One of my all-time favorite movie lines is: “Don’t you love (New York in) the fall? It makes me wanna buy school supplies. I would send you a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils if I knew your name and address.”
Says Joe Fox to Kathleen Kelly in You’ve Got Mail.
Ahhh. I love this classic ‘chick flick’ and I love that line.
It symbolizes everything I love about this time of year. Changing seasons, cooler mornings, fresh starts, kids returning back to school, and yes buying school supplies.
(Which, even though I am not in school, I love going this time of year to stock up on
school office supplies. New packages of highlighters, post-it notes and notebooks make me giddy!)
I think receiving “a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils” in the month of September would be the cutest, simplest, cheesily (yup made that one up!) romantic, gift for this time of year. Even better than a bouquet of flowers!
September and the start of a new school year also makes me crave peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Seriously, I guess I just long for those ‘simpler’ days when doing homework, having a designated bed time, and playing until the sun goes down, were my only worries!
PB&J sandwiches go hand and hand with being a kid and going to school, but if you want to dress it up some and make it a dessert, try these No Bake Peanut Butter and Jelly Tarts.
These tarts are a perfect sweet treat that combines those classic kid flavors and are easy enough to make, that even the kiddos could whip them up themselves.
You know, so you can sit back and dream about “a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils.”
No Bake Peanut Butter and Jelly Tarts
By Heather of Kitchen Concoctions
Prep Time: 15 minutes Serves 15
3 ounces cream cheese, softened
3 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
½ teaspoon vanilla
4 tablespoons confectioner’s sugar
1 – 1½ tablespoons milk
2 – 3 tablespoons blackberry jam or flavored jam or jelly of your choice
15 mini Phyllo tart shells
In a medium bowl, whisk together softened cream cheese and peanut butter until smooth. Stir in vanilla, sugar and milk, as needed, until desired consistency is reached.
Spoon approximately ½ tablespoon of the peanut butter mixture into each tart shell.
Top peanut butter with approximately 1 teaspoon desired jam or jelly.