Beth Baumgartner
The First Year
Hometown:
Eagan, Minnesota
Location:
Champaign, Illinois

About Me: Hi, I’m Beth! I am the author and photographer at The First Year, a food blog, where I share easy and delicious dinner and dessert recipes. I enjoy creating food and sharing recipes that make people say, “I need to make that now!” When I’m not in the kitchen, I work as a nanny where my days are filled with play dough, silly songs, and creative voices for any children’s book. I also enjoy painting and photography.

Recipes Posted by Beth Baumgartner:

Add a peanut butter twist on a southern classic pie! Everyone gathers around the Thanksgiving table for sweet potato pie. Surprise your guests with this extra creamy version, using your favorite flavor of peanut butter!

If you’ve always wanted to add peanut butter to your Thanksgiving blueberry pie, this is the pie of your dreams! The peanut butter adds a creamy texture that nicely complements the natural tart blueberry flavor. It’s like a grown up peanut butter and jelly! This pie can easily be made gluten free by using gluten free all purpose flour.

My husband loves Thai food, so I was inspired to create this recipe for him! If you like Thai inspired flavors, you’ll love this dish too! It has become a family favorite in our house. This recipe has the perfect blend of smooth and spicy Thai flavors. I used Smooth Operator peanut butter for this recipe, but if you love spice, I suggest using The Heat is On peanut butter for an extra kick. Serve the Thai chicken on sandwich buns and top with the fresh ginger slaw.

This has got to be my favorite way to eat a s’more! This recipe tastes exactly like everyone’s favorite summer treat made into a no bake dessert. The addition of the Smooth Operator peanut butter is brilliant because everyone loves the taste of chocolate and peanut butter together. Make this your new go-to summer dessert!

I am always looking for healthy snacks to help curb my hunger between meals. These healthy peanut butter quinoa bars are the perfect snack because they are easy to make and can be eaten at home or on the go. I love the addition of the dark chocolate chips as it helps to satisfy my sweet tooth! And I like to make these on Sundays and snack on them throughout the week!

Peanut Butter Quinoa Bars