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Oreo Truffles: Three Ways

Thursday, February 14th, 2013

Today really isn’t one of those holidays I get terribly excited for. I do like the idea of showing people extra love, but I prefer spontaneous surprises on ordinary days. The kids enjoy Valentine’s Day so I spend most of my energy making them feel special, however I will accept any  excuse to whip up delicious chocolate treats and this year it was Oreo truffles.

My cousin Stephanie introduced me to these over the Christmas holiday when she brought them to the Christmas Eve gathering. I declared I’d never tasted anything more heavenly and she told me they were Oreo truffles. I had never heard of Oreo truffles before, perhaps I’ve been living under a rock but apparently they’re as All American as Dairy Queen and here I had no idea. But their deliciousness haunted me and I decided to whip up a batch of them, using Valentine’s Day as an excuse to indulge – I also gave them a little something extra with a few ingredients.

oreo truffles three ways

 

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Superfood Berry Smoothie

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013

I’ve made a few changes to my weekly routine that have had a significant effect on my energy level and general feelings of happiness.  I’m now exercising almost daily and immediately after the kids go to school.  I’m spending a few less hours plugged in or online each week.  And I’m eating breakfast regularly!  Or I should say, drinking breakfast regularly.

I’ve never been a big breakfast eater, which all nutritionists will tell you is a very bad thing.  (Weekend stops at IHOP excluded!  Come to me hash browns… )  In the past, I was content each weekday with a big ol’ mug of coffee until about 11 a.m. when I suddenly felt starving and grouchy.  Bad Kate, very bad!

We’ve all read how important it is to jump start your metabolism in the morning, so I started making smoothies in the a.m. and they’re now a big hit around the house – I crave them, Matt loves them, and the kids slurp them down too.

superfood berry smoothie

 

One of the challenging things about a daily smoothie craving is keeping the fresh ingredients around, and also the assembly, it takes effort!  I saw at the market that Jamba Juice sells individual smoothie packets and I’ve purchased them a few times but then I decided I wanted to make my own version at home where I could control the ingredients and have them ready to go each day.

 

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