Nut Butters

So, I made a simple and honest mistake during Christmas time! I don’t drive, so I have to depend on others to get somewhere or even get my groceries! So, I texted a small list with various nuts to my father, to get for me. I was cheap, not going to lie, so I send him minimum instructions. I wanted to be a little more “healthy” so I told him at the end of the text, all the above are raw and unsalted. I simply meant unsalted, for nibbling reasons! Guess what, they were horrible! I got like 1 pound of peanuts that were bitter and inedible, for me at least!. So, i just thought, I’ll bake them and make peanut butter. So, I roasted them, I cleaned them from their peel (one by one, I may add). I had no idea because of the peel if they were done, so of course I overcooked them a bit. Not much, a bit! So, I put them on my blender and simply add some salt. Not much, a pinch. I made a full big jar. It’s a nice full-taste peanut butter.
Again,the next day i thought, hum, I have 2 cups of pistachio. I looked it up and guess again! You can make butter from all nuts! I found a recipe stating to simply add 2 tsp lemon juice and 2 tsp oil to the pistachio. I didn’t noticed the part about the oil, until after I stored the pistachio butter… Ops!
So I decided to do exactly the same with the pistachio as my peanuts. They were roasted, didn’t smell as roasted peanuts did and i couldn’t for the life of me get them to peel. So I said, who cares! I had a real hard time to grind them (because of the lack of oil) but in the end, I had a really small jar of this butter! Not smooth though. My “good butter” because it’s very expensive (check the prices)!

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Peanut butter cookies

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So, here we go again! Once more, being a mom is totally hard and rewarding work! I mean, my baby seriously dislikes sleep. He sleeps 40 minutes during the day and keeps waking up 5 to 6 times and he is 14 months. I’m sleepless and working on my master with my husband and I want to drink coffee all day long! So here is simple recipe, not something special but I was surprised that it turned out so well!

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Ingredients
1 cup peanut butter
3/4 cup sugar
1 large egg
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup chocolate pieces

It’s a basic flour less recipe. You mix everything up, and save last the chocolate bits. You make small balls with 2 tablespoons and place them on the baking sheets. It takes about 13 minutes in 180 degrees. Leave them to cool completely! The mix seems a bit off but it will turn out great!

A small comeback with a cake!

Banana poppy Seed Cake with Vanilla Bean Frosting

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It’s been a while! My baby boy is now 10+ months old, life is returning back to normal, except sleep/ Night sleep, day sleep, all kind of sleep… But a day is full! I’ve got baking to do, for my family and mental health! Now, with daily fruit consumption by all with have a large amount of them, especially bananas! Sometimes, they turn brown due to high temperature or just because we buy them by the dozen. So, a banana cake again! But this cake was gone in less than 24 hours. The frosting was still running when my husband wanted a piece,

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See?

The next morning was nicer, by still so tasty! I got the recipe from here! My only input is the frosting, mine turned out runny (my fault, more milk than necessary) and it didn’t firm enough in the fridge, so be careful!

Enjoy!

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Motherhood

Why has anyone informed women that there is a new and special kind of love after you’ve given birth? I never understood all the articles about motherhood and selfless love but now i do. I can wake up after a 2 hour sleep, with red trimmed eyes and a big smile in my face. I haven’t had coffee in 11 months, and I love coffee, coffee was my life. And now, I’m counting down the day for my next sip, but I’m more in love with my son. He is my life and my world and my everything and I had doubts about being a good mom, I thought I lacked maternal instinct (like my mom) but it turns out I don’t. I love him more than anything, I was the thinking, as I was breastfeeding him, that if he grew up and told that he killed a man, I would still love him the same. I’m sleep deprived so my thoughts are not exactly normal!

Just Checking!!!

I have been away for a couple weeks! I’m happy to report the happy news, we are expecting a baby boy in mid November! We were trying for nearly 3 years with great disappointment but finally it happened! Now it safe to say it out loud!¬† So, more baking breads than desserts, at least now that I have the energy to move a bit. My husband is seriously overprotective due to our previously inability to conceive so if he can get me to stay in our bed until the birth, he would! So, I’m not allowed to bend and pick even a piece of paper… My major problem is not being able to drink my coffee, I love my baby more than coffee and that says a lot. I don’t drink anything carbonated (my problem is more of the Perrier variety than sodas) and I avoid some cheeses and all deli meats. So, I will keep you updated for more in the near future!

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