You guys.

I want you all to be proud of me. Not only do I have decorations up, I’ve even started buying presents. This is a big deal because up until about 3 days ago, my kids were only getting donations to my favorite charities in their name.

I have had quite the year.

At some point in the near future, I’ve got to A) figure out where to move and B) move myself, 3 kids, 3 dogs, and all our stuff.

So I am very much anti-stuff right now. I don’t want to bring anything else into the house that I will then have to store and then move. I just cannot handle anything else.

But yeah, I gave in and bought them a few things and they’ll be happy with what they get, dangit.

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Cranberry Macadamia Nut Fudge - make this easy fudge recipe for your holiday party or cookie swap!

Happy Monday, y’all!

The holiday weekend flew by, right? I’m not ready for today! I need a few more days of doing nothing!

But the good news is that we can officially move onto holiday treats now! Yaaaaay!

So tell me, do you stick with the same holiday treats every year or do you switch it up and try new things?

I usually do a mixture of both. I always make my crockpot candy, my almond bark drop cookies, the cranberry orange cookies, and my mom’s snack mix. And then I always try a couple new recipes.

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Maple Bacon Fudge - you have to make this at Christmas! The sweet and salty combo is perfect!

Hey guys, happy almost weekend!

I haven’t talked to you since Halloween so how was trick-or-treating? We’re really lucky that literally everyone in our large neighborhood has kids so Halloween is always a fun night around here.

But I guess now it’s time to move onto Thanksgiving. Or Christmas according to my Snapchat feed. You guys. Stop. It’s too early.

Normally I’m that psycho putting out lights the day after Halloween but I just can’t handle it happening so early this year. Plus, it’s still stupid hot in Texas.

I won’t lie, though, I was in Austin yesterday and may have run into Trader Joe’s for some of their holiday goodies. Christmas trees, I can skip for now. Buttercream truffles? GIMME.

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Pumpkin Pie Fudge! The taste of pumpkin pie in an easy to make candy. This fudge is perfect for gifting!

This post originally published on November 27, 2008. Wait. Have I really been blogging that long?! Anyway, I’ve updated the photos, the words, everything. Enjoy! 

Happy Monday!

How was your weekend? Mine was fabulous. Didn’t leave my house at all.

Okay, well, I ended up at In-n-Out once but besides that, I only left for dog walks.

I spent Saturday binging on crime documentaries. You guys. Have you seen There’s Something Wrong with Aunt Diane? It’s a must watch but be warned: I sobbed through the last 20 minutes.

I also watched Who Took Johnny, Audrie and Daisy (another must watch – especially if you have teens), and I started The Staircase. If you’re also into these sorts of documentaries, please leave me suggestions! I’m obsessed right now.

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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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