Peanut Butter Truffles

I’ve never come across a more addicting recipe than the one I’m about to share with you. My friend, Hannah, brought these to us after Oliver was born and I won’t even tell you how quickly they disappeared. Thankfully (or maybe not) she gladly shared the recipe and I’ve made them too many times to count since then. I like to keep them in the fridge and grab one or two when I just need something sweet. Sometimes that’s at 2 a.m. but who’s judging?

These truffles are so easy to make and I bet you have all of the ingredients already in your kitchen…that’s what makes them so dangerous. With a smooth and creamy peanut butter center and a rich chocolate coating, they taste like a Reese’s peanut butter cup, or even better, in my opinion. Hannah agreed to let me pass the recipe on to you so here you go!

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Peanut Butter Truffles

yields about 24 truffles

  • 3 tablespoons salted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 cup powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1 cup chocolate chips

Line a cookie sheet with wax or parchment paper and set aside.

Combine the butter, peanut butter, and powdered sugar in a medium bowl. Roll the mixture into 1-inch balls and place on the prepared cookie sheet. Melt the chocolate chips in a double boiler or in the microwave and stir until smooth. Dip the peanut butter balls into the chocolate to coat. Return to the cookie sheet and chill in the fridge until the chocolate is set, about one hour.

Source: my friend Hannah, but similar here

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Life Lately

And just like that, Oliver is a month old!

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We are kind of settling in now and getting on some sort of schedule…as much of a schedule that a newborn will allow, anyway! We have a little lull in between visitors now; one of my sisters came for a few days, my mom just left after coming out for a week, and another sister will be coming at the

end of the month. It has been so good to have family here but I sure get homesick when they leave!

I’ll probably write a little more about his birth at some point but for now, here’s a little snapshot of our life lately.

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WANTING | this light fixture from Pottery Barn for our dining room

NEEDING | organization, desperately

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LOVING | these drawings that my friend Kristina made for our living room

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READING | the rules for Candy Land (I’m pretty sure Matilda has been cheating), articles on baby sleep habits

EATING | too many sweets, my mom’s homemade granola with dried apricots, walnuts, pecans, and almonds

DRINKING | coffee again!!! Extra strong with a shot of espresso, please.

COOKING | does toasting an Eggo count?? I hope so.

WEARING | these nursing tanks from Target (love them), Oliver in a wrap

FEELING | hungry. All. The. Time.

LISTENING | to lullabies and baby snores

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WATCHING | Matilda grow up before my eyes. Having a newborn in the house makes me realize that she’s not a baby anymore…and now I have a lump in my throat.

LEARNING | how to be a mother to two children, to be content

MISSING | home.

A New Addition

Welcome, Oliver Reid!

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Our baby boy joined us on January 4th, at 2:45 pm, weighing in at 8 pounds 3 ounces and measuring 19 inches long. He is absolutely perfect and we just love him.

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Our Thanksgiving Table

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I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving, or those of you from the US, anyway. We hosted dinner this year and it was a lot of fun; we had a small group so it wasn’t too stressful. We had to borrow some seating and the plates and glasses didn’t all match but I kind of liked it that way. And we got to really put our new kitchen to the test. One slightly over-cooked turkey later…

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I made my first pumpkin pie and I don’t think anyone left hungry. Success.

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I had fun planning the table setting…I finally had an excuse to polish up my gold flatware and pull out the candlesticks that we got for our wedding! I rescued the old board from Reid’s burn pile and my family sent the flower arrangement that perfectly finished off the look.

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I had an extra bunch of rosemary so I dressed up the empty plates with a sprig tied with hemp rope.

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Pinterest came in handy and I found this free printable banner by The TomKat Studio.

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I think setting a table might be my new favorite thing to do. I really should do it more often…no need to wait for a holiday, right?

And now it’s officially the Christmas season….and then comes a baby. Gulp. I’m so ready but also not ready at all…32 weeks and counting! My to-do list is probably taller than I am.

