A Day Without Creativity? And Peanut Butter Fudge Cups!

Someone brought this up over on the Loopy Groupie board on Ravelry and it got me thinking about how I would answer it. The question is, how long do you think you could go without being creative (knitting, crocheting, sewing, quilting, weaving, spinning, etc) before you started getting twitchy and irritable? Is it a daily necessity for you? Several times a week? Something you work on every few weeks, or in certain seasons? I think I could go about a week before I was at the point of needing to just sit down and do something. Part of that might be my work environment. Being surrounded by color and fiber every day makes me feel like I’ve gotten my creative juices flowing. (Of course it works the opposite way, too. After being around it for days on end, I just want to start in on something!) So what about you? How long could you go (or have you gone) without picking up something to exercise the right side of your brain and be creative?

Julie (aka Knitting Daughter) made a delicious treat to share with the Loopy Elves recently, and I knew you’d need the recipe, too. They are so good! (Original recipe from Butter with a Side of Bread, and with a blog title like that, you just know her other recipes are going to be great, too!)

SONY DSCPeanut Butter Fudge Cups

For the Cookie:

1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 egg
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1 1/4 cups flour
3/4 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp salt

For the Fudge Filling:

1 cup milk chocolate chips
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
1 tsp. vanilla

Preheat oven toe 325 degrees. Spray a mini muffin pan with cooking spray.

Cream the butter, peanut butter and sugars together until smooth. Add in the egg and vanilla, then the flour, baking soda and salt. Stir until mixed. Make half-tablespoon balls of this mixture and put one in each mini muffin well. Bake for 14-16 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove from oven and make wells in the cups with the back of a spoon or melon baller. Cool in pan for 20 minutes and then remove to wire racks.

For the filling – combine the chocolate chips and milk and microwave on high for 1-2 minutes. Stir until all of the chips are melted, and then add in vanilla and stir to mix.

Add the filling mix to a piping bag (or a Ziploc bag with the corner cut out) and pipe the fudge into the cookie wells.

Melt 1 Tablespoon of peanut butter and drizzle it over the top of the fudge. Store in a closed container. Yield: about 40-50 cups.

Have a great weekend, and don’t forget to answer our question above – how many days can you stay away from creativity?

Sheri planningtoworkonseveralcreativethingsthisweekend

34 comments

  1. I went thru this in the morning! I’ve had trouble with my 2nd project so I left it home. I always have some knitting with me even if I don’t actually knit that day, the moment I drove off I wanted to come back and get it. That in itself gave me pause. It’s a serious addiction.

  2. I have gone a few days, especially when I’m in a rut or am having pattern problems! I put camp project 2 in a timeout for a day this week because I didn’t like the cuff of the shrug I am working on. I picked it back up last night, took out the first cuff and started on a new one. I think our creativity is always there but ebbs and wanes like everything else we do in life.
    The recipe looks yummo!

  3. I can only go about a week before I need to do something creative.

    Thanks for the recipe. Looks awesome!

  4. My main creative outlet is dyeing, and I get twitchy on day 3. Usually I dye every single day, but occasionally I get so far ahead on the dyeing, and behind on the boring stuff like twisting, labeling, and listing, that I force myself to not dye and catch up. If I go away on vacation, where there is no chance at all to dye, I can last a week.

  5. maybe a couple of days w/o handwork. I stitch and hook also so I am pulled in many directions for my precious time with a needle and hook. Enjoy your weekend ! mel

  6. I need to knit every day. It’s therapy. Not all day, every day, and really not necessary every single day, but I try to knit at least for a while every day. It’s good for my brain and my soul.

  7. I try to knit (or crochet, or even sew or stitch) every day, but when that doesn’t work out for several days in a row, about day 5 I start getting twitchy. And then I need a simple something to work on, for re-entry!

  8. I need to work on some sort of project every day…or I get really cranky! Most of the time its knitting but sometimes its quilting or baking or gardening…I guess it could be almost anything.

  9. For me, it’s an everyday necessity– helps to keep me “sane”. Recipe looks great–I know what I’m bringing to the next potluck at work!

  10. About 3 days. I include cooking and crafting with knitting and crocheting as far as giving me a chance to create things. Making things is kind of addictive. But I don’t usually have to go too long without knitting, since I often have my portable Hexipuffs with me to work on.

