mom life, Recipes

Oreo Truffles

Today I have an extremely easy, no bake, delicious treat for you! This is one of our favorite potluck/fellowship recipes, because every time I bring it people comment on how good they are…but also because they are super simple!

With Halloween coming up a lot of us have parties we will be attending or if you’re like us you will have a harvest party at your church. These are perfect for those occasions! This is also something you can decorate for any season (they don’t have to be just pumpkins)!

Ingredients:

  • One package double stuff oreos (any flavor but I prefer original)
  • One package cream cheese
  • 1-2 bags of candy melts (any color you would like)
  • Green frosting for your pumpkin stems

Directions:

In a food processor crush up the entire package of Oreos.

Combine crushed Oreos and the entire package of room temperature cream cheese. Having the cream cheese at room temperature will make it much easier to combine.

Stir completely until all the Oreos and cream cheese are combined.

Refrigerate the Oreos mixture for about 1-1 1/2 hours (or freeze for about 30 minutes). You want the mixture to be stiff so that while you are rolling it into balls it stays together and doesn’t melt.

Roll into bite sized balls and place on to wax paper.

Refrigerate rolled balls for another 20-30 minutes.

Follow the instructions on your package of candy melts to melt them.

Place the Oreo balls into your melted candy melts and use a toothpick to move it around and completely coat it. Place it back onto your wax paper and remove the toothpick.

To decorate, use green icing to make stems.

For serving I used crushed Oreos for the dirt and arranged the pumpkins to look like a pumpkin patch!

Enjoy!

*note you will want to keep them cool until you are ready to serve them. When I take them to a potluck or fellowship I keep them in the freezer ready to go, until we are ready to leave the house.

mom life, Recipes

Classic Lasagna Soup

With winter weather quickly approaching us here in the Inland Northwest, soups are going to be a regular on our menu. Not only is it a winter staple, it is also a necessity. The last couple of years we have had intense wind storms that leave us without power for up to a week at a time. We are prepared with a generator and wood stove but having soups ready to go in the freezer has been a huge blessing in the past! All I have to do is pull it out of the freezer and heat it up on the wood stove… easy, home cooked meal ready to go in minutes, even in a power outage!

This soup is beyond delicious! It is sure to please your family or even dinner guests. (And my daughter and I had a lot of fun making it together!) Let me know what you think once you’ve tried it! Also, what are some of your favorite winter comfort foods?

Ingredients:

1/2 lb ground beef

1/2 lb Italian sausage

1 onion-diced

5 cloves fresh garlic

5 leaves fresh basil

1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes

1 24oz traditional spaghetti sauce

8 cups chicken broth

1 14oz can crushed tomatoes

2 Tablespoons tomato paste

2 Teaspoons balsamic vinegar

1 1/2 Teaspoons sugar

1 1/2 Tablespoons Italian seasoning

10 uncooked lasagna noodles, broken into small pieces

3/4 cup heavy cream divided

4 Tablespoons ricotta cheese

Garnish:

Ricotta cheese

Mozzarella cheese

Parmesan cheese

Fresh basil

Directions:

In a pan brown ground beef, Italian sausage, onions, garlic, and red pepper flakes. Drain any excess grease then move to a large pot.Add spaghetti sauce, 6 cups chicken broth, 1/2 cup heavy cream, tomato paste, balsamic vinegar, sugar, Italian seasoning, basil, 4 Tablespoons ricotta cheese, and broken lasagna noodles.Add in 1/4 cup heavy cream and 2 cups chicken broth. Cook another 5 minutes Served garnished with ricotta cheese, mozzarella cheese, Parmesan cheese and basil. (I also added garlic cheese bread on the side!) Enjoy and have a blessed day!!!

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Girls Day

This past weekend, Kenny and our son Jaxon, had men’s breakfast at our church. The men (and young men) of the church get together once a month, cook a giant breakfast, and share in a message and fellowship together. The boys really enjoy it.

Us girls also enjoy that time together, we miss our guys, but we also enjoy having our mommy/daughter time together! This weekend was no exception. We started the morning snuggling with coffee (hot chocolate for Lily) and read our bibles. Then I let Lily decide what we were going to do with our day. She decided she wanted to make pancakes for breakfast. You can check out our homemade pancake recipe here: The Best Homemade Pancakes.
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With our breakfast we had a little tea party and watched Tangled. While we were watching the movie, Lily got a little inspired and decided she wanted to make hair clips so she could wear her hair like Repunzel, So we did! I love crafting, which means we always have random craft supplies laying around the house. I knew we could come up with something to make what she was wanting.

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She asked for a Princess crown, the Repunzel sun, and Repunzel’s pet chameleon Pascal. So I did some google searching and drew out each one on a piece of foam. Cut it out and then went to town painting them. Now I don’t claim to be an artist at all but I did my best and she loves them! We had fun working on them together and she loved that she got to paint them with me. After the paint had dried we took a couple of clips we had laying around and used a hot glue gun to glue our new designs to her clips.

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Once we got them done we started working on her hair.

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I parted her hair down the center and separated the top into two sections. I tied the bottom section into a pony tail while I french braided the top two sections. Once the top sections were braided I secured both ends and incorporated the top braids into one big braid. Then added one of our new hair clips to the top center.

We had so much fun together and I absolutely loved hearing her tell her daddy when he got home all about what she did. She felt like such a big girl. I love getting to spend one on one time with the kids. Even though we are together all day every day, there is something special about the times when it’s just us. I know she will appreciate these times when she grows up, and maybe she will get to do this with her daughter someday!

I hope you all had a blessed weekend! What are somethings you like to do with your kids? Any fun crafts you can share with us for our crafty day?