I occasionally make fruity smoothies, but most of the time I do some variation of this one. It’s sooo yummy and helps with my ice cream cravings. Ice cream is probably my all-time favorite food, but I know that this is healthier and just about as good. I like to make it thick so it’s almost the consistency of soft serve ice cream. I don’t have exact ingredients, if you like it more peanut buttery, add more peanut butter. If you like it thicker add more frozen bananas, thinner, add more milk. I’ve done it with out the chocolate powder and chocolate chips. I’ve even thrown in raw spinach and leftover oatmeal.

  • Frozen bananas-This is one of many great ways to use up those browning bananas!
  • Milk
  • Peanut butter – I’ve done it both with natural peanut butter with no added sugar and with the regular peanut butter.
  • Cocoa powder – This is optional.
  • Chocolate or carob chips – Also optional.

Mix it the ingredients (except for the chocolate  chips) in your blender, then top with the chips and enjoy!!!



I already told you about the cheeseball cake for my sister-in-laws birthday party, but we didn’t just have that. We also had crackers, veggies, dip, cookies, and a popcorn bar. If you want to throw a party, but don’t have lots of money to do it with, a popcorn bar is a fun and frugal snack idea.

We popped LOTS of popcorn! I used this method, using an old pressure cooker pot. Pressure cooker pots work well, because they have a nice heavy bottom.

We made:

  • Classic Salt & Butter
  • Peanut Butter popcorn – Which was probably the most-eaten by the end of the night.
  • Spicy – Creole seasoning, paprika, cayenne pepper, chili powder, cracked pepper and tabasco sauce.
  • Cheesy – We used parmesan and a nacho cheese flavored popcorn seasoning. You can also use box mac-n-cheese powder.

Another option, which we decided not to do is ranch, just sprinkle some ranch seasoning on it. Lemon pepper is good too! And then of course, there’s always carmel popcorn and kettle corn. Really your options are endless with a popcorn bar!

What are your favorite popcorn seasonings?

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The power bar...and it's creator

So Cameron’s been wanting to try making our own homemade protein bars instead of buying Clif Bars.  Saturday, we experimented and came up with what he likes to call “Peanut-Butter Power Pucks”. Don’t let the tongue twister name scare you, they’re super easy to make! They’re perfect for a meal replacement, hiking bar, or pre/post workout bar.

Peanut-Butter Power Pucks

  • 3 c. rolled oats
  • 2 1/4 c. natural unsweetened peanut butter
  • 1 1/4 c. roasted sunflower seeds
  • 1 1/4 c. raisins
  • 1 c. honey
  • 2 Tbs. flax seed meal

Butter a baking sheet and spread the rolled oats onto it, drizzle about 1Tbs. honey over oats and place them into a oven at 325 and let them bake (stirring frequently) until toasted brown.  After toasting, pulse the oats and the sunflower seeds in a food processor until medium pulverized.  (If you like, you can leave a portion of the oats and seeds un-chopped for texture) Mix all ingredients together. Form mixture into approximately 1/4 cup servings. Wrap each serving tightly in aluminum foil and refrigerate or freeze. Yeilds about 18 Pucks

Placing the oats in the oven

Pulverizing the oatmeal

Mixing the ingredients

Wrapping them up in aluminum foil.

Comparing them to Clif Bars, our is the one to the right, the left one is a Clif Bar.

And now, a word from Cameron: _______________________________________________________________ Before we started on the Peanut-butter Power Pucks, we had 4 criteria we wanted to meet:

  1. Each Power Puck should have roughly the same caloric content of a Clif Bar.
  2. Only all-natural, healthy ingredients can be used
  3. Less expensive to produce than it is to purchase a Clif Bar
  4. Easy and rapid production process

I feel satisfied that we met these criteria and we did so in these ways: Each Power Puck should have roughly the same caloric content of a Clif Bar. Cliff bars contain (depending on the flavor) between 240 and 270 calories.  Seeing as our house is not currently equipped with a state-of-the-art calorimeter and a team of lab technicians, we just estimated the calorie content per serving based on the calories contained in the ingredients: Each Power Puck contains (roughly):

2 TB Unsweetened Peanut Butter 200(click to see calorie data)
1 TB Roasted Sunflower Seeds 52
¾ TB Honey
¾ TB Chopped Raisins 10
2 TB Rolled oats, Toasted 20
Total Calories: (aprox)


We made each Power Puck roughly ¼ cup in size. If you wanted them to be less calories, just make the portions smaller. Only all-natural, healthy ingredients can be used A lot of granola bars or other so-called “meal replacement” bars contain preservatives that enable them to have a long shelf life, making them a perfect choice for a bomb shelter stock pile.  However, the preservatives, along with things like high-fructose corn syrup, sucralose, and soy or whey protein, work together to give them a flavor that I would describe as unpleasant. In our Power Pucks, we used simple, healthy ingredients, available from your local grocery store or gas station.  It contains no preservatives, so you have to freeze or refrigerate them. Less expensive to produce than it is to purchase a Clif Bar This post is starting to get wordy so I wont bother you with another table detailing the cost breakdown of the ingredients.   We estimated, based on ingredient cost how much each Power Puck cost, and here is the grand total (compared with unit cost of Clif Bars):

1 Cliff Bar 1 Peanut-Butter Power Puck
$  .80 – 1.00 $  .45

Easy and rapid production process It took Katy and I about 1 hour to make the first batch of Power Pucks, and that was with experimenting with the ingredients, trial runs, and backtracking.  I’m sure the next batch will take about 15 – 20 minutes total. The only baking involved is the toasting of the rolled oats.  If you had some home-made granola standing by you could substitute that for the oats and eliminate all baking from the process. In conclusion, we had a lot of fun making these Power Pucks and I look forward to eating them.


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