Spreading Some Holiday Cheer with PB&J
*This post is done in partnership with The J.M. Smucker Company
The Holiday season has always been about giving, and there has been no better way to share that with the kids than showing how they too can give back in their own small way. This year we partnered up with Jif® & Smucker’s® to spread love this holiday season with others. We decided to prepare some homemade goodies and the kids suggested that we take them around to some of the elderly couples that we have in the neighborhood.
I asked the kids why they wanted to give the goodies to those people, and it just warmed my heart to hear Yeva say that she always sees them out saying hello to people as they pass by, and it always makes her day happier when they have said hello to her. Nadya chimed in as well saying how she often sees some of them helping others by saving parking spots while people are moving their cars during street cleaning (A big event here in San Francisco).
Sometimes I just find myself amazed at the capacity these little ones have to share with those around them.
We gathered together some fun ingredients and baked several different types of goodies for our gift baskets. As we planned out what to put in the kids thought some sweet PB&J treats baked in the oven would be perfect so we added two ideas to our little selection. The kids always loved getting my little PB&J sandwiches in school, and they thought that it would be perfect to share the love that they feel for the people they decided to give the baskets to.
The first suggestion to add was a PB&J mini croissant, and the second was a PB&J sweet pastry. Nadya remembered that I had shared with them that one of my favorite treats from childhood was little jam filled croissants, and she thought that adding the peanut butter would make it extremely delicious.
Here are the recipes for you to make yourselves:
PB&J Mini Croissants:
Pastry dough or croissant dough
Jif Creamy Peanut Butter
Smucker's Strawberry Jelly or Jam
Baking Sheets and Wax Paper (If desired)
To prepare these tasty treats, first preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Then, you need to spread out your dough and cut into long narrow triangles. Then spread the peanut butter and drizzle some jelly or jam into the middle. Simply roll up the triangles from the large end and then shop as desired. You can brush with some egg yolk to give it that golden brown look at the end. Bake for about 12 to 14 minutes or until golden brown. Let cool and enjoy!
PB&J Sweet Pastries:
Pastry dough or buttermilk biscuit dough
Jif Creamy Peanut Butter
Smucker’s Strawberry Jelly or Jam
Baking Sheets and Wax Paper (if desired)
First, preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Then spread a generous amount of peanut butter on half of the circles. Then make an indentation in the other half to be a circle and drop a spoonful of jelly or jam into it. Press the two halves together and pinch the edges to seal the filling inside. Place onto the baking sheet and bake for 12 to 14 minutes or until golden brown. Let cool and you will have a very tasty treat to enjoy!
Everyone was eager to see the treats come out of the oven so they could put it all together. Vasilisa and Yeva lead the way in making sure the trays were just right and that everyone got a good selection of all the treats. Then it was wrapping time. I just had to admire how they all wanted to make sure that each one looked perfect.
“It’s so they will be happy when they open it,” Chimed in Vasilisa as we put everything together.
Guys, my heart just melted.
Everyone joined in the fun to go head out and deliver, and while little Elia and Evyianne didn’t really understand why we were giving and delivering the baskets, they loved the time running around to deliver them.
I was so touched to see how much these little ones truly get into the season of giving, and I hope that they will always continue to do so.
What fun plans do you have this Holiday season to give back? I’d love to hear all about them, and if you are looking for some inspiration for spreading Holiday cheer, you can visit LovePBJ.com.
This post has been sponsored by the J.M. Smucker Company. I received product and compensation, but all opinions are my own.