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My friends have been sending me this video a lot this week. If you haven’t seen it yet, take a moment. I’ll wait.
If you don’t have time to watch it, it’s a how-to for making individual slices of peanut butter that can be saved in the freezer for when you are in a real rush and you don’t have time to spread peanut butter on a piece of bread.
The comments are the best part, honestly. They are mostly from parents who are baffled that we needed a peanut butter and jelly sandwich hack. I thought peanut butter and jelly was the hack. You can’t really get much more convenient than slapping a little PB&J on your bread and sending someone off to school.
Okay, there was that one time I ran out of bread. And peanut butter. And ended up sending the kids to school with bananas stuffed into hot dog buns, which I later discovered on Pinterest as a genius lunch hack. People are apparently attempting my desperate lunch move on purpose.
I say bring back the basic sandwich. We can’t make the kids instant mac & cheese anymore like our foremothers did. We can’t microwave them popcorn for an after-school snack. We’re supposed to have them in extra-curricular programs — but not have them too over-scheduled. When they’re not in school we’re supposed to be engaging in enriching activities at home. We’re supposed to know what they’re doing at all times but not be helicoptering. AND we’re supposed to feed them healthy things but still get them to actually eat.
Please. Please let me have this one sandwich without having to freeze it for three hours or roll it like sushi or DIY my own Uncrustables or cut it out of different colors of bread with a cookie cutter so it makes a cool looking puzzle. Please let me throw it into what I hope is a biodegradable baggie and stuff it into a lunchbox that my daughters find delightful but still empowering as females, along with fruit in a squeezable pouch and some fishy crackers (we can still eat fishy crackers, right?) and let. Me. Be. Done.
Pinterest and Facebook food videos are great for fun birthday cupcake ideas and cold weather soup recipes. I’m kind of addicted to them for that. But when people start trying to Pinterest PB&J, I need a nap.
Is there a hack you’ve seen that you thought was overboard? I’d love to hear it!
Images by Laura Falin