Awards to pass along…and truffles galore

The wonderful and inspiring Tasha of The Clean Eating Mama passed this award on to me. Thank you, Tasha! So flattered!

The sunshine award is awarded to bloggers whose positivity and creativity inspire others in the blog world.

I try to keep up with as many blogs as I can squeeze in because they all inspire me! I’d like to pass this award on to a few bloggers who I’ve enjoyed ideas and recipes from as of late:

  1. Biz of Biggest Diabetic Loser
  2. Faith of An Edible Mosaic
  3. Heather of Get Healthy with Heather
  4. Joanne of Eats Well With Others
  5. Kelly of Healthy Living with Kelly
  6. Katie of Health for the Whole Self
  7. Liz of In The Skinny

And Faith of An Edible Mosaic awarded me the Beautiful Blogger Award! Thank you, Faith! I received this award from Holly early last month, and I am tickled to receive it again! If you haven’t checked out Faith’s blog, do so! I just love it!

Instructions for the award:

1. Thank the person who gave you the award.
2. Paste the award on your blog.
3. Link the person who nominated you for the award.
4. Tell 7 interesting things about yourself.
5. Nominate 7 bloggers or less.
6. Post links to the 7 blogs you nominated.

Hmmm 7 things about me that aren’t enough to bore you to tears…

  • I have a true weakness for donuts. It’s unhealthy how much I LOVE them!
  • I am one of those weirdos who loves the treadmill — I can knock out TV viewing and exercise all in one!
  • I consume most of my calories before dinner. I exercise in the evenings and after a workout, my appetite is low. The following morning, however…watch out!
  • I struggle with over-eating in social situations and at restaurants. I’m working on this and it will likely always be a works in progress!
  • I was 5’2 until recently when I grew to a whoppin’ 5’3!
  • Dishes are the house chore I hate most! And I hate all house chores, so that says a lot!
  • I’m deathly allergic to to a plant called marijuana!

I would like to pass this award on to the following 7 fabulous, sweet bloggers who always leave me comments that make my day, everyday:

  1. Anna of Oats N Boats
  2. Stef of More to Life Than Lettuce
  3. Andrea of Can You Stay For Dinner?
  4. Tina of Faith, Fitness, and Fun
  5. Em of Homecooked Em
  6. Katie of Faith Food & Fitness
  7. Gina of The Candid RD

I also did something very un-healthy yesterday — I made truffles! While they were delicious, and I made some healthy modifications, they were still pretty harsh nutrition stats. But for a special occasion, and in moderation…yum!

Cookie Dough Truffles adapted from A Pinch of This and A Dash of That

1/2 cup butter 50/50 Smart Balance Blend, softened
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose whole wheat pastry flour
1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
1/2 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 1/4cup chopped walnuts (I omitted this)
1-1/2 1 pounds dark chocolate candy coating, coarsely chopped
I decorated mine with assorted toppings—coconut, mini white chocolate chips, and chocolate jimmies.

Directions:

In a large bowl, cream the butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in vanilla. Gradually add flour, alternately with milk, beating well after each addition. Stir in the chocolate chips and walnuts. Shape into 1-in. balls; place on waxed paper-lined baking sheets. Loosely cover and refrigerate for 1-2 hours or until firm.

In a microwave-safe bowl, melt candy coating; stir until smooth. Dip balls in coating, allowing excess to drip off; place on waxed paper-lined baking sheets. Refrigerate until firm, about 15 minutes. If desired, remelt remaining candy coating and drizzle over candies. Store in the refrigerator.

Nutrition Information (per truffle): 208 calories; 9 grams of fat; 7 mg. cholesterol; 41 mg. sodium; 29 g. carbohydrate; 0.8 g. fiber; 1.8 g. protein

I blame Cassie for this indulgence! She always posts the most delicious-looking and sounding desserts! When I found out we were having guests over tonight after dinner, I knew exactly what to make 🙂

I am now off to play 2 hockey games in hopes of burning off the 4 truffles I ate last night! I should’ve calculated the nutrition stats before I ate 4, let’s just say that much! Eeek!

