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My last Peanut Butter related post goes to Meridian and Whole Earth combined! I was going to do two separate posts but I don’t want to lose followers with my ability to bore people to oblivion (or annoy them by mentioning food that they crave too much)! ūüėā

Anyway, back to Meridian vs. Whole Earth… I am comparing these two because it’s #NationalPeanutDay, also because I love peanuts, oh – and that they both claim to¬†make¬†Organic peanut butters. Y’all know how much I love my Organic-y things, right?

Meridian:

Meridian’s Peanut Butter is actually the healthier alternative¬†to Whole Earth (on the face of it) because it’s famous for¬†not including Palm Oil… However, you know what they say about “unhealthy” things… ūüėõ

What’s more, Meridian have loads of different types of nut¬†butters that are consumable by¬†people with ¬†various intolerances ranging from lactose, egg, gluten, wheat or sugar free. The ones that baffled me were “peanut” free and “shellfish” and “celery” free. Are they joking, or what? Who’s going to put SHELLFISH in a Peanut Butter? Imagine someone at Meridian HQ: “OMG! You know what this¬†Peanut Butter is missing? A LOBSTER CLAW!” … This sort of thing begs the question: “what¬†is life?”¬†It really gets you thinking: “does the ‘CRUNCHY’ in crunchy peanut butter¬†mean that of a SHELL?” ūü§Ę

The consistency of Meridian’s crunchy peanut butter is still slightly smoother than I prefer. I think that’s got a lot to do with digestion, again with the healthy jibber-jabber¬†…

Meridian’s packaging is good, but it looks a little on the budget side when compared¬†with Whole Earth.

The taste? It tastes healthier than your average peanut butter. It just tastes like how peanut butter would if it was a salad. ūüėÜ

Price? This one works out cheaper than Whole Earth, I believe…

Whole Earth:

Although Whole Earth have one specific “no Palm Oil” peanut butter, the rest of them include it. However, Whole Earth does state that its peanut butters have “no added sugar”. But, as we have learned the hard way, “no added sugar” doesn’t mean “no sugar was added” but “no MORE sugar HAS BEEN added”. I mean what a way to false advertise and trick you, eh?!

The consistency of Whole Earth’s crunchy peanut butter wins it for me.

In terms of packaging, Whole Earth also wins it for me. It just looks a lot better than Meridian…

The taste? Delicious! I am in love. Besotted. I absolutely can eat a whole jar in one sitting.

Price? I think Whole Earth’s peanut butter comes with a more “premium” price tag than that of Meridian.

Like Peanut Hottie, both Meridian and Whole Earth are multi-purpose.

My verdict: I liked Meridian but it’s not as good as Whole Earth. Nothing beats Whole Earth for me, not even¬†Pip & Nut.

My beautiful, sensationally stunning and amazing mother’s¬†opinion? I tested it on her when I made my speciality ‘Banana Spilt’ and she¬†prefers this one to all the others that I have purchased in the past… I’ve even got her to try the soya Holland & Barrett one. I love Holland & Barrett but let’s not go there with its soya Peanut Butter (which isn’t actually made from PEANUTS).

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Peanut Hottie ‘Peanut Butter’ & Peanut Hottie ‘Peanut Butter & Chocolate’

Seeing as it’s still #NationalPeanutButterDay, I thought I’d come online to review my favourite “hot beverage”. Peanut Hottie.

I’ve done a review about this brand before (on another blog that I used to run) before because I love it that much! Sadly, I couldn’t find the review so I’ll have to write one up from scratch!

I’m sure you’re well informed of my peanut butter obsession, and I’ve heard that my ‘Peanut Butter Day’ post which was published earlier on today has got y’all craving it, so ¬†I thought why not add to it? ūüėú

‘Peanut Hottie’ is:

A delectably delicious, instantly indulgent peanut butter flavour hot drink.

I think that my stratospheric admiration for PB means that I discovered it in its early days… I picked one up from the supermarket (to try) and haven’t looked back since.

The peanut powder is of multi-purpose use, you can put it in pancake mix, add it to your milkshake, porridge oats, brownies, or do with it whatever you like… As you can see from the link, I put it in my brownies (and drink it as a hot drink every weekend in cold Winter days).

