Fudge and the dentist– on opposite ends of the like spectrum. They don’t go together, but just so happens I wanna talk a minute about both topics. Starting with the least favorite, the dentist.
I think I’ve finally learned my lesson with putting off dental work. Like many people, I suffer from severe anxiety with anything dental related. I put off going to the dentist until it’s pretty much absolutely necessary due to extreme pain. I want to briefly share with you a scare I had last week so that you don’t end up in the same situation. Some time ago I broke a tooth. I’m not even sure when it happened, the break was painless. So of course since that was painless I didn’t visit the dentist to have it repaired. A couple of weeks prior to Christmas the painless break decided to give me a big shout out since apparently I had forgotten about it. The toothache set in during the busiest, most money-less time of the year. Yay! I treated my toothache with Extra Strength Tylenol every 4 – 6 hours for about three to four weeks. The pain was pretty severe– throbbing, shooting nerve pains, but it responded to the medication. Well, last week the pain changed. Not only was I having the throbbing, shooting nerve pains but now there was an achy soreness that started taking place. Next came an overall feeling of yuckiness and that’s when the Tylenol stopped helping. Then came swelling, fever, nausea, fainting spells and the most pain I’ve ever felt in my life (considering I haven’t experienced natural childbirth). I ended up in a doctor’s office so sick that I could barely hold my head up. The infection in my tooth was going haywire and I was at the risk of that infection entering my bloodstream. Gratefully I got the medical attention that I needed in time. I left the doctor’s office after receiving two shots and three prescriptions. By the end of the day I was already doing better, but it took me several days to recover. Today I went to my new dentist and left there after a filling, a root canal and an appointment with a oral surgeon Wednesday morning to have two wisdom teeth removed. ALL this to say: GO TO THE DENTIST before those little things get out of control. It ends up causing more pain, more money and you could end up very sick.
If you are local, I HIGHLY recommend the dentist office of Dr. Pat Clark. I’ve been to five different dentist in the last 15 years and today’s visit at Dr. Clark’s office was by far the best dental experience ever. Seriously, y’all! This is coming from a girl that’s had at least four root canals, four crowns, too many fillings and lots of other dental junk done in her lifetime.
Also, if financial reasons keep you from going to the dentist, you may want to consider CareCredit. I just learned about this option for healthcare services. Basically it works semi-like a credit card, but you can finance your cost for 12-16 months with no interest. Now if you don’t pay on time or complete your payment in the time frame there are some nasty fees and interest rates that aren’t so helpful.
Now on to something more fun to talk about– FUDGE! This gal, Annie has the cutest most tastiest blog ever–Annie’s Eats. I just love her and her recipes soooooo much! I made this super simple fudge recipe at Christmas and passed it out to neighbors and friends. It. Is. The. Bomb. Make it, eat it and then go visit your dentist.
P E A N U T B U T T E R F U D G E
8 oz. unsalted butter, plus more for greasing pan
1 cup creamy peanut butter
1 tsp. vanilla extract
16 oz. confectioners’ sugar
- Line an 8 x 8-inch baking dish with parchment paper. Lightly grease with butter. Combine the butter and peanut butter in a microwave safe bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Microwave on full power for 2 minutes. Remove from the microwave, stir, and microwave on full power for 2 minutes more.
- Carefully remove the bowl from the microwave. Add the vanilla and confectioners’ sugar to the bowl. Stir with a wooden spoon or spatula until evenly combined. The mixture will become difficult to stir and lose its sheen.
- Transfer the mixture to the prepared pan and spread into an even layer. Place an additional piece of parchment directly on the surface of the fudge. Refrigerate until cool, at least 2 hours. Use a large knife to cut into 1-inch pieces. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week.
CREDITS :: Dog Art by KeptFresh Fudge Recipe by Annie’s Eats