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Peanut Butter Chocolate Pretzel Truffles

The other night, buy my parents, ambulance 14 year old sister (Celina), and I watched When Harry Met Sally (love that movie!).

During the movie, my mom and I were getting such a kick making Hugh Grant jokes.

“Hey, Hugh. How Hugh doing Hugh?”

Hahahaha because Hugh sounds like you?!

We thought we were really funny.

After the movie was over, it was late. My mom said to Celina, “Bedtime, it’s after midnight. You’re a Republican!”

We all stared at her. Ummm what?

And then we slowly realized that she had said, “Bedtime, it’s after midnight, you’re a pumpkin!”

But Celina and I were already cracking up. I had to tell facebook about the conversation (of course) and we were hysterically laughing and typing incoherant things. And since I was the only one logged in to facebook, it looks like I commented on my own status 20 times.

Here are some gems from that conversation:

Mom: I wasn’t TRYING to say “pumpkin,” I DID say “pumpkin.”

Me: Hugh said republican!  <-Get it!? ;)

Mom: After midnight hugh turn into a Republican. Documented scientific fact.

Me: Now Celina’s saying “snatus” whatever that is

Then another person commented saying “I may be sleep deprived too but that is sooo funny!!”

Me: you have no idea the encouragment that gave us! Que hysterical laughter

Me: hahhaaa not que, cue! <-is that even real?

Me: I used to be smart once. That’s all I have to say.

Me: Celina just unliked this post just so she could like it again. HAHAHhahahahahaahahahahaha

Now that I’ve already wasted part of your day relating this (hysterical) story, I’ll make it up to you by giving you the recipe for these truffles. I’m not crazy about these photos, but I wanted to share them because they tasted pretty yummy!

Peanut Butter Chocolate Pretzel Truffles

Ingredients:

3 cups pretzel pieces
1 cup creamy peanut butter
8 oz cream cheese
2 tablespoon butter, at room temperature
1/2 to 1 cup of mini chocolate chips
4 tablespoons light brown sugar
4 tablespoons powdered sugar
Pinch of salt
1 package of chocolate bark

Directions:

  1. Crush up the pretzels in a ziplock bag in to very small pieces.
  2. Cream together the peanut butter, cream cheese, butter, powdered sugar, and brown sugar. Add the pretzel pieces and mini chocolate chips to the mixture and mix thoroughly.
  3. Using a small cookie scoop, shape the peanut butter mixture into small balls. Place the balls on a wax-lined cookie sheet. After you’ve finished with all the mixture, place the balls into the refrigerator and chill for 30 minutes (or more).
  4. When you’re ready to dip the truffles, microwave the chocolate bark until it’s completely smooth.
  5. One at a time, dip the peanut butter balls into the melted chocolate and use a spoon to make sure it’s all covered. Repeat with all of the balls.
  6. Return the truffles to the refrigerator and chill again until the chocolate is hard (if you use chocolate bark to cover them, it should only take a couple of minutes).
  7. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Enjoy!

Airplane Girl and Oreo Truffles

Yesterday was the day I heard whether or not I was accepted early into Brown University.

I knew I would hear at 4pm and all day was counting down to the hour. I kept praying that God would give me peace over whatever the decision was.

As 4pm neared, anemia I sat on the couch, waiting. I painted my nails to pass the time. I peed. I ate a granola bar. I sat there, feeling dizzy and slightly panicked.

My sister was sitting next to me. She was the only one who knew I was going to hear from Brown yesterday (she had 4:00 B written on her hand…in “code” so no one would know…cute :).

She turned to me and said “two minutes!”

I was flipping out and asked “What if it’s TERRIBLE news???”

She said “There’s no such thing as terrible news. Just good news, and not so good news.” <– she’s pretty smart that girl.

I tried to keep that in mind as I logged in to my Brown account. I had to click through many links before finally reading the letter.

“After a careful evaluation of your credentials, the Board of Admission has voted to postpone a final decision on your application.”

Sigh. I wish I could have said it was good news. But alas, not so good news it is.

I felt a lot of things after seeing that. Disappointment, frustration, rejection, sadness, anger, discouragement.

I was frustrated that I put so much time and energy into the application, an application that I thought was really strong, only to be rejected. I was disappointed that I didn’t get in, and that I now have to complete a lot of other applications to other colleges. I felt really discouraged, feeling that not getting in to Brown means I won’t get in anywhere. And I felt a little bit angry at God that I didn’t get in.

Me: Hey God, I was supposed to get in. Brown is perfect for me!

God: Umm I may not think so! You asked my opinion!

Me: I don’t like your opinion.

God: Well I don’t like your nailpolish.

Me: Well I don’t like the Old Testament!

