Wednesday, November 26, 2008


I'm not much of a dessert woman (eating or making) but I had something similar while in Philly and I just knew it was something that would be a huge hit with our Thanksgiving crowd.They really weren't that hard to make but were a bit time consuming. I altered the recipe and used Mint Oreo Cookies and added the crushed peppermint candy canes to the top.

Here's the recipe:

Some Sweet Love For Your Valentine

I am so excited to say I've found another jackpot winning recipe. I have been eying these on Bakerella's blog and finally got around to making them. She has done some amazing things with these if you haven't checked her site out yet, Yum!

These little gems are a must try! They look like a truffle but taste like a little Oreo Cheesecake. You can't go wrong with cookies, cream cheese and white chocolate! Your Valentine will be thrilled to take a bite out of these treats.

It's hard to believe something so incredibly easy to make tastes so yummy. I know I'll be making these often!

I tried the same recipe, but with Nutter Butter Cookies. Both are great, I can't decide which ones I like better. I'm going to try Chips Ahoy next time and maybe the mint Oreos.

Nutter Butter Cookie Truffles

1 Bag Nutter Butter Cookies
8 oz softened cream cheese
1 package Chocolate Bark (dipping chocolate in blocks)
1 square of the Almond Bark for drizzling (white chocolate blocks for dipping)

1. Mix ground oreos and cream cheese until well combined. Roll into 1 inch balls and place onto baking sheet or tray. Refrigerate overnight or until very firm.
2. Melt white chocolate according to package directions. Using 2 little spoons, dip balls into chocolate and place onto parchment paper to harden. Once dry, melt square of almond bark and spoon into the corner of a ziplock baggie. Snip the corner of the baggie and drizzle chocolate back and forth over the truffles. Let dry.
3. I enjoyed mine chilled in the refrigerator, but may be room temperature as well.

Oreo Cookie Truffles

1 bag Oreo Cookies, ground in blender or food processor (filling and all)
8 oz softened cream cheese
1 package Almond Bark (white chocolate candy coating)
1 square of the Chocolate Bark for drizzling

1. Mix ground oreos and cream cheese until well combined. Roll into 1 inch balls and place onto baking sheet or tray. Refrigerate overnight or until very firm.
2. Melt white chocolate according to package directions. Using 2 little spoons, dip balls into chocolate and place onto parchment paper to harden. Once dry, melt chocolate bark and spoon into the corner of a ziplock baggie. Snip a small corner and drizzle back and forth over the truffles. Let dry.
3. I enjoyed mine chilled in the refrigerator, but may be room temperature as well! Enjoy! Thanks for the great recipe Bakerella!

About 30 truffles each recipe

Monday, November 24, 2008

Two Peas in a Philidelphia Pod

I can't believe how quickly time has flown by since my wonderful escape to Philadelphia. Chloe and I made the long 16 hour trek to visit my sister Emily, husband Ryan, and darling niece Sage for just about a week long adventure.
The two of us had such a good time together. Chloe definitely enjoyed being an only child for the week. She honestly only cried once the whole week. What's to cry about when mom is at your beck and call? She got to snuggle all day with me, sleep in my arms, stay up late, and eat good food (I'm sure she enjoyed my milk after I ate that delicious meal at "Famous Daves.")
Emily, Ryan, and Sage were awesome hosts. They treated me like royalty. I even got to pick out my favorite juice for breakfast (Dole Mango, Orange, Peach juice).
Ryan was so cute with his two little girls. As you can see, Chloe loved him but Sage wasn't so sure how she felt about sharing her daddy.
Chloe worked hard at showing off for her cousin. She is getting a little more stable when sitting. You can see from the big drool coming off of her chin that she is one slobbery girl.
Chloe also loved all of Sage's cool toys. Sage had lots of stuff that made noise which Chloe doesn't usually get to play with because we have lots of kids who make noise at our house.
Yes, Chloe is a tummy sleeper. Mommy and Daddy know we are naughty.
Blurry, but cute picture of the Sunday girls.
Chloe and Sage are just three weeks apart. Currently Chloe has a little more thigh and cleavage action than Sage. Sage on the other hand has about an extra three or four inches in length. I can't wait to see these two cousins grow up together.

So what did I do all week. Just what I wanted...not much of anything. Emily and I made a list at the beginning of the week of all we wanted to do. It consisted of: watching a movie during the day, going to IKEA , Target, the Outlets, eating at Olive Garden, and laying around and reading. We were very productive and accomplished each one of those things. Most of all it was wonderful to spend time with Emi and her family. Emi and Ryan have a wonderful relationship and are such good parents to Sage.

