A few months ago, I did the unthinkable…
As the ultimate test of foodie willpower, I gave up all nut butters and the like for the entire duration of Lent.
Am I Catholic? No.
Did I think I may have had an allergy to tree nuts? No.
Did I have a moment of temporary insanity? Very possible.
I’m not going to lie…it was hard. The first and last weeks were the hardest. I’m still surprised I actually made it through!
It’s no secret that I’ve had a few flings with the
tall, dark, and handsome short, jarred, and spreadable variety in the past, but throughout all my escapades, there has been one – the one I kept coming back to – my anchor, my knight nut in shining armor…
Peanut Butter (or as most people know him, PB)
It started out like most young romances…
We had been
friends snack-mates for as long as I can remember…but for some reason, I never recognized my feelings for him. So many of our brown bag lunch dates I took for granted, blabbering on about how my mother could never remember that my sister was the one who liked oatmeal sandwich cakes, and not I.
In the summer, I was more concerned with the number of times I could jump through the water sprinkler or how I was ever going to master the art of a wheelie on my bike than I was with coming inside to have lunch with him. A couple of times, I’d sit with him on the front steps, but it was hurried and my mind was always elsewhere….
Summer days faded into school days and school days propelled me forward into the years. Once I got to high school, the days of brown bag lunches with PB were a thing of the past. Now my entire focus was spending my time with the captain of the football team, Pep Pizza. Strong yet slim, greased up, and loaded with
steroids preservatives, Pep was the object of my infatuation through the rest of my teenage years. It wasn’t until after graduation that I realized how unhealthy our relationship had become and what direction it was heading in.
I was starting to pull away, ready for a new life at college, while he was content to stay in our small town and take the junior varsity coach’s position that just opened up. He begged me to stay…even promising me french fries and ketchup, but I knew what I had to do…
On my first day of college, I pulled out a package of brown paper bags similar to the ones from the days of my youth. I opened up the cabinet door, and there he was.
We began to spend a lot of time together…he introduced me to his relatives (Uncle Sunbutter and Cousin Coconut were always around) and we all enjoyed late night study sessions, carpools to work, heck, we even had a few breakfast dates! Before long, I began to realize that he was more than just a
So this is where you would think the story would end “happily ever after,” right?
Well, remember Lent?
We’d been together so long…I could feel the natural course our relationship was taking and honestly, I started to get a little bored. I talked to him about some of my concerns so we tried to spice things up a bit…instead of just plain ol’ wheat bread, we moved on to oatmeal, pancakes, and even yogurt! Things were great for a while, but one day I woke up and realized I didn’t really know what life was like without him. I had become so dependent on him that I wasn’t quite sure if I could
live prepare breakfast without him.
So we had another talk. I told him I needed some space…from everyone…time to clear my head…to figure things out…and PB, being completely supportive told me to go.
There were many ups and downs during that time…moments when I thought I felt better without him and moments when I cried to my friends about his absence. In the end, I started to see the truth. I needed PB and even if he was too strong to say it, he needed me too…
When I awoke Easter morning, I knew where he’d be waiting…only I never thought in a million years, he would greet me with something special:
If diamonds are a girl’s best friend, then COOKIE DOUGH peanut butter is a foodie’s soul mate!
Through tears of happiness, and sounds of utter joy (yes, there were moans), I apologized for ever leaving him and I knew from that moment on that the spark would never die in our relationship again!
And I couldn’t have been MORE right!
PB didn’t stop with the cookies…since that day, we have been on a seemingly never-ending roller coaster of deliciousness:
CHOCOLATE BANANA 😀
And WHITE & DARK CHOCOLATE RASPBERRY! :O
Ugh, I’m weak in the knees!
We have been having the time of our lives, every day tastier than the one before…and guess what!
We (along with the amazing people behind PB Crave) want to share some of that tastiness with one of YOU!
3 jars of creamy sweet deliciousness for you to have your way with…don’t worry, it’s free so it’s not like prostitution 😉
That’s right, it’s time for a GIVEAWAY*!
