Monday, March 22, 2010

Wintry Weekend Rewind

Unfortunately, the First Day of Spring was not so Springy. On Thursday & Friday the weather was beautiful with highs in the upper 60s & beautiful sunshine. I was even able to snap a few photos of my beautiful crocus. They clustered up this year & just make me so ready for Spring!!!
Such a cheery sight...

However, on Sunday morning these precious little flowers were covered in about 5-6" of snow, sleet & freezing rain. Yup, the first day of Spring was instead a late season winter storm. Needless to say, the weather this weekend was less than ideal but Hubby & I tried to make the best of it.

Friday night we headed down to my parents' house for dinner & NCAA basketball. My dad & brother had gone hunting several weeks ago on a hunting preserve so Hubby & I got in on the feast. My mom fried up some dove, pheasant, & chucker and served it with biscuits & gravy! YUMMM!!! Such a fabulous home-cooked meal.

Saturday my mom & I headed out to hit up some of the Spring open houses at the local flower & gift shops. The weather was already turning bad, but we had a great time anyway. I didn't buy any home decor but I did find a great little Spring jacket & scarf. I was home fairly early in time to catch a quick nap before Hubby & I headed out to some friends' house for dinner, more basketball, & game night. I was in charge of dessert & I have to brag a little on was delicious!

Oreo Brownies with White Chocolate (recipe from Two Peas & Their Pod)

3/4 cup flour
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp table salt
1/3 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
1/3 cup white chocolate chips
1/3 cup canola oil
2 large eggs
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 cup crushed Oreos

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease the bottom and sides of a 9-inch round cake or pie pan.
In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt. Add in both kinds of chocolate chips. Whisk until blended.

In a separate bowl, mix together the oil, eggs, and extract with a fork until just blended.Pour the liquid over the flour mixture and mix with a rubber spatula until just blended. The batter will be kind of dry, don’t worry. Stir in the Oreos.

Scrape the mixture in to the pan and spread evenly. You might have to press the mixture in to the sides if you are having trouble spreading with a spatula.

Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick or cake tester inserted in to the center comes out with only a few gooey pieces clinging to it. Transfer the baking dish to a cooling rack and let cool.
Cut into wedges. If you want to-melt white chocolate and drizzle over the brownie wedges.

We had a great time on Saturday night & managed to stay long enough that we got to drive home in the snowy, icy, slushly mixture that was on the roads. Thankfully, most of the snow storm had passed through and rain was falling so visibility wasn't too bad.

We woke up on Sunday to a very white yard & headed out to church. We grabbed lunch at Houlihan's & then went to finish up looking for patio furniture. I think we finally found a set at Pier One that Hubby & I both love & we'll be going to purchase it & pick it up sometime later this week. My parents came and spent a few hours at our house yesterday afternoon becuase with all the ice they actually lost power for a brief period of time. My dad also had to knock the ice off our satellite dish just so we could watch the NCAA tourney.

Last night we had small group & it was a blast. We are just starting book studies & for the first time we are splitting up with guys & girls & then meeting back at the end for some prayer time. I am already so blessed by those women & I know this book study will be fabulous. We are going through The New Eve by Robert Lewis & I already love it!

Thankfully the sun is out today & a lot of the frozen white stuff is starting to disappear. Hubby & I have Josie duty again this week while my parents are traveling for some business meetings. I should definitely have lots of fun stories with her around.


Naturally Caffeinated Family said...

i can't believe ya'll got more snow! sounded like a great weekend :) we've been wanting to get patio furniture too! can't wait to see what you guys get, so fun!

Alissa said...

Oh my gosh that recipe sounds fantastic. I'll have to try. Thanks for sharing.