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17 February 2010 @ 06:06 pm
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For Lent this year, I felt God was saying to delve a little deeper than I normally do, so for the next 40 days, I won't be eating bread, meat or sweets. It'll make Easter all the sweeter. :)

So obviously to celebrate that decision, and to perhaps test the limits of my self-control, I decided to make peanut butter truffles that I saw on Bakerella's site. Makes sense, right?

Cast of characters: Nutter Butters (!!!! Nutter Butters! Right THERE you know you've got a winner) Chocolate Almond Bark, and cream cheese.

First you take the package of cookies, minus 5, and make them into crumbs. I used a food processor, but I'm sure that given enough time and dedication, you could do this with a baggie and a hammer.

I think that this and some butter would make a dynamite pie crust for a chocolate cream pie.

Anyway, once you do that, you take your softened cream cheese and give it another spin in the food processor.

Form into balls. I froze them, but I think it's probably best if you don't. The cold ball in contact with the warm bark caused cracks in the chocolate. I covered those up with the drizzly stuff, but just a heads up.Photobucket
See that trash in the background? I just want you all to feel at home, that this isn't some cleaned up version of me. Keepin' it real, over here.

You then put the almond bark in the microwave for a few minutes, stirring several times throughout. DO NOT use a plastic bowl. I like these fired bowls, made by my mom's husband, Tom. They're PERFECT for this. If you don't have one of these, or a Tom, I feel bad for you. :)Photobucket

Spoon chocolate over the peanut butter ball, and then lift it out with a fork underneath it so that the chocolate has a chance to drain away, and doesn't puddle around the candy.

But if it does puddle, score around it with a toothpick so it's pretty later.

The next bit is my favorite trick. You stretch an empty ziploc baggie in and around a coffee cup, and then spoon the topping for decoration in it.

Snip a hole in the corner of the baggie, and drizzle some prettiness over the tops of your truffles so that you cover up the cracks you made by freezing them.


I also drizzled them with peanut butter almond bark and put them in a pretty dish that my MIL got me for Christmas. :D

I won't be eating these or anything like them for 40 days. *sigh* Any of you giving something up for Lent?
I feel:: draineddrained
Lauradream_mancer on February 18th, 2010 12:12 am (UTC)
I do the exact same thing, but with Oreo's. Ymmy. u
idreamofdracoidreamofdraco on February 18th, 2010 02:14 am (UTC)
OMG. My mum made Oreo ones for Christmas. YUM.
Carrie Leigh: C is for Carriecarrie_leigh on February 18th, 2010 01:44 pm (UTC)
I found MINT oreos at the grocery store and am going to do a variation for St. Patrick's day. :D
Leigh: Et tuleigh_adams on February 18th, 2010 12:19 am (UTC)
Those look amazing, and they're so not on my diet. *wibbles*

My best friend makes something like that, only she makes red velvet cheesecake balls! NOM!
Carrie Leigh: carrie stitched flowerscarrie_leigh on February 18th, 2010 01:45 pm (UTC)
I've made the red velvet ones, too. I'm telling ya, you can make anything into a ball! It's CUH-UTE! And yummy. :)
Elle Blessingwayelle_blessing on February 18th, 2010 12:30 am (UTC)
I'm pretty sure I'm allergic to everything in those, but they look fantastic.

Hmm. I'm not Catholic so we never did Lent in my family. Maybe I'll take a look into what the historical significance of it is and then maybe I might think/pray about something to do.
Carrie Leigh: fairie kisscarrie_leigh on February 18th, 2010 01:47 pm (UTC)
Oh, I'm not Catholic, either, but it helps me to really celebrate Easter and the resurrection if it doesn't just sneak up on me. I haven't always given something up for Lent, but it make's Christ's sacrifice that much sweeter when I do. :)

I &hearts Easter. And not just for the Cadbury Creme Eggs.
Jessica K Malfoy: jb: smiles gojessicakmalfoy on February 18th, 2010 01:08 am (UTC)
um, these look DELISH! i don't do lent cause it's not my religion (although i'm not even sure what reglion even does it) so i think i will make these. but not until tomorrow night cause my weekly weigh in is in the morning!!
Carrie Leigh: Choose your weapon cookingcarrie_leigh on February 18th, 2010 01:48 pm (UTC)
Let me know how it goes!
Jessica K Malfoy: hp: cormac wants youjessicakmalfoy on February 18th, 2010 04:25 pm (UTC)
I think we will make them Sunday after church. I'm gonna try a few with non-peanut butter cookies cause 1 of my coworkers is allergic to it. I have a question about the almond bark. The only kind I've ever had is the white kind people use in making that peppermint christmas candy & I don't like that kind. Its strangly waxy to me. Do you know if the chocolate is anything like that?
(Anonymous) on February 18th, 2010 07:57 pm (UTC)
I don't find it to be waxy. The trick is to do a really thin coating of it. It isn't meant to be eaten in chunks (even though that peppermint stuff is basically just that).
Carrie Leigh: Carrie in Flowerscarrie_leigh on February 18th, 2010 07:57 pm (UTC)
That was me. :P
Jessica K Malfoy: margaritavillejessicakmalfoy on February 19th, 2010 04:17 am (UTC)
i figured!
Jessica K Malfoy: hp: d/g snow kissjessicakmalfoy on February 19th, 2010 04:17 am (UTC)
that would explain why i don't like the peppermint bark!
Aylaabitofayla on February 18th, 2010 01:18 am (UTC)
I'm giving up sweets too. Except Oreo's, because we just bought a bag. Justification. :D Hope you do well!

