For those of you who don’t already know, The Great Fundraising Act organized by Janetha raised a whopping $26,432 for Susan!!!
I’ve said it before, but this community is truly amazing in every way possible!!
Susan writes, “I was running on a high all day yesterday watching the bids come through and keeping up on Twitter. My family and I were all texting each other with updates. You didn’t just save me, but you saved my family. The predicted amount for my chemotherapy drugs is $30,000 if I have to do the full 6 months. This covers almost all of it. That means my retired mother doesn’t have to cash in her RRSPs. My Nana doesn’t have to give up her “just in case” nursing home savings. I don’t have to work full-time when my doctors have advised me against it.
It doesn’t end here however. I am still going to work at getting the drug assistance my province owes me. This gives me a cushion while I go through the bureaucratic minefield of getting there. I originally wanted to give the remaining funds to buying items for the kitchen and family room in the oncology ward that I lived in for one month. But maybe this means we could renovate to give them a proper kitchen! I met SO many amazing people fighting cancer in that hospital, they and their visiting families certainly don’t deserve to eat food like this. I will be blogging all the details about where the money goes.”
Susan also appeared on CBC News and on the front page of the Fredericton newspaper!!
Kicking butt and taking numbers. Whooo!
In other exciting news, I’m having quite the week hosting my family during their stay in Ontario! We’ve been on the go all week doing fun activities with my nephews. (Thanks to some major blog pre-planning, I’ve been able to stay OFF the computer! Amen sista.)
I’ll be posting a recap with pictures soon. :)
I’m also here to tell you that it’s never too early in the day for Chocolate Peanut Butter dip.
Or strong coffee, but you knew that already.
We tested this theory after it called our names from the fridge at 8am. You can’t say no to peanut butter and chocolate when the moment presents itself. You just can’t.
Luckily, this isn’t your average sweet fruit dip loaded with sugar. It’s a dip that can be enjoyed at 8am…just because you are a cool Aunt and the kiddies will think they are doing the naughtiest thing in the world!
Just don’t blame me if they request this at home as much as that Dora character I keep seeing all week.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Dip
Adapted from ABU which was adapted from Heather.
- 3/4 cup smooth peanut butter (all natural)
- 1/4 cup to 3/4 cup almond milk, as needed
- 1/4 cup pure maple syrup, or to taste
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- Pinch salt
- 2 tbsp cocoa powder
- 1/3 cup chopped dark chocolate, stirred in & to garnish
Directions: In a blender add all ingredients (start with the lesser amount of milk) except the chocolate. Note: If you want to make the swirl, also leave out the cocoa powder at first. Blend until smooth. To make the swirl, I simply portioned some out before adding the cocoa powder. I put it in a plastic bag with the ends cut off and I swirled it over top.
Now blend in the cocoa powder and pulse in the chocolate until chunky. Garnish with more shaved chocolate.
Making sliced fruit look naughty since 1998. ;)
Never underestimate the power of a few committed people to change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. ~Margaret Mead
The dip looks AMAZING! :P
It is truly wonderful how much money was raised for Susan! XOXO
Oh yum, this looks delicious!!
That looks absolutely delicious!!
You have such beautiful photography! And the auction completely blew me away. Over $26,000… amazing!!
I can’t wait to make that ASAP! Anytime a dip or anything creamy pops up, I have a sad face as 99% of the time they contain cashews which I’m allergic to. Thanks for this nut free bowl of deeelish! (I just use rice milk vs. almond milk!)
Chocolate. Peanut butter. Dip. What’s not to like?!
Wow, that is so great of them to raise all that money for her.
Also, peanut butter and chocolate is the best thing ever. I can’t wait to try this dip.
This sounds SOOOOOOOOOOO good!! Nothing like a little fruit fondue for breaky!!
I’ve made one similar with tahini!!
The dip is great, but the fundraiser is the real success. Well done!
mmmmmmmmmmmm nothing beats peanut butter and chocolate!!! That looks divine :)
Congrats on your amazing fundraiser and that tasty-looking dip! YOU are a success! Have a wonderful weekend. -Emilie and the Chew on That Blog
It warms my heart that the fundraiser was a success for Susan!
Pb + chocolate + fruit & coffee? = my favourite things :)
I want to pour that on my salad right now? Is that wrong?
Of course not ;)
MMMMMMM! Peanut butter and chocolate…what’s not to like! :)
Yum!!! This looks delicious! I love your photography skills for this post too.
I thought you stopped drinking coffee?? :)
I always have one cup in the morning with a lot of foamy vanilla soy milk! LOVE IT and wouldn’t give up on it everrrrrrr
lol, I like to have a cup now and then when sleep is low :)
oh my gosh i have to try this…it looks so good!
You forgot to mention Glo Bars have a cameo in that news piece! ;)
I never got to see it! shucks! That is really cool though! What did they do?
