Surprising Things You Can Clean With Denture Tablets

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Surprising Things You Can Clean With Denture Tablets

You may be surprised to learn that denture tablets are great for cleaning more than just false teeth.  Who knew, right?  Here are several things that you can clean and freshen using denture cleaning tablets.  Stock up on a box or two next time you see a good sale.

Baked-On Food

Baked-on food can be a real pain, and sometimes soaking alone won’t get the food off. Fill the dish in question with warm water. Toss in a denture tablet or two for large dishes, and allow everything to soak for roughly 60 minutes. You may need to apply a bit of elbow grease, but not as much as required when you don’t use the tabs.

Coffee Makers

If you don’t like the smell of vinegar, try this the next time you need to clean your coffee maker. Fill the receptacle with warm water. Add two denture tablets and allow the coffee maker to go through a complete cycle. Rinse it out. Repeat, using clean water, for two more cycles to rinse thouroughly.

Smelly Shoes

The method of cleaning smelly shoes is similar to cleaning other things mentioned here. Fill your sink with warm water. Add up to three denture tablets. Let the shoes soak for up to one hour and rinse them thoroughly.  For best results, air dry.

Narrow Vases

This tip is more than a little bit ingenious. That gunk that is left when you are done with flowers in a vase is unsightly.  Fill the container with warm water. Pop in one tablet. After a couple of hours, the vase (or narrow bottle) should magically rinse clean. A bit of shaking on your part may be necessary.

Ceramic Tile

Add three or four denture tablets to a spray bottle of warm water. Spray on ceramic tile and allow it to sit for approximately 30 minutes. Rinse and dry as you normally do.

Tomato-Stained Plastic Containers

Don’t throw away your favorite plastic container, just because it happens to be tomato stained from your favorite red sauce. Fill it with warm water. Add a denture tablet. After 60 minutes or so, the stains should wash away with hot, soapy water or a run it through the dishwasher on the top rack.

Now, you have a good reason to stock up on denture tablets. Compared to some other cleaners, they’re easy on the budget and aren’t full of harmful chemicals. So, what are you waiting for? … get cleaning!

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Jelly Bean Treats

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Rather than write an ode to the Jelly Bean, I thought I would rather curate some fabulous recipes that feature this Easter staple, and eat.  My mother LOVES Jelly Beans (especially the black ones) and I thought of her while putting this list together.  Without further ado, check out these treats and enjoy!

Jelly Bean Recipes

1. Jelly Bean Krispie Treats
2. Jelly Bean Bark
3. Jelly Bean Cake
4. Jelly Bean Simple Flower Cupcakes
5. Jelly Bean Flower Cookies
6. Jelly Bean Fudge
7. Jelly Bean Edible Bracelet
8. Jelly Bean Flower Cupcakes
9. Jelly Bean Popcorn

 

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Fabulous and Fun Peeps Treats

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Peeps and I have a love love relationship.  I have to have a pack all to myself EVERY Easter season.  I usually eat them in the car alone, because, hello?  NO SHARING.  Though there are many who wouldn’t take one of the colorful and sugary marshmallow bunnies or chicks for anything…Peeps are one of those love them or hate them kind of candies.  But since I love them, here are some fabulous confections that feature Peeps in all their glory.  Enjoy!

Peeps Cupcakes

Chocolate Birds Nest Cookies

Peeps S’mores Shakes

Peeping Peeps

Peeps S’mores

Peeps Pops

Peeps Dirt Pudding

Peeps In a Blanket

Peeps Houses

Peeps Donuts

Peeps Pudding Cups

Peeps Brownie Pops

Peeps Ice Cream Syrup

Crock Pot Dipped Peeps

Peeps Whoopie Pies

Marshmallow Bunny Pops

Peeps Chocolate Pie

Easter Peep Hatchlings

Peeps Rice Krispies

Peeps Playdough

Chocolate Peanut Butter Skillet Peeps S’Mores

Peeps Kabobs

Peeps Cake

Peeps Pudding Pops

Peeps Fudge

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More than 35,000 Pounds of JOSÉ OLÉ Frozen Taquitos RECALLED

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More than 35,000 pounds of frozen taquitos have been recalled due to the possibility of being contaminated with pieces of rubber with white plastic, according to the US Dept. of Agriculture.