I came home feeling refreshed but then I honestly went into a little depression once reality hit about two seconds after arriving home. I'm feeling cheerier this week, though and super grateful to my wonderful husband who took care of the kids while I was gone. The kids had half days of school while I was gone and they kept Birch busy with bowling, eating at McDonalds and lots of time playing together. For Family Home Evening the kids and Birch made me the most special book about why they love me--I know I feel bad now that I just wrote that I was grumpy for the following week after getting home. Not only was I greeted with a beautiful thoughtful book, I also came home to a spotless house. Birch scrubbed up everything while I was gone.

I am truly blessed!! Emily and Ryan, thank you so much for spoiling Chloe and I rotten. It was fun to be a spoiled brat for a week!!!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

To be Eight is GREAT

October has been a really special month for Tyler. Not only did Tyler get to celebrate his birthday like five times because we were on the road to Utah but he also got baptized.
Tyler's first party was at our home. He was super excited to get all his cub scout gear.
Next Tyler celebrated his birthday in Caldwell, Idaho with his cousins. His Aunt Tavia made a super yummy cake for Tyler. They had even decorated their kitchen in his honor.

While in Logan, Utah he celebrated his real birthday he was treated to a delicious dessert at a super yummy pizza restaurant.
The parties just didn't stop there. Next we celebrated Halloween at our home with cousins and Ami and Poppi. I am beginning to realize that Halloween is not my favorite holiday. The stress of trying to please all the kids with costumes (after the kids realized I wasn't going to be buying or making anything new this year they all adapted and found something in the dress up box) plus the post-Halloween whining for candy. We had a fun night at our church Halloween party and trunk-or-treating. I didn't even have to dress up as a witch this year...I already felt like I was portraying the character quite well.
Then the next day on November 1st our house filled up with LOTS of extended family. It was so wonderful to have so many people travel to celebrate Tyler's decision to be baptized into The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints. Tyler was a little nervous but he felt really good about his choice.
Tyler asked Uncle Kelly to give the talk about Baptism. All his cousins were so enthralled in the baptism and really excited for Tyler. Grannie drove all the way to our home for just the afternoon--talk about being super supportive of her grandkids!
Somehow Ami and Poppi missed out on the group picture. I think they were cleaning up all the rootbeer floats from the post baptism party. We love it when they come visit us--the only complaint is the trips are always WAY too short. Not only did the kids have lots of fun with their grandparents but my mom also revamped my cluttered pantry, cleaned my gas top stove, and folded laundry and I'm sure lots of other things that I haven't even noticed yet. My dad took the boys horseback riding at an old high school buddies ranch on Saturday morning. They all had so much fun!
These are all the men that assisted in Tyler's confirmation--Poppi, Uncle Vaughn, Dad, Uncle Brent, and Uncle Kelly.
We are sure proud of our Tyler!!! LOVE YA!!!

Saturday, November 1, 2008

To Zion and Back

The last two weeks just flew by and I am now just getting a chance to post about our trip to Utah for my littlest sister's wedding. This is a wedding that has been anticipated for a little over two years. My sister Laura and her now husband Jared Watts both decided to serve missions for our church before they tied the knot. Just six weeks after returning from their missions they planned a whirlwind wedding and we were able to be there for this wonderful day.
My beautiful sister Laura and handsome husband Jared (Thanks Matt for taking this great picture!)

It was one loooooooong drive to Logan, Utah but the kids did AWESOME in the car. Chloe, who is not a car seat lover did great--and we didn't even drug her. We were able to take a pit stop both ways at Birch's sister's home in Caldwell, Idaho. It was so fun to see their new home and let the kids play with their cousins.
Alysee's dress was made by my super duper talented seamstress mom. She actually created this dress from a women's dress that she bought at a consignment store. It matched all the little girls' dresses perfectly. Alysee felt like a princess all day!
Following all the wedding fun in Logan we headed to Salt Lake City. We were able to again stay with my adopted in-laws (they are actually my sister Emi's in-laws but they have been so gracious to us and have allowed us to take over the basement several times now). We were able to take the kids to Temple Square for the afternoon.
I love this picture of the kids admiring the Christus statue.
This picture was taken in December of 2004--my has our family grown since then! (actually Nate was born by that time but missed being in the picture)

Highlights of our trip would be the multiple stops for fast food, hike up to Zion's peak, dinner at IHOP with the Wrights, miniature golfing with cousins, doctor's appointment with Dr. Fairbanks, lunches at Grandma Gina and Rudy's home, stop overs in Caldwell, ID...but our favorite of all would be spending time with all our extended family!!!

Last but not least a farewell shot of our family! Wonder woman Leah (aka. my sister) took some great shots of our family for our Christmas card.