Monday, July 18th ~ Friday, July 22nd
Crunchy White Chocolate Snack Mix
1 (10 oz.) pkg. mini twist pretzels
5 c. Toasted Oat cereal
5 c. crispy corn cereal squares
2 c. salted peanuts
1 (14 oz.) pkg. candy coated milk chocolate pieces (M&Ms)
2 (11 oz.) pkg. white chocolate chips
3 Tbsp. vegetable oil
Line 3 baking sheets with waxed paper or parchment. Set aside. IN large bowl, combine mini pretzels, toasted oat cereal, crispy corn cereal squares, salted peanuts and candy-coated chocolate pieces. Set aside. In microwave safe bowl, heat chips and oil on MEDIUM HIGH for 2 minutes, stirring once. Microwave on HIGH for 10 seconds; stir until smooth. Pour over cereal mixture and mix well. Spread onto prepared baking sheets. Cool; break apart. Store in an airtight container. You can also substitute other cereals, candy or nuts. Salted almonds, granola or butterscotch chips would also work well.
Ice Cream Pretzel Squares
2 1/2 c. finely crushed pretzels
1 1/2 sticks butter, melted
3 Tbsp. sugar
1/2 gallon strawberry ice cream, softened*
1 (12 oz.) container frozen whipped topping, thawed
Hot fudge for drizzling
Strawberries for garnish
Preheat oven to 400. Coat a 9 x 13 baking dish with cooking spray. In medium bowl, combine pretzels, butter and sugar; mix well. Press mixture into bottom of baking dish. Bake 8 minutes; let cool completely. Spoon ice cream evenly over pretzel layer, pressing lightly into an even layer. Spread with whipped topping, core and freeze at least 4 hours, or until firm. When ready to serve, cut, drizzle with hot fudge and top with a strawberry. * You can substitute ice cream or yogurt flavor of your choice.
Makes 15 servings.
Raspberry Pie Supreme
4-5 cups raspberries
1 (9 inch) unbaked pie shell
1 c. sour cream
1 1/2 c. plus 2 tsp. sugar
1 c. flour
1/4 tsp. salt
Spread raspberries in unbaked pie shell. Mix sour cream, sugar, flour & salt. Mix well. Spoon over berries. Spread to edge of shell. Sprinkle with 2 tsp. sugar. Bake at 450 for 10 minutes. Reduce heat to 350. Bake for 30 minutes or until topping is lightly brown. Cool to room temperature. Serve.
MISTAKES WE MAKE;
Under-applying sunscreen. Measure a generous amount for body and a nickel size blob for your face
Every sunscreen needs to be reapplied as all formulas degrade significantly after two hours in the sun
Sunscreen needs to be applied 30 minutes before you go in the sun. It takes that long for the ingredients to activate and start absorbing the UV rays
Sunscreen can retain its strength for 3 years. Check the expiration date and don’t use after that time
Use this list to create a jar of fun things for kids to do-then pull them out when boredom strikes.
•Adorn your bike with streamers or stickers
•Fill and decorate a time capsule in a shoe box
•Host a hula-hoop contest
•Roll out Bubble Wrap, tape it down and jump and play
•Draw a map of your neighborhood
•Play mirror and mimic your partner’s actions
•Put together your own puzzle by cutting up postcard or photos.
•Mix 6 c. water 2 c. dishwashing soap 1 c. light corn syrup = big bubbles
•Put on blindfolds and do a taste test of different random foods
JULY IS LAUNDRY MONTH
PRE-TREAT STAINS. Fels Naphtha or liquid stain treatment work well.
SWITCH TO COLD. 90 percent of energy used comes from heating the water. You can wash sheets and towels in hot water, if you prefer; everything else can be washed in cold and always rinse in cold water because it gets suds out better and doesn’t set wrinkles.
HANG IT OUT TO DRY. The less time your laundry spends in the dryer, the better.
Until they are sliced, whole watermelons are best kept in a place that’s slightly cooler than room temperature; such as an air-conditioned counter top. Room temperature melons contain significantly more antioxidants and other nutrients than their chilled counterparts.
Once a watermelon has been cut, try to use it within 2-3 days. AS time passes, the chill from the fridge will start to break down.