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5 Fandom Friday: Presents I Want Santa To Bring Me

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The Nerdy Girlie and SuperSpaceChick have kicked off a writer's-block-busting initiative to build community among geeky female bloggers called 5 Fandom Friday

"The basic idea of 5 Fandom Fridays is to write a weekly Friday blog post in the form of a top 5 list based on a predetermined topic.  It'll give your readers a deeper insight into your fandoms and your blogging personality.  It's a great way to avoid bloggers block and sleep well knowing that you have at least 4-5 planned posts for the month."

I haven't been keeping up with the topics like I would have liked, but thought I would jump back in and just pick a topic from the archive: "Presents I Want Santa To Bring Me."

In my previous 5 Fandom Friday post, I wrote about five geek clothing items I covet. I have quite a few geek shirts on my Christmas wish list as well, but thought I would share some items from my other, non-geek "fandom" - handmade things. As a maker myself, I appreciate the love and care that goes into handmade gifts, and try to Buy Handmade whenever I can, if I don't use my crafting super powers to make the gift myself. I have my eye on a number of lovely items...

1. First Up, this spoon cuff bracelet is made by a local duo, Hangups in KC, that specializes in making things from repurposed materials. I love so many of their pieces, and think this bracelet would go with so many outfits. I also got my daughter a little something from their shop, the purchase of which benefitted Band of Angels KC. Handmade in KC for the win!

2. Next up is a silk screened tee version of the Tree of Gondor, from Hobbit/Lord of the Rings, by Library of Shirt. It's a subtle geek reference that appeals to me.

3. These festive hand-beaded earrings by Rachel's Cure by Design are aptly named, "Holiday Cheer," and proceeds benefit diabetes research via JDRF. I already got the "Holidaze" bracelet, and these earrings would make a cute matched set.

4. I love this rosemaling apron by ClarePackages. Rosemaling is a traditional Scandinavian painting style that my mother-in-law (Norwegian by heritage) introduced me to, and I just love it. It also ties to my own Swedish heritage. We have several rosemaling pieces in our home, and this apron would be lovely to wear as I do Christmas dinner prep.

5. Yes, another apron, but I go through a couple as I do my Christmas cooking (we host 12-15 people every year - it's quite a feast!). This apron by PaperplaneC is a nod to Sherlock's wallpaper - another subtly geeky reference.

OK, so I did manage to get a few geeky fandom references into my otherwise handmade-fandom list. I call that a win!

Digi-scrap credits for the image above:

Template: The Missing Digi Files Template #13
Background papers: Digital Freebies Be Merry kit, papers 2, 4 & 5, by Tracy Scherrer, RetroDiva
Journal tag: Digital Freebies Shiny Brite kit, by Tracy Scherrer, RetroDiva 


Holiday Baking: Lazy Woman's Fudge

I don't get into holiday baking as much as many people do, but one recipe I usually make is "Lazy Woman's Fudge." Seriously - this has to be the easiest fudge recipe out there. 

A number of years ago, I found the recipe for "Lazy Woman's Fudge" on Food.com and was instantly sold. Two ingredients, and probably less than 30 minutes start to finish. No digging for the candy thermometer, no waiting for the "soft ball" stage. And because I use mini muffin tins, no messing with sticky knives or cutting into squares. Basically foolproof fudge.

I usually make two batches - one milk chocolate frosting with milk chocolate/peanut butter chips, and one milk chocolate frosting with cinnamon chips (kind of a "Mexican fudge" flavor). I have also done milk chocolate frosting with mint chips, and recently heard of someone using lemon frosting with white chocolate chips - interesting!

Lazy Woman's Fudge

Makes 32-36 fudge pieces

Ingredients

  • 1 (12 ounce) package baking chips, any flavor
  • 1 (16 ounce) can frosting, any flavor

Directions:

  1. Line 2-3 mini muffin tins with mini muffin liners.
  2. Put baking chips and contents of can of frosting into a microwave-safe bowl.
  3. Heat on high for 1 minute,
  4. Stir until chips are melted and  fudge "batter" is smooth. I use a silicone spatula to stir and smash the chips.
  5. Spoon fudge into into lined tins, about 1T per cup.
  6. Chill until firm.

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While the fudge is setting, I wash out the frosting container, then wrap it in scrapbook paper from my stash, then use my punches with more stash paper to make a label. It makes a cute little container to give yummy fudgy gifts - it makes a great neighbor, co-worker, or teacher gift!

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