Mint Oreo Truffles

I’m swamped probably like everyone else this week, but I wanted to share this recipe with everyone. I made Mint Oreo Truffles yesterday, and they were pretty darn good. The best part? Minimal ingredients!!!!

The recipe is from Sally’s Baking Addiction: here

You need:

1 whole package of mint Oreos

1 8oz package of cream cheese at room temperature

12 oz good quality semi sweet chocolate

! also used white chocolate melting chips and dyed the product green. Also use whatever sprinkles or toppings you want.

Directions

~Pulse the oreos in a food processor until they are a fine crumb.

~Transfer mix into a large bowl and fold in cream cheese. If you have a mixer with a paddle attachment, use that. I just used a spatula.

~Now, get messy! Roll the mix into about 1 1/2 tablespoon size balls. Transfer the balls to a lined baking pan.

~Freeze the balls for at least 30 minutes. Sally is right this is essential! You need the mixture to be cold enough for when you roll it in the melted chocolate. If you don’t, it will fall apart.

~Chop up the chocolate and put into a double boiler. Melt the chocolate on low heat, stirring.

~ Once the chocolate is ready, take the balls out of the freezer and get ready to roll.

~This is of course where you need to be patient. One at a time, roll a ball in the chocolate and take it out with a fork. Do not stab it! Just scoop it out, and tap it on the side until most of the excess chocolate is off.

~Transfer the ball to a lined pan or plate, and decorate. I drizzled the white chocolate with a whisk. Just stir it up a bit, dip the whisk in, and quickly drizzle it over the truffle. Leave it as that, or decorate with sprinkles.

~Once you have finished I put them in the fridge until I was ready to box them.

These are almost more like cookie balls, but so so rich. So far, they have been a hit in our house, and a couple of our neighbors. Here is my finished product:

mine

Here are the original:

SallysSo I will say this is a Pin-WIN!

Have a good weekend everyone!

❤ Erin

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Mom of Politicians- Adult parenting!

This is will be one of the best videos you watch today, I promise!

 

Oh Dear LORD!

That Moment the son goes, “Oh, God its Mom.” Then he puts his head in his hands! Haven’t we all been there?

It seems that the men on here are Brothers who sit on opposite sides of the aisle. I originally read about the Woodhouse Brothers and this video on Jezebel.com . Also, thank you to my sister Meg for sending this to me!

How funny though! Can you imagine what it was like for Joy (Mom), to have to parent them growing up?! Here are two bickering brothers, and they’re still bickering as adults! We have all technically been there, yes? You bicker with a sibling, and your parent(s) have had to intervene. I felt terrible that she said that she was happy they weren’t around for Thanksgiving. How awful to know holidays are coming and you would have to deal with that! Holidays should certainly be a time for putting your differences aside, and being together.

Joy, admits it wasn’t easy raising them, but that she and her husband are passionate about politics. It gives you a little insight, on what that passion can create I suppose! I just love that she called in to C-SPAN to tell them to cut the crap, and “get it out of their system” before Christmas!

Here is hoping the Woodhouse Brothers can put their differences aside and enjoy their Christmas together! Also, here is hoping I can be the Mom that Joy is!

Cheers!

❤ Erin

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Chocolate Churro Muddy Buddies

I love Muddy Buddies as much as the next person. The problem is I like the “purist” kind. The kind with Peanut Butter. Seeing that my youngest has a peanut allergy, those are a hard no in our home. I did find this recipe on A Dash of Sanity that does not include peanut butter, and has flavors everyone likes here. I made a couple adjustments, so if you want the original please refer to the original.

Chocolate Churro Muddy Buddies

ingredients

Ingredients

9 cups of Chex cereal

5 tablespoons of butter

1 1/4 cup confectioners sugar

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/4 cup granulated white sugar

1 tablespoon cinnamon

additional cinnamon to top

3/4 cup cinnamon chips

1/2 cup chocolate chips

Directions

~In a Brown Paper Bag combine the confectioners sugar, brown sugar, granulated white sugar, and cinnamon.

in the bag

I gave the bag a little shake to break up the bits. I then double bagged the mix so that it wouldn’t seep out.

