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Oreo truffles

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This recipe is so simple to make and is always such a huge huge hit everytime I make it and it will be for you too!!

This photo was from a bridal shower I hosted and I used mint Oreos and milk chocolate, and regular Oreos and white chocolate. So simple, only three ingredients, and no baking! From my kitchen to yours, here you go:

OREO TRUFFLES

1 (8oz.) package of cream cheese
1-(15 oz.) package Oreos finely crushed
1-package chocolate chips

Place one package of Oreos in a food processor or blender and crush to fine crumbs. Reserve a couple tablespoons for topping.

Mix one package of cream cheese with crushed Oreos until well combined, and dough like consistency.

Shape mixture into 35-40 balls.

Place balls on lined cookie sheet and place in freezer for 10-15 minutes.

Using a double broiler, melt your chocolate. To dip your balls in the chocolate there are different methods find what works for you. There’s the method of sticking a toothpick in center and coating, using two forks at a time to roll, etc… Place on lined cookie sheet and while still wet, sprinkle Oreo crumbs, or cocoa powder, nuts, your choice, you can go crazy here with endless ideas. I’ve let them cool and drizzle white chocolate over dark chocolate or visa versa. Enjoy!!!

Glazed Chocolate Chip Scones

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Glazed Chocolate Chip Scones             Serves 8

1.5 C all purpose flour

1/4 C sugar

3 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp salt

1/4 C butter

1/2 C chocolate chips

1/2 C buttermilk

1 egg

1 tsp vanilla

1 C powdered sugar

2-3 T orange juice

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Mix together flour, 1/4 C sugar, baking powder, and salt in a bowl.  Cut in the butter with a pastry blender or fork until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  3. Stir in chocolate chips.
  4. In a small bowl, mix buttermilk, egg and vanilla.   Add to dry ingredients all at once, stirring until mixture is moist.
  5. On a floured board, knead gently a few times, but not too much.
  6. Form into a 8″ round patty on an ungreased cookie sheet, cut into 8 wedges with a knife.
  7. Bake at 400 degrees F for 15 minutes.
  8. Whisk together powdered sugar, and orange juice into a glaze; drizzle over warm scones.
  9. Separate scones and serve warm.

DIY glass beaded and wire wrapped serving spoon

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If you’ve read my blog, you know that I like to repurpose things around the house.  Call me frugal, thrifty or cheap, that’s just me.  Today, I want to show you how to easily decorate a serving spoon as a hostess gift or for your special table.   First, you need some glass beads like the ones here on my mantel.

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Supplies you will need:  Some aluminum craft wire.  This is #8 gauge.  With wire, the smaller the number, the bigger the wire is. You want to use E6000 craft glue.  This is strongest for these beads, and they will stay in place as long as you hand wash spoon and don’t place in dishwasher. You will also need a pair of needle nose pliers.

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Look for some spoons to bling out, and create a pattern with your beads on the handle of spoon, leaving space in between each bead for the wire.  Drop some glue on bead and let them sit for at least 2 hours.  You will be tempted to finish this project now, but it’s very important to give them time to dry completely.  Some times I let them dry overnight.

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Now that your beads have completely dried, cut yourself some wire.  Like I’ve said before, I like using what I have around the house. and here I’ve used the line on my table.  From end of table to line measures 22″, this way I don’t need to pull out the measuring tape each time, haha.  Wire is very pliable and can be bent back and forth to break, or choose to use wire cutters.

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With needle nose pliers, turn the end in and continue turning.  At this point, you can place the curled end center of pliers and slowly wrap the end of wire to form a spiral.  You can even grasp it with your thumb and forefinger and turn into a spiral.

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Now place your spiral on the bottom of your spoon handle and hold your thumb on the spiral.  Start wrapping your wire up the spoon handle in between each bead.  This is the fun part, it’s very secure and doesn’t need to be glued down.  When you get to the end of the spoon, wrap 3 or 4 times around the top and finish with another spiral, wrap so the spiral ends on the front part and lay flat.   That’s it, you’ve made a beautiful beaded spoon!

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beaded spoons

Scalloped Potatoes

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Scalloped Potatoes

serves 4-6 

Ingredients

1-1/2 C half and half

1 tsp italian seasonings

2 garlic cloves minced

1/4 tsp chile powder

1/4 tsp paprika

2 lbs russet potatoes (or 5 large ones), peeled, cut into 1/8″ slices

salt and fresh ground pepper

1/2 C grated Parmesan cheese

Directions

*  NOTE:  I precooked potatoes for 15 min in boiled water, then put in a bowl of ice water to stop cooking while I peeled.  This helped them come out fully cooked out of the oven.  You could also microwave them for 6-8 min, then peel. 

