Hi guys! It’s been awhile! I started this post a few days ago, and didn’t get a chance to finish. I’m reminded this week how precious life is. Between the devastation in Haiti, and the death of Emma, a friend from my high school youth group, I am reminded that I can’t take ONE single day, nor one loved one, or blessing in my life for granted. I hadn’t seen Emma in years, but she had the most beautiful smile, loved people so much, and I have some awesome memories rooming with her on a Florida youth group trip in high school. I know Emma is in a perfect place, she loved Jesus, and I know she is with Him now.
“Pile your troubles on God’s shoulders-he’ll carry your load, he’ll help you out.” Psalm 55:22. If you’re a praying person, please keep praying for the people of Haiti, and for Emma’s family, I truly can’t imagine the kind of pain any of these people are going through. Also, if you’ve wanted to help Haiti financially, please visit www.samiritanspurse.org.
Well, here is the rest of the post I wrote a few days ago….
I knew Joe and I liked peanut butter, but it wasn’t until I was looking at some pictures on my memory card that had a very common theme. We consume A LOT of peanut butter in this house. Whether it’s a Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie, topped on some oat bran or oatmeal, or some sweet no bake treats, we love it. By the way, I’m so glad to hear that so many of you love the smoothie as much as we do! For you newbies, frozen bananas are key!
Dates with peanut butter (and a chocolate chip)
Joe’s famous peanut butter and jelly swirl (when he first made this YEARS ago I thought it looked nasty-but oh man, it’s good.
Peanut Butter “Lara” bites
I’ve seen on blogs people make no bake balls that are similar to the Lara bars. I know the Lara bars I’ve had have dates, some kind of nut, and dried fruit, so that was my starting point. I’ve made these twice now and they are delish!
Big spoonful of peanut butter
Pulse dates in a food processor or magic bullet (that’s what I have) until it becomes a paste. Then add the peanut butter and cherries and pulse again. Scoop out with a spoon and form into balls. Set in fridge.
These were so good Joe asked me to make more, so I made with more dates and peanut butter but sans dried fruit (at his request, lame I know) and put in his lunch. I think it is definitely a good source of fats, protein, and good carbs.
No bake peanut butter cookies
I’ve shown these on the blog before, but haven’t made them in awhile. I found the recipe at www.carrotsncake.com They are really good, especially when you refrigerate overnight! Click here for the recipe. (Recipe calls for all purpose flour, but I’ve also had success with whole wheat.)
My Go-To Breakfast: Oatmeal or Oat Bran with Bananas, Cinnamon, and P.B.
My favorite combo:
1/4 cup oat bran
1 cup water
Lots of cinnamon
About 1/2 tsp. chia seeds (stirred in at end)
Top with spoonful of peanut butter and half a banana.
Vanilla Ice Cream with Chocolate Syrup and Peanut Butter
Our go-to ice cream is Breyer’s since there isn’t weird yucky stuff in there, and my favorite chocolate syrup is Trader Joe’s brand-no high fructose corn syrup. Topped with just a tiny amount of peanut butter and it’s such a yummy dessert.
More recipes and photos to share soon…
“Friends love through all kinds of weather, and families stick together in all kinds of trouble.” Proverbs 17:17
I love you guys!