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December Snow Day

Today was an (un)official snow day! I love snow days, even as an adult. What’s better than enjoying a relaxing day at home, not at work? My office was open, but my street was not plowed. My Focus was not going to tackle a foot of snow in the street and win. Instead, I finished my Christmas presents for kids (if your name is Brooke/Jade/Ty/HayHay/Emma/Dalton/Jenny/Alanna or are one of their mothers, you are warned not to read past the recipe!), made a batch of Chex Mix, puppy chow, and a half batch of Candy Cane Oreo Truffles.

Last Christmas I was obsessed with dipping things in Chocolate and drizzling icing on everything. Neither are hard tasks and they really give desserts that extra appeal. Not that most dessert needs extra appeal 🙂 So last year I tried a couple of truffle-like recipes – Oreo Truffles and Peanut Butter Cups. The peanut butter cups were from a bar recipe, and my mom didn’t think they would work as well as balls, but they were awesome. So today I had half a package of Oreos, and half a package of cream cheese. And since it is December, plenty of Chocolate Bark and Chocolate Chips on hand.

Candy Cane Oreo Truffle



  • 1 pkg of Oreos
  • 1 pkg (8oz) Cream Cheese
  • Crushed Candy Canes (Optional)
  • Chocolate Bark or Chocolate Chips (to melt)


  1. Crush the Oreos! If you are lucky enough to have a food processor, this is a great time to dig it out. If you (temporarily) live with three boys who didn’t own a pasta strainer before you bought one from the D-Tree, a jar of peanut butter and a cutting board will work fine. I stacked three Oreos then used the bottom of the PB jar to smash them. If you’re careful, you won’t even make a mess. 
    If you are adding candy canes, make sure to crush them now. Mine were pre-crushed with food processor. I’m sure a hammer and zip bag will work just as well. 
    Also, get the cream cheese to a soft stage – melt if if you need, but it needs to be suitable for mixing. 
  2. Mix Oreos, 75% of candy canes and cream cheese together. Use a fork or mixer, whatever you want. Chill the mixture until it is easily shaped into 1 in balls. This may take an hour or so. 
  3. Put tinfoil or waxed paper on to a cookie sheet. Shape mixture into 1 in balls. Carefully melt chocolate – follow the directions on the package. Don’t just wing it. 
  4. Dip Oreo balls into chocolate, make sure to coat all sides, lets excess drip off as much as it can, and place on covered cookie sheet. Immediately sprinkle candy cane on top – get to it before the chocolate hardens. If you didn’t save out candy cane, use sprinkles. Make it pretty.
  5. Let truffles chill, then eat and enjoy. But you’ll probly need to try one as soon as they are done 🙂

Moving on.

I am making gifts for my nieces and nephews this year. Luckily they are all kids – ages 4-9 – so I mass produced the same gift for each of them – but personalized it for their personalities. So ummmm… don’t let them see this!

Monster Apocalypse


Yes, I used a pattern – McCalls 5826 – I found it months ago and fell in love with it. All of the fabrics were scraps, remnants, or old wacky dance wear knits that I had bought years ago and never used. There is a reason I never sewed on the shiny dance wears – they SUCK to sew! Machine or otherwise, it was not a pleasant experience. But I survived, with some help from my mom!

What I really love about the pattern was how easy it was to customize each little guy. There are two body forms, three ears, three arms, and like four legs. Then you get to make your face. I used felt for the face, buttons for eyes, and felt and embroidery floss for the mouths. I really just used two mouths – full teeth or a line and two fangs. And these are loving monsters, so most of them have hearts (except for the ones going to boys – I know boys don’t care for hearts!)

I’ve been working on these for a few weeks. It would have went pretty fast if I was making one or two – but there is a total of like 13 here, and that slowed me down. But it was worth it and I think the kids will really love them. I had to make a few extra for myself and some friends. And I know my sister will ask for one after her kids open theirs. Here’s some full body shots:

Cotton Monsters


Scary dance wear knit monsters


True story: The camo fabric was originally bought for my senior prom dress. But something political was going on and my mom refused to sew me a dress made out of that. So instead, she slaved and sewed it out of maroon pleather. She is a rock-star.

Pumpkins and Pork (and brownies!)

The First Annual SKRS Pumpkin and Pork was a success! The neighbors treated us to smoked pork and baked potatoes, and then, we carved pumpkins!!! I should have snapped a picture of the pork, but I didn’t. I was too busy inhaling it. (Thanx Matt and Kelly!)

Pumpkin Guts


Who gave Schaef a knife?!


Working hard!

Working hard!


Also, working hard. Just not with power tools. Or following a pattern.


The final product! Look how talented my friends are! I'm not even going to tell you what pumpkin belongs to who, but I will tell you that I tried to carve a sock monkey into my pumpkin.


With Halloween just around the corner, I had to make just one more Halloween dessert! I was perusing World Market a few weeks ago and came across a packaged product just like these Rice Krispy Treat Eye Balls. <<Insert FAIL here>> How in the world do you roll RK treats into balls? I don’t understand. Epic fail. So… those balls turned into just clumps of RK treats, covered in white bark and drizzled with frosting. Also, I needed more mallow. My RK treats are heavy on butter. 

My mom had sent me a photo with some super cute Spooky Brownies! I renamed mine Scary Mallow Brownie Monsters! It’s a giant mallow on top of a brownie, smothered in frosting. Cute huh?!

Scary Mallow Brownie Monsters


True Story: I was taking the monster’s photo in the kitchen, with bad photo lighting, so I had no other choice than to edit in Photoshop. Note: the monsters look much scarier in the edited photo 🙂

Be careful, the monsters will get you! Rar!