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Monday, October 20, 2014

Cinnamon Sugar Chex Mix

Hello there!

This recipe is super simple and easy, and I actually made it by combining two recipes from the back of cereal boxes- so this is soo not high cuisine, but is delish and a great snack, especially now that the leaves are changing colors and Halloween is almost upon us! I'll have a great Halloween snack/treat for you all next week. But first, let me show you this one...

Arsenal: popcorn, cereal, butter, cinnamon, and white sugar.
Your cereal popcorn mix, cinnamon-sugar, and melted butter. Time to assemble!
Pour the butter over and toss well, and gently.
Microwave for 1 minute then toss, then repeat.
Then sprinkle with the cinnamon sugar and toss well again.
Microwave another minute, toss, then another 30 seconds. Toss, then...
let cool on waxed paper! You're done!

Cinnamon Sugar Chex Mix
-2 cups Cinnamon Chex cereal (or similar)
-2 cups Chocolate Chex cereal (or similar)
-4 cups plain, air popped, popcorn (2-4 tablespoons popcorn kernels, unpopped, depending on your brand- you will probably have a little leftover, just save it for the next batch! airtight!)
-1/4 cup butter (1/2 stick), melted
-1/4 cup white sugar + 1 teaspoon cinnamon, mixed
Mix cereals and popcorn together in a large microwaveable bowl.
Pour melted butter over cereal and popcorn and toss well (and gently!).
Microwave for 1 minute, toss. Microwave for another minute, toss.
Sprinkle cinnamon sugar over cereal and popcorn and toss well, evenly coating all of it.
Microwave 1 minute, toss. Microwave 30 seconds, toss.
Cool on waxed paper. Store airtight. Enjoy!

All finished and in a cute little tin- great to give away as a little present, but make sure you don't eat it all first! It's a good thing it's easy to make more!

Savor it!
love, rue

Monday, October 13, 2014

Fluffy Peanut Butter Honey Dip

Hey there everyone!

This recipe/idea is super easy and simple- it really feels like cheating to me, but we have to give ourselves breaks every once in a while and whip up what's quick, easy, and completely delicious. This Fluffy Peanut Butter Honey Dip is awesome on apples, tastes like PB&J with berries, and is also great on cookies, graham crackers- whatever you can think of, I'll admit I've even had just a spoonful alone! Let's go!

I told you- super simple- 3 ingredient arsenal of cool whip, peanut butter, and honey.
Put cool whip and peanut butter in a large mixing bowl.
And whip until uniform and fluffy!
Add in your honey- 2 to 3 tablespoons depending on your tastes.
And then beat for 2 more minutes in your mixer. You can also definitely use a hand mixer, no problem.

Fluffy Peanut Butter Honey Dip
-1 cup peanut butter (regular or natural, regular or reduced fat)
-1 (8 oz.) container cool whip (lite, extra creamy, store brand- whatever your preference)- put in fridge for 1 hour prior to making
-2-3 tablespoons honey
*Both stand and hand mixers will work just fine with this recipe
Whip peanut butter and cool whip together until fluffy.
Add honey and beat 2 minutes, until incorporated and uniform.
Store airtight in the refrigerator.
Delicious with apple slices, graham crackers, other fruit, whatever you can think of- even a spoonful by itself is delish!

Your finished dip- just minutes and you've got 2 1/2 - 3 cups of delicious dip for fruit, graham crackers, whatever you like.

You should definitely whip this up, soon. It stores great in the fridge and is awesome to pull out for a snack with an apple or whatever your preference is. Enjoy!

Savor it!
love, rue

Monday, October 6, 2014

Pumpkin Spice Syrup

Hey there!

I saw a few recipes for a syrup like this and thought I had to give it a go because the BF is such a big fan of pumpkin and pumpkin spice drinks, but neither of us can have much caffeine- this way we can make our own decaf (and super cheap!) Pumpkin Spice Lattes, or mix with soda for a cold drink. Experiment! Let's go!

Your arsenal- sugar, spices, and water (not pictured, ha)
Use a not-non-stick pot! Very important!! Dissolve your sugar in the water over medium heat.
Here are all of your spices- cinnamon sticks, ground ginger and cloves, and fresh ground nutmeg.
Add all of your spices into your sugar water mixture, and cook/steep 5 minutes, but do not let boil.
And here it is after 5 minutes- you can see how things have clarified a little and absorbed into the syrup.
I have a super-fine strainer, so I used that to strain my syrup, but you can use whatever is easiest for you- cheesecloth, etc.- you're just trying to get most of the sediment out.
And you're left with a little over 2 cups of syrup!

