Hi everyone!!  Well, we just finished a show in Delaware Ohio (outside of Columbus Ohio ) .Setup was early (repeat…EARLY ) on Saturday morning. Of course, this was after driving 3 1/2 hours to our hotel on Friday and after being up until 2 AM because of a party in the hotel. A LOUD party with guests standing outside our door shouting to each other. We even heard other guests giving very loud suggestions of what the partygoers could do… Surprised smile Then..we got up at 4:30 to get ready to go set up. Needless to say, we were tired all day at the show.  The hotel was very nice.


Beautiful flowers outside the hotel….







The show was very slow….that is, until my lucky charm showed up!! Guess who!?!  It was Carmen of Primcats!!  She and her friend surprised me by a visit, and yes, she is as nice as she seems on her blog. (and skinny! ) In fact, she bought me a VERY nice, very large breadboard…but is insisting on holding it at HER house.  I’ll have to go pick it up sometime when she is out of town………………………….Winking smile Immediately after Carmen left, we got busy and the day ended well.  Sunday started off very busy and continued that way with multiple sales and one lady came in and bought all of my Halloween pieces. Our booth looked pretty thin at the end of the show…always a good feeling. The show was very tiring especially because of the heat. After a very HOT load up, we drove home—never stopping to eat because we were so tired. After arriving home at 10 PM, I fixed chili dogs  ( ?) and we crashed. We are still craving sleep.

I did get some pieces painted at the show but it was difficult because the heat dried the paint as fast as I laid it down. Sunday I painted very little because of that. These pieces have not been sanded or stained yet.


The show was very hot so we drank water constantly and, because we were lucky enough to have an ice cream shop directly in front of our booth, ate a lot of frozen custard. OH, YUM!!! It was SOOOO good!! Since we got home, we have been craving more ice cream.  What’s better than ice cream???  Ice cream with hot fudge sauce!!  Here is the recipe I use…. I hate recipes that call for special chocolate—this one calls for ingredients that you probably already have in your kitchen.

Hot Fudge Sauce

2 Cups semi sweet chocolate chips

1 (12 oz. ) can evaporated milk

1 Cup white granulated sugar

1 tablespoon butter

1 teaspoon vanilla

Combine chips, milk, and sugar in heavy saucepan. To get CREAMY fudge sauce cook slowly. You must dissolve that sugar completely!! Cook over medium heat stirring often. Heat should be on the lower end of medium. Cook until it boils (boil at least 5 minutes ) and thickens. I cook this a total of  20-22 minutes—always stirring. Remove from heat, add butter and vanilla, cool enough that it won’t totally melt your ice cream before using. Pour into a microwave safe bowl, grab a spoon, hide in a closet, and eat—whoops!! I meant to say….share with the ones you love!!  Winking smile  Hope you enjoy it!!


Store in the fridge—microwave to warm up. It turns solid when cold.


We went for groceries and lumber again today—so we are already tired! I’m prepping signs tonight and we’re going for more lumber tomorrow. We have no show this coming weekend and are happy about that!!  Hope all of you have an enjoyable Memorial Day weekend!!  PARTY ON!!  Smile–Jan


18 comments on “Cravings……

  1. marly says:

    Wow. I got tired just reading about all you’ve been doing. Hope you can rest a little and enjoy the weekend!

    • Hi Marly–Nope!! We won’t get to rest until after the first weekend in December!! Then I will finish up orders , fill the store we sell in, and get ready for Christmas. I get a couple weeks off when our older son comes home from Seattle . No rest for the wicked!! :)–Jan

  2. betty crowe says:

    What fun meeting Carmen. She has been diligent in her weight loss. I love Delaware. Is the Seraph still there? glad your show turned out well. Love your signs.

    • Hi Betty! It was great meeting Carmen!! I think the Seraph is still there–we used to drive past it when we did another show in the area but this time we went a different route. Thanks for visiting!! 🙂

  3. Janet says:

    Wow you busy lady. 🙂 I would have died in that heat. I am glad that you had a good show. Ohhhhh that hot fudge sauce and the food looks so yummy.

    I have a cool refreshing post waiting for you to see. 🙂

    Take care, Janet W

    Oh, lately every time I make a comment I get an email saying that I subscribe to your blog. I didn’t. It says if I don’t want to ignore it and I won’t get anymore. But I have gotten at least 3. Have you heard anything about this? Let me know, k?


  4. Carmen says:

    It was so great to meet you too Jan! Glad I brought you luck! Hands off my breadboard! ;o) Yummy fudge! Looks great!

  5. Steph says:

    I love hearing about your travels and your shows!! We once stayed in a hotel where there were people from another country talking very loudly to each other outside our door and down the hallway in another language. My husband went out for ice and came back saying they were naked too!!! Ahhhh. The things you witness in hotels. How fun to be surprised by Carmen. She seems very nice. I am glad you had a good show despite the sleep deprivation. Hope you catch up. -Steph-

    • We were laughing at your story of the naked hotel guests!! Last year we set up late at a show, went to our hotel and were watching TV when we fell asleep. Suddenly our door flew open–I think Al took one giant leap and slammed the door in the faces of an Indian couple. The hotel sold our room twice . I still laugh when I think about the shocked look on their faces!! We deadbolt the door as soon as we enter our room now in case we fall asleep early——and Al wears pants!! :)–Jan

  6. Lori says:

    Hi Jan, just found you through Carmen. Sounds like you were very busy but had a great show! Wanted to say I really like your work…stop by and visit sometime 🙂

  7. Janice says:

    Hmmm…love chocolate..already wrote this recipe down and will be trying it. Thanks for sharing! Take care Janice

  8. Cindy says:

    Hi Jan,
    So glad you had a good show and that you got to meet Carmen. It sure was hot this past weekend here in Ohio…the heat really got to me while we were at the flea market.
    Oh my…does that ice cream with fudge sauce look so yummy!!

  9. Cathy says:

    It is hard to be tired but have to trudge on. Glad it was a great show it must feel rewarding at the end of the day or weekend to have less to pack up.

  10. Oh….you had me at ice cream….then pushed me over the edge with fudge sauce. YUMMM! ;o) Glad you had a successful show – how couldn’t you with the wonderful talent you have? I get very “cranky” when I have to “tolerate” disrespectful guests at a hotel. Yikes – not like one doesn’t pay enough money to stay in a place that you won’t sleep well in because it isn’t YOUR bed…. Ok….I’ll stop now. ;o) Smiles & Fudge Hugs ~ Robin

  11. Angie Berry says:

    Oh girl, that stinks! Glad you all survived the show and the weekend. How fun to meet Carmen!

    Your hot fudge sauce sounds delicious!! I’ve been craving homemade fudge also but I don’t own a heavy saucepan. Putting that on my list right now so I can make some of this sauce. Perfect for the summer and homemade ice cream… mmmmm!!

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