August went by in a blur, and in many ways the end of August usually marks the end of summer. However, given the heatwave in San Diego, summer is still going strong.

Here’s what I made this month:

12 Favorite Blueberry Recipes

Favorite Blueberry Recipes - Easy, fun recipes using blueberries at averiecooks.com

Nutella-Swirled Peanut Butter Chip Blondies

Nutella-Swirled Peanut Butter Chip Blondies - Easy One-Bowl No-Mixer Recipe at averiecooks.com

Two-Ingredient Peanut Butter Cup Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bars (GF)

Two-Ingredient Peanut Butter Cup Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bars (Gluten-Free) - Easy Recipe at averiecooks.com

Peanut Butter-Swirled Strawberry Cake

Peanut Butter-Swirled Strawberry Cake - Easy Recipe at averiecooks.com

Malibu Sunset

Malibu Sunset from Aruba - Fun, Fruity, Easy Drink Recipe & Island Pics at averiecooks.com

No-Bake Peanut Butter Marshmallow Cereal Bars

No-Bake Peanut Butter Marshmallow Cereal Bars - Easy 5-Minute Recipe at averiecooks.com

Brown Butter Glazed-Soaked Greek Yogurt Banana Cake

Browned Butter Glaze Soaked-Greek Yogurt Banana Cake - Easy No-Mixer Recipe at averiecooks.com

Peanut Butter-Swirled Fudgy Brownies

Peanut Butter-Swirled Fudgy Brownies - One Bowl Brownies & Easier Than A Mix at averiecooks.com

Peanut Butter Nutella Snack Mix

Peanut Butter Nutella Pretzel and Peanut Snack Mix - Fast & Easy 5-Minute Recipe at averiecooks.com

Reese’s Pieces Peanut Butter Cookies with Peanut Butter Buttercream

Reese's Pieces Peanut Butter Fluffernutter Cookies with Peanut Butter Buttercream - Recipe at averiecooks.com

Peanut Butter-Swirled Cheesecake Bars with Brown Sugar-Graham Cracker Crust

Peanut Butter-Swirled Cheesecake Bars with Brown Sugar-Graham Cracker Crust - Easy, One-Bowl, No-Mixer Recipe at averiecooks.com

One-Hour Sweet with Heat Tomato and Pepper Chutney

One-Hour Sweet with Heat Tomato and Pepper Chutney - Easy Recipe at averiecooks.com

Skinny Chocolate Peanut Butter Graham Fudge Pops (vegan, GF) – 80 calories

Skinny Chocolate Peanut Butter Graham Fudge Pops - Only 80 Calories! Easy Recipe at averiecooks.com

Last Days of Summertime Favorite 30 Recipes

Last Days of Summertime Favorite 30 Recipes - at averiecooks.com

Soft and Gooey Loaded Smores Bars

Soft and Gooey Loaded Smores Bars - Fast and Easy Recipe at averiecooks.com

No-Bake Samoas Cookie Granola Bars (vegan, GF)

No-Bake Samoas Cookie Granola Bars (vegan, GF) - Healthy granola bars that taste like Samoas Cookies. Easy recipe at averiecooks.com

5-Calorie Raspberry Lime Margarita Fizz (non-alcoholic) and $25 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway

5-Calorie Raspberry Lime Margarita Fizz (non-alcoholic) - Easy Recipe at averiecooks.com

Fudgy Chocolate Brownie Microwave Mugcake with Vanilla Glaze – Make in under 5 minutes

Fudgy Chocolate Brownie Microwave Mugcake with Vanilla Glaze - Easy 5-Minute Recipe at averiecooks.com

20 Labor Day Party Recipes Not to Be Missed 

20 Labor Day Party Recipes Not to Be Missed - Easy, Crowd-Pleasing Recipes at averiecooks.com

Noteworthy Events and Reflections

Aruba – We went to Aruba for half the month. We were going to stay the whole month like we do every year in August, but came home early because we’re moving. The trip was planned before we knew we were for sure moving, and we needed to find a new place, start packing, and do all that fun stuff that needs to happen before a move. Fun stuff, yeah. Sure.

We had a great couple of weeks in Aruba. We went on a Sunset Sail, soaked up time at the beach, I got in some great long runs along the beach, I tended to all kinds of honey-do things at my house there, and we shared lots of special moments and laughter with our 6-year old before another school year starts. More beach pics here.

Eagle Beach, Aruba - averiecooks.com

Weekend Things – We’re moving soon. Packing is a never ending job, but the new place will be so worth it for all the reasons mentioned.

Kitchen picture

Pertaining to the recipes, I made a ridiculous amount of peanut butter recipes. A whopping 9 of the new recipes this month contained peanut butter, peanut butter chips, peanut butter cups, peanut butter candies, or some form of peanut butter.

You’d think after writing a cookbook with over 100 peanut butter recipes, I’d be sick of it or run out of ideas. Quite the contrary. I think I love it more now than I did when I was writing the book, and new ideas come to me all the time. To the point I have to consciously not make more and work in a variety.

Normally I plan out my content a few weeks in advance so that I showcase a variety of recipes; breads, cookies, cakes, a token savory, smoothies, and so forth. And I try for a mix of flavors from chocolate to peanut butter to fruity. But due to the craziness of my month, I didn’t plan my content out very well, and apparently my brain was in full-on peanut butter mode, and I just kept making things with it. You’re not complaining though, right?

By default, peanut butter is a very forgiving ingredient to worth with, especially in my limited Aruban kitchen, and it’s also great in no-bake recipes, and the stars aligned for an abundance of peanut butter recipes.

I also made a lot of bars (six) plus 1 recipe for brownies. I love bars, blondies, brownies and anything I can bake in a pan because it’s so much faster, easier, and less fussy than making individual cookies.

There was only 1 new cookie recipe this month, an all-time low. Normally it’s 3-4 per month. But the Reese’s Pieces Peanut Butter Cookies with Peanut Butter Buttercream were some of the best cookies I’ve made all year, and are highly recommended.

I made a couple Skinny Recipes – Fudge Pops and a Margarita Fizz, as well as Gluten-Free 2-Ingredient Bars that taste every bit as good as their gluten-containing competitors.

The drinks I made – the Malibu Sunset and the Margarita Fizz – make me happy when I look at the colors. They’re so cheery and bright.

The bars I made make me cringe when I look at the beige, yellow, dingy, and darkness of the photos. My house in Aruba has horrible lighting. The house was built to keep the sunlight out to keep the house cool, but it’s horrible for photography where you want the light in. I’m hypercritical of my images and want them to convey how good the food really tasted.

I made 3 cakes  – Peanut Butter and Strawberry, which tastes like PB&J but I don’t think people could get their mind around the flavor combo because it’s hardly been pinned, but it’s one of the best cakes I’ve ever made. The Browned Butter Cake was excellent, but the photography doesn’t do it justice. The final cake is the Microwave Mugcake, and it’s a new recipe from this week so I’ll have to wait and see how it does.

All in all, given that I was ‘on vacation’ for half the month, and have been in packing hell for the remaining half, I’m proud that I post every day or 6 days a week. I love my blog and my readers and thanks to everyone who stops by. I appreciate you guys!

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What did you do or make in this month that was memorable?

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