Sassy Oreo Truffles


Darlings! I've been packing like a mad woman! Tomorrow, we fly back to Seattle for good! Well for good from this project, who knows what's next...?! The bittersweet thing about leaving a place is leaving friends behind. However, before we leave I am making sure I hang out with as many friends as possible and as much as possible. Last week Vivianne and I got together and made some oreo balls, I am going to call them truffles in an attempt to sound cooler! LOL

Sassy Oreo Truffles
adapted from Undressed Skeleton

1 box of Oreos
1/2 cup cream cheese
1-2 TBSP coffee liquor
sugar, cocoa powder, and/or chocolate chips for coating
  1. Remove the cream from the oreos with a butter knife. Save the cream in a separate bowl.
  2. Crumble cookies in a food processor. Separating the cream from the cookies helps them blend better and finer. Blend dry cookies until you have flour like consistency.  
  3. Next add oreo cream, cream cheese and coffee liquor to food processor. Mix until dough forms, you'll know when it happens =].
  4. Roll dough into 1/2 TBSP sized balls truffles. You should get about 40 of them.
  5. Choose if you want to coat your truffles in cocoa powder, sugar, or dip them in melted chocolate.
  6. If you decided on the first two, place some sugar/cocoa powder on a bit of wax paper and roll your truffles in it. Place in fridge for about ten minutes so they can firm up a bit.
  7. If you decide on chocolate, place the freshly rolled truffles in the freezer for 10 minutes. Melt said chocolate and using a tooth pick, poke each truffle and dip in chocolate. Use a second tooth pick to free truffle from the deadly grips of the first...too much?=] Place in fridge for 30 minutes to allow chocolate to harden.
  8. Try not to eat them all in one sitting. Good luck with that.

In the spirit of Halloween I topped my chocolate covered ones with orange and yellow M&Ms =].

Happy Wednesday Dolls!


High Five For Friday!!!

You guys, it's Friday and I can't wait to spend our last weekend in Peru with Brian and our sweet friends. Next week it's going to be more packing and clearing things out. Can't wait =]. Here is how this past week went.

  1. Last Saturday we carved our cute little pumpkins and watched some UFC. I don't know if it was the fights or what, but my pumpkin turned out very scary! I'm oh so very excited for it =]

  2. Sunday morning was brunch time. I had Salmon Eggs Benedict [yum] and a cappuccino. Peru does espresso right!

  3.  It would seem I eat a lot and often, and that's all very true. I love good, pretty food. Fact. Jules and I went on the first of our many farewell lunches and this time it was at a vegetarian/organic place. It was epic. Cheese stuffed gnocchi with pomodoro sauce and a vegetarian moussaka with a simple salad. I mean...yea.

  4.  After lunch that day we were mostly trying to find dessert and some coffee =]=]=] and went it to the store that carries these beauties. Little "gold" roses in glass capsules. Precious.

  5. Oreo Balls. These are amazing! I made them yesterday and had to stop myself from eating them all. Picture and recipe courtesy of Undressed Skeleton, seriously this girl makes the best desserts.

Today I'm linking up with these gals:
Lauren @ The Lauren Elizabeth
Jennie @ The Diary of a Real Housewife
Darci @ The Good Life Blog

Happy Friday Friends!!!


Cheesy | Whole Wheat | Beer Bread with Honey

I love bread you guys. I don't know how I'm ever going to be able to give it up. If I really end up being allergic to gluten it's gonna be a sad day. Anyhow, this bread is amazing and you should make it, like now! Wish I could credit anyone for it, but it was a combination of about 5 different recipes I found on pinterest.

Cheesy Whole Wheat Beer Bread with Honey

3 cups whole wheat flour
1 cup shredded cheese [I used Pepper Jack]
1 TBSP baking powder
1.5 TSP salt
2 TBSP honey
 12oz. can of beer [any beer really, but something less hoppy is better]

  • 1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F. Grease a 9"x5" loaf pan.
  • 2. In a bowl mix together flour, baking powder, salt, and 3/4 cup of cheese [safe a 1/4 cup for the top]. Toss together until combined.
  • 3. Add beer and honey and mix well until sticky dough forms.
  • 4. Add dough to greased pan and place in oven.
  • 5. Bake for about 40 minutes or so, or until a wooden toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. At about 20 minutes top the bread with the remaining cheese.