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Oh, and I am planning on doing more farmhouse updates but I’ll probably do it by room, as we get them finished. We have two light fixtures hanging now so we’ve made some progress! Only about 17 more to go…

Farmhouse Update | part six

You know when you have a million things to get done and all you can do is walk around in circles? Yeah, that’s me right now. I’m probably about halfway done packing but now I’m just sitting on the couch, willing the rest of our belongings to jump into boxes by themselves. It’s not working. But on a happier note, we’re moving this weekend! We had a bunch of people show up to help on Saturday and we were able to finish the big things to get it ready.

There are still plenty of small things to be done but we’ll get to them eventually, like painting trim and doors, finishing the crown molding, and putting up light fixtures, etc. The side entry and basement both need a lot of work too. I still need to give it a good scrub but here are some pictures before all of our clutter piles in.

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I am going to slowly order light fixtures. For our last house we just went out and bought them all at once and I never really liked them. Hopefully I can find some unique ones that don’t break the bank!

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These beams still need some work; they are a little too rough!

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We need to order the range hood and we plan to build an island/prep table at some point.

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I love how the countertops turned out! They have some imperfections but I think they fit the house well. I’m hoping they hold up!

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wooden countertops

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My brother-in-law found these copper pipes at a scrap yard and I love the look of them exposed. We still need to figure out what we are going to do for a vanity mirror and storage.

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I only got a couple pictures of the upstairs but here’s Matilda’s room (can you even tell it’s pink??)…

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And the nursery.

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It’s crazy to see everything come together. I sometimes have too many ideas and it’s hard to narrow it down to what will work together and what is practical. Now for the fun part…furnishing it!

Saturday can’t come soon enough.

Read more: part one | part two | part three | part four | part five

Farmhouse Update | part five

When I did the first update post I was thinking that maybe we would be done by this point…now I’m envisioning myself writing ‘farmhouse update, part seventeen’ at some point. Only kidding, we are actually less than two weeks from our move date! We aren’t going to finish everything completely but it will be livable and the things that need to be done only aesthetic (for the most part).

The kitchen is taking shape, piece by piece. The backsplash and sink have been installed and the window now has trim. We went with bead board for the backsplash to stick with the classic farmhouse style and the sink is a cast iron apron front beauty. The lighting was really harsh when I went to get pictures but you get the idea.

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The countertops were delivered! I knew I wanted butcher block countertops so we decided to order them from Ikea. We originally got a quote from a local vendor and they were so expensive so this really was our only option. We ordered three pieces of Numerar birch and Reid cut them to size and sanded the finish off of them. He coated the bottom side with a polyurethane sealer (the same stuff he used on the floors) and then conditioned and stained the top with a walnut stain. We are going to seal them with many coats of Waterlox and hopefully they hold up well! We won’t be cutting on them directly so that’s why we decided to stain them rather than oil them.

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I only have a blurry picture of part of the stained countertop but I’ll post some once they have been sealed. Reid did them last night so I actually haven’t even seen them in person yet! I agonized over these things for many, many weeks (stain and seal vs. oil, what color stain, what sort of finish, etc.) so I’m just glad to have them almost done. I couldn’t sleep the other night because we bought stain and I was panicking that it was going to be too red. Needless to say, I had Reid running out to get new stain on his way to the house. I might be slowly going crazy but no one can be sure.

It was a big week for the kitchen, I guess, because the appliances were delivered as well! We decided on the KitchenAid Architect Series II line in stainless steel and got a great deal on them from a local store. Drum roll, please…

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I mean, it has a bread proofing function, which is obviously why I needed it. This is my first time owning a gas range (and a double oven) and I can’t wait to test it out. I’m really excited about the fifth burner in the center that has a cast iron griddle attachment; I think breakfast just got a little easier. We also purchased a dishwasher (!!!) and a french door refrigerator.

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Moving upstairs, past the snack queen…

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We still have lots to do. Only one room is fully painted, the rest still need primer and paint. Only some of the ceilings are done and the floors still need to be cleaned up and coated.

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white walls and pine floors

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Whew! Think we can get it done by Saturday? I’m hoping to have next week to get it cleaned up and then we’ll move in that weekend. Cross your fingers and toes, won’t you?

Previous updates: Part One | Part Two | Part Three | Part Four

Farmhouse Update | part four

Happy October! I’m back with another update on the house renovations. We are a little behind schedule; we were hoping to be moving in by the 15th but we will most likely be extending our lease until the end of the month. That way, we won’t be moving into a construction zone. Either way, I’ve started packing!

