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!
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, 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
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!
Winner 1 – Kesha
Winner 2 – Amy
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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
What a great day with my husband yesterday. We went to Denver, walked around a few different shopping areas. Two of them were outside, and it was really hot. We walked by Sur Le Table, but it was closed! A Wednesday afternoon at 3:00, and they had their doors locked. Not a happy girl! We had dinner at a wonderful steak place, and then went to see a show. My husband is not a fan of musicals, or plays, but I enjoy them. Jersey Boys was in town, so that is what we saw. It was wonderful. The 4 Seasons were way before my time, but I know a lot of their songs from my dad playing them when I was growing up. The story was very interesting, and they did a fantastic job with the music. If you get a chance, I highly recommend it. Even my husband walked away relatively pleased with the performance (and that says a lot)!
I made these bars a few weeks ago. My husband was going to help a friend move, so I sent along some fuel. I figured a bunch of guys lifting heavy boxes and couches needed something to keep them going. Boy was I right! My husband brought the container home empty, so I am pretty sure everyone appreciated them.
Everyone knows that peanut butter and chocolate is a winning combination. And anything with S’mores is good too. So, why not put peanut butter in with the S’mores? Seems like the next natural progression. Lucky for you they don’t involve a campfire or an even an oven. Perfect treat to make on one of those hot days when you don’t want to heat up the house. Which pretty much means any day of the week around here!
These are very similar to the Peanut Butter Bars I made awhile ago. Kind of like a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup combined with a S’more. Trust me, they are addicting. They are best kept in the fridge. If I have enough willpower I like to let it sit for about 5 minutes at room temperature before I eat it. But, that doesn’t always happen
We finally moved over the weekend! So while I am trying like crazy to unpack boxes before my in-laws get here this weekend, I have one more guest post for you! Another Erin :) Erin from The Spiffy Cookie is a great blogger, who is super supportive. She helped out with my bake sale, has done a couple bake sales of her own, and has helped me a couple times over email. She is a grad student working on her PhD in Biomedical Sciences. So, not only is she super smart, but she is very talented as well. Go tell her I said Hi after you check out this fun recipe.
Thanks so much Erin for having me today, it is such a pleasure to be here! I am also Erin, over on The Spiffy Cookie, and I have come to spread my love of peanut butter – something I know Erin can relate to.
After seeing Erin’s homemade peanut butter, I knew I had to pull out my food processor and make some for myself. But it didn’t end there. I could not resist adding some melted dark chocolate and dried banana chips into the mix. You can blame the dark chocolate peanut butter banana cookies I recently made. Because what’s better than a cookie with those three ingredients? Turning it into something spreadable.
Just imagine this spread over a warm, toasted English muffin. Or added to plain Greek yogurt. And while we’re at it, imagine eating it straight off the spoon. Yes please! You could also use semi-sweet or milk chocolate if you prefer those over dark chocolate. I bet white chocolate would taste delicious as well!