The frozen ready-to-eat beef taquito items were produced on December 30, 2016 and are detailed as –

  • 60-oz. plastic bags inside of a corrugated carton labeled as “JOSÉ OLÉ TAQUITOS BEEF CARNE DE RES IN CORN TORTILLAS Crispy and Crunchy,” with case codes 3366365A, 3366365B, 3366365C, 3366365D and a Best By date of December 30, 2017.

The affected products were shipped to retail locations in California, Florida, Illinois, Missouri, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Wyoming.

There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact a healthcare provider.  Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.  Get the full details HERE

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Tips to Help Frugal Moms to Save MORE!

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Is it Possible for a Frugal Mom to Save MORE?  Absolutely!

If you are a mom, you know a budget is very important. More so than a budget, the ability to make something out of nothing is a skill every mom learns sooner or later. Frugal moms are known for couponing and using all resources they can find to save money. For our already frugal moms, here are some ideas to save even more money than you already are.

Find Free Events or Set-up Playdates

For some families, paying for museum visits, concerts, the fair, and other events and entertainment is a way of life. For a frugal mom, this is an area where some finances can be freed up. Instead of paying to go to the zoo, check your local newspaper for free community events. Usually, libraries hold free story time and even playtime for kids. If you want some company for your kids, ask friends or family members with kids to set up playdates at the park.  Summer brings lots of free programs as well — check with your local rec centers, libraries, and community centers.  

Borrow Books and Movies from the Library

You are definitely saving on the cost of your cable bill with your subscription to Netflix and Hulu. However, it’s time to get your family familiar with your local library. Libraries usually have a copy of all popular movies and are free to borrow. You can even download many of the ebooks for free while at home or on vacations. This can result in movie nights for the kids and even a stay-in date night for mom and dad.

Make Your Own Baby Food

Baby food is expensive, especially if you have more than one child. You can achieve this by using foods you normally buy from your local farmers market like squash, carrots, blueberries, raspberries, and more. The food should be pureed and frozen individually in order to make mealtime easier and faster. This method is not only cost-effective but healthy as well.

Use Websites That Help You Earn Gift Cards

Although most moms have a busy schedule, the intentional and smart use of downtime can help make money and shave dollars off of grocery bills. During naptime or when kids are at school, use websites that allow you to create a free account and play games in order to earn gift cards. If your kids are old enough, let them play for a half hour or so a day. This can get you $5 or $10 gift cards to sites you shop on daily, such as Amazon. [See 10 Legitimate Ways to Earn FREE Gift Cards]

Shop Ahead

Getting things on sale (or better yet, clearance!) and having a selection of gifts on hand will save you tons of time and stress on party day, but most of all, it will save you money!  Buying those last minute gifts usually means you pay more.  [See How to Stock a Gift Closet] Also hit up the post-holiday sales for cheap wrapping paper, bows, ribbons, bags, cards, etc.

Cleaning with Items That You Already Have

You may be cleaning your house with regular cleaning supplies, but there is a way to slash even your home cleaning bill. Using natural ingredients or things you already have at home can help reduce the money spent. One tried and true formula is vinegar mixed with baking soda; this solution can clean most surfaces and costs a fraction of popular brand name items.  There are a LOT of homemade versions of cleaning supplies you buy if you look around for recipes.  We have a lot!  for example, See How to make Homemade Liquid Laundry Detergent

If you are a frugal mom who wants to save more, it can be done, even for those who manage the tightest budget. These tips will help you and your family save more without looking like total penny pinchers.

 

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Splendid Spring Cookies

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Spring always makes me want to eat lighter things — even when I bake, I want color and lighter textures and flavors.  These Spring Cookie recipes certainly deliver on the cute and fun while not missing a thing on flavor!  Take a look at all of these and bake up some fun new treats for the season of Spring.

