Shortly after David and I were married, we had our first fundamental disagreement.
Not just a tiff. Not just a fight. But a disagreement in which we each realized that not only would nothing make us understand a fundamental belief of the other but also that nothing would ever change the other’s belief or our own.
Of course, everyone understands the concept of acceptance and would agree that it is a “good” thing. But I believe there is so much more to accepting a difference of opinion. It requires accepting not only that the person believes or feel differently about something, but also accepting that their belief/thought/feeling is 100% as valid as our own. EVEN when we don’t understand it.
Now. That being said . . . Who can be right in the head and still believe that a peanut butter and jelly sandwich should have more jelly than peanut butter??? As I sat there happily putting together a work lunch for my new husband, I slathered on a thick layer of creamy peanut butter for his PB&J. (Creamy was already a marital concession. #teamcrunchy)
Said sweet husband walked up behind me, sliding his arms around me for a good morning hug. But he paused when he saw me putting a thin layer of raspberry jam over the peanut butter.
You’re going to put more jelly on that, right?
Um . . . I’m guessing the answer you’re looking for is yes?
I dropped another dollop of jelly onto the sandwich, and eyed sweet husband suspiciously. He raised an eyebrow, reached across me, upturned the jelly jar, and proceeded to pour out at least a quarter cup of jelly. . . . ಠ_ಠ
I mean . . . wha? how is that even good? More peanut butter. always.
Soft Peanut Butter Cookies
These are my favorite favorite favorite peanut butter cookies. Chocolate totally optional. These peanut butter cookies are extra soft and have just the lightest bit of sweet crunch on the outside from rolling the dough in sugar.
Watch for cracks to start spreading from the edges of these peanut butter cookies and pull them out of the oven before the cracks reach the middle. This ensures a soft middle that doesn’t dry out. (Though a little pro tip. If you still have cookies after a few days, then first. Who ARE you? Second. Tear a piece of bread in half and leave it in the container of peanut butter cookies. They’ll absorb some of the moisture from the bread and stay soft.)
Also. CHOCOLATE. Like I said. Totally optional. But who doesn’t love a little semi-sweet action on top of their peanut butter goodness?