10-Minute No Bake Oreo Truffles

No introduction needed. Just get to it!

For the truffles: You need 1 box of regular oreos and 1 stick (8 oz.) stick of cream cheese. THAT. IS. IT.

It’s important to only get the regular oreos, not the double stuffed or funky new flavors because it messes up the perfect ratio of these 2 things together.

Crush the full oreos, middle frosting and all, in a food processor, chopper, or blender,  just get those suckers into powdery crumbs, no big lumps or it just isn’t the same.  The should look like this when ready…
Then,  add 1 stick of cream cheese,  if you have a stand mixer it doesn’t matter if it’s room temperature or fresh from the fridge.  I prefer cold cream cheese negate ultimately the “dough” will hold its form better, but if you’re mixing by hand go with room temperature so you get the mixture all incorporated.


The mixture should look like thick brownie batter when ready.

Spoon equal amounts into your hand (wear gloves or wash wash wash your hands because you’ll be doing alot of rolling) and roll into equal size balls.  It doesn’t REALLY matter since they aren’t going to be baking or abutting,  but they look nicer when done if all are equal sized. I actually use my little measuring spoons and find the tablespoon size is just the perfect size, especially if you’re looking to add a stick to these and make them into cake pops!


Chill the rolled balls in the freezer,  you can do the fridge too if you don’t have room but the freezer gets them nice and chilled quickly.

Chilling is important ONLY if you’re dipping them in chocolate.  White or dark,  I choose Ghirardelli melts because the just taste the best, but you can use any melting chocolate.
After chilled for about 10 minutes,  work by taking a couple out of the freezer at a time so they don’t get mushy in between. I like to dip and then put onto a wire rack, and then transfer to a wax sheet,  but feel free to use your own method.

If you want to mix it up and not do all chocolate dipped, you can leave them plain (boring…) or roll them in powdered sugar,  or some coconut flakes. Easiest way to do this is to not chill then so they sticky enough to pick up the topping. I like to just put the topping in a ziplock bag and drop 1 ball in at a time and shake.  Coconut is great because you can add some food coloring and add alittle pop of holiday color to your finished product.


When you’re done,  store all in fridge until ready to eat.

Since holidays are coming up quick,  I purchased some treat boxes from Amazon and they come in handy for these.
Enjoy!

5 Simple Activities to do with kids during a Pandemic

Let’s face it. Everything these days consists of “in a Pandemic?” so why would kids activities be any different? You’re doing what in a Pandemic? That’s the question many ask and many answer “nothing” or staying safe at home.

That’s all fine and well however the days are still passing and if you have little ones, they may not understand why they can’t do their normal fun fall activities.

Here are some ideas to get the feel of Fall, but still keep simple and safe as needed.

Image: Just For Moms

1. Paint a pumpkin. Part of the fun is Pumpkin picking, but if you’re not ready to go out to public spaces just yet, pick a few up during your next grocery shopping trip, and some dollar store paint sets and you’re just about ready to get down to business. It’s much easier than carving, and much safer for little helpers.

Tip: Start with an idea from googling “pumkin painting” or use a favorite character photo. Draw the image onto the pumpkin with a pencil before committing with the paint.

2. Pick flowers and make plant baskets. By now your lovely outdoor garden is probably starting to whither. At least here in New Jersey we’ve gotten a slight frost or 2 and temperatures are sure to drop quickly. Instead of watching the flowers die or waiting to rip out a woody stick skelton version of your coleus plant, try picking the flowers and displaying their last bit of life in a vase indoors or pruning and potting your plants for inside or as front door decor.

Tip: Little hands cannot wait to pick flowers and any excuse to do so with consent is sure to be taken on with enjoyment. Identify the smells, textures and even the colors to make it extra fun! Hey, maybe you’ll wind up with a little future horticulturist on your hands.

Image: Pexels

3. Take a trip to the local zoo. If you’re feeling adventurous but not THAT adventurous yet due to the Pandemic, get a little normalcy in with a trip to your local zoo. Most zoos are limiting capacity even though mostly outdoor exhibits, and there isn’t much to touch, so you can enjoy a nice day out while the weather still cooperates and give the animals at least a reason to be where they’re stuck anyway (so sad). I’m sure they love to see people since they don’t have as many visitors these days, especially tiny ones with big smiles!

