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Before we start thinking about Christmas, Thanksgiving, holiday cheer, Christmas shopping, and more Christmas (hey, I’m just going by what I see on the commercials), let’s take a moment to celebrate what truly makes November special. Peanut Butter.

Yep, November is National Peanut Butter Lovers Month, and boy, do we love peanut butter!

Let’s count the ways:

  1. Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches
  2. Peanut butter candy
    http://allrecipes.com/recipe/228786/2-ingredient-peanut-butter-fudge/
  3. Peanut butter cookies
    http://allrecipes.com/recipe/11352/three-ingredient-peanut-butter-cookies/
  4. Peanut butter bars
    http://allrecipes.com/recipe/9999/peanut-butter-bars-i/
  5. Peanut butter cheesecake
    http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/peanut-butter-cheesecake
  6. Peanut butter pie
    http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/course/desserts/pie-recipes/peanut-butter-pie
  7. Peanut butter ice cream
  8. Peanut butter muffins
    http://www.cooks.com/recipe/tr23x23t/peanut-butter-jelly-muffins.html
  9. Peanut butter cupcakes
    http://allrecipes.com/recipe/83814/peanut-butter-cupcakes/
  10. Peanut butter granola bars

Those are mostly the sweet options. You can also find many delicious savory options that are Asian and African inspired.

But what makes this creamy (or chunky) spread so popular? Here’s a couple websites that dig a little deeper on this topic.

http://peanutbutterlovers.com/uncategorized/november-peanut-butter-lovers-month/

http://nationalpeanutboard.org/peanut-info/history-peanuts-peanut-butter.htm

I’m partial to the smooth, creamy kind, while my husband prefers chunky. And there’s research saying this is typical, men generally like chunky while women prefer creamy.

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And other stats show that American kids on average will eat 1,500 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches before graduating high school. Except for my daughter, she hates the stuff. Won’t even get close to me if she can smell it on my breath!

If your kids don’t have peanut allergies and can tolerate the smell of it, you can make your own peanut butter play dough!

playdough

Simply combine 1 cup powdered milk (or powdered sugar) with 1/3-1/2 cup peanut butter and 1 tablespoon of honey.

But my favorite use for peanut butter is to feed it to a dog. If you have a dog, give it a try and see what happens. 😀

Whatever you choose to do to celebrate this beloved spread, remember to have fun!

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