Peanut Butter & Jelly Day and Snow-Gauge Clif

This week’s post is a day early in order to take note of a very important day—National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day, which is celebrated in the United States every year on April 2.  Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches are one of my favorites, and I eat them regularly, enjoying the contrast between the salty peanut butter and the sweet jelly.

Naturally, not everyone in the United States loves PB&J, as we call it. My eldest daughter doesn’t like them, and I often wonder why the heck she doesn’t. But in the U.S. so many people like PB&J that the powers that be decided this delicious sandwich needed its own special day. It’s nice to know that sometimes justice is served.

One of my blogging friends, Platypus Man of Now I’m 64, has indicated that PB&J is not universally loved in the U.K. and that  he has a horror of them. Well, each to his or her own.

In honor of PB&J Day, I am sharing with readers pictures of my delicious lunch this afternoon. For those who are celebrating this special day, bon appétit!


Now on to a more serious matter—Snow-Gauge Clif.

In Maine, the last week of March was quite the week of melting snow. To show the contrast, I will post both last week’s Snow-Gauge Clif’s pictures alongside of this week’s.

Here is last week’s picture, taken on Monday, March 27:

Here is this week’s picture.

Here are pictures from the  walkway.

Last week,

and this week.

Now on to the backyard.

Last week.

This week.

Let’s just say that when the snow decides to melt in Maine, it goes.

By gum, it’s almost staring to feel like spring, and I even took the Christmas wreath down.

I think this alone merits a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Don’t you?

89 thoughts on “Peanut Butter & Jelly Day and Snow-Gauge Clif”

  1. I need to visit the grocery store today, and thanks to you it’s going to be very hard to pass by the peanut butter and jelly. I’m one of those who can be tempted to eat peanut butter out of the jar with a spoon, so I’m cautious about bringing it into the house. I still haven’t tried fluffernutter, but I think about it. There’s a candy shop in Chatham, Massachusetts that produces fluffernutter fudge; I can only imagine what that might be like!

    Not only is your snow melting, I see evidence of green out there on the ground. I do believe your season’s changing

    1. Peanut butter is mighty hard to resist. Fluffernutter fudge is delicious. My mother used to make it. Spring is coming very s-l-o-w-l-y to Maine. As it always does.

  2. Laurie, I LOVE PB&J (and so does my son!). A kitchen is not a kitchen without peanut butter and jelly (or jam). Wow, your snow is really making tracks out of there — hooray, soon it will be time to start planting flowers!!

  3. Yay for vanishing snow! But Mother Nature?? Beware! She has a wicked sense of humor…
    I was raised on PB&Js. My preference these days is PB (peanuts only, nothing added) and orange marmalade. I’m glad to hear this treat has its own day.
    Whatcha read good recently?

    1. We could indeed get an April snowstorm. Lots of yummy ways to eat peanut butter. Right now I am rereading The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. I might be writing about them.

  4. Yes, definitely a fan, though I rarely eat two slices of bread at once these days, nor sugar. When I was a kid, I would get as much PB & J on that bread as I could, ha! I still indulge in PB straight up, love the stuff! I hear they have PB&J ice cream, now that’s the ticket!

    1. Omg – We just celebrated my eldest daughter’s birthday and my mother-in -law brought a chocolate cake. I got vanilla (for the faint of heart) and vanilla with peanut butter ice cream. It was INCREDIBLE.

  5. My front yard is almost completely bare of snow and the bulbs are about halfway up from the ground. Time to clean up the fallen branches and pine needles!

  6. Despite talking about this only a couple of weeks ago, I completely missed the opportunity to eat a PB&J sandwich today. It’s too late now, especially after a generous supper. But I will be sure to celebrate one of your favorite food combos tomorrow. 😊
    Am I imagining this or does Clif look happier the lower the level of snow?

  7. I am more of a pb and banana person, not because I prefer it, but it just seems healthier. Having been born in England, I understand Platypus man’s dislike. It was alien food to me when we came to the U.S.

  8. I used to love Peanut butter and honey sandwiches as a child, and sometimes instead of honey we had Golden Syrup (so tasty!)…but always crunchy peanut butter. Lovely memories.

      1. My mom grew up in farm country near York PA with Pennsylvania Dutch heritage. “King Syrup” was a favorite, although I forget what they used it for. It sounds like your Golden Syrup.

  9. Yay to the peanut butter & jelly sandwich, and it’s ‘healthy’ alternative, peanut butter & banana. One of my favorite lunch options. Didn’t have it today, so maybe tomorrow….

