Oreo Truffles

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I have made these Oreo truffles several times, but this is the first time I put them on a stick.  I thought I would make them a little fancier for the Baptism.  They are super easy and so addicting 🙂

Ingredients

  • 1 pkg Oreo cookies (I like to use Double Stuff)
  • 8 oz. cream cheese
  • 16 oz. semi-sweet chocolate or white chocolate (this time I used candy melts in white and blue)

Directions

Using a food processor, finely crush the Oreos.  If you don’t have a food processor you can put the Oreos in a Zip Lock bag and use a rolling pin to crush them.  Add the cream cheese to the crushed Oreos and combine.  Form into 1 inch balls and place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Insert the lollipop sticks (optional) and place them in the freezer for 15 min.

In the meantime, melt the chocolate and/or white chocolate.  Dip the Oreo truffles into the chocolate.  This was not as easy as it sounds.  I have done this countless times wtih no problems with regular chocolate and white chocolate, but this was the first time I used the candy melts.  A few in to the dipping process I learned that twirling the oreo balls in the chocolate worked better than dipping. They didn’t come out as pretty as I would have like, but they still tasted delicous and no one seemed to care that they didn’t look quite like the perfect ones on Pinterest!  How do they do that??  You can decorate with additional Oreo crumbs, a chocolate drizzle, sprinkles, or whatever you choose!  Now try not to eat them before your company arrives 🙂

Baptism BBQ

We recently celebrated king Henry’s baptism.  It was a special day for our little guy, but I wanted to keep it casual.  After the baptism ceremony our family came back to our house for a BBQ.

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The theme was simple white and baby blue, inspired by the invitations we chose from Minted (sample below).

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I didn’t do much in terms of decorating since the party was outside.  Simple baby blue tablecloths, a blue hydrangea and white hyacinth centerpiece and a blue and white styled dessert table brought the theme to life.

For the menu, I kept it to the standard BBQ menu.  This is a tried and true menu for a summer BBQ.

Starter

Avocado and corn salad served with tortilla and pita chips

Main

Burgers

Hot dogs

Steak tips

Chicken cutlets

Sides

Orzo caprese salad

Potato salad

Spinach & strawberry salad

Dessert

Fruit salad

Assortment of cookies

Rice Krispie treats

Oreo truffles

Cake

Oh Henry! chocolate bars (my favorite touch to the party)

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I will be sharing a few recipes from the menu over the next few weeks. The party was a success and of course we were left with so many left overs!

It’s a Baby Sprinkle!

My sister is expecting her second baby and this past weekend myself, my mom and my sister threw her a baby sprinkle!

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We took the name “sprinkle” literally and decided on a sprinkle themed party.  There is no such thing as too many sprinkles right???  We had sprinkles everywhere and I think my mom is still vacuuming them up…sorry Mom!  My sister doesn’t know if she is having a boy or girl so the rainbow-colored sprinkles were the perfect color combination for a gender neutral party and a nice change from doing the typical (and sometimes boring) yellow everywhere baby shower.

The Décor

We ordered the invitation from zazzle.com and of course it was sprinkle themed.  To display it at the party, we filled a glass container with sprinkles and placed the invitation on the mound of sprinkles (see pic above).  It looked super cute!

For the centerpieces, we used white pitchers as the vase and filled them with yellow tulips (perfect for this time of the year).  We also filled baby bottles with sprinkles and placed them on each table.  It helped carry the sprinkle theme to the tables and my sister can use the bottles once she empties out all of the sprinkles.

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We had the party at my mom’s house and we served a brunch buffet, so for the place settings we just placed simple silverware wrapped in a white napkin and tied with a sprinkle bow at each seat.  And, it is one less thing to carry as you are making your way through the buffet.

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The Food

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Everything was homemade by my mom, sister and myself and it all came out great.  The menu included:

  • Juice, coffee, and Bellini’s (of course not for the mom to be 🙂 )
  • Fruit platter
  • Croissants with apricot butter
  • Mini quiche in 3 varieties – ham and cheddar, sausage and broccoli rabe, and egg whites with spinach and mozzarella
  • Sprinkle donut holes
  • French toast with a choice of blueberry or cinnamon syrup
  • Tomato and mozzarella salad
  • Mixed green salad with a simple olive oil and balsamic dressing
  • Lemon chicken skewers
  • Assorted Italian cookies
  • Sprinkle cake – this came out awesome!  Even though I wanted to bake the cake, we ended up getting it from a bakery.  But, it came out just how I imagined, completely covered in sprinkles.  I will definitely be taking on this cake design at some point and possibly with a funfetti cake!

Thanks to everyone who helped us celebrate.  Can’t wait to meet niece or nephew #3!