1. Leave a comment telling me your most favorite way to enjoy peanut butter!
For additional entries:
2. Sign up for the email newsletter at www.pbcrave.com and leave a comment telling me you did.
3. “Like” PB Crave on Facebook and leave a comment telling me you did.
4. Follow PB Crave on Twitter and leave a comment telling me you did.
5. Follow PB Crave on Pinterest and leave a comment telling me you did.
Separate comment for each entry or it will not be counted!
The giveaway is only open to those of you in the US (sorry my international peeps) and will run until midnight (CST) on Friday May 18, 2012 with the winner announced later that night! Good luck!
*Although PB Crave did send me their peanut butters free of charge, I am in no way being compensated for this review/giveaway.
I love peanut butter in Oatmeal! Or in greek yogurt!! Yummy in my tummy!
i like spooning it into mouth plain!!!
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You are priceless.
That is all – carry on.
I love peanut butter everyday of the week !! One of my very favourite ways to eat it is in between my French toast holy yum so good 🙂
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I signed up for their newsletter !!
I like peanut butter straight up on a toasted whole wheat english muffin. Classic!
OH My God! Okay first and foremost, this was the most hysterical thing I’ve ever read!
Second, I’ve never tried PB Crave before and that has haunted my nightmares.
Third, can I get some of that on some french toast please? 😉
P.S. I follow them on Twitter!
Right off of the spoon, baby! I’m hardcore like that!
I also follow them on pinterest 🙂
my favorite is on Ritz crackers.
What a cute love story! haha. I have been wanting to try PB crave so bad!! I love peanut butter straight from the jar, in greek yogurt, in sandwiches, in oatmeal…. in cookies! Any and every way!
And, I’m following PB Crave on Twitter!
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I LOVE PB mixed with chocolate…especially in Reese’s egg form!
Btdubs, also followed PB crave on Pinterest!
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Is it bad to say I like to eat peanut butter straight up out of the jar?! 🙂
I follow PB Crave on twitter!
I follow them on Pinterest too!
I like PB Crave on Facebook!
I signed up for the newsletter!
I love plain old PB&J, it’s a classic for a reason!
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My favorite way to enjoy PB? spoon — mouth.
I LOVE putting my Peanut Butter on puffins cereal or cornflakes! (: Or on French toast.
Peanut butter with carrots!
I love a toasted or grilled pb+j any day 🙂
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I love peanut butter on oatmeal, plain and simple! It NEVER gets old. I also love it by the spoonful, but then again who doesn’t??
I am now following PB Crave’s Twitter!
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Oh my goodness — I need the cookie one!! I’m a classic girl — PB&J all the way. Dang those are fantastic!
I love PB in my oatmeal every morning.
Peanut butter on oatmeal, fruit, and greek yogurt! 🙂
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My favorite way to enjoy peanut butter is right out of the jar 😉 don’t tell anyone! orrr on top of a banana first thing in the morning!
I have liked PB on facebook 🙂
I am following PB Crave on Pinterest 🙂
I have signed up for the newsletter 🙂
With apple slices!
my favorite way is on oatmeal!
followed them on twitter
With apples! Thanks for the chance to win 🙂
in oats or on a spoon or on a sandwich or in pancakes or, well actually every which way!
My favorite way to eat peanut butter is on my oatmeal!
I liked PB Crave on facebook!
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Ahhh this is a GREAT giveaway! I have been wanting this PB since I first saw it on Lynn’s blog!!
My favorite way to enjoy peanut butter is straight up–that way I can fully enjoy the deliciousness. Honorable mentions go to PB&J on cinnamon swirl bread (favorite meal), Oreos (see: The Parent Trap), and carrots.
I also joined the email list (with a different email, tho).
Aaaand liked them on Facebook.
My favorite way to enjoy PB is with my overnight oats in a jar!
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Following on Twitter!
I just eat it by the spoonful! My mom used to make that our afternoon snack when I was little. Now I give Henry and Clara spoonfuls of peanut butter.
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I like PB Crave on facebook!
