Puppy Chow Snack Mix that I made for Halloween!

puppy chow

I had honestly never heard of PUPPY CHOW before I moved here to Kansas 2 years ago! Since then I have heard about it, read about it and I have even tasted it. Today my Daughter needed to bring something for a bake sale at school and apparently Puppy Chow is a favourite. So I decided to try making my own. I made it into a fun mix, adding in Halloween shaped pretzels that were drizzled in chocolate, M&M’s and chocolate covered raisins.

Have any of my Canadian friends ever heard of Puppy Chow? or do I just lead a sheltered life?

Anyway, check out this fun recipe and thanks to everyone who has helped enlighten me about puppy chow! but I am still wondering why its called puppy chow…

Ingredients

  • 10 cups Corn Chex Cereal
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup butter or margarine
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 cups of M&M’s
  • 2 cups of raisinets (chocolate covered raisins)
  • 2-3 cups of Halloween pretzels (I drizzled mine with melted chocolate but this is optional)
Directions
  • Into large bowl, measure cereal; set aside.
  • In 1-quart microwavable bowl, microwave chocolate chips, peanut butter and butter uncovered on High 30-40 seconds and stir. Microwave about 30 seconds longer or until mixture can be stirred smooth. Stir in vanilla. Pour mixture over cereal, stirring until evenly coated. Pour into 2-gallon re-sealable food-storage plastic bag.
  • Add powdered sugar. Seal bag; shake until well coated. Spread on waxed paper to cool.
  • Add in the M&M’s, chocolate covered raisins and pretzels.  Store in airtight container.

May I just mention, that you can make this mix for anytime of year by just using regular pretzels instead of Halloween ones.

puppy chow

From what I read, it sounded like mixing the Chex cereal with the chocolate was going to be messy. I put it in a 9×13″ pan lined with wax paper to make it easier, but , in the end it would have been just fine in the big bowl. You just have to add in a bit of chocolate at a time and stir gently.

puppy chow

Next, it goes into the bag to get coated with icing sugar/powdered sugar.

puppy chow

This is what is called Puppy Chow at this point. However, adding in the extras makes it even a bigger treat.

puppy chow

Pumpkin and Bat Pretzels!

puppy chow

I drizzled some melted chocolate on the pretzels and I sprinkled on some orange sprinkles (which didn’t really show up that well)

puppy chow

Here is my sweet snack mix!!

puppy chow

I bagged them up in cute Halloween bags for the bake sale!

puppy chow

Hopefully they are all bought and enjoyed today.

puppy chow

I can feel the buzz in the air this week at school. The children are extra loud and extra excited. All of us Educators are just happy that the day after Halloween is a Saturday! We are hoping that all the children will sleep in and come down from their sugar high by Monday.

I will take this opportunity to wish everyone a happy and fun Halloween for this coming Friday. See you in November!

Halloween Week-end Fun

Halloween

We had a weekend full of Halloween activities. First of all, the girls carved their pumpkins into jack o’ lanterns. My Daughter carved the one in the first picture and then I had the idea that she could add a bit of paint to it.

Our Finnish Student had never carved a pumpkin before so this was a new experience for her. She went with a traditional face and here she is posing with it.

Halloween 

I also made some roll out cookies for Halloween and the girls decorated them. Our student said she had never decorated cookies before! wow, that was a surprise and she did a nice job on all of hers! (shown in the next photo)

cookie decorating for Halloween

I saw this idea to make spider webs on pinterest and I just had to try it.  You just lay out the pretzels on wax paper and then melt some chocolate chips and pour them in a web design. Then chill them in the freezer until they are set.

I got a bit anxious and I took them out too early so they were a bit soft when I went to take the photo ….  but, I think these could turn out well and be a fun treat!

Spiderwebs

spiderwebs

I also tried this idea to make Oreos into eyeballs. I tried a couple and my Daughter did too. We didn’t think ours looked that great but the ones online were much better.

http://www.craftymorning.com/fun-oreo-halloween-treats-make/

oreo eyeballs

I will have to try these again sometime. I like the fact that you can make these without buying all kinds of ingredients and you do not have to bake!

Happy Halloween Week!!

Skeleton Cupcakes

skeleton cupcakes

I had to share this post again since these are one of my favourite Halloween cupcakes ever! You can click on the link to see the original post.

SKELETON CUPCAKES

These skeletons are fun to make because your imagination can make the skeletons dance, jump and pose anyhow you want them too. We are going to make these again later in the week for the Marching Band dinner!

skeleton cupcakes

skeleton cupcakes

Do you have a favourite Halloween treat?

Check out some of the other fun ideas on my blog from previous years!!

Photos from the Pumpkin Patch

pumpkin patch

I love a Fall trip to a Pumpkin Patch! This year I got to go twice! Once with my family and we took our foreign exchange student and once with my kindergarten classroom.

Pumpkin Patch

Our student experiencing her first visit to a pumpkin patch.

