Trying Out New Jif Peanut Butter and Cinnamon Spread

The boys and I recently received a free jar of Jif Peanut Butter and Naturally Flavored Cinnamon Spread to try out. I was excited about this because Connor loves both peanut butter and cinnamon so I thought this might be something that he really likes. He was super excited when we received it and was ready to open up the jar and eat it right out of the bottle. I made him wait though so that I could at least pair it with something. I ended up doing a simple pairing with bread.

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What I loved about Jif Peanut Butter Cinnamon Spread is that it is very smooth and creamy. The cinnamon flavor blends nicely with the peanut butter without being overpowering. Connor really enjoyed it on the bread but thought it would even better on apples.

We didn’t have any apples on hand so after buying apples a day or two later I decided to make a bedtime snack by spreading the Jif Peanut Butter and Cinnamon Spread on graham crackers and then adding the apple slices on top. This worked really well. The spread is really good with apples and with the addition of the graham crackers it almost tasted like apple pie.

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Another pairing I decided to try out was Jif Peanut Butter Cinnamon with pancakes. I decided to chop apples and saute them with butter, a teaspoon of Jif, and a little bit of cinnamon sugar. Then I added that to a simple pancake recipe and made a syrup with the Jif Peanut Butter Cinnamon. To make the syrup I mixed the Jif with maple syrup.

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The flavor was nice. I really liked the apples with the pancakes but the syrup is a bit overpowering so I would recommend a light drizzle. The light drizzle is the perfect amount of flavor and blends nicely with pancakes.

Overall, we really enjoyed Jif Peanut Butter and Naturally Flavored Cinnamon Spread. Have you tried it yet?

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Trying Out Blount Organic Soups

Thanks to Tryazon and Blount Organic we got to try out Blount Organic Soups for free with some friends.

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If you are like me, you may not have heard of Blount before. Blount is a family owned and operated company that has been around since 1946. Blount makes their products using the freshest ingredients and they use locally sourced ingredients whenever they can. Blount is committed to energy conservation as well as sustainable business practices and has facilities in Fall River, Massachusetts as well as Warren, Rhode Island and McKinney, Texas.

Now that you know a little bit about the company itself, here’s what you need to know about the soups. The soups are all organic, most of them are gluten-free, and several of them or either vegetarian or vegan. When you go to purchase these soups, you’ll find them in the refrigerated section.

We decided to try out the Tomato Bisque, Savory Harvest Bisque, and Broccoli Cheddar Soup.

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They are super easy to heat up as they can be left in the container and heated in the microwave. They take about 4 minutes to heat through so we were able to heat each one up when we were ready to try it. Blount Organic Soups also feature a “cool grip” that makes it easier for you to grab and hold the container when you get it out of the microwave.

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The first soup we decided to try out was the Tomato Bisque.

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The majority liked the Tomato Bisque and almost everyone thought it smelled like pizza. JT liked it and asked for a second serving. I personally thought it was okay but it actually tasted the way I expected it to. I’m pretty picky when it comes to tomato soup.

The second soup we tried out was the Savory Harvest Bisque.

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I didn’t have any expectations about this one. I’ve never had any sort of squash or harvest type soup. When it was done being heated I was surprised to find that it smelled like apple pie. After taking a look at the ingredients I found that it did have apples and cinammon in it as well as butternut squash, carrots, sweet potatoes, nutmeg, ginger, and rosemary.

I personally thought this soup was also okay. It was definitely different and unique. One of my friends said that this one was her favorite and others didn’t like it. JT thought it smelled like pumpkin pie, tasted like apple pie, and he didn’t like it because it had too much ginger. Connor thought the opposite. He thought it smelled like apple pie but tasted like pumpkin pie.

After the Savory Harvest Bisque the last soup to try was the Broccoli Cheddar Soup.

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This one was my favorite as well as the boys’ favorite. JT had three servings of this one. Everyone else liked it too. It had a good amount of broccoli pieces and a good flavor.

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If you like soups, Blount Organic Soups are worth checking out. We found our soups at Target but you can check out the Blount Organic website to see where to find some near you.

Have you tried out Blount Organic Soups? Which was your favorite?

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JT’s One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish Snack

For Dr. Seuss’s birthday, JT made a fun snack inspired by the book One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish. Besides being a good Dr. Seuss themed snack, I thought it would also make a good summer snack.

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These snacks are very easy to make. JT did the majority of the work and said “This is fun!”. His favorite part was adding in the fish.

The first thing we did was go shopping for everything we needed. I explained to him what the snack was going to be and what we were buying for each layer. I also let him choose what the sand layer would be made out of and he chose Golden Oreos.

Here are the ingredients we used: Vanilla Pudding Chocolate Pudding Red and Blue Swedish Fish Golden Oreos We also used milk as per the directions on the pudding  as well as turquoise food coloring.

Here are the ingredients we used:
Vanilla Pudding
Chocolate Pudding
Red and Blue Swedish Fish
Golden Oreos
We also used milk as per the directions on the pudding as well as turquoise food coloring.

