Friday, March 15, 2013

Dad's Peanut Butter Frosting Crackers

#Kids' #Snacks

Growing up, Dad's frosting crackers were one of my favorite treats. Creamy, sweet, peanutty frosting sandwiched between Saltine crackers....yummmmm!! It was one of the few things my dad was known for, along with his homemade pizza, brown sugar sandwiches, and fried egg sandwiches. I have great memories of watching him mix up the ingredients....he never used a recipe, but always mixed it to perfection. I remember we would choose our crackers carefully in hopes of getting the ones with the most frosting...and then we would gobble them up and wish we could have just one more......


Isn't it amazing how many memories can be attached to food?


Well, today I'm excited. Because I'm thinking my dad might start having more time for frosting crackers! Or things like frosting crackers....you know, the little things that create big memories? See, today is officially the first day of my dad's retirement. It's a day that has been a long time coming, but nonetheless feels almost unfathomable. My dad has been a social worker since before I was born, often working 2 jobs simultaneously to make ends meet with four kids and one income. He has given his heart and soul to his work.....it has never been "just a job".....and if you met him, you would agree that he doesn't just DO social work, he IS a social worker, right down to his core.


I've always known this, but last night at his retirement party it was confirmed. Not only because the room was packed full of past and present co-workers, including some who came in from out of state, but because of the affection they all clearly have for my dad. As I watched him move from one conversation to the next, and as I listened to the speeches that had been prepared in his honor, and as I talked with co-workers who couldn't imagine the place without him, and as I watched tears rolling down the faces of his team members.....I was reminded that, as much as my dad means to me and to my entire family, he also means so much to the people he has worked with for the past 30 years. And to the children and families he has served. He has been a dedicated, effective social worker. He has much to feel good about.


And even though I was struck last night by how much he is leaving behind, when I really think about it I know that he has so much to look forward to. Like getting to know himself again. And getting to know my mom (ha!) And developing some of his hobbies and interests. And learning new things. And making memories with his children and, most importantly, his grandchildren.

And maybe..... if we're lucky...... making us some frosting crackers :)



Congratulations on your retirement, Dad! 
We Love You!!



Dad's Peanut Butter Frosting Crackers
1 cup powdered sugar
1/4 cup peanut butter
2 Tbsp milk
1 tsp butter (optional)
24 Saltine Crackers (*have you seen these new round ones??)

Combine all ingredients and mix well. Spoon 1 Tbsp frosting onto 12 crackers; top with remaining 12.


 Enjoy! 




Thanks for taking a peek inside my Lemon Tree Dwelling!
I hope you feel right at home :)
-Cathy 
 
 

22 comments :

  1. Amen. We all love those frosting crackers. Once in a while I make a request for some, and he is always willing to oblige. ☺

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  2. Looks Yummy! Thanks for sharing!

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  3. Love this post, what a sweet post - your Dad sounds like a wonderful man! Who doesn't love peanut butter crackers? These looks even better than the usual suspects !

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  4. thanks for sharing this recipe... they look SO good {and i've never seen the round saltines... much cuter than the squares!} i'm glad to hear that your dads retirement party went well... he sounds like a man to be proud of!

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  5. I LOVE peanut butter crackers. I can't wait to try these!! Pinned!

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  6. I just want to throw chocolate all over this! Yummmmmmm

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  7. OMGosh how yummy and so brings me back to childhood. I've NEVER seen the circle ones, now I must find them!!

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  8. What a wonderful story. Your Dad sounds like a special man! This recipe also sounds pretty special too! I would love to try it on graham crackers also!

    Thank you for sharing at the In and Out of the Kitchen link party. I look forward to seeing what you bring next week!

    Cynthia at http://FeedingBig.com

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  10. Visiting from Blog Stalking Thursday. These look so good!! I think I can 'veganize' them for my daughter pretty easily who loves pb and crackers! Yum!! You dad sounds like an amazing man...best wishes on his retirement!

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  11. Wow, can't wait to try these- I didn't know Saltines came in a round form! Thanks for sharing!!

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  12. Mmmm, I love slthering PB between crackers just plain, so this is probably even better!

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  13. hi cathy... just made these... SO good... i'll be pinning this recipe... thanks again for sharing : )

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  14. Ok, I so love peanut butter...I will be trying these for sure! Dianntha

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  15. So, these look great. Funny the memories you get...my dad used to put butter between saltines and eat them with soup! Thanks for sharing at Pinworthy Projects.

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  16. Oh yum yum!

    I am pinning this. I would like to invite you to join Pin It Monday Hop Where you pin and get pinned (link). If you get the chance, I'd love for you to stop by and join us. I hope to see you, Cathy.
    Judy
    http://www.pursuitoffunctionalhome.com/
    http://www.kusinaniinday.blogspot.com/

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  17. Round saltines? How have I missed this?? These crackers look right up my alley and my husband is a peanut-butter-loving man so how can I not make these :) Pinned and featuring tonight. Thanks so much for partying at Mom On Timeout!

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  18. My mom used to make this for me when I was little, and I made them for my daughter. They are soooooo good. What we did though, was put the peanut butter frosting on graham crackers....oh my God there is nothing better! I actually just went and mixed some up and am having some with a big glass of milk as I type this...haha!

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