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Old Family Recipe

Today I will share with you an old family recipe. It is very easy to make. It is a good way to use up leftovers. It can be a breakfast, lunch, dinner, snack, or dessert. It is delicious.

Have I peeked your interested?

It is frosting on oyster crackers!

What?

Oyster crackers. You know, the little round salty soup crackers. Nabisco Premium oyster crackers are my favorite brand. If you don’t have any oyster crackers, Saltines work too. Using Saltines just makes getting the ratio of frosting to cracker more tricky to get right.

What?

Oh, you meant that this concoction sounded gross? My husband thinks so too. But I try not to judge him too harshly for it. I will do the same for you.

Ta-Da!: I present to you Frosted Oyster Crackers

Ta-Da!: I present to you Frosted Oyster Crackers

My mom used to eat this when I was little to use up leftover frosting. Because, of course, you cannot throw out extra frosting. It is sugar and fat in spreadable form. A precious commodity!

My mom often used chocolate frosting for this dish. I think I prefer vanilla. This is one of my most favorite desserts. Sometimes, if I haven’t had it in a while, I will just buy a can of frosting especially to make it.

I tell you, there is nothing quite like the combination of sweet and salty, unbleached enriched flour and hydrogenated oils (that is for you, LazyHippieMama!). That perfect little dollop of frosting smeared onto the cracker.

Hey, I wonder if I could turn them into a party snack. If I used a pastry bag (a.k.a. Ziploc bag with the corner cut off) I could make an attractive frosting peak on every cracker. Maybe I could run a toothpick into them. I wonder if my in-laws would eat them? That would mean I would have to stop double dipping though. But frosting might make the cracker soggy. Then it would not have the desirable crispiness that is required.

I am not one who usually shares recipes on my blog, and now you know why 😉 I currently have a whole can of red frosting leftover from my son’s caboose birthday cake. My waist line is already expanding. I should just throw it out. Will I?

Well, the jury is still out.

I did have to make up some crackers for the photo for this post.

And Betty Crocker frosting does last in the fridge for 30 days. (Damn it, I thought I bought Duncan Hines. I like DH better.) 6 more days to go…

Why is it that everyone is always complaining about the high cost of health insurance?

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The proper thing to complain about is the high cost of health care. Or rather, the outrageous prices that doctors & medical facilities bill us and/or the insurance companies. If the medical industry did not charge so much, the insurance companies would not need to pay so much, and we would all be happier people. It is my belief that we should be able to pay for reasonable health needs ourselves, without insurance or declaring bankruptcy. That is how it used to be done, before employers offered health insurance as a benefit. And soon, I believe, they will no longer be offering this benefit.

I’m sure some would argue that doctors have all those years of schooling to pay for. You know what? That was their choice. Don’t make me pay your student loans. I had my own & I paid them myself. Some would say that we need to pay for all the technology now involved in the medical profession. Really. All industries have had an increase in technology. If the grocery store started passing on to you their overhead charges in gastronomical amounts, I think we would all complain. Doctors order tons of tests, just because they can. (Sorry, I was raised not to trust doctors.)

As times get harder & harder economically, I believe employers are going to stop offering medical insurance, or make it only available to their top executives. As it is now, insurance is so expensive, I’m sure many families can no longer afford it. And while most states have some sort of insurance to put your kids on, if you have too much in savings, you will be denied. Punished for trying to prepare & be responsible.

Who are the losers? All of us, in our insurance premiums & copays & deductables. Who are the biggest losers? Those without any insurance. When you have insurance, there is a portion of your bill that the insurance company just says “Oh, I don’t think so. We will knock a few thousand right off the top of that….”, and then they pay the remaining agreed amount. If you do not have insurance, you better bet the hospital/doctor will just bill you for the whole darn stinking thing.

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