I've been walking around the Midwest with a serious attitude! Punxsutawney Phil had me hyped about a beautiful spring. Then again, can we really trust a groundhog? I was prepared to dig out my must-do recipes,dust off my 30-day spring cleaning list, and map out travel hot-spots for the spring and summer.  Alas, snow is falling and I'm fighting hard to keep a cold at bay.  Shame on it all, I thought as I pondered spending the rest of the spring under my warm comforter.  I can get those things done later.

LATER. Later, as in, when the circumstances get better. Or when the snow stops falling. Or when I FEEL LIKE getting to the tasks at hand.  Leave it to laziness to bring a wave of sayings about procrastination to my memory: A stitch in time saves nine; You can pay now or pay later; don't put off till tomorrow what you can do today; someday is not a day of the week.

Well, the snow is no excuse to be idle.  I'm up, out, and at 'em! I plan to get as much done as I can.While I'm at it, I'd love to share two desserts I prepare every year during the spring and summer.  Happy Productivity, Friends!
 
Champagne Salad

8 oz cream cheese, softened
16 oz frozen strawberries
2 or 3 bananas
9 oz Cool Whip
1 large can crushed pineapple, drained
1 cup chopped nuts (your choice)
1 3/4 cup sugar

Mix softened cream cheese and sugar well. Add drained pineapple. Fold in rest of ingredients.  Pour into a 9x13 inch pan; freeze.  Remove from freezer approximately 10 minutes before serving.

Cafeteria Lady Peanut Butter Fingers

1/2 cup butter
1 cup sugar (1/2 white, 1/2 light brown)
1 egg
1/2 cup peanut butter
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup flour
1 cup oatmeal
1/2 tsp soda
1 tbs honey

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Mix butter, sugar, eggs, peanut butter, and vanilla together in mixing bowl until creamy.  Add flour, oatmeal, and soda together and pour into butter mixture. Stir until stiff.  Lightly coat 9x13 baking pan with cooking spray, and spread mix in pan with a spatula.  Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until golden brown.  DO NOT OVERBAKE! Add frosting while fingers are warm.

Peanut Butter Frosting
1/4 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup cocoa (I don't do this, but chocolate lovers do)
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/4 cup milk

Blend all ingredients and pour on warm fingers.  Let cool completely before cutting fingers.