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Snack Mix

This is a HUGE favourite around here. I posted this almost two years ago, but thought it was time to update it with a photo.

Snack Mix


Oil mixture:
3 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp paprika
1/4 tsp salt

Dry mixture:
2 cups Shreddies (Or Life, which is what I used today)
2 cups Cheerios
2 cups pretzels
1 cup Goldfish
1 cup peanuts


Preheat the oven to 250.

In a small bowl, wisk together the oil mixture. In a large roasting pan, mix together the dry goods. Drizzle with oil mixture & mix well.

Bake for 1 hour, turning contents every 15 minutes to prevent heavy browning.

I did not have any peanuts on hand so I doubled the Goldfish.

Just TRY to stop at one handful!


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Caramel Corn


1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup margarine
1/4 cup white corn syrup
1/2 tsp. salt


Melt all these in the microwave for 2 min. in a large bowl. Stir, then boil 2 min. more in the microwave. Add 1/2 tsp. baking soda. It will get kind of foamy. Stir well.
Pop one batch of popcorn- make sure to pick out all the un-popped kernels. Pour all the popcorn into a large paper shopping bag. Pour the sauce from the microwave on top of the popcorn. Roll the top of the bag and shake it well.
Microwave the bag with the popcorn/sauce in it for 1 min. more.
Shake the bag well. Microwave 1 min. more. Done!! Be careful not to burn yourself when you open the bag and scrape it all out into a bowl.

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1 Instant Chocolate pudding box
2 1/2 cups Cold milk
1/4 cup Sugar

Mix all three. Beat on slow speed until creamy thick. Pour into molds. Freeze for about 8hours or overnight. Makes about 12.


1 Orange jello box (3oz)
1 Orange kool-aid package
1/2 cup sugar
2 cups boiling water

Combine the flavored jello, kool-aid and sugar in a bowl.Pour the boiling water over the top. Stir til dissolved. Add the cold water to the bowl. Stir. Fill your molds and freeze. Makes about 16

Creamy Popsicles

1 Strawberry or raspberry jello box (3 oz)
1 cup boiling water
1 cup strawberry or raspberry yogurt
1/2 cup cold water

Pour jello in bowl. Add boiling water. Stir til dissolved. Add yogurt. Stir. Add cold water. Stir. Pour into molds. Freeze. Makes about 10.

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Summer faves

It’s hard to describe some of these as I don’t really use recipes as often in the summer, but I’ll do my best.

Fresh Summer Salsa

2-3 tomatoes
red pepper
green pepper
green onion or white onion
jalapeno pepper
fresh cilantro
fresh lime juice (lemon works too)

Vary the amounts according to your taste. In the past I have used a mandolin to dice everything, but lately my favourite is to put it all in a food processor and blend and then CHOW DOWN!!!

Bar-B-Q potatoes

Thickly slice some red or white new potatoes. Slice some onion.

In an aluminum foil cake pan (9×9 or whatever), place a few pats of butter on the bottom. Layer the potatoes and the onions, randomly putting more butter here and there as you go (I don’t think you could have too much butter, could you? — but make sure there’s enough). Season with Montreal steak spice or whatever fresh herbs you have on the go. Cover with alum. foil. Place on grill over medium heat for, about 20-25 minutes or until potatoes are soft. When you do them just right, the ones on the bottom are nice and crispy. I like them almost burned. In our family, we fight for the bottom ones!

Easy veggies

This one I love.

Chop any veggies you like as you would for a stir fry. Mushrooms, zuccini, peppers, onions, broccoli, cauliflower, beans, asparagus…. Drizzle some olive oil, and use any club house seasoning you have. I use the greek one lots, or the italian one too. Let sit for a bit. Using a bar-b-q grilling basket on the grill over med-high heat, ‘stir fry’ away. Yum.

Grilled asparagus

Season asparagus with coarse salt — lots of it. let it sit, and bar-b-q on the grill until they are well done. A grilling basket works well for these guys so they don’t fall through the cracks!

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Play Doh

For all you moms out there.

1 cup flour
1/2 cup salt
1 cup water (warm)
1 tsp oil
2 tsp cream of tartar
food colouring

Mix and cook until thick.

Knead on wax paper.

ps. Sarah enjoys the salty flavour of this dough, so I have to be a little careful that she doesn’t eat what she makes!!

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Cream Cheese Icing

This makes a LOT, so I usually half it.


8 oz cream cheese
1/2 cup butter or margarine (marg makes it softer)
4 cups icing sugar
1 tsp vanilla

MMMM….Cream cheese icing

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