Wednesday, September 25, 2013

The Power of the Peanut + How Mostly Food and Crafts was Born + Rocky Road Bars

Have you all heard the story of how Mostly Food and Crafts came to be?

It all started 3 years ago (yes I have been blogging for 3 crazy years.)  Hubby took a job a few states away (an 8 hour drive.)  The kids and I stayed behind to sell our house here while Hubby stayed in the hotel he was working at.
The kids and I went to visit him a lot, while visiting we checked out the area, found a school district and neighborhood we liked and eventually built a house there.  Meanwhile - our home here was not selling and the job Hubby took - well let's say he was promised a lot more than he was actually given.  Needless to say, we were miserable!

I spent a lot of nights awake tossing and turning and thinking way too much. One night I decided to get up and get on the computer and the next thing I knew I had clicked on a button that said, "create a blog," and Mostly Food and Crafts was born.  

The blog gave me something else to focus on. And the cooking, crafting and recipe developing helped keep me from missing my Hubby and feeling like there was never going to be an end to our situation.  Exactly one year later Hubby got a job back here.  We didn't have to leave this place we loved and we would be a family under one roof again.  One year later on our anniversary Hubby surprised me by driving all the way home without me knowing - he showed up with his suitcases and promised we would never do this again.

I thought we would never make it through that time but we did.  We survived it and you know what? Our relationship as a couple and as a family is thriving all the more because of it.

How about you guys?  Do you have a story of survival or a challenge that made you really thrive?

My post was inspired by this video.

Have you all seen the new Planters commercials?  It seems Mr. Peanut has taken on the role as life coach and he is here to tell us about the Power of the Peanut.
Be sure to check out the Power of the Peanut website, read some great successtiomonials from other people that have harvested the power of the peanut. 

Speaking of peanuts as well as the start of my blog - how about  a recipe from way back when I started Mostly Food and Crafts - and yes, it involves peanuts!  It is Hubby's favorite, some delicious Rocky Road Bars (this picture is also from way back when - definitely a reason to make these again.  I need pics that do these bars justice.)


2 cups of semi-sweet chocolate chips (1 bag)
1 2/3 cups of butterscotch chips (1 bag)
1/2 cup peanut butter (smooth or creamy whatever you have in the pantry)
9 cups of mini marshmallows (1 bag)
1 cup of dry roasted peanuts

Line a 13x9 pan with foil

Microwave both chips and peanut butter in a large uncovered bowl for about 2 1/2 minutes, stir and if needed microwave some more for about 15 seconds.  Stir until melted.  Cool for 1 minute. Stir in your marshmallows and peanuts.
* this was back when I had a microwave - use a double boiler if you no longer have a microwave like us.

Spread the mixture into your foil lined pan. Refrigerate until firm. 

Cut into squares:

Maybe wrap for gifts:


                    I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.


  1. So interesting reading about how your blog was born! And how awesome do these bars look? YUM!

  2. Sometimes you have to go through some hard times to come out on the other side, stronger than ever! Such a great story and it seems like it all turned out for the best!

    Peanuts and chocolate. So so so good!

  3. I am a Rocky Road Fan and these bars look awesome! Hope you are having a fantastic weekend and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday!
    Miz Helen

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