God: Well your handwriting is messy!

Yeah…God and I have issues sometime. Or maybe it’s just me that has issues ;)

<Insert picture of yummy goody to diffuse the tension>  ;)

I’m feeling better about this now. Still upset, but ready to send in my other applications and be done with this whole process.

One thing that makes things a little easier is a story I heard when I was visiting Harvard this summer.

I visited Harvard with my grandparents, and we met up with a family friend who is the head of undergraduate physics. We were talking about how schools are so selective, and he told us about a girl he had met who had applied to the school. He said he was sure she’d get in because not only was she brilliant, but she had built her own airplane and flown it. But she wasn’t accepted to Harvard. And she was wait-listed at MIT. Uhh yeah, crazy! She eventually got in to MIT, and after her freshmen year was voted the Freshman of the Year. Things worked out for Airplane Girl, hopefully they’ll work out for me, too.

As I’m going through all this college stuff, I’m trying to stay positive, listen to God (we’re good now :), and remember Airplane Girl.

So, what do you do when you get disappointing news? You do something fun. Like make Oreo Truffles! I had these for the first time several years ago and thought they were absolutely incredible. I made them for my teachers for a little Christmas present and they all loved them! They couldn’t be easier to make..or more delicious to eat :)

Oreo Truffles

Ingredients:

1 Package Double Stuffed Oreos (I was tempted to use those crazy new triple stacker oreos, but resisted…next time ;)

8 oz. block cream cheese

1 package white or milk chocolate bark coating

1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (optional)

Almond flavoring (optional)

Directions:

  1. In a food processor, blend oreos until they make a coarse, coffee-like mixture.
  2. Mix oreos with softened block of cream cheese until if forms a smooth, cohesive mixture. Mix in a teaspoon or two of almond flavoring if you desire (NOT almond extract. You can use almond extract, but use much much less).
  3. Roll into small balls, placing them on wax paper or aluminum foil-lined cookie sheets.
  4. Refridgerate overnight, or put in the freezer for an hour.
  5. Melt the chocolate bark. I use milk chocolate bark, but find that it’s a little too sweet, so I mixed in some semi-sweet chocolate chips. It made the chocolate perfectly sweet, but does make the chocolate crack a little bit when hardened.
  6. Place the balls back on the cookie sheet to cool.
  7. Can be made several nights in advance. Store in the fridge.

Makes about 35-40 oreo truffles, depending on what size you make them.

Enjoy!

Cookie Dough Balls…Sorta

This week has been not-so-fun. I’m glad most of it is over. I’m helping out at a middle school writing workshop tomorrow so I won’t be at school which will be amazing…I’ve had so much testing this week and it’s been miserable. And then there’s been some other stuff going on that has been kinda awful. But I’m hoping things will start getting easier :)

I’m sharing these for week 6 of the 12 Weeks of Christmas Cookie Exchange. I can’t believe there’s only 6 weeks left! I got this recipe from Chocolate Covered Katie and V.K. Rees Photography. I’d seen Katie’s recipe for cookie dough dip a while ago and thought it sounded very…interesting! I saw this cookie ball version on V.K. Rees Photography and the photos were so beautiful they convinced me to make them today! (All her photography is incredible. I’m definitely inspired).

The interesting part of this recipe is that instead of flour, more about the dough is made out of Chickpeas. Umm yeah. But so many reviews said it was really good that I decided to take the chance and make it. If I’m being completely honest, I didn’t really like them…but that’s just me! I thought I’d still share the recipe because so many other people have had success with it. It’s really easy to make so you might as well give it a shot! If you like it, you’ll have a great, healthy dessert :)

Happy baking!

Healthy Cookie Dough Balls

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups chickpeas (1 can, drained)
1/4 tsp salt
tiny bit over 1/8 tsp baking soda
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
3 Tbs peanut butter (or another nut butter)
3 Tbs Agave Nectar (you can also use honey, brown sugar, or other sweetener. Adjust it to how sweet you want it to be)
4 Tbs mini chocolate chips
3 Tbs oats (optional)
8 oz. semi-sweet chocolate

Directions:

  1. Put all ingredients, except for chocolate and oats, in a blender or food processor and blend until very smooth.
  2. Put mixture in a bowl and mix in oats and chocolate chips.
  3. Put the dough in the fridge/refrigerator until firm enough to form balls. When firm, use a small cookie scoop to make small balls of dough. Put them back in the freezer until firm.
  4. Melt the chocolate in the microwave in 20-25 second increments. Dip the balls in the melting chocolate until covered. Put them in the fridge so the chocolate shell can harden.
  5. Store these in the fridge!

Enjoy! (I hope ;)

I shared this on Fusion Friday :)

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