Peanut Butter Lovers Unite!

There’s a certain camaraderie among coffee lovers. There’s a certain camaraderie among tea lovers. There is even a certain camaraderie among foodies. Which actually leads me to this honorable mention (more like a discussion) that November is National Peanut Butter Month. Which leads us to the fact that there must be a certain camaraderie among peanut butter lovers. Let’s raise a spoon!

For the intellectuals, please note the following essential information about peanut butter captured from wikihow.com:

1) Americans eat three pounds of peanut butter per person each year.

2) We eat enough peanut butter to cover the floor of the Grand Canyon.

3) Peanut butter is nutritional; it provides protein, niacin, folate and fiber.

4) Peanut butter contains an anti-cancer ingredient, resveratrol.

For the foodies among us, please note the great ways to eat peanut butter captured from me (in this nice peanut butter color):

1) peanut butter cookies

2) peanut butter pie

3) peanut butter ice cream

4) reese’s peanut butter cups

5) reese’s brownie cup – find recipe here

6) peanut butter fudge

7) peanut butter balls (or Buckeyes)

8) peanut butter and jelly sandwich

9) peanut butter and banana sandwich (if you are from the South, please, please comment. People need to know that I have not lost my mind. Thank you in advance for your support.)

10) peanut butter on graham crackers

11) peanut butter on saltines

12) peanut butter on celery (not really a favorite, but I though I’d throw it out there.)

13) peanut butter rice krispie treats

14) Not to mention every other kind of food that is a shoot off of any of the above

14) a new found treat –   20131105_165724

Has anybody tried these? I won’t get to ’cause this bag is headed in the mail as a birthday present for my peanut butter lovers’ birthday. Oops! I guess it is no longer a surprise, since he reads my blog. Oh well . . . .

15) and our favorite way – BY THE SPOONFUL!

And now the side benefits of peanut butter:

1) Eating it makes you really tall.           Signing the marriage certificate

2) Eating it will get you a spouse. Mmmm. (Science hasn’t proven this one yet.)

3) You can catch mice with it.

4) And your dog will love it also. He can lick the spoon after you. No. Really.

I’m sending a shout out to all peanut butter lovers, especially my peanut butter lover whose birthday is this very day!!!

Stress Can Be a Choice

Choose LaughterA couple of post ago, I gave you some thoughts to ponder to help bring clarity to what you may be stressing about.  You can review those here. Those suggestions still stand, but they are internal helps ~ self-talk, if you will.

Try as we may not to stress, sometimes we just can’t convince ourselves of truths. So it might be time to “call in the troops.”

In my last post, I mentioned that we may need to talk to someone. For me, it’s my beloved husband. He knows that I don’t always need a solution, just a listening ear.

BUT . . . there are also those points in time when talking about, it just makes it worse. You find the rehashing is like reliving the event that you found so stressful to begin with.

What works at our home, and you can trust me that we have experience in the stress arena, is humor.

And the humorous stuff usually comes from my kids. Don’t get me wrong. My husband tries to be humorous. But coming from him, it seems that he is just trying to make me laugh. My kids, on the other hand, are trying to make me laugh. (There is no typo there.) I know that doesn’t make any sense. I somehow believe that my husband is patronizing me and that my kids are sincerely trying to help me. I know; it doesn’t make sense. But my husband loves me anyway.

Humor has been a salve for many stressful situations for us. (It really helps with tension too!) We have single word reminders of past memories. All they have to do is speak the word and tears can turn to laughter.

I’m sure that you have funny memories too. Call on them to bring that much needed relief. Humor is indeed a stress reliever.

Did Someone Say, “Stress-Free?”

This week has been a stressful week for me. What about you?

This is the second time in the last few months that I have been in this place ~ “wound tighter than Dick’s hatband,” as we say in the South.
Please, please don’t even ask me who Dick is or why I would know anything about his hatband.
But, not to worry, I have a game plan: mentally de-stress and get lots of rest. I am excited to say that the last time I initiated this well thought out plan, I lost 15 pounds. I can only hope for similar results. Just thinking about not getting the same results is stressful in and of itself.
But I digress.
You probably think I’m going to talk about wonderful ways to reduce your stress. Pffff! I’m not sure but that stress-free living is a thing of the past.
We live in a busy, busy culture with multiple demands on our time and ourselves. So instead of looking for the stress-free life, we need to be looking for stress-management techniques. Oh my! That just sounds stress-inducing coming out of my mouth (coming from my keyboard, that is). Don’t they teach whole classes on stress management? I don’t have enough time to take a class.
Relax
We can try all of the “techniques” we like, and truthfully, that long, hot bubble bath just might work . . . until we emerge from the bathroom. Then  . . .  the pessimist in me says, the phone will ring, the kids will cry, work will beckon, someone, somewhere will require something of you.
But the optimist in me says that some of the stress we face can be reduced because we choose a different thought pattern.
 
I wish I could help with that, but only you know what it is that you are allowing to stress you that shouldn’t be. But I thought I might suggest a few thoughts that you might be able to plug into your “fevered mind.”
> This (whatever is causing your stress) isn’t my battle.
> This isn’t my responsibility.
> This isn’t even happening at this time.
> I will have time to deal with this later, but not now. (I suppose that sounds like a Gone With the Wind mentality.) Does the stress you are feeling belong on the shoulders of the people that you are with at that moment?
> In the grand scheme of things, is this the worst thing I could be facing?
> What am I thankful for?
I will remind you that trying to find solutions to our stress will never yield good solutions if made while you are stressed.
I suggest some good food, good rest and good counsel.
I know that some of you have some great suggestions on how you deal with stress. Please be a help here; let us know what works for you.