Focusing on the happy today.

I can’t stop thinking about the wildfires in California. I have so many friends out there (at last count, all are safe so far). There was a sad photo on the front page of our newspaper yesterday. It showed an entire neighborhood burned to the ground, except for one house left standing in the middle of it all. (They didn’t mention how that one house was safe. My thought is – of course you want your house to be safe, but how sad to be there when all of your neighbors houses are gone.) I’m hoping that all of you Loopy Friends out there are safe and sound as well. You Californians (and those who have loved ones there) are certainly in our thoughts and prayers.

So today, I’m focusing on happy things, because there’s enough sadness on the news. So:

Happy Thing #1: Knitting Daughter and College Guy are both hanging out at Loopy Central today, and I love seeing them here.

Happy Thing #2: Fun things going up next week: Numma Numma, Chewy Spaghetti, Sheepaints, Seacoast Merino, Perchance to Knit Cashmere Sock, Plucky Knitter Lace, Mrs. Kwitty’s bags, and Ham’s Jams Yarn Cruisers.

Happy Thing #3: We have more Loopy Groupies to welcome to the fold! Congratulations to the following people: Jennifer in TN, Pat in OH, Troy in NJ, Jari in IN, Kathy in IA, Erin in WA, Elizabeth in NY, Katrina in IL, Debbie in MN, Jenna in Canada, Sarah in CA, Jo Anne in HI, Susan in IL, Cindy in KS, Sue in WA, Risa in NJ, Pamela in NY, Christine in NC, Anne in LA, Claire in CA, Erica in Germany, Terri in WA, Suna in TX, Kathy in MO, Kara in MO, Pia in MD, Vicky in GA, Rachel in the military, Sarah in AK, Terri in WA, Annette in AZ, Deborah in MN, Melissa in OH, Ruth in Canada, Megan in TX, Sheila in IL, Natalie in AZ, Katie in IA, Barbara in CT, Mary in TX, Lisa in AK, Elizabeth in WI, Kaylee in CO, Tracie in PA, Christine in MI, Angelina in TX, Lisa in IL, Phoebe in FL, Laura in CA, Ginni in MO, Megan in MA, Barbara in MO, Debra in MA, Jennifer in MD, Sherry in AK, Virginia in TN, Jocelyn in CA, Dee in CA, Allison in MO, Gail in OR, Elizabeth in GA, Sandy in CA, Teresa in TX, Sarah in ID, Nancy in MN, Barbara in GA, Chenoa in CO, Melissa in MA, Victoria in NY, Kristin in MO, Heather in WA, Jennifer in IL, Jennifer in TN, Heather in WA, Emily in TN, Stephanie in CA, Brenna in CA, Amanda in IN, Toni in CA, Karen in FL, Ena in MA, Jewel in CA, Jessica in WA, Ada in VA, Sarah in NE, Mary in MO, Merry Gay in MO, Jordi in NY, Elizabeth in NC, Sue in NE, Ruth in CO, Deawn in NE, Gayle in MA, Rochelle in NC, Amy in NV, Dawn in MO, Angela in the UK, Patricia in IL, Anne in KY, Vanessa in Australia, Greta in OK, Bonnie in CA, Julia in MN, MJ in CO, Renea in OK, Tanis in NJ, Jean in CA, Christy in FL, Gina in NC and Angela in IN. (How do you become a Loopy Groupie? When we have sent out six packages to you, we will be sending you a Loopy Groupie gift bag! You’ll get an email when we have posted the Sneak Up from week to week, along with Loopy Groupie Appreciation gifts a couple of times a year. Watch for another one of those coming in the next few weeks – we have something fun on order for you!)

Happy Thing #4: We’re finally Loopified! I’ll do a Loopy Central tour in Monday’s blog post.

Happy Thing #5: I have loved reading all of your blog comments for our October contest. But I’m not through them all yet and I want to get through them before I announce the winner. (The winner is random – but I still want to finish reading all of those 443 comments before I end the contest!) Really, it has made me wonder what my kids will remember as their “favorite recipes” that I made in their growing up years.

Happy Thing #6: Peanut Butter Brownies. Oh-my-gosh good.

DSC01311.JPGPeanut Butter Brownies

2 eggs
1 stick of margarine, softened
1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
1 box Duncan Hines butter recipe cake mix
bag of peanut butter chips (about 10 oz)
(can also add chopped nuts if you like nuts)

Peanut Butter Cream Frosting

1 cup powdered sugar
1/4 tsp. salt
4 Tbl. milk
4 Tbl. margarine, softened
1 tsp. vanilla
1 cup peanut butter

Mix eggs, 1 stick of margarine, brown sugar and cake mix in a bowl. Mix on low speed for 1 minute. Scrape bowl and then mix on low for 2 more minutes. Fold in peanut butter chips by hand. Spread evenly in a greased 9 x 13 pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Cool completely, frost and cut.

Frosting: Put powdered sugar, salt, milk, 4 Tbl. margarine, vanilla and peanut butter in bowl and mix well. (Add more milk if the frosting isn’t creamy enough.) Frost brownies when they are cool. (Note – this frosting is so good, and would be excellent on a regular box mix of chocolate brownies, too!)

(Kristin – you’re right – I did forget to share the great pumpkin recipe from my friend Christy! I’ll make it up and share that soon. Thanks for the reminder.)

