Easy Chocolate (Oreo) Truffles

Oreo Truffles via A Beautiful Mess Oreo truffles are one of my all time favorite things to make during the holidays. I was introduced to these about ten years ago when a friend of mine, Nathan, made me a batch as a holiday gift. At the time, I lived at home with my parents, and my mom and I fell deeply in love with these.

My mom appreciates sweets almost as much as me. Almost. Must be genetics. :)

Easy oreo trufflesI believe he called them something different though. Reindeer tracks? Reindeer droppings? Something appetizing like that. :)

Whatever the name, these are too delicious and way too easy to make. No baking required. I highly recommend making these to gift to friends or coworkers because they are highly addictive and made out of basically nothing but sugar and cream. So... you've been warned.

How to make oreo truffles  Easy Chocolate (Oreo) Truffles, makes about two dozen.

28-30 Oreo cookies, or other chocolate cookies a similar size
8 oz. softened cream cheese
12 oz. dark chocolate chips
4-6 oz. white chocolate chips (optional)
2-3 tablespoons crushed peppermints or candy canes
assorted holiday sprinkles or whatever you find in your pantry

First, crush the cookies. I like to use a food processor to do this. It makes it way faster. Then mix in the softened cream cheese with the crushed cookies.

How to make oreo truffles Press the batter into small balls and place on plates or a cutting board lined with parchment or wax paper. Pop these in the freezer for 15-20 minutes.

Melt the dark chocolate in a double boiler or in the microwave. I melted mine in a microwave in a heat proof bowl on high for 30 seconds. Then I removed it and gave it a stir. Then back in the microwave on high for another 30 seconds, and so on until it was fully melted. This helps it not to get too hot and get those overly cooked crusty bits that can sometimes form.

How to make oreo trufflesUse a fork to dip the chilled balls (giggle—sorry, I have no class) in the melted chocolate. Gently tap the fork on the side of the bowl with the truffle on the end to remove excess chocolate. Place back on the lined plate. Immediately cover with sprinkles or crushed peppermints.

Easy oreo truffles I also melted some white chocolate to get those splattered looking truffles. This is optional. You have to dirty yet another dish. But I think they look really cute, and you're already making quite a mess, so why not? That's my motto. 

These will set on their own, but to speed up the process just pop them in the freezer again.

Oreo Truffles via A Beautiful MessPlace these in mini baking cups for a professional presentation. If you can find a pretty decorative box, you could totally put these inside and look like a genius. So, do that. Keep in mind these are made with chocolate and cream cheese, so they should be stored in the refrigerator when not being served/eaten.

Make these for someone with a sweet tooth in your life. Eat a few yourself first. xo. Emma

Credits // Author and Photography: Emma Chapman. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions.

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Happy Mail Unboxing: December

Happy Mail! A New subscription club! Happy Mail! A New subscription club. Get $50 of amazing stationery each month for only $15 www.shop.abeautifulmess.com:happy-mailToday we are excited to share the unboxing of the December Happy Mail package. If you aren't familiar with Happy Mail, it's our monthly stationery club. You can get more details here

Here's the video- 

Happy Mail! A New subscription club! Happy Mail! A New subscription club. Get $50 of amazing stationery each month for only $15 www.shop.abeautifulmess.com:happy-mail Happy Mail! A New subscription club! Happy Mail! A New subscription club. Get $50 of amazing stationery each month for only $15 www.shop.abeautifulmess.com:happy-mail As promised, each month is colorful, cute and full of surprises! There are some really fun pieces to add to your stash this month. Our favorites are the word search card and the text message note pad. What are your favorites? 

xx! Elsie + Emma 

PLEASE NOTE: Oh no, friends! I accidentally mixed up two cards from this (and next month's) happy mail. The camera card will be included in next month's kit. The missing card that you will receive this month is this sign language card (the signs spell "thinking of you"). I hope you will accept my sincere apology for the mix up! We will be updating the photos later this week. :) 

If you have any other questions or concerns about Happy Mail please email our customer support team right here. They are super friendly and would love to help! 

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Make Your Own Solid Perfume

Gift Idea- Homemade Solid Perfume (click through for tutorial)Hey, guys! It's Katie here. I don't know if you're like me, but I'm always searching for simple ways to give handmade gifts around the holidays. Since there are so many people on my list, I try to make the most of my time and supplies. Obviously, that isn't always easy since most of us tend to be pretty busy around this time of year, but I'm happy to report that solid perfume is a GREAT option to do just that! 

Make your own solid perfume- suppliesSupplies: 
-Beeswax
-Sweet Almond Oil (or another carrier oil such as jojoba, olive, grapeseed, etc)
-Fragrance oils of your choice (I used Sandalwood, Vanilla, Lavender, and Rose Hips)
-Containers to hold your perfume (lockets, Altoids tins, etc are great options as well)

Step 1Step One: Since this is such an incredibly easy DIY, you can make several batches with different scents for different people if you'd like. The first thing you will want to do is decide how much solid perfume you want to make. Here's your rule of thumb: equal parts beeswax and carrier oil. My first batch was 2 tbsp of beeswax and 2 tbsp of almond oil. If you find your beeswax/oil mixture to be too thick once you are melting down, you can always add a little more oil as you go.

Solid perfume containersStep Two: Before we take our beeswax/oil mixture to the stove to melt it down, experiment with your scent oils by pouring them into a separate bowl. It's important to concoct a scent you are happy with BEFORE you add it to the wax. I use about 15-20 drops of oils per 1 tbsp. You can add more or less depending on how strong you'd like your perfume to be. 

