Peanut Butter and Jelly Day! [w/ new Energy Bites Recipe!]

Peanut Butter and Jelly Day! [w/ new Energy Bites Recipe!]

Happy National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day!

Lately, I’ve only been giving you posts on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, but today is just too special to pass up!  If you didn’t know, I’m a huge peanut butter and jelly fan.  I would follow it on a world tour if it did one.

My husband is an even bigger fan of it.  If he had a tattoo, it would probably be of a PBJ sandwich.  This, of course, only reinforces my obsession as it leads me to attempt all kinds of recipes using both peanut butter and jelly.

Thus, in honor of National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day (which truly does deserve a day of its own) I’ve...

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Peanut Butter-Raspberry Swirl Bars

Peanut Butter-Raspberry Swirl Bars

Don’t forget to check out this week’s most excellent giveaway – Quest Nutrition products galore!

Sometimes, the entire first 15 minutes of my morning is spent lying half-awake in bed.  I’m trying to pretend there’s no such thing as having to get out of bed and be an adult.  Also wishing for the cat to have a snooze button.

This morning though, I got right up, stretched, put on my Fitbit (can’t let my family win!), made some coffee (to become a whole person), heated a couple of these delicious things for my hubby’s breakfast, and then whipped up a batch of Peanut Butter-Raspberry Swirl Bars.

Um, did you catch that?  All of that was the first 15 minutes of my day.  Quite possibly the first 10.

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5 Fabulous St. Patrick’s Day Recipes {Healthified!}

5 Fabulous St. Patrick’s Day Recipes {Healthified!}

I’m going to start this roundup post with three facts about myself:

One.  A good portion of my ancestry is Irish.  I don’t personally know any of the family that still lives there, but I listen to Celtic music a lot, as if it will bring me back to my roots.  (“Celtic” is legitimately a Pandora station I created and saved as the homepage of my computer.)

Two.  I spent two lovely weeks in Ireland in June of 2011.  I saw so many happy looking people and animals there.  I could practically live on the dense, grainy bread we ate everywhere we went.  And I did kiss the Blarney stone.

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Mini Blackberry-Chamomile Scones

Mini Blackberry-Chamomile Scones

On the weekends, when we were likely to sleep the morning away, if my mom really wanted us kids out of bed for something, she would come into the room, pull open the blinds, and softly sing, “There’s doooughnuts…”

This usually got an immediate response, because usually, that meant there were doughnuts.  (Yes, one time...

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