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Easy-Peasy Caramel Chex Mix

Going to a Holiday party and don’t know what to bring? Want to make a home-made treat to give away to friends?  Try my Easy-Peasy Caramel Chex Mix.

Sweet and buttery, nutty and delicious, it’s a simple treat that’s ready in 30 minutes. And at this busy time of year, simple and good just can’t be beat.

Here’s what you need to make it:

  • 1 Small Box Chex Wheat & Rice Cereal
  • 2 cups of chopped nuts – pecans or walnuts
  • 2 sticks of butter, not margarine, butter. Oh Yeah!
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla

Preheat oven 325 degrees.

Coat an cookie sheet with non-stick cooking spray and then pour cereal and nuts into the pan and set aside.

In a deep sauce pan melt butter and then stir in brown sugar. Over medium heat stir butter and brown sugar steadily to prevent burning; bring to a boil for one minute. Once boiling,  slowly add vanilla; mixture will foam (and may splatter) cook one to two more minutes.

bubbling goodness

bubbling goodness

Pour butter/sugar/vanilla mixture evenly over cereal and nuts, coating well.

Pop the pan into the oven and bake for 10 minutes. Stir. Bake another 10 minutes and remove from oven, stir again to coat evenly.

When just about cool, remove from pan into an airtight container and enjoy!

crunchy, carmelly deliciousness!

crunchy, carmelly deliciousness!

December 1st signifies the start of the Christmas baking season at my house.  You?

.. let the baking begin!

.. let the baking begin!

Categories: Food, Holidays, Home, Recipes, Traditions | Tags: , , , , , , , | 20 Comments

Savoring the Honey Jar

Today I am cashing in on a treat I’ve held back enjoying until now:  a massage gift card Hubbs gave to me at Christmas-time.

I’ve been tempted to indulge sooner but put it off because of illness and and a stretch of grey, uninspired days that ran into weeks.

Instead, I’ve saved it for now – for that time in winter when something delicious  to look forward to is welcomed.   I’ve saved it because sometimes anticipating something wonderful is nearly as much fun as experiencing it.

I’ve decided today’s the day.

Why?

Because it’s Tuesday, a “nothing special” kind of day. Yes, there is work to be done, both at home and in the office but there’s also a fridge full of Sunday’s leftovers and nothing pressing on my event horizon.

I can’t tell you how much I’m looking forward to my “hot stone massage,” in a soothing spa permeated with natural lavender and staffed by people who whisper.  (In my family of mostly men, no one whispers naturally). I’ll leave work a little early, arrive with a smile and step into a dim room illuminated only by a starred ceiling. I’ll sip my chamomile tea, slip into a heated cotton robe and relish the soft sounds of woodsy gongs, chimes and waterfalls.  I’ll feel like a girl .. a girlie girl who whispers.  I’ll very likely fall asleep and there’s a good chance I’ll snore or reveal family secrets.    I’ll ooh and ahh as my sore muscles and computer neck get worked over and afterwards, I’ll greet the fatigue that arrives as my tender limbs announce their existence.  I’ll drive home and pour myself into the comfiest clothes I own, have a chat with my  guys and later, later I’ll sleep the sleep dreams are jealous of.

 * * *

“Well,” said Pooh, “what I like best,” and then he had to stop and think.  Because although eating honey was a very good thing to do, there was a moment just before you began to eat it which was better than when you were, but he didn’t know what it was called.  ~A.A. Milne

image from dailymail.co.uk

What have you savored lately?

Categories: Beauty, Gratitude, Humor, Joy, Life, Personal, Thoughts | Tags: , , , , , , , | 40 Comments

Java in my Jive

It’s Monday and I somehow got up extra early …. this translates to a special treat for me: time in my schedule for a stop at my favorite coffee house :).

Sometimes it’s those unexpected moments that make an ordinary day .. extraordinary.

How about you? Doing anything special for yourself today?

image from bakingdom.com

Categories: Attitude, Food, Fun, Joy | Tags: , , , | 16 Comments

Black cats and bats and ghosts …

It’s time for some Halloween Treats!

Have a SPOOK-tacular day 🙂

Categories: Family, Fun, Holidays, Humor | Tags: , , , | 10 Comments

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