Thursday, February 9, 2012


   This recipe comes from www.kevinandamanda.com .  If you make these, make sure you wear some rubber gloves and a bib.  Things could get a little messy!

Cookies ‘N Cream Oreo Fudge Brownies

Cookies and Cream Oreo Fudge Brownies Recipe

Hellooooo, good lookin’! What a way to start the week! :) Last weekend as we were exploring Blue Ridge, GA, we stopped by this charming little bakery. They had all kinds of delicious looking homemade brownies. Oreo brownies, peanut butter brownies, raspberry cream cheese brownies… *groans* Kevin totally had his eye on the Oreo brownies. We didn’t get any there (we were too busy sampling the fried Oreos) so I promised to make them as soon as we got home.

Cookies and Cream Oreo Fudge Brownies Recipe

I used this recipe from Picky Palate for Ice Cream Sundae Brownies. I knew I had some Cookies and Cream ice cream and totally had to use it in these brownies!! :)

Cookies and Cream Oreo Fudge Brownies Recipe

Cookies and cream ice cream, chocolate chips, and hot fudge… It all gets added to the brownie mix! Does it get any better than this?? :)

Cookies and Cream Oreo Fudge Brownies Recipe

This thick batter is perfect for layering.. nothing is going to sink to the bottom here!

Cookies and Cream Oreo Fudge Brownies Recipe

Oh, baby.
Come to mama.

Cookies and Cream Oreo Fudge Brownies Recipe

Layering the Oreos whole is totally the way to go! The Oreo center stays soft and fudgy even after the brownies have cooled.
All these babies need is a big, huge scoop of vanilla ice cream.
I think I’ll get on that. ;)
Cookies ‘N Cream Oreo Fudge Brownies
1 box Brownie Mix
eggs & oil (as called for by the brownie mix)
1 heaping half cup (6 oz) Cookies & Cream ice cream
1/4 Cup hot fudge topping (chilled or room temp)

Preheat oven & spray an 8×8 baking dish generously with cooking spray. Combine brownie mix, eggs, and oil as directed on the back of the box, but do not add the water. Add ice cream and hot fudge to the brownie batter and stir to combine. Pour half of the brownie batter into the baking dish, layer with Oreos, then top with remaining batter. Bake for 40-50 minutes or as directed on the back of the box.


   This diy comes from www.alderberryhill.blogspot.com .  These are very cool and look like an upper end designer look.  Start your Christmas decor now and you will have time to relax later when the holidays do arrive!

Glass Christmas Trees

Happy Weekend Everyone!
Christmas crafting is in full swing for everyone by now and I am enjoying the crafting season as well.
I love the color turquoise and am trying to work it into my Christmas decor.
Here is my latest turquoise creation.
Glass Christmas Trees

And here is how I put them together.
What you will need for the project:
  • Styrofoam cones or stack trees.
  • Craft paint
  • Brush
  • Glue gun
  • Glue sticks
  • Glass bowl fillers (the ones that are flat on the bottom).
The process is so simple.
  • Paint the styrofoam, let dry
  • Glue on the glass

I glued the glass on using a brick laying technique. The second row started at the seam of two glass pieces, not directly above the one below it. Sometimes this is hard to keep up because not all of the glass pieces are the same size.

But just go with it, it will turn out fine. Other than the constant repetition of gluing on the glass, this project is super easy!

Imagine, Improvise & Invent



   The Festival du Voyageur ( Festival of the Traveller), is an annual 10 day winter festival which takes place in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada during February. "Voyageur" refers to those who worked for a fur trading company and usually travelled by canoe.
This event is held in Winnipeg's French Quarter, Saint-Boniface, and is Western Canada's largest winter festival. The event celebrates Canada's fur trading past and her unique French heritage and culture through entertainment, arts and crafts, music, exhibits and displays.


    The idea for the festival was first proposed in 1967, in celebration of Canada's centennial. However, due to a lack of sufficient funding from the city council, the proposal was not acted upon. In the summer of 1969, the mayor, Ed Turner, and the city council of Saint-Boniface granted their support under the condition that the Festival became an incorporated organization. Judge Robert Trudel became the first president of Festival du/ of the Voyageur. Festival du/of the Voyageur Inc. was Incorporated under the Companies Act of Manitoba on December 18th, 1969. It received a city grant of $35,000 but had to give back all profits up to the $35,000.

    At a press conference held January 13th, 1970, Mayor Turner announced that the city of Saint-Boniface would present a festival honoring the Voyageur of the fur trading era, in celebration of Manitoba's centennial. The first Festival du/of the Voyageur took place February 26th to March 1st 1970, at Provencher Park, with an estimated attendance of 50,000 people. The large number of attendees required an unforeseen level of expenditure by festival organizers; by the festival's conclusion, the organization had a debt in excess of $40,000. To remedy their financial situation, the organizers held horse races as a fundraiser in conjunction with the 1971 festival. The 1971 festival was a success, drawing nearly 200,000 guests. However, instead of resolving the financial situation, the fundraiser pushed the organization further into debt.

   Grants from the city of Winnipeg and the Secretary of State allowed the Festival to make arrangements with their creditors. The name was changed to "Festival du Voyageur". For the 1972 festival, Arthur D'schambault was elected president. He hired a number of financial and management directors (most of whom were anglophone). The festival ran from February 21st to 27th, and the profits amounted to $108.46.
Over the years, more additions were made to the festival. The symbol of a red toque (stocking cap) and a pair of boots was adopted in 1973, after a winning snow sculpture from the year before. Two "school" voyageurs were appointed in 1977, to visit schools and teach children about the voyageurs and the Festival.

    In 1978, the organization had accumulated enough surplus funds to make Whittier Park the permanent site of the festival. Provencher Park had become too small for the growing number of attendees. Log cabins were constructed in Whittier Park that could be left there year-round. These cabins formed the foundations of the historic reconstruction that became as Fort Gibraltar.