Sunday, December 31, 2017

Good Snacking from the Family Recipe File

If having people over is in your plans, or if you need a tasty gift, then you’ll want to try out this recipe from my maternal grandmother, Mamaw’s, recipe file. It beats any Chex Mix you'll buy in a bag and is even better than the recipe on the cereal box. 

She actually named the recipe “Good Snacking” and noted on the card it is “Delicious!!” It’s a recipe she got from a friend around 1960 and has been in my family ever since. My mom makes it each year to give away at Christmas, and I always request a huge bag full of the crunchy, tasty stuff!

When you first look at this recipe, you’ll think it’s Chex Mix. While it’s similar to the original recipe, the seasonings are different enough to give it a unique taste. And, trust me, it is way better than anything out of a bag!

This is the perfect snack for any occasion, be it watching holiday movies, ringing in the New Year, or cheering on your favorite football and basketball teams.

Author: Linda Ditch
Good Snacking Mix

Good Snacking Mix

My grandmother's version of Chex Mix beats anything you could buy in a bag.


  • 5 cups Corn Chex
  • 4 cups Rice Chex
  • 3 cups Wheat Chex
  • 3 cups Cheerios
  • 2 cans low-salt mixed nuts (the short, fat cans)
  • Bite-sized pretzels 
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon celery salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce


  1. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F. Place the cereals, nuts, and pretzels into a large roasting pan. (The foil kind used to roast a turkey works great.)
  2. Melt the butter in a saucepan or in the microwave. Add the remaining ingredients and mix to blend. Pour the butter mixture over the cereal mixture in the roasting pan and toss to coat all the cereal and nuts. Place the pan in the oven and bake for 1 hour, stirring the mixture frequently, about every 10 to 15 minutes.
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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Homemade Pumpkin Spice Creamer and White Russian

I shared these recipes on social media Thanksgiving weekend, but I loved them both so much I wanted to post them here.

Homemade pumpkin spice creamer is a snap to make and tastes a thousand times better than the store-bought kind. It has real pumpkin and tasty spices from Moburts, my local spice shop.

The recipe for Pumpkin Spice White Russian was inspired by a visit to Wheat State Distilling in Wichita on the #KSCornTour this fall. I think even the Big Lebowski would approve!

Homemade Pumpkin Spice Creamer

1 pint half and half
1/4 cup pumpkin puree
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 can sweetened condensed milk

Mix first 4 ingredients together in a bowl. Microwave at 30-second intervals for 1 to 3 minutes until heated through and blended. Mix in the remaining ingredients, place in a jar and shake to make sure it is well blended. Store in fridge.

Pumpkin Spice White Russian

1 shot Wheat State Distilling Wheat Vodka
1 shot coffee liquor
1 to 2 shots pumpkin spice coffee creamer

Pour all of the ingredients into a rock or highball glass over ice. Stir to combine. Can also be made in larger quantities in a pitcher to serve at a holiday gathering.