Monday, May 10, 2010

Project 52 Crossword Puzzle

Hannah and I had the car on Thursday and since it was officially my turn to plan date night, she and I hit the store.  We went to Target which has those great dollar bins right when you enter the store.  I found a cross word puzzle and some water balloons.  My thoughts were to make some chocolate bowls with the water balloons and do a crossword while we waited for them to harden.  Well, I got the idea of orange truffles while I was sitting around that afternoon and went to see if we had any of the stuff that would make it and I kind of had it.  So, I made up some truffles and then we covered them with chocolate that night and they were so tasty.  We made it through one crossword puzzle and cheated very little :-D  It was fun working on it together and some of the clues and words were a little ludicrous.  All in all not a bad date for a buck and some pantry raiding.

In case you are interested in the dessert, I took the McCormick Eggnog Truffle recipe and modified it by omitting the nutmeg and rum extract and adding orange extract.  I then covered them with semisweet chocolate chips melted with shortening (1cup/1tablespoon ratio).  I think we might make them again at Christmas time as gifts.

6 comments:

  1. Both my husband and I like crosswords, but we work on them quite differently, so it is hard to do it together. If you try it again, there is always a daily crossword at cbsnews.com. Making truffles sounds so fun! Thanks for the tip on melting choc. chips - I can never do it right!

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  2. Yum - chocolate!

    I just can't do crosswords - glad you got there with a bit of cheating xo

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  3. Secret Mom Thoughts- Mostly frustrating and lots of yum.

    Marian-The shortening helps the chocolate chips to harden. I think the most important thing to remember is NO WATER/LIQUID and to heat a little, stir and then stir some more and then heat a little more, because believe it or not, chocolate burns really easily.

    OvertiredMum- I don't do crosswords either. I was one of those kids who had to do it in order from #1 to the end, took forever, but Joel was a nice balance, because he would just start where he knew something.

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  4. how was the crossword puzzle? was it fun figuring it out together? gotta love cheap dates thanks to target! thanks for sharing!
    tiffany {Simply Modern Mom}

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  5. Tiffany - It was fun working on it together. I don't know that either of us could have done it on our own without some serious cheating going on.

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