Reid sanded the first level floors and applied stain and a sealer. We went with American walnut after I saw it on a friend’s floor and I love the rich, warm tone. I did freak out a little when he first put it on, though! I didn’t realize that most of it wipes off…newbie here!

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staining wood floors

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The kitchen floors are oak and came out great but the living/dining room floors are birch and didn’t take the stain as well. The color is a little uneven but I think it looks fine; Reid isn’t so sure. It’ll mostly be covered with rugs and furniture so I’m not too worried about it. Maybe down the road we’ll try something different with them but not now.

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Most of the windows have been trimmed and Reid has started on the base boards. The bathroom is also coming along! The toilet and the sink faucet have been installed and we’re just waiting on the sink drain to come in so that the vanity can be finished up.

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I had my heart set on a wall-mounted vintage-style faucet and found this one on Amazon. It’s just some random brand so hopefully it won’t have too many issues! I love it and think it adds a unique touch.

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I also ordered the sink on Amazon and picked up the table from an antique store. I think we are going to shorten the legs a little and then secure it to the wall. It’ll eventually have a shelf below it but that may be on the ‘winter projects’ list, which grows by the day. I need to find a mirror and a sconce but then it’ll be mostly finished!

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I couldn’t get upstairs to take pictures but it’s about halfway primed/painted. The ceilings and floors still need to be finished too. Good news: the kitchen won’t be empty for much longer! The cabinets are scheduled to be delivered today, the sink came in yesterday, and the appliances are in and ready to be delivered too! Christmas came a few months early this year! Reid is planning on installing the cabinets this weekend so maybe next week we will be showing some progress in there. We are still waiting on the countertops and I’m a little worried that they won’t get here until right before we move in. Only a minor detail, though, right?

Read more: Part One | Part Two | Part Three

Life, Lately (and a giveaway *closed*)

Here’s what’s happening around here lately, in list form…

WANTING | this creamer and sugar bowl set from Crate & Barrel for our new kitchen, which doesn’t actually exist yet

CRAVING | soup, chocolate pudding, and apples (who over 10 years old even eats chocolate pudding??)

COOKING | fall comfort food, even though it’s still in the seventies

DRINKING | coffee, apple cider, not enough water

READING | countertop tutorials, this week’s Bible study lesson

LISTENING | to train whistles and church bells

LEARNING | that sometimes life just doesn’t make sense, in the worst possible way

HOPING | that I can make it to (almost) full-term with this pregnancy

FEELING | baby kicks!

WEARING | this Madewell vest. Every day. For the rest of my life.

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And Matilda is…

EATING | macaroni & cheese and gum

READING | The Berenstain Bears, Maisy, and Little Critter

LEARNING | the ABC’s and how to ride her bike

PLAYING | with her dolls and stuffed animals, mostly

FEELING | like naps are a waste of time

WEARING | rain boots and hair bows

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And that brings us to the giveaway! My good friends, Kristina and Rachel, are the creative duo behind ritzy keen., a handmade accessory boutique for children and adults. I’ve been wearing their pieces on Matilda since she was born and I absolutely love them for their simple design and on-trend colors. My favorites right now are their bitty bow and flower clips, which work perfectly for holding Matilda’s hair out of her face.

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This giveaway is now closed. The winners are:

  • Karina
  • Emma
  • Tyra

Thanks for entering!

I’m giving away one $20 gift certificate (redeemable via their Facebook page) and two sets of bitty bow clips in our favorite colors of the moment: mint, black & white polka dots, and coral.  Ways to enter (up to four entries per person):

  • Comment on this post with something you’ve been loving lately
  • Share this post on Facebook and/or Twitter for additional entries (must leave a separate comment on this post for each ‘share’ in order for them to be counted)
  • Post the image below on Instagram with the hashtag #threewoodenspoons

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The giveaway will close on Friday, 9/26/14, at 12 pm EST. I will choose three winners randomly. Make sure to leave a valid email address when commenting as I will use that address to contact the winners. The winners will have 48 hours to respond with their mailing address or new winners will be chosen.

Good Luck and thanks for reading!