 Pumpkin Patch

Pumpkin Patch

Pumpkin Patch

This bumpy pumpkins are so strange looking! At this farm they are called Goblin pumpkins.

 Pumpkin Patch

This pumpkin patch also had a small corn maze.

 Pumpkin Patch

Looking up from within the tall corn stalks.

 Pumpkin Patch

 Pumpkin Patch

Animals to pet!

Pumpkin Patch

I loved these metal animals which were for sale. They were very unique!

 Pumpkin Patch

Pumpkin Patch

I love Fall, it is my favourite season!

Pumpkin Snacking Cake

pumpkin snack cake

This was a great recipe for lightened up pumpkin spice bars from Sally’s Baking Addiction. It reminded me of a snacking cake but when I served it I added a whipped cream topping and it became something a little fancier! Both my Daughter and I thought it would be really good with some raisins added in as well.

It’s a great cake and easy to make.

pumpkin snack cake

Ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup whole-wheat flour
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2/3 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line an 8×8 baking pan with parchment paper or spray with non-stick spray. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, mix the dry ingredients until fully combined. Set aside. In a small bowl, whisk the eggs, brown sugar, and pumpkin together until combined. Add the milk, melted butter, and vanilla extract. Slowly pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix until combined. Do not over mix.
  3. Bake for 25-28 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow to cool completely and cut into 12 squares. Bars remain fresh for up to one week stored chilled in an airtight container.

Link to the original post  –  http://sallysbakingaddiction.com/2012/11/17/lightened-up-pumpkin-spice-bars/

Coronado Heights Castle

Lindsborg, KS

I already shared with you our day trip to LINDSBORG, KANSAS and this interesting place is located just on the outskirts! We drove up a very steep and windy road and arrived at the top of a pretty big hill (for Kansas anyway!!) At the top was this “castle” and a outdoor fireplace and gathering area and picnic tables on the edge of the hill. The best part though was the wonderful view across the prairies! The wildflowers were blowing in the wind and the hot sun was shining. It was a wonderful place to visit.

Lindsborg, KS

Lindsborg, KS

Coronado Heights is a hill northwest of Lindsborg, Kansas. It is alleged to be near the place where Francisco Vásquez de Coronado gave up his search for the seven cities of gold and turned around to return to Mexico.

In 1915 a professor at Bethany College in Lindsborg, found chain mail from Spanish armor at an Indian village excavation site a few miles southwest of present Coronado Heights and another Bethany College professor promoted the name of Coronado Heights for the hill. In 1920 the first road known as Swensson Drive was constructed on the hill with a footpath known as Olsson Trail. In 1936, a stone shelter resembling a castle was built on top of the hill as a project of the Works Progress Administration. In 1988 a sculpture by John Whitfield with an engraving stating “Coronado Heights “A Place to Share”” was placed half-way up the hill.

The hill is now Coronado Heights Park, owned by the Smoky Valley Historical Association. The view at the top of the hill is spectacular and people on the top can see for miles. In the Spring and Summer there are wildflowers in bloom on the hill. Many visitors have carved their names or initials in the soft Dakota Formation sandstone at the summit. In summer, there is an abundance of Cnemidophorus sexlineatus viridis lizards around the castle

information is from : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coronado_Heights 

If you would like to read an even more detailed history of Coronado Heights, please just click on this link. http://www.kansassampler.org/8wonders/geographyresults.php?id=251

Lindsborg, KS

Lindsborg, KS

Lindsborg, KS

Lindsborg, KS

One of my favourite things about moving to a new place is exploring the area and this day was a great one!

I have been missing from my blog for over a week because there was an attempt to break into my blog email account! My husband was away on business at the time and since he is my I.T. guy, he suggested I just turn my computer off until he returned. I have a few things I could share, but I am way behind in my writing! It was a little bit nice to have a technology break!!

Anyway, its Monday again – another week. It is a dark and dreary morning here in Kansas! That will all change by Wednesday when the sun comes back and it warms up and my cousin comes to visit from Canada. I can’t wait!!

Chocolate Chip Cookie Cup Sundaes

chocolate chip cookie cup sundae

I took this wonderful cookie baked in a muffin cup and added a scoop of ice cream on the top and a drizzle of chocolate sauce.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Cups

It made a wonderful dessert!

Chocolate Chip Cookie Cups

Here is the chocolate chip cookie on its own.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Cups

Here is the cookie dough in the muffin cups before going in the oven. The dough is thick so you can use your hands to make balls to fill the pans.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Cups

Would you like the recipe for this cookie cups?

Click on the link to my previous post where I baked these cookies for Easter. The only difference this time is that I used all chocolate chips and no M&M’s.

CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE CUPS

Chocolate Refrigerator Cookies–a Recipe Memory!

 Chocolate Refridgerator Cookies

I was craving a little sweet treat and suddenly these no-bake cookies popped into my mind. OH, how I love them!! I am sure you have seen them before but have you ever made them? You probably should!

