Peanut Butter Cups

Home-Made Peanut Butter Cup Recipe

This is the recipe I made for Easter this past Spring.

Foolish me did not write it down anywhere or link it- so it took quite a bit of searching to recreate the exact one that I made- but I did it. An internet search will yield multiple recipes with varying ingredients. These ingredients vary from confectioner sugar, graham cracker crumbs, coconut oil, shortening, butter and so on. The following recipe is a combination of the ingredients I preferred and also the ingredients that work with our food allergies. This is a dairy and tree nut free peanut butter cup! 🙂

I am taking this to a dinner tonight with a gluten-free friend- so it was a special dessert to bring for everyone to enjoy.

For the chocolate cups and topping:
2 bags Enjoy Life chocolate chunks or chips
3 TB Smucker’s Natural Peanut Butter

For the filling:
I 16 ounce jar Smucker’s Natural Peanut Butter (minus 3 TB)
1 Cup Brown Sugar
1-2 TB Honey

Line 12 Muffin Cups. This recipe will also make about 24 cups. To make 24, only fill each cup to the 1/4 -1/2 way line. These ingredients will make 12 luxurious, filled to the very top, peanut butter cups.

Melt chocolate and peanut butter in microwave for 15-30 seconds at a time, stirring in between, just until smooth and melted.

(to make 24 cups, fill each cup with 2 teaspoons of melted chocolate)

Fill each cup (one at a time) with a TB and a half of melted chocolate. Using the back of a spoon, spread the chocolate up and around the liner.

Place muffin tin in the refrigerator for about 20 minutes so that the chocolate can harden.

Meanwhile, mix the filling.
In a large bowl combine peanut butter, brown sugar and honey. Add honey to suit your taste. Combine until nice and smooth.

Remove muffin tin from the refrigerator. Divide peanut butter into all twelve liners, pressing down gently with clean fingers to make a nice smooth filling.

Top with melted chocolate, spreading carefully to the edge of liner, completely covering peanut butter. For the 12 large cups, this took about 2 large spoonfuls of chocolate. Divide chocolate evenly between cups and gently swirl the top with spoon. For 24 cups, this would require about 2 teaspoons of chocolate.

Refrigerate in muffin tin for 30 minutes. Remove from tin and transfer cups to whatever container you have for storage. Return to the refrigerator or freezer for at least one hour before enjoying. Store in refrigerator or freezer.


Recipe adapted from The Sweetest Kitchen.

Other links for more recipes
Joy of Baking
Brown-Eyed Baker
The Hungry Mouse This link has some great visuals and a recipe for a peanut butter s’mores cup. However, BEWARE the comments. Some inappropriate language.

Alphabet Explorations- Letter Aa

Bible and Devotion:
Bible in Pictures for Little Eyes by Kenneth Taylor
My ABC Bible Verses by Susan Hunt
Big Thoughts For Little People (ABC’s to help you grow) by Kenneth Taylor

Poetry, Picture Study, and Enrichment:
I Spy An Alphabet in Art by Lucy Mickelwaith
The Alphabet Room by Sara Pinto
Read Aloud Rhymes for the Very Young by Jack Prelutsky

Eloise Wilkin’s Poems to Read to the Very Young by Eloise Wilkin*OOP*
Poems and Prayers for the Very Young by Martha Alexander *OOP * or purchase from Sonlight

Letter A Literature:
Ask Mr. Bear by Marjorie Flack
Big Treasury of Little Animals by Judy Dunn

more advanced
Amber on the Mountain by Tony Johnston
Anna and the Red Coat by Harriet Ziefert
How to Make An Apple Pie and See the World by Marjorie Priceman
Johnny Appleseed by Reeve Lindbergh

Letter A Rhymes:
Ten Apples Up On Top by Theo LeSieg

Letter A Living Science:
Animals in Winter by Henrietta Bancroft
Ant Cities by Arthur Dorros

I see Animals Hiding by Jim Arnosky **out of print**

Tutoring Time

Tutoring Time

Pre-K morning session (first session of the day!) with read aloud after lunch (hopefully)

First Grade morning session and after lunch session (joins me at the table in the morning with third grade once I get to a certain part of her work)

3rd Grade morning session

Fourth and Sixth Grade morning session and afternoon session (they are combined in a Heart of Dakota Program)

7th Grade afternoon session

4th Grade

Here is my final installment of school resources for this year.

My fourth grader’s lists.

