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Custom made Party Mix!

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This is a pretty simple idea, but I thought of it all by myself (meaning, I didn’t get the idea from Pinterest!) lol. So, I thought it deserved to be shared.
Throughout the year, we, as many parents, are always looking for ideas for healthy, easy snacks for the kids. Note, the emphasis is on easy here. We just want to grab and go, but, we are really trying to avoid the prepackaged stuff. So, one of my summer traditions for snacks is to make a special blend of party mix. FYI: By special blend, I mean that I toss whatever leftover bags of chips, crackers, pretzels, or goldfish I have left in the cupboard into a bowl. The thing is, everyone likes different things, so I was thinking, wouldnt it be great to make your own snack mix, with only the things you liked? Wouldn’t it be great to have a bunch of snacks for back to school all packaged up and ready?
So, we went to Bulk Barn (which is, by the way one of my favourite stores ever). The kids each picked out a couple nuts and seeds, some dried fruit, cereal, and they were allowed to pick one junk food (like cheezies etc) and one candy.
Here is our haul from Bulk Barn

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Then we tossed everything into a large container, and shook it up…

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Then, the kids scooped about a cup at a time into ziplock bags, so we could grab them to go.

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They even made little labels for their snacks – I think it was “Sam’s super snack mix” and, “Dylan’s Delicious Party Mix”…
Anyways, it worked well, we went away for a few days and it was handy just to be able to grab a bag and go…or grab a reusable container…however, I don’t think it’s going to last until school starts, so I might have to make another batch next week…

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Nutella…

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This recipe attracted me right away because my kids love eating nutella! I was a little curious about what ingredients are actually in a bottle of nutella…is it healthy or isn’t it? Turns out, it’s a little bit of both!
You need the following ingredients…
2 cups of hazelnuts

1cup chocolate chips.

2 tbsp oil.

3tbsp icing sugar.

2 tbsp cocoa powder.

1/2 tsp vanilla.

1/2 tsp salt.

Here are what the packages of hazelnuts look like…

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Start by roasting the hazelnuts in an oven at 350 degrees for about 10-15 minutes.

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Then, while the hazelnuts are still warm, put them into a towel or cloth…

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And rub them inside the towel to remove the skin…cool trick eh?

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Once you have removed as much of the skin as you can, put the hazelnuts into the food processor for a few minutes.

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The next step is to melt the chocolate.

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Then, add the melted chocolate to the hazelnuts, along with all of the other ingredients, and blend at the highest setting.

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At this point, I wasn’t happy with the consistency. It was very gritty. You can even see it in the photo. So I poured it into the blender, and blended it for a few minutes.

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The result was much better, as you can see here…

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Overall, I was very pleased with the taste! I really like the fact that I know every ingredient. It is also amazing on homemade waffles! I recently bought a waffle maker, so we have been eating quite a bit of waffles lately…here is the recipe I have been using, except I have been trying to substitute whole wheat flower…

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I will definitely make the nutella spread again, especially because I bought the hazelnuts at Costco, so I have enough left over to make another 10 jars! I also found another delicious sounding recipe to make nutella wraps using egg roll wraps, and bananas… Mmmmmmm…

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No drip, all natural watermelon Popsicles!

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Dylan and I were having a snack of watermelon, wishing it was a little cooler when I thought of an idea I saw where you can freeze watermelon. We have made frozen bananas on sticks before, but why not frozen watermelon? This worked out well, it was a healthy Popsicle with no sugar, and something for the kids to do!
I cut the watermelon into slices…

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Then, we used a cookie cutter to cut out a heart shape. Because the watermelon was thicker than the cookie cutter, we had to use a butter knife to cut around each heart. But if you had the metal kind of cookie cutters, this would be really easy for the kids to do.

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Then we stuck a stick in each piece, and put them in the freezer for a couple hours

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Mmmmm!

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Today’s project -reindeer cake pops!

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Ok, so yesterday’s post was so easy, I will try another today…
Today we tried to make reindeers, but they were a lot tougher!
I started by melting butterscotch chocolate chips. I simply put the bag of the chips into cup of hot water until they melted -I used the bag from the bulk food store I bought them in. After they melted, I cut off the corner and squeezed out “y’s” to use for the antlers.

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Then, while they were cooling, I used the double boiler to melt some semi sweet chocolate chips. We dipped the sticks into the melted chocolate, let it set for a couple minutes, then dipped the cake pops in the chocolate.

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This is when it got tricky and messy. The chocolate has to be soft to put the antlers in, but sticking the antlers in was tricky! The cake kept breaking and falling off, so make sure you make extras! I did the antlers first, then used the same candy eyes as the snowman (bought from Bulk Barn). We used cinnamon hearts for the noses. I let them cool on the styrofoam tray, then packaged them in cellophane bags. We made about 10, then got a little frustrated and made some plain ones, dipped in various sprinkles, with a cinnamon heart on top.

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This afternoon, we are going to make and decorate sugar cookies…