Cashmere, Chocolate and a CONTEST!

Roverta's-CashSilk-Fern-Lace-ScarfThat’s a pretty good combination, isn’t it? First the cashmere show and tell. Elf Roberta knit up this beautiful scarf for her sister-in-law out of Sweet Georgia’s CashSilk Lace in the Summer Skin color. The pattern is Felicia’s CashSilk Fern Lace Scarf, which is free on Ravelry. It uses just one skein. I can tell you, it turns into a beautiful, lightweight luxurious scarf. I think that pattern would also look beautiful done up in fingering weight yarn – something like Madelinetosh Sock or Three Irish Glenhaven Cashmerino Fingering.

We tried a new dessert recipe at our house last week. It’s similar to this one (in a rather anemic looking photo) that I’ve shared with you before, but with the addition of peanut butter. YUM.

Peanut-Butter-Brownie-TriflePeanut Butter Brownie Trifle

1 brownie mix (for 9 x 13 pan) + eggs, oil, water
1 large containter Cool Whip
2 large boxes of instant chocolate pudding
(prepare each box as directed, as you assemble)
1 bag of peanut butter cups, chopped
3/4 cup of smooth peanut butter
1 (8 oz) pck. cream cheese
3/4 cup powdered sugar

Bake the brownies as directed and let cool. When cool, cute them into bite-sized pieces.

Put the cream cheese in a mixing bowl and add the peanut butter and powdered sugar. Beat until well mixed and smooth. Fold in 1 cup of Cool whip.

Assemble the layers:
1/2 of the brownies
1 box of the pudding prepared as directed and not yet set
1 cup of chopped peanut butter cups
peanut butter/cream cheese/Cool Whip mixture (use the whole thing on this layer)
1/2 of the brownies
1 box of the pudding prepared as directed and not yet set
Frost with the rest of the plain Cool Whip
Top with remaining chopped peanut butter cups

Let set for a few hours (or overnight) and enjoy.

It was fun to read all of your comments on last Friday’s blog post. We’re so glad to have you all here with us on our Sixth Anniversary! I used the Random Number Generator to pick a winner from last week’s comments. The skein of Wollmeise Lace goes to Kimberly in Mt. Pleasant, SC. Congratulations, Kim!

We have another contest this week (since it’s our anniversary month, you know). This week’s question: What’s the best book you’ve read or movie you’ve seen this summer? (I’m looking to add to my book and movie lineup as we move into the fall.) Since this is our second contest of the month, we’ll be giving away two prizes – two of our Sixth Anniversary Kits, which will be making their debut next week. Leave your answers in the comments below and we’ll draw the winners next week!

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  1. I will admit I rad the 50 Shades of Grey series and loved them. Loved the story line one you get past all the dirty stuff.

  2. The best movie I’ve seen this summer is Avengers. I haven’t had time to see the new Batman movie yet but I hope that will be soon.

  3. I love reading the G.R.R. Martin series Song of Ice and Fire which is what Games of Thrones t.v. show comes from. On the last book now and sad that it will be a while until the 6th is released!

  4. I am reading Mission to the Headhunters, a great book my son told me about, he now lives in Honduras with his new bride.

  5. A fictionalized book about a real Russian ballerina who had an affair with the last tsar, Nicholas….The True Memoirs of Little K by Adrienne Sharp

  6. The best book I have read (and am still reading ) is The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin. It makes you really look at what is important for happiness and fulfillment in life. Knitting, of course, is one of the most important sources of happiness.

  7. I really (really) enjoyed Brave, which we saw as a family. As the mother of an 8 year old who is very non-girly (yet still all girl, like the movie’s heroine), I really appreciated this very positive portrayal of a non-girly girl who marches to the beat of her own drum.

  8. Best book was Snow Flower and the secret fan. It gave a lot of things to think about and I couldn’t put it down. The best movie I saw this summer had to have been magic mike, not so much for the movie but for all the friends that I went and saw it with. We even took our knitting and had some great laughs and giggles. Sometimes it is not the movie you see but the people you see it with that make it memorable.