To make your snack, the first things you need to do are to crush your sand layer and make your puddings. For the puddings all we did was follow the directions on the box.

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JT wanted to stir both puddings at the same time.

JT wanted to stir both puddings at the same time.

Once the puddings are done you’ll need to turn your vanilla pudding blue. The blue food coloring that we had was turquoise. It took us awhile to get a good blue since vanilla pudding is more yellowish rather than white. It might work out a little better if you actually have blue.

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Here is the blue color we ended up with up.

Here is the blue color we ended up with up.

Once the puddings and sand layer are ready to go all that is left to do is assemble.

We put a chocolate pudding layer on the bottom for dirt, followed by the Golden Oreo sand layer, then the blue vanilla pudding water layer, and we topped it off with a red and blue Swedish Fish.

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We used small cups to make these because we were going to a party and needed to make as many as we could but you could definitely make bigger portions.

Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoy JT’s One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish snack.

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Review- Brilliant Chef Silicone Muffin Pan Bundle

Earlier this month we received a really nice muffin pan set from Brilliant Chef. The bundle includes a 12 cup muffin/cupcake pan, 50 paper cupcake liners, a spatula, and a pastry brush.

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I’ve been curious about silicone bakeware so I was excited to try this out. We did receive this set for free but as always all opinions are my own honest opinions.

The boys were excited when this arrived as well. They love getting items for cooking and baking. We received this set just in time for Valentine’s and the cupcake liners were decorated with hearts so we were able to use them to make Valentine cupcakes.

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Normally I like to use the type of spatula that comes with the set to frost cupcakes. However, I typically use smaller size ones and I felt that this one was too big for that so I let the boys use it to mix the batter. It actually worked really well and our cupcake batter came out nice and smooth.

The only concern I had about the pan was how to move it into the oven once the cupcake batter was in. I was unsure of how to hold so that it wouldn’t flop. It took a little practice but I was able to figure it out and by the third batch of cupcakes I was able to move it easily from the counter and into the oven.

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Some other great things about this pan are that it is very easy to clean. If anything spills it wipes up easily. The pan also cools down quickly. This is great because I was able to grab it without oven mitts shortly after I took it out of the oven so that I could do the next batch of cupcakes. I also have to say that I personally love that the pan is pink.

I think that this would make a really nice gift for anyone that likes to bake. It’s also great for yourself as well. This will be our go to muffin pan from now.

This product is sold on Amazon.

Happy baking!

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Greenland Apple & Berry Crumble

This year we are participating in a geography club once a month. Last month’s region was North America and the boys chose Greenland for their country. One of the things we have to do is bring a dish from our chosen country.

It ended up being fairly difficult to find a recipe from Greenland we could use. There are a lot of ingredients that we just don’t have here. Finally we just decided to make an apple and berry crumble. When we first started reading about the food on Greenland.com it mentioned looking at the apple and berry with crisp topping recipe for dessert. I couldn’t find the recipe on the website but at one point they must have had it on there because I came across a blog that had it and linked back to the recipe from that website but it’s not longer there. When it came time to actually make our dish I couldn’t find that same blog but I did come across two other versions and I used both of them to make our Greenland Apple & Berry Crumble.

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I’m going to write up the recipe here the way I made it but you can find the original two recipes I adapted this from at Just Food Now and International Vegetarian.

When I first read about this recipe I read that it was made using crowberries. We don’t have crowberries here and neither of the recipes I actually based this off of menioned them but if you happen to live in area where you have these I’m pretty sure that the first recipe I read (that I couldn’t find) was made with 3.5 oz blueberries and 3.5 oz of crowberries.

Now onto my adapted recipe:


Ingredients:
3 Granny Smith Apples
1 6oz carton of blueberries
1/2 cup of sugar
2 tbsp butter (cut into pieces)
10 tbsp melted butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 cup flour
3/4 cup rolled oats

First preheat the oven to 390°F. Then chop the apples and put them in a baking dish along with the blueberries.

Here were my apples. They were actually fairly large...I'm not sure if you can tell.

Here were my apples. They were actually fairly large…I’m not sure if you can tell.

I actually used a little less than 1/2 cup of sugar but it's just easier to write as 1/2 cup for the ingredient list.

I actually used a little less than 1/2 cup of sugar but it’s just easier to write as 1/2 cup for the ingredient list.

Pour your sugar over the apples and blueberries and mix them to coat. This will look like a lot of sugar. I thought it looked pretty though. The apples looked crystallized.

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Next you just take your pieces of butter and put them all over your apple/blueberry mixture.

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Next combine your brown sugar (again I actually used a little less than 1/2 cup), flour, and oats. Then mix in the melted butter.

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The last thing you need to do is spread your oat mixture over the apples and berries and bake it in the oven for 30 minutes.

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Ready to go in the oven.

This recipe is really simple and quick to put together and it got really good reviews. It’s not too sweet at all. In fact, the fruit is tart so it balances really well with the sweetness from the topping. All the moms loved it. I’m not sure about the kids. I didn’t really hear what they thought about any of the food but I do know that Connor loved it. He ate most of the leftover portion that we brought home and wanted to make more.

Enjoy!

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