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Hello Dollies!

 

I have been out travelling for work like crazy and I am so happy to be home now from now until mid-January when I leave again. After only three days at home in two weeks, I couldn’t wait to get back to West Virginia to settle in to enjoy the last two weeks before Christmas.

The first thing I had to do was put together my Food 52 Secret Food Swap Box. Food 52 is a unique hybrid of an online cooking community and a kitchen/houseware shop. You can connect with any member and see what they are cooking, and also purchase some of the most useful cooking tools around. I love it.

Each year the website puts together a secret food swap in December. All you have to do is donate $5 to No Kid Hungry, a non-profit whose mission is to end child hunger in America. Once you do that ans sign up for the swap you wait patiently until you get an e-mail telling you who your recipient is. This year I was lucky (unlucky?) enough to actually get the editor-in-chief of Food 52 as my recipient!

As I said earlier, I have been travelling quite a bit, so I had to buckle down on Sunday and finish her box so she would get it before she left town for the holidays. I was in Chicago last week, so I made sure I stopped at the Christkindlmarket in Chicago where I was in German candy heaven and picked up some German chocolate and a marzipan pig. Then I had a stop over in Cincinnati where I stopped at my favorite brunch spot, Taste of Belgium and scored some macaroons.

Each holiday swap box should have something in it that is homemade, so I included a container of Sue’s Chex Mix, which has been a huge hit around here lately. Can’t stop, won’t stop. I also made some of my famous Salty Nutella Chocolate Chip Cookies. I haven’t shared this one on the blog yet, but I plan to. It’s a solid winner, and my specialty.

Hello Dolly

Then I added a batch of Hello Dollies! These sweet, gooey bars are an easy addition to your holiday dessert table, as they look festive, taste amazing and best of all can be whipped up in no time.

Here’s what you need:

1 cup graham crackers, crushed (I put in my food processor)

1/4 cup melted butter

1 cup chocolate chips

1 cup chopped walnuts

1 cup shredded coconut

1 14 oz. can of sweetened condensed milk

Here’s what you do to make these Hello Dollies:

1. Mix the graham cracker crumbs with the melted butter to form a thick mixture. Press in the bottom of a lightly greased 8X8 glass pan.

2. Layer the chocolate chips, walnuts and coconut evenly on top of the graham cracker mixture, making sure to add the coconut last (so it looks pretty!)

3. Pour the entire can of sweetened condensed milk over top. Put in a 350 degree oven for 20 minutes.  Wait for it to cool completely before you cut into squares. Voila! You are a dessert hero.

Eat hello dolly

I’m going to try and check back in with the blog next week and review a beauty item I received in the mail- look out for that. Happy holidays!

Holiday Chex Mix for a crowd

Holiday Chex Mix

We are all about snacks lately over here at Wild and Wonderful Me! Today I am bringing you an absolute must have holiday recipe for the best savory Holiday Chex Mix you have ever tasted. Growing up in New Jersey and then Norway, Chex Mix was never ever something that my family had on the table during the holidays. Maybe we should have since I remember hanging around the kitchen bothering my Mom waiting for the food to hit the table.

When I moved to West Virginia, my good friends Sue and Hans always had Mark and I over (even before we were married) for holiday get-togethers. Sue always had this Holiday Chex Mix on the table to snack on in her cozy kitchen as we chatted so she could prepare dinner. It kept the hunger at bay as we waited, and probably also kept us from getting too tipsy off the delicious cocktails!

A few weeks ago I asked Sue if she would mind sharing the recipe with me and she happily obliged. I have been so excited to make it this weekend to have on Thanksgiving, and to share with you!

Chex Mix TabascoChex Mix Seasoned salt

Sue’s Holiday Chex Mix

You’ll need:

  • 1/2 box Rice Chex
  • 1/2 box Corn Chex
  • 1/2 box Crispix
  • 1 1/2 sticks melted butter
  • 3 Tbs Worcestershire Sauce
  • Tabasco to taste
  • Lawry’s seasoned salt or garlic salt

Put cereals in a very large bowl or pan and stir. Combine the butter with Worcestershire Sauce and tabasco. Drizzle some of the melted butter over cereal. Shake on Lawry’s Seasoned salt or garlic salt. Add small pretzels or pretzel sticks, drizzle more butter, then add potato sticks, drizzle more butter mixture and sprinkle with seasoned salt. Add peanuts or mixed nuts, Cheez-its, goldfish, and whatever else you like. Continue to drizzle butter and sprinkle with seasoned salt.

Bake in a 275 degree oven for 1 1/2 hours, stirring occasionally.

Recipe notes: I had to use 3 large pans to fit all the Chex mix in the oven, and it was a tight fit. I also had no idea how much tabasco to add, so I dumped some in. While it was baking, I opened the oven a couple times and the it made my eyes burn! Yaasssss!!!! This is a hard recipe to screw up too bad, so just go with your instincts.

Holiday Chex in oven

Also- if you are wondering what the potato sticks are all about, here is a picture of the container. They were hard to find, but a friend of mine found them at Walmart and even delivered them to my house.

Potato Sticks

Update: I made this on Sunday and today I had to go home from work for a bit. I munched on this stuff for a full 45 minutes. it’s highly addictive!

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For more snacks, check out my post about Cinnamon Peanut Butter Popcorn!