ASHER'S PEANUT BUTTER AND JELLY SANDWHICH || RECIPE || GLUTEN + DAIRY FREE || PHOTOGRAPHER NICOLE LEE



Hello Friends, 

It’s good to remember you don’t need fancy food, or expensive kitchen tools to execute a good meal. A Peanut butter and Jelly sandwich will do  just fine indeed. We all have busy lives. What I love most about sandwiches, they are quick, easy, and i’d say nutritious. The thing is, it’s not just about the meal at the dinner table, but the memories we make around the table. Or it’s not about the “perfect” presentation, but letting the kids get in there and make something too, and heck it can be messy. Who cares?

Onward, go make a sandwich and hug someone close to you!

PB + JELLY SANWICH RECIPE :

INGREDIENTS:

  • Loaf of bread

  • Your favorite jam / honey or fruit spread

  • Peanut butter (or other nut butter )

  • A knife 

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  • DIRECTIONS:   Grab 2 pieces of bread. With your knife place an even layer jam on one half of bread. On the other spread an even coating of peanut butter. Then place one slice on top of the other. Bam you are finished. If you are daring make it open faced. To do that spread an even layer of nut butter on bread, then jam on top!


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PEANUT BUTTER JELLY SANDWICH 

BY : SHEL SILVERSTEIN 

I’ll sing you a story of a silly young king
Who played with the world at the end of a string,
But he only loved one single thing --
And that was just a peanut-butter sandwich.

His scepter and his royal gowns,
His regal throne and golden crowns
Were brown and sticky from the mounds
And drippings from each peanut-butter sandwich.

His subjects all were silly fools
For he had passed a royal rule
That all that they could learn in school
Was how to make a peanut-butter sandwich.

He would not eat his sovereign steak,
He scorned his soup and kingly cake,
And told his courtly cook to bake
An extra-sticky peanut-butter sandwich.

And then one day he took a bite
And started chewing with delight,
But found his mouth was stuck quite tight
From that last bite of peanut-butter sandwich.

His brother pulled, his sister pried,
The wizard pushed, his mother cried,
“My boy’s committed suicide
From eating his last peanut-butter sandwich!”

The dentist came, and the royal doc.
The royal plumber banged and knocked,
But still those jaws stayed tightly locked.
Oh darn that sticky peanut-butter sandwich!

The carpenter, he tried with pliers,
The telephone man tried with wires,
The firemen, they tried with fire,
But couldn’t melt that peanut-butter sandwich.

With ropes and pulleys, drills and coil,
With steam and lubricating oil --
For twenty years of tears and toil --
They fought that awful peanut-butter sandwich.

Then all his royal subjects came.
They hooked his jaws with grapplin’ chains
And pulled both ways with might and main
Against that stubborn peanut-butter sandwich.

Each man and woman, girl and boy
Put down their ploughs and pots and toys
And pulled until kerack! Oh, joy --
They broke right through that peanut-butter sandwich.

A puff of dust, a screech, a squeak --
The king’s jaw opened with a creak.
And then in voice so faint and weak --
The first words that they heard him speak
Were, “How about a peanut-butter sandwich?”




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    GLUTEN FREE STRAWBERRY TOAST RECIPE || EASY FOOD | FOOD PHOTOGRAPHER NICOLE LEE



    Hello Friends,

    This quick recipe for gluten free strawberry toast is all about getting in some nutrients while also making sure your meal is tasty. No one likes cardboard. Lately, I’m into easy food, yet I don’t want to just grab those fries each time. Food can be fuss free, taste good, and make you feel great. Give it a go; this toast will change your life.

    Cheers and happy cooking

    Nicole x





    GF + DF STRAWBERRY TOAST RECIPE || NICOLE LEE

    Ingredients:

    -1 loaf of gluten free bread

    -Raw honey (2 – tablespoons)

    -Nut Butter (mixed, almond, peanut)

    -Chia Seeds

    -Fresh Strawberries (1-2 pints)

    -Toaster

    Directions:  Clean and roughly chop your strawberries, removing the stems. Set aside. Toast your bread to your hearts desire. Spread with a decent layer of nut butter, and honey. Place the strawberries on top. Finish with a sprinkle of chia seeds. Repeat for as many pieces of toast you’d like to make. Enjoy!