Spring Flower Cookies with Marshmallows

Spring Cookie Bars (Shown)

Sweet Cookies

Bird Nest Cookies (Shown)

Carrot Patch Cookies

Spring Flowers Cookie

Lemon Poppy Seed Cookies

Spring Cookie Pops

Easter Bunny Bottoms Cookies (Shown)

Iced Butter Cookies

Bunny Cookies

Carrot Cake Sandwich Cookies

Flower Pot Cookies (Shown)

Stacked Flower Cookies

Cream Egg Sugar Cookie Cups

Easy Easter Egg Cookies

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20 Delicious Ways to Make Deviled Eggs

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I could care less if the chicken came before the egg or vice versa.  Nor do I care why the chicken crossed the road.  I DO care about the egg, though, especially when it is deviled into a few bites of absolute heaven.  Deviled actually means to prepare food, usually minced, with hot (spicy) or savory seasoning.  Deviled = hot, get it?  In modern takes on that definition, we use it to mean just about any filling for a hard boiled egg.  No matter to me!  I love each and every one of these deviled egg recipes, from true deviled like the Jalapeno Bacon or Sriracha, to more savory options like Bacon Chive.  Take a look and make a few of these for your next devil-may-care party!

20 Delicious Ways to Make Deviled Eggs

  1. Bacon Horseradish Deviled Eggs
  2. Jalapeno Bacon Deviled Eggs
  3. Guacamole Deviled Eggs
  4. Bacon Chive Deviled Eggs
  5. Herbed Deviled Eggs
  6. Pimento Cheese Deviled Eggs
  7. Pumpkin Deviled Eggs
  8. Beet & Avocado Deviled Eggs
  9. Sriracha Deviled Eggs
  10. Spicy Avocado Deviled Eggs
  11. Salsa Deviled Eggs
  12. Pickled Deviled Eggs
  13. Caviar Deviled Eggs
  14. Buffalo Ranch Deviled Eggs
  15. Crab Deviled Eggs
  16. Hummus Deviled Eggs
  17. Cajun Style Deviled Eggs
  18. Sriracha Beet Pickled Deviled Eggs
  19. Gluten Free Deviled Eggs
  20. Avocado Horseradish Deviled Eggs
  21. Pickled Beet Deviled Eggs
  22. Banh Mi Deviled Eggs
  23. Chimichurri Deviled Eggs
  24. Harissa Goat Cheese Deviled Eggs

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Jelly Bean Popcorn

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This Jelly Bean Popcorn is fondly dedicated to my mother, the Queen of Jelly Beans.  She LOVES them, and she now has my daughter hooked also (handy for bribes for sure!).  This popcorn is a great sweet treat for Easter.  It looks so impressive, but is really easy to make!  It makes a great gift when put into a pretty cellophane bag, a basket, or a cute container.  You may find yourself making more than one batch before the Easter Bunny hops into town.  Know what I mean, jelly bean??

Jelly Bean Popcorn

Yields: 6-7 cups

INGREDIENTS

6 cups of popped popcorn – plain (Do not use any butter, but I do prefer a bit of table salt as it plays well with the sweet)

1/3 cup Wilton lavender candy melts

1/3 cup Wilton orange candy melts

1/3 cup Wilton bright pink candy melts

2/3 cup regular size OR mini jelly beans.  We used regular size.

Rainbow nonpareil sprinkles

DIRECTIONS

1.   Line a large cookie sheet with wax paper or parchment paper.

2.   Pour the popcorn onto the cookie sheet, in a single layer, removing any unpopped kernels.

3.   In a microwave safe bowl, microwave the lavender candy melts for 45 seconds on low power. Stir until melted and smooth, repeating the microwave heating in 15 second intervals.  DO NOT OVERHEAT the chocolate unless you want a burned and nasty mess on your hands.  If you do burn the chocolate, start over.  It is ruined.  Don’t use anything over 30% to heat the chocolate, I beg you.  You can also use a double boiler to heat your chocolates if you prefer.

