Saturday, January 31, 2015

Snow, Bowling, Birthday Meals.

They predicted snow today (Thursday) and by the time we were ready to leave home for lunch and bowling, it was just beginning. I At Towne Bowl 3counted 5 flakes of snow. However, whilst we ate lunch, it really came down and we had to clean the car before we could head to the bowling alley. Quite a lot of the white stuff by then. Thought we were in trouble, but luckily it stopped whilst we were bowling and the roads weren’t too bad, a bit slippery, but not lots and lots of snow thank goodness. Our lunch was disappointing, in fact several people ordered BLTs (waitress said she had never served so many at once) don’t know if it was us, but ours fell apart and we ended up using a knife and fork to eat them. They gave us Miracle Whip on the side, so nothing stayed inside the bread. Won’t order that there again (if we can remember for a full year). Bowling wasn’t too bad although for me it wasn’t the greatest. I did have one pretty good game. We are supposed to get a lot of snow so whether it will happen tonight or not at all, who knows.

I was reminding people of the get together at the bowling alley for Matt’s birthday party next Thursday. Not the actual day but easier to surprise him as we bowl on a Thursday anyway. I do hope it all Mandarinworks and he is pleased. When we got home this afternoon, there was an envelope from his kids in England. Turned out to be two cards (one from each family) and a large amount of Canadian cash, they took a risk there. It was inside a printed card which had the names of a bunch of local restaurants and a slot for certificates inside. I am intrigued to know how they got hold of it. Matt will phone the daughters and families at the weekend. We have been discussing where we might go for dinner with the money. We will be going to the Mandarin (our favourite Chinese buffet) for lunch on Wednesday, you will recall he gets a freebie as I did last September. As far as I know he hasn’t a clue about Thursday.

I am not into the Superbowl (except maybe the ads) but many are. Here are some footballs for you to make for your party perhaps.

Chocolate Raspberry Football Cookie Truffles
Chocolate-Raspberry Football Cookie Truffles
Shape this easy-to-prepare cookie truffle mixture into ovals and decorate to resemble mini footballs for game day parties.



Makes 3 dozen or 18 (2 cookie truffle) servings. Makes 3 dozen or 18 (2 cookie truffle) servings.
4 cups crumbled chewy chocolate cookies
1 1/2 cups marshmallow creme
2 teaspoons McCormick® Raspberry Extract
12 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, chopped
1 ounce white chocolate, melted



  1. Mix crumbled cookies, marshmallow creme and raspberry extract in large bowl until well blended. Shape mixture into 1-inch ovals. Set aside.
  2. Melt semi-sweet chocolate directed on package. Using a fork, dip 1 cookie truffle at a time into the chocolate. Tap back of fork 2 or 3 times against edge of dish to allow excess chocolate to drip off. Place on wax paper-lined tray.
  3. Refrigerate 30 minutes or until chocolate is set. Spoon melted white chocolate into small resealable plastic bag. Cut a small piece from one of the bottom corners of bag. Close bag tightly then pipe lines on truffles. Let stand until chocolate is set. Store in covered container at room temperature up to 5 days.
Have a great day


  1. You are really going to surprise him next week!

  2. Sounds like a lot of fun in the surprising him, bit. Not so fun with the BLTs.

    1. It's a lot of worry too in case he isn't pleased. You are right about the BLTs

  3. Hope he enjoys his surprise Jo!! I like the superbowl ads better than watching the game...

    1. Me too Lisa. I also prefer the ads the game but don't bother to watch either any more.

  4. Jo, I hope Matt likes his surprise. We got lots of snow yesterday and last night. Those football truffles look good. No Super Bowl party at our house. We did fend for yourself as far as dinner and snacks. I took a break from cooking. : )

    1. Me too Susanne. We got lots of snow too. I like the occasional fend for yourself time.