Once upon a time, in a blizzardy snowstorm, in a snowy kingdom of the North, a white chocolate fairy princess was born.
Ok, you got me. A stormy night two years ago brought my lovely niece Aimee to this world. I had arrived in the states the night before, and my sister was convinced that the baby would come any time. Em had been having contractions on and off all day and went to take a walk in the snowy woods with her husband. The contractions intensified at nighttime, and everyone thought they were Braxton-Hicks. We knew they weren't around 9:30, when Em was rolling around on the floor in the hallway, cursing everyone out (just kidding, hehe). My mom frantically called the midwife, who lives normally about an hour away. But there was a blizzard and she had to go pick up her assistant, which would slow her down even more.
Em had her bed and the preparations for Aimee's birth all ready. Soon, we all realized that the labor was going way to quickly and Aimee would be here before the midwife. My mom asked herself, "What do they do in the movies?" She ran to the bathroom to scrub her hands and arms with soap. When she returned to Em's bedroom, Aimee was already on her way out, and my mom (in her words) "Played baseball and caught" Aimee in her arms. Everyone was in awe, I was freaked out (I didn't know babies were so big, or that they were born blue).
But there was a problem, Aimee had come out with meconium, and we were all scared, so my mom screamed to my dad to call 911, so that they could tell my mom how to suction the baby. But the next thing we knew, the siren (down the street from us) went off, and there was a parade of firemen, paramedics, and the like, pushing their way to get up to Em's room. Em, by the way, was screaming not to let them in. In this very moment, the midwife arrived with her assistant, feisty as can be. She elbowed her way through the mob scene on the stairs, and while her assistant entered my sister's room to attend to her and the baby, she confronted the crowd. Of course, they wouldn't let her off the hook so easily; they wanted to know who exactly she was. Without further adieu, she practically recited her state certification license number.
Of course, my dad and I received the full blow. The firemen, upset about being woken in the night, having to be called out in a blizzard, steamed that they could not be called for service and then be denied entrance to see the newborn. It was then decided that the only woman on the squad, an EMT, would be allowed to see Aimee and check if she was alright. By then, the assistant had already taken Aimee's vitals and cleaned her up. The EMT confirmed that the baby was fine, and the huffing firemen were content enough to leave. Once they left, Frida was allowed into the room to see her newborn baby sister. She was taken by a rush of emotions, confusion and surprise, about why her mommy was holding a new baby in her arms.
But Frida quickly adapted to being a big sister, even giving her a kiss on the head hours after Aimee's birth. Today, Frida is the protective big sister that she seems to have always been. Aimee is a precious little two year-old, with puffy cheeks, a glimmer in her eye, and wears a raincoat that she wishes she never had to take off. Tomorrow is her official birthday, and we're all so excited to be celebrating it with her. She has a very special place in the family and it's so wonderful to watch her grow up.
Today we made these Oreo truffles. I consider them truffles although many bloggers out there say they're "Oreo balls," mainly because they are so rich! They're totally fun to make (and eat!) and a fun family activity. Happy holidays!
1 package regular Oreos, with cream centers (about 45)
8 oz cream cheese, softened
Coating wafers, chocolate chips, or candy melts to cover the truffles (about a cup)
Sprinkles/ candy for decorating
Process the Oreos in your food processor, or crush them finely with a rolling pin. You can set aside some for topping the finished ones if you like. Mix the finely crushed Oreos with the cream cheese until well combined. I find that using your hands here works best. Wet your hands slightly so the balls don't stick, and roll the Oreo-cream cheese mixture into balls about 1-inch in diameter. Place them on a wax-paper covered cookie sheet and freeze for 20 minutes while you melt the coating wafers.
In a double boiler or make shift double boiler*, melt the chocolate, wafers, or candy melts. When the 20 minutes for freezing the Oreo balls are up, take them out of the freezer and, using a spoon, roll them around in the melted chocolate to coat. Set them back on the wax-paper covered cookie sheet to dry. Top with sprinkles or other candy while the coating is still wet. Let dry on the cookie sheet, and then drizzle on another color of coating wafers if you wish. Let dry completely and then store at room temperature or in the refrigerator.
*To make a make-shift double boiler, in a medium saucepan bring about 2 inches of water to a boil. Turn off the heat and place a heatproof (metal or glass) bowl over the simmering water. Place the wafers or chocolate in the bowl and mix using a spatula or spoon until completely melted and smooth.