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Snack On This

Holden’s party is just 3 days away and I’m doing as much as I can now to alleviate stress and extra running around in the next couple days. The fact that the party is NOT at our house helps A LOT!

But, there are still little things that need to be done like packaging party favors, picking up plates and napkins and adding a little something extra to plain water bottles.

 The party is mid-afternoon so I figured a light snack along with cake & ice cream would be enough. Elliott had her 6th birthday party at a local state park and the guests created their own trail mix. They really seemed to enjoy it, but it meant packing and hauling lots of extra containers to hold all the items. I decided this time around to pre-make the mix and serve it out of big glass canisters with a huge serving spoon.

: Safari Snack Mix :


This is the perfect thing to toss together to feed a crowd and can be tailored to easily fit with any theme.

Here is what I used…

2-6.75 ounce boxes of Annie’s Ginger Snap Bunny Cookies

2-12 ounce bags of Jungle Animal Cookies {same brand as the pink & white Circus ones}

1-16 ounce bag of Snyder’s pretzel twists

2-4.5 ounce bags yogurt raisins

2-5.5 bags dried pineapple

2-6 ounce bags banana chips

1-12 ounce carton Whoppers

1-11.8 ounce bag coconut m&m’s

2-3.1 ounce boxes of cupcake bites

1-10 ounce bag mini marshmallows

1-20 ounce jar of lightly salted peanuts {served in a separate container on the side in case of allergies}

I just mixed it up in two batches in a large bowl and divided into gallon ziploc bags to keep it fresh until party time!

There are so many other things that you could add and/or substitute into this mix…

Goldfish crackers {I’m not a big fan of the rainbow variety, but they would add lots of color to the mix}

Almonds, cashews or any other nut

Dried cranberries {or any dried fruit}

Any dry cereal {Fruit Loops, Lucky Charms, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, etc.}

Pirate’s Booty

Teddy Grahams


Bits of granola

Caramel corn or popcorn

Milk Duds

Fritos or Cheetos


Have fun creating your own sweet & salty combination!


Crispy, Crunchy, Salty, Sweet {And Shoes!}

Last night I threw together a test batch of another Pinterest find.

I made a joke on a recent Facebook status that Pinterest needs to require that for every recipe pinned a {fitness} pin must follow! I mean really….give me something to DO to work off all these goodies!

I love that Jess is hosting PinterTest Kitchen…because apparently every pin that pops up is not worthy! So far I have been lucky and everything has been scrumptious and this Sweet Salty Snack Mix is no exception:

{my apologies for the 6:21am cell phone pic}

The moment I spotted this I knew I was going to make gobs of it for Christmas and hand it out to everyone, but then I thought it’d be cute with Halloween m&m’s.

Here is the line-up:

Pretzel twists or sticks would be fine, too

Small Fritos {original}

UNsalted roasted peanuts or nut of choice

m&m’s {you could certainly kill two birds with one stone and get peanut or almond m&m’s. I had a bag on-hand and weeded out all the orange, brown and green ones for this. I also threw on a few candy corn so they wouldn’t feel left out!}

White chocolate chips or Wilton candy melts

Dark or milk chocolate chips or Wilton candy melts

Just throw down a layer of pretzels and Fritos then {glue} those together with white chocolate {after you’ve melted of course ~ 30 second intervals in the micro at 50% power [VERY IMPORTANT], stir and repeat until smooth}. For me, white chocolate does not melt as smoothly as milk or dark…I found that I had globs of the white chocolate and had to smooth it out with a butter knife a little. Then toss on some peanuts and the m&m’s and {glue} those down with some milk chocolate drizzle! Put in the fridge to set up and then break into chunks and eat¬†share.

Crispy, crunchy, salty and sweet!

I picked up some purple plastic tumblers with spiders on them at Dollar Tree {4 for a buck}, washed them {!!!} and then filled with the snack mix.

Done and done! {I’ll try and post a pic later, but wanted to share this with you ASAP so you could make some this weekend!}


Lately my Ross has had great shoes! Today I found these {Simple Weegee Booties} for a very belated gift for a very special little guy:

{are they not adorableX100?}

And I picked up these Blowfish ballet flats for Elliott for just $12.99…

{wish they came in my size}


Well, that’s it…a couple new recipes in the works for this weekend along with some housework and pumpkin patch action on the agenda.

What about you? What are you up to?