Image: Tasty

4. BAKE. Even if you’re not an avid baker there are many simple recipes including bake-free ones that little hands can get in on like oreo chocolate truffles which are one of my absolute favorites! Adding some orange food coloring to coconut flakes can create the Fall feel and with a dollop of green colored icing or chocolate you can even make them into cute little pumpkin replicas.

Another favorite that is so simple you’ll wonder how you haven’t been doing this your whole life is cake cookies.

Image: Tracie Lee (T.L Creations) & #Moving Forward (iamshannabee)

5. Paint Rocks. Find some rocks by taking a walk around your neighborhood or maybe there are some in your yard or local park. If you cannot find rocks “in the wild” hehe, you can always purchase a bag of larger rocks from your local hardware store. There are some really cute designs or sayings online, and you can use finger paint to make it little kid friendly or better yet…you do the painting (maybe add alittle paint and sip action) and then let your little ones choose where they go outside. To a neighbors porch? A random location for someone to find? A gift for aunts, uncles, or grandparents? The options are endless!

I hope I’ve inspired you to get out and have some Fall fun in spite of the current situation in the World! And SMILE 😃

The Winter 2020 Disney Movie Challenge

The Winter 2020 Disney Movie Challenge

There are so many challenges out on Tik Tok and Snapchat that even some have been making the news that make you say “WHAT?!”. Well, here is a fun, safe, family challenge to keep you and your family occupied for at least alittle while while your stuck indoors once the weather gets cooler (and the Pandemic inevitably increases again).

How about a Disney movie challenge! Here’s how it goes. 26 letters of the Alphabet, 26 days of Disney Movies!

You have a member if your family chose a Disney movie (or any movie of the genre you want) that starts with the corresponding days letter stating with A and so on.

They must choose a movie that starts with that letter, or if it’s impossible to find one (such as X, then pick a movie that at least has that letter in its name somewhere). Yes it’ll get hard but that’s the point!

Not only may you discover some more Disney movies you love, but your family will have fun doing it and lasting memories.

Oh. And did I mention it eliminates the “I can’t choose a movie” or “there’s nothing to watch” slurs!

If you’re wondering how you get to these movies, many have Disney + these days or if you’re anything like me you have a huge Disney DVD collection (you don’t? Then start one at DisneyMovieClub), or skip the Disney theme all together and go with any movie with that letter that you have available to you. Either way it’s worth trying.

Have fun! Let me know some of your favorite Disney movie letters, mine is T!

