Holiday Snacks

The Holidays call for snacks of all kinds because every time you turn around, there is another gathering to attend. What kind of food gets your attention? Salty? Sweet? Candy? Cookies?

Candy doesn’t get eaten very well around here. I made some last year and it sat here for so long I finally put it in the freezer. Around April I found it and just quietly pitched it. Now cookies or something like that, they are usually gone in no time.

choc covered pretzels

An easy one that my kids all love are chocolate covered pretzels.

My Mom always bought the big twisted pretzels and carefully dipped every single one, nice and neatly. My patience level for that doesn’t even register so I started dumping a bag or two of these in a big bowl, melting chocolate and stirring it together. I poured them out on wax paper and when they were almost dry I broke them apart. They don’t look perfect, but the kids are happy with them!

Gingerbread Men

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I have made these gingerbread men almost every year since Shelly posted this recipe. I’m telling you they are the easiest and the best there is. Once you make these you will never want to do all the rolling and patting and hard work of other, less than stellar, gingerbread men.

Easy Gingerbread Cookies
3/4 cup butter
1 cup sugar
1 egg
 1/4 cup molasses
2 teaspoons soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon cloves
1/2 teaspoon ginger
2 1/2 cups flour
Melt butter and let it cool for 5 minutes.
Mix in all the other ingredients.
Spread on a 10×15 cookie sheet.
Bake at 350* for about 12 minutes.
Cool 5 minutes. Cut into shapes!
Once they are cooled, I drizzle them with a thick glaze/frosting piped out of a bag. If you want to frost and decorate them like little men, go for it.
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 Edit to add: the glaze recipe was just a shot in the dark. Maybe 1 cup of powdered sugar and a few drops of milk to get it to the right consistency. I put it in a small sandwich bag and cut the tip off one corner to pipe it out of.
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Be sure and keep all the edge pieces and drizzle them with icing too. Trust me when I say they disappear just as fast as the little men.
I call these the “mom pieces” because the kids go for the real ones and I can sit here and pop little bites into my mouth and never have a clue how much I actually consumed!

Protein Balls 
This is not necessarily a holiday snack, but a good and easy one, and maybe just a tiny bit healthy.
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Protein Balls
2 C Honey
2 C Peanut butter
1/2 tsp salt
6 C oatmeal
1 C chopped nuts
2 C mini chocolate chips
Mix well and scoop into balls.
Store in the refrigerator.
These can also be frozen and then just pull a few out whenever you need them.
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My kids like these in their lunches as well. I am not a health-nut mom, but if there is something (sorta) healthy they like, better then total junk.
So tell me, what are your favorite Holiday snacks?

of crafting and snacking

Yesterday we didn’t have a lot to do around here and the girls had been wanting to do some crafts, so we did!
I felt like home-ecky-becky till we were done.

Clips, pins, material, lace, beads, and all things crafty!

We cut, twisted, wrapped and glued.

We looked at tutorials online and they decided how, what, when, and where.

This turned out to one of the favorites. It was just plain old cotton material that I had in a box in the basement. We burned the edges and glued the centers together. I wanted something to put in the middle that matched the colors a little better but when your using odds and ends around the house, you just use what you have.

I didn’t get a good picture of the dark brown. It turned out pretty good too. Reagan wears it all the time. Even while she plays Indian and that consists of wearing a very small skirt and shouting war hoops aroudn the house.

So while your crafting… you should really be snacking, not?
Logical, I think.

We had made a fast and easy snack that morning and it went very well with our craftiness.

I got the recipe from my friend Lois and I believe Eric will be forever grateful! 🙂

Her recipe calls for only Crispix. We like it that way but sometimes I mix things up and add some pretzels and honeycombs too.

Caramel Crispix

2 sticks butter
2 cups brown sugar
1 cup White Karo
-Melt these 3 together and bring to a boil.
Remove from heat and add
1 tsp baking soda.
Stir very well and dump over 2 boxes of Crispix.

Microwave for 3 minutes, stirring every minute.

Stir occasionally while cooling.

Package in sealed containers or bags.

As you can see I dumped all the stuff in a Tupperware fix and mix bowl. The original recipe says to dump the Crispix into a brown paper bag and then pour the caramel over it. Roll the end down and microwave and shake every minute. It seems to work just as good to put it all in the bowl.  Easier.

Eric loves this stuff. If we are traveling I usually make a batch and he eats while he drives. Most often we give him a bag and hide the other one so that we get some too. 🙂

I usually package it in ziplock bags that way when it’s all meshed into one clump, a good thump with break the pieces apart again.

It’s so healthy, right?
I can just hear those tomatoes and cucumbers in the background screaming to be eaten instead of this stuff.
Sorry, not to hurt your feelings but I don’t like you and today, I’d rather not be so healthy!

Give it a try. Tell me what you think.
It really couldn’t be easier.

Happy eating.

Oh, and if someone smart would make this, maybe they could tell me why it foams so much when you dump the baking soda in. (beware)