Guest Post: The Smart Kitchen [Falling Backwards Into Business + Nutty Butter Giveaway!]

Hey guys! I’m enjoying one last day in Colorado before I catch a flight tonight back into Baltimore. I can’t wait to share my photos and stories with you guys!

I’ve got a really awesome guest post lined up today from my friend Sarah, who is (you guessed it!) another Blend Retreat alum. I remember first really chatting with Sarah during out Saturday morning bootcamp workout- and I fell in love with her spunky personality right away! And then when I found out that she makes incredible nut butters, I loved her even more! We got to hang out a bit in Charlottesville a few weeks ago- and I’m hoping that she’s planning a road trip up to Maryland soon! ;)

Oh- and she’s doing a pretty sweet giveaway too…


As Lauren herself knows all too well, life has a funny way of working out sometimes.

I’ve written often—OK, maybe once or twice– on my blog about the way that our ‘life path’ often chooses us, and not the other way around, and all of that other “I’m going to get ‘deep’ here for a moment and then back to our regularly schedule Beet +Watermelon Salsa recipe” business that happens in the blog world now and again.

I truly believe that one event leads to another, whether it is an immediate repercussion, or a strange twist of fate that you didn’t see coming…until you look back a few months (or years) and find the foreshadowing portent* that brought you there.

*Why yes, I was an English major!

So, I guess I shouldn’t be surprised that the passion I expressed for homemade nut butter over two years ago

….and the creation I deemed Nutty Butter…

…would lead me to this:

Hello, my name is Ms. Smart,* and I am a small business owner.

*Not really. Just in case you were confused.

I’m a teacher by trade, and never imagined myself as a “business woman.” Business was for my friends in college who bought suits and made presentations and were wined and dined into jobs that paid a whole lot more than the elementary schools where I was looking to work.

But when the combination of social media chatter and eager-to-eat friends resulted in sudden demand for my homemade Nutty Butters…I found myself falling backwards into business.

Within a matter of days, I was meeting with a small business advisor, ‘building a brand,’ fielding offers for 40+ jars of various flavors, and securing commercial kitchen space so I could get an official license to sell food in the state of Virginia.

Suddenly, the things like jar size, lid color, and sample cups seemed to be of the utmost importance, and giant boxes of each were showing up on my doorstep.

I spent Friday (and Saturday) nights*—and some days, too—handwriting labels and taping them onto jars…

*I know. I’m a wild one.

…while checking (and rechecking) the color-coded spreadsheets  have created to try and keep track of who wants what—and where it is supposed to go.

I’ve also spent a LOT of time sampling test batches of ‘buttah.’*

*More difficult than it sounds. Trust me. [And my stomach.]

And the only thing I know for sure is that I know NOTHING about what I’m doing.

But I have passion for pea-and other-nut butter.

And a mind that keeps on creating new flavors.

So I keep falling backwards, blindly, down a Wonderland-like rabbit hole, hoping that when I land, it will be soft and Nutty Butter* smooth.

*Yes, I did I just turned that noun into an adjective.

[Is it cookie dough? Or Nutty Butter?]

I’ve always heard that when you are ices skating, skiing, snowboarding, or generally competing in a foot-binding athletic activity (also, apparently those involving snow and ice) if you are going to fall, it is best to fall forwards.

I don’t actually know the validity of this statement, seeing as how the grand total of times I have attempted any of the previously mentioned activities—and the rollerblading fad of the 90s–comes in at less than the number of fingers on my right hand (as opposed to my left, which was the victim of a food processor related accident*).

*I kid. I kid!

And sure, that makes sense. You are a better angle to catch yourself without breaking a wrist, and you can see the ground in front of you and all of that. But isn’t there also some joy in NOT being able to see ahead of you? And a little bit of a thrill in the risk of the fall?

Despite what the faceless ‘they’ say, lately I’ve been wondering…is falling backwards really so bad?

BUT WAIT!! There’s more…

Because one of the best things about making Nutty Butter is getting to share it with other nut butter lovers, I want to give some away!

Which flavor? Well, that will be up to me…it might be an old favorite, or it might be a sneak peak of one of the FOUR new types I’m working on. [Trust me, they are good. ;)] From Lauren: She’s right- they ARE all good!!

I won’t just be giving away ONE jar…but TWO. One for Lauren’s blog…and one for mine. ;)

That means you have the opportunity to win two different ‘mystery butters.’

How to enter?

First, leave a comment here telling me what existing flavor—Cookie Dough, Oatmeal Raisin Cookie, Chai, Apple Pie, Cinnamon Coconut–you HOPE to win.

Second, leave a comment on my blog [The Smart Kitchen] telling me what flavor you think is the next to be revealed.

Oh, and tell your blends. ;)


  1. I would love to win cookie dough- but they all sound amazing!

  2. i want apple pie!!! i need it bad! hehe. SO excited for you sarah

  3. Chai!!!

  4. I would like to win the Oatmeal Raisin!

  5. I’d love to win the cookie dough!

  6. Tori Jelilyan says:

    Wow! Congratulations on creating such a fantastically delicious company, Sarah!
    Being a HUGE nut butter + cinnamon fan, the Cinnamon Coconut Peanut Butter nut butter sounds too good to be true.