Below is a list of Disney Movies in Alphabetical Order:
  • 101 Dalmatians
  • 102 Dalmatians
  • 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
  • A Bug’s Life
  • A Far Off Place
  • A Goofy Movie
  • A Kid in King Arthur’s Court
  • A Tale of Two Critters
  • A Tiger Walks
  • A Wrinkle in Time
  • ABCD 2
  • African Cats
  • Air Bud
  • Air Bud: Golden Receiver
  • Aladdin
  • Aladdin
  • Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
  • Alice Through the Looking Glass
  • Alice in Wonderland
  • Alice in Wonderland
  • Aliens of the Deep
  • Almost Angels
  • America’s Heart and Soul
  • Amy
  • Anaganaga O Dheerudu
  • Angels in the Outfield
  • Arjun: The Warrior Prince
  • Around the World in 80 Days
  • Artemis Fowl
  • Atlantis: The Lost Empire
  • Babes in Toyland
  • Bambi
  • Bears
  • Beauty and the Beast
  • Beauty and the Beast
  • Bedknobs and Broomsticks
  • Bedtime Stories
  • Benji the Hunted
  • Beverly Hills Chihuahua
  • Big Hero 6
  • Big Red
  • Blackbeard’s Ghost
  • Blank Check
  • Blue
  • Bolt
  • Bon Voyage!
  • Born in China
  • Brave
  • Bridge to Terabithia
  • Brother Bear
  • Candleshoe
  • Cars
  • Cars 2
  • Cars 3
  • Charley and the Angel
  • Charlie, the Lonesome Cougar
  • Cheetah
  • Chicken Little
  • Chimpanzee
  • Christopher Robin
  • Cinderella
  • Cinderella
  • Coco
  • College Road Trip
  • Condorman
  • Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen
  • Cool Runnings
  • D2: The Mighty Ducks
  • D3: The Mighty Ducks
  • Dangal
  • Darby O’Gill and the Little People
  • Dasavathaaram
  • Davy Crockett and the River Pirates
  • Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier
  • Dinosaur
  • Disney’s A Christmas Carol
  • Disney’s The Kid
  • Do Dooni Chaar
  • Dolphin Reef
  • Doug’s 1st Movie
  • Dragonslayer
  • DuckTales the Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp
  • Dumbo
  • Dumbo
  • Earth
  • Eight Below
  • Emil and the Detectives
  • Enchanted
  • Endurance
  • Escape to Witch Mountain
  • Expedition China
  • Fantasia
  • Fantasia 2000
  • Finding Dory
  • Finding Nemo
  • First Kid
  • Flight of the Navigator
  • Flubber
  • Follow Me, Boys!
  • Frank and Ollie
  • Frankenweenie
  • Freaky Friday
  • Freaky Friday
  • Frozen
  • Frozen II
  • Fun and Fancy Free
  • G-Force
  • George of the Jungle
  • Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence GITS2
  • Ghost of the Mountains
  • Ghosts of the Abyss
  • Glory Road
  • Greyfriars Bobby
  • Growing Up Wild
  • Gus
  • Hannah Montana and Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert
  • Hannah Montana: The Movie
  • Heavyweights
  • Herbie Goes Bananas
  • Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo
  • Herbie Rides Again
  • Herbie: Fully Loaded
  • Hercules
  • High School Musical 3: Senior Year
  • Hocus Pocus
  • Holes
  • Home on the Range
  • Homeward Bound II: Lost in San Francisco
  • Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey
  • Honey, I Blew Up the Kid
  • Honey, I Shrunk the Kids
  • Hot Lead and Cold Feet
  • I’ll Be Home for Christmas
  • Ice Princess
  • In Search of the Castaways
  • Incredibles 2
  • Inside Out
  • Inspector Gadget
  • Into the Woods
  • Invincible
  • Iron Will
  • Jagga Jasoos
  • James and the Giant Peach
  • John Carter
  • Johnny Tremain
  • Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience
  • Jungle 2 Jungle
  • Jungle Cat
  • Khoobsurat
  • Kidnapped
  • King of the Grizzlies
  • L’Empereur – March of the Penguins 2: The Next Step[a]
  • Lady and the Tramp
  • Lady and the Tramp
  • Lilly the Witch: The Dragon and the Magic Book
  • Lilly the Witch: The Journey to Mandolan
  • Lilo & Stitch
  • Lt. Robin Crusoe, U.S.N.
  • Make Mine Music
  • Maleficent
  • Maleficent: Mistress of Evil
  • Man of the House
  • Mars Needs Moms
  • Mary Poppins
  • Mary Poppins Returns
  • Max Keeble’s Big Move
  • McFarland, USA
  • Meet the Deedles
  • Meet the Robinsons
  • Melody Time
  • Midnight Madness
  • Mighty Joe Young
  • Million Dollar Arm
  • Miracle
  • Miracle of the White Stallions
  • Moana
  • Monkey Kingdom
  • Monkeys, Go Home!
  • Monsters University
  • Monsters, Inc.
  • Moon Pilot
  • Morning Light
  • Mr. Magoo
  • Mulan
  • Muppet Treasure Island
  • Muppets Most Wanted
  • My Favorite Martian
  • Napoleon and Samantha
  • National Treasure
  • National Treasure: Book of Secrets
  • Never Cry Wolf
  • Never a Dull Moment
  • Newsies
  • Night Crossing
  • Nikki, Wild Dog of the North
  • No Deposit, No Return
  • Now You See Him, Now You Don’t
  • Oceans
  • Old Dogs
  • Old Yeller
  • Oliver & Company
  • One Hundred and One Dalmatians
  • One Little Indian
  • One Magic Christmas
  • One of Our Dinosaurs Is Missing
  • Operation Dumbo Drop
  • Oz the Great and Powerful
  • Penguins
  • Perri
  • Pete’s Dragon
  • Pete’s Dragon
  • Peter Pan
  • Piglet’s Big Movie
  • Pinocchio
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
  • Planes
  • Planes: Fire & Rescue
  • Pocahontas
  • Pollyanna