Question: What’s your favorite truffle chocolate?

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40 Comments

  1. February 21, 2010 / 8:55 am

    One truffle has 208 calories?? Wow. That is why I do not look at the nutritional info when I’m indulging. I would just enjoy the treat so much less if I was aware of stats!

  2. February 21, 2010 / 9:03 am

    Mmmmm…those truffles look so good! They’re so pretty too!

    lol– great facts– so funny that you grew an inch without knowing! I overeat in social situations too…have to be really careful about that!

  3. February 21, 2010 / 9:08 am

    Awww you are so sweet to pass the sunshine award on to me! You totally deserve your awards, you’re awesome girl!

    I’ve never made truffles before, those do look pretty amazing and tasty!

  4. February 21, 2010 / 9:10 am

    I am right with you on loving the treadmill! It’s where I get most of my news, haha.

  5. February 21, 2010 / 9:12 am

    I struggle with overeating in social situations as well. Seeing other people eat with no restraint kind of makes me think it’s ok for me to do that as well. Working on it… 😉

    Thank you so much for the award!! I’m seriously so honored you would pick me!! 🙂

    Such gorgeous truffles!! You are quite talented! Mine would not look like that, I can tell you that right now! haha!! Just the name alone sounds heavenly. It’s hard to believe so many calories are in just one!! I would’ve wolfed down 4 or more easily!!

  6. February 21, 2010 / 9:30 am

    Wow! Unhealthy but delicious looking! Sweet treats are okay sometimes 🙂 I know I make them a lot!
    Love reading the stuff about you! Have a great day!!

  7. February 21, 2010 / 10:03 am

    Oh my those truffles look AMAZING! And thanks for the Sunshine Award!! TOO SWEET!!! 🙂

  8. February 21, 2010 / 10:03 am

    Congratulations on the awards — very much deserved. And those truffles – yum, yum, yum!

  9. February 21, 2010 / 10:14 am

    You certainly deserve both of those awards! You are definitely a beautiful and inspiring blogger. Thanks so much for passing the Sunshine Award along to me! I’m excited to share it with others as well. 🙂

  10. February 21, 2010 / 10:22 am

    cookie dough truffles!! They have to be one of my favorite treats ever! My aunt is the most fabulous baker and she always brings them to our family xmas eve party. yum yum yum!

  11. February 21, 2010 / 10:22 am

    Cookie dough truffles…that have some healthy ingredients…these sound AMAZING!

  12. February 21, 2010 / 10:40 am

    Mmmm – truffles!!! I’ve only made the Oreo kind with white chocolate. AMAZING. Totally worth the effort!!

  13. February 21, 2010 / 11:02 am

    Aww, thanks! You always make me smile too with your comments 🙂

  14. February 21, 2010 / 11:21 am

    Lovely truffles…can’t wait to check out your peeps!

  15. February 21, 2010 / 1:19 pm

    aww thanks girl! i’m honored :). loved reading all of your tidbits of personal info in this post, it’s always fun to learn stuff like that about bloggers! how recently did you grow? that’s crazy! i stopped growing at like 17 i think, but i was under 5 feet until i was 14, then when i quit gymnastics (not sure if that was related, but i like to think it was) i magically shot up SIX inches in 2 months. yikes, talk about growing pains. i admire you for talking about struggling with overeating in those settings! it’s a surprisingly common battle (which obviously you’re aware of, as an RD!) so i think your opening up will give people a lot of hope and comfort that they’re not alone!

  16. eaternotarunner
    February 21, 2010 / 2:33 pm

    Cookie dough truffles…yum!

  17. Tiffany
    February 21, 2010 / 2:46 pm

    THEY WERE DELICIOUS!!! And totally worth the 416 calories (I had two!) mmmmmm

    • Nicole
      Author
      February 21, 2010 / 4:41 pm

      Hahaha! Thank you, Tiff!! I’m glad you liked them! 🙂 So good seeing you guys last night…let’s make another date sooner rather than later!

  18. February 21, 2010 / 3:12 pm

    AWW i <3 you! thank you for the sweet reward! your comments always make my day too love!

