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Chewy peanut butter-cereal treats

  There are so many things to enjoy about fall: cooler weather, football games, colorful soft scarves, warm comfort foods, and the anticipation of all the holidays that occur from October through December.  I love it all! I love pumpkins, scarecrows, mums, and apple cider. What a comfortable, cozy time of year. Here’s a snack… Continue reading Chewy peanut butter-cereal treats

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Mama Steph’s simple, spicy (and good for you!) black-eyed pea soup

There is a tradition down here in the south of eating black-eyed peas on January 1st for “good luck.”  Practically everyone I know does it, and I do it, too, though I don’t really believe in luck.  🙂 It’s a good thing I like black-eyed peas. I like purple-hull peas from the garden even more,… Continue reading Mama Steph’s simple, spicy (and good for you!) black-eyed pea soup

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No-bake peanut butter-white chocolate chip bars

Fall baking: the prospect of it makes me cheerful.  It’s one of the pleasures of the season, for me; it reminds me of my growing-up years, and the comfort there was sitting on the big oval braided rug in the living room in our home in N.C., watching Sesame Street or Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood, while… Continue reading No-bake peanut butter-white chocolate chip bars

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars and reflections on graduating kids

What a busy weekend I just had; my oldest son graduated from high school, and all the things that go along with that kept us running from here to there on Friday and Saturday.  What a blessing to be his mom and see him growing into such a great young man.   I am so… Continue reading Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars and reflections on graduating kids

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MamaSteph’s Outrageously Great Peanut Butter Blondie Bars

“Peanut butter is the paté of childhood.”~Florence Fabricant Peanut butter feels, to me, like an old friend.  Peanut butter was there for me  on days when spaghetti-os weren’t available, and when mom was trying to make me eat canned English peas that I just couldn’t swallow.  What kept me full and protein-fortified? What made my… Continue reading MamaSteph’s Outrageously Great Peanut Butter Blondie Bars

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Cooking Up a Storm For the Great American PB Festival: Cookies!

The  Great American Peanut Butter Festival is taking place tomorrow, Nov. 13th, in Grand Saline!  So much work is still going on to make sure everything is perfect for all of you: your families, your friends, and YOU! I hope you’ll be there, rain or shine, to enjoy the live music stage, the parade, the… Continue reading Cooking Up a Storm For the Great American PB Festival: Cookies!

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Peanut Butter & Jelly Bars for National Peanut Butter Lovers Month

Were you aware that November is National Peanut Butter Lovers Month? It is! I really love peanut butter, so this is a celebration that I am happy to take part in.  Here are a few interesting facts that you may or may not know about peanuts: Peanuts are not actually nuts; they’re legumes, like peas… Continue reading Peanut Butter & Jelly Bars for National Peanut Butter Lovers Month