Just Like Mama Made • Sweet & Salty Snack

 “Honor your father and your mother, as the Lord your God commanded you, that your days may be long, and that it may go well with you in the land that the Lord your God is giving you.”
‭‭Deuteronomy‬ ‭5:16

Eating lunch is not an everyday occurrence for me, but sometimes I will make myself a snack…something not too heavy, but filling enough to hold me over until dinner!  It may be a piece of fruit or a few crackers, but usually nothing more.  Last Saturday, after finishing my many chores around the house, it was time for a pick-me-up!  So I went to the pantry and grabbed three items: a jar of peanut butter, saltine crackers, and marshmallows!

“What on earth are you going to make?”
 Glad you asked!  It may seem like an odd combination to you, but not to me…those three ingredients come together to form the sweetest little childhood memory for me!  First of all, you should know that I had a wonderful childhood!  It was about as perfect as you can have on this earth…my parents loved The Lord, each other, my brother and me!  Could you want or need more than that?  My Daddy was the breadwinner and my Mother was a housewife (in other words, a stay-at-home-mom).  Were we rich?  Absolutely not, if by wealth, you mean monetary things…but I didn’t know it because we were rich in all the ways that matter!  I can remember special times, places, and sounds from my childhood, but the most vivid memories involve food made by the loving hands of my Mother.  And this little snack Saturday took me back there.  Everyday was special to me, but Saturdays were always a treat.  After we ate lunch, she would make us the simplest snack that proved that she was way ahead of her time with the sweet and salty combination!  I don’t know where she got the idea, but I sure wish I had asked!

She would take a saltine cracker, smear it with peanut butter, and plop a giant marshmallow on top!!

Into the oven it would go on broil.  Within a minute she would open the oven door and…

I love these and could eat them every day of the week!

Apparently, s’mores had not yet reached our little southern neighborhood.  Or maybe, it was an issue of “make-do-with-what-you-had-in-the-pantry.”  Do I like s’mores…yes, of course.  But if I had to choose between a s’more and Mother’s sweet and salty – hands down I will choose the sweet and salty every time.  Don’t forget you just heard that from a foodie snob!

Add a glass of cold milk and it’s just like Mama made!

pam closing

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  1. I bet my grandchildren would love your snack. Sweet memories of your childhood. My home was just like yours and I feel very blessed. God’s plan is always the best for us.

    • Bonnie, it most definitely is. He is good to us, his children! I hope you make the snack with your grandchildren and love it as much as I do! Many blessings for your Thursday, Pam

    • Kim, if you like a little sweet with a little salty, I am sure you would LOVE this treat! It’s so simple because I usually have everything on hand and VOILA! Have a wonder-filled weekend! Pam

  2. Joann Barnett says:

    Oooo k….never heard of this combination before, but I can’t imagine Mrs.Shirley preparing anything that wasn’t delish. I’ll be trying these and let ya know what I think. 🙂

  3. Teresa says:

    I am so glad to see someone else knows about this wonderful combination. My family enjoyed the same treat when my brother and I were (really good) and earned a treat. I so much prefer these to s’mores.

  4. I have to try this peanut butter and marshmallow treat! It sort of makes me think of the peanut butter fudge that my mother made. I believe it had marshmallows in it. Yum. Great food memory! Sheila

  5. Debbie Harris says:

    What a delightful treat! I’ve never heard of these before, but will certainly give them a try with my grandchildren. They look so easy to make and no mess. 🙂

    Memories… Thankful for them.

    Bless you~ Debbie

  6. Kim says:

    Pam, these were my favorite after -school snack! We always used five tiny marshmallows for each cracker rather than the large. My best friend and I named them “treaties”. (I have them on my blog, too.) I have such fond memories of these that I made them for my kids, and they still love them, too. Look out…you’ve got me in the mood for treaties! 🙂

  7. Julie says:

    Sometimes there is nothing quite like what your mum used to make for you. I’m not a peanut butter fan but I my kids are, I’m going to see if they fancy giving this s try.

  8. Heather Thomas says:

    I am gonna try these on my kids! I love a peanut butter and cracker duo. It is satisfying! But adding a marshmallow and heating it will be a nice new treat for my brood:)

  9. bj says:

    awww, this is the sweetest post and it made me start missing my mama and now, I can barely see to type. I am olden…very, VERY olden….but one doesn’t get too old to miss their mama.
    Now, I am on my way to try your snack and, if you wouldn’t mind, I will want to post about it and link back to you…I post about every single thing that goes in my mouth.:) (it’s not only about the food…I dearly love taking photos of food)

  10. Jennifer says:

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  11. Jaybird says:

    My Mom used to make “cookies” for me with saltine crackers with a saved-frosting filling. Any time she made frosting, she would save a bit of it to fix this treat for my Dad and me.
    Thank you for a lovely memory!!

  12. Pam this post is beautiful and so incredibly poignant for me. I had a similar childhood with similar wonderful parents with the same values and strong beliefs. My lovely mum passed away at the beginning of this week, we have had so many conversations about her great cooking skills and all the treats she used to make for us. A blessing indeed to have memories like these.

    • Joy my heart and prayers go out to you in the passing of your Mum! I am so very sorry! My Mother passed away eight years ago unexpectedly. There is no one that compares to your Mum! Prayers for peace and comfort in the days, weeks, and months ahead. Hugs!

  13. Jann Olson says:

    I love comfort food like that and sweet and salty always wins out for me as well! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

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