Wow. What a full-of-fun, full-speed-ahead two weeks we’ve had! Our two precious grandchildren, Aidan and Maggie, just went home yesterday from two weeks with us. Those two weeks just flew by. Which just might have had something to do with us trying to pack every minute full of fun. We spent days at the movies, went to the zoo, went roller skating with cousins, had a cookout, went to BeeBop’s softball games, spent afternoons at the pool, and do you know what? This Nana is slap worn out. And I’d do it again in a minute. Nothing like grandkids.
One of the things I think they find truly entertaining is when we talk about the “old days.” You know – when we were kids – before cell phones and computers. And since we both grew up in very small southern towns, our old days talk can be, well, somewhat quaint. One day I was talking about things my sisters and I did during summer vacation when we were children. Our vacations involved some work in the garden and preserving vegetables, etc., but we had loads of fun, too. And almost every day in the late afternoon we had a little snack. A real southern treat. Coke with salted peanuts.
Now, I realize that many of you will have never heard of this peculiar southern treat. But those folks around my age who grew up anywhere in rural south Georgia will know exactly how to do this. Take an 8 ounce Coca-Cola in the bottle. It has to be a bottle. No cans. Drink a few swallows so that there’s some room in the bottle. Now pour in a small package of salted peanuts. No more than an ounce. Drink the Coke and munch the peanuts. It’s a sweet and salty treat that I still enjoy. Being the country girl that I am and all.
So while talking about Coke and peanuts, I found out that my grandchildren have never had Coke in the 8 ounce bottles. What! I knew I had to remedy that right away so I went straight to the store and picked up a six-pack. Of course it was more of a novelty than anything else, but they so enjoyed those little bottles of Coca-Cola. And at the end of the week there was one little bottle left. Hard to split that between two, so I came up with another childhood favorite for them to try – Coke Floats! According to them, they’d never enjoyed this particular treat either but were willing since it involved ice cream.
As simple as pie – just scoop some vanilla ice cream into a glass, pour over the Coke and enjoy! I added a little whipped cream and a cherry just for good measure.
After these last two weeks talking about our childhoods, BeeBop and I are now officially dinosaurs :-)
What I was cooking…
- One year ago: Refrigerator Pickles
- Two years ago: Beef and Scallion Stir-Fry
- Three years ago: Old Fashioned Cornbread