Thanks For The Memories

by HEAB on September 2, 2011

Our time in Michigan has come to end, and just like last year, we had a blast, spent lots of quality time together as a family, and enjoyed several scoops of ice-cream. While here, Summer started crawling – well, forwards anyway. She mastered crawling backwards a while ago. She also discovered music, dancing, and said DadaMama was her first official word a couple of months ago. She’s grown so much over these last seven weeks, and it’s been nice having CD around all day to watch it happen. We’re going to miss Dada when he goes back to the office on Tuesday. πŸ™

Goodbye Michigan. As a thank you for the good times, I bequeath to you my empty jar collection (excluding one tahini jar, a TJ’s flax seed almond butter jar, and a Sunbutter jar – all plastic which I don’t save).


Yep, CD and I polished off nine jars of nut & seed butters while here. Summer did help out with the sunflower seed butter. πŸ™‚


Naturally Nutty, I’ll miss you. Someday, I will talk my local Whole Foods or Great Harvest into selling you.


Maranatha, you’re good, but I can’t wait to get home to my favorite Sunbutter.


Smuckers, thank you for always being there for us when we travel. You are a classic, and I love you.


Trader Joe’s, I will see you very soon.

We’ve been nut butterless for 3 days now. Hence the following…


Cold banana oats with cinnamon in the sour cream container.

Hey, don’t knock it ’till you try it. After all, people often add sour cream to banana bread, right? I simply sweetened what was left of the sour cream with 2 drops of NuNaturals vanilla stevia drops and then poured in my banana oats. OIASCC? Yes, I think so. Delicious and definitely worth repeating!

Happy Friday.


sarah@spinach and spice September 4, 2011 at 9:36 pm

I’m so sorry to hear your trip has come to an end! I love Michigan, definitely one of the most beautiful places in the world! (Check my last post πŸ˜‰ ) I love my sunbutter, and I’m dying to try Naturally Nutty! Love your collection πŸ™‚

Katie September 4, 2011 at 8:21 pm

Love your empty nut-butter jar collection! I do the same thing and turn mine into mason jars for drinks. I have never seen the cinnamon almond butter, sounds delish, lets get Whole Foods onto that asap!

Kath (My Funny Little Life) September 4, 2011 at 5:31 pm

Watching a child grow up must be the most wonderful experience, reconnecting you with the course of life like little else. And, as I see, you’ve had the most awesome nut butter collection there with you! πŸ˜€ I love cinnamon almond butter and made it myself already. Sunflower butter, however, is something I haven’t tried to make myself yet, but my mom is very fond of sunflower seeds, so it won’t take long until I’ll try that.

Hope you and your family is fine and happy!

Ana September 4, 2011 at 4:50 pm

So cool your jar collection! I totally get you guys, I eat about a jar of almond butter a week, all by myself!!
Hope you all got back home safe and happy Heather! (by the way, how did Summer reacted when you guys got home? It was fun to see how Matheus was always happy when we got back home from our long trips to Brasil when he was around that age. It was a mix of happy and excited, as if everything was new at home after being away for a while!)

HEAB September 4, 2011 at 7:08 pm

I was so curious to see what Summer would do when we arrived home, and it took her a minute to remember but it quickly came back to her. She was barely crawling when we left – mostly just backwards into a seated position, but now she is ALL OVER THE PLACE. So fun to watch her crawl and explore in our own space, you know? Plus, she napped awesome today and is very happy to be back in her own bed, just like her mama! πŸ™‚

Eleanor@eatinglikeahorse September 4, 2011 at 4:46 pm

Ooh, sour cream in porridge sounds amazing! I’ll remember that one πŸ™‚
And I salute your empty jar collection; brilliant!

Liz @ iheartvegetables September 4, 2011 at 3:40 pm

Hahaha i actually hate all things involving sour cream. I don’t know why. It just freaks me out!

But I do go through nut butters at a fast pace!!

