Christmas White Trash Recipe

 White Trash Recipe

Today I’m sharing my favorite snack during the holidays.  Christmas White Trash recipe is one of the items that I place in my Christmas Gift Baskets or give as tokens of appreciation for attending my holiday gatherings.  I’ve been making this recipe for several years, and I munching on it during the holidays. I’ve seen several different names for it, White Trash or Christmas Crunch. Whatever you decide to call it just make it. It’s a great mixture of salty and sweet, it’s so easy to make and delicious to eat

What you will need:

  • 9 cups of unsweetened cereal (I use Rice Chex and Cheerios)
  • 3 cups of salted party nuts (I use peanuts with sea salt)
  • 2 – 2 1/2 cups of stick pretzels
  • 1 – 2 cups of Christmas M&Ms (Optional)  
  • 2-12 oz. bags of White Chocolate  (I use about 1/4 of a bag more when I add the M&Ms)
  • Wax or Parchment Paper


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Mix dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl.  Next, melt chocolate slowly in the microwave.  First, start the melting process for 1 minute and than 50 second increments until it’s melted.  Stir the chocolate thoroughly after each 50 second increment.

I do not recommend using a plastic container to melt your chocolate. From my experience, it won’t sustain the heat and the chocolate tends to scorch in them.  I recommend using Corning Ware Bowls for the job.  However, if you don’t have Corning Ware make sure that your bowl is microwavable and it will sustain the heat.

This step is important, use small bowls to mix the dry ingredients and chocolate together. I’ve found that the smaller ingredients (Cheerios and peanuts) tend to fall to the bottom of the bowl.  Mixing in smaller batches allows you to control the ingredients and ensures a more even coverage of chocolate.


Christmas White Trash Recipe

Once your ingredients have been covered with the white chocolate, spread it on the wax or parchment paper to dry and set.  I allow mine to set for at least an hour.  Once it is set, break into pieces and place in a festive bowl or airtight container.  Finally, if you are making the Christmas White Trash recipe as a gift, place it in a plastic or cellophane bag and tie with a pretty ribbon.   Also, if you’re having a holiday gathering or office party, place this mix in a festive bowl.  Sit back and enjoy your family and co-workers devouring this festive treat.  

Fulcrum Gallery Art Review

Are you a lover of all things Paris or dreaming of taking a trip one day? Me too.  I just did an office make-over using a Paris theme.  I love, love, love it.  I had one wall left in my office that needed a picture and Fulcrum Gallery asked me to do a review on their artwork.  I jumped at the chance and selected the Travel Paris Fulcrum Gallery artwork. Ladies, it is beautiful. The gold frame really makes the brown tones in the picture pop.  The artwork is quality, shipment is fast and the prices are great. I couldn’t believe how low Fulcrum’s framed pictures are for a gallery.  

They have a large selection of artwork to select from in various sizes and prices to fit every budget.  If I had not already had a theme in mind, I would have been spinning trying to make a selection.  

I love that Fulcrum had several colors of frames to choose from or you can get the print on canvass. I debated between the gold frame or canvass. As you can see, I didn’t make a mistake with my choice. Regardless of the type of print you are looking for, this gallery will have it. The site is easy to navigate and they have their artwork listed by room or subject to help make finding your favorite print easy.    

They are running a special, 50% off all prints that ends Monday, December 22.  Use the promo code, 50Prints. This would be a great time to purchase a new print for your home or office, an upcoming birthday, Valentine’s Day or Mother’s Day. How often does a gallery run a special for 50% off their prints, really.  Check the site often or sign up for their mailing list so you don’t miss their promotions.  

Every time I look at this print in my office, I smile. I encourage you to head over and check out Fulcrum too.   


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My Favorite Christmas Decorating Items

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Today I’m sharing my favorite items that I use in my Christmas decorating displays.  I love, love, love nutcrackers. I started collecting them years ago, and I use them in every nook and cranky that I can find. I did scale back this year, but many found their way out of storage.  
These little fellows found a place on my dining room table. I’m not hosting a formal dinner this Christmas, I’ll be serving a buffet style gathering after Christmas, so I decided to do a simple center display using the nutcrackers, over sized ornaments, and a simple table runner.    



