Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Hot Cinnamon Milk Mix

Just made this tonight and it got rave reviews. Even from my husband who is a chocoholic. After a quick taste, he chose this instead of a fancy holiday hot chocolate mix we splurged on.

Hot Cinnamon Milk Mix (to fill a quart jar)
2 cups powdered milk
1 cup powdered French Vanilla creamer (found by coffee aisle, like coffemate with vanilla)
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 Tablespoon cinnamon

Simply mix together and fill your jar! To enjoy, mix 1/3 cup of mix with hot water. If you want it a little creamier, you can mix 1/3 cup of the mix with 1/2 cup water and 1/2 cup milk.

Recipe to fill a pint jar
1 cup powdered milk
1/2 cup powdered French Vanilla Creamer
1/2 cup granulated sugar
3/4 teaspoon cinnamon

This would be a fun neighbor gift. Cut a fabric circle and tie it on the jar. Put a tag with directions on it and you are good to go.

My son, who is home from college, said I could mix up a bag for him to take back. Isn't that thoughtful of him.

Buffalo Chicken Dip

Getting ready to ring in the new year next week. Here is a fun little snack to help keep you awake.

Buffalo Chicken Dip


1 (10 ounce) can chunk chicken, drained (you could also cook and shred chicken breast)
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup Ranch dressing
1/4 cup and 2 tablespoons pepper sauce (such as Frank's Red Hot®)
3/4 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
1/2 bunch celery, cleaned and cut into 4 inch pieces
1/2 (8 ounce) box chicken-flavored crackers

  1. Heat chicken and hot sauce in a skillet over medium heat, until heated through. Stir in cream cheese and ranch dressing. Cook, stirring until well blended and warm. Mix in half of the shredded cheese, and transfer the mixture to a slow cooker. Sprinkle the remaining cheese over the top, cover, and cook on Low setting until hot and bubbly. Serve with celery sticks, crackers, chips or whatever else you enjoy for dipping.
You may want to start out with less of the hot sauce. Especially if you are making this for kids. Then add more depending on what your taste buds prefer. Remember you can always add more, but you can't take it out :) Hope you enjoy this as much as we did.

I have also heard that some people switch blue cheese salad dressing for the ranch. So that might be worth trying if you are a blue cheese kinda gal... err or guy.

Spicy Pretzels

Spicy Pretzels

1 Cup veg. oil
1 pk dry ranch dressing
1 tsp garlic salt
1 tsp cayenne pepper
1 20 oz sized bag round pretzels

Mix all ingredients except pretzels.
Place pretzels in large roasting pan.
Pour mixture over pretzels and stir (very well till coated)
bake uncovered at 200 degrees for 1 hour stirring every 20 minutes.
Store in air tight container.

This would be good as a treat for your neighbors in a cute bag with a tie and tag. Or something yummy as you snack your way through the holidays.