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Monday, May 7, 2012

Camping and wedding prep

Last week, Brian, the kids, and I were invited to go camping. Last  year, my dad's family decided to start a Mother's Day camp out and make it an annual tradition. I couldn't make it because I was working, but I get to go this year. Brian can't because he has to work, but the kids and I are going. I haven't seen my family since last July at Grandpa's retirement party. Part of my contribution to the menu is bringing Trail Mix. Since everyone knows the best kind is the one that you make yourself, I made two different varieties. Using the recipe from Chex, found here, I adapted it to be my own.

The first recipe I made did not have the cheerios in it (it's really the only way to tell them apart in the pictures).

Emily's Mix #1:

  • 6 Cups Rice Chex cereal
  • 3 Cups Corn Chex cereal
  • 2 Cups of mini pretzel twists
  • 2 Cups of mixed nuts
  • 1/4 Cup of butter
  • 1 Tbl Dijon Mustard
  • 1 Tbl Yellow Mustard
  • 2 Tbl Honey
  • 1 tsp seasoned salt
And prepared according to the original Chex preparation directions. This recipe made about 21 servings, 1/2 cup each. 

Emily's Mix #2:

  • 3 Cups Corn Chex Cereal
  • 3 Cups Rice Chex Cereal
  • 3 Cups Honey Nut Cheerios
  • 2 Cups mini pretzel twists
  • 2 Cups mixed nuts
  • 1/4 Cup of butter
  • 2 Tbl seasoned mustard (I used a mild mustard with herbs, from Germany)
  • 1 tsp seasoned salt
Again, prepare using the original Chex prep. This recipe made about 21 servings, 1/2 cup each. 

That was for the camping trip over Mother's Day weekend. Now, for the wedding prep that I did last week! 
I found a blog here that has one of the most awesome thing I've ever seen. I wanted to make mine and Brian's toasting glasses for our wedding this summer. So one morning, we were at a garage sale and found a set of 4 martini glasses for 50 cents a piece and I made my own version of her glasses. 

These are the results from mine: 

I am so happy with the way they turned out. I only showed mine and Brian's because my lovely Maid of Honor sometimes reads this and I want her to be surprised with hers! I mixed two different paints to get the color we got. All of the instructions are on the link above, along with pictures that show the steps. I used the oven cure method, as the author said that was the best one for this particular project.  

Anyway, that's what I've been working on. I think sometime in the next few days, I'm going to make some puppy chow and take that with us camping. The recipes I made (above) are both a sweet/salty flavor. It's actually really good! 

Peace out, Girl Scout!!! 


  1. Yummy Chex mix. My aunt makes it every year but she makes her own version with favorite cereals we like. One favorite is Capn Crunch! Mix it up and see what others you can include. You may get your own secret mix and have everyone asking for it.

    I found your blog because of a post you made on all things thrifty. I had to reply to your idea to paint your popcorn ceiling. You must do your homework!!!!!
    Popcorn ceilings do not exactly like to be repainted. If they get wet the finish actually fall right off the ceiling. In fact if you ever want to rid yourself of the finish you take a spray bottle of water, spray the area and use a scraper and it comes right off. A messy job yes but very effective. I have had people paint their ceilings and come back later only to find it all on the floor. So the idea of spraying the paint on may over saturate it and a mess could be the result.
    I am not saying it always happens. My grandmothers home was repainted and the did the ceiling as well and it was fine. But I have no idea what method was used. In my home we tried the tiny bathroom first. It came off so we scraped it and painted it flat.
    I just wanted to make sure you had a heads up. Wouldn't want your first project be your first catastropy! :)
    Best wishes!
    Tucson, Az

    1. Thank you so much for your comment, Selena! I have done lots of research about which method would be best for us. The only conclusion that I came to was just to wait and see. We don't have the keys to the house yet, so as soon as we can get it and test the ceiling, we will go from there. I think that if I sprayed it with water and it didn't absorb it, we will paint it. But if I spray it and it starts falling on our heads, we will take it off! To paint it, we are considering using a paint sprayer. I read online that if you chose to use a roller to apply paint, you can only paint in on direction, so it would take me twice as long. But, for right now, it's just a waiting game! Thank you for your advice!