Must Stop Baking …

I have to get over this “let’s find the best recipe with a chocolate and peanut butter combo” phase. No good can come of it, there are not enough people in our house to benefit from it, and it takes away from the knitting time. But first, let me just share one more with you. Then I’ll stop. (Um, unless someone has another recipe that I need to try?) No, really – I’ll stop.

peanut-butter-dessertPeanut Butter Dessert

1 pk. brownie mix (for 9 x 13 pan)
2 1/2 cups cold milk
1 pk. vanilla instant pudding mix
1 cup creamy peanut butter
1/2 cup powdered sugar
12 oz. carton of Cool Whip
3 squares semi-sweet chocolate

Prepare and bake brownie mix as directed. Cool completely.

Mix vanilla pudding mix and 2 1/2 cups cold milk, beating at medium speed for 2 minutes. Add in powdered sugar and peanut butter and whip well. Spread on cooled brownies.

Melt chocolate squares in microwave for 1 minute (on high). Stir until all bits have been dissolved.  Put frozen Cool Whip in microwave for 1 minute (on high). Mix chocolate and Cool Whip together and whisk well to blend. Pour over pudding layer and spread evenly.

Refrigerate for several hours or overnight before serving. Store in refrigerator.

This what I had for dinner last night. Well, there might have been soup, too, but this is the thing I remember most. The chocolate and peanut butter dessert. Mmmmmm….

My Traveling Woman Shawl is done and ready to block. Now I’m on to Mara with Madelinetosh Worsted and another pair of Cabled Mitts with Lorna’s Laces Worsted. (Worsted weight – a knitter’s best friend when gift knitting must get done. And Lorna’s and Madelinetosh must have the most wonderful worsted yarns on the planet. Seriously.) I’m also contemplating Colonnade with Lorna’s Laces. Elf Donna is making one up out of LL Worsted and it is gorgeous. A Must Knit.

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  1. My husband and I rescued a puppy from a shelter to help with the empty nest syndrome. She is a delight. She was a lot of work, but she is two years old now. She sleeps next to me on the couch while I am knitting. I can put my yarn down right next to her and she has never touched it. It is like she knows not to mess with the yarn! She has made me get out and take walks. She has such a sweet personality, everyone she comes in contact with loves her. I cannot imagine our life without her. It does restrict traveling though. I have not found a kennel that I like, so she usually goes with us!

  2. Puppies become dogs. We had a wonderful little dog that was a part of our family for 14 wonderful years. However, she become sick and had to do alot of cleaning up after her during the end. Then, we had to make the very hard decision to put her down. Since that day, we haven’t thought too much about getting another one. Dogs are great, don’t get me wrong. We love dogs! But, they also are alot of work, especially if you are gone alot. Sometimes it’s not practical to be able to take them with you, either. Then you have to find someone to dog-sit or house sit or whatnot. If you are gone during the day, the dog shouldn’t be left alone like that everyday. But, maybe you are planning to take the dog to the shop with you? Dogs also shed, even if they are “non-shedding”. (Ours was non-shedding, and we still had dog hair in more places than we wanted.) In fact, right now, we have two large dogs in our neighbor’s yard that are barking up a storm (and sound very mean); they hate being outdoors apparently, as all they do is bark fiercely, run around the yard and dig holes and get out of their fenced yard….and trample down my other neighbor’s flowers. (annoying!) Yes, they also have a cost you have to think about as well. So, I don’t know if all the loving that you get from them and companionship is worth it compared to the cons for you right now. I’d wait if I were you. You like to travel to visit Web Guy and College Daughter alot, too, don’t forget, along with all your other travels to knitting/yarn places around the US. hehe…

    Your shawl looks beautiful! Love the color!

    The peanut butter/chocolate dessert looks/sounds SOOOO yummy! I can hardly wait to try it. 🙂

  3. Sheri, those brownies look delicious! I will have to make these soon to take to work–thanks for the recipe!

    I just received my Madtosh worsted from last weeks sneak up and cannot wait to use it!! I

  4. I’m absolutely the wrong person to tell you that getting a puppy is a bad idea! Even with all the valid comments about how much of a time commitment it would be.

    Those brownies are making my mouth water—especially since no one else in the house likes peanut butter, so they would be all mine!

  5. I just got a new puppy a few weeks ago (see Facebook). He’s just soooooo cute. I can’t think of a good reason not to get one. There are none. Mine is a pound puppy…having had a long string of purebreds, I’m feeling really good about offering a forever home to such a great little guy!!

  6. I made mara out of Aracunia Ruca during the summer. That yarn is made from sugar cane and has a great sheen. The colors are summery, so I really can’t wear it right now, perhaps I’ll have to do something using wool this winter, it’s a fun quick shawl to make.

    The dessert looks great too—still have to finish off a pumpkin dessert I made this weekend.

    I want a dog too, but my 13 year old black cat keeps reminding me that he’s a much nicer fellow with no other critters in the house. So, I’ll have to get my dog fixes for a while yet from my nieces Golden Retriever Ernie.

  7. Sheri, when I get the feeling that I want a puppy, I go here:

    I get a fix of cute puppy pictures, and then I can go on to think more rationally about my work/life balance and how puppy ownership would be a crazy idea. A puppy is more work than a human infant or toddler (after all, no diapers). They sure are cute, but maybe you can be a puppy’s aunt. I have a little corgi in my life now, but I’m not the owner. Best of both worlds.

  8. NO PUPPY! period – nadda – you don’t have time for a puppy – it would be home alone all day and would take time away from your knitting at night – There how scoogy does that sound! Sorry but you asked for it

    WOW – Love the Mara shawl – had not seen that one – you dear Sheri are a very bad influence – I looked at colonnade but I ordered Stephen’s Herbivore shawl and will probably do that at some point – however now I am off to peruse Madeline Tosh and see what you have left – I agree LL worsted is one of the nicest I’ve ever knit with – thanks for the PB/choc recipe – can’t wait to try that one! Mel

  9. Sheri, you can never go wrong with any peanut butter chocolate combo and if it’s a lifetime search for the perfect recipe than I support it, I’d even go as far as being a taster for your creations. Really it’s a sacrifice I’d be willing to make………. 🙂

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