Do you ever have that moment when your brain is just TOTALLY blown? For me it was when I realized that “weekend” was “week-end,” (6th grade at a motivational assembly), when it dawned on me that “Every Kiss begins with Kay” was literally true (Freshman year of highschool), and when I learned that YOU CAN MAKE YOUR OWN PEANUT BUTTER (about three weeks ago).
Speaking of realizations that just blow your mind, I want to digress a minute to talk about something that occurred at camp yesterday…
As anyone who deals with elementary aged children on a frequent basis knows, kids sometimes drop little truth-bombs that rock your world. What I didn’t know until yesterday though, was that sometimes YOU as their responsible adult drop truth bombs that make you sound way wiser than you actually are.
In this instance, Little Camp was occupying the theater room during a planning period so that they could escape the heat when a preschool aged child came up to me and said “Mr. Matthew! I have…64 Crayons!” Then, few seconds later it was “Mr. Matthew! I have… 72 Crayons!” Then, “Mr. Matthew! I have 143 Crayons!!!” How do you respond to that beyond yet another “wow! That’s awesome!”?
I don’t know, but what I did say was “You know, you can have all the crayons in the world, but if you don’t know what you’re going to do with them they’re not going to do you much good!” The kid in question just looked at me funny and went off to count his ever-growing pile of crayons again, but that statement just stuck with me all day; Substitute crayons for _________ (money, friends, success, fame, etc) and drop. the. mic. Also, it was a good reminder that it’s truly a gift to be simple. Who needs 143 crayons when you can draw the rainbow in 7?
So with that in mind, dust off your food processor (or buy one here) and buy some $2.50 unsalted roasted peanuts, and never buy peanut butter again.
- 2 cups unsalted dry roasted peanuts
- 1 tbsp honey
- salt to taste
- Pour 2 cups of unsalted dry roasted peanuts into food processor and pulse a few times
- Throw in a pinch of salt (optional) and process on low for about 4-5 minutes, until it reaches a smooth texture
- Pour in honey and blend until it is incorporated throughout the peanut butter
For chunky peanut butter, add some additional peanuts at the same time you add the honey.
Poco a poco
Pour two cups of peanuts into the processor
Pulse the processor a few times.
Process for about 4 minutes–until after the peanuts have formed a ball and then redistributed evenly to resemble peanut butter.
Add the honey and additional peanuts if you like chunky peanut butter (I don’t), and process until everything is evenly distributed!
Somewhere over the rainbow… it’s a gift to be simple. The perfect summer combination. Enjoy!