Monday, January 24, 2011

National Peanut Butter Day and National Compliment Day!

Today is National Compliments Day, when everyone is encouraged to raise public spirits by giving a kind word and positive boost to a friend, a family member, work colleague or total stranger.

The campaign is based on the principle that a sincere compliment costs nothing to give, but has the power to bring instant happiness to a person.

It also happens to be National Peanut Butter Day!  Peanut butter was first created in 1890 by a St. Louis doctor as a remedy for bad teeth. It became very popular with the doctor's patients, but the oil often separated from the grainy solids. In 1933, a California packer was able to homogenize the peanuts into a spreadable butter.

Note: If you don't get enough peanut butter today, April 2nd is National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day and September 13th is National Peanut Day.

 Fun Facts about Peanut Butter:

  • Creamy peanut butter can be used to remove gum from hair and clothing.
  • Peanut butter has been banned in many schools all across America because of the severe allergic reaction that may occur to those who can not eat peanuts.
  • For peanut butter to be real it must consist of at least 90% peanuts.
  • While Americans prefer peanut butter, Europeans favor Nutella.
  • Peanuts are not a nut! Botanically classified as legumes, peanuts contain properties of both the
           bean/lentil and tree nuts.  
  • It takes 772 peanuts to make a 16.3 oz jar of peanut butter! 

Homemade Peanut Butter Recipe

Peanut Butter is America's favorite sandwich spread. What kid didn't grow up with PB&J sandwiches as a staple for lunch? There's a huge range of uses in recipes and snacks.
Its easy to make your own Peanut Butter. Here's how....
  • 2 cups roasted shelled, unsalted peanuts
  • 1 tablespoon peanut oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt (optional for low salt diets)
Preparation  Directions:
  • Place peanuts, oil, and salt into a blender or food processor.
  • Blend well, until desired texture is reached.
  • Place peanut butter in airtight container.
  • For crunchy peanut butter, add 1/4 cup of peanuts and blend again, but, for just a short burst or two.
  • The oil can separate from the peanuts during storage. Simply stir and serve.  
Pinecone Bird Feeder's:

Every year the kids make Pine cone Peanut Butter Bird Seed Feeders.

  • Large pinecones, one for each feeder you wish to make
  • Cream Peanut Butter – about ½ cup for each pinecone feeder
  • An 18 inch piece of twine or kitchen string for each pinecone feeder
  • Birdseed – about ½ cup for each pinecone feeder
 Step 1:
Wrap one end of twine around the base of a large pinecone. Tie securely, leaving about 10 -inches free to tie to tree branch. 
 Step 2:
Spread about 1/2 cup Skippy® peanut butter onto the pinecone. 
 Step 3:
Place the birdseed on a piece of newspaper. Roll coated pinecone into the birdseed. 
 Step 4:
Hang from a tree branch for birds to snack on. 
Time needed:  20 minutes

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