{on our plate} “clean” peanut butter

easy family recipes

There is something so romantic about making food from scratch. Not sure if it’s the time it takes to develop all of the flavors of a particular dish, or the satisfaction that you get from knowing that no short-cuts were taken regardless of how intricate or simple a recipe may be. Last week, in my efforts to stick with my new year resolution, I opted for the “from-scratch” version of my favorite staple ingredient… peanut butter. It turned out to be creamier, tastier and so much cleaner than anything you could possibly get from a jar and because there are no preservatives I can have it by the spoonfuls!

easy family recipes

My favorite way of eating it is over fresh fruit with cracked sea salt over it… delish!

Here’s the easy recipe:

Directions: Blend the peanuts in a food processor for 8-10minutes.  I had to stop every few minutes to scrape down the sides and make sure and break up the peanuts.  Keep at it… the mixture gets crumbly before it gets creamy.  If after the 10 minutes you want a creamier consistency you can add a teaspoon or two of canola/vegetable oil- (I opt out of the extra oil) Store it in an airtight container in the fridge. Note:  the ingredients might separate over time.  Just mix it before you indulge.

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current life. through our iLens

what to do in floridaLife recently-001

1. Grace’s teeth are coming in strong and unfortunately are keeping her up at crazy hours of the night (just when I thought we were past that stage) Just another reminder that she’s growing so fast!!!

2. She’s so strong and ready for the olympics (I was behind/under her the whole time)

3. My lunch date pondering how we’re going to tackle this new year.  13 years later and he still gives me butterflies

4. Can’t stop wearing my Christmas present…  ALDO wonser riding boots (of course now they’re on sale. ugh!!)

5. Morning time with PAPA melts my heart.  She’s his mini-me

6. Our view from top of Chimney Rock  after a 45 minute hike.

7. Our mischievous schnauzer Bauer

8. She’s on point with her nap schedule even if we’re at the store

9. It’s always sunny in South FL!!

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Florida family blog travels to Saint Augustine

On our way back from from NC we made a quick stop by St. Augustine, FL. We only had a few hours to visit the city and thought the best way to get around was by using the guided trolly tour.  From the Fountain of Youth to the Castillo de San Marcos, it all felt like stepping into a history book. The Spanish architecture brought back a lot of memories from our trip to La Isla del Encanto!

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Flagler Memorial Presbyterian Church

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Trolly view of Grace United Methodist Church

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We thought about taking a sip from the fountain but the trolly would’t stop for that.

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Magnolia Avenue- this picture does not do it justice… but it’s one of the most photographed streets in the US!

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Mision Nombre de Dios- The great cross

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Down St. George street

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She was the happiest trolly rider I’ve ever seen!

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For my friends who fear getting around with a little one- the baby bjorn is our best friend! We feel safe having her close to us and it saves you from having to pull around a bulky stroller!

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