Chocolate Refridgerator Cookies

At the age of 12 , I had a very good friend named Fiona. On Friday nights the big event was to get together to watch the “Donny and Marie Show”. I loved the nights we went to her house because her Mom let us go in the kitchen and make stuff. Fiona had 3 younger siblings, and we had so much fun in the kitchen. Our favourite thing to make was these Chocolate Refrigerator Cookies. We made them all of the time!! 

 Chocolate Refridgerator Cookies

I have the recipe written into my childhood Holly Hobby Cookbook. Now whenever I open the book I think of my old friend and I remember those wonderful Friday nights we had making these cookies.

 Chocolate Refridgerator Cookies

Chocolate Refridgerator Cookies

Chocolate Refridgerator Cookies

It is a beautiful day here in Kansas and it is FINALLY COOLER OUTSIDE! I am very happy about that!! I made a new recipe for a pumpkin snacking cake last night and the aroma of cinnamon and spices was amazing! We are taking our Finnish student out to experience a pumpkin patch today so that should be fun!

I hope you are able to enjoy a wonderful October day in your part of the world too.

Taking our Finnish Student to "Little Sweden, U.S.A."

Lindsborg, KS

My friend and I decided to take a day trip to a little town called Lindsborg, Kansas! We were amused about taking my exchange student Maria to a little town in Kansas that is all about Sweden!! – – how ironic is it to take a Finnish girl (who can walk to Sweden from her house in Finland) to Lindsborg! My Daughter also came on the outing and what a wonderful day we had! The little town of Lindsborg was absolutely fantastic!

http://www.lindsborgcity.org/

Lindsborg has a Main Street filled with cute shops, amazing galleries and restaurants. The most fun thing to see was the painted Dala horses that lined the streets. Each were painted to match the store that they were in front of. How fun!!

Lindsborg, KS

Lindsborg, KS

What is a Dala horse?
Its perhaps Sweden’s best known icon, a bluntly rounded, tail-free horse that is thought to have been first whittled out of wood by the fire during long cold Scandinavian nights. In recent years, Lindsborg adopted the Dala symbol of Swedish folk craft as a symbol of identity and welcome. Here you’ll see traditional Dala horses on front porches, on coffee mugs and even on the side of police cruisers.

Lindsborg, KS

Lindsborg, KS

Lindsborg, KS

Lindsborg, KS

Lindsborg, KS

We came upon a gallery that had a coffee shop in the back. We decided that sitting for a treat would be nice but what a surprise to find a self serve bake shop and coffee where you left your money in a basket.

Lindsborg, KS

Lindsborg, KS

We were the only people in the coffee shop and the atmosphere was so sweet.

Lindsborg, KS

Lindsborg, KS

Maria was smiling from ear to ear when we found this shop filled with treats from Finland. She did find it very odd to see Finnish souvenirs in all the shops.

Lindsborg, KS

Lindsborg, KS

Lindsborg, KS

We had lunch at “The Old Grind” restaurant. It was delicious.

Lindsborg, KS

Lindsborg, KS

Check out this license plate!

Lindsborg, KS

I can’t wait to go back to this little Swedish town again, it was really neat!

Homemade Oatmeal Pancakes

oatmeal pancakes

I must confess, I have never made homemade pancakes before. Aunt Jemima have been the only pancakes served by me!! Now that I have made these Oatmeal Pancakes and found out how EASY they were to make and how DELICIOUS they tasted, I think I will be making homemade pancakes again.

WHAT has taken me so long?

Oatmeal Pancakes

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups (375 mL) quick-cooking rolled oats
  • 2 cups (500 mL) Milk
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) all-purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp. (15 mL) packed brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp. (15 mL) baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. (2 mL) salt
  • 1/2 tsp. (2 mL) ground cinnamon
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1/4 cup (60 mL) butter, melted
  • Butter, for cooking

Directions

In a large bowl, combine rolled oats and milk, let stand 5 minutes.

In a large bowl, whisk together whole wheat flour, all-purpose flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and cinnamon.

Whisk eggs and 1/4 cup (60 mL) butter into milk mixture until blended. Pour over flour mixture and stir just until combined.

Heat a large non stick skillet over medium heat. Brush with a thin layer of butter. Ladle about 1/4 cup (60 mL) batter per pancake into skillet. Cook for 2 to 3 min or until bottoms are golden and edges look dry; turn and cook for 1 to 2 min longer or until golden and puffed. Repeat with remaining batter, adjusting heat as necessary to prevent burning.

  recipe from: http://www.dairygoodness.ca/milk/my-milk-calendar/recipes/farm-favourite-oatmeal-pancakes

Oatmeal Pancakes

I am usually not a huge fan of pancakes. Yes, I will eat them now and then but they are never my first choice. However, that has changed now since I have eaten the Oatmeal pancakes! They were very good!

Do you make homemade pancakes?