Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Holiday Reindeer Chow


Peppermint Bark Reindeer Chow

My sister is an expert "puppy chow" maker, and a couple of years ago, I decided to try to make a holiday version. It turned out amazingly well (if I do say so myself), and now we make it every year. The addition of peppermint bark really takes it to the next level, and we had to change the name to suit the season, duh.

Peppermint Bark Reindeer Chow
Peppermint Bark Reindeer Chow

Holiday Reindeer Chow

Yields 15-20 servings

INGREDIENTS
8 cups rice or corn square style cereal
2 cups peppermint bark, broken into small pieces
2.5 cups semisweet chocolate chips
1-1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/2 cup crushed candy canes or peppermint candies  

Line a large baking sheet with waxed or parchment paper. Pour cereal into a large bowl. Melt chocolate chips in a double boiler on stovetop over low heat, or in a bowl in the microwave for 20 second increments stirring in between, until smooth. Pour melted chocolate onto cereal in bowl, and stir until coated. Transfer mixture to 2 gallon food-storage plastic bag. Add powdered sugar, peppermint bark pieces, 
and crushed peppermint to bag and shake to coat. Spread onto baking sheet until cool, then pour into a serving bowl. Store at room temperature or fridge in covered container.
 
Peppermint Bark Reindeer Chow

This recipe is great to make in double or triple batches to give as gifts too!




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Tuesday, November 8, 2022

Our 2022 Family Holiday Cards


Postable holiday cards

I don't want to jinx anything, but 2022 has been a whole lot better than 2020 and 2021. I mean, that's not saying much, but still. It's just seemed, I don't know, calmer? There's still a lot of room for improvement (come on 2023), but I'm feeling the peace and love right now - and that's the message I want to spread when sending out holiday cards this year. 

If you've been reading here for a while, you know how much I love sending holiday cards. In fact, I have never gotten rid of a single holiday card I've received. True story. I have a huge bag of them in my basement dating back 30+ years. Am I just a hoarder? Will I ever do anything with them? Who knows.The point is that I have a special (possibly irrational, but that's okay) place in my heart for holiday cards.

Postable Cards
Postable Greeting Cards
Postable Christmas Cards

While we're on the subject of holiday cards and special places in my heart, eight years ago, I came across and fell in love with a card company called Postable. I've had a massive crush on them every since. Not only do they offer a huge variety of really cool, stylish, fun designs, they also have a special way to make my (and you) life way easier. (Pssst. I have a pretty major discount for you, from Postable, at the bottom of this post.)

Before I get into the details about what sets Postable apart, I wanted to make sure to let you know that this isn't a paid review. It's a trade. The give me the best cards ever and I share my thoughts about them with all of you, but I would buy and send their cards regardless. I love the quality and selection of their cards, the fact that they're fully customizable, and that they are 100% post-consumer recycled and/or tree-free 100% (envelopes too). But the best part about Postable, in my opinion, is what makes them really unique.  They offer a very user friendly way to design cards, then print the cards, then stuff the envelopes, then address them, then stamp them, and finally, mail them all for you. All of it. I don't know about you but I'm pretty freaking stressed during the holiday season and this is a pretty huge thing to be able to cross off the list. 

Postable Holiday Cards
Postable Greeting Cards
Postable Holiday Cards

As I've said before, the people at Postable are genuinely nice humans too. And generous. In fact, they're giving you 20% off your entire order with code BEAN22. Head over to their site right now and you'll be amazed. (No really, you will!) Happy holiday card season!


This post is in collaboration with Postable



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Monday, October 24, 2022

Simple Fall Planter


Fall Planter

I just wanted to share an idea for a very simple but beautiful fall planter. I have a large pot in my front yard that I fill each spring for the summer. This year I went for wild flowers, and it was looking pretty rough by September. I grabbed a small white mum, two types of ornamental cabbage, some small white pumpkins, and a medium white pumpkin, and in about ten minutes, had a fresh autumn planter.

Fall Planter
Simple Fall Planter

I'm not an expert gardener by any means, but it's fun to update planters with the seasons. Your local nursery/greenhouse is a great place to go for seasonal refresh plants, and they're usually willing to help with design suggestions if you bring in a photo!


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Wednesday, October 12, 2022

Autumn Rosemary Crescent Rolls


Rosemary Parmesan Crescent Rolls

You may remember me sharing a version of this recipe before, years ago. It's really not even a recipe - more of a way to elevate ready-to-bake crescents. It's a favorite side dish for us during the holiday season, but we've been eating them a lot this fall. It really is the perfect fall food - warm, comforting, and delicious with autumn soups. 


Autumn Rosemary Crescent Rolls

INGREDIENTS
8 refrigerated crescent rolls (1 can)  
1/8 cup butter
2-3 teaspoons dried rosemary
5 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon garlic powder

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Melt butter either in a small saucepan over low heat. Stir in garlic powder. Open the can of crescent rolls, unroll dough, and separate into 8 triangles. Brush melted butter and garlic powder mixture onto the top of each triangle, then sprinkle with parmesan cheese. Flip each triangle so the buttered side is down, and roll into crescent shape (so that buttered side is on the outside). Place each crescent onto a baking sheet, and top with another sprinkling of parmesan and a few pieces of rosemary. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown. 


We especially love these with a hearty vegetable soup. They're great with chili too!



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