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Thursday, April 28, 2011

Trail Mix as random as Me!

I am one of those people that should not go to the store when they are hungry...but sometimes life just happens and you don’t get a chance to go home to get your afternoon snack (I eat like a third grader).  So I went to Wal-Mart to get supplies to make my class trail mix for winning the six weeks homework competition (WOOHOO).   I had never made trail mix before and wanted to mix things up (I was in a funky mood).  

The Goods: 

•       3 Cups Rice Chex
•       2 Cups Pretzel 
•       2 Cups Gold Fish
•       1 Stick of Butter
•       2 TBSP Worcestershire
•       1 Tsp Seasoning Salt
•       Pinch of Garlic Salt
•       Ground Black Pepper

The not so optional Goods:

•       1 Cup Reece’s Pieces
•       1 Cup Dried Cranberries
•       ½ Cup Chocolate Chips

Preheat the oven to 200 degrees.

Combine the Rice Chex, pretzels, and gold fish in a large bowl.  In a microwaveable bowl combine the butter, Worcestershire, and seasoning salt.  Microwave for approximately 1 minute until butter is melted.   Stir until well combined adding the garlic salt and ground black pepper.  Now, SLOWLY add butter mixture a little bit at a time stirring constantly.  You want to stir constantly so that the Chex do not become mushy.  I ended up with a little of the butter mixture left over and did not want to add it because everything was well covered.

Spread your Chex Mixture out evenly on a rimmed baking sheet.  You want the Chex to bake a total of 50 minutes.  After 25 minutes take out your baking sheet and stir the mixture so that everything is cooked equally.  Put your baking sheet back in the oven for the remaining 25 minutes.  

When the trail mix is done baking allow to cool for 5 minutes then place on a paper towel. 
This allows some of the excess butter to be absorbed. 

 Once cooled, place the trail mix in a large bowl and add your wonderful mix-ins!

This turned out great!  I am sorry if this is too random for you.  Today, me and all my randomness downloaded Bennie and the Jets by Elton John, You Lie by The Band Perry, and E.T. by Katy Perry! I was in desperate need for some new spring running tunes. Have a great weekend! 

Grace, peace and be sure to enjoy some sweets!


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