No-Bake Golden Oreo Truffles

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I co-hosted my sister’s baby shower this past weekend, and was in charge of sweets. Usually, I would just pick up some cupcakes from the grocery store (because I’m lame like that), but this event required something a little bit more personal.

I wanted something to kind of go with the theme (Rainbows/You are my Sunshine).  These were the invitations – perfect for a gender neutral event!

Adorable invites from Tiny Prints!

Adorable invites from Tiny Prints!

I’m not much of a cook or baker, so when I found this recipe on Pinterest and the first words I saw were “no-bake”, I was pretty excited. Surely I can’t mess these up…right?  Plus, rainbow sprinkles…lol

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Here’s what you’ll need:

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  • 1 package of Golden Oreos
  • 4 oz. Low-fat cream cheese (** I actually found several variations of this recipe, and most recommended 8 oz., but one suggested cutting the amount of cream cheese in half to 4 oz. It gives it more of a cookie dough texture, which I prefer.)
  • 1/2 package white chocolate chips
  • 1-2 tbsp. shortening
  • sprinkles (optional)

Directions:

Put Oreos (cream and all) into a food processor, and crush until they are crumbs.

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Dump Oreos into a bowl, add cream cheese, and mix into a dough.  (If your food processor has a dough blade, you can use that in the food processor to mix them.)

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Form dough into small balls and put on a plate with wax paper.  (I used this cookie scoop.)

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Put plate into the freezer for at least 30 mins.

Add half a bag of white chocolate chips and 1 tbsp. shortening to a microwave safe bowl.

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Microwave for 30 sec. increments until melted.

Remove balls from freezer and dip them one by one into the melted chocolate.  (I used a fork to lightly distribute the chocolate…do NOT stir.)

Use fork to scoop ball out, and tap on the edge of the bowl to remove extra chocolate.

Add sprinkles (optional) before chocolate hardens.  *This happens faster than you think!

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Repeat.

Once all Oreo balls are decorated, store in the refrigerator until serving time.  They should last up to five days in the fridge. To make them extra festive, place them in these cute mini cupcake wrappers!

Enjoy!

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Pinterest Project: Daily Routine Chart

A few weeks ago, I posted our new daily routine chart on Instagram.

This was one Pinterest project I told myself HAD to be done ASAP when we moved, because Little Man was used to a routine at daycare, and I needed to make sure that we didn’t just sleep until noon and watch TV all day now that I stay home with him. (Though, for the first couple of weeks, that was happening more than I care to admit…)

So far it’s working out…ok. I’m not really sure what I had planned on happening. He’s not even three, so he obviously can’t read it (though my awesome art skillz are a nice touch, no?) If anything, it keeps ME more on track than him. But he still falls asleep any time we’re in the car (even if it’s not naptime), and outside play is always cut short because after five minutes he’s complaining about how hot it is. (Like mother, like son!)

Next week, the neighborhood pool will finally be open on weekdays and the library starts toddler story time again, so that will give us some variety in our daily activities. But, I do need to find some more things to keep him busy at home, because he gets bored easily. If you need me, I’ll be browsing Pinterest. 😉

Do you and your toddlers/preschoolers have a daily routine? Feel free to share your typical day, and throw out any ideas for keeping kids entertained all day in the comments!

Super Simple DIY Air Freshener Spray

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I’ve had this recipe pinned forever. When we ran out of our previous chemical-filled spray this weekend, I decided there was no reason to buy more, since I had all of the ingredients for this one in my kitchen! My home smells so lemony fresh – even my husband commented on the clean scent!

The recipe gives you some ideas for oils to use, but I found this Cleaning Synergy Blend that I just love. It contains Lavender, Lemongrass, Rosemary, and Tea Tree – but I notice the lemongrass more than anything else.

I also put a few drops of this essential oil in the toilet paper rolls in the bathrooms to keep things fresher!

