Throwback of the Day: Peanut Butter Jelly Time

Throwback of the Day, where I post some old random picture from the past and share a story about it.

Peanut figures at PB and Jellies, in Colorado Springs, circa 2011.

There are few things from my childhood that I still cherish. My world-traveling, British, teddy bear. Some books that have traveled with me, since I was a kid. Some souvenirs from trips I took with my school.

There are things from my childhood that I gladly left behind, or, that I try to leave behind if I can help it. For instance, my father always made black-eyed peas in a big pot that we would be forced to eat for dinners several nights in a row, until they were gone. Canned spinach, which always seemed to make my brothers defiant and my father viciously angry, when they refused to eat it, along with lima beans and brussel sprouts. I don’t care how much ketchup you put on those things, I wouldn’t eat them, again, unless a big fat check was put in front of me. Unfortunately, although I have managed to avoid brussel sprouts and lima beans, and even black-eyed peas, when me and my kids were dirt poor, we ate a lot of beans and rice from the crockpot. I tried to make it so it wasn’t every night that we had them, but for a period of time, we definitely had them three nights a week, until I could afford a better variety of foodstuffs.

But, one thing that I loved in my childhood that has carried over into my adult life, even though we were forced to eat them A LOT, is peanut butter and jelly sandwiches (or sammiches, as we used to call them when I was a kid). There’s just something about putting those two textures and tastes together, between two slices of soft white bread, that invigorates my foodie soul. That was also the joy of going to PB and Jellies in downtown Colorado Springs.

It closed down, a few years ago, but it was a real treat having someone whip up a peanut butter and marshmallow (fluffer-nutter) sammich on toasted white or a traditional peanut butter and grape jelly sandwich.

I took the, above, photo on my first visit there; a cute little collection of shelled peanuts, painted and dressed up, in cute little poses. That was a treat, too.

PB and Jellies was my go-to place in introduce new visitors to Colorado Springs. I’m kind of sad that it’s not there, any longer. Of course, change is inevitable.

But, I don’t think my love of peanut butter and jelly sammiches will ever fade away.

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