A New and Wonderful Experience

At noon today five young college/career women from church came to clean house for me. I had never even met three of them until this afternoon. They swept, dusted, vacuumed, mopped – my house hasn’t looked this clean or smelled this good for quite some time. What’s overwhelming to me is that they took time out of their Saturday afternoon to come do this for me. These ladies are a perfect example of God’s hands in motion.

The rest of this post should be full of deep thoughts and inspirational conjecture about selflessness and service. And it would be, too, if I hadn’t had a life changing experience after they were finished.

The instigator of the cleaning crew, Cristie, and another sweetie, Krista, stayed after the other girls left. We were standing around chatting and laughing and enjoying each other’s company when the subject of fluffernutter sandwiches came up. I told them I hadn’t even heard of a fluffernutter sandwich until right before we moved up here and that I still hadn’t tried it.

The look of shock on their faces was priceless. The conversation continued with what makes the perfect fluffernutter sandwich – white bread and creamy peanut butter – and pretty soon we were all drooling.

So Cristie and Krista ran to the store to get all the fluffernutter provisions. When they returned they set up their assembly line – Cristie on peanut butter detail and Krista administering the fluff – and put together nearly a whole loaf of fluffernutter sandwiches. I made chocolate milk to go along with the sandwiches and then it was time.

It was a thing of beauty. The way the marshmallow cream mixed with the creamy peanut butter, the melting of the white bread on the tongue until there was only fluffernutter in the mouth, the way the two flavors moved with each other in an exquisite dance as sensuous as the tango.

Up until that moment I hadn’t realized my life was incomplete. How could I have made it to the age of 41 and not known this? It’s as though I’d only been watching life from the outside, not fully engaged. I have now experienced the joy and the ecstasy of a fluffernutter sandwich. I am whole.

I will never be able to fully express the gratitude I feel in my heart to Cristie and Krista. Two finer women there have never been. I love you girls!!


  1. Barb on February 3, 2007 at 6:56 pm

    Oh my word, this is like reading a steamy scene in a romance novel?! Never heard of fluffernutter sandwiches–I am enlightened! Wonder how they’d be very lightly-toasted?

  2. Sheila on February 3, 2007 at 6:58 pm

    Oh my gosh!!! Fluffer nutter sandwiches!! My mom used to make them for me!!! Remember, she grew up in Philly so maybe it’s an eastcoast thing she brought to California! I am so glad you experienced the joy! I am salivating at the memory! I just might have to make a store run myself!

  3. Jenster on February 3, 2007 at 7:44 pm

    Barb – You have GOT to try it! They are simply to die for. And really, while keeping this blog PG, it was like participating in a steamy romance novel. Truly!!Sheila – Yes! They are an East Coast thing! I think I’ve found my mission in life. To let the world know about this little treasure!

  4. Bookwormom on February 3, 2007 at 8:07 pm

    You’ve been converted!! YAY! She sees the light. LOL ;0We love them at Bookwormom Central. All ecxcept Hubby who stubbornly remains an unwashed heathen & won’t try a fluffernutter.

  5. Jenster on February 3, 2007 at 8:13 pm

    Amanda – I’m pretty sure you’re the one I heard about them from first. And your hubby won’t even try it?? That’s so sad for him.

  6. Barb on February 3, 2007 at 10:44 pm

    South Beach Diet said PBJ’s are akin to a dessert. I can imagine where these sandwiches would fit in their food chain?!

  7. CindyS on February 4, 2007 at 12:55 am

    I have heard of fluffernutter but I’m not sure I could do it. I don’t do peanut butter banana sandwiches either! I think I get this mixed up with that other stuff called nutella – tried that once and almost spewed. Ugh.I’m more a s’mores girl myself. I still remember my hubby coming home to find me and my cousin roasting marshmellows over candles on the dining room table because it was raining outside. He was speechless. I’m still not sure what the big deal was and he enjoyed his s’more ;)CindyS