    P.s. I have a question for you (a little food for thought): Why did the fisherman put peanut butter in the sea? To go with the jellyfish! ;)

  7. I’ve never tried your butters before but I love the sounds of all those flavors! If I’m picking just one, I’d say Oatmeal Raisin Cookie.

  8. I’d like to try the oatmeal raisin cookie – yum!!

  9. Would love to try oatmeal raisin or cookie dough. Are there peanuts in all of the nut butters?

  10. Great post! The butters (obviously) sound delicious, but it was also so wonderful to read about your story and the development of your entrepreneurial spirit!
    I’d probaly choose either cookie dough or oatmeal raisin.
    Off to your blog…

  11. Betsy Ballard says:

    This is so cool and I LOVE seeing all your foodie “stuff”. It makes me smile every time. I’m so glad to see you living your dream and wish you all the success in the world. I hope to win the Cinnamon Coconut.

  12. I love your story!! Perfectly written. Perfectly passionate. Perfectly nutter-butter-y! I would like to try the Oatmeal Raisin Cookie flavor. :)

  13. Oatmeal raisin cookie, please!!!

  14. Appppppple piiiiiiiiiie!!!

  15. Cookie dough ho ho ho!

  16. Nancy Green says:

    Your story is amazing! I imagine I would like the apple pie butter.

  17. Cinnamon coconut, please!

  18. Georgiana says:

    Oatmeal Raisin Cookie! Yes please!

  19. Oatmeal raisin cookie, please!

  20. COOKIE DOUGH! :)

  21. Caroline says:

    Cinnamon coconut sounds awesome! I loved reading your story and how you came to have your own company, congrats!

  22. Cinnamon coconut sounds amazing.

  23. I have Been blessed and have been able to try the delicious nut butters but I am dying to try the Chai!!

  24. Chai – I am totally obsessed with chai anything!

  25. I would love to try the cinnamon coconut but they all sound great. Good luck with this great business venture!

  26. Congrats on your new business!!! :) All the flavors sound delicious but I’d love to try cookie dough….who doesn’t love that stuff, let alone a healthy version!!!

  27. Alexandra C says:

    OMG I’ve read about your nut butters on quite a few blogs now and have been dying to try one!! I would love to try the Oatmeal Raisin but truth is, I am a nut butter fanatic and would be over the moonn excited to try ANY flavor :):)

  28. I love the pictures in this post! And the oatmeal raisin sounds so good.

  29. Carla Cain says:

    I would LOVE to try Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Butter or even just the Cookie Dough Butter!

  30. I would love love love to try the cookie dough!! Lately I’ve been obsessed with that flavor:)

  31. Cookie dough – yum!

  32. Love cookie dough!!

  33. Apple Pie Nutty Butter!!

  34. Rachael S says:

    Cookie dough!!

  35. Cookie Dough!!!!

  36. I think I have tried the cookie dough at Lauren’s… I would love to try the oatmeal raisin. :)

  37. APPLE PIE!!!

  38. Heather Byrne says:

    Cinnamon coconut. Yum yum!!!!

  39. Cookie dough – sounds absolutely amazing!

  40. cookie dough please!!!

  41. Apple Pie or Cinnamon Coconut! They both sound beyond delicious.

  42. Heather @ Better With Veggies says:

    I want to win!! And I want to try the chai – that sounds very interesting! :)

  43. Anne Weber-Falk says:

    Oatmeal raisin cookie!

  44. Kristin says:

    Cinnamon coconut sounds delish!!

  45. Definitely the oatmeal raisin cookie!

  46. Cookie Dough! Looooooooove it.

  47. I’m definitely hoping for that cookie dough!! Seeing Lindsay’s post on Instagram about it back in May is how I found you :)

  48. I’d love to try cookie dough

  49. Oooh the chai!

  50. I’d love to try out the apple pie! Sounds delicious.

  51. I completely agree with the risk-taking that comes with continued backwards falling – keep it up!

    I’m convinced Cinnamon Coconut will be the next flavor because I’m also (personally) convinced that coconuts are in fact the ever-encompassing “miracle” food. I mean, what else can be sugar, flour, meat, shredded, manna, butter, oil, water, milk (and consequently ice cream), etc? Plus I eat about 1/4 C of cinnamon in a day (throughout, not at once!) so this flavor is just calling me (did I mention my nut butter addiction in general?). I vote Cinnamon Coconut.

    But CHAI sounds like something absolutely worth making as well and if it doesn’t get made I’m going to have to do it myself. Which isn’t actually a bad thing.

  52. Cookie dough all the way! I can’t even imagine what that would be like, but it sounds like it can only be amaaaaaaaaaazing! :)

  53. Hillary says:


  54. Iris Lee says:

    Cinnamon coconut!!

