Thursday, July 12, 2012

Ants on a ...

No, I don't want to talk about ants.  They have invaded.  They are everywhere.  I set my glass down on the counter and next thing I know, I am taking a drink with an ant staring me down.  I feel a tickle on my arm. 

An ant.

I clean and scrub and wipe away the ants, but the moment I step away they must send out a Twitter alert, because the ants don't come marching two by two--they just pour out of nowhere!

In honor of spite of the invading ants, we enjoyed this snack the other day.  Ants on a Log has been around for a good long time, but still makes a timeless, yummy, and easy snack.  I don't always have celery on hand, but I do often have apples!  The Pickles and I cored and sliced our apples into rounds, whipped up some peanut butter in the food processor, and topped with raisins.  This is a great snack for the Pickles to practice spreading the peanut butter and topping with raisins. 
I think that there could be so many variations, such as:

Pecan Butter
Dried Cranberries
Toasted Coconut

Almond Butter
Dried Cherries

Peanut Butter
Chocolate or Carob Chips

Mmmm.  Yeah, I love a good snack.  And I love making our own varieties of nut butter.  I don't keep prepared nut butters on hand because we never seem to go through them fast enough and I don't like to waste good food. So, I decided to just use the nuts I have on hand and grind them into butter as needed. I much prefer the taste!  Here's how we do it:

Nut Butter:

I simply throw a bunch of nuts (in this case:  roasted, blanched, no-salt peanuts) into the food processor and process away.  The nuts go from being broken up into coarse chunks, to looking like a grainy sand, to suddenly clumping together and rolling around in a ball, to being broken down again into a paste that sticks all around the food processor bowl.  I like my nut butters with just a bit of a fine "crunch" left, so this is just perfect for us.

That's all I do.  Really.  Just use one finger to push the power button on the food processor.  It's easy.

And that's good. 

Becuase I'm using my other hand to wage war with the ants.


  1. Replies
    1. Thanks! Arn't you lucky to have missed the ivading horde!!

  2. Oh, you are too, too funny! It's enjoyable just reading these posts! LOL!