Cotton Blossoms & Peanut Butter

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Today my four children followed me out to the far edge of one of our soybean fields as I was headed out to take a picture of some GLORIOUS purple flowers. It’s hot and humid out today and I gently suggested they may want to stay in the yard since it was a hike out there and the field was rough and none of them had on shoes.

No one listened. And the flowers weren’t that great. And you know what’s coming next…

“Mama, carry meeeee back to the housssse”

Cue the sound of me crying.

I didn’t want to leave without a picture of a flower though so I snapped this one of a cotton blossom. These bloom white the first day and then turn pink, then purple-ish and then a lovely shade of I-banged-my-leg-on-the-coffee-table-a-week-ago. Then the bloom falls off and leaves behind the pod that will open up and be…drumroll…COTTON. I will take pictures of that too. I used to be so much better about taking pictures of the farm – I miss those posts.


Here’s a recipe for you though! My friends at the National Peanut Board asked me to come up with a recipe. Long-time blog readers and my mother know that recipe for me means, “throw some stuff in the bowl and let’s see what happens”. Is it a cup? A half a cup? For how long? I don’t know… I used that scoop and wait until it gets kind of brown but not too brown and oh yeah, I threw in a pinch of cinnamon…forgot that part.

But for this one I really tried. I paid attention to the details and everything. It’s all there – step by step. And it’s gooooood.

Click here to go to the National Peanut Board’s blog and make this stuff. Soon!

July 26, 2012 - 5:15 pm

Nanette Gordon-Cramton - I have never seen a cotton blossom. They are beautiful! I grew up in potato country in Northern Maine and enjoyed my share of potato blossoms! Thank you for sharing this gorgeous “flower!”

July 26, 2012 - 5:23 pm

Katherine Lenzi - Let us know if you will make this shot available for purchase. BEAUTIFUL!!!

July 26, 2012 - 5:28 pm

Jennifer Warthan - Katherine, I am happy to share the high-resolution file… you should find it in your inbox!

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