Summer Update: SCA

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If you’ve been hanging out with me for a while, you know about my super-nerdy hobby: the SCA.

It’s July, and that means we’re gearing up for the biggest SCA event of the year, Pennsic.

Since I started playing, I’ve really just made any garb (clothing) that I wanted to try out regardless of country of origin or year just so long as it fell within the acceptable timeline of the SCA.

Well, I’ve finally settled on a name and persona at last and while I don’t know that I’ll stick with it forever, for right now I’m portraying a Viking woman. This is exciting for me because now I can begin to pinpoint my garb to a time, location, and style of dress.


While I’m not quite to that point yet, I do want to get my clothing situation more in order. I only have two Viking dress/underdress sets right now, and I’d like to have at least five full sets of  Viking garb so I can wear a different one each day of the week while at Pennsic. If need be, these outfits can be washed and re-worn in different color combinations for greater versatility. (Pennsic tends to be hot, and it would be nice to be able to change out of sweaty clothes.)

As August quickly approaches, I’m realizing that I may have bitten off more than I can chew when I was planning this year’s sewing projects.  I had intended to make three underdresses for me and three tunics for The Fellow.

I always seem to get into a mad, frantic sewing fest the month leading up to Pennsic, and that’s mainly because I haven’t had a functioning sewing machine. Each year I would drive the hour up to my mother-in-law’s and use her machine or borrow it to take home and then frantically sew while I had it.

This year, The Fellow encouraged me to buy both a new Brother’s sewing machine and a serger so we’re all set. I’m going to try to get all that I can sewn up on the machine in the next week or so, and then spend the rest of the time before hand-hemming the more visible pieces.

Moonshine in a Teacup| Viking Woman

I’m hoping the new machines will mean this is my last stressed sewing year. I should be able to work on new projects in the winter months.

I’m excited about this event as I plan to go to a ton of classes. I’ve been working on researching a few areas of interest and not getting very far. I’ve come to realize that I don’t learn well by reading alone, and I think it will be beneficial to be able to listen to someone explain and answer questions.

I’m also looking forward to working in the kitchen, warm summer nights walking by torchlight, naps in the midafternoon under the common tent, trying out random crafts, seeing friends, and slipping off to sleep to the sounds of drums in the distance.

I’m so ready to be there!

What are your vacation plans for this summer?


4th of July and My First Attempt at a Victoria Sponge

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I hope that you all had a wonderful Fourth of July!

The fellow and I  went down to my folks’ house for a picnic, and it just poured the entire afternoon.

The weather station said it was supposed to be a pretty, clear, albeit hot day. Thankfully, my dad had hurried out and put tarps over the picnic tables as soon as he saw storm clouds rolling in.

When we got there, The Fellow helped my father pull the tables into the garage, and we just moved the whole shindig inside. Despite it being a wet afternoon, we had fun.

Moonshine in a Teacup

All of the neighbors came over and brought a dish to share. My father made some of his famous homemade ice cream (strawberry this time), and Mama asked that I bring something to complement it.

Now, I’ve been re-watching Downton Abbey lately, and I always keep an eye out for what Mrs. Patmore is putting onto those trays she sends upstairs. One thing I’ve noticed as a reoccurring treat are these sweet little layer cakes topped with powdered sugar. From where I’m sitting, it looks like a Victoria Sponge Cake

After watching the Great British Baking Show, I figured, why not? I would swap out the raspberry jam for strawberry, and it should go together nicely. I didn’t quite put together that I was making a British classic for our 4th of July celebration until it was too late (oops!).

Victoria Sponge | Moonshine in a Teacup

Sticking with the BBC theme, I went off of Paul Hollywood’s recipe which had been converted into U.S. measurements.

This was my first experience with a Victoria Sponge, and I’m not sure if it’s the way the cake is intended to be or if it was the conversions or maybe the temperature of my butter may have had a bit to do with it,  but my cake was more the consistency of a crumbly shortcake than a sponge.

I had way too much whipped cream left over after filling the two layers, so I went big and frosted the top and piled it with strawberries for decoration.

Overall, the recipe was still a success. It was a yummy summer dessert, if not what I was expecting. I think I may want to play around with this cake some. I’ll probably end up making a few versions before I settle on one I like.

