April Photo Challenge 2019

April Photo Challenge 2019

My thought on April 1:

All the creative cells in my brain are dead.  Should I just quit this challenge?

My thought on April 30:

I’m 1/3 done with this year-long challenge.  I can’t stop now!

 

 

Peanut Butter Blossom Oatmeal

Peanut Butter Blossom Oatmeal

Does anyone else see the perfection of celebrating National Peanut Butter Day (today, January 24) during National Oatmeal Month (January).  It’s a match made in heaven!

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup milk (or water, but milk will yield a creamier result)
  • 1/2 cup oatmeal
  • 1-2 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 Hershey Kiss

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Reese’s Cheesecake Dip

Reese’s Cheesecake Dip

Do you watch the ball drop on New Year’s Eve?

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Banana Peanut Butter Pancake Bars

Banana Peanut Butter Pancake Bars

My favorite family tradition is Christmas morning breakfast.  We devour homemade waffles, bacon, and fruit before we open presents.  Christmas morning at our house is slow and peaceful.

If your family tends to have a more rushed Christmas morning, then this is the perfect Christmas morning breakfast for you.  You can bake these pancake bars a night or two before and warm them in the microwave on Christmas morning.  They are dense, chewy, and slightly sweet, just like an extra-thick pancake.

Ingredients

  • 3 cups of pancake mix + the extra ingredients listed on the package (water, eggs, milk, oil, etc.)
  • 1 tbs cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 2 bananas
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Prepare pancake batter according to the directions on the package.
  • Stir in cocoa powder, 2 tbs peanut butter, 1 banana (mashed), and the powdered sugar.
  • Pour batter into a pan that has been coated with non-stick spray.
  • Microwave remaining peanut butter about 30 seconds, until drippy.  Use a spoon to pour peanut butter in a zig-zag pattern across the top of the pancake bars. 
  • Cut remaining banana into slices, and arrange the slices on the top of the pancake bars.
  • Bake pancake bars for 20-25 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted in the middle.
  • Let cool completely before cutting.
  • Eat and enjoy!

P.S. I am linking up with Angie and her cohosts Jhuls @ The Not So Creative Cook and Diann @ Of Goats and Greens for Fiesta Friday.

Mint Chocolate Peanut Butter

Mint Chocolate Peanut Butter

PB Lover month

November is National Peanut Butter Lover’s Month

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This recipe has been wandering through my mind for over a year now.  It would peek in unannounced, reside for a day or two, and disappear for a few weeks, only to return when I least expected it.  The combination is so unconventional that I feared giving the recipe a life outside my brain.  What if it doesn’t taste as good as I have imagined?

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Peanut Butter S’more Sandwich Cookies

Peanut Butter S’more Sandwich Cookies

PB Lover month

“They were almond cookies, although they could have been made of spinach and shoes for all I cared. I ate eleven of them, right in a row. It is rude to take the last cookie.”

– Lemony Snicket

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West African Peanut Stew

West African Peanut Stew

PB Lover month

When I went to West Africa in 2016, I was excited to try new foods and taste new flavors.

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