Ovation: National Peanut Butter & Jelly Day.
For a time when I was in high school, I took a turn packing lunches for my siblings and I to carry to school. After our mother did the grocery shopping, I would form a little assembly line the evening before my lunches were due and work methodically to be certain that every lunch was packed exactly the same.
I would start by writing each of our names on the side of a brown paper bag and then drop in the heaviest lunch item for the day … an apple, a banana, a pudding cup or, if we were lucky, a Little Debbie brownie. We were allowed a handful of chips each day but, back then, it was much too costly to purchase individually packaged Doritos or Ruffles so I would carefully fill plastic sandwich bags with as many chips as I could without breaking them.
Next came the sandwich. I didn’t like to make anything with too many ingredients or that contained mayonnaise. Those brown paper bags didn’t keep things cold until lunch time like the fancy coolers that kids carry to school today, so something like tuna salad was a risky venture to say the least, so I preferred to make PB&J. I always used concord grape jelly and crunchy peanut butter. My technique was always the same … jelly first, wiping the knife clean on the last piece of bread before inserting it into the peanut butter jar, and cutting all sandwiches diagonally “with love” before carefully inserting them into sandwich bags and gently placing them on top of the contents of each brown bag.
Today is National Peanut Butter And Jelly Day! Celebrate accordingly!
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