    AVOCADO TOAST, WITH FIGS, AND CILANTRO || GLUTEN FREE+VEGAN RECIPE || FOOD + LIFESTYLE PHOTOGRAPHER NICOLE LEE



    Hello Friends, 

    Cooking with children can be a daunting task to some, but I find once you give them a chance it doesn’t take long for them to fall in love with helping out and be part of the process.  It feels only natural to invite them into what we are doing, whether it be flipping eggs, baking some cookies, or just making a simple toast. I tend to give them jobs like; letting them sprinkle on the salt or herbs, or crack the eggs, stir the pot. They love it, give it a try!  - Cheers, Nicole





    Avocado Toast; with figs lime and cilantro recipe :

    Ingredients:

    -A loaf of gluten free (or none GF) bread

    - 1 bunch of ripe avocados

    - fig fruit (for the top or side)

    -1 lime

    - chopped cilantro

    - salt, pepper, olive oil

    - knife, fork, and bowls for mashing

    Method: Cut and pit your avocados, in a bowl mash up avocados leaving them pretty chunky. Slice your limes in half, and squeeze over the avocado.  Chop cilantro, set aside.

    Toast your bread to your liking, and drizzle high quality olive oil over the top of them. With a fork take your avocado and smash the rest over the toasted bread. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, and cilantro. Then enjoy!







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    Gluten Free Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream Sandwiches




    How to make an ice cream sandwich Part 2

    Recipe:

    Gluten / Dairy Free Chocolate Peanut Butter cookies

    Ingredients:

    2 Vegan Baking butter sticks

    2 Cups brown sugar

    2 Room temp. Eggs

    1 ¾ cups Gluten Free Flour

    2/3-cup Raw Cocoa Powder

    2 teaspoons Baking Soda

    5 Ounces Finely Chopped Good quality Dark Chocolate bars

    1 cup Peanut Butter

    1 teaspoon of vanilla

    Directions:

    In a large bowl, or kitchen aid mixer, cream the butter, brown sugar, vanilla and eggs. You will know when it is done because the mixture will be fluffy and airy.

    Next add in baking soda, gluten free flour, and cocoa powder until combine. Add in your peanut butter and chopped chocolate.

    Cover the dough with airtight seal, such as plastic wrap or a container. Let sit in fridge for 1 hour or up to the next day.

    Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a cookie sheet with Parchment paper. Place about one tablespoon of dough onto the baking sheet.

    Bake for 10-12 min, turning your cookie sheet halfway through bake time.

     

    To make the Ice Cream Sandwich:

    ½ pint or pint of vanilla bean ice cream(make your own, or choose your favorite store bought)

    6-12 gluten free chocolate peanut butter cookies

    Spoons

    Ice cream scoop

    Take your cooled cookies facing down, spread ice cream layer on each side. Then smash together. Cover with plastic wrap and store in freezer. Repeat until all the cookies are gone!

     




    Cooking with Kids: Banana, Nut butter, Honey on Rice Cake Recipe


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    Food should be simple, should taste good and be easy to make. Especially in our busy day to day lives.  –

    Snack time has always been an important factor in my life. To be honest I was the person who had snack time before kids and now I just use them as an excuse to take a break and eat something yummy. Snack time has become precious, it’s a great time to take a break and reconnect with my kids. Usually I pick up my kids about 3pm, come home sit together and talk about our day and of course stuff our faces!  On occasion if I am not swamped with work I make the kids a snack before I leave, but as of lately my oldest is into making his recipe, so we will make it together when we get home.

    In this one instance on the way home Jacob my oldest said “ Mom I have a great idea”, “Yes Jacob” I replied. “Jacob continued, lets make rice cakes with peanut butter, bananas and honey!’

    Lets do it I answered! Lets do just that.

    Jacob’s Rice Cakes-

    Ingredients:

    1 bag of flat or regular rice cakes.

    About 2 tablespoons of honey

    1 jar of nut butter of your choice

    1 bunch of bananas

    Directions:

    Peel and slice your bananas set aside. Spread your nut butter over the rice cake, add slices of bananas and drizzle the amount of honey over the top. Serve and enjoy!