I follow PB Crave on twitter, too!
Following their boards on Pinterest, too 🙂
Straight out of the jar with a spoon!
I love it straight and plain on my English muffins or toast. And straight from the jar. Duh 😉
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And I already follow them on twitter. I like peanut butter what can I say 🙂
Now following them on pinterest. The ideas are flowing!
Call me simple — I love pb just with a nice cold apple! It’s also pretty irresistible in my favorite noodle salad: sauteed tempeh, roasted broccoli, spaghetti, plus a sauce of peanut butter, soy sauce, sriracha, and hot water.
I love melted PB on vanilla Fro-yo
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My favorite way to eat peanut butter is on toast with a sliced banana. Its great fuel before a long run too!
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lately i’ve been enjoying it smeared on a rice cake topped with chocolate chips, or stuffed in a medjool date 🙂
I love pb with fruit and of course in my oats!!! yummm! hope i win!
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I eat it straight up or on a wasa cracker 🙂
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My favorite way is by the spoonful !!!!
I love my PB stirred in yogurt with cereal and homey. Mmm
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I love peanut butter on anything. But peanut butter with figs/fig jam is definitely a favorite!!
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I love eating peanut butter in my oatmeal. Makes it taste 1000 times better!
I liked them on facebook! I never even heard about them before so i’m excited to even look into it myself! (:
I still can’t believe you gave up nut butters for that long. I don’t think I could do it.
My favorite way to have nut butter is on an apple.
Signed up for the newsletter.
following on twitter.
following on pinterest.
I did like on Facebook, but if I win on this comment, they could lose their facebook page. JUST sayin’.
PB is great off the spoon or on some yummy carbie fresh whole grain bread. Great, now I’m hungry 😉
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You are an ever talented writer 🙂 Full of creativity.
My favourite way to enjoy PB is just to enjoy it!
I like them on facebook.
and signed up for the newsletter.
and following on twitter @mindrunningwild
AND also on pinterest. love me some pinterest.
On 9 grain bread with honey and bananas!
I love peanut butter straight up!! I prefer to use my finger, but my fiance kindly requests I use a spoon!
My favorite way to enjoy peanut butter is straight out of the jar with a spoon… and a side of chocolate never hurts!
I LOVE peanut butter. I eat it every day at breakfast on a whole wheat English muffin with banana slices and cinnamon. Yum!
I am a big fan of putting it in recipes! I may have to pry it out of my roommates hand though, she is an addict for some pb!
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I already follow you on twitter!
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This post was awesome – I the story of your PB relationship! 🙂 I think my favorite use for BP recently has been my version of PB (or almond butter) S’mores!!
I love it on my oatmeal or with apples!
Good old PBJ with grape jelly!
i love just eating it on a piece of soft bread. simple and delicious!
I am already signed up for PB Crave’s newletter!
I “like” PB Crave on facebook
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I love it with greek yogurt 🙂
I LOVE to make grilled pb&j sandwiches! The pb gets all melty and delicious 🙂
I love good old creamy PB with a little bit of honey on some whole grain toast!!
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My favorite way to eat peanut butter is in oatmeal and yogurt messes! Mmmm my mouth is watering just thinking about it! Paired with a banana of course! (;
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I’m already following PB crave on twitter (;
Oh I LOOOVE peanut butter on some really soft whole wheat sandwich bread dipped in milk!
Oh, and in cookie form 🙂
I am a small child and use my PB for PB&J sandwiches – the easiest “meal” to take on hikes and rides since it probably won’t spoil and kill me! Although I have to have flavored PB, the reg stuff weirds me out…??
I follow PB Crave on Twitter!
I have followed them on Pinterest as well!
There is no best way to eat peanut butter…it should be put on everything! Well, maybe not tomatoes…
I also subscribed to PB Crave Newsletter…the flavors look so amazing…
In oats definitely! and the cookie dough one woud be a great addition 🙂
Ah! I have been wanting to try this stuff SO BAD! My favorite way to enjoy peanut butter is on a spoon with whipped cream and sprinkles (haha! Weird, I know!)
