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Sunday, July 4, 2010

Summertime Treats :)

These are some of my favorite summer time treats...

Chex Mix
Mix in large roasting pan:
6 cups chex (corn or rice)
6 cups plain cheerios
4-5 cups cheddar crackers (goldfish, whales, cheeze-its...)
2 cups wheat chex
1 bag goldfish pretzels
2 cups mixed nu
1.5 sticks butter
Add 2 Tbl. garlic salt, a little less than 1 Tbl. season salt and the same of onion powder, 1 Tbl. Worcestershire sauce. Mix well and pour over dry ingredients, tossing until all are evenly coated.
Bake at 250 for 45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes.

Here is Mayce enjoying a homemade strawberry popsicle that we made in my new Zoku frozen pops maker... I highly suggest getting one of these! I have only made one kind of popsicle so far but I am already addicted! I can't wait to make chocolate pudding pops, strawberry lemonade pops, rootbeer float bars... maybe even a mojito pop!! ;)

This is the Zoku pop maker, you just pop this little thing in the freezer, wait 24 hours, and then fill it with any kind of juice or blended fruit that you like! Wait 7-10 minutes and then just pop them out! It is amazing :)

Strawberry Pops:
2 cups chopped strawberries
1/4 cup sugar
Splash lemonade and limeade
Blend in blender until fully incorporated but still a bit chunky.
Pour into Zoku molds or into your own popsicle molds.

Donut Muffins!!!
Lovely little pastries... mix together a few ingredients, bake them in a mini muffin pan, dip in butter and then in cinnamon sugar... tastes like an old-fashioned donut... mm mm good. You could probably even skip the butter step and just roll the hot muffins in the cinnamon sugar and it would still stick pretty well I bet. Find the recipe here!

Pasta Salad :)
Yes I know, pasta salad is simple. But that is what makes this salad so good. I like to make it with regular pasta or even with tortellini... perfect for picnics, potlucks or just lunch and dinner at home!
1 lb. pasta (cooked and semi-cooled)
1 green bell pepper, chopped
1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
1 jar black olives, drained
8 oz. mozzarella cheese, diced
1/3 lb. thick cut pepperoni, diced
1 pkg Good Seasonings Italian dressing (prepared according to package directions)
Mix everything together, chill.

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