Happy Valentine’s Day All! I am excited to prepare the meal I carefully planned. Barry told me a story of bragging at school that his wife was making a special meal tonight. I asked him if he wanted to hear the menu. Nope. I like surprises, he quipped. That was to tease me, because I DON’T like surprises! LOL
So we start by making dessert. http://www.tasteofhome.com/Recipes/Peanut-Butter-Chocolate-Dessert
A Decadent PB Chocolate Dessert
You will need:
- 20 sandwich cookies
- 2 tbsp softened butter
- 1 – 8 oz package of cream cheese
- 1 and then 1/2 cup confectioner’s sugar
- 1 tub frozen whipped topping, thawed
- 15 mini pb cups
- 1 cup cold milk
- 1 pkg instant chocolate pudding mix
Layer one: the Crust
Separate and smash 15 of the cookies. Mix with the softened butter. Smash into a 9′ x 9′ pan. Or on my case, I used my pretty oval dish.
Layer Two: Creamy PB Goodness
In a large bowl, add softened cream cheese, the peanut butter, and 1 cup of confectioner’s sugar. Mix until creamy. Then fold in half the tub of whipped topping.
Put the mini pb cups on top.
Layer Three: Chocolate madness!
The top layer I altered from the original. I wanted it to be very chocolaty! So, mix the pudding mix, 1/2 cup confectioner’s sugar, and the cup of cold milk. Beat for a minute or two. I used my immersion blender. I should change my name from neatnosh to lazynosh ~ I am all about easy.
Now, YOUR CHOICE, you can fold in the other half of the whipped topping, or do as I did and leave it CHOCOLATE MADNESS.
Put your lovely goodness in the fridge to cool. I will put the whipped topping on top of all this and sprinkle with crushed cookies.
MEANWHILE… Time for the ham. I put my pretty little “Budaball ham” in my Dutch oven, poured about 2 cups of orange juice all over it and put it in a 300 oven. In an hour or so I will lower the oven to 225 and then later when I need the oven for the roasted taters, I can put it on the stovetop with a low heat to keep it warm through.
More to come so stay tuned….