Due to the drought in the southern states, the peanut crop has not done well at all which means peanut products will be going up in prices an estimated 40%.
My husband has peanut butter on a bagel every morning and I love crunchy peanut butter granola bars for breakfast. I even make homemade dog treats that contain peanut butter. Peanut butter is a staple for a lot of people. I'm not going to go into the good and bad of regular peanut butter versus natural peanut butter. The fact is it is a good source of protein for many people.
I have several jars in my pantry that I purchased for 99 cents a jar over the spring and summer. Now I wish I would have purchased more. Perhaps I should pay attention to what is an actual serving size of peanut butter so it will last longer. Then again I should do this with all food. For peanut butter a serving size is 2 tablespoons. I know that we spread more than that on piece of bread or bagel slice. So with everything pay attention to the exact serving sizes.
When I was a child I remember that peanut butter was one of the things that our family would receive in the commodity program. When my father was out of work we would get some food from the government commodity program. I remember peanut butter came in a large institutional can and I thought that was kinda "cool" as peanut butter in the store came in a jar.
This week has been a week of excess spending because we adopted Buddy our new dog and had as of yesterday $238.00 in veterinary expenses. The dog may have been free, but the upkeep and maintenance isn't. Now that Buddy is in our family we will budget his expenses as we have with other pets.
Buddy is a gentle, wonderful dog and it just seems that him being part of our family was meant to be. With the addition of a new pet there comes new routines and more time has been spent getting Buddy used to his new home. Also, there is the training. Fortunately Buddy is housebroken but not leash trained so I am spending more of my time to get him leash trained so that I will be able to walk him without him straining at the leash.
Buddy will be my new exercise partner as our older dog, Griffey, doesn't walk very fast due to her age. She kind of lumbers along and I doubt that I burn 10 calories if that when I walk her. But old dog or not, Griffey enjoys and savors her daily walks no matter how long it takes her. Perhaps this is something we as human beings can learn from our pets - to savor the small things such as a slow lumbersome walk on a cool fall day.