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Oreo Balls

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Oreo Balls are one of the coolest cookie/candies to make and they’re delicious. I mentioned them in a previous post but this post is all about them. I’ve made them several times and people always seem to like when I make them. So first I’ll give you guys the basic recipe for Oreo Balls and then give you some tips that I’ve picked up from making them.

The Recipe:

  • 1 (16 ounce) package Oreo cookies, crushed
  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 (24 ounce) package white chocolate bark

Using a blender or hand held mixer, mix Oreos and cream cheese together. Roll into walnut size balls. Chill for an hour. Melt approximately 3/4 package of white almond bark. Stick a toothpick in an Oreo ball and dip it in the melted white almond bark. Allow to harden on wax paper. Decorate however you wish.

I think that these are a fun desert but I should warn you that they are not necessarily easy. You should be ready to spend a while on your feet, dipping these in the melting chocolate.

Here’s a list of some adjustments and things I’ve discovered that should make this dessert easier for you

  • These are just as good when you use mint Oreos and you end up with a faint mint flavor. However, this type of Oreo seems to have more icing and causes the “dough” to be a little more wet. You can fix this by scraping some icing out from a few cookies or, what I did, add an Oreo pie crust to the mix. Either of these should help fix the consistency of the mix and make it easier for dipping.
  • For dipping, the best thing I’ve found, for someone who doesn’t have professional chocolate dipping stuff, is to use two toothpicks. Use one toothpick to impale the ball and hold it while you dip in the chocolate. Use the other toothpick to help slide the dipped ball off the first toothpick. I usually have to get a new set of toothpicks three or four times throughout the dipping process.
  • After you slide the ball of the toothpick, there will probably be a small hole where you can see the dough through the chocolate. This can be fixed by covering the spot with a small bit of melted chocolate or in how you decorate it.
  • Speaking of decorating, one of my favorite ways to decorate it to remove a few Oreos at the beginning to crush of their own. Then dip the Oreo balls in white chocolate and cover with a small amount of crushed Oreos on top, but make sure you do it before the chocolate hardens, otherwise it doesn’t stick. It’s very pretty and definitely covers up any imperfections. Also, you can dip the balls in milk chocolate and drizzle with white chocolate. I’ve tried doing sprinkles on top but that doesn’t look or taste as good.
  • DO NOT try to add water-based food coloring to your melting chocolate. I tried this with green food dye to help distinguish the mint Oreo balls, but it ruined the chocolate! The chocolate became gummy and gross. I have not experimented with any more food coloring since then.
  • After dipping, make sure you get off most of the excess chocolate. Otherwise you end up with a large pool of hardened chocolate as part of your pretty Oreo balls. While delicious, this somewhat ruins the look.
  • I would not recommend using Double Stuffed Oreos. This would make the dough too wet, as in the case of the mint Oreos.

That’s pretty much everything I’ve learned.  Hope this helps you and if you have anymore helpful hints, comment below.

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This Little Piggie Went to the Market

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I love food. I really do. I love burgers and fries and ice cream and soda and potatoes of any kind and so much more. I want to eat fried food more often than is healthy for me and I have a weak spot for dessert. I can’t help it. It’s just so delicious!

But there are also some fruits and veggies that I love! So I thought that I, a proud “little piggie”, would share some of my favorite fresh fruits and vegetables and my favorite ways to eat them.

  1. Spinach I really love fresh spinach. I don’t like it when it’s cooked down but when it’s fresh, I could eat it every day. I prefer it instead of lettuce in many cases, including as that little crunch on sandwiches and in salads. In fact, spinach salads are one of my favorite snacks because they are very low-calorie, as long as you don’t load them up with bacon and cheese. My current favorite spinach salad is topped with bananas and raspberry-walnut vinaigrette. The vinaigrette is low-calorie and super sweet so combined with the bananas and spinach, you get a healthy and delicious snack! Also, we have a peanut sauce recipe (which I cannot find right now…sorry!) that is a good alternate topping with the bananas.
  2. Peaches A good peach in the middle of the summer is so refreshing. We like to get them from a local fresh market. Besides eating them plain and raw, I also like to cut them up into little pieces and put them on top of some plain Cheerios (and milk).
  3. Green Beans Not canned. I’m not a big fan of canned but fresh green beans are really good. My mom likes to bake them in the oven along with some cherry tomatoes so you get the sweet taste of the tomatoes with the green beans. We also have put the green beans in a pot with some home-made chicken broth and potatoes. It may not sound super healthy but as long as you pile on the green beans and take it easy with the potatoes, it’s not too bad for you. Plus it tastes really good.
  4. Apples For the record, an apple a day does not keep the doctor away. I eat an apple everyday for lunch and yet I still get sick a lot. But I do love apples. I prefer to just eat them plain. I don’t cut them up or anything. Just a whole, plain apple for lunch everyday. I’m sorry I don’t have any special ways to eat these.
  5. Cauliflower The unsung hero among vegetables. I recently discovered this wonderful vegetable. I enjoy it when we roast it and then throw it in the food processor. This makes a nice copy-cat mashed potato…thing. It’s really nice in the winter with some meatloaf and broccoli.
  6. Tomatoes I know that you guys are familiar with tomatoes but I’ll tell you some of my favorite ways to eat them. There’s the usual slicing it up and putting it on sandwiches, but I like to salt them then because it brings out the tomato flavor and just makes the whole sandwich better. Also, home-made salsa and bruschetta is pretty easy. Just slice up the tomatoes and add the seasonings. Look it up. They’re so easy to make.

