Celery With Peanut Butter

Celery With Peanut Butter

The other night I was struggling with dinner, unable to come up with a vegetable to add to our meal. Fortunately for me, my eight-year-old came up with a solution to my dilemma. She said she wanted celery with peanut butter. At first, I thought this was a rather stupid suggestion, but since my youngest is a picky eater, I decided to humor her. As I carefully spread the peanut butter over the celery stick, I realized that I had not given this to her in many years. Nor had I tried this combination in even more years. As I stood there looking at the celery, I cut off a small piece for myself. I was careful to eat it without my daughter seeing me. And then I smiled. You know what? It was good! Something as simple as celery and peanut butter might seem like a rather childish thing to add to a meal, but give it a try. The coldness of the celery was refreshing, and the nuttiness of the peanut butter was the perfect compliment to this vegetable. And the best part is that the peanut butter is a great source of protein, which is something I know we all need.  After giving it a moment’s thought, I decided to add this simple side dish to all our plates. If you want to try cooking with kids, then this is something that you can let your children make.  Just give them a butter knife, a jar of peanut butter, and clean celery sticks.  Sure, it might be a bit messy (or a lot messy, as it is with...
Watergate Salad

Watergate Salad

When I think of Watergate, I think of political misbehaving, or a famous hotel.  Salad would never have come to mind.  So, imagine my surprise when I found out there is a salad called the watergate salad.  I was even more surprised to find out it is more of a dessert than a salad (which I associate with leafy greens). This is one of the best recipes I have found for those who enjoy cooking with kids.  There is no cooking involved, nothing being heated on the stove.  It is just a matter of combining ingredients, mixing, and chilling.  Easy!        Print Recipe!     Watergate Salad Recipe Summary: This is the same thing as a Pistachio Pineapple Delight. No matter what you call it, it is yummy! Ingredients: 9 oz frozen whipped cream, thawed 1 3.4 oz package of instant pistachio pudding mix 1 8 oz can crushed pineapple 1 cup mini marshmallows 1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional) Instructions: Combine all ingredients, except walnuts, together in a bowl, and blend until creamy. Place bowl in the refrigerator to chill and set, at least 10 minutes. Add nuts (if you are using them) and stir into mixture. Spoon into bowls and serve. Preparation time: 5 minutes Cooking time: 10 minutes Number of servings (yield): 8 Meal type: dessert My rating 5 stars:  ★★★★★ 1 review(s) The history of the watergate salad is shrouded in mystery.  From what I could find, it was a dessert salad created by Kraft.  It seems they named their newly-created salad Pistachio Pineapple Delight.  Somewhere along the line, someone changed the name, though when, where, or...
Scotcharoo Recipe

Scotcharoo Recipe

One of the silliest names for a treat is the scotcharoo recipe.  I think that might be why it is so popular among kids.  “Hey, Mom.  Can we make scotcharoos?”  It’s kind of catchy, isn’t? Scotcharoos are a variation on the more traditional Rice Krispie Treats.  They are a bit more involved, but worth it because they are scrumptious! This is a great recipe for kids to make, with a limited amount of adult assistance.        Print Recipe!     Scotcharoo Recipe Ingredients: 1 cup light corn syrup 1 cup sugar 1 cup peanut butter 6 cups Rice Krispie cereal 12 oz semi-sweet chocolate chips 12 oz butterscotch chips Instructions: Grease a 9×13 baking dish. Pour the Rice Krispie cereal in a very large bowl. Mix the corn syrup and sugar in a sauce pan. Cook over medium heat until it almost boils. Add the peanut butter to the sauce pan once it reaches the point of almost boiling. Stir well to combine. Pour the mixture into the large bowl with the Rice Krispie cereal. Mix well. Pour the hot mixture into the greased baking dish, and pat it down with a spatula. Pour the chocolate chips into a microwavable bowl and cook until they are melted. Once melted, add the butterscotch chips. Place back in the microwave until they are melted. Pour chocolate and butterscotch mixture over the baking dish, and smooth over the Rice Krispie mixture with your spatula. Cover the baking dish with plastic wrap, and let everything cool. You can eat them once they are done cooling. Variations: You can also add miniature marshmallows to the...
Peanut Butter Recipe

Peanut Butter Recipe

This peanut butter recipe is super easy to do, and the taste is much better than the store bought kind.  Peanut butter is a staple in my home, and I think my kids would have an absolute blast making their own, since I haven’t let them make this yet.        Print Recipe!     Peanut Butter Recipe Summary: It’s very easy to make your own homemade peanut butter! Ingredients: 2 cups peanuts that are shelled and skinned (dry-roasted or raw) 1 to 5 drops peanut oil (optional) 1 teaspoon of honey (optional) Instructions: Add the peanut oil and honey into the bowl of your food processor, then turn it on. Slowly pour the peanuts into the bowl. Blend the peanuts until smooth. When needed, you can scrape down the sides of the bowl to make sure the peanuts are completely mixed. The longer you mix the peanuts, the more of their natural oils will be released and the creamier it will be. Store the peanut butter in the refrigerator, in an airtight container. Preparation time: 5 minute(s) Cooking time: 10 minute(s) My rating 5 stars:  ★★★★★ 1 review(s) If you find that your peanut butter is a bit stiff from being kept in the fridge, you can let it sit in a container of warm water to loosen it up, or nuke it in the microwave for about 30 seconds. If you prefer to keep your peanut butter in the cupboard (and eat it up quickly before the nuts go rancid), you will find that the oils eventually separate, and will collect at the surface.  It takes a fair amount of effort to mix it back in,...

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