Are You Ready For 2013?


The answer to that question really doesn’t matter much, does it? The year 2013 will march in right on the dot whether we are ready or not just as all of all the other years have come and gone for millennia.

So let’s talk food.

My traditional dinner for New Year’s Day is pork ribs with sauerkraut and mashed potatoes. That is the traditional German fare for good luck in the New Year. It is what I grew up with.

The fact that the meal is finger-licking tasty, yummy, scrumptious, appetizing, luscious, and delectably delicious has nothing at all to do with my loving it. NOTHING.

However, I shared that recipe the first New Years day of this blog’s existence in 2011. You can find that recipe by clicking the following link:  Pork Ribs with Sauerkraut.

Instead, on this Eve of New Year’s Day 2013 I share something simple and easy, new and fun, and child like delicious.

This recipe elevates the humble peanut butter and jelly sandwich to heavenly heights.

It is also a simple reminder at the start of a New Year that life is to be enjoyed and savored and is way to short not to enjoy all the delicious food and fun that life has to offer.


Wishing you a Splendid Fun Delicious Happy and Blessed New Year


Featured Recipe      Grown-Up Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwich


I found a splendid recipe for a peanut butter and jelly sandwich in The Complete Idiots Guide to Eating Well on a Budget by Lucy Beale and Jessica Partardige.*

But I kicked it up a notch. A BIG notch.

I added 4 tablespoons of Nutella.
Oh Yeah Baby!!!!!
This is what you need for 1 sandwich:

2 slices of bread of your choice**

About 4 tablespoons peanut butter

About 2 tablespoons of Nutella

1 banana sliced

¼ cup frozen mixed berries thawed

1 tablespoon honey


**Original recipe calls for stone ground bread. I didn’t have any stones as they are all under snow right now. rofl

Here is what you do:

Lightly toast the bread.


Measure out the berries in a measuring cup and let sit at room temp till they thaw. [See cup in rear of picture below.] Spread 2 tablespoons of Nutella on each slice.


Spread 2 tablespoons of peanut butter on top of the Nutella.


Slice the banana and cover one slice of bread evenly with bananas. You will most likely have left over banana slices. I ate all left overs because I was hungry.



Place the berries in a bowl. If they are not completely thawed place in a microwave for a few seconds. Do not heat them…just defrost them. Crush the berries with a fork or back of a spoon.


Add the honey and warm in a microwave for 10-15 seconds. Really, just eyeball it. You don’t have to dirty a measuring spoon for this. Stir well.

Microwave on high for 10-15 seconds. Stir well again.



Spoon the berry sauce on the slice of bread that does not have the banana slices.


Put the two slices together, cut in half, and take a big bite. I find that is easier and less messy to put the slice with the bananas on top of the slice with the berries.


Slice in half. Take a bite of a wonderlicious taste delight!!!


Repeat as often as necessary to make 2013 your best year ever!

Variations: The authors of the book and original recipe suggest using pineapple (I assume crushed.) with shredded coconut, or peaches and Granny Smith apple slices, or raisins with jam.

What variations can you come up with?

Bon appétit!!!


2 slices of bread of your choice                 $0.64

About 4 tablespoons peanut butter            $0.42

About 2 tablespoons of Nutella                  $0.62

1 banana sliced                                       $0.18

¼ cup frozen mixed berries thawed          $0.48 

1 tablespoon honey                                  $0.21

Total cost 1 sandwich: $2.55

Quote of the Day

May all your troubles last as long as your New Year’s resolutions.

Joey Adams

* I have no financial intrest in the cookbook where I found this recipe nor the authors.


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3 comments to Are You Ready For 2013?

  • OMG I love peanut butter and jelly and nutella and … and… I love it all! What a sweet and fun last meal of the year! Have a great last few hours of 2012 and I’ll see you next year!
    Hugs, Kate

  • the looks I get when I eat peanut butter and jelly (which they don’t have here.. only jam) would make you laugh. “Only children eat that stuff, Maureen.”

    To which I reply, “I’m feeding my inner child.”

    I don’t need any fanciness at all but I’m dying to try your version.

    Happy New Year!

    • Roberta

      Feeding your inner child is good. I just tell every one I am young at heart! 🙂 Or I tell them you are only as old as you feel. And I feel like 18.