  9. I’ve finished the first book “Outlander” of the Outlander series by Daina Gabaldon. What a captivating book. Can’t wait to start the next one – Dragonfly In Amber. Here is a list of books in this series so far:

    Dragonfly In Amber
    Drums of Autumn
    The Fiery Cross
    A Breath of Snow and Ashes
    An Echo In The Bone

  10. I listened to ‘The Help’ in the car. Makes you think and check yourself. The Golden Rule goes far in life!

  11. The best book I’ve read this summer is “What There Is to Say, We Have Said,” the collected letters of Eudora Welty and William Maxwell. Love it!

  12. I have been going to the library and looking through the stacks for new authors. I found a great new series: A Turing Hopper Mysteries by Donna Martin. They are an easy read and the main character is a computer “AIP Artificial Intelligence Personality”. The first one is called “You’ve got Murder”. I like the combination of mystery and computer geeky-ness.

  13. The best (only, but it was really awesome) movie I saw this summer was Brave. It was a GREAT story promoting a strong female character, rather than the standard princess drooling over some guy. Brave is extra special because I have a 4 year old daughter with red curly hair and a feisty personality to match Merida. She’s seen the movie twice now and I really think Merida is a great role model…now if only my daughter had the matching accent. šŸ˜‰

  14. Best movie by far was The Avengers, but my whole family loved Moonrise Kingdom. The latter is quite enjoyable, especially if you have had anything to do with Scouting.

    I work in a bookstore and so read quite a lot. It is always difficult to choose a favorite, but I would highly recommend The Fault in our Stars by John Greene, and Broken Harbour by Tana French.

  15. The best movie I saw, and one that everyone should see, was “The Intouchables”. It’s a French movie based on a true story about a rich man who is a parapalegic and hires this young street wise guy to take care of him. Their relationship enriches both their lives. It is funny and beautiful and at the end I was both laughing and crying!

  16. Best film I’ve seen all YEAR – let alone all summer – is “Moonrise Kingdom”. It’s funny, sweet and it also looks at some important matters (love, relationships, truth and trust) in a wonderful way.

    Best book so far this summer is the one I am reading now, Ann Patchett’s “State of Wonder.” Beautifully written and a joy to read.

  17. Oh dear! My reading list is now three times as long as it was. I really enjoyed ‘The Beginner’s Goodbye’ by Anne Tyler.

  18. “Snuff”, by Terry Pratchett. It’s a fantasy world mystery novel with plenty of bacon references. Hilarious and totally impossible to put down.

  19. My movie winner for the summer was definitely “Avengers.” And not just because of all the man candy! (Not that the man candy wasn’t nice…) It was emotionally satisfying, but action packed.

  20. I agree with Alice- Avengers was fantastic. The best book I’ve read would probably be Darkly Dreaming Dexter. I know I’m a bit behind, but I finally started the series and am definitely a fan!

  21. I’m currently in the middle of A Feast for Crows which is the fourth book in the Song of Ice and Fire series. I’ve been hearing wonderful things about the recently published regency romance, Edenbrooke, so I think the will be my next read. I’ve also added Jaws to my must read soon list.

    I haven’t been to the movies much this summer, but I did see and enjoy Salmon Fishing on the Yemen. Of course, I like almost anything with Ewen McGregor in it.

  22. My favorite summer read has to be Game of Thrones. Haven’t read much fantasy in years and since this was a hefty one, I took it on a cross-crountry road trip. In second place (can’t pick just one), I would highly recommend Patchett’s “State of Wonder.” A great read…

  23. I’ve reread quite a few Georgette Hyer’s. They are my favorites this year and every year when i need comfort reading. I’ve just started City of Scoundrels, an excellent story of Chicago during the summer of 1919 and all of the bad stuff that happened that summer.