Lindsay@bikingbeforebed September 4, 2011 at 8:47 am

I love the collection. Its amazing how simple items, like jars, can invoke such powerful memotries!

Nikki September 3, 2011 at 10:53 pm

Wow that is an impressive stash of empty nut butter jars!
I do have hope in you to replicate the naturally nutty cinnamon Vanilla flavour and share it with all of us though… I can’t get anything like that here in Canada near me!

HEAB September 4, 2011 at 7:11 pm

I just don’t think it’s possible – not sure how they get it to taste so good with the hemp, chia, and flax seeds. Don’t get me wrong, love my seeds, but the nut butter doesn’t taste seedy at all – just sweet cinnamony goodness. However, if I’m anywhere near successful at recreating, I promise to let you know! πŸ™‚

Alex@Spoonful of Sugar Free September 3, 2011 at 3:22 pm

Wow. That is impressive. And they are absolutely gorgeous pictures! Amazing! I love how the glass looks so defined.

Emmy September 3, 2011 at 3:57 am

I am SO JEALOUS. Right now we are on a mega budget and so Im forcing myself to finish the gross emergency peanut butter I bought, before buying any more. It contains sugar, palm oil… all the goodies and it basically tastes like no-brand reeese pieces that got a bit stale.
Have a safe trip home sweet lady! xxx

Hannah September 3, 2011 at 3:04 am

Oh, no no no no no. Not Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s for the convincing, my dear. iHerb. Justin’s may be good, but you do your beloved friend Hannah a favour and work your womanly wiles on iHerb and Naturally Nutty. M’kay?

HEAB September 4, 2011 at 7:12 pm

I’ll see what I can do. iHerb does carry Sunbutter – my favorite sunflower seed butter. Yum yum YUM! Just ordered 3 jars today. πŸ™‚

Hannah September 4, 2011 at 7:30 pm

Luckily, we have an amazing sunflower seed butter here already πŸ™‚ Well, actually, “unluckily”, because I’ve had to forbid myself from buying it on account of eating entire jars in two day and feeling muchly, muchly sick as a result πŸ˜›

Critty/Orme September 3, 2011 at 2:41 am

Love this ode to nut butters!! Makes me hungry πŸ™‚

Marcee September 3, 2011 at 12:51 am

What would we all do without our nut-butters??? Starve! Yikes.

Love em. NB are marvelously adaptable. With a slice of bread + nb + fruit …. instant + lasting energy! T-yums.

No recent pic of baby Summer? Aww. Next time.

Good holiday to all ….. drive safe.

P.S. Heather …. recyle (remove lids) those jars!!!

HEAB September 4, 2011 at 7:13 pm

Yes, I love throwing my glass jars into the big recycling bins. Something about hearing that glass shatter – good way to let go of some “stuff”, you know? πŸ™‚

Pics of Summer – roger that. πŸ˜‰

Katie September 2, 2011 at 10:12 pm

I have to say, I still like the Maranatha better than SunButter. But I havne’t been able to find the unsweetened jars. Sigh. I just opened my last one from Arizona too, and I haven’t seen any here. I have one more jar of Joyva tahini, which is definitely not sold in town. I may have to order some from amazon. Soon.

HEAB September 4, 2011 at 7:15 pm

Just ordered 3 jars of unsweetened Sunbutter from iHerb. Just realized that they carry it – not sure how I missed that one. Can’t wait for it to arrive! Just checked, and they do not carry the Joyva tahini (bastards!), but they do carry a few other brands.

Dana @ the Big Fat Skinny September 2, 2011 at 8:45 pm

Having Daddy around is the BEST, isn’t it? I love the times when the 3 of us get quality time.
Your ode to nut and seed butters basically sums up why I love this blog. You’re so funny πŸ™‚

HEAB September 4, 2011 at 7:16 pm

Aww, thanks Dana, and yes, love having CD around. Makes our days so much brighter. Gosh, that sounds cheesy, but it’s true. πŸ™‚

Emily September 2, 2011 at 7:23 pm

Looks like a nutbutter-filled wonderful end to your trip!! I keep meaning to ask you your fav brand/type of almond butter?? I am in-between a few right now, really love Justin’s but it’s so pricey!

