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One of my favorite co-workers spent the holidays working at an office about 1 1/2 hrs from Sacramento.  She came home on weekends but because she was always playing catch up we didn't get to see
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Power failure

posted at 2/5/2011 8:02 PM EST
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One of my favorite co-workers spent the holidays working at an office about 1 1/2 hrs from Sacramento.  She came home on weekends but because she was always playing catch up we didn't get to see each other at all.  Since she missed the pumpkin fudge (from this website) and heard so much about it I promised that I'd make her some.  Late Wednesday night I found out that Thursday was her birthday and she'd actually be working at our office.  So Thursday morning I got up early to make her some fudge.  I was trying to be efficient by doing some laundry at the same time.  I was stirring and watching the candy thermometer waiting for it to get to the 234 degrees and suddenly I am in the dark.  The only light was the flame on the stove.  I turned off the stove, removed the pot from the stove and ran to find a pair of shoes.  I found a slipper and a sneaker, my coat and ran out the front door to the power box, flicked the breaker back and ran back into the house.  But it was too late.  When I got it back on the stove and up to 234 degrees the mixture was way too thick and the final product wasn't as creamy as usual.  So I put some of it into a heavy duty bag with a star tip on it and made pumpkin spice stars.  Set them in the freezer to cool while I got ready for work.  I presented Sherry with a gift box of the fudged up candy (each in a red heart mini muffin liner). She loved it and was none the wiser.

Re: Power failure

posted at 2/6/2011 10:32 AM EST
Posts: 528
First: 10/6/2010
Last: 6/11/2011
Very nice! Good example that you can save just about anything !

Re: Power failure

posted at 2/9/2011 1:11 PM EST
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First: 10/6/2010
Last: 4/15/2014
I have said for many years that there are few baking "failures" most things can be "re purposed" into something else.
Cookies not just right...perfect for a crumb crust on a pie.
Cake cracked....Trifle
Brownies a bit over baked...mix in with ice cream
Banana bread or pumpkin bread a bit underdone...toast it or make French toast
With the expense of some ingredients you have to "think outside the box"

Re: Power failure

posted at 2/9/2011 3:16 PM EST
Posts: 3939
First: 9/5/2010
Last: 4/24/2014
Your quick thinking was useful

Re: Power failure

posted at 2/9/2011 4:25 PM EST
Posts: 1038
First: 10/1/2008
Last: 4/19/2014
When we have a power failure, it is usually spread over the whole neighborhood.  AND we have an electric stove!!   ARGGGGGGH!!1

Re: Power failure

posted at 2/9/2011 4:59 PM EST
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First: 6/23/2010
Last: 4/23/2014
Power failure are just unthinkable ... and you did!!

Re: Power failure

posted at 2/17/2011 5:23 AM EST
Posts: 1072
First: 10/2/2008
Last: 10/4/2013
Great save!

Re: Power failure

posted at 2/17/2011 6:30 AM EST
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First: 8/8/2008
Last: 11/28/2013
When I get side tracked I sometimes have cookies in the oven that get a little "overdone" and my husband loves this because he can test them.

Re: Power failure

posted at 2/17/2011 6:31 AM EST
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First: 8/8/2008
Last: 11/28/2013
We also have an electric stove, but we invested in a generator and it really is a blessing because when the electric goes out, it kicks in after a few minutes and it is run by natural gas.

Re: Power failure

posted at 2/17/2011 7:55 AM EST
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First: 1/30/2010
Last: 1/22/2013
I think it is wonderful that you could still use your fudge mixture in a slightly different way.  I too have an electric stove.  It is miserable when the power goes out.

Re: Power failure

posted at 2/17/2011 8:20 AM EST
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First: 6/4/2010
Last: 4/23/2014
We had a power failure and I had to bake cookies for the church so I went to my aunts house to bake them.

Re: Power failure

posted at 2/17/2011 8:20 AM EST
Posts: 1203
First: 9/10/2008
Last: 4/18/2014
WOO-HOO!!!!  Awesome save!!!

Re: Power failure

posted at 2/17/2011 9:24 AM EST
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First: 8/8/2008
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You derserve  "the best save award" for that one!

Re: Power failure

posted at 2/17/2011 9:44 AM EST
Posts: 124
First: 8/13/2008
Last: 5/11/2011
After a 'disaster' and still able to give it as a gift with great presentation.  Very well done!

Re: Power failure

posted at 3/2/2011 8:57 PM EST
Posts: 207
First: 3/21/2009
Last: 3/17/2012
That was good thinking, well done.

Re: Power failure

posted at 3/2/2011 10:13 PM EST
Posts: 1400
First: 8/9/2008
Last: 6/2/2013
What a great save!

I have an electric stove, too.

Re: Power failure

posted at 3/31/2011 7:53 PM EDT
Posts: 483
First: 10/5/2008
Last: 12/5/2011
Really good thinking. You are a "very best baker"!

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