4.   Drizzle the melted lavender chocolate all over the popcorn.

5.   Sprinkle half of the jellybeans on top of the melted chocolate.

6.   Before the chocolate sets, sprinkle 1/3 of the rainbow nonpareil’s on top of the popcorn.

7.   Melt the orange candy melts.  Drizzle the melted chocolate over any spots on the popcorn not covered in lavender. Sprinkle 1/2 of the remaining nonpareil’s on top of the melted orange chocolate.

8.   Melt the pink candy melts. Drizzle the melted chocolate all over the popcorn.

9.   Sprinkle the remaining jelly beans on top of the melted pink chocolate.

10.  Before the pink chocolate hardens, sprinkle the remaining nonpareil’s on top.

11.   Chill for 20 minutes to allow all of the chocolates to harden, and to make handling it easier.

12.   Break into pieces and ENJOY!!

*Store in an airtight container up to 2 weeks.  It will not last that long before getting eaten, though.

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Spinach Mushroom Lasagna

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Spinach Mushroom Lasagna is a delicious departure from the traditional meat and red sauce version.  This vegetarian dish is so full of flavor and cheesy pasta goodness that you leave the table totally satisfied.  Serve with a crusty loaf of bread and a salad and you have a meal that you will remember, and make again and again.   AND it’s freezer-friendly so you can make it ahead of time for those busy nights!  This is comfort food done right, people, so cut a nice piece and grab a fork.  There’s plenty to go around, and in my opinion, it always tastes even better the next day, so make sure to put dibs on a leftover piece.

Spinach Mushroom Lasagna

Serves 8-10

INGREDIENTS

1 package lasagna noodles

1 tbsp minced garlic

1 1/2 cup mushrooms, sliced.  We used baby Portobello mushrooms!  

3 tbs olive oil

2 tbs flour

2 cups vegetable stock

3/4 cup milk

2 cups fresh spinach

3 cups Parmesan cheese

DIRECTIONS

1. Boil noodles as directed to al dente, and as they are cooking work on the sauce.  When noodles are done, drain and rinse under hot water, and leave to drain as you finish the sauce if it is not done.

2. Heat oil in a large non stick pan, and add the mushrooms.   Cook 5-6 minutes, stirring frequently, adding the garlic during the last minute of cooking time until warm.

3. Stir in the flour and cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly.  Slowly stir (I prefer a silicone whisk) in the vegetable stock and milk, again stirring/whisking constantly so it does not burn or clump ◄ this is key step to make a smooth sauce. Once everything is is added and well combined, cook for 8-10 minutes on medium heat, stirring frequently.

4. Mix in 1 cup of Parmesan cheese, stirring well until cheese is all melted, then add the spinach and stir 1 minute more.  Remove from the heat.

5. Build your lasagna: Spread a layer of sauce on the bottom of your pan, followed by a layer of cooked and drained noodles, then more sauce, then cheese. Repeat until dish is full (usually 3 layers if using a 9×13 like we used), then sprinkle a final layer of cheese on top.

6. Cover tightly with foil. Bake at 375 for 35 minutes.  After 30 minutes remove the foil to allow the top to brown a bit for 5 ish minutes, watching so it does not burn.  Let the lasagna rest out of the oven for 10 minutes before you cut it, or it will be too runny.

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No Rye Reuben Wraps

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No Rye Reuben Wraps

The Reuben sandwich recipe strikes a perfect balance of corned beef, Swiss cheese, sauerkraut, and Thousand Island dressing—an American deli staple.  Normally served on rye bread and somewhat messy to eat (though that may be part of its charm), we took the bread away and made a less mess wrap with a delicious spinach tortilla!  Trust us, you will not miss the rye bread.  And as someone who is not the fondest of rye bread (I hate caraway seed with a passion, just the smell turns me off.), I love this version.  Enjoy with leftover corned beef, or get some deli meat and make it for a hearty lunch with some chips and a dill pickle, or for dinner with a nice side salad.  I will also have a Guinness, but that is optional…

Yields: 2 servings

INGREDIENTS
2 large spinach tortilla
1/3 cup Thousand Island dressing
3/4 pound corned beef
10-12 slices Swiss cheese
1/2 cup sauerkraut – well drained

DIRECTIONS
1.   Preheat your oven to 350° F.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set to the side.