Can anyone out there confirm the texture/consistency this should be? What are your favorite shortcake or Victoria Sponge recipes?!

4th of July

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Happy 4th of July, y’all!

I love the 4th of July because it’s such a low-key holiday. We’re heading down to my folks for some delicious picnic food and to catch up with the neighbors.

MiaT will resume normal posting on Friday. In the meantime, I hope that you all have a fun, safe holiday!

What are your 4th of July plans? Let me know in the comments!


My New Favorite Summer Drink – Mexican Mule

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It’s finally starting to feel like summer, and it’s looking like we’re not going to make it to the beach.  While it’s a bummer, there are plenty of summer activities to keep my spirits up!

As you know, The Fellow and I love to spend our evenings out on our porch grilling and relaxing. I’ve found that there are few things as enjoyable as sitting down, enjoying good food, and a warm summer breeze with a good drink in your hand.

The Fellow drinks beer, and since I reserve moonshine for special occasions and the holidays, I typically drink wine or cider when I’m not drinking tea. A while back a friend introduced me to a new drink that I think you’ll love too – a Mexican Mule!

Copper Mule Mugs have been all the rage for a year or two now, but I’ve never gotten into experimenting too much with them. The traditional drink you make in them is a Moscow Mule which uses Ginger Beer, vodka, and lime. The Mexican Mule is a variation on that as you switch out tequila for the vodka.

I love this drink because it’s simple and easy. (If you want to spice it up some, check out this recipe from I’m Bored, Let’s Go.)

I’ve been waiting for warmer weather to truly enjoy this. I’m sure that it’s a treat on a hot day.

My New Favorite Summer Drink- Mexican Mule

My New Favorite Summer Drink- Mexican Mule


  • Ginger Beer
  • Tequila
  • Lime


  1. Pour ginger beer into a copper mule mug
  2. Add 1 shot of tequila
  3. Squeeze 1 lime edge into the cup
  4. Garnish with a lime slice
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The ginger is crisp and refreshing, a single shot of tequila cuts the ginger just a bit and is great for sipping, and the lime adds a nice little twist.

Perfect for cooling down on a warm summer day!

Try it and tell me what you think!

What are your favorite summer sipping’ drinks? Let me know in the comments!

UniTea Party

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I mentioned in last week’s post that I’d be making scones for my company’s UniTea party. I thought I’d take today to share some of the behind-the-scenes pictures with you!

Some of my favorite work ladies were the masterminds behind the event, and I was so honored to have been asked to help.

It was a nice excuse to reuse the tea things from our wedding. Between myself and two other ladies, we had enough teacups and saucers for the entire corporate building!

Moonshine in a Teacup| Unitea

One of the ladies happens to be a talented floral arranger, and she let me try my hand at helping arrange flowers into teapots for the centerpieces. (This is not a strong suit of mine which is why I firmly said no real flowers at my wedding.)

She was so sweet about it and just quietly went along after fixing up my sad little centerpieces. After the tea, we moved the centerpieces to the lobby and some friends’ desks to brighten the place up. I’m still enjoying the one on my desk!

Moonshine in a Teacup| Unitea

One of the fellows at work homebrews beer and brought in his large brew kettle and  propane tank to heat our water, and the ladies procured from some unknown source 3 carafes to hold the hot water.

All of the ladies baked homemade scones using JG’s Amazing Scone Recipe with different variations. There were apple cinnamon, caramel apple, white chocolate, white chocolate & orange cranberry, blackberry walnut, and my plain scones served with a mock Devonshire Cream.

Moonshine in a Teacup| Unitea

We also made a variation of a traditional cucumber tea sandwich by piping cream cheese onto a cracker and topped it with cucumber and dill. There was fresh fruit, biscotti, petite palmiers, and an assortment of teas.

We had two dedicated times slots, one at 2 and the other at 3 for our large wave of tea party goers, but individuals could also drop by throughout the hour for shorter 15 min. time slots as well. We set the food out in waves, and it went really smoothly for how many people we were serving!

