Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Dinner, Drinks, and a Little Dirt.

Extending the celebration of love a little longer over here. This past weekend was our turn to host our monthly dinner club, and I jumped at the chance to use the Valentine's Day theme for our rotation. 

 It was such an easy dinner to plan, and the Hubs made such an amazing dish on the Big Green Egg that my mouth is still watering for it days later.

While he spent the day cooking, the Cutes and I put up some fun decorations, filled the house with beautiful flowers, and made some yummy appetizers, sides, and dessert.

We found these Strawberry Cheesecake popcorn snacks at Target earlier in the week, and thought they would be the perfect little snack for all the kids. Oh my, they are scrumptious. I might have taste tested a bag or two when setting up for the party. Possibly three. 

For libations we chose to put out our new favorite drink, The Moscow Mule. Carrie Beth wrote about this delicious cocktail last month, and as a follow up is guest blogging over at The Avenue to share the yumminess.

I think what I get excited about most when planning the dinner club menu is the dessert. The Hubs usually likes to take the reigns when it comes to the main course (and I happily let him), but dessert I claim as all mine. One of our dear sweet friends son is highly allergic to peanuts and dessert is always a fun way to find a creative peanut free option.  

The Oreo Truffle (aka Dirt Dessert) is one of my all time favorites, and I was so excited to see that I could make a peanut free option.

The dessert is super easy and always a crowd pleaser. I've seen it done in several different ways with both traditional Oreos and some of the specialty flavors and not a one disappoints. 

Here's the quick recipe in case you are in need of a little chocolate comfort on these cold winter nights. 

Oreo Truffle/Dirt Dessert: 

- 2 (3.5 oz) pkgs of French Vanilla pudding
- 1 (8 oz) pkg of cream cheese
- 1/4 cup of butter
- 3 cups of milk
- 1 cup of confectioner's sugar
- 1 (12oz) container of whipped cream
- 1 pkg of Oreo cookies

1: Crush or food process the cookies and put aside. 
2: Mix pudding, sugar, cream cheese, butter, and milk. Whisk until creamy. 
3: Combine mixture lightly with whipped cream.
4: Layer bottom of dish with Oreo crumbs and top with some of the pudding mixture. Alternate layers ending with Oreo layer on top. 
5: Place in refrigerator and let cool for approximately 45mins. 

Trust me you will not be disappointed. Your chocolate loving taste buds will thank you.

Hope everyone has a fabulous Hump Day, and stays warm and toasty inside on this freezing day!

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