Pumpkin Spice Syrup
-1 1/2 cups water
-1 1/2 cups sugar
-4-5 cinnamon sticks
-1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
-1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
-1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
-3 tablespoons pumpkin puree
Dissolve sugar in water over medium heat in a not non-stick pot.
Add remaining ingredients. Heat/steep 5 minutes, keeping hot but do not let boil.
Cool for about 10 minutes.
Strain through whatever method is easiest for you- really fine strainer, cheesecloth, etc.
Store airtight in the refrigerator.
Use to make pumpkin spice lattes, sodas, or whatever strikes your fancy!

And this isn't a very glamorous presentation, but for 10 minutes work and a few ingredients I have a bottle of my very own pumpkin spice syrup- the BF gives it two thumbs up!

Savor it!
love, rue

Monday, September 29, 2014

Snickerdoodle Puppy Chow

Hi there everyone!

This stuff is like crack, it's so addictive. I'm so glad I gave away almost all of it before I let myself dig in too much because I could have eaten the entire 1/2 batch I made! Now I've made Puppy Chow (a.k.a. Muddy Buddies, etc.) on here before, and this really just has a few tweaks. Let me show you the photos, then the recipe- it's super easy, and super yummy!

Your super-simple arsenal of ingredients- cereal, white chocolate, cinnamon, powdered sugar, and optional cinnamon chips!
Melt your white chocolate on low power in the microwave, then stir in 2 teaspoons cinnamon.
And here you are ready to assemble- Chex, cinnamon chips, white chocolate mix, and sugar and cinnamon in a ziploc for coating!
Add the cinnamon chips to the cereal, then toss with the white chocolate. Pour into the bag with the powdered sugar and cinnamon.
And here's what it looks like when it's just finished- yum!

Snickerdoodle Puppy Chow
-1 1/2 cups (12 oz.) white chocolate chips
-2 teaspoons + 1 teaspoon cinnamon
-7-8 cups Chex cereal (I used Chocolate Chex to mix it up!)
-1 cup confectioner’s sugar
-1/2 cup cinnamon chips (optional)
Measure cereal into a large bowl (and cinnamon chips if using).
Measure your confectioner’s sugar and 1 teaspoon cinnamon into a gallon zip-bag.
Melt white chocolate and stir in 2 teaspoons cinnamon. Toss gently and thoroughly with cereal.
Pour cereal into bag with confectioner’s sugar. Shake gently but well.
Store airtight, removing excess confectioner’s sugar.

Your finished Puppy Chow- tastes like snickerdoodles, and is totally addictive- plan on rationing this!

Savor it!
love, rue

Monday, September 22, 2014

"Golden Grahams" Bars

Hi there everyone!

OMG. These are SO GOOD. I would like to go downstairs right now and get one to eat while I write this, but it might ruin my dinner :)
So I basically got this idea from those cereal treat bars they sell in gas stations, as the "Golden Grahams" one is one of the few things I ever get at a gas station on a road trip somewhere. I knew I wouldn't be able to duplicate their product without a chemically stabilized binder to mix in chocolate pieces without their being any heat and then the bars still set- not in the real world! So this is my best so far- and seriously, they are super super easy and you should make them ASAP and maybe consider a half batch if you're alone, haha. Let's go!

Your super-simple arsenal: cereal, butter, marshmallows, and butterscotch and chocolate chips.
Melt and mix your marshmallows and butter, then get ready to add the rest of your ingredients...
...And mix well! It doesn't look to pretty right now, but no matter.
Press into a greased pan. (I have it pressed into about 2/3 of this pan because I was already using my 8x8 and I didn't want a whole batch in the house with me!) So really, use whatever works. Chill, then drizzle if you want to (I think it's great!), and chill again.

"Golden Grahams" Bars
-3 tablespoons butter
-50 large marshmallows
-6 cup Golden Grahams or similar cereal
-1/2 cup chocolate chips
-1/2 cup butterscotch chips
-3-5 tablespoons chocolate chips for optional chocolate drizzle
Melt butter in a large microwave safe bowl.
Add marshmallows and microwave until all are nice and puffy and soft. Stir well.
Add in the cereal, chocolate chips, and butterscotch chips, and stir well.
Press into a greased 9x13’’ pan. Chill.
Optional: Melt optional chocolate for drizzle in 20-30 second increments in the microwave, then drizzle over the top. Chill again.

Your finished bars- marshmallow, butterscotch, chocolate, Golden Grahams- seriously, how could this be bad? And the best part is there's no baking and it only takes about 10 minutes for all of the work!

Savor it!
love, rue