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Jul 9, 2009 11:56 AM

After school snack memories

So after staying up way too late last night reading the post on Mom's cooking, it got me thinking about what my Mom would serve for after school snacks. I vividly remember coming home and hoping for the best and many times getting the worst: my older brother was put on the Feingold diet for hyperactivity during my early school years and because of his restrictions (no sugar, no chocolate and no artifical colors or flavors) there was always some 'fake' chocolate/carob type cookie that left a strange aftertaste, or if we were lucky, 'natural' peanut butter that had to be stirred for ages to make it come back together, spread on a piece of bread. What was waiting for you when you got home?

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  1. As a latchkey kid, I had the run of the pantry, so I tested out my nascent cooking skills by making huge amounts of Rice Krispie Treats and eating the whole batch before my mom got home.

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    1. re: MrsCommanderson


      lucky!! i think at one point i would've traded my family for the privilege.

    2. Little Debbie or TaskyKake
      Oreos, Vienna Fingers or those Almond Windmill cookies.
      Fresh fruit.

      Mom’s dessert of the week was strictly for after dinner.

      1. My personal favorite was on Mondays when Mom made bread for the week. Walking into the enclosed porch on a cold, blistery wind afternoon and getting a heady whiff of warm flour and yeast. Warm yeast rolls straight from the oven with butter. That was the best ever.

        For my son (latch key kid) it was when I had bought oreos. A very rare treat.

        Sheesh - what a disparity!

        1. - apple slices or celery & carrots with PB
          - a bowl of cold cereal (my favorite)
          - crackers, pretzels or goldfish with some sort of cheese (usually muenster or Swiss)
          - Spaghetti-O's

          we rarely had "junk food" in the house because my mom was always on some sort of diet and my sister was a bit heavy. but when there were cookies in the cabinet, they were usually Chips Ahoy, Keebler Fudge Stripes, Vienna Fingers or Honey Maid Graham Crackers. i'd have a couple with a glass of skim milk.

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          1. re: goodhealthgourmet

            MMMMMMMMMMMMmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm Keebler Fudge Stripes. My mom, on the rare occasion she bought, "processed, garbagy store cookies," bought Nutter Butter Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies." God how I loved those things. She thought they were kind of okay because of the peanut butter's protein!!

          2. home made cookies when my mother stayed at home... sometimes after, but once she started working and wans't home in the afternoons, I'd grab a stack of ritz crackers and make SUPER dark chocolate milk with nestle quick. (that was before I discovered the joy of chocolate and pretzels together). I could eat a whole stack and drink a quart of milk in one afternoon! :)