Friday, December 20, 2013

Easy Tags & An Easy Recipe

Need an easy, yummy recipe for gifts for friends and family...or just to enjoy yourself?  Then, stick around, because I have one that everyone loves!
First, I want to show you some easy tags that I made with the new Scalloped Tag Topper Punch that will be available in the 2014 Occasions Catalog that goes live January 3rd!  The punch does all the work for you.  All you need is a piece of paper that is 2 inches wide and any length - I used 3-1/2 inches.  Place it in the punch and press.  It scallops the top edge and punches out the hole.  Don't you just love the shape?  I rounded the corners of the bottom edge with a corner rounder.  Everything on the top edge was made with the punch!  Some punches need a little muscle to punch, but this one doesn't.  I found it very easy to use.
I used the Endless Wishes Stamp Set (sadly sold out) for this tag.  The colors are Cherry Cobbler, Island Indigo and Pool Party.  The tag below uses the Pennant Parade stamp set.  The colors are Cherry Cobbler and Garden Green.  I found the rhinestones in my drawer.  They didn't have adhesive on the back, but Tombow Multi Glue worked great to adhere them. The tree is popped up with Stampin' Dimensionals.
Now, for the recipe.....White Chocolate Chex Party Mix.  WARNING:  It is highly addictive!  This makes a ton, so be sure to use a large bowl to mix it.  I use the top of my Tupperware cake carrier. 
White Chocolate Chex Party Mix
Adapted from Taste of Home
Note:  I used dry roasted peanuts, and I added more than the 2 cups called for in the recipe.  Also, I used an entire 16 oz. bag of mini pretzels.  We love chocolate-covered pretzels!  One other thing, this recipe isn't just for Christmas.  Fortunately, M&M's come in all sorts of colors depending on the holiday. {smile}

5 cups Cheerios
5 cups Corn Chex
2 cups Salted Peanuts
10 oz. bag of Mini Pretzels
12 oz. bag Plain M&M's (I don't think they come in 1 lb. bags anymore...)
2 bags (12 oz. each) White Chocolate Chips
3 Tbsp. Canola Oil

Mix first five ingredients together in a large bowl.

Microwave the chips and oil on 70% power for 1 minute.  Stir.  Continue to microwave on 70% power at 30 second intervals (stirring frequently) until chips are melted.  This is different than the original recipe. Adjust to suit your microwave.

Pour over dry ingredients and mix well.  Pour out on wax paper or parchment paper to dry. Cool and break apart. Yum!

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