August is National Sandwich Month
August 2 is National Ice Cream Sandwich Day!
Although it was not my intention, it has been the year of weird ingredients. January started with oatmeal-coated chicken, and February progressed to chocolate hummus. You were skeptical about my powdered-peanut-frosting, and now I bring you something even more unusual.
Something that I love about my daily walks through Old Salem is seeing all of the different flags. With the acquisition of each new state, our flag has gained a white star.
I can think of nothing more patriotic than Old Glory proudly waving in the sun. As Francis Scott Key suggests in The Star Spangled Banner, the flag is a sign of our freedom and a testament to the brave soldiers who protect us.
Next week, my older brother will celebrate his 25th birthday. He has lived 9125 days, and I estimate that he has eaten Pop Tarts for breakfast at least 9000 times.
Yes, I realize that would mean that he ate Pop Tarts when he was only 4 months old. He probably did.
His favorite flavor is frosted strawberry. Although I don’t eat Pop Tarts nearly as often as he does, I do love just about anything with cinnamon.
And that’s where this recipe was born. In the picture above, there are three types of homemade Pop Tarts:
Is there a more classic combination in the USA than peanut butter and jelly? Our children are raised on the sweet sandwich from an early age, and we have translated those flavors to many other treats.
How do you eat your cereal? (and don’t pretend that there is only one way to eat cereal because I can name at least three)
Growing up, I always ate cereal dry, picking up one piece at a time with my fingers. It wasn’t until college, when Honey Nut Cheerios became my go-to cafeteria dinner, that I learned to put milk in the cereal bowl and eat it with a spoon.
Here’s a little known fact about me (or maybe it is a well-known fact): I love Veggie Tales. I grew up on regular doses Esther, Jonah, and King George and the Rubber Ducky (on VHS of course). I had the Madame Blueberry card game. I often fell asleep while listening to the audio cassette tape of Daniel. As time passed, my family had DVDs of Wizard of Ha’s, Lord of the Beans, and Sumo of the Opera. We knew every lyric to every song on Veggie Rocks. We even met Bob and Larry!
To this day, I regularly quote Veggie Tales. This is one of the scenes I have perfected:
You can’t eat strawberries without bananas!
So if we are celebrating National Strawberry Month, we need to have some bananas, too!
This chia pudding incorporates strawberries, bananas, and Coconut Macaroon Nut Butter!
If you have never made chia pudding, there is something you need to know. The chia seeds absorb a lot of the liquid, making the pudding thicker as it sets. When you make this pudding at night and let it sit until morning, you will get a thick, creamy pudding. If you don’t wait, you will basically be drinking milk with raw chia seeds.
But trust me, this is worth the wait!