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Uncle Sam Cereal Mallow Bars

Uncle Sam cereal mallow bars
We all know everyone loves a good Krispie Rice Marshmallow Bar.  Kids love their gooey sweetness and crunch.  Mom’s love the ease of making them.  The only thing we didn’t love around here is how unhealthy they are, so I set about figuring out a way to change that!
Cereal bars
Typical krispy rice cereal has very, very little fiber in it, and basically turns to sugar after ingesting.  This spikes blood sugar levels, which is never a good thing.  I knew I had to find a cereal that had lots of fiber & protein in it, and whole grains.  This would keep blood sugar leveled & be much more filling.  

Uncle Sam Original whole wheat kernels
Uncle Sams cereal is made of 4 ingredients.  It fit the bill for my recipe.  We also added a bit of o’s cereal.  You all know how much I like the circle shape around here, so I added those just for pretty.
I like that this recipe added nutrition to calories.  A plain krispy rice mallow treat is just empty calories.  These still have the sugar from the marshmallows, but it also gives the body some nutrition, so no more empty calories!  
They are made just like regular krispy treats.  Super easy!  My kids thought I was super mom when they tasted them.  They loved that they were yummy, I loved that they were nutritious!
Uncle Sam cereal mallow bars

Uncle Sam Cereal Mallow Bars

3 tbsp butter (I used Earth Balance)
4 cups miniature marshmallows (or a 10oz pkg of regular marshmallows)
6 cups cereal

In a large pan, melt butter over low heat.  Add marshmallows and stir until completely melted.  Remove from heat.

Using wax paper or buttered spatula (or buttered fingers!) spread evenly into a 9×13 inch buttered pan. (My bars were thinner as I used a larger pan).  Let cool completely and cut into squares.


Football Funky Fritos And Rubbermaid From Target

football funky fritos

 I know, I know.  This is not the usual type of recipe I post here at New Nostalgia.  There is nothing real or healthy about these Football Funky Fritos–AT ALL!  But, sometimes you gotta break the healthy rules and make something junky–especially when it is football season and time for a party! 
I started making this recipe about 4 years ago.  It is one of my most favorite snacks to take to a football party & with the Super Bowl game coming up I thought it was a good time to share it again with you.  Everyone seems a bit skeptical of this snack at first, it does look a bit funky after all, but I always leave with an empty container.
Speaking of containers, you all know I love my mason jars, but they just are not practical for taking along to parties.  Enter Rubbermaid Take Alongs.  I love having a few of these Rubbermaid Take Alongs on hand.  They come in all shapes and sizes, but I tend to stick with the large bowls.  I love them for taking along my favorite chili, my famous cranberry spinach salad, or when nothing but a sweet will do, these Funky Fritos.
rubbermaid take alongs
I bought my Rubbermaid Take Alongs at Target.  Target is offering coupons for these Rubbermaid products. (You can print the coupons HERE). 
quik clik seal

When I put the lid on,  I can hear a “click” when sealed.  Such a reassuring sound! The lids also stack nicely, is always good.  The measuring marks I’m sure will come in handy sometime.  What I like most of all, though, is that I can be forgetful.  If I happen to leave my dish at a party, that is ok!  Then the hostess can wash and reuse it and take it along to another party.
rubbermaid take alongs and football funky fritos

 The Rubbermaid Take Alongs that I used costs less than $5.00, and came with 2 large bowls and 2 lids.  My Target coupon brought the price even lower.


M&M's snack

A fun idea for game day is getting the M&M’s in custom colors.  Choose your team color and make a statement with you snack!


Remember to print your Rubbermaid coupons at Target’s website before you shop. There is one coupon for the Easy Find Lids containers and one for the Take-Alongs.

Rubbermaid is hosting a Game Day Party Sweepstakes.  They are offering the chance to win an Easy Find Lids Party Pack, a 48Qt Cooler and $100 VISA gift card! Awesome!