    As Jacob would say: Easy peezy, Lemon Squeeze! Enjoy Friends!

    - Nicole 

     

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    sources :

    rice cakes : http://www.lundberg.com/products/snacks/ 

    Nut butter :  nutzo , https://www.nuttzo.com

     

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    Stella Bakes, Nicole Rambles, - Personal Post


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    As I stumble over myself trying to come up with the perfect words for this blog post I cant help but become more frozen. The pressure of curating images, and meaningful words seems to have gotten the best of me.

    Heavy thoughts cloud my mind, all of life’s goodness and troubles compounding my heart. Seemingly all at once, I tend to fight the waking moments, finding myself in a battle once again over staying underneath the covers hidden when it gets hard. This time the battle hasn’t one; I have the many tools to not covert back to old habits that once destroyed me. Even if it’s the constant reminders of the three brave souls that came from me, the children are always all right; it’s the parents you have to watch out for.

    You probably have no idea what I’m talking about; I guess that’s okay. Maybe you get it. Maybe not. Anxiety and depression is a bitch. They are just symptoms of habits you teach yourself to try to stay afloat in the scary world. The thing is since they are just symptoms I can tell them to go away now, and they aren’t needed anymore. Clearly it’s a battle, but more importantly, a battle I can come out on top of. The problem with a lifetime of experiencing trauma is sometimes it does come up. So I chose to meet it, share it instead of tucking it away in a tiny package and pretend it didn’t happen this week. Its not like I fell off the wagon, I guess what I’m trying to say is its just where I was at, that my friends is the truth. I won’t get into the details because it’s not about the details. It isn’t the time or place and I’m not paying you to listen to those boring stories of my traumatic childhood. My goal was to give you a lovely story, a handful of images and a recipe. That is the purpose of this blog right? See, what I mean is things aren’t always, as they seem. Sometimes we even choose to see what we want, that could make our real lives much easier to handle. Or the social media easier to handle. What do you think?

    Now where I am today, not yesterday. Today, I feel clear, I am remembering all the new things I taught myself and realized that my shield can go back into the closet until I need to use it again. The world isn’t a scary place and the 4-year-old girl instead me, well she will be okay to. Ramble over.

    No recipes to share, but below are some images of my 3-year-old Stella Baking her little heart out.

    X

    –Nicole 


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    Jacob's Applesauce Recipe


    Who doesn’t love applesauce? You can eat it plain, spread it over vanilla ice cream, and add it to yogurt. Add it to baked recipes. The list is endless. My 6 year old came home from school so excited to share he had learned how to make applesauce in his first grade class. He then of course wanted to teach me how to make it right away, so we did.

    I would say cooking with my children is something we always have done. Its something I wanted to include them in, and make them feel apart of things. When they were crawling they would be banging on pots and pans in the kitchen while I danced around and cooked. As they got older we started giving them real jobs, stirring a sauce or making the scrambled eggs. Sometimes Jacob (my 6 year old) comes up with his own recipes, for example, peanut butter with honey on rice cakes, or the not so popular, mustard peanut butter sandwiches.

    So this applesauce recipe seemed like the perfect thing to add to our recipe book, and do something well just fun together!

    Cheers Friends, Happy Cooking!

     

    -Nicole

     




    Jacob’s Applesauce

    Ingredients:

    4lbs apples cored and sliced (about 10 apples)

    A mixture of red, yellow and green

    ½ cup sugar

    ½ teaspoon cinnamon

    1 tablespoon lemon Juice

    1-cup water

    1-tablespoon vanilla paste (preference only)

    Directions:

    In large Dutch oven, bring the cup of water to a simmer, add in the apples, sugar, cinnamon, lemon juice and vanilla. Give it a good mix with a large wooden spoon. Let this simmer until the apples are good and mushy, about 12-20 min. If needs more water add in about a half cup at a time.

    Once the apples are good and cooked, remove from heat and blend in a blender or food processer and pulse until combined. The consistency you are looking for is slightly smooth, slightly chunky.

    Then transfer mixture to bowls and let completely cool (about 1-2 hours)

    When cooled you can store in a container / Mason jar for up to two weeks.

    (If it lasts that long!)