Monday, August 11, 2014

Homemade Peanut Butter

I made peanut butter last week and can you believe it, it's all gone! LOL!

I started making homemade a few months ago and won't go back to store bought. 
I love using it on bread, of course. I grew up eating peanut butter and butter sandwiches as a child. No, no jelly or jam here. :-)
But since I started using homemade, I find it's not only good on bread, but on waffles too, and don't forget eating it by the spoonful!
After finding this recipe on Averie Cooks (She has some of the best recipes!)
I had to have a food processor!
And lucky for me, I got one for Christmas last year. :-)

I'm terrible at following recipes to a "T" though, and normally I don't measure.
So here's what I think I used.

Approximately 3+ cups of honey roasted peanuts
1/2 cup each butterscotch and white chocolate chips.
It takes about 15 minutes to make depending on the power of your processor.

I keep mine in the fridge because homemade peanut butter is very liquidy.
Try it and you'll never go back to store bought again!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

A Sunflower for Bruce

Years ago, I'm guessing it was 1995 or 1996, my brother scattered sunflower seeds in the backyard for the birds. They were the little black seeds and they grew dainty little sunflowers.

. My brother passed away in 2001, but every spring come rain or shine, heat or cold, those sunflowers would pop up in the yard. That is until this year. I miss those little flowers that my brother would share with me even though he wasn't here. Today is my brother's birthday and he would be 46. So this year I decided to give my brother a sunflower.

I started with my old white plastic patio table.
And then using spray paint

I liked this background color and it matches my house! :-)

Then I spray painted a black circle in the middle and then using yellow, I spray painted the petals

Then using a paintbrush and black craft paint

Well, you get the picture.
Here's the final result.

I finished it off with a coat of clear gloss

Happy Birthday, Bruce. I hope you like it. 
I miss you. Give mom a hug for me.
Love your sister, Karen

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Cactus Apples!

I have a huge cactus.

And I love the flowers it produces 

And so do the bees

 But the best part are the cactus apples!

Went out and picked the first 2 cactus apples of the season today. 

I can't believe how big the one is.