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Peanut Butter is a staple in our house. Now that our children are out of the house we don’t use it as often as we used to but it is still a staple I like to have on hand. According to the “best by” date on jars of peanut butter, and from what I read on the Internet, the recommended shelf life is 18 months. Beyond that date the product does not spoil, but may develop off-flavors due to age. The end of the recommended shelf life is noted by the “best by” date stamped on the jar.peanut buter, peanuts

Both opened and unopened jars of peanut butter can be stored at room temperature. It is best to store peanut butter with the jar tightly closed and in a cool place. You can store peanut butter in the refrigerator if you want. Refrigeration may help to retain optimum flavor, particularly if the room temperature tends to be warm. Keep in mind that colder storage will make the peanut butter firmer and not as easy to spread.

Do you wonder if peanuts can be stored longer? According to Diamondnuts.com, nuts (in shells or not) can be stored in the freezer for 24 months.

If you are interested in having peanut butter as part of a long-term storage plan the best thing to do is purchase peanut butter powder. Hermetically sealed in the absence of oxygen, you can plan on a storage life of 4-5 years at a stable temperature of 70 degrees. It should keep proportionally longer if stored at cooler temperatures.

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Peanut butter Powder

These are all interesting facts! For the time being I will plan on having just an extra jar or two on hand.

I also thought I’d try making my own peanut butter. How hard could it be? I had some peanuts on hand and decided to give it a try.

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Raw peanuts

The peanuts were raw, so the first thing to do was roast them. This was easy. I just placed them in a shallow pan and set them in a pre-heated 350 degree oven for 15-20 minutes.

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Roasted peanuts.

After roasting is done remove them and let them cool for a short while.

Once the peanuts were cooled off, I placed them in my food processor.

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Processing the peanuts.

I added the salt and honey and processed for one minute. I continued to process while slowly drizzling in the peanut oil until the mixture was smooth.

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Looks like peanut butter!

I then placed my peanut buyer in an airtight container and stored it in the refrigerator. Was that ever easy, and the result is so tasty!

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Homemade Peanut Butter

Here is the simple recipe:

15 ounces of shelled and roasted peanuts
1 tsp kosher salt (I used sea salt)
1 1/2 tsp honey
1 1/2 Tbsp peanut oil

Place the peanuts, salt, and honey into the bowl of a food processor. Process for 1 minute. Scrape down the sides of the bowl. Place the lid back on and continue to process while slowly drizzling in the oil and process until the mixture is smooth. Place the peanut butter in an airtight container and store in your refrigerator.

This chowder recipe has been enjoyed for years. Today was a cloudy day and I decided it was a perfect day to make a batch. You don’t need to use heavy cream when making the chowder I often use milk or fat free half and half. I hope you enjoy it as much as we do.

½ cup diced bacon
2 Tbsp butter
¾ cup chopped onionsoup  ingredients, prudent living
¾ cup chopped celerycelery, homemade soup, chowder
1 quart chicken stock
2 cups diced potatoessoup ingredients, potatoes
3-10 oz packages of frozen corn
1 cup heavy cream
Salt and pepper to taste

Sauté bacon in butter until crisp and browned.

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Saute bacon in butter.

Add onion and celery; cook until vegetables are crisp tender.

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Add celery and onions to bacon

Meanwhile, measure stock in large pot, add potatoes and cook until just tender.

Puree 2 packages of corn in the blender, using a little of the hot stock while blending. Add blended corn and whole kernels, sautéed vegetables and cream to soup pot. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Heat to serving temperature. Enjoy!


Half finished bowl of chowder.

I don’t know about you but in the winter my hands suffer with the dry air, I am constantly looking for a decent hand lotion. After the good results I had making a lip balm I decided to try making a hand lotion. With three basic ingredient plus water I made a really nice lotion.

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Ingredients for making a hand lotion.

It’s too thick to use as a body lotion but works perfectly for my hands. When you first put it on your hands it seems a little greasy but it soaks in in no time. I used lavender as my essential oil but you could use whatever you want. I had the olive oil on hand and purchased the emulsifying wax from Mountain Rose Herbs. Next time I’ll have to find a recipe for making a homemade beeswax lotion as we have our own beeswax. I poured lotion into a wide mouth pint jar, which I now keep by the sink.

Here’s the recipe:

1 ¼ cup hot water
¼ cup emulsifying wax
¼ cup olive oil
15-36 drops of essential oil (depends on your taste)

In a Pyrex measuring cup I combined the olive oil and emulsifying wax and microwaved it on high for 1 minute or until the wax is melted. The temperature is about 155 degrees.

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Emulsifying wax and olive oil

I then removed the wax – olive oil mixture from the microwave and heated up the water in another Pyrex measuring cup for one minute. While the water was heating up I added the essential oil into my melted wax-olive oil mixture. I only used 15 drops of lavender essential oil.

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Melted wax and olive oil.

Then pour the hot water slowly into the wax-olive oil mixture and watch it turn milky white. At this point the temperature is about 125 degrees. I then poured the hot lotion into my wide mouth pint jar and let it cool over night.

