Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Magazine Recycling

I was so excited to see this magazine recycling cart in the lobby of my local library last week. In an effort to reduce our paper clutter I have canceled all our magazine subscriptions, but until our current subscriptions run out we have a lot of magazines around the house. I have donated all our read magazines and have also picked up a few magazines to browse. I know, that doesn't help with my clutter, but once read the magazines get donated back. Judging from the constantly changing stock of magazines, I am not the only patron that loves this great idea.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Homemade Peanut Butter

We eat a ton of peanut butter at our house. The problem we have is my daughter prefers the smooth creamy texture of brand name peanut butter and we would prefer she eats a healthier version without the added sugar. How do you make both sides happy? I decided to try my hand at making my own peanut butter, it turned out delicious and couldn't be easier! I put a pound of lightly sea salted dry roasted peanuts in my Ninja, turned it on and hoped for the best. At first the peanuts turned into peanut dust, then a chunky and dry paste. I was a little concerned that my experiment would fail. I soon discovered the key to creamy peanut butter is patience, after several minutes my peanuts had been transformed into creamy peanut butter! It is delicious and contains only peanuts so everyone is happy.