January 8, 2008

Microwave Sweet Party Mix...Yummo!

Update on Candy Stand Kits: The kits are sold out at this time but Ellen has ordered more supplies, woohoo!! You can check back at the link...Ellen will put them on preorder and will ship them out as soon as the supplies arrive to her.

The two tiered stand that I have my Valentine decorations in was purchased at at store here in Kansas called Nell Hills. If you're ever in Atchison or Kansas City, you should definitely spend a few hours there. It's my favorite place EVER to shop!

Note: Be sure to sign up for the Crafty Secrets give away if you haven't. I'll be drawing a name tomorrow afternoon/early evening so check back to see if you're the lucky winner!!! Scroll down to my January 2nd post and leave a comment to enter for the prize drawing.

Today, I would love to share with a few things from my home. I always like to decorate for the holidays, my girls love it so much. So I thought I would show you my Valentine set up. I keep it pretty much to a few areas, one being a two-tiered stand that I keep on my dining room table. I put some shredded filler stuff in each tier basket and then just filled the tiers with all sorts of Valentine decorations. It's definitely a mix and match of *stuff*. That's what I love about this stand, I can just group together items of similar colors and/or themes and it makes a pretty fun decoration......without all these little items scattered around my house like Easter eggs!!

Here's the top tier of the stand. Those cute tea towels are from Target this year. Here's the bottom tier of the stand. The little tins tucked in the back will have little candies and treats for the girls on Valentine's Day.
And here's one of my most beloved recipes of all time.......YES I'm going to share it with you. YES, I should write a book, I KNOW!!! LOL!! The photo below shows a photo of a cute bunny rabbit my mom sewed many years ago, she is so special to me. And the little bowl she's holding holds a big batch of my SWEET PARTY MIX. It's so easy to make, doesn't take a lot of time and it's totally addicting!! You can add in seasonal colored M & M's to match any holiday, sports team colors or party theme. My friend Carmen gave me this recipe at a scrapbook outing and it's been a huge hit ever since!!

One of the main reasons I wanted to share this recipe at this time with you is because if you've purchased my CANDY STAND KITS at Ellen's store, a cupful of this in the treat bag with Valentine colored M & M's would be a perfect treat!!! (You can see my kit posts if you scroll down a bit). I'm going make a double batch and do this for Valentine gifts to teachers. So be sure to print off the recipe below, purchase your Candy Stand Kits from Ellen (they're going fast but I think there's more to come!) and you will be on your way to becoming one of the coolest gift givers in your neighborhood!!

Here's the recipe, Enjoy!!!!!!!

Microwave Sweet Party Mix

6 T margarine
3 T light corn syrup
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 tsp baking soda
1 large bag plain M & M’s (seasonal if you want it for the holidays)
1 jar honey roasted peanuts
4 cups Corn Chex
4 cups Rice Chex

Melt margarine, syrup and brown sugar in microwave for 1-2 minutes. Add baking soda and stir. Pour over cereals. Stir and cook in microwave for 3 minutes, stirring every minute. Pour onto waxed paper and let cool. Add ½ bag of M & M’s and ½ jar of peanuts. I usually double the recipe. Enjoy!!

Note: Use a glass dish if possible, as the liquid mixture gets really hot and will melt your plastic bowls.....trust me.

NOTE: Stay tuned for even more ideas and uses for the Candy Stand Kit....think baby and wedding.


Linda said...

What an adorable 2-tiered stand that is on display!!!

Nancy said...

So where did you obtain that 2-tiered stand?

FYI - I clicked on the link to Ellen's store to see your candy stand kit, but it said "not found."

I loved this look. I'm not one for thinking up such great ideas, but I'd be honored to CASE yours!! THANKS for sharing!


Margo :-) said...

ADORABLE!!!!!!!!! :-)

Tricia said...

I love your decorations and cards! TFS!!

Belas Creating Place said...

You are such an inspiration to me. I have received many comments on the Valentine's Station, I give you all the credit of course. You should write a book...are you related to the Martha Gene Pool? You are very talented, not only in cards but in the way you display items. I used to assist in window dressing for a large dept. store in Toronto and I see talent here.


Regina Davis said...

This is so darn cool. Can't wait for the wedding idea...

Michelle said...

Sounds yummy, thanks for sharing!

Holly said...

I already bought the kit...can't wait to try the treat!!

Lovetostamp6 said...

Gorgeous pictures and ideas Michelle. LOVE all the goodies in the tier stand. The little wooden doll is just darling.

Jennifer :)

Nancy said...

Thanks for the source on the 2-tiered stand. I found one from another source, but not nearly as wonderful as yours. I wish your source had online ordering - I would definitely start ordering from them (and would have to get an additional job to pay for it all!). They look FANTASTIC, as do all your creations!

Anonymous said...

I do not get corn syrup here. Is it possible to replace that by honey or sugar?

Would you be interested in our favourite recipe?

300g of almonds (brown skin still on)
4 tbs caster sugar
2-3 tbs water
1/2 - 1 tsp cinnamon

Mix the last 3 ingredients in a porcelain dish (no plastic - you know why *lol*) and heat on full power in the microwave for 3 minutes. Then add the almonds, cook another 3 minutes, stir, cook another 3 minutes and transfer everything on a large plate, covered with baking paper (non-stick paper). Separate immediately and let cool the almonds down. Transfer to an airtight container, they will last for a week easily - unless you are greedy as we are and eat them within one or two days!

Just a little thank you recipe for all the fun you bring to my house in Scotland. Would you like to tell me whether you liked the recipe? I handed it out several times in small glass dishes, lovely wrapped and they were always a big hit.

Sorry, I am still not able to log myself in,


KERI R. said...

Oh Mish....I get so excited when I see a new post by you come up in my eMail.....out of all the blogs I subscribe to.....yours is my all time FAVORITE!!! Love your inspiration and all the fun holiday creations you come up with!!!!

Anonymous said...

Love your blog, and your ideas! What a great crafter you are, and thanks for all the inspiration!

Patty W said...

Love your things! Can't wait to try this recipe and see if it will pass for my daughters "healthy snack" at school :)

Eager to read more of your blog and new ones in the days ahead!


Now Stampin said...

I'm so thrilled to have found your blog through SCS today. What a "TREAT" your page is and all of your great ideas, so cheery!! Happy Valentines Day and thank you!!!

Stampedbyanangel@aol.com said...

What a fabulous display and items!

twinks said...

Love your holiday decorating. The bunny from your mom is so adorable.

TracyM said...

Just wanted to write a quick thanks to Michelle and Ellen. I am a beginner stamper and very new to copic makers. I ordered some copics from Ellen a few months ago, but had not done much with them. when I saw Michelle's Valentine Candy Stand kit and the stamp of the month I knew I had to have them both. I just got my order in tonight and had to play. My niece and nephew love jelly beans and Michelle's Candy Stands were perfect. Thanks to Ellen's detailed copic coloring directions I was able to color in the stamp of the month....they look terrific. Thank you, because of both of you I'm giving some very specials Valentine's gift this year.

Can't wait to try the party mix...sounds great!

Anonymous said...

Nobody interested in trying my almond recipe? It is really good, I promise!

Nessie from Scotland

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