Monday, December 10, 2018

Homemade Chex Snack Mix {Large Batch}

Every year around the holidays my mom would make homemade Chex cereal snack mix.
My brothers and I would shove it in our faces while watching Rudolph the Red Nosed
Reindeer, Santa Claus in Comin' to Town and Frosty the Snowman. Dad would be in his
Lazy Boy recliner, reading Farm Journal magazine or Reader's Digest and mom would be 
crocheting another afghan or poncho for me. Life was good.

Ever since my mom passed away a few months ago, I've been reminiscing a lot.
I suppose that's normal. I miss her so much and find myself trying to carry on some
of her traditions. She was such a wonderful mother. Always giving of herself, taking care
of everyone, volunteering her time and talents to church, the Salvation Army and anyone
in need. I know it sounds silly, but making this Chex Snack Mix made be feel close to her,
like she was right there with me, as the smell of butter, spices and cereal baking filled 
my kitchen.

My mom used the original Chex Mix recipe. This recipe is for an extra large batch of Chex
Mix, perfect for gifting to neighbors and friends. I use Cheese-It crackers instead of pretzels. 
I also added some Cheerios in addition to the Rice, Wheat and Corn Chex cereals.  
It's so versatile, so feel free to mix and match your favorites.

Homemade Chex Snack Mix makes a nice gift for neighbors, delivery drivers or anyone
you want to let know that they are appreciated and that you care.

Store snack mix in air-tight containers (I used Rubbermaid Brilliance Containers) for
freshness and decorate with cute ribbon, mini ornaments or bells for extra cuteness.

Homemade Chex Snack Mix

8 cups Rice Chex cereal
8 cups Corn Chex cereal
8 cups Wheat Chex Cereal
4 cups Cheerios cereal
1 box Cheese-It Crackers
2 cans (14oz) cashew nuts
3 sticks butter (I use unsalted)
4 tsp. celery salt
3 tsp. garlic powder
1 T chili powder
3 T Worcestershire sauce

Preheat oven to 250 degrees.
Pour cereal, crackers and cashews into a large aluminum roasting pan.

Using a large sauce pan, melt butter and add celery salt, garlic powder, chili powder and 
Worcestershire sauce. Pour liquid over the cereal mixture. Gently toss to coat using a large
plastic spatula. 

Place roasting pan in the oven and bake for 2 hours, stirring every 15 minutes.
Cool before placing into containers for gifting.


Sunday, December 9, 2018

DIY Snow Globe Christmas Ornament

Isn't this bottle brush tree snow globe ornament the cutest!

Last week while browsing around Michael's I noticed these clear, open front plastic
ornaments and thought they would be a fun craft to make with Madison. Her fiancé
was out of town for the weekend so she came over to stay with us and it was so nice
to have her back home.

Neither one of us are very crafty, but the Christmas ornament was super easy and we
had fun making them while enjoying a glass or two of wine :)

I found most of the bottle brush trees and deer at Michael's. I think I bought the dark
green trees last year.

To make DIY Snow Globe Christmas ornaments, brush Modge Podge where you
would like the snow to stick. I used a foam brush and painted the Modge Podge all
over the inside of the one I made. While the glue is still wet, sprinkle craft snow inside
the ornament and shake it around to cover, placing extra at the bottom. Modge Podge
dries clear, so you won't be able to see it after a few hours.

Using a glue gun, immediately glue the bottle brush trees and deer inside the ornament
on top of the snow. You may need to hold them a few seconds to get them to stick to
the snow. Once the Modge Podge and glue dries they will be more sturdy.

Hang them on your tree and sit back at enjoy all the cuteness!

DIY Snow Globe Christmas Ornament


Clear plastic open front Christmas ornaments
Small bottle of Modge Podge glue
Foam craft brushes
Craft Snow
Glue gun and glue sticks
Small bottle brush trees
Mini plastic deer or other miniature animals


Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Chocolate Diet Coke Cupcakes

This post has been sponsored by SheSpeaks, Inc. and The Coca-Cola Company.
All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Chocolate Diet Coke Cupcakes

Everyone who knows me well knows that I love Diet Coke®. I've been a fan for years!
There's just something about the delicious taste and that fizz that keeps me coming back
for more.

Many years ago, I heard that you could bake a low-fat cake by simply adding a 12-ounce
can of Diet Coke® to a box of chocolate cake mix. That's it. No oil, eggs or water needed,
just a can of diet soda and cake mix. Diet Coke® and chocolate - I was sold!

Monday, November 26, 2018

Six Ways to Make Your Home Cozy and Welcoming for Holiday Guests

This post has been sponsored by SheSpeaks, Inc. and The Coca-Cola Company.
All thoughts and opinions are my own.

My in-laws are coming for Christmas and we can't wait! I love having friends and family
visit during the holidays. I have games planned, movies picked out and I'm in the process
of making the house all warm and cozy with twinkling lights and candles. Family time is
so important and I love spending time with mine.

Monday, November 12, 2018

Easiest Apple Cinnamon Puff Pastry

Hey friends! Since Thanksgiving is only a little over a week away, I thought I would 
share a quick and easy apple cinnamon puff pastry tart that I made last year. I actually 
made it twice in one week because it was so good!

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Radicchio + Roasted Squash Salad

This post is in partnership with OXO. As always, all opinions are my own.

Radicchio + Roasted Squash Salad

We just found out that my in-laws are coming to visit us over Christmas and we're super
excited. They live in Texas, so we only get to see them once or twice a year and it's been
a couple of years since we have been together for Christmas. This holiday season is going
to be really hard because it will be our first Thanksgiving and Christmas without my mom.
I miss her every single day and I know that the holidays are going to tough, so it will be
nice having my in-laws here with us.

I can't believe Thanksgiving is only two and a half weeks away! Weren't we just
celebrating the 4th of July?!

Monday, October 29, 2018

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party

Thanks to a work conference in Orlando earlier this month, I was able to attend Mickey's
Not So Scary Halloween Party for the first time ever. Visiting Walt Disney World in the
fall and being able to go to this special ticketed event, has been on my bucket list for a
while and I was so happy that it all came together! We love Disney!

One of my blogging friends said that Florida in the fall is like summer, but with pumpkins,
and she was right! Besides a little rain late in the afternoon, the weather was perfect.