“Uncrustables” & Homemade Croutons

On March 19th I hosted a Great Idea Day.  It is one of my very favorite link parties.  I am all about shortcuts, tips, tricks, and what works for others.

Sara from Best Thing Since Slice Bread shared the tip of making PB&J sandwiches ahead of time.  I absolutely loved the idea and actually had one of those “uncrustables” makers from Pampered Chef.  It works like a charm and saves me time when packing my son’s lunch for preschool.IMG_0062 So you spread the peanut butter on both sides of the bread.  That helps the jelly from soaking in and making the bread soggy and nasty.IMG_0060 Add jelly or in my case apple or pumpkin butter.  (See recipes here, and here).IMG_0061 Then do the magic with your sandwich maker (they sell versions of these at most grocery and chain stores).IMG_0063 Next I stick them in individual freezer bags and then put them in one big freezer bag and take them out when I need them. (I mark my bags so they come home with Isaac and I can reuse them…yes, I am cheap…but you already knew that).IMG_0065IMG_0066 Ok the part that bugged me what this…IMG_0053 What do you do with the scraps of bread?  We do feed them to the duckies…which is nice.  But why not croutons?!?!

I cut up the crust into little bite size pieces…IMG_0054 I mixed 4 tablespoons of “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter” with one teaspoon of garlic powder and some shakes of an Italian Blend Seasoning.IMG_0056 IMG_0055 Melt the butter and pour it on the bread pieces…IMG_0057 Shake it to spread out the garlic butter love. 🙂IMG_0058 Spread them out on an aluminum foiled covered jelly roll pan (easy clean up!) IMG_0059 Bake them for 15 minutes at 350 degrees or until they are all golden brown.IMG_0067 Cool and store in a Ziploc bag for up to three weeks in your pantry.  No waste, time saver, cheap PB&J….GREAT IDEA!

Mark your calendars…next Great Idea Day is July 9th.