I used them as an example of the items that were sold in the auction. They showed a nice close-up of the label :)
chocolate and pbutter=perfection. :)
wowww this really touched my heart: “My Nana doesn’t have to give up her “just in case” nursing home savings” Thank you to everyone who participated/supported! I’m thankful to be a part of this community :D
The dip looks fabulous! I think peanut butter mixed with chocolate, white chocolate, coconut oil/butter, or mixed with Nutella is a beautiful thing! (vegan Nutella is called Rawtella).
I make soooo many of my nobake bars and dessert recipes by starting off with 1 c of PB and then mixing it with other things to create the filling. Or boiling 1 c of peanut butter with 1 c of brown sugar. Crazy good.
I love PB spreads and dips (and fillings!) of all kinds. GREAT WORK!
And the words about Susan are so touching and when I wrote my post about it, I was practically crying at the outpouring of support from this entire community!
As if I need another excuse to eat more fruit!
I am salivating at my desk. That dip looks incredible!
Chocolate Peanut Butter Dip: it’s what’s for breakfast.
That’s what’s up :)
You are my saviour. I literally have been craving chocolate and peanut butter all freaking day, would you judge me if I used this as salad dressing?
Yum…maybe I should have put THAT on this (http://livinglearningeating.wordpress.com/2011/07/29/the-salad-monster/) instead of olive oil? :P
haha yes please
OMG, I think I just fell in love with a bowl of dip :O
Its never too early to enjoy chocolate <3 You are welcome to be my aunt anytime ;)
I’m sorry, did you mean to call this heaven in a bowl? Because that’s what it looks and sounds like.
Wow, this dip looks like the perfect breakfast! Agreed, never too early for chocolate!
When I freeze bananas in chunks they get rock hard. Are they supposed to go into the food processor like that?
I just made your fruit dip, but I am planning on using it as a banana soft serve topping and ice cream topping. It doesn’t look exactly like yours but it tastes amazing! Thanks for the recipe!
It’s so great that there are people like Susan to help those in need! :)
And I think I just about died and went to heaven when I read the title of this post! You’re definitely right that it would make a great breakfast! I mean fruit, healthy fats, antioxidants from chocolate… sounds pretty healthy to me ;)
This is right up my alley, must try soon! :)
I love thinking ahead to plan for posts for an entire week when I have something going on. I’m glad you’re having a nice time with your family, and this dip looks so so good!
WOW! that looks so good… I know what I am making this weekend!
Oh my gosh! I don’t think i have the guts to make this cuz i seriously think i will just eat it…with a spoon.. by myself. Thats ok right :)
It’s truly amazing what people can do when they work together. Just….amazing. I don’t even know what else to call it. <3
Dora needs to step up to the times and get a GPS ;)
But in all seriousness, I’ve been enjoying your blogs for weeks and think you’re fantastic! I can’t wait to read more!!!!
true words! ;)
you are such a fabulous aunt!!
and I am smitten by the support for Susan, that is awesome.
I just made this dip and sheesh, I am trying (unsuccessfully) not to eat it with a spoon. I promised my husband some of this with apple slices, but I think it’s all going to be gone before he gets home! Mine turned out much fluffier, almost like a mousse, than your photos and I think it would make a great icing. Now, I’m off to find more things to put in/on this.
That dip is inane. In an awesome way.
Wow! I just made this and it is phenomenal!!! I dipped graham crackers and melon in it and MAN was it delicious! Cant wait to eat left overs in my lunch at work tomorrow!
This dip sounds delicious. I can’t wait to try it!
Hi Angela, I made this today for my kids and my daughter’s friend. They LOVED it. Thanks for another great recipe. Love your blog :)
Glad to hear you enjoyed it Maggie!
OMG…..I made this this afternoon for my kids and we were literally ohhing and ahhing the entire time! Thank you for the great treat and all of your wonderful ideas! I love reading your blog!
Yes please! This is getting added to my breakfast list. Yum!
The dip looks delicious, but what I really want to know is – where are those spoons from? I see them everywhere on blogs, but have no idea where they come from!
Wooow that looks so good! I have a hard time saying No to peanut butter and chocolate myself! Actually I’ve got a bunch of recipes on my healthy vegan blog with either or both of those as the stars. I’ve posted about your blog on a couple of occasions because you have so many wonderful recipes over here! Thanks a bunch for all the inspiration! =)
Omg Angela… why tempt me at 8pm at night? 12 hours after you say you may eat this! I made it but I had to change it as I of course didn’t have all the ingredients. I used half peanut butter and half sunflower seed butter, and didn’t use chocolate but instead added some raw, organic coconut and extra cocoa powder. To. Die. For.
is there any way to make this with less sweetener? any suggestions for something i can replace the maple syrup with? I’m on a really restricted diet and sugar isn’t allowed but it just looks so tempting…