It made me smile to see how reluctant people were to let us take and wash their teacups for them. Several people refused altogether and insisted on cleaning their own cup!

Moonshine in a Teacup| Unitea

To help people mix and mingle, we had origami set out on the tables so people could chat and help each other. It was such a fun event! I didn’t stop moving from 12 when we began setting up until my shift was over at 5. The food was delicious, and I thoroughly enjoyed hanging out and serving with some of my favorite people while I met others within our organization. I’m thinking there’s talk about this being an annual occurrence, and considering how much I love a proper cup of tea and how much time we spend at work, I hope it is!

What are your favorite work mixers you’ve attended? Let me know in the comments!

5 Cheap Summer Must-Dos

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Happy summer solstice!

It seems crazy to me that summer doesn’t start until this far into June. That’s probably because as a kid I considered the start of summer when my mother let me (finally) start going barefoot!

Since summer is officially here, I wanted to share with you some of my summer must-dos!

1. Sit out on the porch and watch fireflies.


Call them fireflies or lightning bugs, either way, nothing says summer to me like sitting in the dark surrounded by the still, warm summer air watching those tiny lights go bobbing through the darkness. There’s something so magical about it – like you are getting to watch a fairy dance.

2. Get ice cream at a local ice cream joint.

Moonshine in a Teacup| Ice cream

I know your area has one, and if it doesn’t you can head my way to try one of ours! Locals know the place for the best ice cream. Once you find it, everything else just falls a little shy of the mark. Memories are made sitting in booths, licking ice cream cones. Some of my favorite places in the Tri-state area are:

Pack’s Dairy Corner – Winchester, VA

There are a few Pack’s around, but my favorite is the little frozen custard stand on Route 50. It’s soft serve, and they have a phenomenal waffle cone. Order Mama and I’s favorite – chocolate ice cream with chocolate sprinkles in a waffle cone and thank us later!

Nutter’s – Shepherdstown, WV

Nutter’s is the ice cream go-to for all of the Shepherd University kids. It’s on a side street in historic Sharpsburg, Maryland and has Hershey’s hand-dipped ice cream. The best part? The prices! Serving their college market well, they give you a big serving of your favorite sweet treat for a reasonable price!

Mikie’s – Greencastle, PA

Mikie’s also has some awesome food to go with your ice cream. My favorite is a chicken tenders platter with curly fries while Mama loves their pizza burgers. Mikey’s is a neat place because not only do they have ice cream and food, they also have an arcade and a gift shop! Something for the entire family!

Antietam Dairy – Waynesboro, PA

Farm fresh, creamy, delicious ice cream. Here you will find something unique that both The Fellow and my Father love – grapenut ice cream. Yupp – like the cereal. While you’d think this wouldn’t be appealing, it is an absolute must try. Now, I will say that Antietam Dairy’s isn’t quiiiite as good as Daddy’s homemade ice cream, but it’s as close as you can get for sale to the public!

3. Have a campfire (and eat a s’more).

Moonshine in a Teacup| Campfire

You know I’m all about a good s’more, and nowadays with Pinterest there are so many other yummy campfire treats to whip up! There’s something I truly love about waking up in the morning with the smell of campfire smoke in my hair. I truly believe that some of the strongest bonds are formed by firelight.

4. Watch a parade.Moonshine in a Teacup| Parade

Seriously, it’s not summer without a little bit of celebration. It’s American summer at its finest watching the kids in their band uniforms, firetrucks, 4-H groups, and pageant queens ride by as you wave and cheer. Go ahead, run, and grab one of those Tootsie Rolls they just tossed while you’re at it. You know you want to.

5. Read a good book.

Moonshine in a Teacup| Summer Reading

Be it on the porch, by the pool, or on the beach, summer is for relaxing and doing some light fun reading. Head to your local library or order something online and fall into a magical world. Summer is also the perfect time to get the kids involved in a summer reading program!

Bonus 6. Star gaze.

Moonshine in a Teacup| Stargaze

Just as summer starts to wind down and the air gets the tiniest bit of a chill to it is when I love to star gaze best. It’s the most magical time of the year  for me.  I like to lay out in a hammock and try to pick out constellations.  If you can get a hold of a star-gazing book, the history/stories behind the stars are truly fascinating. If you get a chance, check out a planetarium, and then star gaze at home!

