Recipe: Oreo + Brownie Chocolate Trifle

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Happy Wednesday Everyone!!

It is tiiiiime for a recipe blog post. First of all, don’t mind my ugly writing on my little chalkboard – I was in a rush. I made this chocolate trifle a few weeks ago at our first house warming party! It was an Oreo and chocolate filled trifle that was creamy, delicious and not too chocolately! It finished so fast and the kiddies (and adults) were coming back asking if there was more left, it was simply a big hit!

Now, it is nooothing special, it was super easy and seriously took no time. So, Let’s get started!

You will need:

1. Chocolate Brownies (I used store bought brownies, aint nobody got time to make some when you are throwing your first house warming)

2. 1 tub of Cool Whip

3. 2 packs of Jell- O Chocolate Pudding Mix

4. Oreos

5. A Trifle Dish

Instructions:

Step 1: Prepare your chocolate pudding mix and leave it to the side until later. Also take your cool whip out of the freezer and let it defrost for about 10 minutes prior to using it.

Step 2: It’s time to LAYER! At the bottom of your trifle add your brownies! I broke mine up into bite size pieces so they would be edible.

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Step 3: Grab a dollop of your cool whip (defrosted) and spoon a semi thick layer over your brownies.

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Step 4: It’s chocolate pudding TAIMEEE. Grab another dollop of chocolate pudding and throw it on top of the cool whip.

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Another picture from the outside of the trifle dish (don’t the layers look pretty?)

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Step 5: I really could have done this in a “prettier” way but it’s going into your tummy either way right? So what does it matter. #timesarehard. This layer is all about your favorite cookie. I added some Oreo’s right on top of my chocolate pudding layer.

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Step 6: I then added more chocolate pudding on top of the Oreo’s and coated evenly! The Oreo’s were pretty much sitting in between 2 layers of chocolate pudding which made them soft and moist, easy to eat and delicious.

ImageStep 7: Then, add the rest of your brownies (in bite size pieces) on top of the chocolate pudding.

ImageStep 8. Now you could stop at Step 7 but when you have more room in the trifle dish, why wouldn’t you continue? Add another dollop of Cool Whip and make a smooth finishing layer with your silicone spatula (or a spoon to be less fancy).

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Step 9: DECORATING! I totally messed up on this part. I ran out of Oreo’s! #sadtimes SOO my decoration on top looks pretty ugly. Feel free to do whatever you want! What I should have done is crushed up the Oreo’s I did have and sprinkle them on top. It would have looked way prettier then my half Oreo and half graham cracker crust décor :S #noshame

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And that’s it ladies and gents! I hope you enjoyed this trifle recipe as much as my family enjoyed eating it! Let the trifle sit in the fridge for one night before you serve it. By doing this, the Oreo’s and brownies become SUPER moist and all the flavors sink in with one another.

In addition, remember to use COOL WHIP instead of Whipped Cream (yes they are two different things). If you use whipped cream (the ones that you can spray out of a can), it will dissolve over night in the fridge and then your layers… they wont really look like layers. So SKIP the mess & the drama and use Cool Whip.

Lastly, remember you don’t have to use the same items I used, you can use anything you have at home. Instead of Oreo’s, you can use Chocolate Fudge Cookies? instead of chocolate pudding, you can use vanilla? You can even top with strawberries. Do whatever you like, it’s your trifle!

Enjoy!

 

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Post Wedding Reflections

Hi everyone!

South Asian weddings can be INSANE. My husband and I had our Nikkah June 9th 2012 and had our Gaye Holud and Reception a year later in August of 2013. We have a huge family + a LOT of family friends which made our wedding enormous! I had 7 bridesmaids and 6 Cousinmaids on my side of the wedding party and a 20+ people dance crew for our big dance finale. We had family come to the wedding from all over the world (Houston, Florida, Bangladesh, the UK, LA etc), which was a lot of fun because the house was full of family which made the illusion of the wedding actually come to life! The planning took a couple years to commence but thankfully I had my parents to help me out big time. We also hired a wedding planner (A Shahzadi Affair) a year into the planning process to help us execute efficiently.

Today I wanted to talk about my wedding festivities and give you some pointers to help you plan your dream wedding accordingly. Now, I am a pretty psychotic person in terms of attention to detail and extreme organization. Although I know that most people aren’t this way, if you want a extravagant wedding with details, you must plan ahead!

