Karen Ballum

Karen Ballum

Hi, I'm Karen Ballum. I'm a Community Moderator on BlogHer.com. You might know me as Sassymonkey ...   see full bio
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Karen Ballum

Hi, I'm Karen Ballum. I'm a Community Moderator on BlogHer.com. You might know me as Sassymonkey.

I live in Ottawa, Ontario -- Canada's national capital. Keeping me company are my husband and cat, commonly known on the internet as the Fake Husband and the Fake Cat. Last I checked they were both still very real to most people but according to Denise, it's not real unless she can see it. (She's met the fake husband and has seen pictures of the cat but once fake is always fake in her books.)

Karen Ballum Sassymonkey

I have been blogging about life (and food, I like food) since 2004 on my personal blog, Sassymonkey.ca, and started my book blog, Sassymonkey Reads, in August of 2005. I don't read quite as many books as I used to but I still love hearing about the books you love.

While I spent a LOT of time here on BlogHer.com you can also find on Twitter. If you want to judge for yourself whether or not my cat is fake, she features prominently in my Instagram stream. (But you never know, I could be using a stunt cat.)

I also have a slight addition to the overuse of parentheses. (Oops?)

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10 Fabulous Fudge Flavors You Need to Try

In my circles, chocolate and peanut butter fudge tend to reign supreme. I like to seek out different kinds of fudge and try new things. Let me try eggnog, spiced cider, or pumpkin pie fudge. You'll find those fudge recipes and more in this list of 10 fabulous fudge flavours you need to try. ...more
I will definitely have to try some of these recipes! Thanks for posting!more

Do You Love Candy? Make These 6 Fudge Recipes

My husband and I rarely eat dessert but if you opened our pantry you'd find yourself facing a whole shelf of candy. We rarely eat it but if we ever get a late-night craving for Skittles, Nerds, jelly beans or Swedish Fish, we're covered. Don't get me started on the chocolate we have in the house. Luckily all of these things double as ingredients for fun desserts. If you think the only thing that could make fudge better is candy, check out these six fudge recipes. ...more
Denise You should!more

7 Peanut Butter Fudge Recipes Your Kids Will Love

Of all the types of fudge, peanut butter fudge has always seemed like the most kid-friendly fudge to me. All the kids in my life love it and it's generally easy enough to make that young kids can lend a hand. Here are seven peanut butter fudge recipes we think you and your kids will love. ...more

10 Fun Reindeer Crafts to Make for Christmas

When I was a kid my father lived near a reindeer farm. When I was really little I thought they were Santa's reindeer, which basically meant I thought about Christmas all year round. There was something magical about them, and I hope you can find a little bit of that magic in these 10 reindeer Christmas crafts. ...more

The Prettiest Fudge You'll Ever Make: 10 White Chocolate Fudge Recipes

I'm not picky when it comes to fudge. Chocolate fudge. Peanut butter fudge. Fudge with candy in it. I'll take it all. I do believe white chocolate fudge is the prettiest fudge. If you want to wow you guests, try one of these ten white chocolate fudge recipes. I promise they will make your friends exclaim, "That looks amazing!" ...more

10 Chocolate Fudge Recipes You Can Make

I can't think of a single Christmas that didn't involve eating fudge. Everyone in my small town knew or was related to someone who made the best fudge. My very first attempt at making fudge was disastrous. My "fudge" was more like really thick, tooth-breaking brittle than the creamy fudge I grew up with. I'm gradually getting better and chocolate fudge is some of the easiest fudge to make. Here are ten chocolate fudge recipes to get you started. ...more

Winter Craft Time! 10 Cute Snowmen You Can Make

When we get the first big snowfall of the year, I always wonder if it is good snowman snow. What's the point of having a bunch of snow if you can't make a snowman with it? I don't always get to make a snowman outdoors before Christmas, but I can always have one indoors with these snowmen crafts. No mittens required! ...more
I love all these snowmen, especially the felt and the sock snowmen! Great ideas!more

10 Great Gift Suggestions for Book Lovers

You would think that people who love books would be easy to shop for but that's not always the case. They love to read but do you always know which books they've read or that they want to read? Probably not. Gift cards for bookstores are always appreciated by a book lover (really!) but sometimes you want to go beyond the gift card. Here are some suggestions for the book lover in your life that are (mostly) not books. ...more
So many great suggestions here, thank you!  I'm writing up my wish list to give to my hubby and ...more

10 Christmas Ornaments You Can Make

Christmas makes me feel crafty. I love making Christmas ornaments. It makes me happy to see homemade ornaments I make every year when I hang them on my tree. They are also some of my favorite things to make for gifts, knowing that my friends can have the same happy feeling when they put them on their own trees. Here are 10 homemade Christmas ornaments that I'd like to make this year. ...more

10 Fun Christmas Ornaments Kids Can Make

In my experience making Christmas ornaments with kids involves patience, a good sense of humor and the grim acceptance that you will be finding random pieces of glitter right up until your children are in college. It also means giggles, big smiles and moments you'll remember every year when you put those decorations on your Christmas tree. We've collected 10 ornaments you can make with children this holiday season. ...more
BlogHer Great ideas!more