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Oreo Peanut Butter Dip

Oreo Peanut Butter Dip - a fun twist on homemade peanut butter

Oreo Peanut Butter Dip is a twist on your classic homemade peanut butter.  Just 2 ingredients, and you have a tasty and addicting treat!

Oreo Peanut Butter Dip - a fun twist on homemade peanut butter

This week is crazy!  So much to do to get ready for Halloween, and so little time to get it all done.  I thought I was in good shape, but then being gone for 4 days really throws things off.  I have no idea how people who travel all of the time for work do it.  I travel 2 or 3 times a year, and I can barely keep up.  Hopefully we can get pumpkins carved tomorrow night, and then I might feel like we are in better shape.  Have you all ready purchased your Halloween candy?  I try not to do it too far ahead of time, or I will eat it all.  So that is still on my list as well!  I am not sure it will ever end.  This is just the beginning of the crazy holiday season.

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Peanut Chicken with Rice

Peanut Chicken with Rice - quick and easy dinner for any night of the week

Peanut Chicken with Rice - quick and easy dinner for any night of the week

This week is supposed to finally start cooling down here in Colorado.  Most of September was in the mid to upper 80′s around here.  We did have a few days where it got pretty chilly, but the last couple weeks we have had to turn our air conditioner back on.  I have to admit, I am ready for the cooler weather.  I want to make soup and fresh bread, and not have to sweat while I am eating it :)  And somehow is just feels a little wrong to be breaking out the pumpkin when it is 80 degrees.  I do not know how you warm weather year round people do it!  I love my seasons.

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No Bake Peanut Butter Cheesecake

No Bake Peanut Butter Cheesecake {Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts}

No Bake Peanut Butter Cheesecake - creamy peanut butter cheesecake, Oreo crust, chocolate ganache and peanut butter cup Oreo's!

Going on vacation is always so much fun, but getting back is so much work!  All the laundry, the work, the cleaning, and everything else.  Plus, I am actually heading out on another trip this weekend.  My 9 year old and I are headed back to the Mid-West to see family for a week.  So much for a lazing and relaxing summer!  A little worried about how much I should get done ahead of time for my husband.  I hate to see what he is going to do for a full week of meals on his own!  But just because people are busy, doesn’t mean there isn’t time for desserts!  Especially no bake desserts, that come together in under 20 minutes.

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No Bake Peanut Butter Puffs Bars #biggcerealmovies

No Bake Peanut Butter Puffs Bars - Peanut butter, peanut butter candies, peanut butter cups, and peanut butter puff's cereal!

No Bake Peanut Butter Puffs Bars - Peanut butter, peanut butter candies, peanut butter cups, and peanut butter puff's cereal!

I hope that everyone had a great 4th of July weekend!  We were busy spending time with friends, going to a Colorado Rockies game, getting in a good hike, going on a bike ride, and getting to watch fireworks.  It was so much fun, but kind of exhausting at the same time!  I kind of need a nap just thinking of all that we accomplished in the last 3 days.  Or at least a good solid week of relaxation!  Or maybe just movie night, where I can doze off a little :)  Make sure you get to the bottom for a great giveaway that involves free movies!

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Whole Wheat Peanut Butter Banana Snack Cake

Whole Wheat Peanut Butter Banana Snack Cake - a cake you can feel good about!

Whole Wheat Peanut Butter Banana Snack Cake - a cake you can feel good about!

The second week of summer break is coming to a close, and it has been another busy one! My 9 year old had camp from 8-3 every day last week, plus baseball games 2 nights.  This week it was an outdoor survival camp every day, and 2 nights of baseball.  Thanks goodness next week we just have baseball.  I am ready for some more relaxing days.  I think my 9 year old might be too.  As much fun as he has had these last 2 weeks, I think he is ready to just play and be home a little bit.  [Read more...]

Puppy Chow (Amped Up)

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Puppy Chow, Muddy Buddies…whatever you call it, it is a classic Holiday treat.  It is easy to make and the flavors are a classic.  Just melt , mix, shake, and dump. You could easily have the kids work on this one for you, or at least help. And there is a decent chance you have all of the ingredients in the house already.