Happy Thing #7: It’s the weekend!

Sheri haveanyhappythingstosharetoday?


  1. Happy things:
    It’s the weekend (always good news).
    My family and friends in California are ok.
    The fires are slowly being contained.
    Thanks to said fires, I’ve been in touch with everyone this week (I’m not usually on the phone this much, what with the 9-hour time difference) and it’s been great to talk to everyone.
    Can’t wait to see pictures of the Loopy Space in all its glory! Have a wonderful weekend, Sheri!

  2. I have TONS to be happy for!! I live in San Diego… and was evacuated from my home during the fires. I am happy that we all got out safe, that our home is still standing…. I’m just so happy to be home!!! πŸ™‚ Boy I am one blessed woman!! πŸ™‚ Have a great weekend Sheri.. enjoy your family being home! πŸ™‚

  3. I am happy because this weekend I am buying my kiddo his first pet, a puppy πŸ™‚ Prayers here also for anyone affected by the fires!!!

  4. Happy thing #1: Even though I have, as my dad would have said, “a lousy, rotten, cold’ and feel achy and miserable, your blog has forced me to focus on happier things, like the fact that life is not that bad since my house is not burned down and my family is all safe and together.
    Happy thing #2: After two months of trying to find my thesis supervisor (don’t ask) I finally contacted him and got his approval for my dissertation proposal.
    Happy thing #3: I finished my forest green alpaca sweater and I love it!
    Hope you are enjoying the weekend, Sheri, with your family all together! Thanks for the yummy sounding recipe, too.

  5. Happy things:

    I finally finished warping my loom, recovering from a dumb mistake that led to tangled threads, and I’ve woven about six inches on a sampler towel.

    I had time to swatch a project (which turned out to be a good thing, as it came out far too large on the recommended needles).

    The local grocery is doing a special — buy one bag of Kraft caramels, get a bag of apples free. Since they’re currently the same price, this amounts to “buy a bag of apples that I’d be buying my son anyway, get free caramels for myself”.

  6. Lots to be happy about here…
    1. My nephew and his family are safe and sound in So. California!
    2. Having a nice quiet Saturday night at home…Hubby had to work tonight.
    3. Got to do some knitting today!!
    4. Loopy Central is ready to meet us all…can’t wait for the pictures!
    5. Just heard about the 400 series of Dream in Color…can’t wait to see what gorgeous colors they come up with next!
    6. Payday next week…hopefully just in time for the next sneak-up!
    7. Fall has finally arrived in Southeast Texas!!

    Have a wonderful weekend with your kiddos, Sheri!

  7. happiness is (goodness, i remember singing that song in 2nd grade!)

    going to the elvis costello/bob dylan concert with hubbie, him staying awake and happy (he can get growly if he’s overly tired and/or drinks budweiser (he stuck with corona!)), and laughing our asses off at the odd couple in front of us.

    without the kids.


  8. ok, i just gained weight looking at those brownies!! Love Pbutter!

    Am with you on the fires. We heard from our godfather the other day…finally. He has not been able to return home yet, but he knows both his neighbors have lost their houses and he knows for sure that at least half his avacado orchard is gone. The houses are so far apart there is no telling yet if his still stands.

    Happy thoughts though! Knit on…i am so craving a brownie now.

  9. I spent the weekend in Watertown, NY knitting with my sister and cousin. I got my Rococo socks done, and started on socks for Maggie using the UrbanGpyZ Electric Lizard – I love that yarn! I also introduced my cousin to TLE and she placed her first order – I think I have her hooked! πŸ™‚

  10. Happy things:
    #1 The new Loopy Room is now Loopified! Congratulations! I can’t wait to see pictures!

    #2 I love all of my things in my latest Loopy package that arrived on Thursday. I don’t know how I managed to get it into the house without my husband or kids seeing it! They knew a package was coming because they knew about the lace scarf that I am going to try to knit for one of my son’s favorite teachers, but they did not know about all of the other stuff that was in it. Wish me luck that I can successfully knit the heart lace scarf and in time for Christmas!

    #3 My College Guy was a stage hand for an off-Broadway performance of Peter Pan on his college campus, by the off-Broadway stage company. He had a ball “making (Peter Pan and the others ) fly”, as he was up on the rail, manning the ropes, wenches, pulleys, et al. That is a switch for him, as he usually runs the sound boards, but I think the company brought in their own sound guy. They travel with two jam-packed semi truckloads full of costumes and scenery, that all have to help unload, unpack, and then repack and reload, with much help from the local stage crew. That’s a lot of work for a one-night stand! But it is terrific experience. I wish we could have been there, but 450 miles one way is just too far, especially with one in high school at home. The college had The Alan Parsons Project band in for two performances two weeks ago! Not bad for a smaller school in a small town.

    #4 Your Peanut Butter Brownies recipe sounds great! I am saving that one, and I hope to try it soon! Thank you!

  11. Unfortunately happy thoughts are a little tough right now. We had to put our 16 year old Shih Tzu to sleep very early Thursday morning. She was having frequent seizures and wasn’t eating or drinking. At the end she wasn’t even able to stand. She was a wonderful little dog for our family. The three people who loved her most in the world were with her until the end. The happy part is that we have many kind friends who have encouraged and comforted us.

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