipe!


4 ½ c. sugar 12 oz. chocolate chips
Pinch of salt 12 oz. German sweet chocolate
2 Tbsp. butter 1 pint marshmallow cream
1 13-oz. can evaporated milk 2 c. chopped nuts


1. Combine first four ingredients. Bring to a boil in a pot over medium heat, stirring constantly. Boil 6 minutes.

2. Combine chocolates and marshmallow cream in a large bowl. Pour boiling syrup over them and blend well.

3. Add nuts. Pour into a buttered, foil-lined 9×13-inch pan. Cool before cutting.

Makes about 30 2-inch squares.

Nutritional Information: Calories: 270; Fat: 13g; Cholesterol: 5mg; Sodium: 60mg; Total Carbohydrates: 43g; Dietary Fiber: 2g; Sugars: 38g; Protein: 3g.

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Christmas Cut-Out Cookies

These butter cookies have that classic flavor, the one so we associate with the holidays.

Michelle got this recipe from her grandmother.


⅔ c. shortening 2 tsp. baking powder
1 c. sugar ½ tsp. salt
½ tsp. vanilla ⅓ c. whole milk, plus 1 to 2 tablespoons for frosting
2 eggs 1 c. confectioner’s sugar
3 cups flour, plus a little more for rolling out dough


1. Preheat oven to 350°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. In a large bowl, mix shortening and sugar until light and fluffy, then mix in vanilla and eggs.

2. Stir dry ingredients together. Mix while alternately adding dry ingredients and milk to shortening mixture.

3. Roll out dough on a floured board. Cut out shapes with cookie cutters and place on baking sheet about 2 inches apart. Bake 10-12 minutes.

4. For frosting, mix confectioners’ sugar and milk to a spreadable consistency. Frost when cookies are cool. Sprinkle with colorful sugars or sprinkles before frosting sets.

Makes about 24 cookies.

Nutritional Information (per single cookie): Calories: 170; Fat: 6g; Cholesterol: 15mg; Sodium: 105mg; Total Carbohydrates: 26g; Dietary Fiber: 0g; Sugars: 14g; Protein: 2g.


Michelle Mahnke

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“Every Little Girl’s BEST DREAM”

“This is that “DANCE” – – the ONE – – that every “Daughter and Dad”  – – are so LUCKY to share – – and remember for EVER and EVER!

“Making  “MEMORIES” that will last  forever and a day… AL Aldrich and Daughter,   Jaime… the new Mrs.  Tyler Cardwell. ”

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“This DANCE is a DANCE – – which is danced  to “slow time”  music – – and you ask me…  WHY??? – – because…  this DANCE will last forever … in the LAND of MEMORIES!”

“The “BOOK” is found with the title… “THE DREAM BOOK” – – and the Chapter to look for…  “Best Dreams  – Those that Last a LIFE-TIME!

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“Would you call this … Food For Work … or WHAT?”

On this day of your life
Mary Ellen, I believe God wants you to know…

…that as you start the first full work week of the New
Year you should do no ‘work’ at all.
The point of your activities throughout the day is not to
make a living, but to make a life; not to ‘work’ but to
create joy. If you are doing what you are doing merely
to ‘pay the bills,’ you will have missed the major reason
for All Of Life.
The purpose of life is to know and express Who You
Are. If you do other than that during the days and times
of your life, you will have not used those days and times
in a way that profits your soul. It is soul profit we are
after here, not body profit.
This first week of the New Year is a good time to
contemplate that, yes?

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“On January 9th… START the SINGING!”

“Happy Birthday to you… to YOU… and to YOU… and one more just for good measure – – to keep  “YOU”  both  smiling… till we can all sing “HAPPY BIRTHDAY” again and again!”

“WE wish “YOU… BOTH” – – many more “HAPPY BIRTHDAYS” – -just be Cause YOU ARE SO lucky… TO  CELEBRATE  A  “big”  BIRTHDAY … ON …  JANUARY the 9th!




“Everybody on the count of three – – a one  – and a  two – and a  three – – start singing…  the BIRTHDAY song!”





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A Johannesburg filling station has become quite a landmark in Gauteng with its daily #PetrolPumpWisdom – uplifting quotes written on a chalkboard. Some motorists say they deliberately travel this route just to read the quote which brightens their day.


She told SAPeople: “We inherited the board from the previous owner, Dick Hutton, when we bought the filling station from him almost 20 years ago.

“We continued the tradition and it has become a landmark – more so now that it’s on social media!


Not a day goes by when I don’t get a call or a visit from someone to tell me how much they appreciate the message – it seems that every day there’s something that just speaks to what is going on in someone’s life and that inspires or motivates them.


“Having people come and tell me their stories and how the quote helped them in some small way is what motivates me to keep writing!

“We use a variety of quotations – some are topical, some are funny, some are inspirational, some even reflect what is going on in my life that day!


“The boards were spotted by a motivational speaker from the UK, Geoff Ramm, when he was driving by one day and he was so taken by them he included a piece about them in his book!



“The boards have appeared many times in newspapers and magazines and been spoken about on radio stations all over the world. 9GAG has re-tweeted them a few times too!”

Bob 95 FM in the USA recently posted Alison’s “Rest in Peace” quote which has now been shared over a quarter of a million times around the world!


“Probably the most reaction we got from members of the public was after Madiba’s passing away – we just covered the boards with big black cloths…”



Find #PetrolPumpWisdom on Twitter, tweeted by Pump_Oracle.

 Alison Purchase stands outside the BP petrol station in Jan Smuts Avenue, explaining the inspiration for the morning's quote.

Alison Purchase stands outside the BP petrol station in Jan Smuts Avenue, explaining the inspiration for the morning’s quote.   *********     SHARE    *********

For some, the BP garage on Jan Smuts Avenue has become a pit stop in the morning, others a landmark when giving directions, while for morning passers-by it’s their daily dose of ‘petrol pump wisdom’.

Walking in to meet the woman behind the inspirational quotes written on the chalkboard outside of the petrol station, one is received with a smile and a warm welcome.

For Alison Purchase, wife to the owner of the filling station, people coming in to thank her for her words of wisdom is not unusual.

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1967-2017…”It’s a Long Long Time”

“Detective Lee Aldrich”

This PHOTO of Lee  – – is just before the night shift – – which he would be leaving for – –  and ten years before he left his FAMILY and FRIENDS… for a much better reward to be with his CREATOR and receive a much greater reward  in  the Heavenly Realm!

Memories of our LOVED ONES – – never ever fade – – with the years as they go by – – and keep going so quickly – – Memories with lots of imagination keep one wondering – – what and where  and how could LIFE have been different – – if this or that and WHY – – must   “ONE” that we LOVE – – have  had… to leave us… so soon?


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