~Combine cinnamon chips, chocolate chips, and butter into a microwave safe bowl.

~Microwave for 1 minute

chocolate

Stir until smooth. I don’t know if it was due to the cinnamon chips but I needed to add another tablespoon of butter. You don’t want this mix to be fudgy. You’re going to be stirring it with cereal, so it needs to be smoother.

~Once chocolate mix is at correct consistency combine with cereal.

mixed with cereal

Don’t be aggressive with the stirring. I used a spatula and kept folding in the chocolate mix.

~Now pour the cereal into the brown bag, and SHAKE IT! Make sure the bag is really folded over, unless you want a sugar cloud in the kitchen!

shaken up

Look at that! Ugh, nom nom!

done

Store in a air sealed container, zipbloc bag. Definitely a tasty treat for your family!

Enjoy!

Erin ❤

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Liebster Awards

Well, Looky-loo I have been nominated for a Liebster Award! A special shout out and thank you to Brandon at:  Life Motherhood, and the Pursuit of Happiness!This is an award for blog newbies to encourage us to post more! You like me, you really like me!
thats what I thought

Kiddddding, maybe.

So any-who, thanks Brandyn for nominating me! Here’s how it works:
Liebster

My questions were:

1. What is your favorite thing about being a blogger?
I love being able to voice my opinion, and share my experiences freely. It has been wonderful to find other Mom’s that are going through the same things. Plus being able to laugh about it. We are definitely a community, or gang. I like that better. We are some hooligans up to a whole lot of shenanigans!

2. If you won a million dollars, what is the first thing you would do with the money?
First thing I would do? I would travel! I would go on the honeymoon Eli and I never had!

3. If you could have any career in the world, what would it be and why?
I always wanted to be a marine biologist. School just was not my strong point with science, or math. Imagine that! However, I have a real love for not just animal life, but marine life. My bucket list includes going in a cage, off South Africa, with Great White Sharks.

4. What fictional character do you feel you are most like and why?
YIKES! I have read a LOT of stories where I related with characters. Right now, I have been reading Wild.   I can absolutely relate with Cheryl Strayed’s story. While I haven’t been divorced, the amount of strife I have had makes me feel like a need of self healing. I haven’t finished the book yet, but I’m enjoying her journey so far!

5. What fictional character do you wish you were  more like and why?

Probably Hermione 🙂 She is sure of herself, smart, a loyal friend, and brave. It may sound ridiculous to want to be a Harry Potter character, but she really does have a notable personality.

6. If you had a chance to say one thing that would be broadcast to everyone in the world, what would it be?

I see what you did here Brandon, you sly dog you! If I could broadcast one thing in the world it would be to love like its your last day. All of the fighting in the world, famine, crimes,and more. We say we have an appreciation for life, and how short it is; but do we really grasp that? If the world really understood that, we would be working together and not tearing everyone apart.

7. What’s your favorite song?

Currently? Taylor Swift- Blankspace I can’t help it!!!!

8. What is your favorite thing about yourself?

My favorite thing about myself is being able to maintain composure in crisis. I’m pretty positive its been genetically passed down.  When crap is hitting the fan, I can stay calm. This is especially useful when children are really hurt, everything that happened with my Mom, or just an emergency. When you’re calm, you make the better choice. Now, have me watch the Lion king, or take the kids to a show, I cry. Oh well, we can’t have it all!

9. If you could go on a vacation to anywhere in the world, where would you go?

If I could go anywhere in the world, I have 2 for this:

~First is Italy. I have been there; although that was when I was 14. The history of Italy, my heritage, the villages, cities, and culture. I really just love it. There was a time I thought I would want to live in Tuscany. They just have a slower pace, love more passionately, and hold family first. Who can’t respect that?