I remember when we had Farah from A Shahzadi Affair over to our house for our first meeting, I already had mostly everything planned out and chose all of the vendors I wanted to visit. She was there to help me get to where I wanted to be and make sure that everything went smoothly the day of the event(s).

I started planning my wedding when I was 5 years old #noreally. I have always wanted a big wedding, always printed pictures to add into my wedding folder, I wanted bright colors, lots of music, dance and good food. I wanted good memories, amazing pictures and an awesome highlight to remember it all.  Over the years, I thought of the color scheme I wanted, the songs I wanted my friends to dance to and the entertainment we would have at our Gaye Holud. But all of this doesn’t come to life without proper planning!

There are 3 specific things I started working on 2 years before my wedding date. They were:

1.  The Wedding Party
2. A Wedding Planner/Agenda
3. Vendors

1. The Wedding Party is extremely important when you are holding a 550 + people event (or any event at all). Those who are close to you will probably be your bridesmaids/groomsmen. In the heat of the moment, you might say “I want this person to be my bridesmaid, I want this person to be my bridesmaid, OH AND THAT PERSON TOO!” But keep in mind, is it really necessary?! When choosing your bridesmaids, try not to think about who’s feelings you may hurt in the process. This is your time and it’s okay to be a little selfish and keep those who are close to you even closer. The first 3 people that come to your mind are probably the best fit to help you on your wedding day. You want bridesmaids and groomsmen who are helpful, active and just as excited as you are for your wedding. Do not just pick anyone and everyone just to make them happy because in the end, you will find yourself stressing to make them happy. In addition, you’ll be dealing with un necessary drama, leave that baggage out the door! #itsnottheirday #sorrynotsorry.

Decide who is really important in your life and who will/can help with your wedding and not just look pretty for pictures. #truestory. Remember that sometimes weddings can either make or break people, if you feel that a relationship could be in jeopardy, make note of that and execute efficiently.

“Pictures should reflect the good times of your wedding with the people that matter and that means to have people around you that love and care for you”

2. Agenda/Wedding Planning Book – As lame as this sounds, it’s a pretty good investment. Think about it, 10 years down the road you can view your wedding book and all the fun but stressful moments you had during your wedding planning days.

Having an agenda and writing it down really helps the process. It helps you remember notes about certain vendors, “to do” lists and scheduled appointments. Most wedding planning books that you can find at stores like Indigo and Chapters include tabs (Entertainment, Food, Wedding Party etc) which can help you organize your wedding properly. They also have pockets for you to keep brochures and any necessary paperwork you may need. These books range from $20-60 and are super cute!

“You want to be organized throughout the whole process and be able to look back at all the planning it took to make your dream wedding”

3. Vendors – OH MY GAWD. Can I just say how important vendors are in this whole process? DO YOUR RESEARCH!  Take your time and don’t just choose a vendor instantly because you are sick of the process and just  want to get it over with. No no no! Vendors are extremely important when planning your wedding, they MAKE your vision come true and without the right ones you’ll see yourself being really upset the day of.

Compare prices of various vendors, make sure you vibe with the person (especially if they are your videographer and photographer) and check reviews online. A great place to see reviews is http://www.shaadisource.com.

Read every contract very thoroughly. For videography and photography, make sure you know when you should be expecting your videos and pictures. I know a couple who have waited over one year just to get their video and that’s totally un acceptable! Remember, a vendor should only take on as many weddings as they can handle. If they are going to make you wait forever for your pictures/video, they are not worth it.

“Vendors make your vision come true, choose wisely”

Of course there are even more pointers to help you plan for a perfect wedding but I find that these 3 are pretty important things that can help you in the long run plan and organize your wedding successfully! I personally had a great time planning my wedding. Of course, there are things that I wish I did differently but I think everyone thinks like that. I’m glad to say that the wedding was successful and everyone had a good time.

Check out our highlight video above!

xo

Some blogs about our wedding:

http://ashahzadiaffair.com/2014/01/16/real-shahzadi-anisa-irshad-august-18th-the-wedding/

http://www.rubiesandribbon.com/2014/01/21/toronto-bengali-wedding-planner/

http://www.aainabridal.com/2012/09/real-bride-toronto-bengali-wedding-by.html

http://ashahzadiaffair.com/2013/11/13/engaged-shahzadi-anisa-irshad-cupcake-themed-photoshoot/

http://ashahzadiaffair.com/2014/01/14/real-shahzadi-anisa-irshad-august-16th-the-holud/