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Lotion poured into pint jar.

I was a bit skeptical that it would thicken, however the next morning the lotion was a nice thick consistency.

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Hand lotion thickened overnight.

I could have used more essential oil but I really like the gentle fragrance of the lavender, it is not overpowering at all.


As a general rule I cook from scratch. Occasionally I will doctor up cake mixes or other time saving mixes. I have a son who loves Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins. I discovered this recipe many years ago. It is quick and easy and you can have a batch of muffins in the oven in no time. I usually have the ingredients on hand so I can mix up a batch when my son is home.

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Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

18 ¼ oz pkg White Cake Mix
6 oz pkg lemon pudding
2 Tbsp poppy seeds
3 eggs
1 ¼ cup water
⅓ cup vegetable oil

In a large bowl, blend cake mix, lemon pudding and poppy seeds.

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Mix dry ingredients together.

In a separate bowl, combine eggs, water and oil.

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Combine eggs, oil and water.

Blend the egg mixture into the dry ingredients and gently stir. Line muffin tin with muffin cups.muffin liners Fill 2/3 full.muffin batter, lemon poppy sed muffins Bake 350 degrees for 20 minutes or until done. Let cool 5 minutes before removing.homemade muffins, lemon, poppy seeds

Makes 20-24 muffins depending on the size of your muffin tin. These muffins freeze well too.

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These muffins freeze well.

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Ready to eat.


For some time I’ve been interested in learning more about homemade hand creams and homemade soap. In researching various recipes I came upon a recipe for lip balm and decided to give it a try. I was amazed at how quickly the recipe came together and the end product was wonderful.

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Ingredients for Lip Balm

I used our own honey and our own beeswax, which gave the lip balm a beautiful honey color.

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Grated beeswax.

The vitamin E oil is squeezed out of Vitamin E capsules; you get about 3 drops out of one capsule.

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Squeezing Vitamin E out of capsule.

I had several 1 oz metal tins, which I used to pour the lip balm into. I ended up with four 1 oz containers when done. Here is the recipe I used:

6 Tbsp almond oil
2 tsp honey
4 tsp beeswax, grated
5 drops vitamin E oil
5 drops peppermint essential oil
8 – ½ oz lidded pots

In a double boiler, melt almond oil, honey and beeswax together. I used a tin can placed in water.

Melting wax and oil.

I used a tin can to heat up the oil and melt the wax.

Remove from heat, allowing mixture to cool slightly. Add vitamin E and peppermint oils, stir until well blended. Spoon into pots and allow to cool before covering. Makes 8 – ½ oz pots.

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Finished product.

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Peppermint Lip Balm

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As promised I will share my Killer Brownie recipe from my husband’s family. I have to admit I am a recipe collector! I not only have numerous cookbooks but I also have several recipe boxes full of recipes I’ve collected over the years. The first recipe I asked for was in grade school, I asked my best friend’s mother for her macaroni and cheese recipe. It was something I don’t remember my mother making and I thought it was delicious! Since then my collection has grown. I’ve mentioned before the collection of family recipes that my mother-in-law gave me when I was engaged.

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Well loved recipe collection.

It is a wonderful collection of delicious and well-loved recipes. When my grandmother-in-law passed away I inherited her recipe box. What a treasure, this brownie recipe originated from the recipe box but was also passed along in the collection of recipes from my mother-in-law. I will pass it along to you.

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Original Recipe

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Gram's Recipe Box.









Killer Brownies

2 eggs
1 cup of sugar
½ cup butter
2 squares of Bakers Chocolate (semi-sweet)
½ cup flour
½ tsp baking powder
Pinch of salt
½ tsp vanilla

Melt the butter and chocolate over hot water. In a bowl, beat the eggs till light add the sugar and continue to beat. Add chocolate mixture, then flour, baking powder and salt. Then add vanilla. Spread in a 8×8 pan and bake 325 for 25 minutes or until done. I’ve also baked this recipe in a pie pan for brownie pie.

I then made a basic cream cheese frosting and spread it over the brownies (I doubled the recipe for the brownies). Once the frosting was spread I sprinkled on some of the crushed candy canes. What a delicious treat!

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Candy Cane Brownies

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Basic Cream Cheese Frosting

I also made the Peppermint Sauce, which despite its bright pink color is delicious. Poured over vanilla ice cream I can enjoy the taste of peppermint stick ice cream year round! This recipe is very easy and can be made in a matter of minutes. If you missed the link here is the recipe:

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Peppermint sauce ingredients

Peppermint Sauce

1 ½ cups crushed peppermint candy canes
¾ cup heavy whipping cream
1 jar (7 ounces) marshmallow crème (fluff)

In a large saucepan, combine all ingredients. Cook over medium-low heat until the mixture is smooth and the candy is melted, stirring occasionally. (I left some of the candy bits un-melted)

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Stir until melted.

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Combine ingredients in a pan.

Pour into an airtight container. Store in the refrigerator. Serve warm over ice cream or cake. Makes three cups.

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Bright pink Peppermint Sauce.

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