  • Pooh’s Heffalump Movie
  • Popeye
  • Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
  • Prom
  • Queen of Katwe
  • Race to Witch Mountain
  • Ralph Breaks the Internet
  • Rascal
  • Ratatouille
  • Recess: School’s Out
  • Remember the Titans
  • Return from Witch Mountain
  • Return to Never Land
  • Return to Oz
  • Return to Snowy River
  • Ride a Wild Pony
  • Roadside Romeo
  • Rob Roy, the Highland Rogue
  • Robin Hood
  • RocketMan
  • Roving Mars
  • Run, Cougar, Run
  • Sacred Planet
  • Saludos Amigos
  • Savage Sam
  • Saving Mr. Banks
  • Scandalous John
  • Secretariat
  • Secrets of Life
  • Shipwrecked
  • Sky High
  • Sleeping Beauty
  • Smith!
  • Snow Dogs
  • Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
  • Snowball Express
  • So Dear to My Heart
  • Something Wicked This Way Comes
  • Son of Flubber
  • Song of the South
  • Squanto: A Warrior’s Tale
  • Summer Magic
  • Superdad
  • Swiss Family Robinson
  • Tall Tale
  • Tangled
  • Tarzan
  • Teacher’s Pet
  • Ten Who Dared
  • Tex
  • That Darn Cat
  • That Darn Cat!
  • The Absent-Minded Professor
  • The Adventures of Bullwhip Griffin
  • The Adventures of Huck Finn
  • The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad
  • The African Lion
  • The Apple Dumpling Gang
  • The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again
  • The Aristocats
  • The BFG
  • The Barefoot Executive
  • The Bears and I
  • The Best of Walt Disney’s True-Life Adventures
  • The Big Green
  • The Biscuit Eater
  • The Black Cauldron
  • The Black Hole
  • The Boatniks
  • The Book of Masters
  • The Boys: The Sherman Brothers’ Story
  • The Castaway Cowboy
  • The Cat from Outer Space
  • The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian
  • The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
  • The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes
  • The Country Bears
  • The Crimson Wing: Mystery of the Flamingos
  • The Devil and Max Devlin
  • The Emperor’s New Groove
  • The Fighting Prince of Donegal
  • The Finest Hours
  • The Fox and the Hound
  • The Game Plan
  • The Gnome-Mobile
  • The Good Dinosaur
  • The Great Locomotive Chase
  • The Great Mouse Detective
  • The Greatest Game Ever Played
  • The Happiest Millionaire
  • The Haunted Mansion
  • The Horse in the Gray Flannel Suit
  • The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • The Incredible Journey
  • The Incredibles
  • The Island at the Top of the World
  • The Journey of Natty Gann
  • The Jungle Book
  • The Jungle Book
  • The Jungle Book
  • The Jungle Book 2
  • The Last Flight of Noah’s Ark
  • The Legend of Lobo
  • The Light in the Forest
  • The Lion King
  • The Lion King
  • The Little Mermaid
  • The Littlest Horse Thieves
  • The Littlest Outlaw
  • The Living Desert
  • The Lizzie McGuire Movie
  • The London Connection
  • The Lone Ranger
  • The Love Bug
  • The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
  • The Mighty Ducks
  • The Million Dollar Duck
  • The Misadventures of Merlin Jones
  • The Monkey’s Uncle
  • The Moon-Spinners
  • The Muppet Christmas Carol
  • The Muppets
  • The Nightmare Before Christmas 3D TNBC
  • The North Avenue Irregulars
  • The Nutcracker and the Four Realms
  • The Odd Life of Timothy Green
  • The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band
  • The Pacifier
  • The Parent Trap
  • The Parent Trap
  • The Pixar Story
  • The Princess Diaries
  • The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement
  • The Princess and the Frog
  • The Reluctant Dragon
  • The Rescuers
  • The Rescuers Down Under
  • The Rocketeer TR
  • The Rookie
  • The Santa Clause 2
  • The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause
  • The Santa Clause TSC
  • The Shaggy D.A.
  • The Shaggy Dog
  • The Shaggy Dog
  • The Sign of Zorro
  • The Sorcerer’s Apprentice
  • The Story of Robin Hood and His Merrie Men
  • The Straight Story
  • The Strongest Man in the World
  • The Sword and the Rose
  • The Sword in the Stone
  • The Three Caballeros
  • The Three Lives of Thomasina
  • The Three Musketeers
  • The Tigger Movie
  • The Ugly Dachshund
  • The Vanishing Prairie
  • The Watcher in the Woods
  • The Wild
  • The Wild Country
  • The World’s Greatest Athlete
  • The Young Black Stallion
  • Third Man on the Mountain
  • Those Calloways
  • Toby Tyler
  • Tom and Huck
  • Tomorrowland
  • Tonka
  • Toy Story
  • Toy Story 2
  • Toy Story 3
  • Toy Story 4
  • Trail of the Panda
  • Treasure Island
  • Treasure Planet
  • Treasure of Matecumbe
  • Trenchcoat
  • Tron
  • Tron: Legacy
  • Tuck Everlasting
  • Underdog
  • Unidentified Flying Oddball
  • Up
  • Valiant
  • Victory Through Air Power
  • WALL-E
  • Waking Sleeping Beauty
  • Walt & El Grupo
  • Westward Ho the Wagons!
  • White Fang
  • White Fang 2: Myth of the White Wolf
  • White Wilderness
  • Wild Hearts Can’t Be Broken
  • Wings of Life
  • Winnie the Pooh
  • Wreck-It Ralph
  • Zokkomon
  • Zootopia
  • Zorro the Avenger

