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I had the best Date ever!

This past weekend, I have had the best Date I’ve ever had.

(Being it was my first time, I really don’t have anything to compare it too.)


But, nonetheless, I had to share my experience with these weird looking jumbo raisin look-a-likes.


I bought them from Trader Joes.

They were stored in my fridge for a few days before I figured out what to do with them.


After making fresh cranberry jelly, from my bag of cranberries; it occurred to me I could do the same thing with the Dates.





The skin of the Dates were thin and slightly hard. Like hardened icing. I pulled the Date in half. The consistency was slightly firm, but was easy to break apart. Some Dates were harder and some softer. The seeds in the middle were very easy to pull out. It seemed like the seeds were surrounded by white threads.


Repeating this until the package was empty, I then rough chopped the bunch.

When the water was at a simmer and sugar dissolved, I put them in the pot.


I used the cranberry sauce recipe as my guide:

1 cup water
1 cup sugar ( I used brown sugar)
1 package of cranberries (I used Dates)

I kept it simmering until the liquid was gone and I had a thick jelly-like consistency.

The Date jelly has been in the refrigerator for a couple days. It is cold and firm now. Reminds me of caramel. Wonderful!


Here are some of the sites I explored to learn more about Dates:

What are Medjool Dates?



Curious mid-night snack

Ever wondered where the peanut butter sandwich came from?

I did. So that was the topic of my google research last night.

Oh, where my curious mind takes me…

Wikipedia explains this way…

The comment to readers by Joyce, found in the below link was very interesting. She mentions,

We were not the only kids to have pb&j in our lunch boxes. It was hardly the kind of thing that you would write in a “cookbook.” I think the lack of a printed record describing how to spread peanut butter and jam on a piece of bread does not mean that it did not happen – it did. Do you have a written record of when the first “toast” was served? Was it buttered? What kind of butter? Some things just happen naturally and often in many wide spread areas.

Linda Stradley explains here…


The article linked below, brings out a good point: The invention of sliced and wrapped bread.

Having sliced bread available, made it easier for children to make the sandwich. In turn raising the popularity of the sandwich.

Andrew writer on seriouseats.com


Reader participation:

How do you like your peanut butter and jelly sandwich?

I like:
1. Wheat bread toasted
2. Crunchy peanut butter
3. Low sugar/ home-made jam

This is another product that I buy and do not deviate from. I don’t like other peanut butters.



I will stick with these until I learn how to make my own. Which is something I look forward to doing in the future.

Funny video:

peanut butter jelly song – banana dancing

P B & J, interesting video:

Neat to see explained…

Snack attack…


The snack attack took over.

After this treat came out the oven, it was on the plate, then on its way down to the belly, in less than a minute.


After making the ‘not so perfect’ pizza dough…


I separated it and made two crusts…


Fresh cranberry sauce (made from fresh cranberries a few days ago). Looks like tomato sauce.

Little helpers are welcome for assembling this treat.



Fresh apple peeled, then grated over it. To look like the cheese part.


Then raisins on top.


In the oven it went.

Then on to the plate.

And yummy!


Fun faces… Funny link added

Hello my friend…

It is now OFFICIAL, anything you put on a plate can be made to a face.

It may not be the cutest face, but a face none the less.

Breakfast hash browns with scrambled eggs. Banana arms waving hello and an apple slice for a neck. :’P


Here is a lunch sandwich. Peanut butter with apple slices for hair. Banana for mouth and eyes and strawberry for nose.


It’s friendly and ready to go to the party in my tummy.


P. S.
“there’s a party in my tummy, so yummy, so yummy…”

If you haven’t heard that song yet, you must stop and click!


Sweet tooth Saturday

My sweet tooth and craving Casanova are best buddies. And, especially on the weekends, they love getting together.

Adding some healthy foods, like fresh banana and strawberries, to my dessert makes me feel better about all the sugar I am eating.



Started heating up my sweet sauce and added pecans.


Let the pecans warm for a few minutes in mixture.


Added the diced fruit. Fruit warms and melts into the sauce and the sauce thickens.


Added some cinnamon to mixture.

BTW: cinnamon helps the body to process the sugars. I also keep a vitamin bottle of cinnamon capsules on hand for those times I have too much sugar. I will take one capsule, and the ‘sugar rush’ feeling will fade faster.

Google cinnamon benefits when you get a chance.


So, I had two more pieces of my brownie loaf left. This brownie already had walnuts and marshmallows baked in it.

The marshmallows were the duos addition. Sweet tooth and craving Casanova are very creative when they get together.


Topping for a warm treat!