It's the time of year when things get back to normal for families with children – back-to-school, back-to-extracurricular activities, back to routines. Back-to-school can be a relief for many parents, but it may also be stressful for families who struggle financially, as there are many expenses associated with a new school year. According to Deloitte's annual back-to-school survey for 2017 (www2.deloitte.com), one quarter of U.S. households are shopping for back-to-school supplies, and spend an average of $501 per child to prepare for the coming year.
The next time you buy a jar of peanut butter at the store, pick up an extra jar or two for your local animal shelter or service dog training facility. Many of these organizations thrive on help from volunteers and donations from the community.
Chinese consumers love peanuts. The country is the number one producer of peanuts and yet China still imports peanuts from the US and other countries to meet the demand. This summer, American global food brand McDonalds tapped into Chinese love of peanut products and launched an LTO of a beef burger topped with a steamed egg and creamy peanut butter sauce. In a four-star review of the sandwich, this site said, “for those not in the know, peanut butter is probably the single greatest addition to a burger.”
I stroll into the market and my senses are overwhelmed in the best way possible – the newly harvested vegetables bursting with color, the three-man band playing joyful folk music, and the aroma of freshly baked breads and pastries combined with the delightful fragrance looming from the flower stand. I’m greeted with a warm smile from two farmers who have been awake at least four hours longer than me.
Spring is in the air: blooming flowers, morning birdsong, al fresco dining, and more daylight, which inevitably leads to more time in the sun.
Have you thought about how you will take care of your skin as you spend more of your days outside?
Maybe it’s sunscreen, an umbrella, protective clothing or a wide-brimmed hat – all essential tools.
But what about food?
Do you ever come home from vacation and feel like you need a “detox”?
Well, you don’t.
In fact, your kidneys and liver will take care of that for you. But there are some wellness tips and tricks to help you feel great from the time you pack your bags all the way until you’re back home on that work grind.
I always love a challenge, especially when it comes to baking. My inspiration for this cake came from Smitten Kitchen’s Deb Perleman. I have made her Blood Orange Olive Oil Cake on several occasions - always to rave reviews. I wanted to take these peanut products and create a riff on the olive oil cake. The green peanut oil lends a slight earthy and vegetal note, but as you continue with subsequent bites the sweetness of the grapes, the nutty quality of the cake, and the crunch of the topping will excite your taste buds and make you want more!
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