|Mya and her pretty... tangled... PBJ. I love the checkerboard heart on the left!|
How the PB&J was born: ... I was planning to make a big heart by putting peanut butter into a decorating cone… big mistake by the way (too hard to clean decorator tips and I couldn’t find a tip that was small enough). I planned to write her name in the heart in peanut butter right on top of the jelly. But with so many things, one thing turned into another and I tangled it.
1. Peanut butter is best if you have an oily peanut butter… natural peanut butter separates when it sits… that’s usually best because it’s smoother. I used Smart Balance.
2. Jelly should be seedless… the lumpy jelly in the picture is red raspberry with seeds. It’s harder to use.
3. Use a sandwich bag and cut the smallest bit off the corner of the bag as possible. Squeeze gently, or the peanut butter will get away from you … not necessarily a bad effect, but probably not what you want.
4. And practice, practice, practice… your mistakes are edible, so enlist your kids to clean up your mistakes.
5. Peanut butter is softer than frosting, so you have to use a lighter hand. As you can see by the picture, my design isn’t perfected yet… it’s a completely different medium.
Who knows… maybe someday I’ll do a cake!
I guess I have a bit of an advantage with peanut butter…I’ve taken Mehndi classes so I’m used to practicing with a tube... Now that I think of it, my experience with mehndi quite possibly drew me to tangling…and each one has given me ideas for the other…