    TRUFFLES-ahhh! i love anything PB and dark chocolate!

  19. February 21, 2010 / 4:24 pm

    Congrats on your awards!
    I love truffles. Those look amazing! You have to indulge once and a while.

  20. February 21, 2010 / 5:12 pm

    Congrats on the awards. Holy heck do those truffles look wonderful. I bet they were so worth it. Chocolate covered cantaloupe sounds really good. Thanks for the thought, I may need to try that.

  21. February 21, 2010 / 5:12 pm

    Ugh…house chores are the worst! I absolutely dread having to clean. Your truffles look like they’re from a fancy bakery! I’m impressed!

  22. February 21, 2010 / 5:52 pm

    I made Oreo truffles for a work cookie swap and they were the most popular cookie there! Yum.

  23. February 21, 2010 / 6:00 pm

    I also have problems with portions when I am eating out or at social setting…I keep going and going

    Those truffles look delish!

  24. February 21, 2010 / 7:36 pm

    I made oreo truffles for everyone this Christmas. It was such a bad idea for me… I ate SO many… I can’t keep stuff like that in my house. I’m a binge eater when it comes to chocolate 😉

  25. February 21, 2010 / 7:59 pm

    208 cal per truffle?? That seems really high! I love Lindor truffles and they only have about 70 calories each. Most Godiva truffles have about 80 calories each, too. I’d stick with either of them before going through the trouble of making my own.

  26. February 21, 2010 / 10:36 pm

    Wow-cookie dough truffles? Those sound like the best thing ever. Every now and then we have to ignore the nutritional information and just enjoy!!
    At least, that’s what I do!

  27. February 21, 2010 / 10:45 pm

    Nicole, Thank you so so much for the beautiful blogger award, it means the world to me!
    And I feel like you stole my list of seven things! Especially my love of donuts and treadmill TV watching!
    Have a wonderful Monday!!

  28. February 21, 2010 / 11:24 pm

    congraz on your awards nicole, truffles look awesome & tempting..

  29. February 22, 2010 / 1:00 am

    Truffles look incredible, Nicole!!!! I’m impressed…
    I felt you were talking about me in your list of 7 things…. I too have a problem with social overeating, I hate house chores and recently found out that I am not 5’3″ but 5’3,5″ and that made me feel sooo good…. ha ha….
    Congrats on the award. You deserve it, girl!

  30. February 22, 2010 / 5:58 am

    YAY! I so appreciate you making my recipes and thrilled that you enjoy them as much as you do. I like how you lightened them up a bit too–a perfect indulgence 🙂 Happy Monday!

  31. February 22, 2010 / 7:27 am

    Your truffles look great…I have never seen flour in a truffle recipe! I am wondering how that changes things??? Love learning about you. You grew in the past year? Must be all that healthy eating!

  32. February 22, 2010 / 8:18 am

    You’re evil! I’ve always eaten my cooke dough truffles without ever wanting to think about the nutrition. They are my kind of cheat treat!

    On the other hand it’s always a good thing to keep that in the back of your mind so you can balance it out with the rest of your choices.

  33. February 22, 2010 / 7:47 pm

    Your truffles are beautiful! (Not to mention they sound incredibley delicious! 😉 ) You are so sweet to pass your award on to me…I’m honored! By the way, that is so cool that you grew an inch…I’m jealous! 😉

  34. February 23, 2010 / 12:51 pm

    WOW !!! Those truffles look amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I would be loving those!!!!!!

    I love your recipes!!! Always something good!!

    Have a great day!!!

  35. intheskinny
    February 23, 2010 / 7:37 pm

    Aww, thanks for the award!! I’ll have to do this soon – I love finding new blogs. 🙂

  36. February 24, 2010 / 6:43 pm

    Thanks so much for the award Nicole – you’re a sweetie! I comment cause I love reading your blog… well and of course the pics of Lily – I’m a sucker for dogs! I hope you’re having a fantastic week.

  37. February 25, 2010 / 6:28 am

    Thanks Nicole!! I appreciate the award 🙂

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