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.  In a saucepan, heat up the cream with seasonings and garlic.   

While the cream is heating up, butter or spray a casserole dish.   Place sliced potatoes in an overlapping pattern and season with salt and pepper.   Remove the cream from the heat, then pour some over the potatoes.  Top with Parmesan cheese, repeat two more layers.  Bake uncovered for 45-50 min. 

Repurpose Silk Flowers In a Vase

My girlfriend asked for my help in making centerpieces for her daughters upcoming rehearsal dinner.  She already spray painted clear glass vases she had around her house in a looking glass paint.  This paint gives the vase a silver mirrored effect.  The brides colors are silver and purple, so this was perfect for color scheme.  We walked around her home grabbing silk flowers off walls and pulling from behind closets gathering all the silk flowers we could in the same color scheme of purple. Good thing that happens to be colors in her home as well,    We were able to make 8 centerpieces from all the silk flowers she had around the house, and use all the glass vases from her home.  Great repurpose job and the final result is so pretty, she just might have to use them for the wedding as well! 

 

If you start by taping a criss cross pattern across the top of the vase, this will help your flowers stay in place and end result look much more professional.

 

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Using wire cutters, separate all the stems and cut them individually.

 

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Final results !

 

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variety of silk flower arrangements

Mediterranean Pasta Salad

This is the pasta salad I served for the bridal shower post earlier this week.   Keep in mind that the picture is the recipe tripled. I also used whole wheat pasta, you can use any type pasta you like.  Great easy recipe, and a  hit with pasta lovers.

 

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Ingredients

1 lb. pasta

1/4 C balsamic vinegar

2 tsp Dijon mustard

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp ground black pepper

1/2 C extra virgin olive oil

1/3 C diced sundried tomatoes (oil packed for better flavor)

1 (14.5 oz.) can artichoke hearts, drained and diced

1/4 C fresh basil, chopped

2 tsp. fresh oregano, chopped

1/4 C diced red onion

3/4 C Kalamata olives, sliced

4 oz. Feta cheese, crumbled

1/2 C fresh grated Parmesan cheese

Directions

Whisk the vinegar, mustard, salt and pepper to taste in small bowl. Gradually whisk in the oil to make a smooth dressing, set aside.

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil (1Tbsp salt).  Add pasta and cook until al dente; drain, then pour pasta into a large bowl.  While the pasta is still warm, pour a couple of tablespoons of the dressing over the pasta and toss so it doesn’t stick together as it cools.  Let it cool at room temperature.  Toss occasionally.

After pasta has cooled, add the sundried tomatoes, artichokes, basil, onion, olives, oregano, and toss.  Add the dressing and toss again until the pasta is evenly coated.  Add the cheese and toss. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Bridal Shower Brunch

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Crustless Egg Quiche and Mediterranean Pasta Salad.  Labeled each with placecards I bought at Michaels & added wedding color.

Caprese Sandwiches, unfortunately only got one poor photo of these yummies.  They were individual sliced baguettes open faced with slices of tomato, basil and fontina cheese melted under broiler with a drizzle of balsamic vinegar reduction on top.

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Dessert table consisted of some antique crystal cake plates stacked on top of each other for height and I needed a large platter for the cookies.  All I had was an ugly pizza tray!  I covered it in white wrapping paper, and   wa-lah… a platter for beautiful cookies.  Truffles were made with white chocolate and milk chocolate.  Oreo cookie recipe. I will post later, super duper easy!

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Each table had pictures of the bride and groom and this dessert table had a particularly funny one of them hiding out and eating a carton of ice cream

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Beverage station with iced tea and spa water  with crystal and glass wine and champagne glasses with tags for each girl to put her name on.  I had mother of bride contribute her glasses with mine, and we had enough for a pretty table.

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Mimosa station with champagne and orange juice with fresh strawberries.

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A little tulle goes a long way, nothing says “wedding” like tulle.   I really needed to soften my patio structure and this did the trick.

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Since the bride is not a big fan of flowers and she happens to be having her wedding and reception outdoors at a lemon packing plant, I decided to use lemons to decorate the tables. We had a number of these on tables throughout with pictures of the bride and groom sitting in the center of arrangement.

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Goodie bags for guests as they leave with a thank you note from the bride and groom.