homemade peanut butter cups {a recipe}

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peanut butter recipe

natural peanut butter

Like many of you, I spend a lot of time making sure my grocery budget is being spent on the very best food for my little ones. For many years, this has included natural peanut butter. With one child preferring crunchy peanut butter, and the other preferring creamy, I was thrilled when I came across this newest option-Peter Pan Simply Ground.

peanut butter

It’s perfectly creamy, with a bit of crunch, and, best of all, contains no artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives. Another plus, no stirring before enjoying! We loved the texture of this peanut butter so much, we decided to recreate one of our favorite recipes with it-homemade peanut butter cups! In this season of giving and showing gratitude, I created some printable gift tags so we could package them up and hand them out to the teachers, coaches and friends we are grateful for this Fall.

peanut butter

I’ll share a printable file for the tags later in the post, but first, let’s talk about these peanut butter cups…

peanut butter cups

  • Peter Pan Simply Ground Honey Roast
  • Equivalent of 1 Bag Chocolate Chips (I Used a Combination of Milk Chocolate & Bittersweet)
  • 1 Cup Powdered Sugar
  • 4 Tbsp. Melted Butter
  • Mini Paper Liners (I used 24)

Step 1: If using chocolate chips, transfer them into a microwave-safe bowl. I used milk and bittersweet chocolate bars, which I chopped up and transferred to a bowl. Heat for 30 seconds, stir, and heat in 10 second increments until chocolate is almost melted, making sure to stir after each 10 second increment. After my first 10 second increment, there was enough heat in the bowl to melt my chocolate after a bit of stirring. Don’t overheat or your chocolate will lose it’s temper and not set up correctly.

Step 2: Meanwhile, combine your peanut butter, melted butter, and powdered sugar in a bowl. Take a look at the texture of this peanut butter for a moment…

homemade peanut butter cups


This combination of creamy and crunchy is just heavenly; it has the texture of freshly ground peanut butter, which is hard to beat.

But as I was saying, add ingredients to a bowl and mix.

natural peanut butter

Step 3: Fill your paper cups with about a tablespoon of chocolate. I wanted to smooth the chocolate out a bit, so I took a measuring spoon, dipped the bottom in melted butter to prevent it from sticking, and smoothed down the melted chocolate. Refrigerate for about 10 minutes or so.

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Step 4: I filled a quart-sized plastic baggie with my peanut butter mixture, trimmed the end, and added about a teaspoon worth to each cup.

homemade peanut butter cups

Step 5: Add another tablespoon or so of chocolate, filling the cups almost to the top. Refrigerate until firm.

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Now you’ll be tempted to keep these all to yourself, but if you feel like sharing, I’ve created some adorable printable tags 

that you can use to package up your peanut butter cups…

free printable

These will print four to an 8×10 sheet; just print, clip, punch a hole through the top, and add twine.

peanut butter

I found Peter Pan Simply Ground Peanut Butter in the peanut butter aisle on a recent trip to Walmart. Here’s a coupon to use for your next trip to try Peter Pan Simply Ground yourself!


I’d love to know–how would YOU use Peter Pan Simply Ground Peanut Butter?


25 twine crafts and tutorials




This isn’t the first time I’ve shared my love of twine. And I’m pretty sure it won’t be the last. Today’s crafty compilation revisits one of my favorite mediums for packaging, card-making and all-purpose crafting–twine!

using twine to make a footstool

anderson & grant


the effortless chic


domestically blissful

Twine Wrapped Photo Frame Title

twinkle & twine


eryn with a y


fresh crush


sewlicious home decor


the anastasia co

snowman candy bars



heart handmade uk


the casual craftlete


the pretty bee




the sweetest occasion 


lia griffith


confetti pop

mod podged canvas



my sister’s suitcase


weekday carnival

diy ice cream cone garland (7)

the happy flammily


ciao mama


the paper curator


crafting fingers

Al Fresco Dinnerware Packet Duo

the gunny sack


art actually


mediterranean orzo salad {a recipe}

mediterranean orzo salad


We all have foods that our husbands/significant others request us to make. When this orzo salad made that list, I  knew it was a keeper. My husband has nothing against pasta or salads in general, it just isn’t usually his first choice.

orzo salad

This one, though, made the cut, and for very good reason. It’s creamy, tangy, and full of yummy mediterranean flavors. It’s easy to make, and gets even better after a day or so in the fridge.

orzo salad


  • 12 oz. orzo-cooked
  • 2 roma tomatoes-chopped
  • 1/2 english cucumber
  • 1/4 c. red onion-chopped
  • 1/4 c. kalamata olives-chopped
  • handful parsley-chopped
  • 1/2 c. crumbled feta
  • OPA Feta-Dill Greek Yogurt Dressing
  • 1 lemon-juiced
  • salt & pepper

Let orzo cool, add to a large bowl, and add in all of your chopped ingredients. Try to dice all ingredients finely, and try to get them all about the same size. This takes a few minutes, but is well worth your effort :)

orzo salad


Add in your juiced lemon, salt, pepper, and your Greek Yogurt Feta Dill Dressing. If you can’t find this exact one, no worries. There are lots of mediterranean-style greek yogurt dressings out there, I just love the combination of feta and dill in this one.


pasta salad


Mix together, check for seasonings, and refrigerate. After you pull from the refrigerator, you will probably need to taste and adjust seasonings…refrigeration can often “dull” flavors a bit, and you may need to adjust accordingly.

Serve by itself or over a bed of lettuce (we used romaine, but red or green leaf lettuce would work well, too).

pasta salad