If you’re interested in learning more about essential oils and their uses, download this FREE book: Essential Oils: 60 Oils That You Need and How to Use Them Now! (This is the Kindle version, but if you have an Android phone, there is a free Kindle app in the Google Play store.)

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BBQ Porter-Bella Sandwiches

I tried a new recipe Wednesday night that I have to share!

If you’re from the south, you know that BBQ is practically it’s own food group. Well, husband and I bought some BBQ sauce from a local vendor recently, and we were trying to figure out what to do with it. He was going to make chicken, but knew I probably wouldn’t eat it (he was right), so I had to find an alternative. I wasn’t crazy about the idea of using tempeh or tofu, so I turned to Pinterest for inspiration.

And I found this…BBQ Portabella Mushroom Sandwiches! (The vegan alternative to a shredded barbecue pork sandwich!)

Sorry I didn’t get any pictures, I was too busy stuffing my face! 😉

{Click the image below for the recipe}

Your child, your CHOICE!

I had a wonderful conversation with a good friend last weekend. She’s due with her first baby this spring, and had some questions about cloth diapering. That conversation naturally led into a number of other controversial parenting topics, some of which she didn’t even know WERE surrounded by controversy until she got pregnant and was consumed by the “internet mommy wars”.

She said she wanted to talk to me about all of this, because she knew I would give the most honest, unbiased view. That doesn’t mean I don’t have opinions on anything, because I do…(you’ll see!) But I’m a big proponent of “This worked for me, but it may NOT work for you! AND THAT’S OK!!!!!” Every mother, child, and family is different…and it shouldn’t matter WHAT anyone else says or does!  As long as you’re not abusing or abandoning your child, you teach them to respect all people and animals, and you don’t let them steal or set things on fire…you’re doing something right!

So, in our two-hour conversation, we covered every aspect of parenting from breastfeeding to vaccines…and here’s where I’m going to break it down for you. Maybe you don’t like what I have to say, and that’s fine.  We’ll just have to agree to disagree.

Breastfeeding

  • It is no secret that breastfeeding was an epic fail for us. Little man was supplemented with formula from day two of existence. Congrats to the mothers with breasts that pour liquid gold like a garden hose.  I envy you.  This was the biggest hurdle I had to cross being a new mom, and I was very upset about it. Formula was an added expense that we weren’t expecting, and even the cans say “breastmilk is best”. Not only that, but I was faced with a LOT of criticism from mommy friends in real life and online about my decision to supplement, and then ultimately, switch my son to 100% formula. Were there other alternatives I could have taken to make sure my child had “the best start possible”? Yes, probably. But, this choice was not made out of ignorance or selfishness, and for anyone to suggest such a thing is ridiculous!  Almost 18 months later, he is a happy, healthy boy who (despite attending daycare full-time) has only been REALLY sick once in his life. *knock on wood*  To those of you that say “formula is baby junk food”, do you eat 100% clean, unprocessed food when you are breastfeeding?  No??  That’s what I thought…

Circumcision

  • This was the first time I’d ever had a real-life conversation with another mom about my son’s business. I did all of the research, and then…left this decision up to his father. Maybe that’s taking the easy way out – but I am, obviously, lacking some expertise here. Seriously, though, WHY DO ALL OF THESE WOMEN I DON’T KNOW CARE ABOUT WHAT’S UNDER MY SON’S DIAPER?!?!?!

Cloth Diapers

  • If you don’t know where I stand on fluffy butts, you must be new here. 😉   I {heart} cloth diapers! I’m realizing though, that my reasons for choosing cloth may be a little misguided now. Either way – if it works with your lifestyle, you don’t mind the extra laundry, and can control your spending (like I apparently can’t)…cloth diapers are definitely something to consider, even part-time!

