In this house we love nuts!  Peanuts, pistachios, cashews, pecans, hazelnuts, almonds, chocolate covered, you name it. Ron is a hard core peanut lover, shelled or unshelled.  He has (O.K., we have) been on a kick lately with dry roasted peanuts with sea salt.  So good!

Open Can Planters Dry Roasted Peanuts

We also both love a soft and chewy peanut butter cookie so I guess it was only a matter of time before I wondered if anyone ever made peanut butter cookies with dry roasted peanuts.  In a Google search, a recipe from Planter’s website came up.  The original recipe called for honey roasted peanuts and I being the practical girl that I am, decided just to use what I had on hand.  God knows we had enough nuts here for snacking and baking.

Gotta tell you, these dry roasted peanuts make for a scrumptious cookie.  In fact, I believe that these are my favourite peanut butter cookies I’ve baked to date.

Dry Roasted Soft and Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies

In addition to using dry roasted peanuts I made a few more minor changes to Planter’s original recipe only because I did not want to make a run to the grocery store to purchase additional ingredients (i.e. more white sugar).

Dry Roasted Peanuts Coarsely Chopped

These are a scoop and drop peanut butter cookie.  I used my 1″ cookie scoop to make a golf ball sized drop and my yield was 68 cookies.  Plenty for sharing.

Dry Roasted Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Drops

They bake up quickly, 10-12 minutes and in my oven (here in our Florida rental) they were done to soft and chewy perfection in 10 minutes.

Soft and Chewy Dry Roasted Peanut Butter Cookies

Ever gotten a little nutty with your peanut butter cookie recipe?  What are you waiting for…

Dry Roasted Peanut Butter Cookies (adapted from Planter’s Original Recipe)

1 1/2 cups of butter (3 sticks)

1 1/2 cups of smooth peanut butter

1 cup of granulated sugar

2 cups of packed brown sugar

3 large eggs

1 tablespoon of vanilla bean paste

3 cups of unbleached flour

1 1/2 teaspoons of baking soda

1 cup of Planter’s Dry Roasted Peanuts with Sea Salt (coarsely chopped)

Cream butter, peanut butter, and sugars together.  Add eggs and vanilla bean paste and mix until well combined and batter is creamy.  Add flour and baking powder until combined.  Add chopped dry roasted peanuts and mix well.  Drop onto prepared cookie sheets and bake in pre-heated 375 degree oven for 10-12 minutes.  Store in air-tight container.


Toonies for Tummies

February 21, 2015

In November of 1989, the Canadian Government unanimously agreed to work together to end Childhood Poverty by the year 2000. That goal was not met then and here early into 2015, it’s not even close to being met. In fact, since 1989 though our economy has doubled, childhood poverty rates (according to Stats Canada) has increased from 12.4% to 19.9% in 2012. That means that more than 1.3 million Canadian children live with a lack of adequate housing, clothing and materials and adequate nutrition. We are a free, growing, diverse and proud democratic country. Regrettably though, our record for seeing that our children have the opportunity to go to school each day to learn how to become viable productive citizens without hunger pangs echoing in their bellies is dismaying.  As the only member of the G8 without a National Nutrition Program we are not properly investing in our country’s future.

Toonies for Tummies Logo

Do we need a National Nutrition Program? Yes, I do believe we do. Our government is failing our children on at least two fronts. By not accomplishing its mandate to eliminate child poverty and as a member of the United Nations, by not affording them their basic rights as a stipulated by the UN Declaration on the Rights of the Child, Principle 4 ….The child shall have the right to adequate nutrition, housing, recreation and medical services.

The Grocery Foundation has taken on the task of not only raising awareness of this need but also to seeing that our children receive some form of nutritious meal during their school day. From February 5 to February 19, their in-store retail fundraising effort Toonies for Tummies will run. The goal is to raise $1,000,000 to support school nutrition programs in Ontario and Atlantic Canada. You can help put a meal in a hungry child’s tummy by going to their site and making a donation or by donating at your participating grocery store. This year The Grocery Foundation has set up a site where you can see exactly where your donation is going.

Toonies for Tummies Follow the Change

Just by entering your postal code you will be shown how your donation is benefiting children in your area. Additionally, if you make a $2.00 in-store donation you will receive a grocery coupon booklet value at $11.25 in Ontario and $8.75 in Atlantic Canada, while quantities last. Donating that coupon book in turn to your local food bank or school breakfast program would be a nice idea.

