At That Age…

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I remember when I was in my 20’s and trying to buy my parents gifts for birthdays and Christmas they would say we don’t really need anything and what they did need they just bought when the needed it. I thought they were crazy. And now I guess I’m at the age where I understand.

I tried to think of a Christmas list this year and can’t really. I mean don’t get me wrong I love me a good gift but I really only have three requirements for Christmas every year. #1 a pair of pj’s or pj bottoms that I open on Christmas Eve (my family did this) to wear for Santa. #2 A Lifesaver Storybook in my stocking. #3 A surprise in my stocking (aka something I didn’t put on a list)…doesn’t need to be expensive just a surprise.

And though a gift card to Anthropologie, a new cookbook, fun girlie make up stuff, fun kitchen stuff would all be nice, reality is that I don’t need anything. Reality is I truly do have it all. Reality is what I want for Christmas is for someone to pay the gas bill this month. :) No. Really. But that is practical and people seem to hate practical.

MDP and I are actually asking for our wedding just money towards us going on a honeymoon. We already have everything we need for our home. Well except towels. Somehow MDP and I each brought the crappy towels into relationship. But that is being covered in the bridal shower. So yeah, we just want to go on a honeymoon that we would otherwise not be going on. This also seems to bother some people. They want to give you something. Give the gift of us having a fun, romantic, and relaxing time.

What about you? Are you at that point yet? The point where you just kind of have what you need and are good with that? Though I always seem to find more things I need every time I step in to Target or Costco. :P

Hope your holiday shopping goes well…I already had a package stolen off my door step so the Grinch’s are out in full force be warned.

Enough about that…let’s talk fudge. This fudge prompted the question that I get asked a lot…how do you come up with this stuff? Ummm, just do. This recipe is adapted from my sister from another mother (our love of funfetti, bacon, bourbon, make up, etc bonds us) Jessica of How Sweet It Is. Hers is coconut mocha fudge that looks yummy and really is not too much like this but the basic recipe idea was from her. This fudge is crazy simple other than having to do it in separate steps to get the two layers. Because it is two layers, sometimes they like to argue and separate when you cut into them, though I did not have that this time at all!

Yes I added Oreo’s, you don’t need to…but why not? Yes, I folded in marshmallows, you don’t need to…but why not? Anyway, make this, especially if you are a candy cane lover.
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Candy Cane Marshmallow Oreo Milk Chocolate Fudge

Ingredients

  • 12 oz. milk chocolate
  • 8 oz. white chocolate
  • 4 oz. Andes Peppermint Crunch Baking Chips
  • 1 can (15oz) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 TBSP unsalted butter, divided
  • 1/2 cup mini marshmallows
  • 1 cup crushed Holiday Oreos (use can use regular...these just have red in them), crushed into pieces
  • 1/3 cup crushed candy cane pieces

Instructions

  1. Spray an 8×8 pan with baking spray...and you may want to line it with foil or parchment for fudge to come out easier.
  2. Add milk chocolate to a double boiler, and melt completely.
  3. One melted, add in half of the sweetened condensed milk, the vanilla, and 1/2 TBSP of butter.
  4. Stir with a spatula until combined and fairly smooth, then fold in Oreo pieces.
  5. Spread evenly in the bottom of the pan.
  6. Mixture will be thick. Place in the freezer for 30 minutes.
  7. Add white chocolate and Andes Peppermint Crunch pieces to a double boiler and melt completely.
  8. Add in remaining condensed milk and butter stirring until combined.
  9. Fold in marshmallows.
  10. Remove fudge from freezer and add white chocolate on top, spreading evenly to coat.
  11. Top with candy cane pieces , then chill in the refrigerator for 60-90 minutes.
  12. When ready to cut, fill a large cup with hot water. Dip a sharp knife into the water, then blot on a towel. Use knife to cut fudge into your desired size of squares.
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Adapted from How Sweet It Is
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Comments

  1. I think I’m in the transition stage toward that age, where I can think of things I want, but they’re not “fun” things – just things like tuition money. Wouldn’t mind a real smartphone, but there’s no way I’m asking for something that pricey. I’ve generally stopped asking people what they want and just give them what I know they’ll like instead. That way it’s a surprise and I get to show them I put thought into what they’d want. :D

  2. Knowing that my parent’s will always by me a Christmas present whether I need anything or not, I try to think of something practical that maybe I wouldn’t neccessarily want to buy myself. It is nice though to get that little something just for you. Not your home, or not something you need, but something that’s just for you.

  3. Katie Rose says:

    YES!! You soo get me!! We stopped exchanging gifts with the adults in my family because of this reason! (plus, I’m one of eight kids, two others are married, and my hubby is one of four, all married with kids–it gets crazy expensive even with cheap gifts!) When I want something, I get it, so do all the rest of them. Once you have your own income the holiday presents seem like a money exchange that stresses so many of us out instead of bringing joy, so we skip that and get presents for our own kids and the nieces and nephews and sing carols and are happy. (Most of us, I have a sneaking suspicion that my 2 SILs don’t feel the same, but they’ve never said so and the rest of us are happy this way).

    Have you ever heard/read anything about the 5 Love Languages? Gifts, Quality Time, Acts of Service, Words of Affirmation, and Physical Touch. According to the test I have ZERO interest in gifts. Maybe your love needs have changed since you were younger if gifts are no longer that big of a deal for you. Hope you have a nice surprise in your stocking though!

  4. I’m with you on the whole “I’ve got everything in need” boat. My mom said she was stumped as to what to get all of us adult children this year. (she loves giving christmas gifts) I told her I would be perfectly happy with socks, underwear, and a pair of $25 jeans from Old Navy. Boring, but useful and I don’t have to go and get them myself!

  5. I need to say that I totally get the “Lifesaver Storybook” in the stocking. Last year my friend asked me to do a stocking instead of a gift (cost a lot more than a gift would have, but it’s okay) and that was the first thing I bought. And even though said friend is 20 years younger than I am, she told me just the other day that she ate the whole thing in one sitting!

    That is the one tradition that I carry out with my niece and if they ever stop making them, I will be heartbroken!

  6. I’m pretty sure I’m there already. And if I do think of something I’d like, it’s not very fun. More practical.

    My dad always asks for the same thing. Socks/underwear/undershirts. My mother-in-law asked for an alarm clock and my father-in-law asked for an indoor/outdoor thermometer. I’m not quite *that* practical, but I’m guessing I will be one day. ;)

  7. Oh yes!!! I am there. And it doesn’t matter to me because I hate presents (always have) but for giving its killing me – my husband needs and wants NOTHING! But I love him and want (no actually I need) to give him gifts

  8. Yum, this fudge is gorgeous! I am basically at this point too when it comes to receiving gifts, but I won’t say no to a nice night out at a restaurant or a target gift card :)

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