Happy Tasty Thursday Friends!!!


Let It Snow | Free Printable Christmas Card

Are you as excited as I am for the holidays? I honestly can't wait for Christmas to be here! I can't wait to be with my family and to eat my mom's food! Get in the spirit with me with this sweet little snowy card.

Download the PSD file here.

I can't take any credit for the cute little elf, the image is the property of the very talented Kellie at www.elementsphotographystudio.com. You can also buy this hat over at maddieloubeanies on Etsy.

Have a Happy Monday Darlings!!!


High Five For Friday!!!

My week was pretty uneventful, made a few things [mostly food], went a few places. Nothing to write home about really, but here I am doing it anyway! That's how I roll, ya! =] =] =]

1. I was going gluten free, right...well so much for that. I had and unopened bag of whole wheat flour and I really wanted to make something with it. It turns out it was meant to be cheesy beer bread! a.m.a.z.i.n.g.

2. Last weekend Brian and I made it to downtown Lima and did some souvenir shopping. We scored some alpaca sweaters with llamas embroidered on them LOL. Yes, there is a difference between alpacas and llamas; there are also the vicuña and the guanaco. They look different, but all are raised for their coats. You just learned something, you're welcome =]=]=] Anyway...the picture is of the cathedral at the main square =].

3. I've been getting my smoothie on, in my PJs, this week. Find it here.

4. Also I made my first [of many] turmeric+tamarind juice. It is so good and good for you =].

5. Yesterday I fell back in love with Kina Grannis. Not that I ever stopped ...uhh loving her?!...haha this is starting to sound a bit weird, but I spent most of the day listening to her CDs and she is the bomb.com! Have a listen over at www.kinagrannis.com.

Today I'm linking up with these cuties:

Lauren @ The Lauren Elizabeth
Jennie @ The Diary of a Real Housewife
Darci @ The Good Life Blog

Have a Happy Friday!!!


Decor Obsession | Vintage Marquee Letters

Ah marquee letters, there's nothing about them I don't love. Lately I've seen them pop up everywhere; in bedrooms, gardens, living rooms, kitchens, hallways, even RH is selling them. One day, when we stop wandering and get house, I will for sure get my hands on some. Until then, join me as I drool over these pretties =].

source 1/2/3/4/5
 I'm also on the lookout for a good DIY version of these. Do you have any ideas? Let me know!

Have a Happy Daydreamy Wednesday =]


Fabulous DIY | Beaded Jersey Flowers

Darlings another fun crafting day is here and it's a good one. I'm showing you how I made these FAB jersey knit flowers, embellished with some beautiful pearls and crystals. I made these a few months back for Lindsey's baby shower as favors and the girls loved them! I'm also trying a different approach today. I tend to like blogs and posts, which have more pictures rather than descriptions. Here is my take on " A picture is worth a thousand words" =]

an old t-shirt or some jersey knit fabric
pearls and glass bead in various sizes
thin elastic band
needle and thread
hot glue and gun
small piece of felt

And there you have it, a lovely little headband. These can also be made in to hair pins, or even brooches. A little sewing tip if you want to achieve the same star/crown shape with your beads. After you are done sewing all of the beads in place, simply wrap your thread around all of the beads once or twice to pull them together. I did this both with the big and small flower.

Happy Tuesday and Happy Crafting Darlings!!!


The Pink Lady Smoothie

For the past few months I've been having a fruit smoothie each morning for breakfast. It worked great pre-wedding, when I was trying to get in a bit of a better shape. You know how it is. Well I'm not gonna lie this was the best part of my "diet". It tastes like a good old fashioned milk shake, but it is so good for you!

This yummyness is fiber packed, high in protein and amazing. I promise you'll love it, so go make it =] !

