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Month: August 2017

SNACK MIX

Whether you are celebrating or sobbing, it is back-to-school time, friends. It is time for piles of school supplies to start taking over the family room floor, for that dreaded homework we all know is coming and for packing cold lunches. {Enter cry of agony here} Every year I look for ways to change up the same ‘ol lunches and snacks I pack the kids. But…without getting all fancy bento box crazy over here! {Who has time for that?}

I have come up with a few ideas and I cannot wait to share them with you. This first one is my Auntie CoCo’s Snack Mix recipe. It is da bomb! Other snack mixes people make are okay, but this one tops them all. I don’t know how she perfected it, but she did. It is simple to make and you can have it for the whole week for school snacks or even after school snacks. Pair it with an apple or a banana and it is a perfect snack for the kiddos. Or you.

I change up the snack ingredients a bit from my auntie’s recipe but keep the sauce exactly as is. We like more cereal and crackers in ours, and my uncle likes more cashews in his. I say balance your preferences of cereal, crackers, nuts and pretzels as you wish as long as the cup measurements stay about the same.

You don’t have to keep this recipe for just school time either. It is also great for family gatherings to put out with the appetizers or for Sundays sitting around watching football or to throw in the car for those long road trips.

Here we go…the next nine months of bliss and chaos all in one! We can do it. We will do it. Let’s embrace it!

 

SNACK MIX

 

6 cups Crispix cereal

1 box Cheez-Its crackers

1 cup cashews

1 cup pretzels

1 cup butter

3 Tb. Worcestershire sauce

2 tsp. garlic salt

1 tsp. celery salt

 

Preheat oven to 250˚.

 

In a large mixing bowl, gently mix cereal, crackers, cashews and pretzels together; set aside.

 

In a small microwavable bowl, melt butter in 30 second increments until fully melted; stirring each time. Add Worcestershire, garlic salt and celery salt; whisk to combine.

 

Pour half of butter mixture over the cereal mixture and stir gently until well coated. Pour rest of butter mixture in; again stirring gently until well coated.

 

Spread out on a large cookie sheet. Bake in oven for total of about 1 hour. Stirring every 20 minutes. You want the Cheez-Its to be slightly golden brown on edges and the butter mixture to have mostly dried. It will be slightly wet yet, but that will soak in as it cools. Let cool completely. Store in an airtight container.

Chocolate Covered Strawberries

You have been asked to bring a dessert to your next get-together. You are looking for a healthy, but tasty dessert for the BBQ you are hosting for Labor Day weekend. You just want something sweet in the house, but do not want to turn on the oven to bake on these hot summer days. I have the answer for you for all of these situations. Chocolate Covered Strawberries! These sweet gems almost seem fancy, but they are so simple to make.

I had brought these over to a friends house for a get-together and everyone devoured them. They satisfied the little kids and the teenagers, the ones watching what they ate and the ones that didn’t care, the meat eaters and the gluten-free/dairy-free eaters.

 

What if you have the ingredients but not the time to make them in time to set up? Just melt your chocolate without the wax and let every one dig in with their strawberries! They do not need to “set” to be delicious. It would almost be like a fondue. {I almost like them better this way!} You just won’t have the presentation portion of it.

 

You don’t even really need a recipe for this one, but here it is.

 

CHOCOLATE COVERED STRAWBERRIES

 

1 lb. clamshell strawberries, rinsed & dried

10-12 oz. bakers semi-sweet dark chocolate

Paraffin Wax, chunk about the size of the tip of your thumb

 

Melt the chocolate and wax together. In microwave, melt in 45 second intervals; stirring each time. Or in double boiler, melt over low simmer; stirring occasionally to combine into a smooth consistency.

Let chocolate cool for about 5 minutes. Take a strawberry by the green top, and dip in chocolate; covering most of red part. Set on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet. Repeat for all berries. Refrigerate until chocolate is set.

Refrigerate any leftovers. If there are any {Just keeping it real!}

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