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Fall Snack Mix

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I made a couple batches of this for our school bake sale. It’s super easy, makes a ton and is addictive! I am including both sweet and a savory versions.
Savory Snack Mix: (Straight from Chex box)

3 Cups Corn Chex cereal 

3 Cups Rice Chex cereal

3 Cups Wheat Chex cereal

OR any combination you prefer. I used 4 Cups of Corn and 4 Cups of Rice Chex and added a Cup of Goldfish

Here’s where it gets fun – You can do any addition you like, it’s up to you!

1 Cup mixed nuts. (I used almonds in the savory and pecans in the sweet)

1 Cup bite sized pretzels 

1 Cup garlic bagel chips or Melba toasts

I mentioned above that I used one less cup of cereal and added 1 cup of goldfish crackers. The possibilities are endless.

1-2 Cups candy corn to the savory/1-2 Cups m&ms to the sweet mix (add to mix after it bakes and cools)

Combine dry ingredients (except candy) in a large bowl and add the savory or sweet coating below:

SAVORY: Use this coating if you are doing the savory mix

1-1.5 sticks butter, melted 

2 Tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

1.5 teaspoons seasoned salt

3/4 teaspoon garlic powder

1/2 teaspoon onion powder

Whisk until combined



SWEET: use this coating if you are doing the sweet mix

1-1.5 sticks butter, melted

3/4 packed brown sugar

2 Tablespoons vanilla extract 

Whisk until combined 


Baking Instructions:

Preheat oven 250 degrees

Pour over the snack mix in a large bowl and mix together until evenly coating all the snack pieces.

Spread out on several cookie sheets. Bake for one hour. Take the treys out of the oven and mix with a spatula every 15 minutes while baking. Let cool, add candy and enjoy! 

BLT Flatbread Pizzas

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Here’s a different take on the flatbread pizza. I’m a huge bacon fan so this really did it for me! 

Flatbread of your choice and flavor. I think I used Wegmans brand wheat for these 

2-3 slices of fresh mozzarella

Crispy bacon chunked into pieces

Lettuce and tomatoes diced 

Mayonnaise mixed with a tiny bit of water or lemon juice to thin it out (put in ziplock bag and clip the corner off to drizzle). 

Preheat oven 400 

Bake the breads on a cookie sheet for about 5 mins or until they crisp up a little on the bottom. Then, add your cheese and continue to bake 5-10 mins until cheese is melted and the flatbreads are crispy. You don’t want them too crispy so keep an eye on them after the 5 min mark. Let cool a little then add your bacon, lettuce, tomatoe and drizzle the top with the mayo mixture. Cut and enjoy! For a spicier smokey option add a tablespoon of adobo sauce from a can of Chipotle Peppers in Adobo Sauce to the mayonnaise. 

In the photo I also did a Caprese Flatbread (recipe just like BLT but with diced tomatoes, basil leaves and a balsamic drizzle)

In photo – Left: BLT Flatbread and Right: Caprese Flatbread 
  

Hot Onion Dip

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If you are looking for a super easy and delicious dip for Super Bowl or any winter party – this is it! You can pretty much serve this with anything but I tend to pair it with tortilla scoops and Bugles. Yes, I said Bugles! Fun for the fingers and taste buds. Carrot chips and celery would also go well with this dip.

1 medium sweet onion, finely chopped or 1 frozen bag of diced onions thawed and drained
2 packages cream cheese
1 1/2 cups shredded Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup Hellman’s mayonnaise (you may as well go all out – this is not a low fat recipe)

Mix all ingredients together and put in a medium baking dish. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes or until brown and bubbly.

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Oreo Thanksgiving Turkeys

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I came up with these to do as a food craft with my toddler for Thanksgivlng.
Blonde Oreo cookies
Nutter Butter bites – could also use Oreo minis if there is a peanut allergy
chocolate chips to melt and use as “glue”
Candy corn
White chocolate chips to use as eyes
Black icing pen – for the eyes
Red icing pen – for the gobbler

You could also stick a lollipop stick and make into cute turkey pops.

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Homemade Chocolate Candies

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I made these for my family who recently stayed with us. I wanted something small but special that was homemade and had a gourmet quality to them. I put a few in clear gift bags and left them on their pillows as a welcome gift.

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You can use any chocolate, nuts or dried fruits you like… The combinations are endless so enjoy!
I used dark and white chocolate chips, melted.
Nuts & seeds: cashews, almonds, pumpkin seeds, pecans
Dried fruit: golden raisins, dried cherries, dried cranberries
Waxed paper

Follow directions on the package to melt the chocolate. Spoon and swirl onto wax paper until they are about 1-2″ in diameter. Then pick your dried fruit and nut combinations and place them on the chocolate. Let set at room temperature or in the fridge if you need sooner. Once set you can package them in gift boxes or clear goodie bags tied with ribbon. Or, just enjoy!

Buffalo Chicken Wraps

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You can’t get much easier or tastier than this crock pot dish! It’s full of flavor and tastes just like chicken wings but all white meat and no bones.

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1-2 lbs chicken tenders
1/4-1/2 cup Frank’s Original Red Hot sauce or any favorite Wing sauce.
1/2 onion finely chopped
Taco size tortillas or for a healthier option Bib lettuce

Serve with:
Celery finely chopped
Carrot sticks or finely chopped carrots
Blue cheese or Ranch dressing (I love Ken’s the best for this)

Layer the chopped onion at the bottom of your slow cooker and then add the chicken on top. You can even leave the chicken frozen! Like I said – can’t get much easier. Set slow cooker on high for four hours or on low for eight. Once chicken is done drain most of the liquid and then shred. Add the wing sauce and let heat through if needed.

Serve on tortillas or lettuce leaves for a healthier/low carb option. Sprinkle celery and carrots on top and then drizzle with Blue Cheese or Ranch dressing.

Nutella Sammies

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Nutella Sammies

We hosted a Memorial Day Brunch in our neighborhood this year and had an amazing time. I came up with a super easy and fun brunch dish for the kids and they loved it!

Mini waffles
Nutella or whipped cream
Strawberries – cut in halves or small whole strawberries

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Toast waffles and let cool or just thaw them. Spread about a teaspoon or two of Nutella or whipped cream on one waffle and top with another waffle making a sandwich. Top each “sammy” with a strawberry. You can leave it like this or add a long toothpick like I did. Obviously, since these are for kids make sure the toothpicks are removed before they eat.

Simple and the kids loved them! Make your Memorial Day or 4th of July brunch a hit with these.