Monday, December 10, 2012

Christmas gift for kids

I've already been slacking here! I started a new position at work part-time and it has taken some adjustment and juggling to manage it all. When you add in that this baby will be here in a little more than a month and a half, my mind is blown. Pregnancy brain + blown mind = no blogging.

Phil and I just got back from attending our last baby shower and each person brought a storybook in leiu of a card. I loved it. I wanted to introduce you to a French children's author that you may not know.

Her name is Marie-Helene Delval and I stumbled upon her children's books in a local bookstore in Waynesville, NC and loved them. The illustrations and words are simple and have a magical quality to them that are perfect for adults children.

They make great, meaningul Christmas gifts for any kiddos you may know!

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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Holiday Baking

Nothing says merry, merry like a little holiday treat! Here is a quick and easy recipe for Oreo truffles. Not too many ingredients. Addictive. Easy to pass on as a gift or surprise for a neighbor.


Oreo Truffles

1 package of Oreo cookies (get the real thing, don't try generic. Not as good!)
1 8 ounce block of cream cheese, room temp to slightly softened

2 bags of semi-sweet chocolate chips or dark chocolate chips or white chocolate chips (do what tastes best to you

*you might want to have some butter or half & half handy to add to the chocolate to make it a little more soupy; you can also use Baker's chocolate blocks that melt a little easier

In a food processor, or by hand in a sealable bag, crush the Oreos to a crumbly consistency. You don't want too many chunks. Stir in the cream cheese to mix it all together. The cream cheese needs to be softened for easy stirring but you don't want it too hot. 

Form into small balls (about the size of quarters or a little bigger) in the freezer for about 10-15 minutes while you melt the chocolate. I set mine on wax paper on baking sheets. It keeps it from falling apart while you dip. 

Melt the chocolate in the microwave according to package instructions or in 45 second intervals, stirring in between. Add the cream or butter if you need it. 

Dip away. Mine never turn out perfectly dipped but I actually like that. You can decorate with sprinkles or Oreo crumbs or whatever else you prefer! 

Store them in the refrigerator until ready to eat or give away!

For a gift, put them on this fun melamine plate from Target (4 for $13.29)

Threshold™ Melamine Tree Dinner Plates Set of 4 - Multicolor
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