  11. I didn’t get to knit much today, and I now have to wait until tomorrow because it bed time! I was hoping to knit in the car on our way back from our little holiday to the Yarra Valley, Near Melbourne, but we took the “back” way home, through the hills, the windy roads, the eucalyptus forests… no knitting in the car!!! I did get to show my #2KGD how to cast off today, and I did stay up late the night before knitting… but if I don’t get to knit tomorrow, I will definitely be “twitchy”!!! I knit all through the year, daily, totally daily, and even in the summer, I am usually knitting with wool or other wonderful fibers, depending on what Loopy has succeeded in tempting me with at the time… I am going to have a go at making those Peanut Butter Fudge Cups in a Gluten Free manner! I think they will be sensational!!!

  12. If I go more than two days without making something with my hands, knitting or sewing, I start getting cranky. It’s a necessary outlet for stress and the ever present ADD.
    Thanks for the recipe! Love chocolate and peanut butter. I believe it’s one of the reasons God gave us taste buds.

  13. I pretty much do something every single day. I’m not much of a TV watcher, but my husband is. While he watches TV at night I always have some sort of project I’m working on. I would go crazy just sitting there with nothing to keep my hands occupied!

  14. I went almost my whole first tri-mester without doing anything creative (aside from a few failed vegan recipes) and I’m fairly certain that that’s why I hated it so much. Lol, As soon as my son was born I started making up for lost time, though. During maternity leave I started 3 sweaters, 2 dishcloths, a scarf and a mid-sized shawl. The second and third tri-mesters went better because I got a new job that allows me to set displays and re-organize half of our store to flow better and to sell more product so it’s definately a job that requires creativity. I don’t think that it’s mentally healthy for me to avoid creativity for more than 24 hours. ^_^

  15. Every. Single. Day. I’m obsessed. I have a project in my purse at all times, at least one in my desk at work for lunch breaks, a project by my bed in case I can’t sleep and of course my main basket with my bigger projects that is portable enough to go in the car with me. When I’m not knitting, I’m on Ravelry picking new projects or on the Loopy Ewe obsessing over the perfect yarn. Knitting is the thing that centers me, puts me in “flow” and helps me control my anxiety. I can’t imagine a day without it!

  16. Go without??? Now that’s crazy talk! 😉 I knit on my bus ride to and from work every day. I can’t stand to just sit (on the bus or at home watching tv) my hands have to be busy. I save the quilting for the weekends since after sitting at a desk all day I don’t feel like sitting at a sewing machine table when I get home.

  17. I really can’t go more than a half day without knitting or weaving or sewing. I nearly always start my day with an hour of doing one of these three things (or sometimes placing an order at TLE) before work (the necessity of that hour is why I get up around 5:00 every day). And then I usually get in at least two hours in the evening, sometimes more, sometimes less, but nearly always something. And most weekends leaves me more time for crafting. I still get up at 5:00, but DH doesn’t get up until 8:00, so I have a glorious 3 hours on Saturday and Sunday, plus whatever else I sneak in. I have a job that doesn’t afford me much creativity at all, so I really appreciate the time when I get to do what I want to do, not what some regulation forces me to do!

  18. I know I am creative every day in one area of my daily routine or another! Cooking, knitting, crafting, gardening, even deciding what to wear. There are so many opportunities to be creative! Creativity makes life interesting.

  19. when i first read the post, i said to myself — a week — because i can take a vacation… but i typically knit on vacation too… every day… so perhaps on vacation at, say, disney with my kids where i am so exhausted at the end of the day that i can’t knit… maybe then i could go a week, but honestly, it is tough to not be creative just in daily life, right?

    i homeschool my kids, and there is another homeschool mom who started “national day to learn nothing.” it is fun to try — my kids love that day, but it is really impossible to do. and it leads to great discussions of how you are constantly learning whether you intend to or not.

    so perhaps we should try a “loopy’s day to do nothing creative” and see if any of us can really do it! =)

  20. it depends on the season and the project. If I’m working hard on a project – I need to be creative daily or almost daily. If I am not inspired by anything and don’t have a project in mind… weekly.

    While thinking about this question, I realized that I need to be creative on a daily basis. However, I have several avenues for creativity in addition to knitting/fiber arts. I also enjoy being creative in the kitchen, the garden, doing fun stuff with my house.

  21. 0 days!! It is in my blood…every…waking….moment….. 🙂 Even if there was a program to help me….I would not want to go unless there was yarn 🙂

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