Sunday, December 16, 2012

Christmas Snacks: Chex Mix!

Chex Mix is my favorite snack to make during the holidays! If you haven't made this fun snack before, I encourage you to give it a try! It's a pretty straightforward recipe. You can also find several variations of the recipe. I think that this season, I'm going to try and make the bold chex mix.

Original Chex Mix Recipe

3cups Corn Chex® cereal
3cups Rice Chex® cereal
3cups Wheat Chex® cereal
1cup mixed nuts
1cup bite-size pretzels
1cup garlic-flavor bite-size bagel chips or regular-size bagel chips, broken into 1-inch pieces
6tablespoons butter or margarine
2tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 1/2teaspoons seasoned salt
3/4teaspoon garlic powder
1/2teaspoon onion powder
Preparation Directions
1.In large microwavable bowl, mix cereals, nuts, pretzels and bagel chips; set aside. In small microwavable bowl, microwave butter uncovered on High about 40 seconds or until melted. Stir in seasonings. Pour over cereal mixture; stir until evenly coated.
2.Microwave uncovered on High 5 to 6 minutes, thoroughly stirring every 2 minutes. Spread on paper towels to cool. Store in airtight container.
Oven Directions Heat oven to 250°F. In large bowl, mix cereals, nuts, pretzels and bagel chips; set aside. In ungreased large roasting pan, melt butter in oven. Stir in seasonings. Gradually stir in cereal mixture until evenly coated. Bake 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes. Spread on paper towels to cool, about 15 minutes. Store in airtight container.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Favorite Christmas Movie: Home Alone

Home alone is one of my favorite Christmas movies of all time. Macaulay Culkin's character, Kevin, gets left home alone when his family goes to spend their Christmas in Paris. He has to defend for himself against the "wet bandits" (a pair of robbers that clog the drains and leave the sinks on of the homes that they rob). Kevin's set ups to outsmart and hurt the pair of robbers will leave you laughing your socks off. :D If you have seen Home Alone before, check out a few of these pictures! 

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Stocking Stuffer Idea: Homemade Lip Moisturizer

I've found another great stocking stuffer idea! If you're the crafty type, try making this Homemade Lip Moisturizer! If you'd like to add some color to your moisturizer add in some of your favorite lipgloss or lipstick! Also, you can add in shimmer or glitter!

This recipe makes enough to fill  6 to 7 – 1/2 oz containers depending on how full you make them.
Ingredients needed:
3 Tbls Coconut Oil
3 Tbls Honey
1 Tbls Beeswax
Using a small saucepan over low heat combine your coconut oil, honey and beeswax.  Stir continually until it is all melted and combined 5-7 minutes.  Remove from heat and carefully spoon into containers.  I used a measuring spoon to fill my containers to ensure I didn’t spill and each container received the same amount. I put 2 1/2 teaspoons in each container.
This is what they looked like right after they were filled.
This is what they look like as the started to cool and harden.  I allowed them to fully cool, about three hours before placing the lids on them.  I also tried to whip the mixture after it was melted to see if it made a difference and then spoon it in.  You can see from the photo below, other than looking messy I didn’t notice a bit of difference, so save yourself some work and spoon it in.
Have some cute little sticker labels made for the tops of the tins and you have some super cute little frugal yet practical homemade gifts!  I have been using this since we made it and love it!


Monday, December 10, 2012

"Owl" Be Home For Christmas

I don't know about you all...but I've got this crazy love for owls. They're interesting animals and usually resemble wisdom. And they can turn their heads almost all the way around...that's pretty cool. :D Check out this adorable owl ornament you can make with felt! I've included a link to the pattern for the ornament! Happy crafting!

Merry Christmas! 


Friday, December 7, 2012

Stocking Stuffer Idea: Cozy Toes

Here's a great stocking stuffer idea! Buy some socks and a matching nail polish color and put them in a plastic baggy with the tag on the front saying:

"Wishing you warm cozy toes all winter"

Merry Christmas


Thursday, December 6, 2012

Peppermint Candy Cane Sugar Scrub

Use this scented sugar scrub to get into the Christmas season! I love the smell of peppermint, and I can't wait to make my own batch of this! Enjoy!

Ingredients/ Supplies
2 cups white granulated sugar
1/4 to 1/3 cup of almond oil (or cocnut oil)
Peppermint Essential Oil
Pink food coloring or raspberry juice
Glass jar/ container

Mix the granulated sugar and almond oil together. Add a few drops of peppermint essential oil.

Divide the mixture equally into two containers. Add food coloring to one half of the mixture.

Layer the mixture in the container of your choice by using a funnel.

Voila! You have a beautiful Peppermint Sugar Scrub! This is a great idea for a Christmas gift!

Merry Christmas! 


Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Christmas Breakfast

When I saw this picture...I just simply had to post about it! This cinnamon pull apart is a great breakfast treat for the Christmas season! Check out the recipe!

2 small tubes refrigerator buttermilk biscuits OR 1 tube Pillsbury Grands buttermilk biscuits
3 Tbsp. butter or margarine, melted
1/2 C. maple syrup
1/3 C. packed brown sugar
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 C. chopped pecans, optional
1/4 C. chopped almonds, optional

Spray a fluted pan with non-stick spray. Combine the melted butter and syrup in a small bowl and set aside. In another bowl, combine the brown sugar, cinnamon, and nuts (if desired).

Place about half of the syrup mixture in the bottom of the pan. Then sprinkle half of the brown sugar mixture on top.

Lay the biscuits on the bottom of the pan, overlapping edges (closely together) to form a ring.

Top with remaining syrup and sugar mixtures.

Bake at 375 degrees for 15 minutes or until golden brown.

Cool for 1 minute in the pan, then invert onto a serving platter and enjoy!

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Elf Quotes

Every year my family and I watch Elf. It is one of our favorite Christmas movies. here are a few of my favorite quotes from the movie. We quote them all year round! :)