I love cream cheese. No really. I love cream cheese. And as my high school students would tell me, I’m sure I’d marry it if I could. (Yup, not just elementary students use that silly phrase.) I have yet to find a dessert with cream cheese in it that I haven’t liked. To me, it comes in a close second to butter.
You can see my love for cream cheese here, here, here, and here. I made this dessert for my little sister’s 29th birthday a few weeks back. (We’re both Christmas babies, hence our names, Noelle and Holly.)
I call this dessert a surprise, because from the onset, it doesn’t look like much, but when you take a bite, you get 5 layers of absolute heaven. There’s no other way to describe it.
The very first time I had dirt cake was when I was in elementary school and my aunt prepared it in a flower pot, complete with a plastic flower and gummy worms. I didn’t believe her when she told me it was a dessert. (The dirt looked so real!) Since then, I have made this dessert a handful of times, sometimes in a large serving bowl, sometimes in individual cups. I’ve dressed it up and I’ve dressed it down. Today, I gave it a Halloween theme.
This dessert is nice because you can make it a day ahead of time, and it lasts in the fridge all week. However, I doubt it will stay that long. In fact, I had some for breakfast this morning. Don’t judge me. Yes, it wasn’t that nutritious, but it was dang good and hit the spot. (Especially after two days of parent-teacher conferences.)
Kids love this dessert because of the gummy worms. Continue reading
Eric and I went camping for the first time with our one-year-old son. It was actually a lot more fun than I thought it would be. (Camping with a child is a new adventure for us.)
We went floating on an inner-tube in a lazy river, played with my sister’s energetic dogs, and took lots of walks around the campsite. (Matthew’s learning to walk but can’t quite do it on his own yet.) We made hobo biscuits and s’mores, and ate lots and lots of junk food. And the dogs got a little bit too. They certainly weren’t deprived. (No, we didn’t give Matthew’s food to Sadie the dog, but she certainly wanted it!)
Here are some pictures of the beautiful river behind our campsite.
I am not a gardener, (so I couldn’t tell you the name), but this wild flower on the bank was so lovely, I just had to take its picture.
So when we were invited over to our friends’ house for a birthday dinner the day after returning from our trip, I wasn’t sure what to make. (It had to be easy since I was tired from all the laundry and cleaning up.) Continue reading
I like to think I’m Irish. I look enough like one, (red hair, fair skin, and freckles), that I don’t think anyone would question me if I said my ancestors were from Ireland. I even participated in the Shamrock Run last weekend (although it wasn’t to support the Irish). It’s the only time of the year that my red hair and pale-ness is truly appreciated. So in honor of my possible, maybe probable, roots, I made something green and something chocolate–Mint Oreo Truffles. Green in honor of St. Patrick’s Day and chocolate because I love chocolate. Plus today was such a windy, stormy, and rainy day, I needed something to cheer me up. (I shoot in natural morning light, but since it was hardly light out with this storm, some of the pictures appear a bit dark.)
It’s a super easy recipe to make. The hardest part is not to eat all the Oreos before you make the truffles. (I am proud of Eric and myself–we only ate two total!) And it’s not really truffles, so don’t let the title scare you. The only things that these treats and truffles have in common are that they are circular, made with chocolate, and have a soft center.
Alrighty, here we go. You need the following ingredients:
In a food processor or blender, crush the Oreos. It’s best to use about 6 at a time. If you put too many in, you’ll end up with chunks. You want it fine.
Let it whirl in the food processor for a minute or so. Continue reading