Today is the hubby and I's one year anniversary! They say the first year of marriage is always the hardest (though when talking to married couples I got the first five years...oh boy....). I do have to say- there was some time needed to adjust to living with one another, getting to know each others little quirks in how each of us liked to arrange things. It's amazing how much you continue to learn about your significant other when you start living together, no matter how long you dated before. Though- quirks, bumps and all-- it went by fast! It truly felt like I married the hubby just a month ago! I have loved every minute of married life and being a "Mrs." :) I really feel lucky to be married to the hubby! Happy Anniversary to us! I'll save the rest of the corny talk for the hubby!
Our day started off by giving each other our "surprises." We agreed to not be too extravagant, as we just like simple things BUT I cheated. See, I married a gamer. I have come to terms with that ;) And the Nintendo Wii-U came out. And so I decided to splurge and get the hubby the new system, which I knew he wanted (sadly, I found out the Play Station 4 is coming out....so I see that in my near future ;). I also got him a game to go along with it. He was sooo excited! It was absolutely adorable! He was expecting something small- like a basket of treats he has never tried before, maybe some shirts for work, but not a gaming system. Score for me! And I am quite proud of myself- because I did the research and everything myself- and not being a gamer- I have to say, it's quite complicated. The hubby got me, by far, my favorite card ever! It was so sweet! And my favorite flowers and one of my favorite treats- cake balls :) I may have already eaten them all :/
For dinner we headed off to one of College Station's few "nice" restaurants. It's called Christopher's World Grille. I like it because even though it is "fancy" it's really quite simple and not pretentious. You can really sit down and have a nice quiet, romantic meal. For our appetizer I got the crawfish and shrimp fondue (for two- but the hubby's not a fan of shrimp or crawfish) and the hubby got onion soup. Then for our main course, I got a chicken with goat cheese mashed potatoes and fresh veggies. The hubby got a snapper with veggies. And for dessert- I got a napoleon and the hubby got a spiced toffee cake. This place had a TON of desserts. And I love it! I truly will pick restaurants based on their desserts and not their main entrees. It was super sweet- because when we had made our reservations they asked us if it was for something "special" and we told them our first wedding anniversary. Well- when my dessert came out- I got a specially decorated dessert from the chef :)We finished the night off by eating the top tier of our wedding cake! It was perfect!
And since it is our anniversary. I cannot share anything but dessert. And so I decided to do one dessert that did two things: (1) keep the theme of cake balls/truffles going and (2) make a pun on the hubby and I. I present you Golden Oreo Truffles. Have you ever had traditional Oreo Truffles? I saw this twist to the Oreo Truffle using the Golden Oreos instead. It seemed really cute, so I tried it. Plus it keeps to my anniversary theme of cake balls. Then- Golden Oreo balls, ::laugh::, are the hubby and me- a little bit of vanilla and a little bit of chocolate to make awesome ::cue corny:: COME ON...its funny right?
1 family size package of Golden Oreos, finely crushed
8 oz. cream cheese, room temperature
12 oz of baking chocolate (or Candy Melts)*
1-2 tsp. vegetable oil
*Ghiradelli's Baking Bars are delicious but regular store brands work wonderfully too!
Making the Oreo Truffles:
First crush Oreos. Here is what you can do:
- The family size Oreo pack comes in three columns. I divided each column in half. I placed each of the these "batches," one at a time, in the food processor to get a nice, even consistency of crushed Oreo. If you put too many Oreo in the food processor at once, you are likely to get lumps of cookie that are not crushed.
- If you do not have a food processor- you can crush the Oreos by placing each batch in (1) in a blender or (2) in a freezer size Ziplock back and crushing them by hand or with a rolling pin.
Dipping the Oreo Truffles:
In the meantime, melt either chocolate bark or candy melts according to package directions. This is my secret, once the chocolate is melted I stir in the vegetable oil. This makes the chocolate have a smoother and shinier coating :)
Now, I am going to tell you how I get perfectly dipped cake truffles but if you have your own method that works-- you are more than welcome to do it that way--this is just whats worked best for me. Once chocolate has melted, take an Oreo truffle and while holding the top half, dip the bottom half into the chocolate, then dip a cake pop stick into the chocolate (about 1/2 inch) and push into the center of the truffle until about, no more, than half way through. Let cool. This will make it much easier to dip the rest of the truffle- otherwise I have found that the truffle either gets stuck in the chocolate or falls off the stick.
Once cooled, dip the top of the truffle and a little part of the bottom, that was already coated into the chocolate. Immediately cover with sprinkles and allow to cool by sticking into flower foam. Once dried- holding the truffle with one hand, gently twist (while pulling slightly down) the cake pop stick with your other hand, and pull the stick out.
If you love these check out my No Bake Oreo Truffles and No Bake Red Velvet Oreo Truffles.