Peanut Button

A few weeks back I signed up to Postcrossing, a website where you sign up to send random people postcards from anywhere in the world and in return receive postcards from other random people.

To start off with you have to send between 1 and 5 postcards to their new homes. Once these have been registered as received, your address will be put in the “virtual pot” to be drawn by some lucky stranger to send something to you.

Well, today I received my very first postcrossing postcard! From a very sweet Dasha who lives in Belarus!

On your profile you can list your favourite things, in hopes that if someone has, say, a kitten postcard and reads you like kittens, they can send something they know you will want to receive!

I had said (amongst other things) I would be interested in people writing a local recipe on their postcards, and low and behold my first card is of a yummy hash brown type recipe!

If you love getting post, love the idea of receiving things from across the globe, or just curious, I advise signing up! It’s free, fun, and if you get bored just stop applying for new addresses! Simple.

I will post each and every new postcard I get, so I can share the delights of postcrossing with you too. The collection of postcards at the top of this post are the original 5 I sent out.

Spread the love,

Pippa (Peanut Button) x

Lovely lovely felt lovelies! The last few stages of making some felt badges. Which do you like best?

Part two 

Jump rings are added to the newly drilled holes and glass seed beads and earrings wires attached.

How did everyone enjoy Valentines Day? We had a nice quiet evening in with good home cooked food and a snuggle with a movie.

We couldn’t post these before Valentines as we didn’t want to risk spoiling someones surprise, but here are a couple of the customised Valentines Day creations we made. 

We hope every one had a great day yesterday, and a great day today… and tomorrow… and the day after that… and the day after that… and the day after that…

Love Pippa & PB x

Part one of making our tiny little pencil earrings and necklaces. Come back in the next few days to see part two, and visit the shop to buy them!

What better way to celebrate the opening of the Peanut Button website and shop, then baking some Peanut Button cupcakes!
I knocked these little bad boys up last week, in between making some new products, adding customising touches to the Valentines mugs and sending our lovely gifts off to their new homes.
The first week of sales has been fun, quite laid back, and easy to get a hang of this post and packaging lark. The online shop is a great way for reaching out to people who might not otherwise come across handmade AND it’s great to make a little extra money for budding craft sellers; as it fills the seasonal gap when fairs and events are lacking. Now we have got going, all the fear of the unknown has faded away and excitement for the future has taken over.
If you are interested in celebrating Peanut Button with us, here’s the recipe for our cupcakes (see below), but also please send us in any pictures, tips or instructions of anything to do with handmade that we can feature on the blog so we can all help “spread the love” of handmade together.

Love Pippa & the PB team x


Ingredients
For the cupcakes
200g plain flour
1 ¼ tsp baking powder
¼ tsp salt
185g sugar
60g peanut butter
30g “butter” spread
2 eggs
1tsp vanilla extract
80ml semi skimmed milk
For the icing
2 big tbsp chocolate spread
1 tbsp “butter” spread
Button shaped chocolates from M&S

Make ‘em!
Preheat oven to 180C and line a muffin tray with paper cases.
Combine the flour, baking powder and salt in one bowl.
In a separate bowl cream together the sugar, peanut butter and butter. Then add the eggs and vanilla extract and beat until fluffy and smooth.
Add 1/3 flour mixture, followed by 1/3 milk until everything is combined but do not over beat.
Spoon batter into cupcake cases until ¾ full (we managed to fill 18 cases in total).
Bake for 15-20mins or until golden and check they are cooked all the way through by inserting a toothpick which should come out completely clean when cooked.
Leave to cool on a wire rack.
Mix the chocolate spread and butter together in a bowl. When the cupcakes are completely cooled use the back of a spoon to spread the chocolate buttercream on the top and pop on a chocolate button.
Take a photo of your wonderful creations and then go crazy and eat them all! Don’t forget to send us the photo or comment on how yours went! We managed to save ours for 3days in an airtight tub and they were still just as yummy as on day one.

What better way to celebrate the opening of the Peanut Button website and shop, then baking some Peanut Button cupcakes!

I knocked these little bad boys up last week, in between making some new products, adding customising touches to the Valentines mugs and sending our lovely gifts off to their new homes.

The first week of sales has been fun, quite laid back, and easy to get a hang of this post and packaging lark. The online shop is a great way for reaching out to people who might not otherwise come across handmade AND it’s great to make a little extra money for budding craft sellers; as it fills the seasonal gap when fairs and events are lacking. Now we have got going, all the fear of the unknown has faded away and excitement for the future has taken over.

If you are interested in celebrating Peanut Button with us, here’s the recipe for our cupcakes (see below), but also please send us in any pictures, tips or instructions of anything to do with handmade that we can feature on the blog so we can all help “spread the love” of handmade together.

Love Pippa & the PB team x

Ingredients

For the cupcakes

200g plain flour

1 ¼ tsp baking powder

¼ tsp salt

185g sugar

60g peanut butter

30g “butter” spread

2 eggs

1tsp vanilla extract

80ml semi skimmed milk

For the icing

2 big tbsp chocolate spread

1 tbsp “butter” spread

Button shaped chocolates from M&S

Make ‘em!

  • Preheat oven to 180C and line a muffin tray with paper cases.
  • Combine the flour, baking powder and salt in one bowl.
  • In a separate bowl cream together the sugar, peanut butter and butter. Then add the eggs and vanilla extract and beat until fluffy and smooth.
  • Add 1/3 flour mixture, followed by 1/3 milk until everything is combined but do not over beat.
  • Spoon batter into cupcake cases until ¾ full (we managed to fill 18 cases in total).
  • Bake for 15-20mins or until golden and check they are cooked all the way through by inserting a toothpick which should come out completely clean when cooked.
  • Leave to cool on a wire rack.
  • Mix the chocolate spread and butter together in a bowl. When the cupcakes are completely cooled use the back of a spoon to spread the chocolate buttercream on the top and pop on a chocolate button.
  • Take a photo of your wonderful creations and then go crazy and eat them all! Don’t forget to send us the photo or comment on how yours went! We managed to save ours for 3days in an airtight tub and they were still just as yummy as on day one.
Well, it’s about to happen! After a long wait, Peanut Button is about to open the doors to all you online shoppers. We have been steadily building our online presence over the past few months, but finally we are opening our own website and shop. Now seemed to be a great time to start the blog too.
Hopefully, this will be a place where we can share all the tips and advice we come across for new enterprises and businesses, post beautiful and amazing things that help inspire us to create and above all to be a place where we share guides and projects we make, to help build the Peanut Button online community!
We wouldn’t be where we are without our friends, family and customer support, so please keep in touch. Tell us what you like, what could be improved and as always - Spread the Love! x

Well, it’s about to happen! After a long wait, Peanut Button is about to open the doors to all you online shoppers. We have been steadily building our online presence over the past few months, but finally we are opening our own website and shop. Now seemed to be a great time to start the blog too.

Hopefully, this will be a place where we can share all the tips and advice we come across for new enterprises and businesses, post beautiful and amazing things that help inspire us to create and above all to be a place where we share guides and projects we make, to help build the Peanut Button online community!

We wouldn’t be where we are without our friends, family and customer support, so please keep in touch. Tell us what you like, what could be improved and as always - Spread the Love! x