A Kitchen Competition with PB&J

A Kitchen Competition with PB&J

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*This post has been sponsored by The J.M. Smucker Company. I received product and compensation, but all opinions are my own.

I can’t believe that four years have already gone by since the last Olympic Winter Games. It seems like only yesterday that we were all sitting in our living room watching the figure skating competitions and Yeva and Nadya both came up saying how much they wanted to learn. Their excitement to learn and grow always makes me smile.

Just the other day I let the kids know that they would be able to see Team USA perform again soon, and one of the kids mentioned something about doing our own little competition at home. I thought it would be a great idea. Being in California though, jumping out to get into the winter feel isn’t the easiest thing, so the kids and I did a little brainstorming and came up with something that got everyone excited.

You guys have been seeing some of the fun recipes we have shared in recent posts with  Jif® and Smucker’s® PB&J, and just the other week I caught a really cute moment with Justin on the floor with the kids creating their own PB&J sandwiches. So we thought why not do our own sandwich competition, and of course with the Olympic Winter Games 2018 back in session we decided to give it a fun theme with our own “judge” to decide on our winners.

The great thing for me about the whole event was that I know the kids would have a great time, and they could share their team spirit, but also these PB&J recipes are helping to fuel my kids with the nourishment and support they’ll need to go for the gold each and every day just like Team USA athletes.

So we set off to get some fun accessories and made sure to get the medals for the winners, and we let the competition begin. Guys, I can’t tell you how much fun we had, and especially how our littlest member, the “judge” had a great time too. In the end, it really is all about bringing the family together.

I put the kid's recipes below with the instructions on how they made their own unique sandwiches below for all of you to have some fun making yourselves.  And when you’re on the go, grab an Uncrustables® premade peanut butter and jelly sandwich to fuel the inner athlete within you throughout the day!

I’m so honored to support a brand that is dedicated to the support of Team USA and its future athletes. Did you know that Smucker’s will make a donation to help future athletes achieve their Olympic dreams? Here are a few details about how we all can help with this great cause:

•     Smucker’s and Jif will donate $100,000 to the United States Olympic Committee to support future Team USA athletes.

•     The hashtag #PBJ4TeamUSA will go live just before the Winter Games 2018, and fans can spread the love by sharing a photo using #PBJ4TeamUSA showing your love for Team USA and America’s favorite sandwich, PB&J!

Here’s our fun photo story just below. Enjoy! I wish you guys could join in. If you did, which sport you choose? I declare that PB&J is an official sport on LivingNotes Blog. The winning recipes were:

PB&J Kabobs

Multi-Grain Bread (Cut into little triangles)

White or Sourdough Bread (Cut into little triangles)

Fresh Strawberries

Fresh Raspberries

Your favorite Jif Peanut Butter Spread

Smuckers Strawberry Jam or Fruit Spread

Party Skewers/Toothpicks

Preparation: Spread a little peanut butter on the multi-grain bread and place half a strawberry on top, then place your white bread triangle with a little jam or fruit spread on it and top with a fresh raspberry. Place the party skewers/toothpicks over the top and serve!

PB&J Fruit and Berry Wraps

Your favorite style of flatbread wraps cut into 5” x 7” rectangles (Usually half of the flatbread)

Your favorite Jif Peanut Butter Spread

Smuckers Strawberry Jam or Fruit Spread

Fresh berries

Fresh grapes

Party Skewers/Toothpicks

Preparation: Place your flatbread piece in front of you and spread some peanut butter on one half and the jam on the other half. Sprinkle diced up pieces of berries on the peanut butter and then roll the bread up from the peanut butter side. Once rolled slice into 1-inch sections and top with a few grapes on the Skewers/Toothpicks and serve!

Animal Critter PB&J Sandwiches

Your favorite sliced bread (The denser the better)

Your favorite Jif Peanut Butter Spread

Smuckers Strawberry Jam or Fruit Spread

Cookie Cutters in animal shapes

Fresh Grapes or Blueberries

Party Skewers/Toothpicks

Preparation: This is a fun one for little kids to make. Simply make your PB&J sandwich as usual and use the cookie cutters to carefully press out the animal shapes. Peel off the extras and use the Party Skewers to top with the grapes or blueberries. (Kids love using the berries to make eyes of the animals) Serve and enjoy!

If you also want to see some more creative and fun recipe ideas you can head over to

www.lovepbj.com.

Enjoy the photo story!


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