My OREO Creation Sweepstakes: Rainbow Tutti Frutti

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If there’s one thing you probably know about us already, is that we’re an OREO loving family!

When you go to Walmart, it’s almost overwhelming in its awesomeness. There are so many products and flavors to choose from! In my house, it’s OREO Chocolate Candy Bars and MILKA OREO Choco-Mix Snack Mix, just for starters with our shopping trip. Then we can’t forget the amazingness of the MILKA OREO Big Crunch Chocolate Candy Bar! I was so excited over the display of it, that I convinced three people walking by to buy one (or two) as well. I mean – how could you resist? I couldn’t.

It gets better, though. The OREO cookies. All of them. The many, many flavors are so inspired. Just yesterday, we found OREO Thins Coconut and OREO Thins Salted Caramel in one magical trip! This was flavor town, so consider me a resident.

When you look at all the brilliant OREO flavors out there, don’t you ever think about what you’d make if you could design a flavor? The thing is, you CAN! You can also win $500,000 if you develop the next OREO Creation. You can enter RIGHT HERE, RIGHT NOW! Head to Walmart to enjoy the array of flavors, and then come up with your own prize-winning idea.

Or maybe you already have an idea in mind?

I would make mine fruity. And since I couldn’t decide on just one fruit, it would be an array of fruits. It would be Tutti Frutti. Think of all the magic that would entail? Cherries, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, grapes, oh my!

And since I love rainbow everything, I’d make them rainbow colored! Rainbow crème filling!

My father’s mother, my Grandma Bella, loved rainbows very much. I’m not sure of it’s because of my strong memories of “catching” rainbows with her and my late father, or if it’s because I’m a photographer and I’m sensitive to all colors, but I LOVE rainbows. I pretty much think everything tastes better with rainbow sprinkles, although I never tried them on broccoli! I do love them with cookies and in ice cream. Bella used to have ice cream cone shaped ice cream bowls at home.

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She was really something and I love to follow in her footsteps.

And now I really want to hear from YOU?! Are you going to enter the My OREO Creation contest? And if so, tell me about your inspiration! Or don’t tell me until after you have already entered, but know I can’t wait to hear what you come up with!

So head to Walmart to buy some OREO cookies for inspiration. And then enter the My OREO Creation contest HERE!

*This post is sponsored by OREO, but the content and opinions expressed here are my own. No PURCH NEC. 50 US/D.C./PR 18+. Enter by: 7/14/17.

Enjoy, and good luck!

Belle Oreo Cookies and Weekend Update

So what comes first – the chicken or the egg? The recipe or the weekend update?

Today, we have some of this:

Recipes

And some of this!

Family Activities

Maybe you’re here for both? I’m TOTALLY here for both. I try, probably too hard, to appeal to everyone and to make everyone like me. I realize how unrealistic that is, but it’s super funny that someone too sensitive for criticism has become a mother, a photographer, and a blogger. The joke’s on me! The funny thing also, is that I just came here to share a recipe, but then decided I’d come here to share a weekend update (after my third fantastic, Monday-morning-missing-it weekend in a row), and I just started talking. Some things will never change. Some things shall never change. And Happy Monday morning to you.

Scarlet took this, right before the Dalek in the background came for me.

Let’s talk weekend, ok? Yes! On Friday night, I took Scarlet to see Beauty and the Beast with her best friend’s family. It was so crowded that we sat in the third row, and I could swear I was going to get motion sick from all the sweeping and swirling views, but I was fine! To be fair, I don’t get motion sick – or never have, unless it’s the wrong car at the wrong time in the wrong mood, OR, if it’s simulation stuff. Orlando is full of that stuff on rides. It makes my ears and head feel kinda funny.

The movie, though? I gasped and loved my way through it. It’s magic and insight. I recommend it!

