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Ms. Elaine Kneeous

Jennifer is a one in a million stay-at-home mom. (More like one OF a million stay at home moms!) She graduated from a liberal arts college but there is nothing liberal OR artsy about her. She is married to Kevin Fischer of This Just In, and together they have a beautiful young daughter Kyla Audrey. In no particular order she loves dogs, wine, a good bargain, her family, pizza, and entertaining. Follow her blog of all things miscellaneous including but not limited to cooking and baking, entertaining and party planning, being a mommy, and homekeeping.

Culinary yes-yes #88

Back-to-school season is well upon us.  Our little darling hits the books BEFORE Labor Day, though some lucky kiddos can enjoy their summer until Tuesday, September 2nd.  No matter what the start date, moms & dads are scrambling to assemble school supplies, get clothes ready and start planning structured meals after a leisurely (“let’s just wing it”) breakfast, lunch, and dinner schedule.  Equally important to all the aforementioned to-do items is figuring out the after-school snack repertoire.  Learning bodies require a huge amount of fuel – just ask any mom who hasn’t been prepared to feed a hungry mouth as soon as the backpack hit the floor.

Whether it’s a classroom-friendly munch for all, a recess treat, lunch time basic or a tide-you-over before your extracurricular activity, there’s a go-to goodie that snack-savvy parents keep in their pantry at all times:

 

 

“Originally developed by Oscar J. Kambly at Swiss biscuit manufacturer Kambly in 1958, Goldfish snacks were introduced to the United States in 1962 by Pepperidge Farm founder Margaret Rudkin.  Although the plain variety of the crackers is called 'Original', the actual original, first flavor produced was 'Cheddar'. This was the best-selling variety of Goldfish crackers in the US.”  (Source:  Wikipedia.)

Looking for a sweet version of this savory classic?  There are plenty of options:  Strawberry shortcake, French toast, s’mores, and vanilla cupcake are a few of your choices.  Flavors can be “limited edition” so if something appeals to you, I suggest you grab ‘em when you see ‘em.  Personally I’d encourage stockpiling.

If you want to keep your fishies whole, not squashed in the bottom of a lunch sack or smashed by your wallet in your handbag, may I suggest a Goldfish Cracker Caddy?  I’ve seen these hanging on clip strips in stores such as Walmart and Pick ‘N Save:

 

 

 

 

On a recent trip to that money-sucking store known as Target, I spied an exclusive variety that HAD to come home with us that day:

 

 

OK I’ll admit they are your basic goldfish tinted a blush color.  Brooke (the name of the Goldfish featured on the front of the bag) isn’t actually wearing a tiara, and there are no castle-shaped crackers either.  But for less than $2.00 I simply couldn’t resist, and neither could Kyla.  Yes, I plan to go back for more before they disappear from the shelves forever.

Don’t forget seasonal ideas and varieties as well.  Last Christmas, it was possible to find these:

 


Who knows what Pepperidge Farm has up their sleeve for the 2014 season?  We can only hope.  Speaking of holidays, keep in mind there are some amazingly cute DIY Valentine’s Day ideas out there.

What can I say?  When your last name is FIS(C)HER you kinda go a little nuts for this sort of thing.  Speaking of going a little nuts for fish, if you’re so inclined, you can get personalized packages.  Like this, for example…

 

 

 

Simply visit Goldfish My Way and make your selections.  Trust me you’ll enjoy the process.

Looking for a way to spruce up your pre-dinner snacks for the under-12 set?  May I recommend a batch of fish in the river as opposed to the too-ordinary and overdone ants on a log?  As long as you’re taking care of your youngsters’ hungry tummies you’re probably tempted to toss a few of them in your mouth too.  If that’s the case, you might want to uncork a nice Riesling.

I’ve been known to ask Kyla for a handful of her fish when she is contentedly munching away in the back seat.  While she is a generous and thoughtful child, she literally hands me ONE cracker from her stash.  I guess I can’t blame her.

What IS it about this simple cracker that has elevated into a cult following?  Probably a host of reasons:  they are inexpensive and easy to find.  The multiple flavor varieties appeal to many palettes.  They are easy for early self-feeders to pick up.  And let’s face it:  they are WAY cuter than a Cheese It.

Whether it’s the year-round staple, limited edition, or seasonal variety I find it hard to argue that Goldfish Crackers are indeed a Culinary Yes Yes! 

 

CULINARY YES YES BONUS:

 

We’ve all had to deal with other parent’s bratty kids when we’re out and about.  Personally, I think this guy’s reaction was priceless and a total Yes Yes. 

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