Ultimate PBJ

Creating the ultimate PBJ was not my intent. I stumbled across an inspiration for this recipe at, “Oh She Glows“, last night. Turns out, searching for breakfast recipes all evening can leave a person feeling very hungry. This recipe was the last straw. I had to call it a night.

Cook'n Recipe OrganizerIn fact, I now have some very serious recipe creating and organizing to do. All of that work is going to be a breeze thanks to Cook’n Recipe Organizer. I know. That sounds like some kind of endorsed statement, like I’m being paid to be a raving fan. But I do think this program is pretty good for a $74 investment.

  • I can finally capture all the recipes from the web in an easy process , (no re-formatting!)
  • All my printed recipes, including those in cookbooks, I can take a photo with my cell phone and capture the data, (no re-typing!)
  • Menu creation for a day, a week or a month!
  • Grocery shopping list generation!
  • Nutritional information can be entered via a detailed data set sorted into brands and whole foods, (only down side is having a close look at the levels of sugar, fat, sodium and cholesterol.)

But I feel like Julia Child in the movie, “Julie and Julia” when she was about to start her tres gourmand cooking school in France, she wanted “precise measurements to yield predictable results”. Something like that. It is not really the way I cook, but I think there may be something to it when you are throwing around ingredients where you could do with less. Liberally spreading butter, versus a light touch only saves your heart. It does not sacrifice flavour. At least, that is my new story and I’m sticking to it.

Speaking of butter and bread and spreads….OK. This sandwich is in the “once-in-awhile” category. No matter how light of a touch you have, this dish packs a lot of calories. My son was halfway through when he asked if he could have another. Normally, I might have said yes, but today I said no. If you are still hungry, eat an apple. Turns out, he didn’t need another. It is rich.

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Ultimate PBJ

  • 3 slices bread
  • 2 T jam
  • 1 T peanut butter
  • 2 t butter

Nice hot cast iron frying pan. Spread peanut butter on one slice of bread. On next slice, spread half of the jam. Face these 2 spread sides together. On the top of this spread rest of jam. Top with 3rd slice of bread. Butter top, lay into frying pan, butter side down. Spread butter on plain side in frying pan. Flip when golden.

For an extra flair, take a can of coconut milk from the fridge where you keep it, handy for this kind of thing. Whip it into a cream. Dolop on your plate and dip sandwich into it.

Now play with different butters and different jams. I used fig jam with cashew butter, WOW!

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Nutritional Information, (high fibre bread, cashew butter and cherry jam)

Amount Per Serving
Calories: 496
Calories from Fat: 59

  • % Daily Value *2,000 calorie diet
  • Total Fat 16g 25%
  • Saturated Fat 16g 82%
  • Cholesterol 25mg 8%
  • Sodium 524mg 22%
  • Total Carbohydrates 76g 25%
  • Dietary Fiber 8g 32%
  • Protein 9g 17%
  • Sugars 29g, **
  • Vitamin A 10%
  • Vitamin C 15%
  • Calcium 7%
  • Iron 35%

**according to the World Health Organization this should be considered about half your daily intake of sugar, but the USDA has not set a guide on daily intake of sugar.




Blog housekeeping

“Housework is a treadmill from futility to oblivion with stop-offs at tedium and counter productivity.”  ~Erma Bombeck

No wonder I have been putting off this task for so long! At the same time, like regular housework, there is something that gnaws at me. I have this little gremlin at the back of my mind, reminding me in a not-so-nice-way, you owe me. I can’t walk by that terribly dirty bathroom one more time, it is getting pretty bad by now, even gross and maybe unsanitary?

Bathrooms are not the issue right now. My blog has gotten big. There is a bunch of content here. I knew the categories were not really helping anyone who wanted to find something. The whole thing was becoming unruly. Each time I added something else, there was another little pang of, eshhh I’m only making this worse.

However, until today I had no idea how to fix it. I had an overarching map of the ideas I wanted to group everything under. But very little experience with web design. WordPress tries to make everything very easy, but I’ve had mixed results in the past. Hence the avoidance and my level of anxiety ever-increasing.


The last thing my husband said to me last night was, “I think you are quite smart and can figure this out yourself”. I put my computer away doubting that statement, but something happened in my sleep. Sunday morning at 6:30am, I’m wide awake. I figured it out somehow in the night.

It’s not such a big deal, but it means a lot to me. I’ve organized the menu categories and there is drop down lists below them! It is not done yet, but the confidence and renewed energy this has given me is amazing.

So welcome to “The Good Life List 2.0”


Organizing LEGO

It was not all bad.

I like to organize most anything, but going through LEGO is a good deal more fun than other kinds of stuff. And it has been awhile since I helped my son get a little control over his collection.

For awhile now, the pieces that are most sought after are the mini-figures and everything to do with them. So we started there, with a small cabinet and tiny drawers for all the little pieces. A drawer for heads, legs, hands, hats, visors, etc.

Our system has changed over time with the ever-increasing quantity we seem to have taken custody of. The 2 tower clear bin system was at its limit. There were probably 4 to 6 other smaller containers stacked on top at any given time.

The breaking point was this past week, when I went into my son’s bedroom and there was little bits of LEGO covering every surface. Floor, bed, every shelf on the bookcase, window ledge and it was spilling into my daughter’s room. There was no room to walk, read, go to sleep, etc.

Something had to be done. It was a complete set-up for failure to send my son down to his room to do anything and expect that the millions of pieces were not calling out his name in a far more charming way than I was.

So just like the TV show called “Hoarding”, we moved all the LEGO out into the living room. A clean, controlled space to sort it all out. You can see though, that a fair amount of playing was going on as well. But, my son diligently marked each new bin and decided what would be stored in each one. Then they were filled up.

Of course, his room had to be moved around a bit to accommodate the new shelving system. But thanks to IKEA, (what is it with these Scandinavians?) and less than $200, we are sorted.

And I will sleep really well tonight with one room in the house, just the way I want it, for now.

Too organized?

The other day I was getting pretty frustrated by having to organize 4 people in my house. Just me, no problem – I can do that with ridiculous jet lag, in a foreign language, pretty much with my eyes closed. When my husband travels, I can manage the kids on top of my schedule with relative ease. But when my husband comes home and decides that my son needs another sport, on top of everything else, I’m tapped out.

So in desperation the other day, I started searching for an app. Someone else must have had this problem before me. Sure enough, there is an app called “cozi” that drives off a website where all your family appointments are kept. Brilliant! You can send emails or texts to remind family members of appointments and even send out a week at a glance. Shopping lists, to do’s and notes to post pictures, as well as a whole website of ideas about organizing a family!

It is the miracle of the internet that I was able to connect with people, (or the fruits of their labour), that are just like me. It is a lonely road being the one running around trying to keep everyone going in the right direction. I feel like a herding dog.

This morning our first grocery list was created. My son opted out of laundry and with iPad in hand he checked off everything and made sure we got all the list items at the store. He thanked me for letting him come grocery shopping. I’m sure the novelty will wear off, but for today it made for a very nice experience.