~Second would be Alaska. I have such an itch to go here. I want to see glaciers, wild animals, dog sled, gold pan, and just experience the wild.

10. If you had access to a time machine, would you choose to use it? What era would you choose to visit?

Well, I will give you 2 for this too. Selfishly I would go back to 1999, before my dad was in the hospital. I don’t believe in being able to change the past, or stop things, but I would want to know more. The most painful thing about losing a parent before you’re an adult, is losing that relationship. Your relationship with your parent as a child is vastly different when you’re an adult. I would have so many questions. With that said I would have a million more questions for my other Grandparents who were alive at that time. They are my history, my beginnings. I would just have so much I would want to know.

Now if I just wanted to go to another era. I would choose the early 1900’s New York City. I am fascinated the debutante era of New York. The dresses, parties, courting. Hopefully the time machine will just give me that much money to do that as well!

11. Share one thing that makes you obnoxiously happy.

Disney.  Disney makes me obnoxiously happy. Disney movies, going to Disneyworld, looking at pictures, reading trip reports, watching youtube videos. It is a legit problem. There is something about when you’re in Disneyworld and you can just let go. It lets you be that kid again. When you get to see it through your childrens eyes, its a whole other gift.

11 Facts about myself

1. I’m a certified health claims coder. Comes in handy when you  handle your own doctor bills now 😉

2. We own 2 Rottweilers and a cat. If I had it my way, I would add another cat, fish, rabbit, guinea pig, and some chickens. I should have just gotten a farm.

3. I can’t fathom that I’m going to be 30 next year. It puts things into perspective of how quickly life passes by!

4. I really want to get a tattoo, I just haven’t confirmed exactly what it will be.

5. I didn’t get my ears pierced until I was 27. A couple friends, some tequila, Claires, and a teddy bear later VOILA!

6. I love to read. I will finish a book in a day, sometimes a night if its good enough, I read everything on my kindle so that I don’t have an overwhelming amount of books, but nothing beats actually holding a book.

7. I dated someone famous briefly when I was 18. He promised the moon and stars, and it ended as fast as it began. Fame and fortune does that I guess!

8. I was an Irish Step Dancer for 13 years. I truly loved doing it, and have still been trying to actively convince my boys to do it,

9. I really try to live my life without regret. I look at it more as an understanding. When you take ownership, and understand your choices its for the better. Regret eats at your soul.

10. I secretly think I could totally life off grid. Simplicity is a beautiful thing.

11. I have full on fear of dying. Hence, my you only live once, and life like you mean it attitude. Losing both of my parents before they were 70 is an eye opener. I don’t want to miss out on anything.

Alright, that was fun!

I nominate: PS I did not check if you all had less than 200 followers. Heck we are all in this together anyway, right?!?!

Lissette- Adventures with a Silly Baby

Amanda- Sweet Lemons

Stephanie- Brighter Day Today

Rachel- Can’t Google Everything

Jen- At Home with Jen

Sasha- Mom Life Now

Amanda- The Anti-Mom

Kayla- Mama Needs Miles

I will leave it at that, since I don’t want to nominate a bunch of others that have been nominated already! Also, I’m a rule breaker!

Here are your questions ladies!

1. If you could pick up and move anywhere, where would it be and why?

2. What have you learned about yourself with being a blogger?

3. If you could give yourself 16 year old self ONE piece of advice; what would it be?

4. What is the most important thing you want to teach your children.

5. Why did you start blogging.

6. If you could pick a celebrity to play you in a movie, who would it be? Why?

7. What is the most breathtaking place you’ve seen.

8. What current event are you passionate about?

9. Where do you blog in your house? Ie; office, living room, bedroom, closet?

10. What is the best book you recently read?

11. What quote best describes you?

Alright ladies! Have fun! Its totally optional but its always fun to keep it going.

Erin ❤

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