The packaging? Glamorous! Although it comes across very feminine in design, the taste and product itself appeals to both genders. The golden packaging really makes it stand out from the crowd in the Hot Beverage aisle of any supermarket.

The taste? Like rich peanut drink. It’s very rich and luxurious in flavour. I personally found the plain Peanut Butter one too rich, however, Peanut Hottie have released a Peanut Hot Chocolate since, and it’s just right! ūüėč

The price? I believe¬†it retails at the same price as other¬†popular hot beverage brands, it’s just unique in that it’s specifically targeted at peanut butter lovers like myself. That, right there, is its USP.

I love you, Peanut Hottie!

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I say “Peanut”, you say “Butter”…

Finally there¬†is a day after my own heart! ‚̧

If you know me – whether personally, physically, emotionally, mentally, dream-state or virtually – ¬†you know that my one weakness of the spread variety is the Great PB! ūü•ú

I actually fully, frankly and categorically believe that I put the “nut” in Peanut Butter! Properly nuts, that’s¬†me…

Let’s all get real (or fake¬†trying), Peanut Butter¬†is glorious! On a slice of toast, a cracker, a banana, a sweet potato… Peanut Butter can be applied on anything and still¬†make it taste a billion times better.

I even make a West African curry/soup using the stuff, and regularly make Satay sauce to accompany my grilled chicken kebabs…

ūüö® This¬†is an appreciation post for the LEGEND that is the human-being who looked at a peanut (all those years ago) and thought: “you know what? You’ll look and taste even better as a paste…

“As a gloriously crunchy OR¬†smooth paste ready to be used in sweet and savoury dishes across the land!” ūüö®

In 1884 Marcellus Gilmore Edson of Canada patented peanut paste, the finished product from milling roasted peanuts between two heated surfaces.

Thank you, Marcellus Gilmore Edison of Canada. I wish I was alive some 100 years ago to have given you all of my money (all ¬£1 of what’s left of it #HurryUpPayDay) in return for a 100% stake in your business. #DragonsDen

This is also a shout-out to the likes of Peanut Hottie (the hot or cold¬†peanut drink) and Meridian peanut butter, the organic, no palm oil alternative to my writing personal favourite, Whole Foods, (although Whole Earth have one which doesn’t contain Palm Oil).

Writing this post has inspired me to purchase some Beer Nuts to put in a blender and crush the living daylights out of them and then lick the contents of the food processor afterwards.

Disclaimer: Peanut Butter is “beautiful” hence why it is being featured on Beauty Bae. Furthermore, Peanut Butter has a host of nutritional benefits and has been proven to aid with weight-loss!

… What is it that Mary Poppins didn’t say? “A spoonful of Peanut Butter* makes the medicine go down?” Yeah, that!

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I am flabbergasted to hear that there was a debate on ITV‘s ‘This Morning‘,¬†where someone¬†claimed that the ways in which victims of sexual assault dress play a part in whether a perpetrator is going to perpetrate!

I am appalled that we live in such a society where we still believe the way people carry themselves, dress, talk or behave makes them a target of such atrocious crimes.

In publicly declaring such a misogynistic claim, we are taking a¬†percentage of fault from the perpetrator. So, where¬†a perpetrator should be 100% liable for their crimes, they become something like 65% liable simply because someone decided that¬†dressing “provocatively” adds¬†to¬†the “risk”. Sorry, ¬†correct me if I’m wrong, but – should there even be a risk¬†in the first place?!?!

There is a sad reminder every day in the newspapers we read and magazines we pick up that women, men, children, and teenagers (boys and girls) across the World have been victims of abuse (sexual, physical and the like).

Are you telling me that a baby is dressing “provocatively”? Are you telling me a man in a suit or woman in a blouse and smart trousers is dressed “provocatively” on their¬†way to work? Are you telling me that students in school-uniform are dressed “provocatively”?

I know a man who was on the London Underground, standing on the escalators, he was sexually assaulted by another man in broad daylight! (this man was wearing a suit, carried a briefcase and was going to work at the time).

Dressing up (or down) has no part to play in a crime. The sad reality is, if someone is in the¬†vicinity of a perpetrator or at-risk perpetrator, and they are in their sights, it’s going to happen. ūüíĒ

Rather than claiming¬†“women’s attire” is to blame, we should be putting full blame on the criminals¬†and¬†educating everyone on the dangers of rape, as well as¬†the different types of sexual assaults. If that’s not possible (which it totally is – even though we shouldn’t have to as it should be a known fact), then the Govs. should lock-up perpetrators and/or¬†people at risk of perpetrating.