I added additional nutcrackers on my coffee and end tables.  As you can see I also love adding ornaments to my displays. The vintage glass bowl is a gift from one of my aunts who passed away this April.  I put a together a cook-book in her honor that I will be giving as a Christmas gift to her siblings.  Stay tuned for that post.  
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I did bring out a set of my informal Christmas dishes that I use in my breakfast room. I like for my rooms to feel festive during the holidays. I picked up the miniature stockings to house the utensils at Walmart. Great price, 4 for a $1.00.  I thought they added a festive touch.  I gathered some greenery from the backyard to add to the centerpiece, I love how the greenery smells in the house. I added a few sprays of berry pics that I picked up at Michael’s for $.99 each. The pine cones were picked up on a trip to North Carolina when we were scouting colleges for my daughter, and the dish is a vintage milk glass cake plate. I like to use it with the Christmas dishes.  I love how the white makes the red pop.  
Christmas Place Settings
My artificial tree. Yes, I finally purchased one after struggling with the idea for several years. I softened the blow of not having a live tree by purchasing new ornaments.  I love the color, I went with chocolate and gold this year. The tree is starting to grow on me.  I have to say that I was completely lost when it came to shaping the tree, but once I got the hang of it I moved pretty quickly.  If only I had room to store it put together, lol.  
Now, I want your honest opinion.  Which do you like, the artificial or the live tree at the bottom.  I may revert back to the live tree next year.  Do you have a live or artificial tree? What are your favorite decorating items, and do you use a color combination on your tree.  Please leave me a comment, I love them.   

12 Days of Christmas – The Family

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Welcome to Day 6 of my 12 Days of Christmas posts. Today I’m looking back at some of favorite Christmas memories with family. I’m also tossing in this picture of my Christmas tree. It’s the last live tree that I purchased. I switched to an artificial tree this year, and I’m having mixed emotions.  I love the look and smell of a live tree.  The Douglas Fir was my favorite, unfortunately they’re work with set-up, constant watering and disposal. I’ve had a live tree for 30 years, it’s like losing a friend.  It’s also the last year for the ornaments on this tree. I purchased new ornaments this year with a new color theme. I love the ornaments, but will I go back to a live tree?  Stay tuned for next year’s post of the 2015 Christmas tree. 

This picture still brings me to tears.  This is me holding Zarriah her first Christmas. This was an emotional day for me.  She was a preemie, weighing in at 2lbs. and 10 ounces when she entered this world.  She fought for her life for 3 months, so it was a joy and a blessing having her home for Christmas. She is truly our miracle baby, and she’s still a fighter.  
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A white Christmas.  Although we ended up with a foot of snow that year, there is nothing more beautiful than a white Christmas, that’s if you’re staying home.    

To me, Christmas is about the time we spend with family and friends.  It’s a magical time for children.  This is a picture of my nephew and a family friend’s daughter.  They were in awe of the moving Santa.  
I love this picture, of Xavier’s grandfather reading to him Christmas morning.  It was an exciting morning, he fall asleep shortly thereafter.  Such a precious moment.  

This is a family friend’s daughter dancing to Beyonce’s All the Single Ladies at one of my parties. She was working it.  Every time I heard that song, I think about her. Too funny. 

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This Christmas, I got snowed in at my daughter’s in Virginia Beach. We’re used to snow back home, but an inch will shut a beach town down.  Six inches will completely immobilize it and it did. My daughter and SIL had no shovel or scrapers, and the city had no salt or sand. We used gift boxes to clean off the cars. Trying to make it home was a nightmare, it’s a 5 hour drive home. I never saw a snowplow come through the neighborhood the entire time I was there. I had to get back to work, so I slide my way out. It was amazing, even the emergency responders were unprepared. I watched cops run off the road in route to assist others. If I ever get snowed in again, I’ll just stay put until it all melts. My stress level went to new heights that Christmas.    
This Christmas we also celebrated my son-in-law’s birthday, which is January 3.  My grandson took over the cake and the party. I guess this is why it’s no fun having your birthday during the holiday season.  
Last, but not least my Zarriah learning to walk with the help of her new baby and stroller. I was so excited.  She is truly a miracle and this was a Christmas blessing.  
I have hundreds of other memories that I can share, but these are some of the most memorable. Stay tuned to Day 7 of my posts.  What are some of your favorite holiday memories?    