We're celebrating the release of #BeautyandTheBeast and will be for ages to come. These Belle Oreo cookies are a hit #craft and #recipe for the #family #DIY

On Friday, we celebrated St. Patrick’s Day the way we do in the US! Which means I have no idea if it bears even a slight resemblance to how it’s done in Ireland. Cassidy and I turned the toilet water green and hid chocolate coins, chocolate shamrocks, and green M&Ms in fun places throughout the house. By now the kids have discovered all of them – in their shoes, in coat pockets, on sinks, in the cups in the cupboard, under chairs, in their backpacks, and even in Des’ underwear!

family activities

On Saturday morning, we went to a sugar shack just in the next town. For those of you not in New England or Canada – or wherever else they pop up – a sugar shack is where sap is boiled down to maple syrup. In March, during sugaring season, some sugar shacks open up as breakfast restaurants just for 4-6 weeks or so. It’s all about the syrup, but there’s more on the menu than just pancakes. I’m pretty sure I’m taking them to a buffet-style sugar shack next weekend. Won’t you join us?

sugar shack

Des wants you to know he got new light-up shoes over the weekend:

light up shoes

On Saturday afternoon, I took both kids to Scarlet’s best friend’s bowling birthday party and was able to sneak out and meet Cassidy for errands. Scarlet can finally bowl without the ball slide. AND she got a strike! She had a sleepover on Saturday night and when I came back from dropping her off, I found out that Athena had cut her leg on a fence. She was so sad and when she cried out in pain, it made Des cry. Cassidy and I made the fast decision to call the vet’s answering service and then take her to a 24/7 vet hospital. They sedated and stitched her, and she was back home by 10pm. I was so sad I couldn’t eat.

She’s feeling better now and her bandage is off.

Sunday was the big day. We got an all-day sitter, who even took the kids to Friendly’s! Cassidy and I went on a day date to Boston to attend a reception featuring the works of illustrator Ed Sorel. They are being featured at the Boston University Archival Center. Jules Feiffer gave a beautiful speech, without using notes. If you don’t know these names, Google them! Chances are that you have seen their beautiful works. Ed Sorel is Cassidy’s mom’s cousin. Seeing family warmed the heart.

Ed Sorel, Jules Feiffer

Since we had an all-day sitter, we dressed up and left early. We shopped and had lunch at Beat Brasserie – easily one of the best meals I’ve ever had. And the service was fantastic too.

And that brings me to my next point:

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We're celebrating the release of #BeautyandTheBeast and will be for ages to come. These Belle Oreo cookies are a hit #craft and #recipe for the #family #DIY

This is a recipe, a craft and a family activity all in one. You really can’t beat that! As usual, it looks harder than it is, and if you want your kids to help, they’ll have a ball eating all the icing. Ok, maybe just my kids. I provided a list of Amazon resources below – they are not affiliate links. They are just there to help! Let me know how yours turn out! Take pictures!

Eat icing too! Everyone wins.

Belle OREO Cookies

Belle OREO Cookies

Ingredients

  1. Cookie mold (found on Amazon by Cybrtrayd)
  2. 12 regular Oreo cookies
  3. 12 oz. Wilton yellow candy melts
  4. 12 Wilton sugared red roses
  5. Wilton white icing gel
  6. White sugar pearls

Instructions

  • 1. Warm the yellow candy melts in a double boiler over medium heat
  • 2. Stir occasionally until melted and smooth
  • 3. Transfer to a small microwave-safe bowl for easier handling
  • 4. Place 2 tablespoons of the melted yellow candy into each of the molds (12 total)
  • 5. Place an Oreo cookie on top of the melted yellow chocolate
  • 6. Spoon additional melted chocolate on top of each Oreo, up to the fill line
  • 7. Chill for 30 minutes to allow the chocolate to completely harden
  • 8. Line a cookie sheet with wax or parchment paper
  • 9. Gently pop the Oreos out of their molds and place on the lined cookie sheet
  • 10. With the white icing gel tube, pipe the icing in a scalloped pattern around the diameter of each Oreo
  • 11. Place a sugared pearl where each scalloped line meets
  • 12. Apply icing to the middle of each Oreo and place a sugared rose on top
  • 13. ENJOY!
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Amazon Resources:

Cybrtrayd AO138 Plain Cookie Chocolate Candy Mold with Exclusive Cybrtrayd Copyrighted Chocolate Molding Instructions

Wilton Yellow Candy Melts, 12-Ounce

Wilton 710-1491 8-Pack Rose Icing Decorations, Medium, Red

Wilton White Gel Tube

Wilton Sugar Pearls, White, 5 Oz

 

Enjoy!

 

We're celebrating the release of #BeautyandTheBeast and will be for ages to come. These Belle Oreo cookies are a hit #craft and #recipe for the #family #DIY