Smucker’s, Adams, and Laura Scudder’s Natural Peanut Butters have partnered with the National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) for a Make a Natural Difference Photo Promotion. The NPB/NPCA are encouraging us all to get active and visit a local community park or one of the many national parks by October 8th.
Then, you can enter the Make a Natural Difference Photo Promotion where you can submit a photo of your visit to a National Park for the chance to win a Sony DSLR camera, Shutterfly gift cards, and more!
Our family had the opportunity this summer to travel across the country in an RV.
One of our planned stops was at Mount Rushmore in South Dakota. Neither my husband or I had ever been there before and we wanted to experience this historic landmark with our family.
I have always thought it was an amazing thing to carve these faces into the side of a mountain, but let me just say that seeing it up close and personal in real life was spectacular!
It is amazingly beautiful! We took the walk along the path that travels around the memorial and were in awe, no matter where we were viewing the memorial from. If you ever have the opportunity to visit Mount Rushmore, I strongly encourage it.
We also went to nearby Custer State Park.
It’s a bit of a drive but well worth it. We entered from a very narrow and winding way. I believe it was US Highway 16A that we took. I would recommend entering a different way. We came out of the park a different way, it was either US Highway 16 or Highway 89. Let’s just say it was a much better way and won’t get ya car sick.
Once in the park, we stopped at the Wildlife Station/Visitor Center. They told us where to find the Buffalo. A herd of 1,300 bison roam freely throughout the park. This is what you want to see here. It was another amazing site to see. It was a very memorable trip for the whole family.
As a young girl, I remember my mom teaching me that we should always leave a place looking better than the way it was when we got there. So, as we went to these places I passed that teaching along to my kids. Leaving whatever place I visit better than it was. This usually involved picking up garbage that people had left lying around. I am hoping my children see they can make a #NaturalDifference. I know that we all felt good after, knowing we are helping keep our country clean.
Also, I wanted to share a snack recipe with you today that is perfect to take along to whatever national/local park or outdoor location you may visit. My kids love peanut butter and they love no bake cookies. So, I decided to try this version of no bake peanut butter cookies using Smucker’s Natural Creamy Peanut Butter. It is similar to the recipe my kids love. It was another great hit and is so easy to take along to our outings.
- 1 1/4 cup sugar (or can use 1 cup turbinado sugar)
- 1/4 cup butter
- 1/4 cup milk
- 3/4 cups Smucker’s Natural Creamy Peanut Butter
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 3/4 cup quick cooking rolled oats
- Line a baking sheet with waxed paper.
- In a sauce pan, cook sugar, milk and butter over medium heat.
- Bring to a boil and stir while boiling for 1 minute.
- Remove from heat and stir in the peanut butter and vanilla until combined. Then stir in the oats until blended.
- Drop tablespoonfuls of the mixture onto the wax paper lined baking sheet and allow to cool. Makes 2 dozen cookies.
Recipe adapted from Smuckers.