Monday, December 11, 2017

Magic Wings Butterfly Place

We took a trip on Friday and our first stop was the Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory and Gardens.

We had an amazing time!  The gardens were lush and full and so warm it made me think of being in a tropical jungle or rainforest (or rather what I imagine those places might feel like).

We went through to the gift shop to pay our admission fee and then entered the first room which taught us a bit about butterflies but also had frogs, lizards, stick & leaf bugs, beetles and more.

We then walked through the door into the butterfly gardens and there were butterflies everywhere!  They would land on us occasionally even.  We saw so many different kinds and colors; it was amazing.  The room was filled with plants of all sorts and such beautiful, colorful flowers too!

Mixed in with all the plants and butterflies we also saw turtles, birds, and lizards.

 I know Evan looks unimpressed in this photo but he and Ian have already started plotting to get his father and I to buy them their own pet lizard; I guess they really liked these guys!

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How To Make Christmas Ornaments With Some Sparkle

I had such a great time making my ornaments for the exchange party that I wanted to make even more.

I really didn't feel like stamping the images onto the tissue paper, cutting them out, rolling them up and positioning them inside the ornament so I thought I'd try stamping right onto the ornament.

Dare I say I like these even better?

It took a few tries to figure out how to stamp neatly and evenly on the glass ornaments using my clear stamps and the Staz On ink pad but I found that any mis- stamped imaged wiped right off with a damp rag so I didn't mind playing around a bit.

Once I got the hang of it I stamped up a whole bunch.

Using the same pledge floor cleaner I coated the inside of the ornaments (one at a time) and used care to make sure I got a good coat everywhere.

After letting any excess floor cleaner drain out I added some glitter to each ornament.  This time I also experimented with adding a couple of colors of glitter at a time and then I shook the ornaments to make sure the glitter evenly coated the whole inside.

Here's a few photos of the completed ornaments:

Here are a few photos of the ornaments I made for the exchange:

Do you prefer one technique over the other?  

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Sunday, December 10, 2017

Dark Chocolate Mint Brownies

I was in the mood for a chocolate treat the other day and we just happened to have a box of brownie mix in the cabinet.

I knew I wanted to doctor the mix up a bit so I scrounged around to see what else I could find...

That's when these Dark Chocolate Mint Brownies were born.

To make the brownies you will need:

Brownie mix (or brownie batter from scratch)
Egg(s)/ Water/ Oil the mix calls for
1 cup Andes thin mint pieces
1/2 cup dark chocolate morsels 

Following the directions for the brownie mix; I mixed up the batter.  You can use any of your favorite brownie recipes for this too!

I then added 1 cup of Andes Thin Mint Pieces and 1/2 cup of Dark Chocolate Morsels.

Andes Creme De Menthe Baking Chips, 10 oz

Nestle Toll House, Dark Chocolate Morsels, 10 Oz (283 G)

 I poured the mix into my prepared 13x9 pan and baked according to the package directions.

Once cool, I cut them into bars.

You may not be able to see the dark chocolate morsels or the mint pieces but you sure can taste them!

These were so delicious and a huge hit with the whole family.

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