HEAB September 4, 2011 at 7:18 pm

Hi Emily,
I wrote a post about my favorite nut butters here: Love Justin’s chocolate, but yes, pricey! Did you see that is now carrying it? Much cheaper than at Whole Foods, and you can get $5 off your first order with the code EME542. πŸ™‚

Baking N Books September 2, 2011 at 5:46 pm

Those Smucker jars are the cutest!! I’ve never seen Smuckers PB here before…just the jams. I’m partial to the Strawberry πŸ˜‰

Does Smuckers only do a natural PB? Or other flavors?

Courtney September 2, 2011 at 5:36 pm

Glad you had a good trip! The sour cream oatmeal looks amazing- I’m one of the few people (it seems) who likes sour cream so I’ll have to try it! Thanks for the idea πŸ™‚

HEAB September 4, 2011 at 7:19 pm

I will never understand the hating on the sour cream. Everyone loves the Greek yogurt but not the sour cream. Why why why?

Ameena September 2, 2011 at 5:16 pm

That is really impressive Heather!

Safe travels back home…Vacations are great but I’m sure you are thrilled to get back to your regular life!

Kristin @ STUFT Mama September 2, 2011 at 5:13 pm

Love the collection of jars. I bet 3 days feels really LONG without nut butter. ha ha! Have a safe trip home! Hmm….. I bet the sour cream is similar to Greek yogurt with oats?????

HEAB September 4, 2011 at 7:20 pm

Yep, but betta. πŸ™‚

Jen September 2, 2011 at 4:29 pm

OIASCC! You never fail to make me smile. It actually sounds awesome to me. I’m a huge fan of weird HEAB combinations, but actually, this one isn’t even weird as far as I’m concerned. Sour cream tastes great paired with sweet ingredients! One of the best cheesecakes I’ve ever tasted had a top coat of some sort of tart and unsweetened creamy substance…which I deemed to be sour cream. It tasted incredible. I love sour cream!

HEAB September 4, 2011 at 7:21 pm

YES, I love cheesecake with sour cream. Such a good combo..and now I want something involving a graham cracker crust. πŸ™‚

Nesrin September 2, 2011 at 3:55 pm

I support your efforts at getting our Whole Foods and/or GH to sell Naturally Nutty!

HEAB September 4, 2011 at 7:21 pm

I will do my best. Bet I could get Turnip Truck on board!

Lindsay @ Lindsay's List September 2, 2011 at 3:08 pm

I’m thinking I’d love that sour cream idea! Tastes just like plain greek yogurt, which I love, so I think it wouldn’t be half bad!
Gorgeous pic of all the glass btw.

Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli September 2, 2011 at 3:00 pm

Oh wow, how cool that Summer master “mama” before “dada”! I thought typically it’s easier for babies to get the tongue and lip movement for a “d” before an “m”…eh, could be an old wives tale…

We seriously should start a petition for Naturally Nutty at WF or GH! That would be awesome!

HEAB September 4, 2011 at 7:22 pm

I’d heard that too – about Dada, but nope, Summer was all Mama for about 2 months before saying Dada…of course, she has still doesn’t associate either of us with either name, but still counts in my book! πŸ™‚

nadia September 2, 2011 at 2:58 pm

omg!!! that’s sooo much nut butter in 7 weeks! hahah you know what would happen to me if I ate all that right?? lol.
a jar lasts me weeks… (I have to make sure it does)

Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) September 2, 2011 at 2:53 pm

Have a safe trip back my friend! On a weirder note, you are going back home and I moved back to Atlanta without even getting to see you! I hope we get the chance at some point in the near future though. Hopefully the trip will be quick and painless!

windycityvegan September 2, 2011 at 2:46 pm

My family only spends two weeks in Michigan every summer, but we have been known to leave behind an empty nut butter jar (or 2, or 3) when we head out. At home, though, we use them to fill up with holiday gifts like cocoa-cherry granola!