A list with six things. That’s weird. Like, why couldn’t I just stop at five? Or go all the way to ten? It’s bothering me too. I really can’t think of any more fresh fruits and vegetables that are so wonderful that I must share with you. But I can’t think of any on the list already that I don’t want you to know about.

Also, now that I’ve gotten through that phase where I want to write a post every day, I will have a more even posting schedule. I’m thinking once a week, usually Saturdays or Sundays. One more thing for you to look forward to on the weekend. You’re welcome.

Kiss Me, I’m the Cook

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Don’t kiss me. Though you might want to after I share these 10 recipes from Pinterest that I’ve tried an determined delicious!

  1. Copy-cat Chickfila chicken So, like a lot of copy-cat recipes, this doesn’t taste exactly like real Chickfila chicken, but it’s still pretty darn good. They do require frying, so it’s not super healthy. It also takes a long time so make sure you’ve got some good music or someone to talk to. You can either use the sauce recipe she includes or really make it like Chickfila and use some Chickfila sauce.
  2. Stuffed Jalapeno Poppers  These are really good. They are a nice appetizer and are different than your usual taco dip. They’re fairly low calorie but it’s hard to only eat one or two! If you don’t like spicy foods, scrape out all the seeds and membrane from the pepper. Leave some if you’re someone who enjoys a little more kick.
  3. Brownie in a mug I was amazed when this made a really good brownie. The only thing is that it’s a really rich and chocolaty brownie, which doesn’t sound bad at all. However, it’s REALLY rich! Make sure you have some good ice cream and a glass of cold milk to go along with this recipe.
  4. Spinach smoothie You’ve probably heard of these new green and healthy smoothies. Well, I’ve tried a couple of different smoothie recipes and this one is my favorite. You cannot taste the spinach over the peanut butter. You’ll have to get over the fact that you’re drinking a green smoothie. You can substitute plain skim or 2% milk for the almond milk. It still tastes good. And normal vanilla yogurt instead of vanilla Greek yogurt works too.
  5. Turtle cookies  These are so good and so easy. Just follow the instructions and get these new unique and delicious cookies! I made no adjustments and have no comments other than the fact that they are wonderful.
  6. Crockpot Chicken Stroganoff  While this recipe was pretty good, I’m not sure if we will make it very often. It was pretty salty but it’s very low in calories. It’s made of a lot of canned foods but that makes it super easy to throw together in the morning then leave cooking all day. To help counter the saltiness, cook some broccoli and mix it in right before you serve. It helps mask the broccoli and takes away some of the super salty taste.
  7. Oreo Balls I’ve taken these babies to several parties and gotten many compliments on them every time. They’ve even been added to the family Christmas Cookie List, which is pretty exclusive. My mother and I have experimented with these by using mint Oreos (also delicious), dipping them in white and milk chocolate, and drizzling them with different toppings. In order to get the pretty drizzle effect, take the leftover chocolate, scoop a little on a spoon, then swing the spoon over the whole batch. Another look is to crumble a few Oreos before you begin then scoop little piles onto white chocolate dipped Oreo balls: so pretty! This is by far the best Pinterest-found recipe yet.
  8. Apple Pie Fries These are a little messy. Make sure when you’re adding the apple pie filling, don’t make it too thick or it will squirt out the edges with you try to cut! These were a fun little variation on the apple pie and definitely worth trying.
  9. Bite Size Taco Appetizers These Taco Appetizers are so fun! When I made these, I didn’t follow the recipe except for inspiration. My family already had a taco meat recipe so I used that then created different flavor profiles by including various combinations of guacamole, cheese, salsa, sour cream, and black olives. A fun night for all!
  10. Grilled Salmon with Avocado Salsa  I love salmon. It’s so good. And this recipe is just another way to make this fantastic fish even better. It’s a south-western spin on the fish, combined with a fresh avocado salsa. This is sooooo good. I can’t think of any adjustments I made to the recipe so just follow it and you’ll have a wonderful dinner in no time!

I’m getting hungry just reading this post. I hope I gave you some inspiration for new recipes to try! Let me know about your results with these recipes and any other recipes you may love in the comments.