What’s more, pubs, bars, and clubs should refuse to serve at-risk perpetrators with alcoholic drinks on-tap for fear that this¬†could lead to an offence… Because, if “dressing less provocatively” will lower the chances of rape, then so will not providing perpetrators with “excessive amounts of alcohol” and prohibiting them from¬†“attending¬†events deemed as risk-inducing”.

Bottom line is: when one¬†goes to the¬†beach, we are dressed in bikinis, swimsuits or trunks which, in essence, are outer versions of underwear. Does that mean we are¬†inviting others to touch us?¬†What do¬†misogynists dress like¬†when they’re at the beach, in a North Face jacket, seven¬†pairs of leggings and 10 jumpers?

Tragically, even women in the Middle East who wear burkas are at risk.

Please, misogynists, really think before you claim a statement like that.

Sadly and pathetically, we live in a society where animals are dressed as¬†humans. That’s what’s going wrong with the World as we know it. Every one of us¬†needs to be vigilant – but that doesn’t mean¬†sacrificing a night out or wearing every garment of clothing we have in our wardrobes just as a precaution. All you need is a can of¬†Pepper Spray, learning martial-arts as self-defence, or downloading a safety app¬†where you can press a button to¬†alert the emergency services.

Don’t let anyone tell you how to dress, just be cautious and protect yourselves (and each other).

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With Valentine’s Day around the corner, what¬†do you buy a guy who’s seemingly got everything? … More things, that’s what!

Before reading further, I want you to know that whatever you end up choosing, it’s the thought that counts…

I’m not a man but I do know enough about their species¬†to know that they¬†appreciate the fact that we’ve¬†gone to the effort of purchasing or planning something special for them. Having said that, the only way to really get it right is if¬†you are aware of his loves¬†and/or dislikes…

It’s pretty simple really… If¬†he’s into fashion, have a look at his wardrobe, check for colours, styles, and sizes and BOOM! #jackpot

Similarly, if he likes gaming, check what type of computer, XBOX or PlayStation games he enjoys playing and check for¬†similar games that have good reviews (which he doesn’t already own a copy of).

Personally, I’d steer away from watches – I’m a little superstitious in that sense… They say that if you give someone a watch it suggests¬†you’re counting down the hours until your relationship ends… ¬†I also wouldn’t get my significant other a cologne, unless I knew the name of the one¬†he wears and know that¬†it’s running out.

Really and truly, it’s all a case of being a bae/girlfriend/fianc√©/wife ninja and trying to figure out what he’s interested in… If he likes movies, get him some DVDs. If he likes Disney, go to the Disney Store and have a look round for what’s on offer… Same with comics. If he’s a comic book nerd, check out your nearest comic book store for inspiration.

The failsafe options would be boxers, socks, a gift card which – come to think of it – doesn’t sound like a bad idea if they’re big on iTunes or Amazon etc.

Alternatively, if¬†he’s into football, you could try¬†booking a tour of his team’s football ground or taking him to watch them play? If that’s not possible, buy¬†him a customised Home and/or Away (not the soap) shirt provided¬†he doesn’t own one…

Also, if he leads an active lifestyle, you could book a hike or excursion-packed weekend away?

See, although¬†some¬†say¬†it’s¬†“difficult” to buy¬†guys the right¬†gifts, it really isn’t… You’ve just got to know your man. You’ve got to listen to him, understand him, you’ve got to invest time into finding out what makes him tick, learning¬†his wants, needs, interests etc. Then? Well, then you’ve won!

If you’re still unsure,¬†why not do¬†something really sentimental like cook him a meal, buy some massage oils and invite him round for a chilled night-in full of relaxation? That’s bound to do the trick!

At this point, if you’ve still not¬†come up with anything, you have very little choice but to think¬†outside the box¬†and create a photo album, a Love Book, or doing¬†something original like assembling¬†a LEGO set or painting onto ceramics… Be creative. Be logical.

Whatever you end up doing, getting him or planning, he will love it, I assure you! The things guys really crave is our time and affection.