HEAB September 4, 2011 at 7:23 pm

Great idea – I would love to receive some homemade granola in an empty nut butter jar. Gotta remember that one for the holidays. πŸ™‚

Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga September 2, 2011 at 2:34 pm

“She’s grown so much over these last seven weeks, and it’s been nice having CD around all day to watch it happen”–
That has happened to us in Aruba and in 3-4 weeks there are times where the progress and growth is just astounding! And I really do think they DO grow faster when they have that 24/7 attention from both parents, for weeks on end. I feel like Skylar just blossoms so much when we travel. Then again, traveling helps all people have growth and blossom moments, I think πŸ™‚

And I hate throwing away my glass jars but I have SUCH an extensive collection of mayo/vegenaise jars, mango chutney jars from TJ’s, nut butter jars…I truly don’t know what to do with them! We’re talking…100’s of glass jars…whoa. πŸ™‚

Katie September 2, 2011 at 10:10 pm

I know elementary schools and kindergartens are always looking for stuff like that for art classes. You might see about donating them if it isn’t too big a pain?

HEAB September 4, 2011 at 7:25 pm

Totally agree about the travel = growth and blossoming. I want Summer to see the world…best classroom there is. πŸ™‚

Kim September 4, 2011 at 10:20 pm

Living life with your daughter is the BEST classroom in the world! I am sure another certain recent homeschool family would agree with me πŸ™‚

You and CD are off to an awesome start! Miss our email chats.

Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance September 2, 2011 at 2:26 pm

Wow– 9 jars is definitely worth a pat on the back πŸ˜‰ And I agree Heather, Maranatha and Sunbutter are two different animals!

Erika - The Teenage Taste September 2, 2011 at 1:39 pm

Is it just me or is that picture of all the glass nut butter jars really pretty! Seriously, you should frame that! πŸ˜€

HEAB September 4, 2011 at 7:26 pm

Thanks Erika, I liked the photo a lot too. Came out much better than I thought it would. πŸ™‚

Rachel @ Rachel's Delicious Journey Blog September 2, 2011 at 1:31 pm

Cinammon vanilla almond butter? That sounds incredible. They are my most favourite ingredients. I may just move to America for that! Haha! If you ever want to do a UK-America swap *a-hem* x

HEAB September 4, 2011 at 7:27 pm

I wish! I can’t get the NN down here in Nashville and so I eat up while I’m in Michigan as that’s where it’s made. It’s available online, but I’m too cheap. However, thinking of breaking “my rule” for some Naturally Nutty. I already miss it!

J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) September 2, 2011 at 1:23 pm

Have a great trip home!

Sour cream tastes a lot like Greek yogurt to me, so same-same as far as I’m concerned. hehe

Amber Shea @Almost Vegan September 2, 2011 at 1:05 pm

You may have just started an OiaPC (Oats in a Plastic Container) trend… πŸ˜‰

Jennie (the gf-gf) September 2, 2011 at 12:56 pm

Impressive empty jar collection! I LOVE saving my empty nut butter jars – they’re so handy for storing leftovers! My boyfriend keeps telling me to recycle them, and I can buy ball jars on the cheap so that they’ll all match, but I say why would I do that when I get a jar for free after I polish off the nut butter?

HEAB September 4, 2011 at 7:28 pm

I love mismatched dishes and bowls…so why not jars? πŸ˜‰

Allison September 2, 2011 at 12:46 pm

The weather in Michigan has been amazing. So glad you were able to enjoy your time up north.

HEAB September 4, 2011 at 7:29 pm

Oh my goodness it was perfect. Nashville felt like a sauna this morning…I want to come back. πŸ˜‰

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