Monday, November 17, 2014

Thanksgiving Snack Mix: Turkey Toes and Pumpkins Chex Mix

Today was gorgeous.
In an icy, unseasonably cold for November sort of way...but gorgeous nonetheless.
I ran outside just as the sun was coming up to take a few photos of the snow.
I love the quiet of a snowy morning...before the snow has been disturbed... It's so silent you can hear the snow landing on the trees...

... Ahhh the peace and the stillness....And then just like that...everyone was awake and overjoyed to have a SNOW DAY!!!
We went sledding... I'm at the top of the hill, where the wind was whipping... 23 mph, and 22 degrees...Not sure what the windchill was...but I am sure that I was freeeezing.  They didn't seem to mind the all kids...they could have stayed much longer... if only their mom would have let them....

We also managed to go out to lunch and I had a previously scheduled dentist appointment... such busy day for a snow day...

We drank hot chocolate, we sang songs and played games... AND I made homemade loaded potato leek soup for dinner... a great warm-you-up kind of dinner. And this mom, needed a warm-you-up sort of dinner, after our sledding adventure.

All in a snow days work...
I even had a few minutes to pull together a little snack mix... It's got a salty/sweet vibe going on... perfect for Thanksgiving...
It's basically a Chex mix...all dressed up for Thanksgiving.
I added bugles... they look just like mini cornucopias!!  
I used up some of the leftover Halloween candy corn (turkey toes) and candy pumpkins... it's a super cute snack and the kids like it too.  Craisins, nuts, pretzels and Chex Cereal are the rest of the players.
Here is the Recipe:  Turkey Toes and Thanksgiving Pumpkins Snack Mix
2 Cups Chex Corn Cereal
2 Cups Chex Honey Nut Cereal
1 Cup Chex Cinnamon Cereal
2 Cups Pretzels
2 Cups Bugles Snack
1 Cup Nuts (I used peanuts, but pecans would be great too)
1 Cup of Craisins

Mix in a large baking dish. Set aside.

On the stove top, heat:
1 stick of butter
1/2 cup of brown sugar
1/4 cup light corn syrup
Once melted add 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice, stir.
Let come to a boil.  Stir frequently.

Pour the hot, brown sugar/butter mixture over the cereal/nut/snack mix that is waiting in the baking dish.  Gently coat all the cereal, nuts, pretzels, bugles and craisins with the sauce.

Bake in a 250 degree oven.  Stirring every 15 minutes for one hour.  Let cool.  When cool, add 1 cup of candy corn and candy pumpkins.  Serve.
Here is the end to our gorgeous snow day...
Only three weeks ago...the backyard looked so different...
Still gorgeous... now, just dressed all in white for the holidays.

Savvy Southern Style

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