My kids love this snack mix. I can't blame them really - what's not to like?? Melted chocolate, peanut butter and butter poured over crunchy cereal and covered in sugar.
My mom handed this recipe down to me a long time ago - even before I was married. It was passed down to her from a family friend. I thought that it was an original recipe and I made it for years thinking I was making a unique snack mix that very few people had ever heard tasted. You can imagine my surprise when I was eating breakfast one morning only to find my "original" recipe on the back of the Chex cereal box! So much for having an original recipe - little did I know that Chex lovers everywhere were making the same recipe.
Stir in cereal.
Place in a ziploc bag with powdered sugar and shake to coat. Dry on waxed paper lined cookie sheets.
Warning: This snack mix is VERY addictive. It is really hard to stop eating it once you start.
I must be feeling nostalgic this week because I found another Halloween photo that I just couldn't resist sharing. This is my son (a bunny) and my daughter (a tulip) on the front porch of our home in Pennsylvania. It was my daughter's first Halloween.
My husband loves chocolate covered pretzels so I made some Halloween themed chocolate pretzels last week. I took my cue from one of my kids favorite Halloween candies - candy corn.
I melted some orange chocolate in the microwave.
I dipped each pretzel in the chocolate and then let it harden.
I melted some white chocolate and dipped each pretzel halfway up the rod.
Lastly, I sprinkled yellow sugar on the end of each pretzel before the chocolate hardened.
Another snack that I make for just about every holiday is chocolate popcorn. There is such a wide variety of chocolate colors available now that it is easy to change it for every season. I have made this treat for school parties, team snacks and holiday parties. Last week I made the Halloween version of chocolate popcorn of course.
Melt the chocolate in the microwave. (I used the leftover orange chocolate from the pretzels.)
Pour melted chocolate into a ziploc bag, snip the corner of the bag and drizzle over the popcorn.
You can use more than one color of chocolate on the popcorn to make it even more colorful.
I sprinkled a few autumn jimmies over the warm chocolate as well to make it more festive.
Let the popcorn sit until chocolate hardens and then put it into bags or in a bowl for serving.
I was skeptical of chocolate popcorn when I first heard about it. I'm usually not a fan of salty and sweet together. I really do like this combination though. For some reason, I can't seem to stop eating it once I start - it's just that good.
I want to know - what is your favorite Halloween treat?
Hi friends. I have big news - today we begin the first ever "theme week" on the blog. (I know you're excited - try to contain your enthusiasm.) I have been overwhelming my family with Halloween treats this month so I decided to dedicate an entire week on the blog to Halloween fun.
With all of the Halloween preparations that are going on at my house this past week, it was reminded of the very first Halloween that I spent with Ben. The year was 1988 - I was a duck and he was - a girl!
I've already blogged about some of our Fall treats like apple nachos and caramel apples. That was just the beginning of the Halloween treats. A couple of weeks ago, we had tomato soup and grilled cheese on the menu - my son's choice. I decided to make it more festive by adding a pumpkin shaped cheese slice.
I heated up some Trader Joe's organic tomato soup and then topped it with a slice of American cheese cut into a jack o'lantern. I cut the pumpkin shape with a cookie cutter and I used a small paring knife to carve the face. After the soup sits for a couple of minutes, the cheese will start to melt into the soup.
I also used my cookie cutter to cut the grilled cheese into pumpkin shapes - something that impressed my kids much more before they were teenagers.
I also made jack o'lantern quesadillas for the kids last week for a snack.
Cut a face in a flour tortilla with a paring knife.
Put a whole tortilla on a warm skillet sprayed with Pam.
Sprinkle cheese on the tortilla.
Top with the cut tortilla.
Cook until cheese melts.
Flip and brown on other side.
There is so much about Fall that I love; the colors on the trees, the smells in my kitchen and crisp cool evenings just to name a few.
There is one aspect of Fall that I don't look forward to however - raking leaves. Cleaning up the leaves in the yard seems like a never ending task and when we're busy with our jobs and sport schedules, the last thing we need is another task added to our "to do" list.
Cider Glazed Chicken with Dried Cranberries
1 ½ Tablespoons flour 1 Tablespoon butter
¾ teaspoon salt 1/3 cup dried cranberries
¼ teaspoon allspice ½ cup apple cider or juice
4 chicken breasts 1 Tablespoon white wine vinegar
As I suspected, the kids scraped the cranberries off immediately. They really liked the sauce and the chicken. I eventually talked my daughter into tasting the cranberries - separately of course. She admitted that they were pretty good and then went on to eat 4 or 5 more. (Yea - we're making progress.) With or without cranberries - Cranberry Cider Chicken is a great meal.
Last night I made Mexican stuffed shells for dinner. I like to think of it as a fusion of Mexican and Italian cuisines. I needed a quick and easy dinner that I could throw together in under 20 minutes because I was busy with other projects yesterday. We ate the shells with a spinach salad and a side of Soupe au Pistou - a delicious meal.
Mexican Stuffed Shells
1 pound ground beef 24 ounces jumbo pasta shells
16 ounce jar salsa 1 cup cheddar cheese
8 ounces tomato sauce 1 cup Monterrey jack cheese
1 cup frozen corn 8 ounces sour cream
½ cup chopped olives 4 ounce can green chilies
Cook pasta shells according to package directions.
Stuff shells with filling and place in a casserole pan. Top with remaining cheese. Bake for 30 minutes at 375.
Ryan stuffed the shells for me because I was busy finishing up a cake. We all loved this dinner. My daughter ate 11 stuffed shells ... that says it all.
Okay the truth is - we will celebrate just about anything at our house. Monday was Mia's 4th birthday. It's hard to believe that she's 4 already - probably because she still acts like a puppy.
We celebrated with one of her favorite treats ...ICE!!!
We gave Mia her very own bucket of ice. She was super excited about her birthday ice. I don't really know if it's normal for a dog to love ice as much as she does - but it makes her happy.
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