Monday, April 21, 2014

Easter Fun

 This Easter was unlike most Easters. I wasn't really in the mood to do a lot for it. I've been very homesick and holidays just make it worse. Leading up to it, we virtually did nothing to prepare or learn about it. The week before it was super busy between multiple tests at school and church responsibilities, so all of our celebrating was on Sunday.

We did fun Easter egg inspired nails:
 I know it looks like a lot of candy, but there are non edible items that are taking a lot of space in the bottom:

 I love Lindsey's face in this one:
 They each got some clothes:


 They seemed pretty happy with their loot:

If you know me, you know I love to do little girl hair. I was going to do something more elaborate for the holiday, but I opted to leave her hair down and more elegant. Here is the link for this embarrassingly easy hairdo. Seriously so easy and pretty. I curled the ends with a curling iron and they actually stayed pretty well. 
Here's my little cuties:




 After church we snapped some family pics:




 Because our week was so busy, we opted for our egg hunt after church:





 We invited our downstairs neighbor to come up and watch:










 They are mama birds sitting on their eggs:
 Our neighbor got the girls Easter baskets from him and they were very surprised and thrilled:




 I felt like I had to make a ham, but with 4 people, it doesn't seem worth it. We bought a 2 pound ham and didn't even finish half of it!
I'll never be able to make gravy like my mom, I still have lots of practicing to do! The meal turned out pretty good.
 Every year my family makes a bunny cake. I have never really made one, it's always been my mom and sisters. This year I decided to brave and try it on my own. Not perfect, but it was fun to make. The girls had free reign of the bow tie. I used this buttercream recipe and I highly recommend it.




All in all, it was a great day spent as a family. Even though I was missing my family and traditional Easter at home, I realized how much growth we make on our own. I'm doing so many things I would never do around family. Over the last two years I've made two complete Thanksgiving meals and now an Easter meal. Not to mention, the countless other things I've had to do and learn being away. I'm learning and growing, even if I fight it every time. I hope someday we are celebrating with family all the time, but until then, I'll get my share of experience. Happy Easter everyone!

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Mint Oreo "Truffles"

For our neighbor gifts this year, I included mint Oreo truffles. I got a lot of compliments on them, so I thought I'd share. My sister doesn't really consider them truffles, so that's why I included parentheses in the title. I had made these regular Oreo truffles a lot. And I had seen this idea on six sisters. I tried the mint Oreos this fall and fell in love with them, so I decided to use them in a truffle.

Crush the package of Oreos, it's easiest for me in the food processor:
The finer the better:
Mix one 8 oz package of softened cream cheese with the crushed Oreos
Roll them into about one inch balls and refrigerate
Melt the chocolate (I used Andes mint baking chips because I like the extra mint) you can use chocolate baking chips, white chocolate, or whatever else you want
I use a double broiler because it's easiest for me.
Dip the balls in the chocolate and put sprinkles on (if you're using them) immediately
You can also drizzle chocolate on later.
I usually am pretty messy, but you can always break the excess chocolate off.

Recipe:

Ingredients:
1 package mint oreos, crushed
8 oz package cream cheese, softened
2 bags chocolate chips/baking chips
sprinkles for decorations

Directions:
Mix oreos and cream cheese. Roll into 1 inch balls and place on baking sheet covered with wax paper and refrigerate until firm. Melt chocolate and dip balls into chocolate and decorate with sprinkles/desired topping. Return to baking sheet and store in the refrigerator.

Next I think I'll try the peanut butter Oreos and see how they taste as truffles!