When's the fic contest over?
Carrie Leigh: writer coffeecarrie_leigh on February 18th, 2010 01:49 pm (UTC)
Well. All sweets except Oreos. That seems fair. ;)

Ummmm. That's a good question. I want to say April 1? But don't quote me.
Aylaabitofayla on February 19th, 2010 12:28 am (UTC)
For your own personal true love contest?
maureen: Eliza - bw crossmaureen on February 18th, 2010 01:38 am (UTC)
WOW Carrie. That's a mighty list of things to give up. I wish you strength and will pray for you.

Me? I am giving up sloth for Lent. Seriously. I am going to move my ass in the form of physical exercise every single day until Easter. It can be going to the gym (I joined a new one today), walking in the Botanical Gardens, hiking with my Dad, swimming, whatever. I just have to do SOMETHING every day. I'm also going to contact at least one person a week that I've lost touch with to tell them I'm thinking of them and I love them.

Also, as a Roman Catholic, we fasted today and there is the no meat on Friday thing all through Lent.

I went to mass today with Dad and we got the ashes. I'm inspired and pumped... though after reading your list I kinda feel like I should be doing more. It'll be a big enough achievement if I can stick to mine, though.
Carrie Leigh: coffeecarrie_leigh on February 18th, 2010 01:52 pm (UTC)
Giving up sloth for Lent is GENIUS.

It'll make Lent proactive. Not just denying yourself something, but actually having to DO something? Wow. Wowwowwow. I would have a hard time doing yours. But whatever it is, I feel like if the directive or the accountability is to God, I'm much more likely to do it, whatever it is.

Accountability to anyone else is sketchy, though.
idreamofdracoidreamofdraco on February 18th, 2010 02:15 am (UTC)
I wish you luck on staying away from those foods. I so couldn't do it. D:

...Also, your sweets always look so yummy.
Carrie Leigh: Dorothy writescarrie_leigh on February 18th, 2010 01:53 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I have it on good authority that these were. :D
slitherhither: paolo_cigarslitherhither on February 18th, 2010 06:14 am (UTC)
Wow a) those look delish and b) so what can you eat—dairy, fruit, and vegs?

I've never given up anything for Lent, but if I did I might be inclined to follow the example of an old friend who in high school said she was giving up (danger: sacrilege alert) her virginity for Lent. See, I liked smartasses even then!

Good luck with your quest!
Carrie Leigh: Ginnycarrie_leigh on February 18th, 2010 01:55 pm (UTC)
A) Thanks and B)Yes, dairy, eggs, legumes, veggies, corn products, rice, some pastas, etc. I'll still be able to eat. I did this fast for 2 years once. It was all good. My butt was a lot smaller too, come to think of it.

LOL. Ahhhh, yes. I think you can only do that once, though!

Mala13oct on February 18th, 2010 09:15 am (UTC)
I don't think I've ever given up something for Lent. Even when I was in the convent. Himmm... R has given up meat and fish.
Carrie Leigh: bad examplecarrie_leigh on February 18th, 2010 01:56 pm (UTC)
I really like fish. And meat. And bread and sweets.

Oh, well. :)
(Anonymous) on February 18th, 2010 01:35 pm (UTC)
I tried to stay away from those last night but fell to temptation, darn it! They were wonderful! Thanks for sharing your gift of the kitchen! Suzanne
Carrie Leigh: No carb left behindcarrie_leigh on February 18th, 2010 01:56 pm (UTC)
You're so very welcome!
tracyj23: Food - choc chip cookietracyj23 on February 18th, 2010 03:26 pm (UTC)
Those look awesome. I love to bake but don't have the patience to make something like this that requires so many steps. (And so much cleanup! I hate using the food processor.)

I'm being more like Maureen this year and asking more of myself. I don't generally give up anything for Lent but I do like to make a lifestyle change - it helps me keep focus on why I'm celebrating Lent and it gives me a deadline and a reason to be more diligent in keeping up with my resolutions. Having someone to answer to other than myself is necessary, as I tend towards cheating and allowing myself a lot more "lazy" time.
Amanda1234569or10 on February 20th, 2010 06:44 pm (UTC)
That is quite a list of things to give up! I'm giving up going out to eat (including little things like going to get coffee, grabbing a sonic drink, etc). I figure it will test my will power and help simplify my life, along with showing me just how much money is wasted that could be put to better use. :)

good luck!