The last post was a bit too serious.  Sometimes being an adult is way overrated. So, I thought I’d lighten the blog and talk about something really important.

The peanut butter and jelly sandwich

Peanut butter as we know it was invented in the second half of the 19th century. It started to gain popularity at the Chicago World’s Fair in 1893. Initially a fancy-pants sandwich, the invention of sliced bread in the 1920’s helped prompt its migration to an everyday staple.  In the Depression, peanut butter was cheap, adding to its popularity.


I ain’t no fancy-pants, but I enjoy a PBJ almost everyday.  It is SO easy to eat at work. And while driving, I might add.  Fold the sandwich bag back and start chowing – no mess AND no interference with operating motorized vehicles.  It truly is an amazing thing.

Peanut butter

  • crunchy is my favorite – Krema  my brand of choice.  I keep it in the refrigerator until it gets half-full then store in the cabinet.  It keeps the oily consistency to a minimum.
  • my kids only eat creamy – Jif , of course.  My son’s third grade teacher nicknamed him ‘Jif’.  Even to this day, she calls him that.
  • never understood the origin of this whole peanut allergy phenomenon.  How and when did that shit happen?
  • I hate cleaning up peanut butter. What a mess.  If I get it on my hands, I feel like I smell it all day.  Gross


  • Grape JAM – that jelly stuff just doesn’t spread as nicely.  Granted, it’s probably juiced up with more HFCS. Regardless, jam totally … jams.
  • I love preserves on toasted  bread with butter – strawberry, peach and raspberry are my favorites – NEVER with peanut butter, though.
  • like the fun little play on words?  ‘juiced up’ – grapes – jam.  (pause).  Sorry – maybe it wasn’t that funny.

 the sandwich’-

  • my daughter got the family started on this whole ‘fresh’ bread kick.  Since we live in Traverse, it’s totally doable.  There are numerous bread companies to choose from.  Now, I’m spoiled, too.
  • sourdough is my indulgence.  White and wheat are everyday alternative.  At home, I lightly toast the bread, especially if it’s not fresh.
  • I cut the crust off for my kids. Yes, I’m one of those. In their defense, the crust on freshly baked bread can be tough to chew.
  • once at work, I scarred a fellow employee for life because she witnessed me licking the sides of my sandwich.   First of all, oozing peanut butter and jelly from a freshly made sandwich is a culinary treat.  Second, it’s her fault for looking.  Last, but definitely not least, she was scarred long before that incident, okay?

Jimmy Kimmel’s mother saves the Emmys

Kimmel is comic genius here, sparing no one and no ‘condition’.  Great slam on the EpiPen controversy, too.

Keep calm and jam on!

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