Enter to win HERE. (Entries are limited to one entry per person / per email address / per day. Sweepstakes starts December 19, 2012 and ends January 21, 2013.)

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Salty Sweet Peanut Butter Caramel Funky Fritos

1 cup white corn syrup
1 cup white sugar
1 cup peanut butter
1 10.5 ounce bag Fritos

M&M Candies 

Pour out the Fritos on a large shallow pan lined with parchment…might want to grease the parchment paper as some had trouble with sticking. Combine the corn syrup and sugar and bring to a boil. Turn down heat and simmer until sugar is dissolved, just a few minutes.  Stir in the PB til smooth. Pour the mixture over the chips, sprinkle with candies, and chill for about 30-60 minutes. Break apart and enjoy!

What about YOU?  What is your favorite recipe to take to a party?  

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Healthy Eating/ RECIPES/ Sweets

Healthy Snack Ideas For Kids

We are snackers here in this home.  We have an afternoon snack and a before bed time snack.

I thought I would share a list of snacks that we have come to rely on.

~apples dipped in peanut butter or almond butter
~a bowl of frozen fruit, slightly thawed
~wheat thins and cheese slices
~pretzel rods
~hard boiled eggs
~homemade granola bars
~dry cereal (Cheerios or Shredded Wheat)
~homemade popcorn
~homemade popcicles
~frozen grapes
~cheese tacos (tortilla with cheese, heated)
~vanilla wafers

Sweet Treats
~whole wheat brownies
~fudgy buttons
~chocolate chip cookies
~bryers ice cream
~peanut butter cookies
~fruit leather


Puppy Chow & Kitty Chow Snack

We eat healthy around here during the week, so when the weekend comes, sometimes I like to surprise my kids with a bit of a sugary snack.  I love the reactions I get when I do this, according to my girls I qualify for mom of the year when I make a surprise sugar snack.

When I do take the time to make something less healthy,  I want something easy and fun.  This puppy chow and kitty chow fit that description.  Kids think it is great fun to have 2 different shaped chow with fun names.  It is the perfect munching snack, especially for car trips!  What I love?  It is so good that it gets eaten up right away so when the new week comes we don’t have a bunch of tempting puppy & kitty chow laying around!

Puppy & Kitty Chow
1/2 cup butter ( I use Earth Balance)
1 cup peanut butter
12 ounces chocolate chips 
1 1b powdered sugar
1/2 box any Chex type cereal (for puppy chow)
1/2 box Kix cereal (for kitty chow)
Mix butter, peanut butter and chocolate chips in a glass bowl.  Microwave until melted & stir.  Divide in half.  Add Chex to one half and Kix to the other.  Stir until coated.  In 2 brown paper bags, divide powdered sugar.  Add coated Chex to one and coated Kix to the other.  Shake until cereal is coated.


Kettle Corn Crispie Bars

My mother-in-law served these Kettle Corn Crispie Bars at our last family get-together. They were AWESOME.  They are crunchy, gooey, chewy, buttery, salty/sweet, chocolate-y squares of heaven.  Yes, I ate them, despite the sugar and dairy.  I’m a 90/10 vegan, and boy, were these worth taking up my entire 10.  They actually took more than my 10 because she sent some home with me.  I gave one bar to my husband and ATE the last 4 within a day.  Yes, I even hid them from the rest of the family.  These bars are naughty I tell ya and make you do naughty things.  Enjoy!
{had to show you the beautiful bottom of the bar. Isn’t that a beautiful bottom?}
Kettle Corn Crispie Bars
8 cups popped kettle corn (kernals removed!)
One 8 ounce pkg chocolate covered toffee pieces
1 cup pecans, chopped
2/3 cup light corn syrup
2/3 cup sweetened condensed milk
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
5 TBS butter
3 TBS granulated sugar
1 tsp vanilla
12 ounce pkg semisweet chocolate pieces, melted
1/4 cup caramel ice cream topping
1 -2 tsp coarse sea salt
Line a 13x9x2 pan with foil, overlapping the edges of pan.
Toss kettle corn, toffee pieces and pecans in a large bowl
Caramel sauce:
Combine syrup, sugars and butter.
Bring to a boil over medium high heat, stirring constantly.
Reduce heat and boil gently uncovered for 6 to 8 minutes until sauce is a light golden brown.
Remove from heat and stir in vanilla