This is also a good time to open up your containers and lay them on a surface ready for pouring. You don't want to be trying to do this while you have a bowl of hot liquid in your hands! That's a recipe for disaster... not that I know this from my own experience... okay, so I'm lying.

Double boil beeswax to make your own solid perfume
Step Three: Use a double boiler to heat your beeswax and oil on the stove. I read somewhere that you shouldn't melt down beeswax in a microwave, so if you don't have a double boiler, you can fill a pot with water and place a heat safe bowl or a smaller pot in the boiling water to melt the beeswax. As you can see, it is VERY fancy.  ;)

Be sure to heat your beeswax on low/medium heat and stir as it melts down. Add your fragrance oil into the melted mixture once the beeswax is completely melted.

Pour solid perfume into containersStep Four: Once your beeswax is melted down, pour it into your containers. Mine started to harden before I got the bowl cleaned out, so I just popped it back on the stove and made it all melty again. Let the wax harden for a few hours, and you're all done!

Make Your Own Solid Perfume (click through for tutorial)Love this gift idea- Make Your Own Solid PerfumeMake Your Own Solid PerfumeThis is a quick and fun way to give handmade this holiday season! Experiment with different scents and customize your perfume for the people you love! xo. Katie

Credits // Author and Photography: Katie Shelton. Photos edited A Beautiful Mess Actions.

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Holiday Door Banner DIY

Noel door banner DIY (click through for tutorial)         When it comes to holiday door decor, the wreath is king. I would like to suggest, however, a different category of door adornment for your front porch this year—the banner! Banners are really easy to make, and they make a big statement because of their size. Throw in a holiday phrase and you got yourself a big dose of front porch Christmas cheer! We're teaming up again with the (incredibly sweet) people over at Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores to bring this simple little (big) banner project to life! 

Noel door banner DIY (click through for tutorial)          Supplies:
-gold ribbon
-sheet moss
-glue gun

-white felt
-2 wreath hangers

-fabric glue
-foam core or cardboard

Noel door banner DIY (click through for tutorial)First you'll want to use an X-Acto knife to cut your phrase letters out of foam core or cardboard. You can either print a letter from your computer in a font and size that you like (I used Function Pro Bold) and trace it onto the foam core, or you can draw your own letter directly onto it. I made my letters around 8" tall. 

Noel door banner DIY (click through for tutorial) Use a hot glue gun to glue the letters (right side facing down) onto a piece of your sheet moss. Cut around each letter with scissors when the glue has set.

Noel door banner DIY (click through for tutorial)  Cut out a large rectangle shape from your felt that is 17" wide and 6' long. You can cut a triangle out of the bottom of the rectangle so you get a banner look or leave it squared. Use fabric glue to glue the ribbon down the center of the banner.

Noel door banner DIY (click through for tutorial)    Secure your moss letters with the hot glue gun.

Noel door banner DIY (click through for tutorial)    Hang your wreath hangers 15" apart over the door with the hook sides facing inward instead of out. Drape your banner over the top of the door, adjust how low you want the banner to hang, and glue the banner onto the back of the metal hangers. 

Noel door banner DIY (click through for tutorial)
Noel door banner DIY (click through for tutorial)
Noel door banner DIY (click through for tutorial)    I like the banner idea a lot because it looks really different from the other houses on the street and stands out from the rest. The moss letters make it look like the word is still growing and that adds a fun greenery element too. What do you think? Will this be a "banner year" for your front porch? Will you make something a-door-able?? xo. Laura

Credits // Author and Photography: Laura Gummerman. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions.

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Pickled Beet Vinaigrette

Pickled beet vinaigerette salad  Pickled beet vinaigerette salad I love vinaigrettes. They are tasty and super easy to make. And if you have oil and vinegar handy, you pretty much have all the ingredients you need. Lately I've been obsessed with pickled beets, so I thought I'd share a favorite vinaigrette I've been making lately.

My favorite pickled beetsThese are my favorite pickled beets. They're called "Million Dollar Pickled Beets." They taste amazing, and I love that the ingredient list is only four items (beets, vinegar, sugar, and salt). You can use any pickled beets you prefer for this though.

Pickled Beet Vinaigrette, makes about one cup.

1/4 cup pickled beet juice (which is mostly vinegar)
2 teaspoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon dijon mustard (optional)
1/2 cup olive oil
salt + pepper to taste

Easy salad dressing recipesCombine the first three ingredients in a bowl. Next, you will whisk in the oil. Do this slowly so the oil and vinegar will combine (rather than stay separate). I like to use a squirt bottle to slowly drizzle the oil in as I whisk. Taste and add as much salt and pepper as you think it needs.

How to make vinairgeretteSee how well-combined the mixture is? That's what you're looking for here.

Also, I have a confession to make...

Moody vinaigerette photo  (aka ART)Sometimes I daydream about creating some kind of installation art show that's all food photos. This is either the best or worst idea I've had this week. Can't decide.

I call this one, "Beet Vinaigrette (Art)"

I put the word "art" in parenthesis so everyone knows. They might just think it's a regular food photo otherwise.

Jk. :)

Pickled beet vinaigerette saladAnyway, back to salad talk. You can serve this vinaigrette on any salad you like, but I am currently in love with spinach, pickled beets, feta cheese, and sunflower seeds. I really like feta and beets together, the sharpness of the feta pairs well with earthy, sweet pickled beets. Eat your greens so you can have a holiday cookie later—that's my motto! xo. Emma

Credits // Author and Photography: Emma Chapman. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions.

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