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During the Family Book Festival, author/illustrator Chris Robertson stopped by to chat about the great fun world of reading he’s created with his books. One of our favorite Chris Robertson books is I’ll Trade my Peanut-Butter Sandwich.
The main character in this book is very clever as he’ll trade his peanut-butter sandwich for just about anything. The prose kept my children engaged and the illustrations are so inventive and down right funny.
It’s a quick read but don’t put it away after you’re finished because your kids will be asking for it again and again.
When a boy trades his peanut-butter sandwich, it begins a series of increasingly absurd and outrageous trades, until he finally discovers an appreciation for the simple things in life.-Amazon
Just for fun, ask your family what they would “trade their peanut butter sandwich” for.
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The History of Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches aka PB&J Sandwiches
In the early 1900’s and served in New York City’s finest tea rooms, peanut butter was considered a delicacy only for those who could afford it. It was often paired with such things as celery, watercress, cheese, or nasturtiums and served on toasted crackers. Eventually a recipe for peanut butter and jelly sandwiches was published in Good Housekeeping Magazine and from there the lunch box staple was born. By the 1920’s the price of peanut butter declined so much that it could easily be found in every household in America. During World War II peanut butter and jelly were on the U.S. Soldiers military meal ration list.
How to Make Peanut Butter
Peanut Butter Combinations
Of course we know that peanut butter can be eaten with jelly, but did you know there are a variety of other items that people eat with their peanut butter? My mother’s favorite sandwich was peanut butter and onions. It gave me chills just to watch her eat it.
Other famous peanut butter combinations are:
- Peanut butter and banana sandwiches
- Peanut butter & fried pickles
- Peanut butter & pears
- Peanut butter & Apples
- Peanut butter & Honey
- Peanut butter, & chocolate
Then there is something called a Fluffernutter: You take peanut butter and marshmallow fluff and put it on bread.
Today must be your lucky day because today I leave you with The Ultimate PB& Marmalade Fluffernutter Sandwich
3 tablespoons chunky peanut butter
3 slices white bread
1 1/2 tablespoon orange marmalade
1 1/2 tablespoon marshmallow creme
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
Spread 1 Tbl. peanut butter on one slice of bread. Spread marmalade over top. Set aside. Spread 1 Tbl. peanut butter on another slice of bread, then place on top of marmalade, peanut butter side down.
Spread marshmallow creme on exposed side of bread. Sprinkle cheese on top of marshmallow creme. Spread remaining peanut butter on remaining slice of bread, then place on top of cheese, forming double-decker sandwich.