Disclaimer: ritzy keen. is providing the gift certificate but I purchased the bows to give away because I really do love them. All opinions are honest and my own and I was not compensated in any way.

Farmhouse Update | part three

Hello, again! I never got around to posting an update last week…we got a lot done but it was a little hard to tell. Mostly drywall, priming, and ceiling stuff, so not very exciting…

This week shows some progress! Reid (and company) tiled the shower with white subway tiles and finished grouting it today. I love it. We decided to go with a dark gray grout to get more contrast; it will lighten up some once it dries but should still stay quite dark.

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It was more work than we anticipated but it was worth it, in my opinion. I like that it adds an industrial touch to an otherwise rustic room. I’m really trying to avoid being too literal with the ‘farmhouse’ style and I think mixing in some urban elements will create a nice balance.

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“Mom, I’ll do ‘cheese’!”

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The downstairs is now primed and painted and ready for trim, after the floors get refinished. I didn’t get a picture of it completely done but we chose white paint so you get the idea. Have you ever stopped in to grab white paint? I mean, there’s an entire book dedicated just to white. Good grief.

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Our plans for the stairs are to paint the risers white and sand and stain the rest to match the floors. Under the stairs is a little built-in desk.

The kitchen is still empty but the cabinets have been ordered! Hooray! They should be ready in a couple of weeks. We ordered our countertops and I’ve been pricing out appliances…I’ll hopefully place an order tomorrow. It was a tough decision! There have been so many decisions to make and I’ve been feeling very overwhelmed at times. Like with the cabinets, for example…what type of wood, what style panel, straight edge or beveled, one door or two, glass or no glass, what kind of crown molding. Oh, and white? Choose from these fifteen shades. Help! It’s a good problem to have, though, and I’m certainly not complaining. I am so excited for this kitchen.

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The upstairs hasn’t really been touched yet so that still looms ahead. I started to fill in the holes in Matilda’s room but that’s as far as I got. We’re hoping to get away with just painting and refinishing the ceilings and floors for now. And updating the light fixtures, of course. I asked Matilda what color room she wanted and “pink!” was the response so we have a gallon of ‘bare pink’ ready to go up in her room. The rest of the rooms will be white…maybe we’ll add some color later on but for now I’m just ready for a crisp, clean slate.

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Plans for this week: sand the floors, purchase trim, order appliances, work on the upstairs…and the ten million other things that always seem to pop up. There’s always something! Just part of the beauty of an old home, or that’s what we tell ourselves, anyway.

Catching up? Part One | Part Two

FAVORITE RECIPES | autumn edition

I’m not really one to do review or round-up posts but I have a bunch of new readers (welcome!) so I thought it might be appropriate, just this once…or maybe a few times a year. Some were posted four years ago! If you were here then, thanks for sticking around for so long!

With autumn just a few weeks away, here are a handful of my favorite seasonal recipes that always appear on my menu around this time of year. I hope you enjoy them as much as we do!

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Butternut Squash Soup

Quite possibly my favorite of all time (bold statement, I know), this soup is rich and creamy while still packing in a bunch of vegetables. The addition of cayenne pepper and nutmeg really add to the complexity and I could eat it daily. Sprinkle some crumbled bacon on top for some crunch and you just might die of happiness.

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Shredded Kale Salad with Maple Walnut Vinaigrette

This hearty salad is delicious and filling on its own, but try topping it with the crispy chicken from this post and you’ve got a killer combo. It also pairs really well with the butternut squash soup mentioned above. I served them together for a luncheon earlier this year and it was a big hit.

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Apple Danish Braid

The use of frozen puff pastry makes this danish braid a breeze to put together, yet it always impresses. It’s great as both a dessert and breakfast pastry.

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Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes with Honey Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting

This is my most viewed/pinned post and it’s easy to see why. These cupcakes are super simple to make, thanks to the help of a box mix, and perfect for the fall season. Just don’t blame me if you polish off the frosting by the spoonful.

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Glazed Apple Squares

These bars may not look too pretty but they are dreamy. They are the perfect way to use up your spoils from the orchard and they will disappear rapidly.

Enjoy!

P.S. You can always visit the recipe page for an index of all of the recipes I post (or almost all…I’m working on updating it).