  55. molly l. says:

    no brainer— cookie dough for sure :)

  56. I’d be thrilled with cinnamon coconut. Where can I buy some?

  57. Cookie Dough!!!!

  58. Cookie dough or cinnamon coconut!! This sounds AWESOME! And WAY to reach for your dreams by falling forward–love it.

  59. Ashley P says:

    Ooh these all sound good, but if I had to choose one, apple pie sounds interesting!

  60. That Cookie Dough is to die for, but that apple pie does sounds amazing too… OH MY… choices, choices!

  61. anything with cookie dough in the name is for me! I think what you’re doing is so great!!

  62. runnrjo says:

    I really want to try the cinnamon coconut!

  63. Apple pie!

  64. Love Apple Pie so that’s my pick!

  65. Oatmeal raisin cookie sounds amazing! I can already imagine one delicious bowl of oatmeal with a scoop of it on top!

  66. The Cookie Dough is the BEST < 333.

  67. Oh my goodness…cookie dough, cookie dough! Pretty sure it would knock my socks off.

  68. Hands down…cookie dough!

  69. I would love to win the cinnamon coconut!! Yummm!

  70. I would love to win the oatmeal raisin cookie flavor!

  71. I’ve been dying for the cookie dough!!

  72. cookie dough, of course. I need to try this stuff. It might inspire me to design labels faster. ;)

  73. Oh girl – I heard you were a wild one… ooooo ooo oooo oooooo
    I can’t wait to try your nut butters. The first one I’d go for is oatmeal raisin.

  74. Great guest post! I now have another blog to add to my list. I would love to win some Chai Nutty Butter! Thanks for hosting the giveaway :)

  75. I would LOVE to win the Cinnamon Coconut…two of my absolute favorite flavors combined!!

  76. I would love to win a jar of the Apple Pie!!

  77. The Chai or Apple Pie sound delicious!

  78. Huge fan of the cookie dough and apple pie already. I would love to try oatmeal raisin or chai.

  79. I desperately want to try the cookie dough.

  80. How can we choose just one? I need to try all the flavors! I am most intrigued by Chai, I think. No, Apple Pie. But Cookie Dough sounds insane too. See? Can’t choose. Go ahead and just send them all. I’ll take good care of them.

  81. I MUST try one of your Nutty Butters!! And this whole cookie dough nutty butter idea just makes my mouth water… :)

  82. I have to try one of your Nutty Butters, the flavors all sound incredible. I wouldn’t be able to choose between the cookie dough and the chai! Oh, but apple pie sounds so wonderful too…lol.

  83. krissy m. murphy says:

    Chai sounds pretty darn magical! :D

  84. marie galtier says:

    Cinnamon coconut!!!

  85. I’d LOVE to try the chai nutty butter!

  86. Amy Quinn says:

    Fall will be here all too soon- so I say apple pie~!!

  87. I’d love to win some cookie dough nutty butter.

  88. I definitely wouldn’t be disappointed with ANY of the flavors, but if I had to choose…oatmeal raisin cookie! Or chai. Or…nope, can’t choose!

  89. Candace says:

    I’d like to try the oatmeal raisin cookie!

  90. I hope that I win the cookie dough nutty butter. You just can’t go wrong with anything similar to cookie dough!

  91. Madeline says:

    Oatmeal Raisin Cookie definitely :)

  92. I’d love to try Apple Pie!

  93. domestic diva says:

    Cinnamon coconut sounds great (though chai sounds pretty good too).

  94. i wish for a 1000 more wishes … doesn’t work? ;) okay, i’d love to fall spoon first into some cinnamon coconut!

  95. I’d love to try the Cinnamon Coconut flavor–I’ve developed a taste for coconut this year and it hasn’t steered me wrong yet!

  96. Cynthia says:

    I would love to win the cookie dough nut butter!

  97. I would love to win the oatmeal raisin cookie nutty butter! That sounds amazing!

  98. oatmeal raisin cookie!!!!!!!!!! Yum!

  99. Chai please!

  100. Cinnamon Coconut!!

  101. I downed my first batch of the cookie dough in about 2 seconds, so I’d have to hope for that one! :)

  102. Lindsey says:

    If cookie dough is an option, it’s ALWAYS my choice!

  103. Jonna Green says:

    I would love to win the cookie dough or oatmeal raisin! Thanks! Love nutbutters!

  104. I would love to try the cookie dough! :) It just sounds like it would hit the spot.

  105. I’m going to choose Cookie Dough if I win, although, they all sound great

  106. Janet Mertz says:

    They all sound amazing but who doesn’t like cookie dough?

  107. Bobbie Fulton says:

    Love chai anything! The chai nut butter sounds FABULOUS!! The lemon bar butter sounds divine! How to choose???? Like I said last night, everything you make tastes wonderful. I would be thrilled to have any of your nut butters.

  108. I would love to win some of your Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Nutty Butter!!!! And I’m really rooting for the Lemon Bar to come out soon! Deeeelish!

  109. Im trying stop my mouth watering and of course turning the PC screen away from my kids


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