Fruit Parfait and More Delicious Peanut Butter!

Happy Thursday!  TG(almost)IF.  It’s been a busy couple of days, but I always managed to fit in some good feed.

My aunt was recently telling me about a fruit salad she made for her son’s birthday: Layered peaches, strawberries, watermelon, pineapple, cantaloupe, blueberries, and kiwi in a big glass bowl. I passed around low fat vanilla yogurt and a bowl of chopped walnuts for people to use as toppings. We loved it, it was a terrific side dish for brunch!

This salad sounded SO good, I knew I needed to have it for breakfast. Introducing the oft-made but never stale fruit parfait!

In the glass: frozen blueberries, frozen goji berries, sliced banana, layered with siggi’s yogurt and topped with Galaxy Granola. Very patriotic, isn’t it?

This combination of fruit and yogurt was delicious! I can imagine that this frozen fruit parfait would make a wonderfully light treat on a hot day. The weather isn’t warm enough yet for frozen parfaits every day, but I sure enjoyed it this morning. Thanks, Aunt J!

I went for a short run before breakfast on the bike path near our apartment. Why a short run, you ask?

Photo taken on a walk with the dogs this afternoon.

Those of you who live in the CT, MA, RI area know exactly how this flood came about – days of torrential rain. Encountering this lake in the middle of the bike path sure cut my run short. I think I was relieved anyway, because I wanted to get back to my frozen fruit parfait 😉

After my parfait, I was off to a long day at clinical. Normally, I like digging into the medical charts and discussing the patients, but today I felt really off all day. This week has been long and sleep has been short. I’m chalking this day’s struggles up to stress and exhaustion. I’m hoping for a better clinical day next week 🙂

Here’s a fun food:


Have you ever seen fresh water chestnuts (not from a can)? Peter picked up a few water chestnuts last weekend and chopped them up with the last of our kumatoes for a sweet and crunchy salad. He drizzled the salad with balsamic vinegar and sprinkled a little Maldon on top to finish.

Fresh water chestnut is nothing like the canned stuff: fresh has FLAVOR! While the canned chestnuts taste like nothing, the fresh chestnuts taste a lot like jicama. Both jicama and fresh water chestnuts have that clean, fresh taste and satisfying crunch. I would bet that fresh water chestnuts would be great on regular salads!

Moving on to the highlight of the show: my new shipment of Saratoga Peanut Butter Company nut butter!

Along with a few regular peanut butters, I also have a couple of new flavors.

How are they? Well!

Chillin’ Chocolate is perfect for me: dark, but not too dark. Rich with peanut. Grainier than their regular peanut butters, so it would add a nice texture in oatmeal or smoothies. I knew I was going to like this one.

Adirondack Jack: A beautiful Combination of our delicious Almond Butter, blended with our famous Plain Jane Peanut Butter, deep and luscious red cranberries, some omega rich flax seeds, a few heart healthy sunflower seeds for crunch, a drizzle of pure clover honey and finished off with a hint of cinnamon. I admit I was a little skeptical at first, but one taste … why didn’t I ever think of combining peanut butter and almond butter before?? This nut butter is definitely finding its way into my morning oatmeal. Sigh … one of my life’s greatest sorrows is moving away from upstate NY around the time Saratoga PB Company started. (Well, not my greatest sorrow. But, it’s up there on the list.)

I think Maddie wants some Adirondack Jack.

I’m off to tackle some more of my to-do list before bed – ‘night, everyone!

Q: Thinking of the summer approaching: What’s your favorite treat on a hot day?


  1. Your fruit parfait is soooo purty! 😉 I used to have those all the time, but kinda forgot about ’em. Need to make one ASAP.

    That PB sounds great!! Your descriptions of them are making me droooool! 😉

    Favorite treat on a hot day is fro yo!! 🙂

  2. Love the parfait!

    I’ve never heard of that peanut butter company – it sounds delicious!

    Favorite treat on a hot day would definitely be frozen yogurt or soft serve ice cream. I can’t wait for summer! 🙂

  3. Mmm, parfait – different textures, colours, flavours…yum! I hope you get to recharge your batteries this long weekend! It’s so tough to keep on going when you’re drained and exhausted. Long weekends are fantabulous 🙂

  4. Your aunt’s salad sounds delectable. Fruit parfaits, water chestnuts, obvious dog lover? I think we have great potential to become very good friends. I LOVE water chestnuts! They taste so refreshing, and have such an awesome crunch. I think they make great snacks just on their own too. I could sit there and eat a huge bowl of them. I just hate the peeling part.

    My favorite treat on a hot day would probably be a frozen yogurt.

    Hope you have a super long weekend! Have fun with that nut butter.

    1. Luckily, I didn’t have to peel them! Poor Peter had to do that 😉

  5. Thanks for the comment on my blog. You know, I don’t remember the pyramid you were talking about! Is that crazy?? Are you older than me? Maybe I never saw it, I’m trying to remember.

    The new PB looks different, but VERY good. I love trying to PBs!

    As for my favorite food to eat on a hot day (like last night) frozen blueberries and whipped cream always do the trick!

    1. Haha, I just emailed you 🙂 Looking at the old Food Guide brings me waaaaay back!

  6. Goodness that parfait is amazzzziiiinnnggg!! Love how refreshing it is!
    I’m a huge fan of fresh fruit in the warm weather! And fruit popsicles! Creamsicles too!

    The pb shipment is a dream come true! Maddie looks so freaking adorable!!

  7. You know I never really liked water chestnuts but have only had the canned ones, I wonder if I would like them more if they were fresh??

    1. I’d bet you would! They are SO much better than canned – they actually have taste!

  8. I love watermelon on a hot day! Or a fruity drink..especially at the pool. yum!
    Your parfait looks delish! I love the idea for a brunch, so pretty and simple.
    Hope you have a good day!

  9. I haven’t made a fruit parfait in a looooong time! Yours is so pretty! I may have to make some for brunch on Sunday! 🙂

    Favorite treat on a hot day? Iced coffee… But watermelon is great, too! 🙂

  10. Ugh…I hope all that water dries up soon! Looks like some major flooding!

    Favorite treat on a hot day: yogurt parfaits (thanks for the idea!!! yum!!) and iced coffees. And huge salads (both the veggie and fruit varieties)

  11. Awww, i hope you get some much-needed rest this weekend! Life definitely has a way of catching up with you and it sounds like you’ve been a busy girl.

    Those PBs sound awesome! We don’t have as many crazy options in Canada yet…enjoy!

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