Holiday Puppy Chow


With only a few days until Christmas, it's the perfect time to make some fun snacks. I made a Holiday themed puppy chow for a holiday party at my work. I thought I'd share it with all of you.
I roughly followed the recipe from the back of my Chex Cereal. So if you want to imitate mine, you'll need:

  • 8 cups Rice Chex (for more flavor, you can use Chocolate Chex, or something like that).
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter (I actually used the Reese's Peanut Butter Spread because I only had crunchy peanut butter. Nutella will also work!)
  • 1 tbsp butter/margarine
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 cup Holiday M&Ms
  • 1 cup Peppermint Bark Chips


Steps:

  1. Measure Chex into a large bowl and set aside.
  2. In a glass (microwave-safe bowl) heat chocolate chips and butter. To do this without burning your chocolate, bring a couple cups of water to a boil in a pot. Make sure you use a bowl large enough to sit on top of the pot. You are basically creating a double boiler.
  3. Mix in the peanut butter, or other chocolatey spread. Once the mixture is smooth, you can take it away from heat. 
  4. Pour over Chex cereal and mix until all pieces are coated. In order to do this, I split mine in half and stirred.
  5. Put all Chex into a 2 gallon resealable bag and add powdered sugar. Shake it up until all pieces are covered.
  6. Chex recommends that you cool it on waxed paper, and then store in an airtight container.
  7. I mixed in my M&Ms and Peppermint Chips after I cooled it, so that the M&Ms wouldn't melt.



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Holiday Gift Guide for Her

It's the most wonderful time of the year! One of the best things about the Holiday season is getting gifts for everyone! Here's my holiday gift guide for her, in two parts. There's under $15 gifts, and under $25 gifts.




Under $15




Under $25


NOTE: This is not a sponsored post and contains only my personal opinions.

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DIY Christmas Countdown


Happy December! I'm going to try and post a lot more throughout the holiday season and next year. I know I've been slacking lately but I'd rather put up more quality posts than throw something together last minute every week.

For my first Christmassy Post, I'm showing you a DIY Christmas Countdown! It's a very easy DIY and perfect to do at the beginning of the month.



You'll Need:
  • A Stand: I'm using one that I already had at home but you can buy one similar at Hobby Lobby or another craft store.
  • Chalkboard Paint: I used chalkboard paint that was made for glass, because the surface of my plate was shiny.
  • Chalk: I used sidewalk chalk in the supplies photo, but a softer chalk is better.
  • Plate: Any Christmas colored serving plate will work, but I bought this one at Party City for a few dollars.
  • Brush: I used a sponge brush, which you can get at any craft store.
Steps:
  • 1. Clean your plate with rubbing alcohol or nail polish remover. This preps the surface for the chalkboard paint.
  • 2. Once it's dry, paint several layers of chalkboard paint onto the inner circle of the plate. The first layer was difficult, because the paint was not sticking. After that layer dried, the second coat covered it fine.
  • 3. My chalkboard paint suggested to allow drying time for four days. I let it dry for a couple hours and it was fine.
  • 4. Design your countdown! I looked at fonts online for inspiration.
  • 5. Don't forget to change the number everyday.

In the end, I used a paint marker style chalk. Let me know if you liked this DIY in the comments. 

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