Happy Father’s Day! Circus Peanut Salad


Happy Father’s Day to all the special men in my life, my dad and my husband.  My father is a man with strong morals and even though he didn’t always know the perfect thing to say or do sometimes as I was growing up, I always knew he would be willing to do anything for me and wanted me to be happy.  The picture below is of me and my dad.  My mom tells me that I tried on that dress before dad got home and asked her something about looking pretty in my dress and dancing…I think, something like that.  When dad came in she told him what I had said and he comes in and tells me how beautiful I was in my dress and he just had to dance with me, and there we are, dancing in the family room.

me and dad

My dad is a simple man, but the little, simple things like that stick with you…and make me realize as I am raising my son the little things like this…or how dad would give us a “horse ride” on his back right before bed, those are the memories Alex will take with him and cherish as he grows up.  Bernie is a great dad and is already helping me make those memories for Alex.  I couldn’t have picked a better daddy for my little boy.

Alex and Daddy

I obviously love to cook for people, that is how I show I care.  Evidently I am a lot like my dad’s mom, in that way.  She was an Indiana gal raised on a farm and a great cook.  A while back my dad found her hand written recipes and I am really excited that he gave them to me.  It is really neat to have her hand written recipes and gives me a connection to her to hold onto.  It also makes me wish she was still here, I could have learned a lot from her in the kitchen.  Dad has been asking about this circus peanut salad for so long – no, not peanuts but those big, bright orange, pure sugar candies…you know the ones- and I thought this would be a nice surprise for Father’s Day.

We had another dessert but I had to have dad taste test this before I left and evidently I pulled through and it tasted like hers!  I can’t wait to try more of her recipes in the future and dad, I have an extra bag of circus peanuts so you will probably be getting another batch in the future!

Circus Peanut Salad

Circus Peanut Salad

Circus Peanut Salad, from my Grandma

30 Circus Peanuts, cut up into small pieces
1-6oz package of orange jello
2-8oz cans of crushed pineapple
2 cups boiling water
2 cups cold water
1 container whipped topping, thawed


Dissolve jello in boiling water.  Once jello powder is incorporated, add circus peanuts to dissolve.

Drain cans of pineapple and add juice to the cold water.  Mix pineapple liquid with the first mixture.  Place in fridge and allow to partially set.

Mix whipped topping and crushed pineapple.  Fold whipped topping mixture into the jello and place back in fridge to set.



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