Saturday, July 11, 2009

A yummy treat and some beauty secrets!

There are 2 things I want to blog about. Food and beauty!

First...the food! I've been feeling very antsy about baking lately. I love to bake, but who wants to turn on the oven when it's 100 degrees outside?! So, on the Bakerella blog, I found this great little recipe for Oreo truffles. Not only are they extremely simple to make, they are SOOOO good. I was actually taken back at how good they are! Mine turned out pretty well I think!

Here is the batch.

A close up

Here is the recipe from the Bakerella Blog.

Oreo Truffles

1 package Oreo cookies (divided… use cookie including the cream center)
1 8oz. package cream cheese (softened)
white chocolate bark

1. Finely crush 7 cookies in a food processor or place them in a Ziploc bag and crush into a fine consistency. Reserve for later.
2. Crush remaining cookies and stir in softened cream cheese. Use the back of a large spoon to help mash the two together.
3. Roll the mixture into 1" balls and place on wax paper covered cookie sheet.
4. Melt chocolate as directed on the package and then dip balls into chocolate, tap off extra and set aside on wax paper covered cookie sheet to dry. You can sprinkle the tops with the 7 crushed cookies for decoration. (I usually eat mine before they make it to this stage.)
5. Once dry, refrigerate and enjoy!

Makes about 36 truffles.

Notes: I used a small cookie cutter to push the mixture through for the heart shaped truffles. Also, it helps to freeze the uncoated balls for a few minutes to keep the mixture from starting to fall apart in the melted chocolate. If this becomes a problem, dip them in the chocolate, let dry and then dip again. They are also good dipped in regular milk chocolate bark. And for an extra twist, use the mint oreo sandwich cookies.

A side note from me: If you are going to decorate them with the extra oreos for decoration, do it right after you dip the balls. That's why only half of mine have the decoration. They harden pretty fast so if you don't do it right away, then it won't work


I was asked recently what I use on my face to make it look so nice. Mind you, I have had acne before and it has taken me years to find a good beauty regimen. So, I decided that I would share some of my beauty secrets!

The cleanser that I like the best is this Oil of Olay Cleanser. It really gets all my make up off and doesn't over dry my face. I tried switching once to another cleanser and I went right back to this one. It just works better. It's about $4.48 at Walmart. The toner I use is also Olay. It's just witch hazel and it's around $3 art Walmart.

This moisturizer is the best stuff I have EVER used! I love it. It makes me skin look SO good. Even without make up my skin looks good. It's a little pricey. Its about $14 or $15 at Walmart. I usually will look for Aveeno coupons in the Sunday paper. It also comes out in a pump, so it lasts longer because you are only using a little bit.

This Aveeno scrub works great too. I use it about once a week. It is more affordable at about $6.50.

Last but not least, my foundation and powder. I use Mac Studio Fix Foundation. My color is NC42. It is a great foundation. Makes my skin look beautiful. It is pricey, at $ 26.00 at Macys, but it lasts about 3-5 months. I've used cheaper foundations that were gone in a month, but you don't have to use as much with this foundation. The powder is Minerlize Skin Finish, color Medium Deep. This stuff is really great too! If you don't wear a lot of make-up, this is really all you need as your base. This is $25.00 at Macys and my last one lasted me 6 months!

Side not: If you are on a budget, use vaseline as a moisturizer. I use it as an eye cream. Just don't use too much. You don't want to get the sheets greasy!
And if you wear foundation, try a foundation brush. You can get one at Walmart or Target for pretty cheap and you can use one for years instead of throwing them away like sponges. But if you do use a make-up sponge, make sure it is moist. A dry sponge will just soak up all the foundation, making you use more foundation.


The Tomlinsons said...

That does look good, we will have to try it.

The Tomlinsons said...

And thanks so much for the clothes! I love hand-me-downs, and you have great taste, so thanks!

Lechelle said...

Those oreo truffles look delish, I will have to try making them!
Have you ever tried cake balls? The recipe is similar and my husband loves them.

Emily said...

The oreo truffles look yummy...I'm sure James will love to make those.

Chris and KayDee said...

Yummie!!! I have been wanting that reciepie! I had those oreos at a shower and have been thinking of them ever since!