Pour over kettle corn mixture. Stir to coat.
Transfer to prepared pan, pressing firmly with back of spoon
Spread melted chocolate over top.
Lift out and cut into bars
If you like, drizzle with caramel topping and sprinkle with salt (yes, you’d like!)
Chill 45 to  60 minutes to set.
Makes 20 to 24 bars
Healthy Eating/ Meals/ RECIPES

My New Favorite Lunch

I am having a ball exploring different plant-based foods.  My diet has never been more interesting and full of textures and colors.  No more boring sandwiches! 
The plate above consists of:
~French Lentil Soup (I make this recipe about every week!  Yum.)
~Creole Roasted Sweet Potatoes (recipe coming soon, another one I make and snack on all week)
~Spinach Topped with Raw Cashews
~Gluten-Free Lentil Crackers (I eat gluten, but bought them because they were on sale)
~Organic Green Grapes

I’ve also been making TONS of iced green tea every week and love drinking it with my lunch. I make an iced tea concentrate a couple times a week by doubling the tea bags.  I then store it in a mason jar in the refrigerator.  When I want a glass of iced tea,  I just add water and ice to some concentrate in another mason jar.  I sometimes use this Super Easy Iced Tea Concentrate overnight method.  When doing this, it reminds me to quick make my Perfect Iced Coffee recipe, as it too, is an overnight method. One cannot have too many great tasting beverages on hand!:)
Most days, I skip the overnight method and use one of my favorite kitchen appliances, an electric tea kettle.  It is great for heating water to the perfect temperature with just a flick of the button.  I really love it in the cold months, as it keeps the water hot for me all throughout the day.
My favorite brand if green tea Good Earth Lemongrass.  It is one of the only green teas that I don’t have the urge to add sugar to!  It is not bitter and the faint lemon flavor is delish.
What do you eat for lunch?
Do you have a favorite green tea?


Easy, Homemade Freezer Salsa

ball jars of salsa

See the larger jar of salsa in the background?  My husband has just about finished off the jar, and I just made it 2 days ago!

This is a super easy & quick way to make salsa for the freezer.  If y.ou like a chunky salsa, then freezer salsa is not for you.  Chunky salsa tends to get mushy in the freezer, but we prefer ours thick, but all chopped up, so this is perfect for us.

cherry tomatoes

I have an abundance of little cherry tomatoes growing in my garden.  My larger tomato plant is slow to ripen, but that is ok since we are up to our heads in cherry tomatoes.

Mrs. Wages Create Salsa Mix for Freezer Salsa

I saw this mix (Mrs. Wages Create Salsa Mix) when I was at the grocery store and I was happy to see that the ingredient list was short and familiar.  I wanted homemade salsa, but my peppers are not ripe yet, so this mix was the perfect answer.


There are 3 different options on the back of the package-Freeze It! Can It! or Serve It!  Love that.

I washed my tomatoes and threw them into the food processor.  I DID NOT skin and core my tomatoes.    Too lazy, plus they were so small…


Then I  dumped them in a pan on the stove (no pic, sorry!) and added the dry mix and 1/2 cup of vinegar, and then simmered for 10 minutes.

salsa in a jar

I let the mixture cool a bit, then poured it into jars.

We have not eaten the salsa that I froze yet, but like I said earlier, the one jar that was left out is almost gone.  It really is a tasty salsa, not too expensive (2.59 for the mix, tomatoes were free from my garden), made about 21/2 quarts, and took very little effort!

{tomatoes and freezer salsa in jars {pin it}