Saturday, February 25, 2012

Delicious Truffles

I just have to share this recipe. I made these at Christmas time and my son-in-law loved them so much I decided to make them for him as a special birthday treat. They almost didn't make it to him because my Daughter Stacey, who is expecting their third child in April came to pick them up for him and threatened not to tell him about them at all! I had to tell my granddaughter Paige (age 3) to make sure she told her Daddy when she got home that Nanny made him chocolates.

This is so simple AND so yummy. A bit time consuming but when doing it for friends or family, what is a little bit of time?

Cheesecake truffles
1 pkg. (8 oz.) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, softened
1 pkg.  (16.6 oz.) OREO Cookies, finely crushed (about 4-1/4 cups), divided
2 pkg. (8 squares each) BAKER'S Semi-Sweet Chocolate, melted
make it

MIX cream cheese and 3 cups cookie crumbs until well blended.
SHAPE into 48 (1-inch) balls. Dip in melted chocolate; place on waxed paper-covered baking sheet. Sprinkle with remaining cookie crumbs.
REFRIGERATE 1 hour or until firm. Store in tightly covered container in refrigerator.
kraft kitchens tips
Place unwrapped chocolate squares in microwaveable bowl. Microwave on HIGH 2-1/2 min. or until chocolate is completely melted, stirring every 30 sec.
To easily coat truffles with the melted chocolate, add truffles, in batches, to bowl of melted chocolate. Use 2 forks to roll truffles in chocolate until evenly coated. Remove truffles with forks, letting excess chocolate drip back into bowl. Place truffles on prepared baking sheet; let stand until firm.
Store in tightly covered container in refrigerator.

Next time I may try peanut butter cookies .
Enjoy, Kathy

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

"Paying It Forward" Referral Network

I am so pleased to be writing this post because I have finally been able to accomplish my greatest goal and that is to start a Re/Max "Paying It Forward" Referral Network. I am presently still working on recruitment but am happy to tell you that I have recruited 20 Re/Maxers across Canada. The areas covered to date include - Edmonton, Cold Lake, Suffield, Victoria, Comox, Winnipeg, Saint John, Moncton, Greenwood, Barrie, Petawawa, Trenton, Kingston, Sainte Foy and of course my home town of Fredericton. If you are planning to sell your present home or purchase a new home any where in Canada - I can make a call and have you in touch with a Re/Maxer immediately. If they are not in the "Paying It Forward" Referral Network - they soon will be.

What is the "Paying It Forward" Referral Network all about. We will make a contribution on behalf of our clients to a charity and the tax receipts will be sent to you. Personally, I alternate my donations to the Food Bank and SPCA. I have two locations for these charities in my area, The Fredericton Food Bank and SPCA and the Oromocto Food Bank and SPCA. I have given each location specific areas. So in regards to which location the sale was in, I then alternate the donation between the two charities listed above.

Some of the other Re/Maxers have their own preferred charities but as long as they are "Paying It Forward" charities will benefit.

You can pay it forward in your own life everyday. It doesn't have to be money, it can be a picture, a joke, a kind thought - anything you think might possibly bring a smile to someone's face.

Appreciate the people in your life. I hope everyone finds something to smile at each day.