Sunday, August 1, 2010

The PB&J

I love peanut butter and jam sandwiches or lovingly called the PB&J. Eating one is a nostalgic experience bringing me back to my elementary school years. I prefer to use only the best ingredients: Whole wheat bread, crunchy peanut butter (I like Jif), and homemade strawberry or raspberry jam. The crunchy of the peanuts and the sweetness of the jam mixed with the heartiness of the bread is so yummy! It is also very important to cut the sandwich diagonally.

When Paul and I were first married, he had to leave for work pretty early, around 6:00 am. We had been married about a month and I felt like I should be a sweet little loving wife and make him a lunch to take to work.

I am not a morning person.

I stumbled out of bed and deliriously headed to the kitchen. I had recently purchased a gigantic jar of jam at the store and I thought I would use it to make him a "made with love PB&J". Well in the process of grabbing the jar out of the cupboard, the jar slipped through my fingers and shattered all over the ground. I was devastated. Paul was in the other room and asked what happened and I yelled back "nothing" and then I continued to spoon out jam from the top of the pile of shattered glass ( I figured if it didn't touch the floor it must be safe). I searched my jam selections for glass and it seemed okay. I made Paul's sandwich, threw in some treats, a hot love note (remember we were newlyweds) and packed it up in a brown paper bag and felt like I was just the best wife.

Around lunch time I got a call from Paul thanking me for his lunch and kindly asking "did you put glass in my sandwich cause I took a bite and it was a different kind of crunchy and I pulled out a big piece of glass from my mouth."

The moral of the story is that I don't make Paul's lunches anymore and will probably never have to make lunches for my future children. Yeah to the PB&J.

Interesting PB sandwich that I saw at a restaurant the other day and want to make.
Peanut butter and bananas and agave nectar on wheat bread

Does anyone have a better recipe idea?


Aimee said...

Funny story, I read to Avyrs tonight. She highely suggests you make a PB&H as honey is the only way to go. You also need to cut diag but into quarters and pull the pieces apart to eat.
I saw a PB and J at college with crushed up potato chips on it. I tried a bit and it was better than I thought it would be. But my favorite is the traditional you posted. I also have tried PB with marshmallow topping and bananas ....It was worth it....

Love you! Thanks for the posts!

Shari said...

I found PB with white chocolate in it at the Amish cheese factory in Kalona, Iowa. That brings a new love to the PB sandwich. It's like eating frosting.

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