What’s for dinner: PB&J sandwiches

I think I'm ready for this jelly.

That’s right: PB&J sandwiches. My original plan was for five days straight but I don’t think that’ll pan out during the New Year’s festivities, so maybe two.

It’s not part of a money-saving strategy or, since Mr. Brooks is in Montana through Wednesday, a too-lazy-to-cook move. Within the past two weeks, I’ve been lucky enough to score jellies and jams aplenty, and this is my chance to try them all out.

The ones pictured above were Christmas presents — our neighbor Kimberly dropped off brown sugar pumpkin butter, left, and berry pineapple jam, center, while my coworker Adele created what she calls Phoenix Glam Jam marmalade.

As you can see, I haven’t opened any yet, because first I’m trying out a few that I bought from Cotton  Country Jams* at Phoenix Farmers Market: strawberry rhubarb jam — one of my favorite kinds of pie! — and chokecherry jelly, a slightly pucker-inducing fruit that reminds me of picking them in Montana for canning.

(* Out-of-staters: Pima cotton was created in Arizona — thank you, Pima Indians — and its upscale branded cousin, Supima, is grown right outside Phoenix. Cotton fields still abut the 303 Freeway.)

One of the Brooks sisters always sends huckleberry products each Christmas, too. I’ve never been a huckleberry fan (yes, even before “Tombstone” gave it a bit of screen time) and now I think of huckleberry products — chocolates, jam, honey, lotion — as the lazy Montanan’s gift. (The Arizona equivalent would be  something shaped like a saguaro cactus.)

But, still, I’ve still got five kinds of jam and jelly I do want to try. I don’t get up early enough to try it on toast for breakfast, and lunch is my big meal of the day, so two PB&Js will make a perfect small dinner. If I double up, I’ve got enough to keep me sampling for two nights. Sweet!

WHAT SAM WORE: 12-28-09
The top  layer: Tonka T-shirt, from Target.
The inside layer: Long-sleeved waffle-weave T-shirt, from Old Navy.
The pants: Classic fit, Harper wash jeans by Joe’s Jeans, on sale
at Nordstrom. (The Jax wash is probably the closest one currently made.)
The shoes: Sneakers by Puma, from the Puma outlet store in Cabazon, Calif.

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