Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Aly and Molly's Christmas Blog Challenge - Day 8 & 9

Day 1: Christmas/Holiday traditions
Day 2: Black Friday/General Shopping Tips & Tricks
Day 3: Most meaningful gift/best gift you've received
Day 4: Tips/Tricks to a Budget Friendly holiday season
Day 5: Favorite Holiday Movie/TV Show Special
Day 6: Gift ideas (what do YOU want? We all have family/friends reading our let them know!)
Day 7: Holiday Craft/DIY (If you don't make anything, what do you WISH you could make?)
Day 8: Least favorite thing about the Holidays
Day 9: Favorite Holiday recipe
Day 10: Favorite Christmas Songs/Caroles
Day 11: New Year Resolutions
Day 12: Show us your decorations (indoor/outside)
Day 13: Favorite Cookie Recipe
Day 14: Oprah's Favorite Things: What item(s) would you want if you were in the audience?
Ok, Ok, I missed yesterday so this is a DOUBLE Christmas Challenge post to
Welcome December! :)
#8: This one was truly, very hard for me. If you know me even a little you know I am obsessed with Christmas. Not just Christmas day, but the entire season and everything about it. The food, the family, the twinkle lights in downtown Seattle, the candy canes... You name it, I <3 it. However, if I had to choose one thing that I hate, it would be the ugly side of people that comes out around this time of year. Some get nasty, some get bitter, and some are just lonely. It hurts my heart to know this, and I know I can't do anything about everyone that hates the holidays, but hopefully I can spread a little cheer around this time of year to lighten their blow.
#9: For the first time in my life, I made Chex Mix! My great grandfather used to make it by the mounds every holiday season and I absolutely loved it! I tried my hand at it last night, and I must say... YUMMMM! It's like a little piece of the past for me :) Here is the recipe from my Granny, but I'm told it's the same recipe that is on the side of the Chex cereal box. I doubled the recipe and it made a lot! :)
Papa's Chex Mix


2 cups corn chex
2 cups wheat chex
2 cups rice chex
1 cup mixed nuts or any mixture of nuts you have
1 cup pretzels (bite size or stickd)
1 cup garlic bagle bits
6 tablespoons butter or margarine (papa used margarine)
2 tablespoons worchestershire sauce
1 and 1/2 teaspoons seasoned salt
3/4 teaspoons garlic powder( add a touch more if you like garlic0
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
Heat oven to 250 degrees.  In large bowl mix cereals, nuts, pretzels and bagel chips.  Set aside.  Melt butter in oven.  Stir in seasonings.  gradually stir in cereal mixture until evenly coated. Place in cookie sheet.   Bake in oven l hour stirring every 15 minutes (very important).  Spread on paper towels until cool.. Store in airtight container.
Granny's Two Cents:
If you do not have all three kinds of cereal, you can substitute any kind such as cheerios, mini shredded wheats  (not sugar kind)  or any other kind,  This is how Papa and I made it.  There is a microwave recipe but we didnt like the way that came out.  This makes good christmas gifts packed in jars with christmas tops.
PS - 365 Days in Pictures - Please peep what I'm learning to do! Don't judge yet, I'm still practicing! :)
Happy first day of December everyone!!!


  1. I LOVE all the recipes you share! Please keep posting them :-D

  2. luv getting ur snacks & baking stuff.. love it! im trriiing to get my aunt's spicy chex mix recipe.. she's being stubborn.. lol

  3. I <3 Chex Mix! I think my mom has only made it a couple of times since my grandma always buys snack mix bags for our family parties. I like your granny's "two cents" on it. I might even try it like that when I need to buy all the ingredients!

    And your knitting looks good so far. I don't know how to knit so you're a step ahead of me :)

  4. it looks amazing! i always love to see new recipes and surprisingly this is one i havent seen yet! thanks for sharing!! : )

  5. I'm glad that you all share an afinity for Chex mix like me :) I think I shall make some more this evening! :) Mmmmmmm

  6. Chex mix was a Christmas (and football season) tradition for my mom too. My sister makes it ok, but I sure do miss Mom's. She didn't use bagel bites and only used peanuts (not mixed nuts) but the rest looks pretty much the same. We used to bring big tupperware containers back and forth every holiday for her to fill up for us to go home with. Thanks for sharing, that's a sweet memory for me.