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Can’t Find Your Favorite Holiday Treat? CHILL.

This year my husband has checked every major grocery store in our county (that is a huge number of grocery stores) trying to find his all-time favorite cookie, available only at this time of year: White Chocolate Covered Oreos. Finally I bought some plain Oreos and dunked them in white candy bark before he had a full-on meltdown. Michael doesn’t have much of a sweet tooth. He enjoys desserts on special occasions, but not having cookies, candy, etc around the house isn’t any hardship for him. But when the Santa cookie jar comes out it needs to be filled with these particular cookies. The problem is that their manufacturer, ____, has encouraged this addiction, and now these are our options:
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You see, Oreos arent’t made in the USA anymore. They are made in Mexico by Mondelēz Intl. So unless you really want to pay $10 a box for cookies you got for less than half that a couple of years ago you’ll need the Oreo Truffles recipe to follow . . .

Thank goodness for Jamie Shell and her daughter, Brianna! They introduced me to Oreo Truffles at Jamie’s Nerium launch party. I double-dog dare anyone to eat one of these without making a yummy sound. Seriously, they are that good! They shared their recipe, and couldn’t believe how easy they were to make.
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Bri’s Oreo Truffles (printable version)

  • One box original Oreos (or store brand, or the Trader Joe version without hydrogenated oil!)
  • 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • White (or red, or whatever) Bark Coating from the baking aisle. It looks like this:

bark

  1. Crumble cookies by hand or with mixer or food processor.
  2. Mix softened cream cheese and cookie crumbles with mixer or food processor until it can be shaped into balls.
  3. Scoop or pat into balls the size of ping-pong balls.
  4. Place on waxed paper and freeze until solid enough to hold their shape, but not too frozen to insert a skewer or fork.
  5. Melt bark coating in the microwave or with a double-boiler. Unless you are really fast only melt two or three blocks at a time if you’re working alone. If you can draft a child or other friend or family member double that!
  6. Dip the cookie/cream cheese balls into the coating with the instrument of your choice and swirl to coat, then place on waxed paper again and CHILL.
  7. While all those lovely treats are chilling in the fridge it’s time to put your feet up and read a Christmas book, listen to your favorite Holiday music, or just sit and share stories with a friend if you’ve done this together (which I suggest).
  8. Once you can touch the top without leaving a fingerprint you can get fancy and use colored icing to make trees, snowflakes, menorahs, or anything else since these taste just as good all year!

This is my “chill” entry into Mama Kat’s Writers’ Workshop this week. Join in with your own prompt or drop by and read some others – or both!

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My New Crack: Ancestry.com

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I couldn’t write this last night because I was so involved in Ancestry.com. I started a 14-day free trial in the early evening, switched from my computer to my tablet when the pain got too bad, and kept going until I fell asleep, drooling on my family tree. Those little leaves – it’s worse than Farmville. There are very few pictures, but lots of census records. Let me just say that legible handwriting was obviously not a job requirement for census takers. And the forms themselves – wow. And not in a good way. In 1910 someone could actually be legalled classified as a mulatto idiot. Yes, mulatto and idiot were boxes that could be checked. And boarders were present in most homes. People just rented out spare rooms to strangers. I can’t imagine anyone doing that in this day and age.

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 The other excitement this week has involved making financial decisions. Lots of things are up in the air, and ever since our lawyer told a big ‘ole lie right in front of us during a hearing (about a minor detail, but still!) I don’t trust a word that comes out of his mouth. I mean, yes, we’ve all heard about the stereotypical dishonest lawyer, but this guy doesn’t even lie well. Every time he lies he does it very enthusiastically. If he says something calmly chances are it’s the truth. But when he gets all earnest and gives great weight to what he’s saying he’s totally lying. And since he never gives a short answer to anything, so every interaction is exhausting. Thankfully, his paralegal is wonderful, helpful, and honest. But she’s also very pregnant, so I’m dreading her maternity leave.

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I made Oreo balls for a Nerium party. They were supposed to look like this:
briana oreos
But mine looked like this:
my oreos
It’s obviously a technique issue, since only three ingredients are involved. You mix a box of crushed Oreos with a softened 8-oz block of cream cheese, refrigerate, and then dip in melted almond bark. Maybe I was supposed to freeze them instead. Or maybe I should have used the smaller scoop. Oh, well. They taste fabulous even if they do look pretty awful.

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My son wanted some extra T-shirts for band camp, so we went to a thrift store I hadn’t been to for a while. He wanted shirts that could be stained, ripped, or lost since that’s pretty much the destiny of all band camp T-shirts. I was pretty excited. A chance to go thrift store shopping with a valid excuse! I took him to the men’s medium T-shirt section, and by the time I’d walked to the women’s section of the store, before I had even touched a single garment – there he was, a half-dozen shirts in hand. Thankfully one of them didn’t have a price tag so that delayed him long enough for me to find dog toys, but that was all. He very thoughtfully offered to hang with me while I browsed, but we really did have other things to do. It made me really miss my mother-in-law, Pat. She and I would spend all day thrift store shopping. It was awesome.

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Band camp, by the way, starts Monday. I feel like John’s had no summer. He dome some of the PSAT prep book I got him, but hasn’t even cracked the copy of The Slight Edge for Teens I wanted him to read over the summer. It’s short, maybe he can read it at the pool tomorrow if we can get a day without rain.

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I could really use some time at the pool, and tomorrow’s our last day with my father-in-law’s borrowed pool key. He gets back from vacation Sunday. The storm front moving in have been killing my neck, and the week’s other activities haven’t helped. I waited for two hours in an exam room Wednesday for my doctor to get to me. Of course, by the time he got there I was curled into a ball on the exam table with a pillow wadded up to support my neck. I had pre-op and disability forms for him to sign, and I may or may not have been a real bitch about it. I don’t even remember driving home.

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I spent the morning running errands in the rain, and now that everyone has the paperwork they need I’m just waiting for calls about disability, surgery, and financial assistance. I’d like a large YES with a side of IMMEDIATELY, but I’d settle for a optomistic maybe soon across the board.

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