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day 81: baking away/ super easy and delicious chocolate dipped Oreo truffles

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MY “PINTERESTING” TAKE:

“PINSPIRATION”, FROM PINTEREST:

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• Project: day 81: baking away/ super easy and delicious chocolate dipped Oreo truffles
Difficulty rating (1=easiest, 5= way too hard!): 1 (and I didn’t mess it up… I think!)
• Would I do it again? oh yes! They were actually too good! I will definitely have to pass these off so I don’t eat them all.
• What I would do differently: nothing at all! We halved the recipe since we we’re making them just for fun, but they are definitely party worthy. Amazing!
• Items used: recipe from:  http://allrecipes.com/recipe/easy-oreo-truffles/

Ingredients

  • 1 (16 ounce) package OREO Chocolate Sandwich Cookies, divided
  • 1 (8 ounce) package PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, softened
  • 2 (8 ounce) packages BAKER’S Semi-Sweet Baking Chocolate, melted

Directions

  1. Crush 9 of the cookies to fine crumbs in food processor; reserve for later use. (Cookies can also be finely crushed in a resealable plastic bag using a rolling pin.) Crush remaining 36 cookies to fine crumbs; place in medium bowl. Add cream cheese; mix until well blended. Roll cookie mixture into 42 balls, about 1-inch in diameter.
  2. Dip balls in chocolate; place on wax paper-covered baking sheet. (Any leftover chocolate can be stored at room temperature for another use.) Sprinkle with reserved cookie crumbs.
  3. Refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour. Store leftover truffles, covered, in refrigerator.

Until ipinterest tomorrow!
Karie J 🙂

day 75: crafty kiddos/ valentine’s kids handprint heart xoxo

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• Project: day 75: crafty kiddos/ valentine’s kids handprint heart xoxo
• Difficulty rating (1=easiest, 5= way too hard!): 1
• Would I do it again? yes, I always love catching the girl’s handprints at different stages in their lives.
• What I would do differently: do one for each girl!
• Items used: Crayola kids paint (pink and red), sharpie, scrapbook paper/cardstock

Until ipinterest tomorrow!
Karie J 🙂

day 66: fashionable momma/ casual day outfit/ for the love of stripes!

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Project: day 66: fashionable momma/ casual day outfit/ for the love of stripes!
Difficulty rating (1=easiest, 5= way too hard!): 1 (thanks to Autumn for doing my hair! 😉
• Would I do it again? yes. I always gravitate towards stripes on any given day, I just love them! Easy outfit for Valentine’s date night!
• What I would do differently: dress it up more with heels, jewelry, scarfs!
• Items used: Gap jeans, Gap tank, Nordstrom’s striped cardigan, Tory Burch black patent flats, pearls, bangles, Stella & Dot necklace
Until ipinterest tomorrow!
Karie J 🙂

day 64: baking away/ chocolate and caramel zebra pretzels for our Minnie Mouse birthday, Valentine’s day, or any day!! Plus easy diy place cards for your dessert table

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Project: day 64: baking away/ chocolate and caramel zebra pretzels for our Minnie Mouse birthday, Valentine’s day, or any day!! Plus easy diy place cards for your dessert table
• Difficulty rating (1=easiest, 5= way too hard!): Pretzels: 2 (thanks to my mom and Aunt Cindy for helping me with this, it went really fast!). Place cards: 1
• Would I do it again? yes, they were a huge hit, and the caramel recipe is to die for. I will definitely be making these again.
• What I would do differently: change it up each holiday! Do red and green for Christmas, pink and white for valentines, orange and black for halloween, you name it! The mix of sweet and salty is too good to miss 🙂
• Items used:

Zebra Caramel Pretzels from: http://pattycakesbakery.blogspot.com/2010/10/minnie-mouse-birthday-party.html

First take some of the homemade caramel, roll it out into ropes, and wrap it around your pretzels (I like the Snyders of Hanover pretzels).

Next, dip in white chocolate and allow to dry. In the meantime, melt some black chocolate melts (we could only find chocolate since it wasn’t Halloween time) and put in a ziplock bag. Snip a tiny portion of the corner, and drizzle over your pretzels to make look like zebra stripes.

Homemade Caramel Recipe:

This is a recipe adapted from the Licorice Caramel Recipe found in Candymaking by Kendrick and Atkinson
1 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
1 1/2 cups corn syrup
1 cup butter
2 cups sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla
Butter a 9-inch square pan and set aside. In a large saucepan combine the sweetened condensed milk, corn syrup, butter, sugar, and salt. Plac over medium heat ad stir until well combined.
Clip on candy thermometer, and cook, stirring constantly to a firm ball stage (242F if at sea level, 232F in Salt Lake/Provo area, and 237F in Las Vegas area–if you live somewhere else you’ll have to do the boiling water test to find out the difference between the boiling temperature at your location vs. sea level to adjust). Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. Pour into pan and allow to stand at room temp over night.

Until ipinterest tomorrow!
Karie J 🙂

day 20: baking away/Christmas Sugar Cookies, part 2: icing & decorating!

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• Project: day 20: baking away/Christmas Sugar Cookies, part 2: icing & decorating!
• Difficulty rating (1=easiest, 5= way too hard!): 3
• Would I do it again? yes, even though icing cookies is a lot of work! The girls had a ton of fun; licking their fingers and dumping the sprinkles. Hayden seemed to have a steadier hand than I did, go figure 😉
• What I would do differently: after about 3 cookies in, I changed my technique and we used zip-locks to pipe edging around it, man it’s hard though!
• Items used: Christmas Sprinkles & recipe below:

Royal Icing Recipe from Food Network, Alton Brown:

Ingredients

  • 3 ounces pasteurized egg whites
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 cups confectioners’ sugar

Directions

In large bowl of stand mixer combine the egg whites and vanilla and beat until frothy. Add confectioners’ sugar gradually and mix on low speed until sugar is incorporated and mixture is shiny. Turn speed up to high and beat until mixture forms stiff, glossy peaks. This should take approximately 5 to 7 minutes. Add food coloring, if desired. For immediate use, transfer icing to pastry bag or heavy duty storage bag and pipe as desired. If using storage bag, clip corner. Store in airtight container in refrigerator for up to 3 days.

until ipinterest tomorrow!
Karie J 🙂