Out Like A Light

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Happy Birthday to OSGMOM!!!!

For the record, mom that was not me who called you and hung up this morning after realizing the 2 hour time difference.

I get a little excited at times.

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Yesterday, I discovered Things To Do When the Power is Out for 5 Hours.

  • Take up knitting
  • Have long conversations with your cat
  • Call the hydro company and notify them because…you know…they wouldn’t already know from hundreds of other callers
  • Pace around the house
  • Have a brilliant idea to go to Starbucks and realize your car is stuck in the garage and you can’t get the door to open
  • Bring freshly baked Glo Bars to neighbour down the road because you can’t seal the bars 
  • Start to get scared when Eric works late and your house is pitch black and making weird noises
  • Take pictures of pretty candles and pretend not to be scared
  • Realize that there is HUMMUS to be saved in the fridge! Scarf hummus and Multiseed crackers.
  • After 4 hours, survival instincts start to kick in. Go for the sweets in the freezer!

 

Yesterday started off well. I had a productive morning of work, buzzing through my orders, and then I set out for a run on my lunch break. It was gorgeous, sunny, and crazy windy, but I figured it was nothing I couldn’t handle!

The run:

  • Distance: 5:15 miles
  • Time: 43:51
  • Avg pace: 8:31
  • Splits: 8:26, 8:15, 8:31, 8:20, 9:00, 1:17

 

I thought I might blow away. I was so happy to be home. Instead of feeling energized on this run, I felt a bit drained like I had just run a tough race or something.

In the afternoon, a huge tree fell over onto an electrical wire and it knocked out the power for miles and miles in our area. When it finally came back on 5 hours later, I spent the rest of the night catching up on my work. I was not a happy camper!

Today has to be better…and how could it not be with Pecan Pie Truffles? :)

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I thought I would show you how to make the Pecan Pie Truffles that I featured in my Project Food Blog Challenge #6 post. Also, some of you have been asking where the recipes are from that post. You mean I typed up all those recipes and you didn’t see the PDF link? ahhhhh lol. ;) I linked to them in that post on Sunday (underneath the menu). The only recipes that were not featured are the Cake In A Jar and those recipes will be coming up in in the next week or two. :)

Pecan Pie Truffles

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup pecans
  • 1/2 cup almonds
  • ¼ cup oats
  • ½ cup pitted dates, packed (approx 11 medjool dates)
  • ½ tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp almond extract
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
  • 3-4 tbsp icing sugar
  • ¼ tsp ground nutmeg
  • ½ tsp ground ginger
  • ¾ tsp ground cinnamon

 

Directions: In a food processor, process the pecans and almonds until fine. Now add in the oats, followed by the vanilla, almond extract (optional), icing sugar, and sea salt. Add in the roughly chopped and pitted dates and process until crumbly. Process until crumbly. Do not process long enough for the mixture to get too sticky (like nut butter), but you do want it to be a bit tacky so you can shape the truffles so they will hold together. If mixture is too crumbly, process it a bit longer. You could also add a bit of maple syrup to make it stick together if necessary. You want to work the mixture a bit in your hands to warm it up so you can form a ball with it. Makes about 12-15 truffles.

The truffles are Eric approved! ;)

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Step 1: Add pecans and almonds and process until crumbly.

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Step 2: Add in oats, spices, sea salt, icing sugar. Process until fine.

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Step 3: Add in chopped dates and process until it just begins to get sticky.

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Step 4: Shape into truffles.

I made three varieties…Peanut Butter (and chocolate covered PB!), Pecan Pie, and Brownie Bliss. I adapted the Brownie Bliss from Dreena Burton and then the others I just made up as I went along. The recipes are linked in Sunday’s post.

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The best part is shaping the truffles to look like a box of chocolates! They would make a fun holiday gift.

Happy Thursday!