1 banana [sliced and frozen]
1/2 cup halved strawberries [frozen]
1 pear [cored and quartered]
1 serving of vanilla whey protein powder
1 cup vanilla almond milk
1 cup of water
1 TBSP shredded coconut

In a blender, mix the ingredients together until smooth. You might have to mix a bit longer, about 2 minutes, so the frozen banana can get nice and creamy. The protein adds a nice sweetness and makes it kind of ice cream like. It's the best! If your fruit is not frozen, add a cup of ice instead of the cup of water. This batch make a little over two 16oz water glasses. I drink them both for breakfast, but it also makes a great snack to share!

Happy Monday Darlings!!!


High Five For Friday!!!

Geez this week went by so fast, it feels like I blinked and it was gone! I did manage to do
quite a bit of stuff though, so let's get started =]

1. Last Friday, Jules and I wandered into the even ritzier part of town and ended up walking into Gucci. I'll be honest I had never been in one of their stores and for a good reason. There was just jewelry and watches at this particular store and we were the only ones there besides the girl who worked there. I hate saying this, but we were honestly JUST LOOKING. However she took out almost all of the rings they carried. We tried all of them on haha and took pictures. I really liked the top left spiral one, it's $10.7K, but she said I can have it for $9K hahaha what a bargain! Are they for real?

2. On Saturday Brian and I had a lunch date, which turned into lunch, shopping and then dessert date. I needed a long and comfy shirt to wear with legging on the plane and ZARA delivered as always. I found this cute leopard print shirt and can't wait to wear it.

3. Since we are going from winter here in Peru to winter back in Seattle, I naturally =] needed a winter jacket. I finally found one I loved over at SheInside. Most of my clothes are in storage and I hardly remember what I even have there. It's going to great to have all of my clothes again, I won't need to shop for a good while.

4. Tuesday was a Peruvian holiday, the Battle of Angamos, so the guys had the day off! Jules, Andy, Brian and I drove out to the Andes and went up 4,818 meters elevation. That's high, the Mt. Everest base camp in Tibet is at 5,150 meters above sea level, so pretty close. Read more about the trip here.

5. The end of this project is near and finally we can all head home. The girls and I had a one-last-lunch-in-Peru-together yesterday. It was only logical to have a Peruvian dish, it is also one of my favorite things to have here, causa. It is chicken, egg, avocado, tomato layered between mashed potatoes! YUM!

This week I'm linking up with these lovely ladies:
Lauren @ The Lauren Elizabeth
Jennie @ The Diary of a Real Housewife
Darci @ The Good Life Blog

Hope you all had a fantastic week!
Happy Friday Friends!!!


Tasty Thursday | Best Brownies Ever

Hi Darlings! So remember how I said I wasn't going to have gluten for a month...well I made it two weeks HAHAHA. I ended up making brownies when Vivianne came over last week. What can I tell you, they were calling my name!

The Best Brownies Ever
4 eggs
1 cup butter, melted
3 cups white sugar

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1 teaspoon salt

1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease a 9x13 baking dish.
  • Combine the melted butter, sugar, and vanilla in a large bowl. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each, until thoroughly blended.
  • Sift together the flour, cocoa powder, and salt. Gradually stir the flour mixture into the chocolate mixture until blended. Stir in the chocolate chips. Spread the batter evenly into the prepared baking dish.
  • Bake in preheated oven until an inserted toothpick comes out clean, 35 to 40 minutes. Remove, and cool pan on wire rack before cutting. 
  • When cutting, dip your knife in warm water before each cut and wipe your knife with a paper towel after each cut.

Make these, now! Go!

Happy Tasty Thursday!!!


Road Trip in the Andes

You guys, I cannot wait to tell you about this! Yesterday Brian and I went on a super fun road trip to the Andes with Andy and Jules. We went up to 4,818 meters, which is 15,807 feet! It's the highest above sea level I've ever been, well besides flying of course. It was kind of a long drive, because the roads are tiny and there were so many trucks on the road. We went up to the highest point on the road, the decent on the other side would have taken us to the jungle. All in all 8 hours, 298 km, and a super fun time.

Once at the top we got out to take some pictures. The air is a bit rare up there and my lips turned blue right away. Jules said it's because of the lack of oxygen, but it was also only 4 degrees C.
  Here is proof! The sign reads "Crossing the world's highest railway".
*sorry about the low quality iphone pictures, I'm getting a good camera soon =]
Happy Wednesday Everyone!