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Strawberry Peanut Butter {Recipe Redux}

 

sunday. Sunday. SUNDAY!

 

Yes, I’m popping in today instead of tomorrow to bring you a scrumptious recipe for this month’s Recipe Redux!

 

 

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Here’s what this month’s theme entailed:

 

Get Your Dehydrator On

Whether it’s extra garden bounty or a sale at the supermarket – dehydrating food is a budget-friendly way to stock up for later. You can use a food dehydrator, a low slow oven, or natural sunshine to preserve natural healthfulness. Show us how you like to dehydrate, or a healthy recipe for how you enjoy using dehydrated fruits, veggies or other bounty.

 

 

Confession: I sorta kinda cheated on this one. Okay, not sorta. Full blown affair on the theme. It’s out there and my conscious is cleared. Whew! That feels so much better.

 

 

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Consider this my plea and pathetic excuse for being a cheater pumpkin eater. I’m okay with that second part though. ‘Tis the season, and pumpkin’s the reason.

 

 

I had this brilliant idea in my head that involved freeze-dried strawberries, but came upon a predicament. Here in New England, the strawberry season lasts a good two weeks IF you’re lucky. And that’s way back in the distant memory that is June. Wasn’t that like 10 months ago or something like that?

 

 

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And after I’m done picking and eating my way to 30 pounds of the ruby reds, those strawberries usually last a good two days in my house. IF you’re lucky.

 

Second. I don’t own a dehydrator. Or freeze drier (is that such a thing?). And at the time I actually made this recipe  in the humid heat of Summer, made turning on the oven to any degree seem sacrilegious.

 

 

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And so, off I go to Trader Joe’s. Plus, they do such a good job freeze-drying them berries already, so why mess with a good thing?! ;)

 

 

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Now who doesn’t love a good pb & j? Wait did someone actually say they DON’T? Well this is a P and B conversation, so you’re gunna have to C yourself out.

Remember those jars of peanut butter with the jelly swirled in it? Or that pepto-esque jar of strawberry flavored fluff?

 

Not exactly the poster children of health, but they served to inspire my creation for a way to create an Extreme Makeover: PB edition that is sugar-free, gluten-free, and vegan.

 

 

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And as easy as throwing stuff into a food processor. Blending. And consuming in vast amounts straight out of the jar. No bread required for this sammich.

 

 

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Strawberry Peanut Butter
Author: 
Recipe type: Spreads
 
Gluten-free, sugar-free, vegan.
Ingredients
  • 2 cups dry roasted peanuts
  • 1 + ¼ cups freeze-dried strawberries, divided
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
Instructions
  1. Add peanuts, salt, and 1 cup of freeze-dried strawberries to bowl of a food processor.
  2. Blend on high for 3-5 minutes until smooth and well blended.
  3. Crush remaining ¼ cup of strawberries, and mix in to peanut butter.
  4. Transfer to lidded container and refrigerate for best quality.

 

 

These strawberries are so unbelievably sweet, you would think they were loaded with added sugar. Nope. Freeze drying concentrates all that sweetness into slices of nature’s candy fit for an astronaut.

 

 

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Be sure to check out all the other dehydrated delectables this month below!

 

 

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And now I have a date with a jar of this and a day full of football. Set hike!

 

 

Make it a great day!

Do you dry any of your own food?

What’s your favorite jam flavor?

PS: A very happy birthday to my big bro John. Happy Birthday Fathead!!

Friday Coffee Date.

 

Hey laddddiieeesssss!!

 

And gent(s). I know there’s at least ONE  Y chromosome reader out there. Hi Papa John! :)

 

 

You know that feeling when you are think you are just about ready to bust a button off your work pants like a bottle of champagne, and then you slip into those much too big, much too comfy men’s sweatpants?

 

 

That’s what Friday feels like to me. A sigh of relief for my swollen and stubbly (but hardworking) legs in the form of a weekday.

 

 

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You know what’s the fuzzy slippers to my Friday party (sweat) pants?

 

 

Coffee.

 

 

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So I thought it would be fun to have a little virtual coffee date with you today. Just you and me. No frills. No double mocha triple espresso grande grand-accino. No makeup. Just you. Me. Our favorite pair of sweats. Messy buns.  And endless mugs of hot, delicious coffee.

