By Teri Cayton
The Parsons Advocate
Nov. 29, 2020, I walk outside and what do I hear but a lawnmower. My first thought was of Mom. She would mow grass until the snow covered the yard and she couldn’t see green anymore. She tortured that poor lawn with the closest cut she could get, she would mow until the dirt was flying. Momma Said, “If you are going to do something do it well.”
As I write this, she would not be mowing today because it is poking down the snow. We have had wrecks all day including one fatal one I am afraid to say. The first snow of the year always catches people one step behind. We have not had a significant snow fall for so long that people forget how dangerous it can be.
Winter can be fickle in West Virginia because of the temperature changes and altitudes. It can be fine in one county and you cross the county line and a few feet in elevation and it is a totally different story. In Parsons we are just not quite 20 miles from a major ski area. It is quite a difference in elevation from here to there and the weather is quite severe at times up there.
Mom didn’t like snow because it kept her from all her chores outside. Once she shoveled all the paths she had nothing to do and it just about drove her crazy. She was not a sit around kind of gal, she was l00 miles an hour all the time. When she got sick it was hard for her to ask for help because that was something she never did. Momma Said, “Why ask for help when you can do it yourself.”
White Chocolate Oreo Truffles Balls
- 2 cups of semi-sweet white chocolate
- 2 sleeves (30 cookies) of vanilla Oreo cookies (can use regular Oreo cookies as well)
- 1/2 bar of cream cheese, at room temperature
- Place the Oreo cookies into a zip lock bag and crush them using a blunt object. I use a meat tenderizer. You can also use a food processor if you have one. You want a dry, sandy mixture.
- Put the crushed cookies into a bowl and add in the cream cheese. Begin mixing it using a spoon and change to an electric mixer.
- If you don’t have an electric mixer, you can continue with the spoon. You want a wet, sandy mixture.
- Using a spoon, scoop up a heaping tsp of the mixture. Place it into the palm of your hand and roll it into a ball. Set it aside on a baking tray lined with parchment paper.
- Repeat the process for the remaining mixture. Place the balls in the freezer for 15 to 20 minutes.