Let me know your favorite summer activities!





JG’s Amazing Scone Recipe!

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Remember my amazing woodland tea-themed wedding reception? Well, I’m so excited to get to use some of my tea things again this Thursday!

We’re having a tea party at work to celebrate moving into our new building. It’s been super exciting to move all of our separate corporate locations into one amazing space, and we’re having a Uni-tea party!

While helping out with this party, one of the girls gifted me with her scone recipe so we can bulk-batch some scrummy scones for everyone to enjoy.

I’ve made over 100 scones for this event and sampled quiiiite a few.

Guys, this is the best scone I’ve ever had. I gave one to The Fellow, and he tried to so hard to be loyal and say he liked other scones I’ve made, but he couldn’t hide how much he loved them. He finally admitted, “You make good scones, and they’ve tasted similar, but they’ve never had this texture.”

Moonshine in a Teacup| JG's amazing scone recipe

The best part about this recipe? She said I can share it with you!

Now, the recipe she gave does involve additional items like white chocolate and a lemon glaze. However, for this round, I opted for just plain scones since I’m also providing a Devonshire cream.

I’m going to start you out with the plain version just like I made. We’ll get crazy with it in a later post.

Without further ado – JG’s Amazing Scones!

JG's Amazing Scones

JG's Amazing Scones


  • 2 C Flour
  • 1/3 C Sugar + a little extra for glazing
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 C Butter
  • 3/4 C Heavy Whipping Cream + a little extra for glazing


  1. Heat Oven to 385 degrees.
  2. Combine flour, sugar, baking powder in a large bowl.
  3. Rub in butter and vanilla until it resembles crumbs.
  4. Add Heavy Whipping cream and form into a ball.
  5. Turn dough out onto a floured surface.
  6. Pat out lightly into a flattened disc. Cut out scones using a biscuit cutter.
  7. Brush extra heavy whipping cream over top of scones and then sprinkle with sugar.
  8. Bake for 9-11 min. or until corners turn golden.


Alternate Directions: Form dough into a rough log and slice or cut into triangles.

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Moonshine in a Teacup| JG's amazing scone recipe

Extra tip:

You can scrunch back together the leftover pieces from cutting out your scones and cut additional ones, but these won’t raise as high.

Moonshine in a Teacup| JG's amazing scone recipe

Let me know if you try this and whom you share them with!

Everything on a Waffle Cinnamon Bun!

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If you read the past few posts, you’ll remember that I hosted a Mother’s Day brunch. You may also have noticed that I like to cut a few corners when serving a group.

Each time when I was setting something on the table, my cousin kept asking, “Ooh, are those homemade?” Well, kinda? It seems definitions of “homemade” vary. For me, if I didn’t sift the cocoa powder for the brownies myself, it’s not homemade.

That conversation got me thinking about a book I used to love as a kid – Everything on a Waffle . It had recipes sprinkled throughout, and one of them was for homemade cinnamon rolls!

This also is the first of my Baking Through Literature series. Don’t worry, you’ll get some Anne of Green Gables Recipes soon!

Moonshine in a Teacup|Cinnamon Rolls

Since I served cinnamon buns at my brunch, I had a hankering for some homemade ones and thought I’d share with you!

This recipe was intended for kids with adult supervision, so we can handle it, right?!

Everything on a Waffle Cinnamon Buns!

Everything on a Waffle Cinnamon Buns!


  • 1/4 C Warm Water
  • 1/2 C apls 1t Sugar
  • 2t Yeast
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1/2 C Milk
  • 3 C Flour
  • 1t Vanilla
  • 1/2 C Butter (1 Stick)
  • Additional 2 T melted butter
  • Cinnamon/Sugar for sprinkling


  1. In a mixing bowl, combine 1/4 C warm water, 1t sugar and 2t yeast.
  2. Let stand for 10 min to activate the yeast.
  3. Combine eggs, milk, vanilla, and the remaining sugar and add to bowl with the yeast mixture.
  4. Add an additional 1/2 C Flour and mix.
  5. Turn out dough onto floured surface and work in the stick of butter.
  6. Continue to knead and add flour as needed for roughly 10 min.
  7. Let rise in a greased bowl until double in size.
  8. Punch down dough and using your hands roll into a long log before rolling out flat.
  9. Melt the additional 2T of butter and spread over dough.
  10. Sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar until coated.
  11. Roll up longways (into a narrow tube)and slice into 1" wide discs.
  12. Set on a cookie sheet (I always use parchment paper or a silicone baking mat) and let rise a second time.
  13. Bake at 350 degrees for half an hour.


