Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Charm Necklaces

Mel's Munchies: Holiday Chex Mix

Holiday Chex Mix!

This recipe is easy, yummy & great for entertaining!

Ingredients: 6-7 cups of Rice Chex Cereal (you can substitute for Wheat or Corn Chex Cereal if you prefer), 2 cups of pretzels, 1-1 ½ cups of milk chocolate M&M’s, 1-1 ½ cups of raisins, festive sprinkles and white chocolate melts (as an alternative, you can also use a 12 oz bag of white chocolate chips with 1 tablespoon of shortening).  

There are no rules with this recipe so you can add more or less of anything. You can even throw in other ingredients like other types of cereal, nuts, marshmallows etc. 

Holiday Chex Mix

First, you’ll need to melt the chocolate in a large saucepan. Use low heat so you don’t scorch the chocolate. Stir often. If the chocolate gets too hot, it will get clumpy. 

Holiday Chex Mix

Holiday Chex Mix

Once the chocolate is completely melted, add the Rice Chex cereal. 

Next, add the pretzels, M&Ms, raisin, and several shakes of sprinkles. Again, you can add as little or as much as you want. You don’t have to measure! 

Once you’ve added all the ingredients, begin to fold the mixture together so every piece is coated with the melted white chocolate. Do not stir or you will crush the ingredients. A little crushing will happen but for the most part you want to keep the ingredients intact.

Now, the mixture needs to harden. To help the process, you’ll need to spread it into a thin layer. You can use 2 large baking sheets or cake pans. This recipe makes A LOT, so you may even need 3!

Holiday Chex Mix
Once the mixture has cooled, and hardened, use a spoon to break into chunks. 

You can serve this holiday mix in a festive tin or bowl, or in cup cake liners. Cup cake liners are great for single servings and holiday parties! Enjoy!

Holiday Chex Mix

Holiday Chex Mix

Thursday, December 26, 2013

12 NYE Dresses to Ring in the New Year!

12 NYE Dresses

Homecoming dress

High neck evening dress

Black cocktail dress

Holiday party dress

Vintage black dress

Black cocktail dress

Prom dress

Brown dress

Black sequin dress

Black tunic

Sequin top

Gold tunic

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Fab Fit Day: Healthy Eggnog Granola!

Granola and eggnog, the two things I can't get enough of. Granola eggnog? Now that is what I'm talking about! 
I love making my own granola to throw on top of my yogurt in the mornings. Store bought granola is usually loaded in sugar. I took my normal granola recipe and made some swaps to incorporate eggnog! I plan on making an extra batch to bring home for Christmas. 
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The recipe is extremely healthy! All kinds of healthy fats, protein, and fiber! I love feel good, taste good foods. 
Ingredients: *2 Cups Trail Mix (Mine was the weight watchers blend) *2 Cups Quick Oats, *2 Tbsp Ground Cinnamon, *1 1/2 Cups Eggnog, *3 Tbsp Coconut Oil, *1 Cup Steel Cut Oats, *4 Tbsps Chia Seeds, *2 Packets Stevia (Or 3 Tbsp Honey), *1/4 Cup Almond Flour, *4 Tbsp Brown Sugar.
Add ground cinnamon and trail mix to a large mixing bowl.
Add the almond flour and chia seeds to the bowl. 
Add the brown sugar. (unpacked)
Give the ingredients a good stir! 
Melt the coconut oil. Stir the melted coconut oil and 1/2 cup of eggnog together. 
Add the oil and eggnog to the bowl. (make sure you leave 1 cup of the eggnog aside)
Let the mixture soak up the eggnog and oil for about five minutes. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees. 
Give the coated trail mix one last stir. 
Add the oats to the bowl. 
If you do not have steel cut oats, you can replace them with regular quick oats. 
Mix the oats in with the trail mix until blended well. 
Add the remaining eggnog to the mixing bowl and stir. 
Add the Stevia or honey.
Add granola to a greased baking sheet. 
Spread out with a spatula. 
Bake on 300 for 30 minutes. Every 5-7 minutes, take the spatula and move the granola around. Let the granola continue to cook in to over for an hour at 220 degrees. Continue to stir the granola around. 
Everyone's oven cooks differently; so if your granola starts to harden, turn off the oven and let the granola sit for a while. 
And learn from my mistake...use both hands when removing the granola from the oven. 
Nutrition Per Serving (15 Servings) Serving Size 1/4 Cup.
Calories 160, 13 g Carbs, 10 g Fat, 5 g Protein, 3 g Fiber, 7 g Sugar 

I would love to know your favorite Holiday meal! Leave your fave in the comment section below!

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