Controlling “Spring Butt” Syndrome Plus How to Make Oreo Pops

Day 6- The Art of Wearing Your Fat Dreams

Do you volunteer your time for a charity, church, or other institutions? Does it bring you pleasure? Over the years I have learned not to be a “Spring Butt.” Let me explain. I used to volunteer for too many things, things that were out of my talent range. Things that I was “guilted” into. Or even things I did not like doing, but no one else was taking the job and someone had to do it. This left me frustrated, hurried, harried, used, and grumpy. Now when I am somewhere and the host asks for volunteers, I do not quickly spring from my chair screaming, “pick me!” While keeping my butt firmly planted in the chair, I first ask myself…

1. Is it something I am good at or enjoy?
2. Do I have time to do this?
3. Will it take time away from my family in a negative way?
4. Will I do it cheerfully?

When my church asked for folks to join the bake team, I did spring into action as this would be something I was good at, I did have time, would not take away from my family, and I would enjoy this kind of volunteer work. Although I did put boundaries on this little volunteer job as I have learned to do this on all volunteer jobs. I would try it for 12 months, and I would bake four times per year. This boundary is in place for me to make sure I do like it, and I do have the time. It also gives me time to volunteer for other tasks I enjoy, like school bake sales!

LET’S POP!

Zuzu enjoyed helping me make these Oreo Pops for church.

You will need…
Regular Oreos
Chocolate or Candy coating for melting and dipping
White chocolate for decoration- optional
Tasting Spoons or you can use Popsicle sticks or lollipop sticks but if you use lollipop sticks you will need to use the double stuffed Oreos (which I did not like as much as using the regular Oreos- the thicker ones took way more chocolate to fill the edges, broke more easily, and were harder to eat- or Zuzu and I are completely incompetent!) Some local ice cream parlors may be happy to sell you smaller amounts of tasting spoons, give it a try!

Melt chocolate or candy coating according to package directions. We used about 1 pound and melted it in small amounts. Do not overheat or it will bloom- get white streaks in it when set.

Pry Oreos opened. Dip ends of spoons in chocolate and place between each opened Oreo. Press closed. Let rest until chocolate is set. Chilling a bit helps.

Dip each Oreo into the melted chocolate, shaking off excess chocolate as you remove the pop from the chocolate. Lay each on a parchment lined cookie sheet to set. Repeat with as many pops as you need.

Melt a little white chocolate and place in a plastic bag, snip the end, and drizzle over the pops. Pretty. Store in air-tight container until ready to eat.

Other Pretty Pops Around the Block
Dine & Dishes White Chocolate Dipped Oreo Pops
Mini Mouse Oreo Pops
Easter Bunnies and Chicks Oreo Pops
Frankenstein Oreo Pops
My Turtle Pops!

Do you volunteer? What are some of your favorite volunteer jobs? How can you place boundaries on your volunteer jobs to create more time for other volunteer jobs, decrease feeling overwhelmed, or control being taken advantage. Please share your thoughts in the comments section.


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7 Comments

  1. avatar highplainsdrifters
    Posted 10/06/2011 at 9:06 AM | Permalink

    "spring butt" always reminds me of my officer basic training. it was the kids who had something to prove who always jumped up to answer the instructor's questions. most of us realized that classroom time was where you caught up on your sleep. cheers!

  2. avatar Mrsblocko
    Posted 10/06/2011 at 9:09 AM | Permalink

    Hehehe. Here I was thinking Spring butt was what you got after a winter of eating too many holiday sweets. I'm not sure which version is harder to cure!

  3. avatar Robin Sue
    Posted 10/06/2011 at 1:17 PM | Permalink

    HPD- Oh I am sure there were plenty of "spring butts" in the Army;-)

    Mrsblocko- hahaha, yup that too!

  4. avatar SkinnyMommy
    Posted 10/06/2011 at 2:15 PM | Permalink

    Love it ;)

    Your oreo pops look great too!

  5. avatar Alene
    Posted 10/06/2011 at 10:08 PM | Permalink

    This is the most awesomeness ever! Thank you for sharing. Can't wait to EAT IT!!!

  6. avatar amy grace
    Posted 10/08/2011 at 12:36 PM | Permalink

    I think what you said about "spring butt" is so true! Too many times I feel we are "guilted" into doing things that we may not enjoy and that take time away from our family. I think it's just like anything that has to do with God – if you're heart isn't in the right place you need to figure out the problem and get it back to where it should be!

  7. avatar BigBearswife
    Posted 10/11/2011 at 10:47 AM | Permalink

    I love the little spoon idea!

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