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Dexter the puppy is the inspiration behind this peanut butter Recipe

Yes, our puppy Dexter was my inspiration for making homemade peanut butter. He was antsy today, so Jim attached a piece of string to the top of the terrace and to the string he attached a plastic bottle and on the bottle he smeared some peanut butter. The whole point was for him to jump up and try to lick the peanut butter off. He jumped a few times, but mostly just sat and stared up at the bottle anxiously awaiting for us to take the ¬†bottle down and put it within his reach. Before giving in to his cute little face though, we held the bottle still so he wouldn’t have to work that hard after jumping for his reward. This seemed to make him happy…for a few minutes.

Then decided it was way too much work and he definitely needed the bottle down at his level. We gave in….but not totally…We’re trying to teach him “stand”, so we made him stand next.

FINALLY after the poor guy jumped and stood on two paws, we let him lick the rest of the peanut butter off at his own level. He was happy.

After we came inside from this fun, I was bored (as usual- I always like to be busy with something). Anyway, as I was cleaning the rest of the peanut butter off the plastic bottle, I thought to myself how super fun it would be to make peanut butter. I’ve ground peanuts at Whole Foods before, but I’ve never had a food processor to make it myself at home, but now I do. It was such an easy process. Seriously. I’ve had my food processor for a few months now. Why haven’t I done this before? It’s very satisfying even if I won’t be saving money by doing it.


All’s you need are shelled peanuts (any type), vegetable or canola oil, salt (if desired), and a food processor.


1- Add peanuts to the food processor and process until the peanuts become coarse bits and start to stick together.

2- Add oil and salt to the peanut mixture. I’d add a little bit at a time until your desired taste and consistency is achieved. You can always add more.





3- Put PB into a Ball jar or other container and store in the refrigerator.





How to Boil Corn on the Cob

Tis the season for fresh corn and tis the season for me to mess up boiling corn on cob…every time. Last night was the first time we had it this season and I was determined not to mess it up. I looked up lots of recipes and chose the components I liked best from a bunch of different versions. The end product came out the best ever. Here’s what I did:

1- Fill a pot with water and add about 1/4 cup sugar

2- Add the corn and bring to a boil

3- Once the water comes to a rolling boil, let the corn boil for a few minutes. The time will depend on how many pieces of corn are in the pot. I boiled 2 pieces and, after the water was rolling, I left it for three minutes.