Tuesday, September 14, 2010

oreo truffles

one of jere jae's favorites treats...and i never make them for us.
i made a huge batch for a friend to take to a bridal shower.
my drooling husband was my royal taste tester.
he had two...at least that's all i saw him eat.
i have a feeling he snatched a few more while i was out of the kitchen.

these are so simple to make.
everyone's eyes light up when they see them.
remember the old rice krispy treat commercial?
the one where the mom acted like she slaved all day to make them and presented them to her kids with flour all over her face?
in reality, the treats are so easy to whip up.
THESE are the new rice krispy treats.
have fun making them...kids can help roll out the truffles.

Oreo Truffles
yields:: 36 truffles

1 16 oz. pacakge of Oreo Sandwich Cookies
1 8 oz. pacakge cream cheese, softened to room temperature
1 tsp. vanilla extract (optional)
1 package white chocolate bark or candy melts
1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips for decoration

Crush cookies in a food processor until fine.
In a large bowl stir cookie crumbs, softened cream cheese and vanilla until completely combined. Use the back of a large wooden spoon to help mash the two together. I use my stand mixer to combine until there are no streaks.
Roll the mixture into 1″ inch balls and place on wax paper covered cookie sheet.
Melt white chocolate as directed on the package. Place a ball on a fork and dip balls into chocolate. Tap off the extra chocolate and set aside on wax paper covered cookie sheet to dry.
Melt the chocolate chips as directed and place into a squeeze bottle or Ziploc bag with the tip cut off.
Decorate the truffles as desired.
Once dry, refrigerate and enjoy

Some helpful tips:
You may get better results in you refrigerate the balls after you roll them and before you dip them.
Make sure the white chocolate is warm and not hot when you start to dip the balls.
Another cute decoration on the top of the truffle is half of a mini oreo cookie.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

seven layers of satisfaction

this dip = happy, happy people.

you seriously can't go wrong when you bring this crowd pleasing fave to a get together!
i had one of our youth kids come up to me the other night and say,
"50% of the reason i came to youth group tonight was because i was hoping you would bring this dip. i love it so much. its seriously my favorite food."
i told him next time he better say he came for Jesus and there just happened to be dip.
i sent him home with half of one of the two platters i made.
thank God he plays football!
i told him for his birthday i would make him a tray of the stuff and put a candle in it.
his eyes lit up and he said "that would be AWESOME!"

here is my version of this famous appetizer passed on to me from my mamacita.
you can easily make this a 8, 9 or 10 layer dip as well by adding other goodies like jalapenos, crumbled bacon or cilantro.
if you like to add more of one ingredient like more sour cream or olives, then go for it....make it your own.

7 Layer Dip
yields :: one 9'x13' pan
{print recipe}

1 16 oz. can refried beans
1 8 oz. container sour cream
1 tablespoon taco seasoning
1 8 oz. or 6 oz. container premade guacamole dip (found near the sour cream in the grocery store)
1 cup finely grated sharp cheddar cheese or Mexican blend cheese or what ever you have on hand
1 large tomato, chopped
1 4 oz. can sliced or chopped olives
1 bunch of green onions, finely chopped

Layer the ingredients in a 9x13 inch glass pan or onto a nice platter with roughly the same measurements. First layer is the refried beans. Spread them out to completely cover the bottom of the dish. Mix the taco seasoning into the sour cream and spread on top of the beans. Then evenly add the guacamole dip, cheese, tomatoes, olives and green onions.
Chill for a few hours or dig right in if you can't wait!
Best served with Frito scoops but just as delicious with tortilla chips.

Monday, September 6, 2010

she's two.

 holding the dress up with her chin while she dances.
her new dress from our friend's the garcia's...daddy is holding their baby aka: super squirm.
where is the "stop time" button??
if i could keep her in my pocket forever i would.
she is growing so fast.
each day with her is more magical than the day before.
when you look up the word joy in the dictionary,
there should be just a picture of her.
the end.
she is sweetness personified and
better to watch than the office.
she dances at a moment's notice
and she loves to praise the Lord.
she clasps her little hands together to pray
before eating and going nigh-nigh.
elmo is her favorite and she can spot
a picture of him a mile away.
she loves shoes because putting them on means
we get to go "OUTSIGH!! OUTSIGH!!!"
she squeals with glee at the sight of bubbles and balloons.
thank you is her favorite thing to say.
she chants "DADA, DADA!" at the end of the day.
you can hear her giggling and laughing from
our open windows as you walk up to
our apartment in the alley outside.
she is happy all the time.
she is the cutest thing we have ever seen.
we are truly blessed to be her mommy and daddy.
thank you Lord for the gift of our darling baby girl!
we love you munchie!


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