Peanut butter is best on oatmeal, an apple, or a spoon!
In my oatmeal!
Straight off the spoon of course 😀
I love peanut butter on celery sticks! Celery is so plain by itself but peanut butter gives it love that your taste buds enjoy!
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Nothing is better than PB and apples in oatmeal!
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AND my favourite way to enjoy peanut butter? Oats in a jar, hands down. Every single morning I try to replicate the joy of oatmeal in a near-empty peanut butter jar, by putting a tablespoon at the bottom of a clean jar and putting my oatmeal on top. Then when I get to the bottom it’s like arriving at buried treasure!! Best way to start the day. 🙂
My favorite way to LOVE peanut butter is on a bagel with bananas, on my bike. During 6 hour rides, I’ll stuff that sammy in my jersey pocket and it’s the perfect delicious pick me up. And it reminds me of race day which i LOVE. I super hope I win this because I have wanted to try the cookie kind SOO bad (but any will do!) thanks for the giveaway!
i follow them on twitter
and now pinterest 🙂 (and its making me willing to kill for some in my mouth)
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Liked them on FB! 🙂
I love peanut butter with carrots and celery! 🙂
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I LOVE peanut butter on top of oatmeal – soo good when it melts 🙂
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My favorite way is with greek yogurt and fruit! So delicious!
My favorite way to eat PB is in ice cream!
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I love peanut butter on whole wheat bread with sliced bananas and some honey drizzled on top!
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I love pb best by the spoonful, but it makes a pretty good sandwich with banana too.
I now follow them on Twitter.
And I follow on Pinterest.
With anything and Everything!!! I follow on facebook.
I love to eat my PB in overnight oats with berries, mmm!
signed up for PB crave newsletter, cant believe I haven’t tried this stuff!
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Following PB Crave on Pinterest.
I love PB on warm toast. Plain and boring yet delicious!
I signed up for their newsletter! Love all their flavors.
I follow PB crave on twitter! @TeenEatLive
I love eating peanut butter straight from a spoon. 🙂
In oats for sure!
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I love to eat PB on some pumpernickel twists right out of the container and bag!
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I love peanut butter on everything but especially just straight from the spoon! 😉
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I love peanut butter in oatmeal or my oatmeal protein pancakes!
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Hi, I just “liked” PB Crave on Facebook. Thanks!
I have peanut butter and banana wrapped in a tortilla every morning for breakfast. It’s perfect to take with me on the go to get to school =)
I really don’t think this PB obsessed girl could pick a favorite way to eat it, but I guess if I absolutely had to choose I’d go with melty PB, honey & cinnamon on a toasted whole wheat english muffin.
This sounds so great! I love peanut butter mixed with plain greek yogurt as a dip for apples! Thanks for the giveaway 😀
I absolutely love a peanut butter and banana quesadilla for breakfast!
My favorite way is in a pb+avocado+banana Ezekial wrap!
My favorite way to have pb is on toast!!
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I just signed up for their email list. Yum!
I just followed them on Pinterest. (I think….still new to this whole Pinterest thing!)
I love peanut butter on just about EVERYTHING! 🙂
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On my ice cream is my favorite way!! But really pb, or any nut butter just makes everything better.
Following pb crave on twitter!
I love peanutbutter on some nice baked oatmeal(: mmmm, just thinking about it makes me want some!
Man a ton of people want this pb haha; I subscribed to PB Crave’s newsletters!
I liked PB Crave on Facebook!
Followed them on twitter too!
and lastly on pinterest(:
oooo i wanna try these sooo bad!!! so with flavored pb’s, like these babies, i just eat that straight outta the jar. sometimes i add it to my oatmeal or with apples, etc. but im pretty lazy so straight from the jar works for me!
follow them on twitter already!
follow on pinterest! 🙂
i LOVE peanut butter with greek yogurt, granola, a banana, and cinnamon! dyingggg to try these nut butters! AHH!
A huge glob of melty PB over a bowl of creamy oats…. HEAVEN in a bowl.
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