Peanut Butter and Jelly Day! [w/ new Energy Bites Recipe!]

Peanut Butter and Jelly Day! [w/ new Energy Bites Recipe!]

Happy National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day!

Lately, I’ve only been giving you posts on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, but today is just too special to pass up!  If you didn’t know, I’m a huge peanut butter and jelly fan.  I would follow it on a world tour if it did one.

My husband is an even bigger fan of it.  If he had a tattoo, it would probably be of a PBJ sandwich.  This, of course, only reinforces my obsession as it leads me to attempt all kinds of recipes using both peanut butter and jelly.

Thus, in honor of National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day (which truly does deserve a day of its own) I’ve...

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Peanut Butter-Raspberry Swirl Bars

Peanut Butter-Raspberry Swirl Bars

Don’t forget to check out this week’s most excellent giveaway – Quest Nutrition products galore!

Sometimes, the entire first 15 minutes of my morning is spent lying half-awake in bed.  I’m trying to pretend there’s no such thing as having to get out of bed and be an adult.  Also wishing for the cat to have a snooze button.

This morning though, I got right up, stretched, put on my Fitbit (can’t let my family win!), made some coffee (to become a whole person), heated a couple of these delicious things for my hubby’s breakfast, and then whipped up a batch of Peanut Butter-Raspberry Swirl Bars.

Um, did you catch that?  All of that was the first 15 minutes of my day.  Quite possibly the first 10.

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PBJ PinkyPrints

PBJ PinkyPrints

Six-year-olds are not generally known for their taste for new things or their refined palates.  Possibly, this is a fact you are all too familiar with, and are still working with a tough customer who only seems to enjoy peanut-butter and jelly sandwiches and stuff smothered in ketchup.

Either way, I figured it probably wouldn't come as a major surprise to you that when I was about that age, I flipped when we switched brands of butter.  Okay, it wasn't even like we were switching from butter to something else, it was, like, between two kinds of buttery spreads.  Whatever had the most Omega-3s or something.

But my point is, and I can still remember the taste of something being not right, I thought I would never be able to enjoy my broccoli or peas again.  (In those days, it was always broccoli + buttery spread 4-eva!)

Of course - yes, even for a six-year-old - tastes can adapt.  I got over it.  Actually, it even got to the point that, on tasting the first brand again much later, it seemed completely off to me.

 

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Peanut Butter Jelly Rolls (again!)

Peanut Butter Jelly Rolls (again!)

It's peanut butter jelly time!

There are a couple of meals in my house that are held at their own uniquely elevated status, not because of how elaborate or how overwhelmingly amazing they are, but simply because they are purely and reliably delicious.  Such a thing can be counted on as a source of comfort - which is a big deal after (or in the midst of) a long week!

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