You know I can’t get enough peanut butter and chocolate, so it should come as no surprise to you that I have adapted this classic to have MORE!  I always loved the pieces that got stuck together because they had so much peanut butter and chocolate between them.  Well, now I make my own, and figured all the pieces should be like that :)

There are all sorts of different recipes out there for different version of this; candy cane, or lemon, or white chocolate etc. But I like a classic.  If you have peanut allergies in your house Sun Butter would work great in this.  Or maybe some Biscoff spread if you want to go crazy.

Go check out my version, and get the recipe at Culinary.Net

Peanut Butter Chocolate Balls

Peanut Butter Chocolate Balls labeled

You all know that I am a huge fan of chocolate and peanut butter, so this recipe should come as no surprise.  These have become a staple at my house during the holidays.  My dad was never a fan of peanut butter, so we didn’t really have many peanut butter treats growing up.  Peanut Blossoms were pretty much the extent.  But then I grew up, and now I control what was in the house, and peanut butter it is!

Years ago before I had my son, I did a cookie exchange with some women I worked with.  We did it for a few years, each year was a little different.  Some times we actually baked together, some years we just met for dinner and handed out our cookies.  Every year we walked away with a great selection, and had a great time.  My friend Beth, was always in charge of the Buckeye’s.  One year, after I had moved away, she knew I liked them so much, she even sent me some!  But this year, I am making my own, using her recipe.

She is from Ohio, and a big Ohio State fan.  I am not.  So I chose to completely cover mine in chocolate, and change the name.  Being from Wisconsin, making “Buckeyes” just seems wrong.  I am not sure of the origin of the recipe, it is just what she has been making for years, and has been passed on to me.  A few of these are going to my son’s teachers as part of their gifts this year.  I am sure they will be appreciated.

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Peanut Butter Cup Blossom Cookies #25recipestoXmas

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December is here.  Christmas is right around the corner.  You know what that means right?  Cookies, and treats all month long!  Ok, maybe there will be one or two that aren’t Christmas related, but the rest of the month will be getting you ready for the big day.

Today, I am helping out my good friend Roxana from, Roxana’s Home Baking with her 25 recipes to Christmas!  I am super excited to be a part of this great group she has going.  Plus she has great giveaways going on with it too, so don’t miss it!


I made an over the top, kicked up version of my favorite Christmas cookie.  Trust me, these are worth breaking your diet for.  Go tell Roxana Hi, and check out these cookies!





Peanut Butter Banana Bread

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If your house is anything like mine, you are still knee deep in Halloween candy.  I let my son have one piece of candy in his lunch, and then if he is lucky he can have another piece after dinner.  Needless to say, it lasts a really long time around here.

This bread is perfect for those leftover Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.  If you haven’t stashed them away for yourself, that is.  Or maybe that is just me :)  The bread also uses up those browning bananas you have on the counter or stashed in your freezer.  See, I am here to help! And because it is me, and I don’t know when to stop I added a layer of Nutella on top.  Jean made this Nutella Banana Bread, and I just couldn’t get it out of my mind.

I am not usually a big fan of plain banana bread.  There is just too much banana flavor.  I realize that doesn’t make much sense.  I like bananas, but only every once in awhile.  So when I saw this recipe that added peanut butter to the batter I was exited to give it a try.  There is still a hint of banana in the background, but the peanut butter really shines through.  And then every once in awhile you get a bite with a peanut butter cup, and you are in heaven!

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Healthy Peanut Butter Cups

Healthy Peanut Butter Cups 4 - labeled

Healthy Peanut Butter Cups
It is Secret Recipe Club Time!!  I had to take off last month because of moving but  am back at it again.  Before we get started I wanted to announce the winners from my International Delight Giveaway.

Winner 1 – Kesha
Winner 2 – Amy
Check your email ladies, so I can send you your prize.

For Secret Recipe Club this month I was assigned Quick and Easy, Cheap and Healthy.  This site is full of so many great and healthy recipes, as well as shopping deals, coupon links, menu planning, and much more.  She was actually assigned my blog one of the first months that I participated in SRC!  Check out her take on my Cinnamon Roll Muffins.  I had a couple recipes picked out including this Pizza, but as usual my sweet tooth won out.

The original recipe is made with Sunbutter, due to allergies.  Fortunately, we do not have allergies here, so I just used peanut butter.  These are a fun treat to have in the fridge or freezer.  They melt quickly, so I kept them in the fridge.  I currently have a few in the freezer to pull out in a chocolate emergency :)

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