I signed on to be a Northwest Native Ambassador for Adams® Natural Peanut Butter as they celebrate 100 years in the Pacific Northwest! Originally developed by a local football coach in 1916, Adams was purchased in 1965 by Cecil and Inga Nielsen and then again in 1998 by J.M. Smucker Company. It’s amazing to me that an idea developed by a local coach can snowball into a beloved product for 100 years and counting!
To celebrate 100 years, I have been tasked with three fun challenges that I’m really excited about completing. This month I hosted the best summer picnic that featured a peanut butter and jelly sandwich making table that the kids LOVED. My brother and sisters and I take our families camping every year and I knew our trip to Larrabee State Park would be the perfect time to host my sandwich making picnic.
I have always been a big fan of setting up ingredients and then stepping back to let kids be kids. I don’t want them to worry about mess or perfection, I just want them to enjoy creating. To add an element of fun, I brought cookie cutouts to help turn sandwiches into delicious shapes and don’t worry, the local raccoons quite enjoyed the leftover crust. They also enjoyed an entire bag of marshmallows. I’m a little surprised they didn’t go ahead and join us around the campfire to roast them with how bold they were!
With full bellies, we were able to fill our camping days with of hiking, bike riding, beach combing and of course plenty of oohing and ahhing over the beautiful Pacific Northwest.
Hosting a picnic is the perfect way to connect with family and friends. I definitely recommend adding one to your own summer bucket list. Adams Peanut Butter has a ton of great recipes to try that might be perfect for summer gatherings. I’m definitely bookmarking a few to try myself!
Next month my challenge is to revisit a childhood/nostalgic spot that celebrates my personal heritage. I will leave behind one empty Adams® Natural Peanut Butter jar along with a little gift basket that shares my story with future visitors.
When is the last time you had a picnic?
Big thanks to Adams® Natural Peanut Butter for sponsoring this conversation (and picnic) The opinions and text are all mine.