As you may know from my 20 part story, Cassidy and I had a whirlwind, cross-country, summer romance and then broke up for two years. After we had found each other again, we knew pretty soon in that we had to be together, geographically too. It was a big risk and a gamble and MUCH harder than I thought it would be. Like, worlds harder. It was hard also to be away from each other. We tried to see each other at least once a month before I moved out there in April, but that was taxing financially and physically. We sometimes went months without seeing each other. And that was pretty awful until he fulfilled an old dream. I think we both had this dream.
He had always wanted to fly 3,000 miles to surprise me at work, but that got messed up after our terrible breakup. So this was Relationship 2.0 and it was bigger and better than ever. It was a gloomy February day and he called me, from what I thought was California, but then I came in from lunch break at my NJ office and he was in the stairwell! The freakin’ stairwell! Commence hugging/kissing. The ultimate grand gesture. We didn’t have a lot of time, but it was poignant.
Valentine’s Day OREO Cookie Balls:
What You Need:
1 package of Double Stuf OREO Cookies
8 oz of cream cheese (softened)
16 – 24 oz of almond bark
Yields about 24-30 Cookie Balls depending on the size of balls.
What You Do:
1 – First, in a plastic bag or food processor, pulse or crush cookies into cookie crumbs.
2 – And then mix in cream cheese until combined.
3 – Using a cookie scoop, scoop cookie mixture and roll into 1” balls.
4 – Place cookie balls on a baking sheet that has been lined with parchment paper.
5 – And then freeze cookie balls for 30 minutes.
6 – Once the cookie balls are frozen, melt almond bark in the microwave or in a melting pot until smooth.
7 – Using a plastic fork, roll the cookie balls in the almond bark and let the excess drip off.
8 – Then, place on the cookie sheet to let the almond bark harden.
9 – Once the first layer is hard, drizzle almond bark on cookie balls to create small lines.
10 – Immediately, sprinkle on holiday sprinkles before the almond bark dries.
11 – And then let almond bark harden, and store in an airtight container.
12 – Lastly, keep OREO Cookie Balls in the freezer or refrigerator until ready to serve.