MAINLY, it’s because Valentine’s Day is totally my thing. I’d call it my favorite holiday, but since I don’t actually have a favorite holiday, I’ll say what I love about it. It’s my favorite holiday for decorations. It’s my favorite holiday for decor in general, and for colors, socks, leggings, shirts, and boxes of chocolate. I have so many stories about Valentine’s Day, but each one deserves its own post. They’re all coming, I promise. I’ll leave you with one Valentine’s Day story today.
It was February 9th, 1989 (but who’s counting, really?). I was settling down for a nice night in front of the TV. Specifically it was TGIF – remember that amazing lineup of shows on ABC? Surely you do! “Full House” was my personal delight, and I could quote a mean Steve Urkel from my “Family Matters” love. My sister wanted to go out with friends but my mom said we all had to stay because they were having “close” friends over and these “close” friends had a new baby my parents wanted us to meet. What?? Well, ok. I didn’t question it. I got set up in my TV bliss. Then the guests arrived and came downstairs holding the whitest, fluffiest, cutest puppy I’d ever seen. I just figured, “Oh, ok. They brought their cute puppy AND their baby.” Or did they??
What You Need:
Brownie mix + all the ingredients to make it
2 cups vanilla OREO crumbs (approx. 30 OREOs, crushed using a food processor)
2 cups vanilla pudding (alternatively, you can use strawberry pudding)
¼ tsp pink gel food coloring
1 cup whipping cream
1 tbsp granulated sugar
Pink sprinkles, for garnishing
What You Do:
1 – First, prepare brownie mix according to package’s directions and then set aside to cool.
2 – Begin by layering ½ cup of OREO crumbs in the bottom of a wine glass. Then, repeat for the other wine glass. (Hint: You can even use a stemless wine glass!)
3 – Color pudding with gel food coloring and mix, and then layer one cup of pudding in each wine glass.
4 – And then divide remaining OREO crumbs in each wine glass, layering it on top of the pink pudding.
5 – Break up the brownies into large chunks and layer approx. 1 cup’s worth in each wine glass. (You may have some brownies remaining, so save them for further snacking!)
6 – In a large bowl, beat together whipping cream and sugar with an electric mixer until whipped cream forms.
7 – Then, pipe out whipped cream using a piping bag and Wilton tip #1M on the top of each parfait. Top off with pink sprinkles. And finally, serve and enjoy!
And that’s it, my friends. So pretty, so tasty, so festive. May your Valentine’s Day plans include surprise puppies and parfait, should that be what you want. And I know that I do!