Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Christmas gifts......Day 5

I was in a bit of a quandry of what to do to thank all of the lovely people who minister to my children each week at our church. In the past, I would make containers of cookies and other goodies, and it was really no big deal. But now, I have 6 children, and now, we are attending an amazing church where the people love children and so many are involved in teaching and training our children. Now, each of my children have at least 2 adults working in their class, and one of them has FOUR. Multiply that by 6 and that's a LOT.
A LOT of work.
In a tiny house, with 12 eager hands and lots of sweet tooths (is that a word?)

So this year, I decided to make a couple huge 'ol batches of this:


Chex Muddy Buddies
(This also goes by names such as "Puppy Chow" or "Monkey Munch" as heard on the TLC reality show, "Jon & Kate Plus 8)



If you have never tried this, my friend, you have truely missed out on one of life's GREATEST
pleasures!!


Ingredients
9cups Corn Chex®, Rice Chex®, Wheat Chex® or Chocolate Chex® cereal (or combination)
1cup semisweet chocolate chips
1/2cup peanut butter
1/4cup butter or margarine
1teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2cups powdered sugar
Tips
Substitution
Peanut butter and chocolate are a favorite flavor combo, but peanut butter lovers can substitute peanut butter chips for the chocolate chips to intensify that flavor.
Special Touch
Need clever gift wrapping ideas for this 15-minute recipe? Check out Mix & Mingle with Chex® Party Mix.
Preparation Directions
1.Into large bowl, measure cereal; set aside.
2.In 1-quart microwavable bowl, microwave chocolate chips, peanut butter and butter uncovered on High 1 minute; stir. Microwave about 30 seconds longer or until mixture can be stirred smooth. Stir in vanilla. Pour mixture over cereal, stirring until evenly coated. Pour into 2-gallon resealable food-storage plastic bag.
3.Add powdered sugar. Seal bag; shake until well coated. Spread on waxed paper to cool. Store in airtight container in refrigerator.
High Altitude (3500-6500 ft): No change.
Nutritional Information
1 Serving: Calories 220 (Calories from Fat 80); Total Fat 9g (Saturated Fat 4g, Trans Fat 0g);Cholesterol 5mg; Sodium 200mg; Total Carbohydrate 30g (Dietary Fiber 1g, Sugars 17g); Protein 3g % Daily Value*: Vitamin A 6%; Vitamin C 2%; Calcium 6%; Iron 25% Exchanges: 1 Starch; 1 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Vegetable; 1 1/2 Fat Carbohydrate Choices: 2 MyPyramid Servings: 1 tsp Fats & Oils
*% Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.




I put lots of this mix into a container along with a few buckeyes, and VOILA!!! Done. We made up 19 of the 2lb. holiday containers to give to teachers, and family friends!!!






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