Vaccines

  • I had a lot of mommy guilt regarding my return to work and having to send my son to daycare. The morning before his two-month checkup, I talked to a friend of mine who is way crunchier than I, asking if she thought I should delay his shots. Even she told me that as long as he was attending a daycare and was going to be around other little germ spreaders, he should be fully vaccinated. In her opinion, in that situation, the benefits outweigh the potential risks. That being said, we have delayed a couple of vaccines recently (at least until we have to send an updated report to daycare.) I’m still on the fence about the long-term effects of vaccination, but even I get a flu shot every year, due to my asthma.

As we were nearing the end of our discussion, my friend asked if I would do anything differently with my next child. It’s looking more and more likely that I will be a stay-at-home mom once we become a family of four, which truth be told, makes a lot of these decisions easier. I will definitely attempt breastfeeding again, and it will hopefully be more successful. My decision on the circ debate still stands if we have another boy…daddy’s choice. (He has a very strong opinion about this subject, and that is fine. I know a lot of dads don’t, but it’s something that you as a couple need to agree on without outside influences. Again…why do strangers care so much about baby boy penises (peni?) Obviously, we will still be cloth diapering (maybe even full-time), and if possible, I would like to follow a delayed schedule for vaccinations (since we won’t have to worry about daycare!)

If you take anything away from this post, it’s this: These are personal decisions. You have to factor in your lifestyle, and do what works for your family. Others will try to influence you, and make you feel guilty. But, we’re all trying to do what’s best for our kids…and remember, it is your child, your CHOICE! That is all that matters.

You should probably also get this onesie for your baby, to make sure you get your point across…

 

(In case you’re wondering why I didn’t mention co-sleeping above, I did a whole separate post about that recently. You can find it here!)

Quinoa Mac & Cheese – A Pinstrosity

I’ve been fighting a cold for a few days, so I’ve really been craving some comfort food. Specifically, mac and cheese! I didn’t have any pasta, though, so I had to improvise.

This box of quinoa has been hiding in the back of my pantry since my vegan challenge, because I wasn’t quite sure what I wanted to do with it. Luckily, Pinterest had an idea! (Oh you didn’t know that I’m on Pinterest?! Heck yeah I am!)

Except…it was a pinstrosity!

What should have been a glorious concoction of melted cheese, crunchy bread crumbs, and yummy comforting goodness.

Turned out like this:

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The cheese was solidified on top. The bread crumbs were soggy. If you dug underneath all of that, it was ok.

But it was not mac and cheese. 🙁

Sorry, quinoa. Guess I’m just a pasta girl at heart.

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Two ingredient Pumpkin Spice Muffins {Must Try Mondays}


I featured this recipe on Must Try Mondays!

 

This morning, for some odd reason, I was feeling domestic. I don’t do a lot of baking (though my husband probably wishes I did!), so my desire to pre-heat the oven on a Saturday morning was perplexing.

But a co-worker of mine passed along this recipe for pumpkin spice muffins that she found on Pinterest, and I was intrigued. Mostly because I only needed two ingredients, and I was certain that I couldn’t mess it up.

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This is all you need. Seriously. Don’t look at the cake mix box and start adding eggs or oil! Pumpkin + Cake Mix. Trust.

Pre-heat the oven to 350. Add your ingredients to a mixing bowl. (I also added a handful of raisins for a touch of sweetness.)

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When you mix them together, it’s going to be thick. Again, don’t add anything! Just think of it as an extra arm workout!

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I used these festive cupcake liners in the muffin pan, but you could just spray it with cooking spray.

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Portion your batter into the pan, then put in the oven for 20-25 minutes.

And voila! Pumpkin spice muffins! They’re not the prettiest thing ever, but they taste so good! Not super sweet, just a touch of pumpkin. Even my husband (who’s not pumpkin fanatic) loved them. And the kid gobbled them up, of course, but he eats anything!

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(And for those wondering – according to the ingredient list on the Duncan Hines website, the spice cake mix does not contain any milk products, so technically these are Vegan!)

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