Morning Work
Bible Reading
Devotional (currently Little Visits With God)
Science Reading (currently Dragons of the Deep)
Heart of Dakota Preparing Extension (currently Usborne Ancient World)
Reader (currently Homer Price)
Piano Practice
Math drill-

Tutoring Time
tutoring time is split into a morning session and an afternoon session

corrections on all work
HOD Preparing Work and supervision

Afternoon Work
Typing Practice
Horizons Math then onto Saxon 54
Finish BJ English
Finish Wordly Wise 3 then onto 4
Finish Copybook III then onto Poetry Copybook
Cheerful Cursive
30-60 minutes of reading time (book of his choice)

Scott Hoggsed Day 2012

Scott Hoggsed Day is a much anticpated, looked forward to, event for our family every summer. This was our fourth year participating in this wonderful event. It was Jonah’s first experience. Hoggsed Day is one of those special blessings that always brings a winking of tears to my eyes. Every year. This event is free and it is put on by one of our neighboring counties through 4-H. It is a benefit honoring a specific teenager or two every year. These are teens who lost their lives too soon and had a great love for the outdoors and outdoor activities. This fact alone is enough to make me cry- but then to experience the amazing generosity that is poured out on hundreds of children in our surrounding counties- it is mind-boggling. Dads just pitch in and help. All the men you see helping my children are just Dads who were available to help the different ages learn different outdoor sporting activities, freely volunteering their time. Real rangers (the ones in uniforms) are also there teaching safety and other wildlife skills. Todd and I are not very outdoorsy people and I am so glad my children can learn how to fish from someone who knows how to do it!!! They get to sample all kinds of wild game type foods. Sometimes there is a Civil War enactment and other historical presentations and information. They come home with a large bag full of freebies. Always a free t-shirt, one year an orange (hunter color) baseball cap, another year, a backpack, this year- a belt. 🙂 Pencils, one year a paperback Bible, this year a hardcover devotional from Harvest House (with a hunting theme 😉 ) It is overflowing generosity. I think this link says it better than I can.
They loved it. They love it every year.

Chicken ‘N’ Dumplings

Chicken ‘N’ Dumplings

 2  (Cooked) Chicken Carcasses with some bits of meat

3 large, washed, peeled carrots (organic tastes best)

Shake of onion and garlic powder across the top of the Crockpot

Dash of Salt

Cups and Cups of Water ( I have a large family size crockpot that can fit two chicken roasters to cook at one time, so I need enough water for this big one.)

 Place Carcass and Carrots in Crockpot. Fill with Water and Season.

Cook on High at least 6 hours- more is better.

 Strain broth through a colander and add to largest soup/stock pot. (This should be a pot that can take at least 24(give or take a few) cups of water/liquid).

Discard remnants, unless they are not “too cooked down” and you still find them tasty.

 Add Chicken to broth. You can use leftover chicken from the roasted chickens or…

Defrost a smallish pack of boneless chicken breasts. Chop up and add to the broth.

Add water to almost fill the pot and bring to a boil.

 While broth is heating up and coming to a boil, roll out dumpling dough into a rectangle on a floured cutting board, and cut into thin strips. Place strips on plate to wait until the time of immersion in boiling broth.

I roll out rectangles multiple times until all dough is rolled and cut.

 When the broth and chicken has reached a rolling boil, add two bags of frozen mixed vegetables. Bring to a boil.

When the broth has again reached a rolling boil, add dumpling strips.

Cook for 15 minutes.

With water boiling, crack at least 8 eggs (one at a time) into the soup and cook for 5 -10 minutes- until eggs are thoroughly cooked and incorporated into soup in small, delicious chunks of cooked bits of eggs.  After cracking eggs, immediately stir rapidly unless you desire whole cooked eggs and especially golden, round balls of yolk.

 After eggs have been added and you have stirred thoroughly, sprinkle soup with a bit of salt and a nice dose of black pepper.

 Serve with home-made bread and  Saltine crackers; salad or steamed vegetables such as broccoli on the side.

 This is our favorite Chicken ‘N’ Dumplin’ Recipe- not one person ate only one serving and THAT is saying a lot.

 Home-Made Dumpling Recipe

 1 Cup Whole Wheat Flour

2 Cups Bread Flour

3 TB Fleischmann’s Margarine

3 Eggs

6 TB water

 Add more water or more flour as needed for a nice dough consistency. It should not be overly sticky. It should roll out nicely on a floured board- but stick to a board that is not floured.

Yum! And O. My. so very, very filling.


6th Grade

My current sixth grader’s plans:

Morning Work:

Bible Reading

Devotional (currently Victor Journey Through The Bible)

Reader (currently The Little Duke)

Preparing Hearts Extension (currently The Bronze Bow)

Science enrichment (Apologia’s Swimming Creatures; Abeka 6 Science Text)

Finish Bob Jones English workbook

Classical Cursive Copybook (Memoria Press)

KidCoder (homeschool windows/game); then Scratch

Math Drill (

Spelling (

Piano Practice

Afternoon Work:

Saxon Math with D.I.V.E.

Wordly Wise 6

Aesop’s Fables (more Preparing Extensions)

any independent Preparing work that needs to be done

Tutoring Time:

HOD Preparing Hearts

Finish Writing With Ease 4

check all independent work, check and tutor math


4-H Sharpshooter club


MaconGems Co-Op

Trying Boys Scouts for the first time