Dear 43 Things Users,

10 years after introducing 43 Things to the world, we have decided we have met our last goal: completing the incredible experience that has been 43 Things. Please join us in giving one last cheer to all the folks who have shared their goals with the world, as well as all the people who have worked at The Robot Co-op to build this incredible website. We won a Webby Award, published a book, and brought happiness to a lot of people.

Starting today, 43 Things users can export their goals and entries from the site. Starting August 15, we will make the site “read only”. 43 Things users will still be able to view the site and export their content, but we won’t be taking any new content from users. We hope to leave the site up for folks to see and download their content until the end of the year. Ending on New Year’s Eve takes us full circle.

It has been a long ride (one of our original goals was to "build a company that lasts at least 2 years” - we beat that one!) While we wish the site could live on, it has suffered from a number of challenges - changes in how people use the site, the advertising industry, and how search engines view the site. We wish the outcome was different – but we’ve always been realistic about when our goals are met and when they aren't.

As of today, you will be able to download your goals and entries. See more about that on the FAQ page. Thanks for 10 great years of goal-setting and achieving.

- The Robots.

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#6 February - Hush Puppies

The Pamela’s mix seems to work a-okay for these. Shawn said they tasted a bit bitter to him once they cooled, but I think that either our garlic salt has gone off or that the only peanut oil at the store was generic. I wasn’t feeling that hot, so I ended up leaving out the onions, too. Maybe next time.

The taste right out of the fryer was just okay to me – they were better later on reheated in the microwave for some reason. However, it was my first deep frying success – as in nothing burned, everything was perfectly done, and nothing was greasy.

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#5 - January - Granola Bars

Granola bars were delightfully easy, and very scrumptious. Next time, though? Less nectar (maybe none) in the granola itself. Made with agave, they’re somewhat too sweet for me once you use the sticky agave/brown sugar/butter mixture that lets the bars be bars.

Overall, though – yum. And simple.

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#4 - Fudge (and Toffee)

I made fudge alright – boatloads of it. This was my first foray into candy making, and it was frustrating but the results really interesting.

Even though every tutorial I read said for beginners to go with marshmallow cream recipes, I’m not really fond of the texture. I prefer crystallized to marshmallow, even. So I bought a candy thermometer and went with this recipe:

I planned on the fudge being gifted, so I did a practice run. My first batch burned. My second was perfect. While I was at it, I decided to try making toffee (in half batches), too – again, first batch burned, second perfect. I sent the first batch of fudge to work with Shawn and it was a big hit. We (embarrassingly) ate the second batch of toffee all by ourselves (I thought the color was off, because it didn’t look shiny, but then looking at the recipe later, I realized it was perfect for that recipe.)

The results were not to be repeated the following week when I began cooking for shipment. I burned 4 batches of toffee, undercooked one (didn’t set, made toffee popcorn out of it), and two came out okay. I made two batches of the chocolate fudge – neither set on first go. Both had to be re-boiled. One came out okay – I added pecans to help it a bit. The second only half-set, even after the second boiling. It tasted perfect, but did not hold its shape, really. Yay ice cream topping.

I also made a peanut butter “fudge” that did use marshmallows. I won’t make it again, I think, unless requested. I hated the texture. I found another recipe that doesn’t use them, and I’ll go with that at some other point.

I made a white chocolate “fudge” that was probably the easiest made of the whole group and everyone seemed to love (everyone but me, anyway – it thought it was too sweet).

So, yeah, moderate success. Need more practice so I can get consistent results. I hope to make about one batch a month as time allows and send it to work with Shawn. If I can get consistent results, I’ll move on to practicing with the toffee…. and maybe to other candy. No more 2-day candy making marathons without that, though!

Oh, and for all that – I forgot to take ANY pictures.

Next up: granola bars!

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