I FINALLY found a Peanut Butter I Love!

I’ll keep this short and sweet.   I LOVE peanut butter.   Always have.   Eat it by the spoonful out of the jar kind of love.   Since I’ve switched to all natural peanut butter, my love has waned a bit.    Let’s face it, when you have to pry it out of the jar and it breaks your bread in pieces there is some love loss.   I know you’ve been there.   And don’t get me started about stirring a fresh jar – oh the mess!

Well, all of the mixed emotions are now gone.   I went into Trader Joe’s for Easter Candy earlier in the week (which by the way no Chocolate bunnies this year.  What?)  and picked up this jar to make the copy cat Reese’s Eggs I posted earlier this week.

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I’m in LOVE!   There was little to no oil separation on the  top to stir in.   The consistency was wonderful – not at all grainy or clumpy.   And best of all?   I stayed that way once refrigerated.    I took this picture after it had been in the fridge a couple of days.

WP_000713Dare I say it actually reminds me of good old Jif or Skippy?   Which made me check the label again.

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And it’s all good.  For those of you who prefer chunky or unsalted, Trader Joe’s has those too.

Happy Friday!   I’m off to have a PB&J!

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What Will Your Bunny Bring?

eggs2Can you believe that this weekend is Easter?   It’s seeming a bit unreal to me.

Easter is one of the holidays that I loved as a kid.   The candy was good – you know I’m not one to pass up chocolate –  but what I loved most was hunting  Easter Eggs.    I would do it for weeks before and after with plastic eggs.    I would hide them for anyone that I could get to search for them.   OK, so  I’ve still got a thing for it.   Grant and I have already been doing it.

On my list of fun for this week are coloring eggs and finalizing Grant’s basket.    I really wanted to create my own food based dyes this year.   But it’s just not going to happen.  Luckily that was just for fun anyways as no one in our house (besides the dog) will actually eat a hard boiled egg.   If you plan to eat them, please consider buying a kit without artificial colors or make your own dyes.

Now, onto the basket.    Please don’t just fill it with candy.    Your kids may love you for it, but do you really want to deal with the sugar crash a few hours later?  I could go on about all the JUNK that’s in mass produced candy, but this is a holiday post and I’ll keep it happy.   Please just DON’T go there!!   (ok, here’s a link to tell you why)

In my mind balance is key.    There needs to be chocolate, bright colors, fun.   Ideally something for outside, something to read, something to create and of course something to eat.

Some of my favorite basket goodies include:

For Outside
Kites
Sidewalk Chalk
Bubbles
Jump Rope
Jacks
Tops
Bouncy Balls
Bug Nets
Garden Tools / Seeds

To Read
Books
Magazines
Comics

To Create
Water Color Set
Sketch or Coloring Book
Journal
Crayons, Markers or Colored Pencils
Legos

To Eat
A reasonably sized chocolate bunny (Gluten-Free, Organic, Fair Trade )
Trader Joe’s Organic Lollipops
Trader Joe’s or other Natural Jelly Beans
UNREAL Chocolate Pieces (like M&M’s but NO Corn Syrup, Trans Fats, Artificial Coloring or GMOs) – these are Grant’s favorites.
Annie’s Bunnies – take your pick of variety
Homemade Treats– Peanut Butter EggsPeeps (with all natural food coloring)  I hope to try both of these yet this week!
And maybe a bunch of fresh carrots with the greens still on???

To Hide in Eggs
Pennies (or larger coins if you feel generous)
1 gold dollar
Trader Joe’s or other Natural Jelly Beans
and don’t feel like every egg has to have “something in it”

I just had an awesome brainstorm.   I’m going to take the small Lego set I bought and break it up into some of the eggs.   Instructions in one, pieces in the rest.   Find all the eggs to get all the pieces – FUN!

100 Days of Real Food also has a great list of candy alternatives.

So have fun with your Easter baskets.   I’ll post pictures of Grant’s next week.  HUGS!  (just feel like you needed one today!)

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A Sunday Surprise

I was thrilled to wake up and see the sun this morning.    The pacific northwest has only been home for a little over a year.      Even though Minnesota was COLD, we saw the sun in the winter.    Let’s just say it’s been an adjustment.

I got up early to sit  in the sun and finish a book that’s it’s taken me forever to get through.   The sun felt so good it was motivating.    It felt like a garden day.

One of the things I’m still dumbstruck by is how different the growing season is here.   I did go from zone 3 to zone 8 (those are garden zones), so it shouldn’t shock me.   But it still does.    It feels weird to see patio pots with flowers (yes, real ones) year round.    It’s even more strange to me that not only are my daffodils up (not a chance in MN) but will probably blossom by the end of the week.  My hubby even had to mow the lawn last weekend.   No kidding!

So I worked in the sun, in my garden, in a state of awe.    Because it was the first weekend in March.   Because my berry bushes had buds.    Because some of my perennials never went dormant.   Most most of all when I pushed aside a pile of leaves and saw orange!   My carrots that didn’t do much of anything over the summer had FINALLY grown!

I proceeded like a kid on an Easter egg hunt, giggling with every carrot I found.   By the time I dug them all, I probably had 4 pounds.

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They are not  pretty store bought carrots.   They have personality.    They taste bright, sweet and positively yummy.

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I doubt they’ll last the day.

Happy Sunday!

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