Icing: The books calls for 1/4 C butter, 2 C sugar and a few drops of milk, but I'm going to stick to an easy powdered sugar icing instead. This is really an eye it up scenario, so pour some powdered sugar into a bowl and add a tiny bit of water or milk to start. Mix and add tiny bits of water or milk as you go to thin it down to icing consistency.

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I made these the other day, and The Fellow took them in to work. They were a hit!
What are your favorite made-from-scratch baked goods? Let me know in the comments!

WV: Fallout 76 – Exploring the Map

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So, this is kind of a strange post for me. I’m going to be sharing some awesome background on the new Fallout 76 video game!

Now, as you probably can guess, I’ve never been a video game person – even playing Mario is stressful – seriously. I’m terrible at it. My exposure to video games as a kid was basically, occasionally playing the full-size Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom arcade game my brother bought at an auction in our basement.

The Fellow plays video games which means that I end up watching the games while he plays. His list of games includes the last few Fallouts.


As soon as the trailer for Fallout 76 hit, my social feeds went crazy. Friends from all over West Virginia were posting about it and listing the WV landmarks they were catching in the trailer. At the same time, I saw an out-of-state friend misidentify The Greenbrier resort as the White House. I figured if you’re going to be (virtually) in WV, you may as well know where you’re standing.

1.The New River Gorge Bridge

Fayetteville, Fayette County

Fallout76 New Rive Gorge Bridge

You might’ve seen this on the WV State quarter. It’s without a doubt one of the most memorable landmarks in the state. Construction began in 1974, and for a time it was the longest single-span arch bridge. It now is the fourth longest. Bridge Day (which is always on the third Saturday in October) is West Virginia’s largest one-day festival and draws tourists from all over the world.  Bridge Day activities include BASE jumping, music, ziplining, food, and more!

2.The Capitol Building

Charleston, Kanawha County

Fallout76 Capitol Building

The capital of WV shifted several times between Wheeling and Charleston before citizens finally voted Charleston as the official and final capital. There have been three different  Charleston capitol buildings. The first was leveled by a fire in 1921, and a temporary building was hastily raised to replace it. The third and current capitol building was designed by the architect Cass Gilbert.

Construction began on this building in 1924, and Gilbert liked his design of the West Virginia capitol’s interior so well that he reused part of the design for the United States Supreme Court building. You really can’t tell from the screen shot/video, but that dome is gilded in 23 and ½ karat gold leaf applied to the copper and lead roof in tiny 3 and 3/8 inch squares. Also, the 293-foot gold dome is five feet higher than the dome of the U.S. Capitol.

3.Watoga Estates

Pocahontas County

Watoga WV

OK, so Watoga Estates may be a fictional place. (If not, let me know!) BUT Watoga State Park is a real place! In fact, Watoga State Park is the largest of West Virginia’s state parks at just a bit over 10,100 acres! You’ll have plenty of outdoor activities to entertain you if you rent an onsite cabin (which are open year-round) such as hiking, swimming, fishing, boating, an observation tower, and a museum for those rainy days you may want to stay inside.

4.Woodburn Hall

Morgantown, Monongalia County

Fallout76 Woodburn Hall

While I picked quaint, artistic Sheperd University for my college experience, there’s no denying the overwhelming love for WVU, both its sports and college experience. I went home to WV the other day and had aaaalmost forgotten how many WVU apparel items you’ll see in a WV group setting!

I know blue and gold are Vault-Tec colors, but I can’t help but be reminded of a WVU game when I see those blue and gold banners in the vault. My friends who went to WVU were going crazy when they saw WVU and Woodburn Hall in the trailer.

