Homemade Natural Peanut Butter Recipe

homemade natural peanut butter

Homemade Natural Peanut Butter

Recently I had the opportunity to review a Ninja Ultima Blender. We have enjoyed making smoothies almost every single day but wanted to venture out and try something new.. Several of my friends told me that they make homemade nut butters with their Ninja Ultima Blender so I thought I would give it a whirl. It was so easy to make homemade natural peanut butter and just took a few minutes from start to finish. Compared to the brand we were buying at the grocery store, it saved a few dollars too.

Homemade Natural Peanut Butter Recipe

Homemade Natural Peanut Butter Recipe


  • 16 oz jar unsalted roasted peanuts
  • 1 1/2 to 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • honey to taste (optional)


  1. Add peanuts to Ninja Ultima Blender, pulse 3 times or until peanuts are finely chopped.
  2. Add 1 tablespoon olive oil, select speed 3 and flip the switch to START. Slowly increase to Speed 6 and process for a few seconds..
  3. Use a spatula to push mixture down.
  4. Add 1/2 tablespoon of olive oil select speed 3 and flip the switch to START. Slowly increase to Speed 6 and process until smooth.
  5. If needed add an additional 1/2 tablespoon olive oil.
  6. Can also add honey to taste. (optional)
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Donate a Coat at Burlington Stores to Help those in Need #CoatNotes

I don’t know what the weather is like where you live, but it’s really cold here in East Tennessee. In fact, schools were delayed this morning a couple of hours because of the bitter cold (that we aren’t used to). As I was laying in my warm bed this morning cuddled up with my little ones under covers I couldn’t help but think about how blessed we are. Although, my kids might get cold running from the house to the car or from the car into church, homeschool group, etc they will be bundled up in a coat, hat, and gloves. They might feel a little cold, but they won’t be freezing. As hard as it is for me to comprehend, many kids won’t have a coat today or this winter for that matter.

This reality hit me really hard at an outreach program at our church a couple of years ago. We set up a toy store at Christmas with brand new toys for families who wouldn’t be able to otherwise pick out toys for their children. I knew that many people couldn’t afford toys for their kids for Christmas but I wasn’t prepared to see kids with short sleeve shirts and sandals on their feet literally freezing in the middle of winter. Knowing my kids always have a winter coat, and sometimes more than one, it broke my heart.


So, when I was contacted by Burlington stores about their 8th annual Warm Coats for Warm Hearts Coat Drive I couldn’t wait to participate. Sadly, 45 million Americans live in poverty and with temperatures dipping well below freezing, the need for warmth and coats is a must!


This past weekend, my family and I rounded up our extra coats that no longer fit and made a trip to Burlington Stores to donate. Since most of us have extra coats lying around, I wanted to encourage you to do the same. As a thank you, Burlington Stores is offering 10% off your entire purchase for each coat donated. Plus, each coat donated helps local families in need. When you donate your coats, make sure to snap a picture and upload it to Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #CoatNotes. By doing so, your story could appear on ABC’s Good Morning America. To locate a store in your area click here.

Donate a gently-worn coat at your nearby Burlington to help those locally in need. And when you do, receive Burlington’s thanks – 10% off your entire purchase.

Burlington, a national off-price retailer offering style for less with up to 65 percent off department store prices every day, continues to help local communities stay warm with their annual Warm Coats and Warm Hearts Coat Drive. Donated coats stay locally within each store community and are given to those most in need. With each coat donation, customers receive 10% off their entire purchase as Burlington’s thank you. A great way to give back and save money at the same time! Visit the Coat Drive site to learn more and where you can donate by 1/19/2015.

Burlington Stores sponsored this blog post. The opinions and text are all mine.

Meaningful within Your Means: New Years Financial Goals #holidaymeans


Anyone feeling the after the holidays financial hangover? I recently read that over 70% of ALL American’s live paycheck to paycheck. If this is true, then the holidays would definitely stretch most peoples finances. This year, we really took a simplistic view of the holidays and kept gift giving to a minimum. We mainly bought gifts for the kids. I would have loved to have spoiled my husband, but knew that it was more important for us to stick to minimum spending like we had agreed upon.

Now, that it’s the new year and the holidays are behind us did you make any new years resolutions or goals concerning your finances? We have determined that this is the year we will get our finances under control. Several years ago, my family experienced 3 corporate layoffs over a 5 year time period. As a result, we have just been in survival mode the past couple of years. Now, that it feels like the fog has finally cleared and life has settled down we are ready to get back on track. Before the layoffs, we were very intentional about our savings. In fact, had it not been for the years we spent saving, getting out of debt and creating an emergency fund the layoffs would have been absolutely detrimental. I don’t like the current state of our finances right now. It felt so much better when we had an emergency savings in place. So, this year is all about getting our feet back under us. It’s time to get out of the debt we accumulated in the midst of job losses. Thankfully, we were able to keep it to a minimum but it will feel so much better when we are debt free again except our mortgage. And, we are going to start saving again.

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Here are our financial goals this year:

  1. Get out of debt completely (except our mortgage) – write down all of our debt in order from highest to lowest and begin tackling the lowest debt first. Schedule a yard sale first quarter of 2014 and use proceeds towards debt.
  2. Create a savings plan to establish an emergency fund- Put 10% of money that we received as Christmas gifts in our savings account. Put 5% of each paycheck in our savings account.

Since the overall theme for our life this year is to simplify, I’ve kept our financial goals simple. Having two goals will help us stay focused on exactly where we allocate our money. I’ve also included action steps or a plan, otherwise I’ve only created a wish list.

How did we come up with our goals? We thought about what was currently in our life that we wanted to eliminate. Debt stresses me out. Not having an emergency savings account stresses me out. What about you? If you could change anything about your finances (within reason) what would it be? Now, what steps would help move you forward?

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A fun way to help lead you in the right direction to better money habits in 2015 is this money personality quiz. With your quiz results you will have the opportunity to explore content that is relevant to your results. Use this information as inspiration and motivation as you plan your resolutions. My results are in the image above. It actually made me feel more confident about reaching our goals. Yes! I can stay the course and I am a disciplined problem solver.

At SunTrust Bank their purpose is lighting the way to financial well being. They help you get organized, make a plan, and stay on track so you can get and stay in control of your finances. When you are confident about your money, you can save for your goals and splurge knowingly on what matters most to you.

What is your money personality? Find out here

To find advice, tips, tools and motivation to start your new year click here

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of SunTrust. The opinions and text are all mine.