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!)
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
1/2 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?