  24. I would have to say the best movie I saw this summer to be the Avengers but the Dark Knight Rises was a very close second. As for books… I’m not sure. I’ve read a bunch of stuff but nothing that stands out as spectacular.

  25. Enjoyed the movie “Brave”. Have read a lot this summer, but think Stephen King’s “11/22/63” would be my favorite.

  26. One of the best movies I saw this summer (when it came on TV) was “Water for Elephants”. I watched it 3 times. One of my favorite books ever was published in 1970 by Richard Bach titled “Johnathan Livingston Seagull”. I don’t know why this came to mind, but it has always stuck in my mind…Is available on Kindle, etc and is also a movie. Very short…an easy read…with great meaning.

  27. We just rewatched Leatherheads, with George Clooney and laughed our way through again. If you want some giggles, go for this one.

  28. I just finished “Water for Elephants”. It was wonderful, passionate, romantic and exciting. The movie was just as thrilling. It was my most favorite of all. How could you resist? Of course, I couldn’t miss watching the whole Twilight series. I can’t wait to see the last one. A mix of romanticism with blood lust. What a mix.

  29. I am working on the last book of three.The Girl who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest-Stieg Larsson.I have been to a couple of movies but I really enjoyed the Hunger Games.Last night I watched a harrowing but compelling movie Crossing Over.

  30. I am way to busy knitting to read and I like it a lot better to.
    The best movie I saw this summer was the Avengers.

  31. My reading has slacked off as my knitting has picked up, but of the few books I have read, I loved The Help! Very insightful as well as entertaining.

  32. I read books from students recommendations as a teacher- 2 that I highly recommend are Kira-Kira & Blood on the River
    One is historical fiction, about the founding of the first colonies & how they survived from the point of view of a young boy sent on the voyage. The other was a story about an immigrant family and their assimilation into life in America & their struggles as seen through the eyes of the daughter,

  33. I thoroughly enjoyed Respect the Spindle. Actual for fun reading would be the OddThomas series. We’re been reading it at work. Best movie would be The Help.

  34. I have been revisiting the past and re reading Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series. And since I am in the middle of moving, I havent seen a movie in so long I can’t remember! Congratulations on your 6th anniversary!

  35. I haven’t seen it yet, but I’m greatly looking forward to “Paranorman” – out today! Perfect fare for our family, and we’ll all be going this weekend. I saw “Brave”, and it was decent – well-executed and fun, though somewhat insubstantial.

  36. I would have to say the best book I’ve read this was “O Pioneers!” by Willa Cather. It is a classic and I wanted to read it forever. I’m already on the request list for the follow-up book and can’t wait to get started on it next.

  37. the best book I’ve read this summer is I Michael Bennett.
    Knitwise though, I’m still having fun with Rebecca Danger’s book, can’t wait til her next one!

  38. I am embarrassed to admit that I read (glossed through) the Fifty Shades series. I agree with a previous post that it was poorly written erotica. I am looking forward to reading darwin’s ghost

  39. I’ve been reading Lies Women Believe and the Truth That Sets Them Free by Nancy Leigh Demoss. It is so inspiring and has helped me be so free from the lies of he enemy. I highly recommend it. Thanks for the opportunity to enter.

  40. One of the better books I’ve read this year that has stuck with me is “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” by Ransom Riggs. Excellent fiction mixed with photography, I can’t recommend it enough.

  41. What a great anniversary kit giveaway! It’s been a whirlwind summer and I’ve had
    difficulty finding time to knit or read. The last book I read was “The Secret Between Us” by Barbara Delinsky. It’s not the type of book I would usually pick up but it was a quick read and it held my interest.

  42. That’s easy – I have one that fills both categories: “Game of Thrones”. Man, George R.R. Martin can WRITE! I know it’s a series, but it just lasts that much longer than a measly 2 hours.

    Another candidate for the book – The Weird Sisters. If you have a sister or two, you’ll instantly start putting them into the roles. I imagine you’d do that with sisters-by-choice, too.

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