Monday, February 18, 2013

Chocolate Truffles (or Chocolate Bon Bons)

 I've been wanting heart-shaped truffles to be a family tradition and I tried doing it last year and couldn't make it work.  This year - we did it and here's how:
Take 1 package of Oreos (we used the off brand "Duos") and one package of cream cheese.  Mash or blend the oreos up into powder then mix well with the cream cheese until the texture is uniform.  Then, roll it out and put it in the freezer until it sets up...a couple hours is probably enough but it worked best if I did it overnight.  Use a cookie cutter to punch our your hearts.
 Dip in chocolate with a skewer - the melted chocolate is warm and can make the truffles mushy and loose their shape if you're not careful.  So, take them right out of the freezer and dip them as fast as you can so they don't warm up too much.

 After the excess chocolate drips off, slide a fork between the skewer so you can get the heart off without ruining its shape and place it on a pan to freeze.
We like our truffles best frozen but you can keep them in the fridge too.  
One of our favorite books is Tough Boris by Mem Fox.  You might need to turn the sound up to hear Lily, but she knows almost all of the words describing the pirate.  "He was...tough, massive, scruffy, greedy, fearless, scary."  

Also, the girls have been coming up with some creative games.  I think this cookie cutter game Lily discovered is especially clever.  Its like having half the fun of making sugar cookies with your kids with none of the work.

Just as a general update - we're doing really well.   We had such a fun weekend.  Jon and I had our first date since we've moved out here (it was an at-home date but still so fun).  We made our Valentines Chocolate Truffles and then Jon had the idea to light a fire in our fireplace.  We pushed the couch right up to it and just stared at the fire - they're so mesmerizing.  

Then, we had our first "normal" kind of Saturday.  Between finding an apartment, a temple trip, buying a couch, and being sick...our Saturdays have been hectic.  This week we just got things done and played with the girls.  

Yesterday we had some friends from the ward over for dinner.  Kara and Jeffrey were our first guests at this house.  I like having people over, it makes it feel like its my home now because I've invited someone to it.  I can't wait for Suzanne and Kirk to come in a couple weeks!

 Last week there was a beautiful snow.  These pictures are from our bedroom window - the snow never stays long and hardly ever sticks to the roads.  Its bitter-sweet for me to not have it on the ground all winter. Its still really cold...just no snow.

Anna made us this great book with pictures of family in it.  She even left a spot to put in pictures of the Terry family too.  I just need to print them off...:)

Valentines Day

We had a great Valentines Day celebration with our heart shaped pizzas and some heart shaped choc truffles.  Jon and I were in charge of the decorations for the ward family dance on Saturday night.  It turned out looking great and the girls loved dancing with Daddy.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

My Favorite Song

This is one of my favorite songs in the whole world.  Lately, it seems like there have been a lot of big things going on in the lives of people who I really love.  My family, some of my best friends, and even myself.  I was listening to this song and thought of some of you.  I especially love the third verse and how its done in this song (a good key change is priceless).  

 Jesus, Savior, pilot me
Over life's tempestuous sea;
Unknown waves before me roll,
Hiding rock and treacherous shoal.
Chart and compass come from Thee:
Jesus, Savior, pilot me.

 As a mother stills her child,
Thou canst hush the ocean wild;
Boisterous waves obey Thy will
When Thou say'st to them, "Be still!"
Wondrous Sovereign of the sea,
Jesus, Savior, pilot me.

 When at last I near the shore,
And the fearful breakers roar,
May I hear Thee say to me,
"Fear not, I will pilot thee."
'Twixt me and the peaceful rest,
Then, while leaning on Thy breast
May I hear Thee say to me,
"Fear not, I will pilot thee."

I love the line "chart and compass came from thee."  Then, in the second verse, you recognize that Christ can calm the sea and sometimes He does.  But, in the third verse, its so poignant to me that there is the line "the fearful breakers roar" because sometimes calming the sea is not what happens.  However, I know that we can feel close to Christ, almost as if you were leaning on His breast and He was whispering to you "Fear not, I'm here.  I'm going to be with you.  I'm not just 'aware' of your needs, I'm constantly with you.  I am watching over you."

Ps - The Lower Lights is my favorite band  

Thursday, February 7, 2013

To "Meetings and Work"

When Jon is at work, Lily often says, "I miss Daddy.  He's at work."  This week Jon had some training 1 1/2 hours from our house...just outside of Philadelphia.  It was a two day workshop and his company paid for him to stay in a hotel, so the girls and I went along.  It was so much fun to be together.  Lily would say her usual, "I miss Daddy.  He's at meetings, and he's at work," while we were there.  We left Wednesday morning at 6:30 am and dropped Jon off at 8:30...then we had to kill time until 1 pm when they'd let us check in early to our hotel.  
 The girls and I bummed around Target, then drove around at Valley Forge.  The whole time we were there, I was thinking about my Dad - American History is a hobby of his and he'd be the best tour guide for any site involving George Washington or the Civil War.  Here are some pictures of the State Park they have at Valley Forge.  We couldn't get in to see Washington's head quarters (the original building is still there) because its closed for Jan and Feb, but I'm excited to go back in the Summer and see everything when its green.  

 As we drove around, I told Lily about how we're so blessed to live in America.  I told her that Heavenly Father helped the country be born (only I didn't use those words, I don't speak to her in metaphors yet).  We talked about how General Washington would have prayed and Heavenly Father helped him.  I felt the impact of the sacrifices the men had made there during the Revolutionary War.  It took me by surprise to be feeling the Spirit as I drove around, but once I recognized it I thought, "Oh...that makes a lot of sense that this place would be special."  
We were in a super nice hotel room...more like a condo without the kitchen.  The girls had a lot of fun.  Lily starts coughing at the end of this video...but don't worry, she is ok.

 These two pictures don't really go with the rest of the post, but here is Suzy learning how to eat with a spoon.  Cold oatmeal makes a great thing to start out sticks to the spoon really well.  Also, Suzy is now walking in earnest...though she still really wants me to carry her most places.  The more pregnant I get, the more she'll have to walk.

Some Decorations

 We've been having some fun decorating for Valentines Day with the gift cards from Christmas (Thanks Delys and Mom and Dad Terry).  
 I made these little felt flowers and put a bobby pin in the back so I can just take them out of the wreath when I want to dress it up with Easter Eggs for spring.

We got all these foam numbers and letters for Christmas.  Lily has made a game for herself of pulling out all the numbers.  I'm impressed she knows them from the letters...thanks Super Why.

And this is Lily's other favorite game right now.  I remember Anna saying that Jonas would line up his cars in a straight row like this.  I wonder if its a developmental thing.  Whatever it is, its fun and its cute.

Blast from the past 2

I recently lied to you all on accident.  I made this post saying that it was the first picture where Jon and I were in it together.  Turns out this one came first, when we were in the same ward.  At this point in our relationship - I'd had a big crush on him, then gotten over it and we were friends.  I'm so glad we're married.