Fallout76 VaultTech Party.JPG

Woodburn Hall was completed in 1876 and is the best-known symbol of the university. Designed by Morgantown native architect Elmer F Jacobs, it is considered one of the finest examples of Second Empire architecture in the state of West Virginia.

As students are wont to do, they find a way to leave their mark. In Woodburn Hall, the place of choice is a small cupola room in the hall’s upper floors.  The hall has seen the inaugurations of university presidents and been the setting for the reception of US presidents, but always most importantly, each new generation of Mountaineers.

5.The Greenbrier Resort

White Sulphur Springs, Greenbrier County

Fallout76 Greenbrier.JPG

The Greenbrier is the absolute best place I can think of for a post-apocalyptic game to be set. Why you ask? Well, despite being a 5-star luxury resort, The Greenbrier is home to one of the worst-kept secrets in WV. This secret is precisely why I think it’s so perfect for Fallout – The Greenbrier secret underground bunker, or vault if you would like. This bunker was built during the Cold War to serve as an emergency shelter for the U.S. Congress. It’s since been declassified, and code name “Project Greek Island” has become more common knowledge.

Bonus: 6. Camden Park

Huntington, Wayne County

camdon park.jpg

I love old amusement parks and have a thing for old carousels. That’s why I’m so excited to learn more about Camden Park. This old trolley park has immediately gone to the top of my “Must-Do” list.

Camden Park was established in 1902 as a picnic spot by the Camden Interstate Railway Company. It is one of only thirteen trolley parks that remain open in the United States. Its location was unique as it was on the trolley line between Huntington and other cities, so passengers could stop, picnic, and enjoy rides before heading to their next destination.

Its attractions include the Big Dipper – a wooden roller coaster, the Little Dipper (You guessed it – a miniature wooden roller coaster), the Camden Princess (a customized Zamperla Rockin’ Tug), the Carousel, and swan-shaped paddleboats among other rides!

The park is typically open six days a week from late May to early August, with a more limited schedule in late August, and select dates in September and October.

I’ve been to some of the places on this list, and I’m so excited to see them shared with thousands of online players. I’ve heard rumors that the Mothman may be featured, and I can’t wait to watch The Fellow play.

As with all things, when I hear WV is going to be highlighted by a nationally-reaching medium, I tense up. (I’m looking at you, Bones. What is with those accents?!) But I have high hopes that Bethesda Games will do my West Virginia proud.


Dirty Peanut Butter Sauce

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You ever find something so delectable you want to eat it every day? I’ve found a repeat recipe that I am excited to share with you! I’m calling it my Dirty Peanut Butter Sauce because it’s it’s so easy it’s not playing fair.

What I love about this recipe I (besides that fact that it’s ridiculously simple to make) is that it’s also incredibly versatile, and the quantities can be easily adjusted.

The first time I whipped this up was for our Mother’s Day Brunch. I had baked brownies in tiny bundt pans and piped some peanut butter sauce over them.

They were a hit! The next day my cousin messaged me asking for the recipe. Unfortunately, the first time I made it I was winging it, so I didn’t have measurements for her.

Recently, I made Mama’s birthday cake, and I got a second opportunity to experiment with the sauce. This time I poured it over the cake to give it a velvety peanut butter-dripped glaze. I paid a bit more attention to the proportions this time.

Moonshine in a Teacup|Dirty PB Sauce

Since it’s finally getting warmer, we’re eating more ice cream, and I’m a sucker for vanilla with toppings – like peanut butter. This time around I tested my measurements and can finally share them with you!

Moonshine in a Teacup|Dirty PB Sauce

Are you ready for the quickest, easiest recipe that you’ve ever seen?

Dirty Peanut Butter Sauce

Dirty Peanut Butter Sauce


  • 1/4 C. Peanut Butter
  • 1 T. Honey


  1. Measure both Peanut Butter and Honey out into a microwavable safe bowl.
  2. Microwave for 30 seconds.
  3. Stir.
  4. Pour or pipe as desired.
  5. *Increase proportions as needed for larger quantities, maintaining the same ratios.
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What is your favorite peanut butter dessert? Let’s compare favorites in the comments below!