Toonies for Tummies Coupon Booklet

I don’t know what the solution is to bring a National Nutrition Program to Canada but I do know that without one Canadian children are hurting. There have been studies after studies that show a prevalent link due to poor nutrition in children in their formative years to lower test scores, poor cognitive performances and to poor social skills. A diet lacking in nutrition can lead to obesity, Type 2 diabetes and consequently, further burdening our health care system.

For 2014-2015 a total of 13 billion will be made by the Federal Government to all the provinces and territories in the form of Social Transfer Payments. Of that, 59% supports other social programs, 31% supports post-secondary education and only 10% will go to support children. Each of the provinces and territories can choose how those transfer payments are allocated and there is no guarantee that provincial leaders will allocate funds from the Social Transfer Payments to a School Nutrition Program. In the same period, 34 billion will be allocated from the Federal Government to the provinces and territories for Health Care. Perhaps our Federal and Provincial Governments need to come together with health care professionals and educators to create a National Child Nutrition Act that operates similarly to our national world renowned Medicare System. Such an Act would allow for the allocation of funds equally on a per capita basis to all provinces and territories provided they meet the Federal Government’s regulations and would be guaranteed to go only to school breakfast and lunch programs. Perhaps, then and only then will we see an end to the need for all the current charitable organizations that are doing the work for our children that our governments should be doing.

I urge you to write to your member of parliament and request that they work with their fellow MP’s to put a National Nutrition Program on the Government’s Agenda. You can go here to find who your Member of Parliament is and how to send them a letter.


Baking and Blogging from Florida – Easy Appetizer & Chocolate Cake

February 17, 2015

There are now five of the seven couples we regularly golf with who all live in the same community here in Florida.   Three are from Quebec, one is from Alberta and we of course, are from Ontario.  This year before we arrived, the group decided to get together every Friday evening for T.G.I.F. Each week a different […]

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Baking and Blogging From Florida – Bacon & Cheddar Biscuits

February 9, 2015

On our way to Florida there was a Ruby Tuesday’s right across from the hotel we stayed at on our second night.  We chose to eat our dinner there for convenience sake and while we were waiting for our main course to arrive, the server brought us warm cheese and garlic biscuits. They were very tasty […]

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Baking and Blogging from Florida!

February 4, 2015

Many of you know that Ron and I are currently in Florida and while we are here for an extended visit I plan on keeping in touch with everyone via Twitter, Instagram and of course, your blogs and mine.  We arrived at our rental last Tuesday after a two and a half days drive which […]

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Pet Lovers Valentines

January 21, 2015

The grand-girls were here this past weekend.  Friday was a PD day so I picked them up late Thursday afternoon.  We declared Friday to not only be a PD day but a PJ day as well!  Ella and Sophie were happy to not only be off from school but to not have to get dressed and […]

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Good Morning! Have a Piece of Cake…

January 15, 2015

On Monday I clicked on the link from a tweet by 100% Canadian Milk *…easily portable Breakfast Sunshine Cakes are a great alternative to morning muffins.* and when I saw the recipe they were promoting I bookmarked it, knowing full well that it wouldn’t be long before I tried it. Ron is a morning person and after reading his […]

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Holiday Wrap Up

January 7, 2015

It was a Christmas holiday to remember and in case we forget it over the years we do have lots of pictures!  The decorations and the tree were taken down on January 1st with help from grand-daughters Ella and Sophie and now here we are, a full week into 2015 already.  Is it just because I’m turning […]

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Nature’s Path Feel Good Holiday Giveaway

December 17, 2014

“THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED.  THANK YOU ALL FOR ENTERING.  CONGRATULATIONS TO JACLYN REYNOLDS, YOU ARE THE WINNER OF THE NATURE’S PATH FEEL GOOD HOLIDAY GIFT BOX!” I was contacted a few weeks ago by the folks at Nature’s Path wondering if I would be interested in a Feel Good Holiday Gift Box filled with their products, […]

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Small Cookies – Big Batches, Perfect for Gift Giving

December 15, 2014

Nothing is better when attending a holiday gathering or dinner party than to show up with a homemade gift for your hosts.  The following two recipes are perfect for events such as these as not only are they very tasty but they yield large batches and you will have plenty for gift-giving. The first recipe I’m […]

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