By Karen Hendricks
One of my favorite benefits to working from home and setting my own work schedule is the gift of time that I can give to my children. The trend is for moms to go back to work, if they aren’t already working, when their children are teens because “teens can take care of themselves.” I understand and appreciate this viewpoint, but personally I think it’s even more important to be around and available to your teens than perhaps when they were preschool or elementary aged. Teens aren’t as physically draining as toddlers or primary-aged children, but they are definitely mentally draining! There are so many decisions, issues, forms of peer pressure and other serious topics to talk about with your teens. I wish all parents and teens had more time together during these critical years.
I especially enjoy being home when my kids come home from school and hearing about their day. (Those topics could form another blog altogether!) After-school snacks help to make the conversations flow. One of our favorite (and healthy) snacks is Peanut Butter Apple Dip with sliced apples. My kids are WILD about anything that contains peanut butter. (Apologies to those of you with allergies.)
We’ve been making this recipe since my oldest daughter Katie was a toddler and I honestly don’t remember where it came from. I have passed it along to many friends and family members through the years. It is so good and so easy that all of my kids know how to make it themselves (which I appreciate too). My daughter Kelly just made some yesterday. Not only is it a great dip to have on hand for everyday snacking, but it’s perfect for upcoming holiday celebrations too.
Peanut Butter Apple Dip
1 package (8 oz) cream cheese, softened
1 c peanut butter
3/4 c packed brown sugar (the original recipe calls for 1 full cup but I dial this back a bit)
1/4 c milk
Mix well with blender and enjoy! Makes approximately 2 1/2 cups of dip. Great with apples and graham crackers.
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