Thursday, November 25, 2010


Check out this AWESOME BROWNIE of OPRAH'S FAVORITES...I use it to make my BROWNIES....Here is the recipe....
Happy Thanksgiving from IT A THOMAN-FULL LIFE! In honor of the food-filled holiday, I want to share with you one of my all-time most cherished recipes— Chocolate Dream Brownies. I bake them for my family whenever things are CRAZY...and now you can enjoy them too as a sweet indulgence amidst the holiday hustle! Happy Turkey Day!

2 eggs
3/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup butter
3/4 cup sweet cocoa powder
2/3 cup flour
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
2 cups semi sweet OR milk chocolate chips OR chunks
1/2 - 1 cup walnuts (optional)

Preheat oven to 350°F.
In a large bowl, use a spoon to stir eggs with sugar and vanilla until smooth.
Add softened butter.
Sift ground chocolate with flour, baking powder and salt.
Stir dry mixture into egg mixture until blended and smooth.
Add chips and nuts. (DO NOT OVER STIR!)
Pour and spread evenly into a greased 8" or 9" square pan.
Bake for 20-30 minutes—less time for chewy and more time for cake-like brownies.
Makes 16-20 brownies.
Cut into squares when cooled.
Sprinkle with powdered sugar before serving with vanilla ice cream :)

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Sunday, November 21, 2010



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Friday, November 19, 2010

Thanksgiving Decorating

Flag your guests down for dinner with place cards made from ribbon and gourds. Cut wire-edge ribbon into a flag shape, wrap the end around a toothpick, and hot-glue it in place. Write your guests names with paint pen.

Bright and bold, this eye-pleasing centerpiece grabs attention. Fill a glass hurricane container with kumquats, top with a pinecone-shape candle, and tuck in a few evergreen sprigs. Tie a silk bow around the container, leaving one ribbon tail gracefully longer.

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