snack saturday

Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars

  • 1 16-ounce package peanut butter sandwich cookies, divided
  • 4 tablespoons butter (1/2 stick) butter, melted
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/3 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 8-ounce container Cool Whip, divided
  • 1 3.9-ounce package instant chocolate pudding mix
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup milk chocolate & peanut butter chips OR 1/4 cup milk chocolate chips + 1/4 peanut butter chips
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a blender or food processor, finely crush 24 of the cookies.
  3. In a medium bowl, mix together the melted butter and finely crushed cookies until well moistened.
  4. Press into an ungreased 8 X 8-inch baking dish.
  5. Bake for 10 minutes.
  6. Allow crust to cool completely before proceeding.
  7. In the meantime, mix the package of pudding with the 1 1/2 cups of milk in a small bowl.
  8. In a mixing bowl, beat cream cheese, confectioners’ sugar, and peanut butter together.
  9. Fold in 1 cup of the Cool Whip and mix until well blended.
  10. Spread the chocolate pudding over the cooled crust.
  11. Place dollops of cream cheese mixture over the pudding layer and with an offset spatula, gently spread to completely cover.
  12. Spread remaining Cool Whip over the cream cheese.
  13. Refrigerate two hours.
  14. In a plastic bag, break up the 8 remaining cookies.
  15. Sprinkle the cookies and chocolate / peanut butter chips over the top just before serving.

note-Snack Saturday recipes are my family favorite recipes. not all recipes are my own creations.

craft crawl

This weekend is a popular event here. the Craft Crawl(details here). We've been busy finishing up some store samples for Hamels to display for the weekend but you can see them now!

This quilt. I love this quilt. I may have to pick it up for myself lol.

I love the panto; Flowers for Hailey. Unfortunately I can no longer find it listed on line :(

How cute is this snowman table runner?

I ditched around his nose and the snowman head and hat and meandered around the rest of the runner.

I also added a few random snowflakes.

Super cute!

How cute are these butterflies?

I waterstitched around all the butterflies. They just pop now.

The perfect man quilt.

quilted with a meander

I love the mooses.

And this one.

quilted with Flirtatious Leaves

And this one.

quilted with Flirtatious Leaves
Another favorite

quilted with Flirtatious Leaves

This lovely Christmas embroidery quilt.

quilted with Flirtatious


A Civil War quilt.

quilted with Fleurs

Love how the quilting compliments the quilt.

whew! I think I got them all lol.

Thanks for looking :)

back to work

I've jumped right back into Christmas in the studio. Not a lot of quilting days left before we close for the year. I'm aiming for my last day to be December 15th but we'll see what happens.

Here's a few recent client finishes.

By Audrey

quilted with Daisy3

Who doesn't love a chevron quilt?

Adorable monkeys by Judy

quilted with Swirl

Sideways monkeys? lol.

Gail did this martian quilt for her grandson

I did some minor customing to it. Stippled around the martians 

And a free hand meandering star in the border

This adorable pirate quilt by Nola

quilted with Surf's Up

How did I miss this fabric when it first came out?

Love this one by Roseva

quilted with Geo


And lastly, May made this for her husband.

quilted with a meander

I love how she changed up the panel.

And the back

Enjoy your quilts ladies!!


Sorry about the lack of Quilt Monday yesterday. The rains have hit here and I just didn't have enough light to get good pictures.

I spent my day off last week getting organized in my quilting space. I found an finished embroidery project so I added some borders to it and now it's ready for quilting.

Soon this will be my first homemade Christmas gift for this year!

I started this runner Thanksgiving weekend and wanted to get it finished so I can enjoy it next year.

I think my favorite part might be the braid. I changed the colours up on this; made it more modern. It's also supposed to be a pillow but it's going to be a table runner here.

Now onto something new!

home again, home again

It's good to be home! I do wish the 31*C plus weather came with us though. We had a crazy, fun adventure.  Jim asked me back in June if I wanted to tag along to Miami for a conference he had to go to. Um, yes! So we planned that. Than the trip exploded into more.

We ended up leaving 2 days earlier than planned to go to Tulsa Oklahoma for Jim to wrap up a project he had been working on. Getting there was crazy as a huge storm hit Dallas and all the flights in and out were cancelled; we almost didn't make it.
 While we were there, we spent one day driving along Route66-so fun! We ended up playing along there in 3 different states this year-Arizona, California and now Oklahoma.

After Tulsa, it was off to Miami Beach. We stayed in a stunning resort right on the beach in North Beach-I almost didn't want to leave. 3 days of doing nothing but laying on the beach; it was heaven.
Once the conference ended, the real fun began. We drove down to Key West for a few days-I highly, highly! recommenced NOT going to Key West during Halloween. There are some things your mind can just not unsee lol! 

We escaped Key West (lol) and went up to FtLauderdale. We did an Everglades tour(so fun!) and played around and got ready for the other half of our adventure. When Jim said Miami back in June, I thought cruise and as luck had it, I found one.

We boarded Independence of the Seas and spent a week floating around the Caribbean. We ported in Haiti, Jamaica and Grand Cayman. 

Now we are home, attempting to get our land legs back and get over the jet lag. And I'm pretty sure we are traveled out for the year. We visited 7 new states this year(for me and the kids, Jim had been to them all before) and 3 new countries. 

So for today,

it is good to be home.

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