 

 

If we were having coffee…

 

I’d probably offer you to make you an omelet too. I’ve been starting most of my days with one lately. Stuffed with veggies, avocado, hummus, and even pasta sauce. Just no cheese, because melted cheese makes me gag.

 

 

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If we were having coffee…

 

I’d tell you how I’m not exactly where I want to be in life…yet. Physically. Mentally. My life is a little bit in limbo right meow. And I’m trying hard to be able to accept this in order to move on to the next chapter in my life.

 

 

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If we were having coffee…

 

I’d tell you how half marathon training is going. It has it’s days. I’m in desperate need of new running shoes since I can feel my shin starting to give me some trouble again. I do look forward to my long runs which is moving up to 5 miles this Sunday. I also love how I am finally getting into doing more yoga twice a week and seeing how I progress in my flexibility just as much as in my mileage.

 

 

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If we were having coffee…

 

I’d tell you to wash your hands with this lavender soap from Whole Foods. Not because I think you’re dirty, but because you would probably fall asleep in your hands from smelling it so much like I did. And then we could have a sleepover and play Girl Talk til the sun comes up.

 
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If we were having coffee…

 

I’d be giving you the most delicious and easy pumpkin-spiced coffee. Just sprinkle some pumpkin pie spice over your coffee grounds before you brew (and you can even make your own spice mix. I used Steph’s recipe.) Add some unsweetened coconut or almond milk, a teaspoon of stevia, then top with some more PPS. Addicting. Easy. And perfect for curling up with in sweatpants with your best girl frannnd. Virtual or not.

 

 

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If we were having coffee…

 

I’d ask you if you wanted to go apple picking this weekend. Can you believe Fall officially starts next week?! I’m now ready to stop my Summer pouting and embrace the ever loving apple out of Fall for the next 2 1/2 days before Winter comes.

 
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But enough about me. You gotta just tell me when to shut my pumpkin lovin’ mouth. Shall we put another pot on?

 

 

Make it a great day!

What would you tell me if we were having coffee?

What’s your favorite Fall activity?

WIAW: Holy Guacomole

 

 

Bienvenue, little miss Wednesday-lou!

 

Maybe it’s a hard case of the humps that I’m giving weekdays nicknames, but just roll with it.

 

 

 

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I’m trying to get over that bitter loss of a game for Indy against the Eagles. I don’t normal hate field goals…unless they are the reason your team loses. I guess my coffee and chocolate fix didn’t bring any luck.

 

 

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And what better to get over the slump that some awesome eats and What I Ate Wednesday!

 What I Ate Wednesday GOES GREEN

Breakfast started with a half a grapefruit and a Greek yogurt bowl with cocoa powder, flaxseed meal, and pb topped with some espresso powder. Whoever said coffee brings out chocolate (*ahem, INA) never added espresso powder to chocolate yogurt. Just…no.

 

 

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And then this happened.

 
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A pile of avocados on the discount rack led to the biggest bowl of guac known to man. I froze half of it since I love me some guac, but I have to fit some pb in there too.

 

 

Then I paid a visit to Nana to share a cup of tea. A visit to Nana is just not complete without a hot mug of Tetley.

 

 

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After dropping off my little cousin at kindergarten, I came home for a late lunch of a big salad with tuna and what else..guac. And salsa. Sometimes I like to pretend my salads are nachos..

 

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The cold and dreary weather put me in the mood to do absolutely nothing, but forced myself to get outside for a bit on the bike for my cross-training.

 

 

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Dinner was a big pile of broccoli and one my salmon patties  topped with my new favorite hummus.

 
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And now I want Pad Thai and Veggie Curry at once.

 
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Followed up by the most juiciest and sweetest cantaloupe EVER! It’s so juicy I could DIE!!

 
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And some unpictured dark chocolate and tortilla chips because sweet and salty is the second best combo to peanut butter and the world.

 

 

Thanks to Jenn for hosting this WIAW!!

 

 

 

Make it a great day!

Guacamole or Salsa?

What’s your favorite food combo?