Ten Ways to Improve Your Peanut Butter Sandwich

Ten Ways to Improve Your Peanut Butter Sandwich

PB Lover month

  1. Try a flavored peanut butter (Dark Chocolate Dreams and Fit and Nutty are two of my favorites)
  2. Add fresh fruit (banana slices, berries, and grapes add a great texture and flavor)
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  3. Top with chocolate chips.  Because chocolate.
  4. Use a flavored bread.  Imagine Peanut Butter Brownie with strawberry jelly on banana bread, … or Bliss’s cinnamon peanut butter with grape jelly on raisin bread … yum!
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  5. Eat it warm!  Get out the panini press because the only thing better than peanut butter is gooey peanut butter.
  6. Turn it into French toast.
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  7. Smear on a unique jelly or jam.  Grape and strawberry are great, but there are some other great options.  My favorites are blueberry preserves, carrot cake jam, apple pie jam, and huckleberry jelly.
  8. Use produce instead of bread.  I personally love Espresso nut butter sandwiched between sweet potato toast or Mighty Maple peanut butter on apple slices.
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  9. Use two types of nut butter and/or two types of jelly.  Hear me out: Nutella + crunchy peanut butter + strawberry jelly.  
  10. Cookie cutters can make cute mini-sandwiches
Peach Tea Chia Pudding

Peach Tea Chia Pudding

Happy National Eat a Peach Day!

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English majors see symbolism everywhere.

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Milk symbolizes abundance.  Seeds symbolize life.  Peaches symbolize youth. Tea symbolizes peace.

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I can’t promise you an abundant life of youth and peace, but I can promise you a good breakfast.

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Ingredients

  • 1 peach, diced
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1 cup peach tea, cooled
  • 1/2 cup milk of choice

Directions

  • Combine 1/2 peach, chia seeds, tea, and milk in  a sealable container.  Seal, shake, and chill overnight.
  • In the morning, add remaining 1/2 peach
  • Eat and enjoy!

P.S. I am linking up with Angie and her cohosts Mollie @ The Frugal Hausfrau and Mikaela @ Iris and Honey for Fiesta Friday.

Pitaya and Mango Smoothie Bowl

Pitaya and Mango Smoothie Bowl

June 23 is National Pink Day!

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Last summer, I fell in love with smoothie bowls.  Every Saturday as soon we we were released from media and cleaning duties, my camp compadre drove us to Nekter Juice Bar for acai bowls piled high with strawberries, granola, and bananas.  She always purchased a berry-laden bowl, but I sampled every option.

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Mixed Berry Jelly Filled Doughnuts (National Doughnut Day)

Mixed Berry Jelly Filled Doughnuts (National Doughnut Day)

Suddenly, it is June, and it is National Doughnut Day!

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Is it any surprise that National Doughnut Day makes me think of camp?  My first summer working at Pine Cove’s Camp in the City, there was a boy on our team nicknamed “Dunks.”  National Doughnut Day fell during our first week of camp in Marietta, GA.  A camper decided to bring Dunkin’ Donuts for Dunks in honor of his personal holiday.

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Today, I am sharing with you an easy recipe for baked doughnuts.  If you have a doughnut pan, this batter is perfect for beautiful circular doughnuts.

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If you don’t have a doughnut pan, I recommend baking the batter in a muffin tin.  Once the doughnuts have cooled, scoop a shallow hole into the top of the muffin, and fill it with jelly.

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Yield: 12 donuts

Ingredients

  • 2 cups oat flour (rolled oats ground into flour)
  • 1/2 cup sugar or other granulated sweetener
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 cup milk of choice
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 6 tablespoons smooth nutbutter (Suggestion:  I used a maple flavored peanut butter, and it was incredible!)
  • 1 cup frozen mixed berries, chopped
  • 1 cup thawed mixed berries, pureed

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and coat a doughnut pan or muffin tin with nonstick spray.
  • Mix together dry ingredients (oat flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt).
  • Whisk wet ingredients in a separate bowl (milk, egg, and vanilla).
  • Combine the two mixtures.  Melt the nutbutter in the microwave for about thirty seconds.  Stir into the batter.
  • Fold in frozen chopped berries.
  • Pour into pan.  Bake for 20-30 minutes, until a toothpick can be inserted and come out clean.  Let cool.
  • Top or fill with pureed berries.
  • Eat and enjoy!

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Which spelling do you prefer: donut or doughnut?

P.S.  I am linking up with Angie and  Jhuls @ The Not So Creative Cook for Fiesta Friday.

Strawberry Salsa

Strawberry Salsa

May is National Strawberry Month AND National Salsa Month

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Did you know that almost 14% of people think that cilantro tastes like soap? It’s true, and it’s completely scientific.

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Chocolate-Covered Banana Pops

Chocolate-Covered Banana Pops

If you give me a coupon, I am more likely to buy something. If you give me a coupon and put the item on sale, it’s a done deal.  The product is in my cart.

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That’s how I found myself with a box of these chocolate-covered banana slices.  I became an immediate fan.  The packaged treat was just so convenient as a snack around the house.

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…But I wasn’t about to buy another box without a coupon, especially since I knew I could make an enhanced, decorated version at home.

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You really only need 2 ingredients for this recipe: bananas and chocolate.  If you are feeling festive or fancy, add some crushed nuts, shredded coconut, granola, candy pieces, sprinkles, butterscotch chips, or anything else that would taste good with bananas and chocolate.

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Ingredients

  • 1 banana, cut into thirds
  • 2 tablespoons chocolate chips
  • toppings of your choice: crushed nuts, shredded coconut, granola, candy pieces, sprinkles, butterscotch chips, etc.  Out of the toppings I have tried, I think that coconut is the best.

Directions

  • Melt chocolate chips in the microwave.  Place them in a microwave-safe glass bowl, and microwave on high for 45 seconds.  Stir, and microwave for an additional 20 seconds.  Continue to microwave for 20 seconds and stir until the chocolate is smooth.
  • Pierce each section of banana with a popsicle stick.  Dip the banana in chocolate, using a spoon to spread the chocolate evenly.
  • Roll the banana in your toppings.
  • Place the banana pops on a sheet pan covered with wax paper.  Freeze for 6 hours or overnight.
  • Eat and enjoy!

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Do you combine coupons and sales?

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P.S. I am linking up with Angie and Abbey @ Three Cats and a Girl for Fiesta Friday!

Salted Peanut Butter Klondike Bar

Salted Peanut Butter Klondike Bar

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What would you do-oo-oo-oo for a Klondike bar?

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Now that you are considering all sorts of crazy feats, let’s switch gears and chat about the great month of March.  I love March for several reasons.

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