The Wee Little Miss is homeschooled. Well, sort of. Up until this year, we literally homeschooled her by selecting our own curriculum and doing our own thing. She has been considering re-entering public school for high school, however, so this year we enrolled her in online school so she could become more accustomed to the way things work at a “normal” school.
Anyway, this year, with the different curriculum, we have all been adjusting to the way it works. A lot more time spent on the computer, writing essays. Which is fine — I’m a firm believer that learning to write a decent essay is important.
One of yesterday’s essays (try saying that three times fast) gave me quite a chuckle. She’s been learning about providing written instructions, and chose to write about how to make a peanut butter and jam sandwich. Can I just say she has a definite knack for adding a lot of fluff to what would seem to be a simple, short task? She had selected the subject and written a good bit before she realized it needed to be so long… so, she went back and added a lot.
Want to know just how detailed one can be when writing about making a sandwich? Read on…
Peanut butter and jam sandwiches are a popular snack that many people enjoy. There are several steps to making a peanut butter and jam sandwich. These steps include ensuring you have quality ingredients, following the steps to assemble the sandwich, and finally eating your sandwich.
It is important to be sure you have quality ingredients, in order to make a quality peanut butter and jam sandwich. You will need a spreader, peanut butter, jam, and bread. Let’s start by looking at what you will use to spread the peanut butter and jam onto your bead. Often, people will use a butter knife for this task. While a butter knife does work as a spreader, I have found that an actual spreader is better for the job. A spreader is similar to a butter knife in shape, but it generally has a more substantial handle and a wider spreading surface. By using a spreader, you can achieve a much more even layer of peanut butter and jam across the entire piece of bread with minimal effort. It is also important to make sure you are selecting a good loaf of bread. Sometimes, the standard slices of white “sandwich” bread can be too flimsy and may tear when one attempts to spread peanut butter and jam upon them. I usually use a homemade, gluten-free loaf of bread. Homemade jam is always preferable to store bought, but if you don’t have homemade available, try to find a nice variety of jam that isn’t just your standard strawberry or grape. Boysenberry, or even blueberry jam make for excellent sandwiches and will not leave your taste buds bored. Natural peanut butter is definitely better for you, but I prefer standard peanut butter for sandwich making, because it is not as oily as the natural type. Gather all of your ingredients together, because now it is time to assemble your sandwich!
First, you should get two sturdy slices of bread. Most people prefer to avoid the “heel”, or end pieces, but use what you like best. Second, separate the two pieces of bread and set them next to each other on a plate. Then, scoop some peanut butter onto your spreader, and spread it evenly across one of the slices of bread. Now, scoop some jam out onto your spreader, and spread it evenly across the other slice of bread. Now that both pieces of bread have an adequate amount of peanut butter and jam on them, you should put the pieces of bread together to form a sandwich. Make sure to put the peanut butter and jam sides of the bread slices together — you will have a big mess, if you don’t. Many people like to cut their sandwich in half, or into quarters, so that the pieces are easier to hold in their hands. Finally, now that you have made your sandwich, it is time to eat it!
Eating your sandwich is not as simple as one might expect. Select a calm, quiet location so you can fully enjoy your sandwich. You should also make sure you have a napkin, just in case some of the peanut butter and jam drips out. Many people like to drink a glass of milk along side of their sandwich, to help cut down on peanut butter sticking to the top of their mouth. It is also important to make sure you are chewing each bite adequately. Proper chewing will aid digestion and prevent a stomach ache later.
As you can see, making a peanut butter and jam sandwich is not a difficult process. If you make sure you have quality ingredients, you will not only make a superior sandwich, but you will also save yourself a great deal of frustration. Making the sandwich properly so you don’t have a mess is also important. Finally, eating your sandwich in a calm environment and chewing properly will make for an enjoyable experience all around.