Turn It Up Tuesday – Week 65

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Jessica chose 10 Simple Chores My Kids Do Around the House (and So Can Yours) from Simple Holistic Girl. “What a great list for kids! They’re simple and personally I think it’s easy to do for each school-age child at home. Although my child is 3, I am already “training” him to do a couple on the list (clean room (pick up toys) and putting grocercies away). Right now he is very helpful in both areas and I hope when he gets older he “graduates” to the other areas of the list. Thanks for sharing!!”
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Dollar Store Holiday Deals

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Need party or craft supplies for Thanksgiving or Christmas?  Dollar store holiday deals await you. I’ve always been able to find cups, plates, napkins, and table cloths to compliment my theme whenever I host a party or family gathering. Buying items from the Party Supply Store can get expensive, so I get creative and add complimentary items from the Dollar Store, Dollar Tree, Dollar General.  If it says Dollar, I’m there. Why should I spend $5.00 on a plastic table cloth when I can get it for a $1.00. This momma works hard for the money and I don’t just throw mine out the door.  
The Dollar stores always have a nice selection of holiday table items, cookie tins for gift giving, and trays to hold your delicious treats.  I get major compliments on my table displays when I’m hosting a party.  I accept them with a giggle, the Dollar stores never fail me.   

I have found good deals on:

  • wine glasses
  • seasonal decorations
  • picture frames
  • craft supplies
  • gift wrap
  • party supplies
  • holiday items

I love filling wine glasses with chocolates and other candies as a little token of my appreciation for my guests time during the holidays. If you’re into making your own holiday wreaths or center pieces check out their supply of berries and other greenery.  I stock up on items for stocking stuffers too.  I found flash cards, games, candy canes, Golden Books, coloring books you name it.   

Big Lots and the Christmas Tree Shop are other stores that I love.  I’ve found great gifts for baby shower prizes there as well as wall art and throw pillows.  If you’re a bargain shopper, head to your local Dollar Stores and get your hunt on.  I’m sure you’ll find a bargain or two as well.  

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15 Stocking Stuffer Ideas for Toddler Girls

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Check out our stocking stuffer ideas for toddler girls. I like stocking stuffer items for my granddaughter that are fun and safe. I had a blast searching for items, and I thought I would share my stocking stuffer ideas with you.  As you know I’m a bargain shopper and a big fan of the Dollar Stores. With the money that’s spent on other items, I don’t want to spend a fortune on stocking stuffers. I will say finding items for little girls is so much easy than boys it seems.  Here’s my list of ideas:

  1. Little Golden Books 
  2. Character drinking cups  
  3. Flavored lip balm
  4. Disney movies 
  5. Fluffy socks (for those barefoot days at home)
  6. Hair accessories or hat and gloves 
  7. Coloring books and crayons  – Doc McStuffin, Minnie Mouse, Disney Princesses etc.
  8. My Pretty Pony 
  9. Blanket for week-end naps  
  10. Stickers
  11. Monster High Dolls   
  12. Nail polish (for those mommy and me days)
  13. Shopkin 
  14. Disney Princesses
  15. Character eating utensils
Head out to your favorite Dollar Store and get to work on your list.  I stuffed my granddaughter’s stocking with quite a few of these items and stayed within my budget.  I found a great selection of Shopkin options at Five and Below.  My granddaughter loves anything Shopkin.  They have lip balm, nail polish, bubble bath, doll accessories and more.  Additionally, you can find items for the Finding Dory fans. 
The Dollar Tree has a great selection of Disney and Sesame Street coloring books, crayons and board booksYou can also find the fluffy, warm socks there too.  My granddaughter hates socks, but on those cold, winter days we insist that she have something on her feet.  I love the warm fluffy socks too.  Because I have hardwood floors, I purchase a few pairs for myself.  I put a pair on when I ask her to wear them when she’s visiting.
My granddaughter loves headbands and flowers for her hair.  I can always find a bargain at Dollar General or Family Dollar. 
Don’t forget Target’s bargain bins.  They have great stocking stuffing ideas too.  Do you have ideas to add to my list. Please leave me a comment.  You may also like:  Stocking Stuffer Ideas for Toddler Boys.


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