4 Must Do Roofing Tips For Cooler Weather

Personally Fall is not one of my favorite times of the year as Winter is sure to come soon after, but I have to say that the cooler weather in the New Jersey area makes activities so much more enjoyable and gives the night time an entire feel and look
of it’s own.

However, Fall also comes with a few things you’ll want to be prepared for, especially when it comes to your home. For instance, now is the time to look at your roof and see if any maintenance needs to be done before the cooler weather turns too cold.

This will ensure that your home won’t in it’s best shape for the snow, ice, and winter wind that could keep your home’s value from dropping or worse, leave you with a large bill to fix. Below are a few tips to help you navigate what you should do first when it comes to your roof, especially if you are a new homeowner.

Image: Peter’s Roofing

1. Consulting With A Professional: It might seem easy to spot a problem with your roof but because you’re not an expert in this field, it also might be easier to have them come on just to be safe. Hiring a roofing contractor who specializes in roofing replacement is

key. They are the ones who can safely inspect your roof and spot any potential problems before the cold weather emergencies. This also will allow you to fix it before it’s too late.
After all, nobody wants to deal with a leaking roof in negative degree weather in the middle of December. Therefore, it is much easier to make the repairs necessary to your
roof in the fall when there is no snow or ice to worry about it. If you’re looking for a reputable company to help you with this decision, call Peter’s Roofing. These professionals install roofing to residential neighborhoods throughout the New Jersey area. I appreciate that they make safety a top priority and earned an impeccable safety record to show for it. They also have several years of experience as well as a solid team
to meet the demands of their clients.

All of their EPDM roofing service installations are covered by a full warranty and manufacturer guarantee so you can feel good about
having them take a look at your roof. It’s also a free estimate to have them come out and give you an expert estimate to help you determine which roof is best for you, your home,
and your budget.

2. Double Check The Gutters – If you haven’t even thought about cleaning your gutters, now is the time to do so. Debris, mud, twigs, and a whole lot of other things can have accumulated
inside of them which is tricky to see from the ground. As this pile grows, the gutters then become clogged. Rainwater, instead of draining down towards the ground, has nowhere to
go and if it’s can drain properly it’ll eventually spill back onto the roof. The water then begins to form a puddle, putting pressure and weight on various sections of your roof. This weight can then cause the roof to sage allowing for more rainwater to build until it collapses in that
spot. Now that you know, you’ll want to grab a ladder and check your gutters as soon as you
can.

3. Trim Overgrown Branches: Having trees in your yard is wonderful. They provide protection and shade from the hot sun but they can also cause some trouble for your roof. If branches start to overhang your roof you’ll want to make sure that you trim them because if the twigs
break off, they can cause damage to your shingles. The majority of damaged roofs actually are caused by falling branches so if a storm comes through, or if you have an older tree and has weak branches it could potentially fall on your roof. This is when you’ll want to keep an eye on it, especially when the winter arrives and the snow can make the branches fall with its weight.

4. Checking The Attic: While it’s awesome to continue to check the roof for areas of trouble but it’s also important to inspect the roof from the inside of your home. That’s right- I’m talking about your attic. Your attic can often lead to issues that might be missed from the
outside. For instance, look for any water leaks that can appear as any dark stain or discolored areas on the wall or floor. Check for signs of mildew or mold as well and don’t
forget to look for any warped ward. If your attic insulation is in good condition, you’ll want to be able to get the max heat retention during the cold months.

Are you starting to feel a bit overwhelmed with everything? Not to worry. The biggest and best thing
you can do for your loved ones and your home is first calling a professional to help take care of the
important things, such as your roof. They are the ones to know exactly what to look for and can help you with troubled areas as well as staying within your budget if repairs are needed.