Archive for December, 2011

Stewart Family Munchie Stuff

Every Christmas as a child I would be so excited to go to Aunt Stephanie’s house and eat her Munchie Stuff.  I have no idea how it got that name, but it is fitting.  We only make this stuff during Christmas, but it would be a crowd pleaser at any party.  This caramel chex mix is so easy to make although it can get a little messy.  I hope you and your family make lots of memories making this sugary treat and eating it as I did with my family.  Enjoy.

Munchie stuff

Preheat oven to 250.


12 cups popped corn (be careful to remove all kernels)

1 lg box rice chex

1 lg box orig. cherrios

1 lg bag chow mein noodles

2 bags M&Ms

Divide above ingredients into to large aluminum pans for easy mixing.

Caramel Syrup

2 cups light brown sugar

2 cubes butter

¾ cup karo syrup

½ tsp baking soda

1 tsp vanilla

(I  usually double syrup recipe for extra sugary goodness)

-Melt together in a medium sauce pan and bring to boil. Stirring constantly. Boil for five minutes until thick. Remove from heat.

-Pour  syrup in each pan one at a time and mix until every piece is as covered as can get.

-Spread evenly but loosely onto cookie sheets or deep metal baking pans that have been buttered/sprayed.

-Dry in oven for 1 hour. Cool then break apart. Add m&ms after it has cooled.

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Apriocot Pepper Brie

Apricot Pepper Pecan Brie

1/2 cup pecan halves, chopped

1 jalapeño pepper, stemmed, seeded, and chopped

1/4 cup apricot preserves

1 4-inch round (8 ounces) Brie cheese with rind, room temperature

1 loaf (16 ounces) French baguette

Vegetable oil

-Preheat oven to 425°F.

-Combine jalapeño and preserves

-Cut Brie in half horizontally. Place one half of Brie, cut side up, onto center of cookie sheet. Spread half of the apricot mixture evenly over bottom half of Brie. Top with half of the pecans and remaining half of Brie, cut side up. Spread remaining apricot mixture over Brie; sprinkle with remaining pecans.

-Cut baguette and bake with Brie for 8-10 minutes or until baguette slices are golden brown and Brie begins to soften. Remove from oven; let stand 5 minutes before serving.

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Cranberry Jalapeño Relish

Cranberry Jalapeño Relish

1 12oz bag fresh cranberries

2 jalapeños, seeded and finely diced

3 or 4 green onions, chopped.

Handful of chopped cilantro

½  to 1 cup sugar

Juice from ½ lemon or lime

In food processor chop cranberries.  Mix together with the rest of the ingredients and serve over a block of cream cheese.  So easy and so tasty.

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Gift Giving Ideas 2011

Are you still searching for the perfect gifts to give this holiday season?  Here are a few ideas that may be new to you that will bring smiles to all your friends and family.


The Art of Shaving gift boxes – or

Everything bacon –

Rubber mens ID bracelet –

Paracord bracelet –

ROKU digital media streaming player –

Wifi Sim Card –

Why a Curveball Curves, Popular Mechanics –


Bootskins to accessories your Ugg boots

Pot Clip -

Slap Watches –

Gift certificate for cooking or baking classes

All You magazine subscriptions

Photo Bracelet –

Personalized cake pans –

31 Gifts bags and organizing totes – Contact Carrie Askins


Hallmark recordable books

Fun Balloon Pets –

Silicone Coin Purse -


Personalized IPad and Kindle cases -

Personalized License plate frame

Custom stationary and address labels –

DIY Photo books,

Storage Water bottle –

Piggies & Paws Artwork – Find a local consultant

Happy shopping and hope you have a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Photo Bracelet ($24)

Why a Curveball Curves, Popular Mechanics ($18) ($35) ($15)

Storage Water bottle ($13) ($20-30)

Piggies and Paws ($35)

Wifi Sim card ($40)

The Art of Shaving gift boxes Amazon ($25)

Silicone Coin Purse ($10)

Pot Clip ($4)

Slap Watches ($20)

6 pack Reindeer

Mens ID Bracelet

Things remembered ($25)

Recordable Books

Hallmark ($30)

Paracord bracelet ($6)

ROKU digital media streaming player – Amazon ($50-100)

Blurb Books($25+)

Custom stationary


license plate

Personalized cake pans ($31)

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