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April 16, 2011 / Asimplemother

What To Do On This Wintery Spring Day

Did you wake up this morning bummed to find snow in your front yard, cloudy, cold and windy weather?  Me too! To avoid feeling trapped inside for the day, I usually turn to cooking and crafting.  Below are two super easy projects…An Easter Peep Ball and Chocolate Truffle Cake.  And don’t worry, both of these projects are easy and enjoyable.  Included are images of my finished products.

What better than to create a great Easter decoration and then reward yourself (and family) with chocolate cake. 

Easter Peep Ball
(Original project is from Our Best Bites, but I could not find a straw wreath and instead modified the project.)

A great gift idea for Grandma too!

Easter Peep Wreath / Disco Ball

An easy spring-time craft project

What You Need:

1 – 4″ styrofoam ball
24″ of ribbon – 1″ thick
12-13 boxes of different colors of Peeps (10 per pack) – I used ducks
Glue Gun and Glue Sticks
A wood Skewer or other sharp tool to feed ribbon through the ball


Create a hole through the ball with the skewer.  Repeat step but feed the ribbon through with the skewer this time. Tie a knot on the bottom leaving a little ribbon hanging below the knot.  Pul the top of the ribbon so the knot is tight on the bottom. Tie a loop at the top of the ribbon.  Trim edges of ribbon if necessary. 

Using the tooth picks and glue gun, begin sticking Peeps all around the ball, especially gluing Peeps on the bottom 1/2 of the ball.  A little glue goes along way. And Peeps will glue to each other, the styrofoam and toothpicks.  Continue to fill in spaces and create a couple of layers of Peeps to cover any of the styrofoam ball.  Using the glue gun, touch up any Peeps that need a little extra. 

And, you’re done!

Note:  I have a cupboard over my island. I used the ribbon to hang it while I added Peeps…worked great.
Total Time = About 1 Hour
Total Investment = About $15


A Chocolate Truffle Dessert
(From Simple and Delicious)

And it is DELICIOUS!


1 box of fudge brownie mix (8″ pan size)
3 cups of semisweet chocolate chips
2 cups heavy whipping cream, divided
6 TBSP. butter, cubed
1 TBSP. instant coffee granules
3 TBSP. vanilla extract
14-16 Pirouette cookies, cut into 1.5 inch pieces


Prepare brownie mix batter according to the package directions (so you will most likely need eggs, oil and water).  Spread into a greased 9″ springform pan.  Place on a baking sheet.  Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes.  Cool on a wire rack.

Place chocolate chips in a food processor; cover and process until finely chopped. In a small microwave safe bowl, combine 1 cup of cream, butter, and coffee granules.  Microwave 1 to 1.5 minutes until butter is melted; stir until smooth.  With food processor running, add cream mixture to chocolate chips in a slow, steady stream.  Add vanilla; cover and process until smooth 

Cut a hole in the corner of a pastry or plastic bag. Fill with 1/4 cup chocolate mixture; set aside for garnish. (Note: I only used about 1/8 cup). Transfer remaining chocolate mixture to a large bowl. Remove sides from springform pan.  Spread half of the chocolate mixture over brownie layer, spreading evenly over top and sides (This will act like the cookie “glue” in the final step).  In a small bowl, whisk remaining 1 cup of cream until soft peaks form; fold in remaining chocolate mixture.  Spread over chocolate layer. 

Chocolate Truffle Cake from Simple & Delicious

Ready to Eat

Gently press cookies into sides of dessert. (Note: I cut the cookies into 4 pieces to equal the 1.5 inch pieces needed).

Pipe reserved chocolate mixture on top. (Using a plastic bag actually worked for me this time). Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight. Remove from refrigerator 5 minutes before serving. 

Makes 16 servings! ENJOY! with some coffee and think of spring!



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  1. Margret Bagwell / Apr 16 2011 1:50 pm

    I found your blog on google and read a few of your other posts. I just added you to my Google News Reader. Keep up the good work. Look forward to reading more from you in the future.

  2. Recipe Chefs / Apr 17 2011 11:08 am

    Excellent post thanks for sharing. Food is something I can enjoy all around. If I’m not eating it. I’m reading and looking at pictures about it.

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