Two of my sweet, adorable, funny, beautiful nieces and I set aside a day last week to make jam together. I was feeling pretty honored that two teenage girls willingly spent time with me for a few hours. We made 4-5 batches including blueberry, strawberry..Read More
When I see Bing cherries on sale, I ALWAYS buy them. I love cherries. I can make my way through a bag of cherries in no time. Gently bite..detect pit with teeth..work pit outside of teeth..spit pit out..enjoy delicious cherry flesh..repeat. We recently found ourselves with tons ofRead More
My thumb is finally healing from my apple-peeling incident, but things are not the same as before on the right side of my left hand. I have a band-aid covering it at all times because looking at it reminds me of the pain I felt on that day! I would prefer never to experience anything like that again!Read More
I am writing this post from the south! We are celebrating my stepmother's 30th year in the ministry this weekend in North Carolina. Family members have gathered from all around the country to spend time together, and most importantly to let Paula know how loved and special she is.Read More
More than ever, the weeks absolutely fly by. Sometimes things pass by so quickly that I wonder if I have somehow "lost time," like Edward Norton's character in Primal Fear. The weeks used to pass quickly back when I was working full-time, but it was so. much. different. Back then I constantly felt a twinge..Read More
It has been a gloomy week here in Minnesota. Lots of low, thick clouds that cause Elijah to constantly ask me if it is night-time. This winter has been uniquely and awesomely warm, minus a handful of cold and snowy days, so I'm not complaining about the gloom. Last year at this time I had icicles hanging from my frozen body that I thought would never melt.Read More
Taking the traditional peanut butter and jelly sandwich to a new level - this Peanut Butter Cream Cheese and Jelly Roll-Ups recipe is a great way to spice up your lunch. A fun spin-off to a kids classic! School lunches just got an upgrade!
My silly 3-year-old has quite a unique way of eating his peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. He pulls all of the pieces apart and spreads them around on his plate, face up. Then he devours the pieces with jelly and licks any remnants of jelly off the peanut butter pieces. Which is peculiar, because he loves peanut butter. He would rather eat that from a spoon, though (like mama, like son!).
I found a creative way to make him a (not-at-all-healthy) spin-off of a PB&J so that he eats it all! Every last crumb. No sticky, peanut buttery mess to clean up after this is done.
Place a piece of bread on a cutting board. With a rolling pin, roll the bread out as flat as possible.
Cut off the crust edges with a knife to create a nice square-shaped piece of smooshed bread.
Put a stripe of jelly down the center of the bread. I like to put the jelly in the center so it doesn't squish out the sides once the rolling happens.
Spread peanut butter on one side of the jelly and cream cheese on the other side. Or you could put peanut butter on both sides.
Starting at either the PB or CC side, gently roll the bread with your fingers until it becomes a roll.
Slice one-inch pieces off with a knife and serve to a hungry child!
I made this twice since my first one did not turn out pretty. While I was shooting round two, Elijah had his little self wedged in our open fridge as he gobbled down every single one of my not-pretty rolls. And then he ate the second batch. And yes, I fed him vegetables for dinner.
For the peanut butter lover in your family Peanut Butter & Jelly Bars are a must try! You won't be disappointed, the kid in all of you will say "YUM"!