Thursday, December 12, 2013

Time to "Party"...

Wanna Party?

The baking day list is made.
The butter is bought and softening in the cupboard,
The nuts are chopped,
The notes written on the recipe cards remembered
(funny how my recipe cards have now 'yellowed' with love and with age)
It's nearly time to plug in the Kitchen Aid and get to work...
But wait...
The first thing we bake in our family homes
(My two daughters' and mine)
Is Chex Party Mix...
While some call it "Chex Mix"
Others call it something our houses, we refer to it simply as 
Party Mix
and we make it in double batches...sometimes 2 or 3 double batches.
(I remember my grandma pulling large coffee cans of Party Mix out of her freezer during our summer visits, to be nibbled on while the grown ups played Pinochle and we, the kids, mastered our scissor skills on the JCPenney catalog.)
When Becca was a teenager, I'd often find the Party Mix container in her room....nearly empty, she really couldn't help herself!
We like to
doctor ours up a bit, adding a little more butter, a pinch here and  a pinch there of extra spice.
We like to put Cheerios in our mix as well as Chex.
Mindy likes to add Goldfish Crackers now that she has little ones in her house.
I add Planter's Deluxe Nuts
(this year they've added pistachios to the mix!)
 Mindy uses Cashews and Marcona Almonds while Becca prefers hers without nuts.
My favorite part of the mix is the pretzel sticks...salty with a hint of Worcestershire...
We stash part of this baked goodness away, hoping at least some of it will make it to the holiday.
But, to be honest, we've normally all had our fill by Christmas
What's your favorite nibble to make during the holidays?

Our Family's
Traditional Chex Party Mix
(Single batch recipe...this will NOT be enough)

3 Cups Wheat Chex
3 Cups Corn Chex
3 Cups Cheerios
2 Heaping Cups Pretzel Sticks
1 Cup Deluxe Mixed Nuts
8 Tablespoons Butter
2 Tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce
1 1/2 teaspoons Lawry's Seasoned Salt
3/4 teaspoon Garlic Powder
1/2 teaspoon Onion Powder

*Since you are probably doubling recipe, get out your bit roaster and set the oven to 250 degrees.
Put butter into roaster and let melt in oven.
Add W. sauce and other seasonings to the melted butter, mix.
I normally pour all of the cereal and pretzels into a large bowl to mix up a bit before pouring it into the roaster/butter/deliciousness.
Add cereal, nuts and pretzels to pan, mix very well.
When mixed thoroughly, place roaster into oven, uncovered, and bake for one hour, stirring well every 15 minutes.
After one hour, remove from oven and let cool in pan.
Store in airtight tins or containers.
Will freeze very well (thanks Grandma!)
in Folgers coffee tins
Ours is nearly gone....
time to make another batch, or two!
~Merry Christmas~

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

35 years....

This lovely mommy will turn 
35 tomorrow.

34 years ago tonight, I sat, in my chair, wrote a poem and tucked it into my almost one year old's baby book.  It seems like yesterday.
This many years later, my girl, my friend.
 has taught me more than I could ever teach her.

She is steadfast in her love for her family and is a loyal friend.
She works hard and plays fair.
Happy Birthday Min,
We love you!

Daughters Becca (L) and Mindy (R) with grandsons Bentley and Clark .