It’s almost the weekend! Yay! 

You guys, so much snow. So much cold. 

Y’all know I’ve been doing my snow dance since August but I really, really didn’t mean to wish these negative temps on us.

It’s November, Colorado! Get your act together!

We had a high of 7 yesterday.

Seven.

Seven degrees.

That literally hurts. And, of course, Penelope (the husky) wants to go outside every 10 minutes when it’s snowing. This means that I have to stand there at the back door and watch her or else she’ll open the gate and leave. So I froze all day, standing in front of the back door, watching Penelope eat ALL THE SNOW.

I still love the snow though. I’d just love it a little more if it was, you know, 20 degrees out there. 

I made these bars the other night in preparation of what I thought was a definite snow day. Who doesn’t cancel school when it’s 3 degrees out and snowing like crazy?! We’ve had school canceled for much less around here.

But anyway, I wanted to have some treats on hand since I’m still off wine and I need something to get me through a day stuck in the house with all 3 of my children and the hairy child that throws herself at the back door 6 times an hour.

So good. They’re oatmeal bars with chocolate, pecans, and caramel in the center. I don’t know what it is but I’m just crazy about anything with oats right now and these are definitely my new favorite. And they’re super simple since you use the same dough for both the base and the topping. 

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Today is an exciting day!

I know, it’s a Monday and that sucks. But really, it’s an exciting day!

One of my favorite people in the blogosphere wrote a book and it’s officially on shelves! 

I got my copy of The Biscoff Cookie & Spread Cookbook a couple weeks ago and have been drooling over the gorgeous photos and the delicious recipes ever since. (I also may have cried when I saw my name in the acknowledgements but we won’t talk about that.)

Katrina kind of made Biscoff a thing in the blogging world. I’d never even tried it until she started baking with it and it quickly became a staple in my pantry. Truth: I have to hide it from my kids because they will beg and beg and BEG for it. 

If you’ve never had it, it’s literally a spread made from those delicious Biscoff cookies and you should probably rush out and buy a jar today. My favorite thing to do is dip animals crackers in it. Because dipping a cookie in a cookie is pretty amazing. 

I’ve never done much baking with it but I have a list of about 20 things I want to make from this book. I started with these Biscoff Blossoms because I’m a a huge fan of the traditional peanut butter version and I knew the Biscoff would just make them even better. 

They’re so delicious. Not surprisingly, my kids also loved them. It’s just so fun to have a piece of candy on top of a cookie. Especially when that cookie is perfect on it’s own. 

You can get a copy of The Biscoff Cookie & Spread Cookbook at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or Lotus Bakery. Seriously, go ahead and order one. You won’t regret it.

And then head over to Katrina’s blog and tell her how awesome she is! 

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I don’t usually post on Fridays. It feels quite weird. But it’s Halloween and that calls for chocolate! And bacon! And dulce de leche!

Plus, I skipped my usual football food post yesterday. Mostly because the queso fundido I made for the post turned out very different from how I expected it to.

The chorizo I bought… well, it kind of melted when I cooked it. I don’t know how else to explain it. You know how normally chorizo has the same texture as sausage or ground beef when you cook it? Like you break it up into chunks?

Nope, not this chorizo. It was so… melty… that some of it went straight through my colander when I tried to drain the fat.

What?!

We ate it anyway. Obviously. Because queso dip with weird chorizo is still pretty awesome.

This is what I get for going grocery shopping at Target because I wanted to look at their Christmas decorations even though I know Target never has the brands of “weird” food that I like.

And speaking of foods that Target didn’t have: dulce de leche!

But if you have the same problem and can’t find dulce de leche, you can do what I did to make these Chocolate-Bacon Cupcakes with Dulce de Leche Frosting.

Take a can of sweetened condensed milk, put it in your slow cooker, cover it completely with water, and let it cook on low for 8 hours. You’ll have perfect dulce de leche when it’s done!

If you’ve never made anything with chocolate and bacon together, you absolutely must. It just works so deliciously. And the dulce de leche cream cheese frosting makes it even more magical. If you’re more of a cookie person, I’ve got a candied bacon chocolate chip cookie recipe that is a favorite among all my friends!

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Dr Pepper Fudge

I have good news! I took my fave soda, Dr Pepper TEN, and turned it into chocolate fudge!

We are days away from the big day and I have somehow managed to keep my hands out of our candy jar. You guys, this has never happened before. At this point, I’ve usually eaten every single piece of good candy and then on Halloween day, I’m running like a madwoman to the store to buy more.

Not this year though! I have conquered my candy addiction.

Just kidding. I ate homemade Dr Pepper Fudge instead.

As I mentioned, I used the Dr Pepper TEN (that I purchased at King Soopers – it’s with all the other sodas) in this fudge. It is my absolute favorite because it only has 10 calories but it doesn’t taste like a diet soda. I also used Canada Dry TEN in the Creepy Ginger-Ade recipe you see below. I’m currently obsessed with all things ginger which is weird since I named my blog Fake Ginger because I  couldn’t stand ginger – and also because I like to dye my hair red. Speaking of, should I do that this weekend? I’m bored of blonde.

Anyway, the Canada Dry TEN is so delicious and it was perfect mixed with lemonade! I added a packet of powdered lime drink mix to the mix to turn it green. And then I popped some spiders in! (And PS, you could totally put some vodka in if you’re making this for an all adult party!)


Funnily enough, just the other day I commented on a blog post about fudge saying that if I was any good at making fudge, I’d make some right then. Because I love fudge. But I’m SO bad at making it. And then that night, I got super excited about the idea of Dr Pepper Fudge that I went downstairs at 11 pm and made this in less than 20 minutes.

It really couldn’t be easier. No candy thermometer needed! Which is awesome because you guys know I buy a candy thermometer 3 times a year and then throw it out when I decide it’s too much work.

You just cook most of the ingredients together and then stir in the chocolate, let it set for an hour or two, and slice into squares.

And you really can taste the Dr Pepper TEN! It’s absolutely delicious and perfect for this time of year when candy is on everyone’s mind.

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Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Muffins

I think muffins are the thing I crave most. Like, I crave muffins over ice cream or cake or pizza. I routinely have strong urges for a 500 calorie Starbucks blueberry muffin and, you know what? Those cravings are really, really hard to quiet. Especially when I know they’re just a drive-thru stop away.

I’ve been making a lot of muffins recently because my children have decided they don’t like cereal for breakfast. And real breakfast is absolutely not happening during the week. They’re lucky if I remember to set out vitamins and pour milk for them.

So I’ve been making muffins at night (yeah, every night – they eat entire batches of muffins for breakfast) which works out well for them because the muffins usually have chocolate chips or a sugary topping. And it works out well for me because I can start my daily 6 hours of CNN viewing as soon as I’m out of bed.

You know, when I was small, I used to think it was so lame that my mom would come home from work, turn on a news channel, and just leave it on as background noise all night while she cooked, cleaned, whatever she needed to do.

But that’s totally what I do now.

And it’s amazing.

Anyway, muffins!

These are Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Muffins and I think the healthfulness (is that a word?) of the oats negates the unhealthfulness of the chocolate. They’re super light and fluffy and chocolatey and delicious.

Make ’em today and you won’t be stressing about breakfast tomorrow!

Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Muffins

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