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Holiday Treats: Oreo Truffles

I have lived a long life, and I have enjoyed many, many desserts. I love to bake, but with the craziness of the holiday season I find I am spending a LARGE amount of time in my kitchen. So while I love to do big holiday treats like sugar cookies, gingerbread cookies, and all of the more involved baking I also love to make sure to add some easier “baked” goods to my list like microwave fudge and these amazing Oreo Truffles

Oreo cookies are delicious. I love to use them for baking. we have made oreo cheesecake and oreo cream pie in our home many times. Oreo truffles however require no baking, and are a fun and popable holiday treat. 

It does not require any baking, but it does have a couple of simple steps. My kids love to help with this one because it requires bakers chocolate and they love to help dip and roll the truffles in chocolate. They also enjoy putting candy canes in plastic bags and smacking them repeatedly with the mallet in order to add a pepperminty topping as the truffles chocolate hardens. 

The fun thing about these truffles is you can change the appearance for different holidays, parties, or simply make half a batch look one way and half another way. The possibilities are endless. Top them with crushed candy canes, sprinkles, shaved chocolate, whatever you love. 

They are incredibly popular too. Very few people can resist an oreo cookie, and this truffle makes an oreo cookie even better. Head on over to Recipes Food Annisa for the full tutorial now. You will love it! 

Simple Dinners = Casserole Dinners

This time of year I am so busy with fitting in all of the kids activities and all of the Holiday preparations that I have nearly all the hours of my day booked. After all, who can work, take care of kids, prep for the holidays, and be sane every day of the week all while having a homemade meal prepared for dinner? If you know someone, let me know, and tell them I need their secrets. 

For those of you driving the struggle bus just like me this holiday season I have a simple dinner that will make it easier to have it all together — or at least look as if you have it all together. Cheeseburger ‘n’ Fries Casserole. Yes I said casserole. Today most parents are all about the slow cooker and instant pots, but back in the day our parents and grandparents were all about the casserole. Casserole’s are great because they cook all in one dish, which means minimal clean up, and they are usually all tossed together which means minimal prep. 

This Cheeseburger ‘n’ Fries Casserole is very reminiscent of burgers and fries, but it can even fill that chili cheese fry craving. My kids loved this, of course, and so did my husband. It won’t win an award for the healthiest meal you will ever eat, but it tastes good, is warm, filling, and quick on those nights that your main goal is just to avoid the drive-thru. Another bonus is that it is perfect for shelf-cooking. If you are trying to use up things in your pantry and not go shopping. Or if you are planning simple and inexpensive meals on a tight budget week. 

This meal is so simple, you do not have to be a chef, or even enjoy cooking. It is a straight up simple meal that will impress without the extra fuss. It is making this momma’s life a little easier this holiday season, which is the best gift ever. Head on over to Taste of Home for the full recipe. It won’t disappoint. 

Simple Dinners: Lasagna Soup

It is FINALLY cold here on the west coast, and that means that we are ready for winter meals. I love a hearty soup or stew on a cold winter night. Sometimes soup can feel like it isn’t a hearty enough meal. So I try to choose soups that will have a higher protein count in them. We love Italian soups like Minestrone, Zuppa Toscana, and Sausage Potato and Kale Soup. This year I wanted to add a new soup. A friend of mine told me about a blog she had recently read with a Lasagna Soup. My family loves Lasagna. However, I really don’t like any of the premade ones for sale — and making it from scratch is not feasible on a weeknight. Lasagna Soup might just give me that lasagna taste without the work. So of course I ahd to check it out. Cooking Classy has a simple and fun recipe that is absolutely heavenly. I was able to make it on a tuesday, and I had enough left over to freeze and use another night. I simply left the noodles out that way when I thaw it the noodles are not soggy. Since noodles cook fairly quickly, they can be placed in the soup as it comes to temperature and boils. Now I can have my lasagna fix any day of the week, thank you so much Cooking Classy for helping this lazy Italian lover. Be sure to check out the other incredible recipes at Cooking Classy when you are their getting all the details for this wonderful winter soup.