Peanut Butter Syrup

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Creamy, rich, peanut butter syrup makes a fantastic topping for your favorite stack of homemade pancakes or waffles.

stack of pancakes topped with peanut butter sauce

While you can absolutely make a delicious peanut butter maple syrup with just two ingredients (2 parts maple syrup to 1 part creamy peanut butter) – and I do this quite often, there’s something fun about making it a little more special.

I’ve taken my Grandmother’s waffle sauce and added peanut butter to create a creamy, rich, smooth syrup that’s certain to make every peanut butter lover’s breakfast dreams come true.

While delicious on pancakes, try drizzling some of this syrup over a bowl of diced apples and bananas with chopped peanuts and mini chocolate chips. It is quite the treat at snack time.

Or next time you are enjoying a scoop of ice cream before bedtime, top it with a bit of leftover peanut butter pancake syrup. You won’t regret it.

Peanut Butter Syrup Recipe

You can whip up this syrup recipe in less than 5 minutes. Start by thoroughly whisking the flour and sugar together before adding the milk. If you have the flour and sugar lump free it should keep your syrup lump free as you add the milk.

Heat over low to medium heat until the sauce has thickened and gently bubbled. Avoid a hard rolling boil. Just a low simmer is all that it needed. Keep whisking. Add your peanut butter and keep whisking it on the heat until it is smoothly combined.

After removing from the heat add your vanilla and butter. Stir until combined. Serve warm over a stack of fluffy pancakes. Our favorite though is poured over Chocolate Pancakes.

creamy peanut butter syrup in small white pitcher

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Loaded Baked Potato Dip

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Creamy, buttery, cheesy potatoes with bacon are combined in this Loaded Baked Potato Dip to create a snack that is a guaranteed win for your football party. Everyone knows that potatoes and sour cream go together like football and snacks.

And we all know, the better your snacks, the better your team’s chance of winning, right?

Twice Baked Potato Dip scooped onto a potato chip is a game day favorite! get the recipe at

My family is all about dippable foods and when I had the idea of a cheesy potato dip for potato chips? I was all over that. It should come as no surprise that my family absolutely loved this recipe and it’s become a much-loved favorite in our house.

Baked Potato Dip

To make this baked potato dip recipe, first, bake the potatoes. Then slice them in half, hollow out the centers and combine that fluffy baked potato with sour cream, butter, and cheese.

The filling is my favorite part of classic twice-baked potatoes and that was the inspiration for this Twice Baked Potato Dip.

Served with sturdy potato chips or eaten with a spoon, this is the mashed potato dish of my dreams.

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Loaded Potato Dip

Potatoes + Potatoes + all the delicious dairy + bacon?! What’s not to love about this combination?

Perfect for game day or pretty much any other occasion, this loaded potato dip is going to be the big favorite for your next event. Judging by how quickly this disappears when I make it, I can pretty much guarantee it.

Even if your team misses the Hail Mary pass, these potatoes will ensure your party is a winner.

Pickled Red Onions

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Pickled Red Onions

I don’t know why I haven’t posted this recipe sooner, but I can’t stop making and eating these pickled red onions…bring on all the tacos!

Pickled red onions are tangy and sweet, and they add a little extra crunch to whatever you put them on. I’m obsessed with them! I absolutely love them on tacos and pretty much all Mexican recipes. They are also phenomenal on sandwiches or burgers or in a salad. Essentially, I just keep them on hand all the time now.

They have a long shelf life and just get better with age. All you need is 6 simple ingredients!

a photo of a quart size mason jar a little over half full of thinly sliced red onions sitting in water. They are bright pink .


Ingredients for Picked Red Onions

Here are the 6 simple ingredients you will need to make pickled onions:

  • Red Onion – thinly sliced, you could use any type of onion you want if you aren’t a red fan
  • Apple Cider Vinegar and Red Wine Vinegar – I love the combination of these two vinegars, they are sweet and a little more mild
  • Sugar – balances the tartness and acidity of the vinegars
  • Kosher Salt – adds flavor and enhances all the flavors
  • Water – using warm water helps dissolve the sugar and salt

The measurement for all the ingredients can be found in the recipe card down below. The recipe can be saved or printed there as well.

Variations for Pickled Onions

I’m all about not changing things up if it’s delicious, but this recipe is super flexible and can be easily adjusted to fit your desires. Here are a few ideas:

  • Spicy – add slices of jalapeno or a dash or red pepper flakes
  • Garlicky – add a clove or two of fresh garlic that has been thinly sliced
  • Peppery – add whole peppercorns
  • Herby – add a sprig of fresh thyme or rosemary or whatever herb(s) you love

You can also use other types of onions or vinegar. Play around with this recipe and find variation is your favorite!

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Traeger Smoked Cheezits

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Traeger Smoked Cheezits

Irresistible snack alert!!! I don’t even know how this happened or what to tell you other than, I smoked cheezits and then I ate them all. 

Ok, I didn’t eat them all but for someone who isn’t really into rando snacks like this, it’s a pretty big deal that I couldn’t keep my grubby little hands out of them. 

a large white bowl full of seasoned smoked cheezits with some spilling over the sides of the bowl.

We had some of our best friends over one night for dinner and swimming and afterwards ended up in the backyard roasting marshmallows and chatting away until the stars came out. If you’ve snagged a copy of our cookbook, Raised in the Kitchen you know what this is called, Sobremesa and it’s honestly my favorite part of the entire book. I’ll let you read all about it yourselves, but man, it was suuuuch a good night. 

And then Steve mentioned that his friend had smoked cheezits and I became obsessed. I lasted 4 days before curiosity got the best of me and I went for it. I decided to not google any recipes but to just wing it on my own and I am pretty dang sure that’s why it turned out awesome, it was pure inspiration. 

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The Little Things Newsletter #349 – Life, laughter, and lots of great food!

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Welcome to the weekend, my friends! It was a non-stop week of cooking and photographing new recipes over here and I’m ready for a weekend with my feet up on the couch. Rebecca and Lynne were here working with me and we ate some seriously delicious food all week long. I’m looking forward to sharing it all with you! 

ON THE BLOG this week: Tender chunks of chicken and vegetables are simmered together underneath a buttery, flaky biscuit topping to make this chicken pot pie casserole. I made it a few weeks ago and it was such a hit, it’s already been made three times since then.

When you pull this cheesy and delicious ham potato broccoli casserole hot and steaming from the oven everyone will be clamoring for a bite.

This Strawberry Blueberry Banana Smoothie brings summertime straight to your glass – even in the middle of winter. Sweet and creamy, this good-for-you smoothie is an easy way to start your day or refuel in the afternoon.

Pepperoni pizza dip is the perfect party appetizer. I mean, who doesn’t love a piping hot, melting cheese dip full of pepperoni?

Roasted vegetables dipped in Bang Bang Sauce, dare I say it, are better than vegetables with homemade ranch dip. I didn’t think that was possible but it IS! (And yes, this homemade ranch really is incredible.)

After eating parmesan-roasted carrots you will not want to make them any other way. Bite-sized and toasty perfect, you can’t eat just one!

Fluffy, buttery, sweet pancakes filled with bursting juicy berries are possible with minimal effort. Enough pancakes for the whole family can be cooked all at once on a single sheet pan!

Homemade salted caramel sauce is ridiculously decadent and delicious. This sweet sauce makes a terrific addition to countless desserts, like this amazing chocolate cake with salted caramel frosting.

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