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Wow, it's been a while since I've been here huh??? Well we finally made it to the states and we've been here in Texas for the last 3 weeks. Okay, I'm asking myself, How did I ever live here in this rat-race??? Man o Man is life crazy here or what?? We have been running no-stop since we flew in.

So we're over all the jet-lag and stuff and finally things are settling down, for the most part, life is normally pretty crazy during the holidays anyhow so I'm thankful for any sort of normalcy.

You know what's a bummer? Going from high speed internet to dial up, oh wow I realize how much I hate dial-up. Talk about slow. How can life in these United States be so fast and furious and the internet in some places still crawl like a snail. Oh yea and where my MIL lives (we're staying with her) no one offers high speed iinternet. So anyhow, sorry for running on and complaining about that. Guess I should be thankful I'm not at the library writing this post. :0}

I'm enjoying the Christmas season. I love Christmas!!! I love the feeling in the air and the snow for those who are lucky enough to get it, that wouldn't be us down here in Texas. :0(
I'm not really enjoying the crowds though. How can there be 100 Target stores in our metroplex and still every one of them are packed to the brim??? Oh well, I need the excercize so walking from across the street at the Albertsons parking lot to get to Target is probably good for me huh?

I made some wonderful Oreo Truffles the other day for a Christmas party. Super easy and delish! Here's the recipe


1 pkg Oreos
1 8 oz. pkg. cream cheese (room temp)
1 pkg. Almond bark

1. Grind Oreo cookies in a food processor until fine.
2. Reserve 3/4 C of Oreo crumbs, set aside
3. Mix Oreo cumbs with cream cheese
4. Roll the cream cheese and Oreo crumbs into 1.5 in. balls (place in the fridge until they are firm)
5. Melt 2/3 of the package (about 9 squares) in the microwave, remember to stir often
6. Roll the hardened Oreo-cream cheese balls in the melted almond bark and place on a wax paper lined cookie sheet. Sprinkle the balls while still wet with the reserved Oreo crumbs.
7. Enjoy!

*picture borrowed from 30 Day Gourmet


  1. I love Christmas, too. Nice blog!

  2. Oh hello Tori!!!!!!! I've missed you!!!!!

    Hope your furlough is a nice one!

    Have a blessed Christmas with your loved ones.
    Post when you can,

  3. Glad to see you back!! I'm so glad that you had a safe journey back to the states. Enjoy your furlough!

  4. Hey! It's good to hear from you again! I know what you mean about the mad rush. It's the same here, of course. Your truffles look dangerous! LOL

  5. That looks GOOOOOOOOOOOD those oreo balls! Yum! And I have a former/but ever missionary friend in Fort Worth Texas right now with her 4 kids, I'm starting to get familiar with Texas through all the people that I find living there.

  6. So nice to have you back! I've been missing you. Hope you and your family have a nice, restful furlough and a wonderful Christmas with your families.

  7. Welcome back!

    Thank you so much for that recipe. How funny -- we just received that same thing at a cookie exchange earlier this week, and we have really been enjoying them! They are WONDERFUL! We were going to have to track down who made them to get the recipe. I was excited to see it on your blog instead! Thanks!

    To the other readers: try the recipe! It's good.

    Oh, and I know what you're saying about how busy it is here. You mean the country where you live is better? I'll buy a plane ticket! I am tired of being so busy all the time, running here and there.

  8. Praising the Lord y'all made it safely! You've been in my prayers.

    Enjoy your Christmas with family!

    ~ Christina
    HsKubes' HomeSchool Haven

  9. Hope you have a wonderful Christmas.

  10. So glad you're back! Both on the blog and in the states! :D
    Merry Christmas!

  11. I had an idea about those Oreo truffles. We had wanted to include them in the plates of baked goodies for the neighbors (and now thanks to you, we have the recipe!) and we thought it would be neat to do some in the white almond bark, and then to split up the remainder and put red or green food coloring in the almond bark. Then we could put something on the top to make them look like colorful Christmas ornaments!

    I'm looking forward to trying it. If it turns out well, I'll post a picture on my blog

    Thanks again for the sought-after recipe!

  12. Good to hear from you again. Merry Christmas!

  13. Thanks for the recipe. I'll have to post that on my recipe blog.

    No snow here either, I'm afraid. The weather has been like summer. I actually turned the air conditioner on last night. Can you believe that? I did it because I was hot, but also to get it cold enough in the house to kill off some of these flu germs we've been steeped in here lately. YUCK!

    I hope you have a great Christmas with our family and friends!!


  14. Hey good to see you! Those truffles look easy to make! I should try it, I'm sure my hubby would like them! Merry Christmas!

  15. Anonymous9:42 AM

    Hi, Tori! Missed you! Hope your leave is wonderful & you have a very blessed Christmas!

    Gotta love that dial-up - still it is better than no internet at all - usually!

  16. Missed ya Tori!!! Those Oreo thingsy look one for me! D MERRY CHRISTMAS!

  17. I made the truffles, and there is a picture of them at if you would like to see how they turned out. I tinted some of the almond bark to make them look Christmasy.

    Hope you are enjoying your furlough!

  18. Wow Tori, I just happened to check back and here you are...I've missed you! (o:

  19. Hey, Tori!!!

    I'm glad you made it to TX okay! Hope to hear more.


  20. Wow, I sure have missed you! I totally understand though :) Hope you are well, and I look forward to your updates!-Heather


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