Wednesday, May 28, 2008

PB & J

Growing up, I lived with my father and his wife for a good majority of the time. During one spring, his wife spent 4 months in Russia studying the language and politics. Besides getting Brinner on a regular basis, it also meant I got a chance to be another "man-of-the-house".

I relished this opportunity to act like an adult, help around the house, and be responsible. One of the things I would do with some regularity was make lunches for everyone to take to school (me and my sisters) or to work (my father).

I knew he had a love for Peanut Butter (which I also share), so I would make him PB&J, with a twist. In my 10-year old eyes, I thought an extra Peanut Butter surprise would be welcomed.

So I would spread out the PB on the bread, nice and thick like he liked it. Then, I would take a heaping table spoon of PB, splunk it right in the middle, then put jelly around it.

He never said anything about it, but did regularly thank me for packing the lunches.

I wonder if he ever noticed the extra dollop of PB in the middle...

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Poop and Boogies once wrote about the proper way to make a PB&J...and I am with his dad...PB down, jelly on top, then a clean piece of bread on top of that. It is proper.

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I have eaten PB&J toast most mornings for the past 5 years...something about good bread, peanut butter and Sarabeth's Peach Apricot jam that just goes so well with the morning cup of coffee.

17 comments:

for a different kind of girl said...

I had pb&j for lunch yesterday, made in the most proper of proper ways. It dismays me that my kids think pb&j is "yuck!" I thought I'd never meet anyone who disliked this delicious staple, and then I went and unleashed two of them on the world!

I've never had pb&j toast, though. Perhaps I'll broaden my horizons this morning.

Laura B. said...

MMmm...PB&J...I love to toast my bread and then make the sandwich...it gets the PB so smooshy! Of course, I'm from Tennessee so why not love the grilled PB and Banana sandwich! ;-)

Lauren said...

In NY there's a store that ONLY sells PB&J sandwiches. Some call it a great place for lunch. I call it heaven.

Amy said...

That's the lunch menu in this house!

Stacie said...

I am thirsty just reading this post. LOL.

I have never heard of making the sandwich in that way (pb with jelly on top) I put pb on one piece of bread and then jelly on the other piece of bread.

rs27 said...

Why does Peanut Butter hate me!

I'm not crying, its just raining on my face.

Katelin said...

it's been so long since i've had pb&j, it's so tasty. granted i'm a little picky when it comes to the jelly part because i hate fruit clumps so i basically have to spread it thin, i know, i'm weird like that.

April said...

Oh you just took me back to my childhood. Sitting in a field of sunflowers, eating an entirely homemade PB&J. Yes, my friend. Homemade peanut butter, homemade strawberry jam on homemade wheat bread, warm and wrapped in waxed paper. My grandma was amazing.

Kelly said...

PB&J is so good with really fresh bread! And I found that in adult life, I love grape jelly PB&J much more than strawberry jelly. My Mom never liked grape jelly, and thus growing up I only had PB sandwiches!

Phyllis Renée said...

OMG! I love PB&J . . . with strawberry jam and a big glass of extra chocolatey chocolate milk!

Becky said...

Never been a PBJ fan...my kids only like PBH (honey).

I have always preferred a hunk of rotting animal carcass. (Yep..I'm a carnivore.)

That explains the gas.

The Maid

The Charming Hedonist said...

Gotta admit that I don't really like PB&Js. I do, however, enjoy a peanutbutter and applebutter sandwich.

I also happen to be a peanutbutter connoisseur.

Really, there's nothing like a good PB&AB sammich.

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Nashville? said...

No shout out to the pickiest PB & J the two of us have ever seen??!?!

The mildly OCD roommate - Clark Kent - microwaves his all natural PB, hand whips all natural PB for ten minutes, then applies all natural and creamy PB in perfect proportion across bread's surface. The Jelly takes less time, bananas are included from time to time, but c'mon already! Crusts cut, and MmmmMmmmmmmm...

(( BTW Thanks for letting another Californian here in TN Laura B))

Coffee Bean said...

My fav is Jif PB and raspberry jam on fresh whole wheat bread.

Allie-gator said...

mmmm I love me some PB&J with Cheetos!

PracticallyJoe said...

MMMMmmm good ... We ran out of bread so I'm having peanut butter and jelly right out of the jar using a spoon. I'm spooning with pb&j.