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)
  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!
  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.
  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.
  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
Mocha Sweet Potato Toast

Mocha Sweet Potato Toast


I guess this isn’t really a recipe.  It’s more of an idea for a yummy snack, a proposal for a unique flavor combination, a suggestion for using a tasty nut butter.

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Sweet Potato People

Sweet Potato People


I am deeming it sweet potato week.  Why? Just because I can.

Sweet potatoes are nice, and they think you are nice.

Don’t worry.  This isn’t going to be a week of nothing but recipes.  I am hoping to cover as many of my “lives” as possible.

To start our sweet potato celebrations, I am going to show you how to make sweet potato people.  This is an activity that I used during my Children’s Literature class as a follow-up to telling a folk tale.  My class loved it, and it is great to use with children of all ages.


  • One sweet potato per student (regular potatoes would work too)
  • Crayons
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Toothpicks
  • A handout for each student



  • Allow each student to color and cut out a few body parts.
  • Use glue and toothpicks to attach the body body parts to the potato.  Some younger students may need help.
  • Display your Sweet Potatoes People.



Silver Dollar Sweet Potato Cakes

Silver Dollar Sweet Potato Cakes


Last Saturday, I hopped a plane and left my life in North Carolina.  My DSLR, my laptop, and my favorite stuffed animal are all a thousand miles away, and I am engaging on a new adventure.  While I will miss my family, friends, cooking, and everything else about North Carolina, I am beyond excited for everything that this summer holds.

Because I will only have a few free hours a week, I am not even going to attempt to write new blog posts.  Don’t worry though; I have scheduled quite a few posts to appear while I am gone.  I cannot wait to tell you all about my summer, but until then, keep reading my posts and leaving comments (I will respond when I get back home).

Enjoy your summer!


Sweet Potato Cakes


  • 1/2 cup mashed sweet potato
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp. nutmeg


  • Coat a pan with nonstick spray and heat it over high heat.
  • Whip egg and mix with all ingredients.
  • Spoon batter onto pan.
  • Cook until it can easily be flipped.
  • Flip and cook a few more minutes.
  • Eat and enjoy.



Dorm Life: Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Dorm Life: Mashed Sweet Potatoes


I am not quite sure what possessed me to buy a sweet potato.  Don’t get me wrong; I absolutely love sweet potatoes.  I could eat them on a daily basis.  However, I live in a dorm room and eat all of my meals in a cafeteria.  I really had no need for a sweet potato.  For some reason, though, I did indeed buy a sweet potato, and it sat on top of my mini fridge for a full week.  Taunting me.  I had to make something.  I couldn’t let such a tasty food go to waste.  What could I do?

After 168 full hours of not touching the potato, I knew that something had to be done.  I washed the potato, pulled out my college cooking utensils, and set to work.

Let me just mention that a butter knife does not cut a raw sweet potato very easily.  I eventually resorted to stabbing the potato, twisting the knife, and breaking the potato with my hands.  It wasn’t pretty, but it worked.  I boiled the cubes in my hot pot, mashed them with a fork, and stirred in cinnamon and almond milk for flavor and creaminess.  Delicious!

Simple Mashed Sweet Potatoes


  • 1 sweet potato, cubed
  • 1/2 tbs. milk
  • cinnamon to taste


  • Boil cubed sweet potato until completely cooked.  I consider the potato cooked when I can easily mash it with a fork.
  • Drain.
  • Transfer potato cubes to a plate and mash with a fork.
  • Transfer to bowl.  Stir in milk and cinnamon.
  • Eat and enjoy!