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Oreo Truffles

My 17 year old sister Victoria is visiting right now, and we’ve been cooking up a storm! Yesterday’s project was Oreo truffles. I’ve seen these around for years but had never made them; I knew her visit would be the perfect time to.  She’d never made anything of the sort and had fun with it. I realized I hadn’t bought Oreos since my dad had a craving when family visited this time last year! I do like the taste of Oreos, but there’s something I don’t like about actually eating them. The truffles remedied that, though! I turned to the trusty Bakerella for the recipe 1 package Oreo cookies 1 8oz. package cream cheese (softened) Chocolate of your choice (I used both white and milk chocolate) Finely crush 7 cookies in a food processor or place them in a ziploc bag and crush into a fine consistency. Reserve for later…

Southwestern Chicken Soup

I am a huge fan of soup. During the winter especially all I’m hungry for is thick soup (and pancakes, but not together)! One of my favorite year-round comforts is this Southwestern Chicken Soup full of tomatoes, beans, corn, and chicken. It’s filling, delicious, and extremely easy to cook! And one of my favorite things about this soup–it reheats to taste even better! Do you see that white in the background? A yard full of snow! Southwestern Chicken Soup via Allrecipes.com 2 quarts water 8 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon ground black pepper 1 teaspoon garlic powder 2 tablespoons dried parsley 1 tablespoon onion powder 5 cubes chicken bouillon 3 tablespoons olive oil 1 onion, chopped 3 cloves garlic, chopped 1 (16 ounce) jar chunky salsa 2 (14.5 ounce) cans peeled and diced tomatoes 1 (14.5 ounce) can whole peeled tomatoes 1 (10.75 ounce) can condensed…

Key Lime Pie

The second half of my day’s adventures in pies–Key Lime Pie! Burnt out from making the banana cream pies in my too-small kitchen, I used a prepared pie crust. This recipe is very, very easy! Really, anyone could make this. I didn’t even have to write down the recipe! I halved it and ended up with six miniature pies, and they all disappeared within the day (Joseph had four, I had two). I think I’ll keep this around as a go-to when we’re craving easy sweets. Key Lime Pie from Allrecipes.com 1 (9 inch) prepared graham cracker crust (or 12 miniature ones) 3 cups sweetened condensed milk ½ cup sour cream ¾ cup key lime juice 1 Tbs grated lime zest Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). In a medium bowl, combine condensed milk, sour cream, lime juice, and lime rind. Mix well and pour into graham…

Banana Cream Tarts

It’s been a big week for pies and tarts around here! I have been dying to make my grandmother’s chocolate pie again (I need to post the recipe here!), then decided to do some sort of berry pie; I asked Joseph what his favorite pie was and he said he liked banana cream pie and key lime pie. I’d never had either, so I had to make them both instead, on the same day! Banana cream pie is now my absolute favorite dessert! I am going to have to make these again next week; hopefully the meringue will fluff next time. I made these in my six-inch tart pans with removable bottoms. Nilla Wafer Crust 40 Nabisco Nilla Wafers, finely crushed. I placed mine in a bag and beat them with a rolling pin ¼ butter or margarine, melted 1 Tbs sugar Throughly mix wafer crumbs, sugar, and butter. Press into…

Soft Foods and Short Hair

Joseph had two of his wisdom teeth removed last week, so he spent a few days on Jell-o, pudding, and macaroni and cheese. I had a bit of fun making him pudding cups! This one has crumbled Nilla Wafers on the bottom, a layer of chopped bananas, pudding, and cool whip. I stirred the cookies into the pudding and let it sit for a few minutes to soften before he ate it. In other news, I cut my hair! I donated 10.5 inches to Pantene Beautiful Lengths, which gives wigs to women suffering from cancer. Before: After: Naturally curly: I am very glad to have hair off my neck for the summer! I had been wanting to cut my hair for months, and donating it to Pantene Beautiful Lengths gave me the incentive to actually do it. I like it this length and think it will stay this way for…