2. Place a spinach tortilla on a clean and flat surface.  Spread half of the the thousand island dressing on top of each tortilla, leaving about a 1/2 inch border all the way around the edge.

3.  Layer the corned beef on top of the dressing, followed by the cheese, using 5-6 slices of cheese per wrap.

4.   Add the drained sauerkraut on top of the cheese.

5.   Gently roll each tortilla up, and place them seams down on the parchment-lined baking sheet.

6.   Bake for 8-10 minutes to make sure the cheese is melted.  Cover loosely with foil if the tortillas start to brown before the time is up.

7.   Remove from the oven and wait 2 or 3 minutes before cutting in half.  This allows the juices from the meat to stop running, and for the cheese to set up a bit so it doesn’t ooze all over when it is cut.

8.   ENJOY!!  These are REALLY GOOD!!

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See Where You Come From with GPS Origins DNA Testing

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Have you ever wanted to take a DNA test to learn about your ancestry?

I recently took a DNA test through GPS Origins (Geographic Population Structure) which is a new ancestry DNA test that will take you deep into your ancestral history and wow!  Typically, DNA ancestry tests will offer to provide a report of your ‘ethnicity’ and identify continents in which your DNA can be located, but that is about it.  DNA test do not traditionally get very specific.  Oftentimes, you won’t even know the country from which your ancestors were from.  The great thing about the GPS ancestry test is that it combines the newest and best research in genetics with new tracking techniques that enable you to pinpoint more precisely where your DNA started.   The GPS Origins test indicates the town or village where groups of your ancestors from different cultures met – building a vibrant picture of the migration journeys that formed your deep genealogical heritage.  How great is that?  It is amazing to me that we can delve so deep into these things now!  It is truly amazing where technology has taken us, is it not?

So what were my results?  

I have to say, based on what little I DO know about my family lineage, these results were totally correct for my father’s side.  However, on my mother’s side, I know for a fact that I have Native American blood 2 generations back in a direct line, yet there was no mention of it in the test results.  That being said, I was very interested to learn of my Nordic heritage!  My ancestors were Vikings and explorers.

Save $10 on your DNA test

If you have been thinking about taking an ancestry type DNA test, GPS Origins is a great resource.  Plus, they are currently offering promo codes via their website so that you can save up to $10 on an Ancestry DNA test.   They even offer an Ancestry Report for those that have already had their DNA Testing done elsewhere, so you can learn even more!  This would make a GREAT gift.  In fact, my husband wants one of these for himself.

Once you submit the DNA testing, you should receive your results in just a matter of weeks.  In case you were expecting otherwise, you may find that you are surprised by the results as they seem to be extremely accurate.   With these results, you can find yourself with a sense of connection to the past as you will no longer have to wonder about your heritage.  You can see where they started and how your ancestry line got to where it is now.  It is really fascinating to read, and it sparked a sense of completeness to know my family journey.  It is very cool and educational and I would highly recommend this.

Once you receive your results, you can actually download them as a .pdf from the GPS Origins website (www.gpsorigins.com), so that you may keep them safely stored for future use.

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St. Louis – See an Early Screening of The Boss Baby on us!

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I have 20 family 4-pack screening passes to see The Boss Baby in St. Louis, MO.

This screening will be held at Ronnie’s 20 Cine this Saturday, March 11, at 10 am. ►► http://www.gofobo.com/YWODJ41364

Seating is first come, first served, so I recommend that you arrive early!  Enjoy!

The Boss Baby RELEASE DATE:

  • March 31, 2017

RATING:

  • PG

SYNOPSIS:

DreamWorks Animation and the director of Madagascar invite you to meet a most unusual baby. He wears a suit, speaks with the voice and wit of Alec Baldwin, and stars in the animated comedy, DreamWorks’ The Boss Baby. The Boss Baby is a hilariously universal story about how a new baby’s arrival impacts a family, told from the point of view of a delightfully unreliable narrator, a wildly imaginative 7 year old named Tim. With a sly, heart-filled message about the importance of family, DreamWorks’ The Boss Baby is an authentic and broadly appealing original comedy for all ages.

