I was looking for a quick, easy and fun snack to make my kids that did not involve the oven. It’s HOT here and I didn’t want to add to the temperature. I came across a recipe for PAYDAY Chex Mix and thought I would give it a go, with a few adjustments for my family.
A very Simple recipe:
Peanut Chocolate Caramel Chex Mix
- 8 Cups Rice Chex
- 14 oz bag of Caramels, unwrapped
- 1 TBSP Milk
- 1 1/2 C Roasted Peanuts
- 1/2-3/4 C Chocolate Chips
In a large bowl place Rice Chex and peanuts. Line a baking sheet with wax paper. In a microwave safe bowl place unwrapped caramels and milk. Microwave for 1 minute and stir. Continue in 30 second increments, stirring after each 30 seconds until caramel is smooth. Once smoothly quickly pour over Chex/peanut mixture and stir until coated. Pour in chocolate chips and mix. Spread onto wax paper lined baking sheet and let set up. Enjoy & Eat!
A few months ago a wonderful friend moved away. I helped her clean out her garage and she had a bunch of wood stuck up in her rafters that she was just going to send off to the dump. I quickly grabbed it and stuck it in my trunk knowing at some point it would become something beautiful!
Here’s what I started with:
I sanded and poly-ed it and used brown vinyl and a new favorite saying “Today I will choose Joy”
I love how it turned out. It’s right about our slider out to the backyard.
I’ve been seeing all sorts of storage and planting ideas popping up using mason jars and hose clamps. I thought they were fun but couldn’t find a use for any of them in my home. What I did need was more LEGO storage! But I didn’t want to use glass mason jars with LEGOs. So here’s what I did, I used plastic peanut butter jars!! The large peanut butter jars are larger enough for even an adult hand to get to the bottom of!
So, here’s what you need to make your own:
- A piece of wood, cut to length, sanded and stained (or painted)
- Plastic peanut butter jars (I used large PB jars from Costco)
- Hose clamps (they were about $1.50 a piece)
- Tools-screw driver, hammer & 1 large nail
It was fairly simple, A stained piece of wood with 3 hose clamps and 3 PB jars attached. The only tricky part for me was getting the hose clamps on. You have to hammer a hole through the back of the hole clamp to put a screw through the back to attach it to the wood. We didn’t happen to have any large nails. That would have helped the process considerably, but I got the job done!. Once the 3 clamps are attached to the wood tighten around the jars and attach onto the wall! Fill them up with LEGOs and enjoy!
Above this fun storage solutions is another simple LEGO storage idea from the DollarTree. These wooden boxes were natural wood and got a quick coat of spray paint. I will admit though that they rarely have minifigs in them. My LEGO loving kid keeps his minifigs in use most of the time!!