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Amari @ Eat Chic October 28, 2010

I love it when the power goes out! It brings people together when you are forced to step away from the computer and television for a few hours and just enjoy each others company! :) I also love that number one on your list was take up knitting; I’ve been knitting for almost 10 years and find that it is the perfect fall and winter hobby! Nothing ends the night better then relaxing on the couch with a hot cup of tea and some knitting!

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Sassy Molassy October 28, 2010

Angela, your food always looks beyond amazing, but these seriously take the cake, thus far. And that candle photo is gorgeous. Sometimes I secretly wish the wind would knock our power out for hours so I’m just forced to sit and read or dream by candlelight.

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Allison October 28, 2010

Those truffles look amazing! Sorry about the power outage! We had a similar situation here yesterday and today with really high winds causing all kinds of damage!

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Allison October 28, 2010

Oops, meant to say that that the high winds were where else but the The Windy City, Chicago!

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Liz @ Tip Top Shape October 28, 2010

Those truffles are just adorable-and I bet delicious, too!!

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Charlie October 28, 2010

One time when I was about 9-10 years old we the power was out for 2 weeks! There was a storm during the night and a tree fell on our transformer. Since there we were only two houses with no electricity, it wasn’t a priority!

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Lisa (bakebikeblog) October 28, 2010

They are the most gorgeous truffles I have ever seen!!!

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stacey-healthylife October 28, 2010

5 hrs would drive me crazy and I have been there before. I also started thinking about my precious food in the fridge.

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carol October 28, 2010

Hi do you use golden or whole grain flaxseeds in your crackers? what can I use instead of the pepito seeds?

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OSGMOM October 28, 2010

Thanks to everyone for the Happy Birthday good wishes and Happy Birthday to Robyn who shares the same birthday :) I wish I had some of those truffles right now.

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Balanced Healthy Life October 28, 2010

These are so cute! What a great gift to give out as well!

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Mary @ Bites and Bliss October 28, 2010

it’s true, you’ll do so many things you never thought about when the power’s out! Except I think my favorite will always be shadow puppets :P

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Camille October 28, 2010

Thank you so much for posting this recipe!
I am making those asap!

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e m l October 28, 2010

Holy crap! You seriously made those?! Perfect holiday gift…however, they would never make it past my hands unfortunately – I’ve have them scarfed down in two bites!

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Kris | iheartwellness.com October 28, 2010

Ummmm I think I will take a boat load of the peanut butter truffle please ;) Mmmm these look freaking fantastic and my mouth is watering over here….seriously ;)

Happy Thursday Doll!

xxoo

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Mary (What's Cookin' with Mary) October 28, 2010

Happy Birthday to your Momma!! :D

And WOW!! :O Those truffles look to DIE for!!!

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Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin October 28, 2010

This post makes me miss my food processor! :(

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Cynthia October 28, 2010

Those truffles look awesome . . . and so easy! Happy Birthday to your blog. :)

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Cara Craves... October 28, 2010

Do you actually knit?
I love knitting scarves in the winter..they are really the only thing I have mastered!
It is quite a relaxing activity… until you start dropping stitches and want to pull your hair out!

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Melissa @ I Never Imagined October 28, 2010

How dreadful for you to have to eat the hummus and the sweets in the freezer! Thank goodness you were home at the time! :)
Happy birthday to your mom! Is it birthday season right now or what!?

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Meaghen October 28, 2010

The picture of Eric with the truffle is so cute! He looks so excited about it.

Your power was out for 5 hours? That sucks. We had a lot of wind here, but no power outages.

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Wei-Wei October 28, 2010

Those truffles look absolutely delicious! And happy birthday to OSGMOM! :D

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Katie October 28, 2010

I know you’ve mentioned it before, but where did you get those candle holders from? They are gorgeous! And I sent a link to my husband of your post yesterday….my DREAM is to have a backyard like yours someday! Gorgeous!

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Sünne October 29, 2010

Oooooh, truffles!
Are you going to post the cake-in-a-jar-parfait recipes? I couldn’t keep my eyes from the pictures of them in your last Project Food Blog-post! Hope you’ll win the competition – you’d absolutely deserve it!

Sünne

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