Recipe Friday: Oreo Fluff Stuff

I had something like this at a restaurant, and hoped to replicate it for a church potluck. I came close, and this is equally tasty. I think this was the first dish I’ve brought to a potluck that was wiped clean – I brought home an empty bowl!

In addition, it’s a really easy recipe. Mind you, there is no nutritional value here; in fact, this is blatantly bad for your health. But some of us get to enjoy treats once in a while, in moderation.

Oreo Fluff Stuff

Ingredients:

4 oz cream cheese, softened

7 oz marshmallow crème

8 oz Cool Whip

6-8 big squirts of chocolate syrup (maybe ½ cup?)

10 Oreo cookies (or more, if you like), crushed

4 Oreo cookies, cut in half (or 8 cookies, if you wish to keep them whole), for garnish

Directions:

In a medium bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth.

Add the marshmallow crème, beat in and mix well.

Add the Cool Whip, beat in and mix well.

At this point (for example, if you’re starting this the night before), you can refrigerate until just before serving.

Just prior to serving, start scooping the crème mixture into a serving bowl: Add two big scoops of the crème; then squirt in a puddle or two of chocolate syrup and 1/3 of the crushed cookies.

Add two or three more scoops of the crème mixture, another puddle or three of chocolate syrup, and the second third of the crushed cookies.

Add the last of the crème mixture, another couple of puddles of chocolate syrup, and the rest of the crushed cookies.

With a big spoon, gently mix and swirl the crème, syrup, and cookies until the cookies are distributed throughout. Do not overmix if you want a swirl effect.

Arrange the extra Oreo cookies on top, as garnish. A friend suggested also sprinkling miniature marshmallows on top for garnish.

This would make a pretty good pie filling, with an Oreo (or other type of) crust. You may need to double the recipe for a pie.

The Queen’s Service

photo from google

I’ve been interested in the recent news clips of the life, death and funeral of Queen Elizabeth II. As is usual at funerals, nary a word against her has been spoken: all comments and opinions have been most positive, mentioning her dedication to service and duty to her country. But then, she has received positive comments and opinions all her life.

Queen Elizabeth has left an honorable impression on the world, and has done so all her life. At the age of 21, before she ascended the throne, she pledged to dedicate her life to service of her country. She followed through on that pledge. All her public oratory has been dignified, thoughtful, and caring. She has promoted peace and unity with grace. She did not promote division. She was poised, and gentle. All she did and said was for the good of her people and country.

I think of this, and write of this, because it occurs to me that she exemplified the life of a true servant, and we, as servants of Christ, can learn something from her. At all times she put aside her personal life, her personal feelings, in deference to those she served. She knew, at a young age, that she would be a monarch, and that the most important way she could fulfil this important duty was to die to self and live to serve others. From testimony of those who knew her well, this wisdom and strength came from her Lord, Jesus Christ.

She left behind a positive legacy. She did not seem to seek to serve special interests, she did not appear to work under the table or accept bribes. Those who knew her and served her understood, from beginning to end, that she lived to serve the country as a whole, that she lived to do good to her people.

May we learn from her, and do the same: may we set aside our selves and serve our King, our Lord Jesus Christ.

1 Corinthians 10.33 Even as I please all men in all things, not seeking mine own profit, but the profit of many, that they may be saved.

Philippians 2.3 Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.

Matthew 20.28 Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.