Preparing that Special Meal ~ Part One: Dessert

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.

the crust

 

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.

Creamy PB GoodnessAfter you have folded in the whipped topping, pour over the crust.

Layer Two Done!

Put the mini pb cups on top.

Add the cups!

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.

Top Layer

Ready to Chill

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….

Enjoy!