 

 

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100 Days of WINNING! 1000 Prizes!

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Qedertek is a leading consumer electronics brand operating around the globe. They specialize in small electronics and accessories.  Since 2008, Qedertek has enjoyed years of continuous growth thanks to millions of satisfied customers around the world.  To say THANK YOU, Qedertek is having a 100-day giveaway on their Facebook page.
For 100 days, Qedertek will choose about 10 winners each day to win prizes!
Please follow Qedertek on their Facebook page to participate!  https://www.facebook.com/qedertek/  GOOD LUCK
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Choking Hazard RECALL! Rattles Sold at Target, Walmart, Walgreens

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We have one of these and I had it in the donation box.  EEK!

The Consumer Products Safety Commission announces that Kids II has RECALLED Oball Rattles Due to Choking Hazard.  

The full recall affects about 680,000 rattles sold nationwide at Target, Walgreens and Walmart, as well as online at several retailers, between January 2016 and February 2017.

The clear plastic disc on the outside of the ball can break, releasing small beads, posing a choking hazard to young children.  42 reports in the US have been made.  The recalled rattles are four-inch-wide pink, blue, green and orange balls with about two dozen finger holes and clear plastic discs that contain beads. They can be identified by model number 81031, but only rattles with certain date codes — T0486, T1456, T2316, T2856 and T3065 — are included in the recall. The date codes can be found on a small triangle on the inner surface of the rattle.

Consumer Contact:

Kids II toll-free at 877-243-7314 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  ET Monday through Friday or visit www.kidsii.com and click on “Recalls” at the bottom of the page for more information.

 

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Lucky Pot of Gold Oreo Truffles

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Lucky Pot of Gold Oreo Truffles

Yields: 1 dozen

INGREDIENTS
24 Double Stuf Oreos
8 oz brick of cream cheese – softened to room temperature
12 oz bag semi-sweet chocolate chips
Wilton gold sugar pearls
3 strips of Airheads Xtremes Sour Rainbow Candy – chilled to make them stiff

DIRECTIONS
1.   Line a large baking sheet with wax or parchment paper and set to the side.

2.   Add the Oreo cookies to a food processor, and pulse until they are in very small crumbs.

3.   In a medium mixing bowl, add the Oreo crumbs and the softened cream cheese together. Mix with a spatula until completely blended.

4.   Cover the bowl and put in the fridge for 30 minutes.

5.   Shape the Oreo mixture into one inch balls and place them on the lined baking sheet.

6.   In a double boiler, warm the semi-sweet chocolate chips over low medium heat. Stir continuously until melted and smooth.

7.   Pour the melted dark chocolate into a warmed (in the microwave) smaller bowl for easier dipping.

8.   Using a toothpick, dip each Oreo ball into the melted chocolate, and place it back on the baking sheet. Set aside the remaining melted chocolate for later use.

9.   Chill for 30 minutes to allow the chocolate to harden.

10.  Cut each chilled rainbow candy strip into 4 pieces and set aside (12 total).

11.   Remove the Oreo truffles from the refrigerator and flip each truffle upside down.

12.   Reheat the leftover chocolate from Step 8 and spread a thin layer on the top of a truffle. Gently press the end of a rainbow piece into the melted chocolate and hold for 10 seconds.  Sprinkle the rest of the chocolate with the gold sugar balls.

13.   Place back on the baking sheet to allow the chocolate to harden.  Repeat until all of the truffles have a rainbow and a pot of gold.

14.   ENJOY!!  Store covered and refrigerated up to 5 days.

 

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Delish Fish Recipes to Dive Into

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Fish Tacos

Mediterranean Fish Bake

Lime Baked Salmon

Spicy Fish and Wild Rice

Crispy Fish Fingers

Panko Crusted Salmon

Miso Halibut with Soba Noodles

Chinese Style Parchment Fish

Pan Seared Cod

Baked Striper Bass

Tuna Skillet Casserole

Baked 5 Spice Fish

Blackened Tilapia

Cod Au Gratin

Cilantro Lime Tilapia

Brazilian Fish Stew

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