  10. I gather from the comments this post has already received that I’m in the minority…doesn’t mean I’m wrong, though 🙂. But as you say, each to his or her own. Enjoy!

  11. I like peanut butter – the crunchy kind for preference and it’s so easy to make your own too. Literally just whizz up a bag of peanuts in a blender until they turn to powder and, when you think that’s it, keep going until they turn to paste (a lumpy paste if you like some crunch), However, PB & J is considered a very American thing – like sausages and maple syrup and is definitely not a mainstream thing in the U.K.

  12. I love Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwiches. I had one last week. I didn’t realize there was a special day. I will make up for it by having one today. I am sure you are glad to start seeing some greenery after all the snow. I am I. East Tennessee and we have had some very warm days here.

  13. I never used to like peanut butter but recently I have found that I do – in small quantities. I haven’t tried adding jam (our name for jelly) yet.

  14. We are a peanut-free household because our grandson has food allergies, but I very much enjoy a breakfast of toast with sunbutter and jelly on it. Delicious and good protein too! Yes, the snow has melted. The only place I have snow left is up against the barn where it was 52″ to start. You took your wreath down, and my neighbor removed his two Christmas trees this weekend. Spring must really be here. 🙂

    1. I like all the nut and seed butters. It sounds as though spring has arrived where you live. Here it’s still nibbling around the edges. But I did hear a male cardinal belting out a spring song, so it must be coming.

  15. Interesting info and your photo journals Laurie. We enjoyed a couple of days sunshine though today it was all cloudy and cold. In any case we enjoyed our daily walk. In the south the tulips, the crocuses and the daffodils are blooming.

  16. When I was young I enjoyed peanut butter and golden syrup sandwiches. Now I add a blob of peanut butter to my breakfast smoothie.

  17. I don’t like peanut butter either, Laurie and I don’t think I’d improve it with jelly/jam. My husband and elder daughter both love peanut butter though I doubt if they have ever tried it with jelly.
    I am glad to see that Snow-gauge Clif has been earning his keep lately 😉

  18. I like PB&J enough to use it while camping. After about the 3rd day of it, as the sandwiches dry out, I am less enthused. All our snow is gone, even under trees! DAFFODILS are ready to bloom!! I hope your winter is giving up too

  19. I love PB.
    When I was pregnant with my second son I had a craving for it and ate loads of it out of the jar with a spoon.
    I have eaten it with jam or jelly but prefer it neat!

  20. Wowsah, what a difference with the snow melting away and seeing the grass again! Belated happy PB & J Day Laurie, your celebratory sandwich looks very yummy 🧡

  21. Not a fan, here. Sometimes….just sometimes….I may feel like a bit of peanut butter on toast but never with jam or jelly. #shudder#
    I am a fan of snow gauge Clif though….wow, it’s starting to move now!

    1. You are not alone in your feelings about PB&J. But many Americans, including this one, love it. The snow is starting to melt. Always amazing that it melts so fast.

  22. Enjoyed the PB&J celebration, it’s one of my mom’s favorites!!🙂 Wonderful to see the snow finally disappearing and that you‘ll soon be out enjoying your yard!🙂

  23. I haven’t eaten a pb&j in years, Laurie. It’s not the bread so much as the jelly (since we avoid sugar). But, wow, that looks yummy. And you have lost a lot of snow! I think you’re right that spring is coming to Maine. 🙂

  24. Pb and honey for me thanks. It’s a comfort food for me. Especially with fresh 12 grain bread straight from the oven. So good! Bernie

  25. PB&J is my go-to breakfast at least twice a week (maybe more). Our local grocery store carries an apple & mango jam that I’ve become addicted to (it has this sweet-tart taste to it that goes so well with the saltiness of the peanut butter). (I can’t eat the preserves I used to love — raspberry and strawberry — anymore. My gut says no, no, no to them.) My youngest son does not like peanut butter. I don’t know how that can be, but to each his/her own.

    That’s a goodly amount of snow you had. We had a few flurries this year, but it didn’t stick.

    1. I know someone who doesn’t like peanut butter, and it is hard to understand how that can be. But, as you noted, each to his or her own. We had a lot of snow in February and March. Before that, hardly any, and we were wondering whether Snow-Gauge Clif would have a job this year. But February and March delivered.

  26. Spring is making her arrival known in Maine! When I was young, I used to like peanut butter and honey sandwiches, preferably with comb honey. Now I just eat it as is in a small cup with a spoon. 🙂

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