  8. T-girl on February 4, 2007 at 1:11 am

    I found you via Random and Frannie Farmer and thought I would check you out. Now that I know you love Fluffernutter sandwhiches I am not sure I will be back. LOL Just kidding! Seriously, I have never had one and I am not sure I want too but you make it sound better then sex so maybe I should try! LOL

  9. April on February 4, 2007 at 2:32 am

    Oh JEN!!I love peanutbutter and marshmallow creme sandwiches!!! I didn’t realize they were called fluffernutter and I am from that region. I am so glad those young ladies loved on you today

  10. Katybug on February 4, 2007 at 3:02 am

    Jenster,I could not have said it better myself!!! Fluffernutter sandwiches are AMAZING!!! We live in Texas and have spent a couple of summers recently with some friends in Cape Cod, Mass. They introduced us to Fluffernutters…our lives have changed forever. That whole sweet+salty thing…sheer, unabashed, unadulterated pleasure. And no, Barb, lightly toasted is just wrong. 😉

  11. Jenster on February 4, 2007 at 3:21 pm

    Barb – I looked in my South Beach Diet book and there’s no mention of fluffernutter sandwiches. That means you can eat them, right??Cindy – The delicious flavor of a fluffernutter sandwich is much more subtle than a PBB. I love smores, too. I’ve never tried roasting the marshmallow over a candle flame, though. Yippy. Something else to try!!T-girl – thanks for stopping by! I’ll be visiting you shortly. As for the fluffernutter sandwich, you’ll just have to try it and decide for yourself which is better. LOLApril – You should help introduce the fluffernutter to the West Coast. And those girls are tremendous. They’re coming back next Saturday to do whatever stuff I’m still unable to do, and they’re coming to take my Katie out on Valentine’s Day so Todd and I can have a date. Taylor’s hanging out with the college guys that night. We’ve been truly blessed with these young adults.Katybug – You need to enlighten the Texans. I know I’ll be taking this newfound information with me when I go visit in Arkansas this summer. Soon everyone will know about fluffernutter!

  12. Katybug on February 5, 2007 at 3:13 pm

    I am making progress spreading the word! Most Texans are so enamored by Tex-Mex that not much else enters the equation. Tex-Mex, if you’ve never been down here, is our version of Mexican food. I can assure you, there’s nothing better. Don’t even try to tell me there’s a great Mexican place near you, because there’s no comparison. Mexican food anywhere north of Oklahoma is just wrong. 😉 I’ve tried to find it…it simply does not exist. (See what I mean Texans being enamored by Tex-Mex?!?!?!)

  13. Jenster on February 5, 2007 at 3:24 pm

    LOL! Actually I’m originally from Southern California and know what real Mexican food is. I’m sorry to tell you, it’s not Tex-Mex.That said, I do like Tex-Mex. Hubby and I lived in Arkansas for 18 years and they’re all about Tex-Mex, too. And I’ve spent my fair share of time in Texas.Also, I lived a couple years in Las Cruces, New Mexico and have visited several times since then. Now THAT’S good Mexican!!I find it funny, though, that “Mexican” food is different, depending on what region of the country you’re in.

  14. Frannie Farmer on February 5, 2007 at 11:34 pm

    That is too darned funny. Mr. Farmer is a HUGE fan of fluffernutter sandwiches … I haven’t tried them either. He use to eat 6 (or more) at lunch as a kid …His mother still makes them for him when we visit.

  15. terrillr on February 7, 2007 at 1:45 pm

    okay, I’m 51 and never heard of such a thing…. you must share with me the actual assembly of this sandwich. Do I mix the peanut butter with the marshmallow creme first? Use just a tad or a huge spoonful? Give up the details.

  16. Katybug on February 7, 2007 at 10:36 pm

    If your question hasn’t been answered, it’s basically the same as a PB&J…but instead of J you put on F(luff). Go for the spoonful…you’ll be glad you did. :-)I agree, Jenster. Mexican food is different everywhere you go–what a funny thought! We went to Ixtapa, Mexico for our honeymoon (all those years ago…!!) and the food they served was actually veeeeeery bland. Not even CLOSE to Tex-Mex!

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