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Christmas Alphabet: E is for Entertaining

November 30, 2011

E is for Entertaining – not a better time of year for it! The house is decorated to the nines. There is food galore from which to choose. Friends & family find any excuse to gather together, sharing stories & laughter, fun & fellowship.

Table

This can be simple & store-bought or homemade, handmade. It’s up to you!
Pour a bag of chips into a large bowl, open a container of dip & you have the beginnings of a party. From there, expand – do you want a hearty snack like sliced ham or keep it light with raw veggies? Are you serving adult beverages or spiced cider only? Christmas cookies are always a hit or you can make the perfect holiday fudge.

Something to consider, if you have cleaned & decorated your house for a party, why not schedule two parties: one for friends & family one day, another for your colleagues at the office. One for neighbors, another for your Sunday School class. One for the moms in your child’s class at school, another for your dearest girlfriends. Plan the first gathering for an evening, the second have the following day.

Chex mix

The Original Chex Mix
Make it at home & store it in zip-lock bags.

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups Corn Chex® cereal
  • 3 cups Rice Chex® cereal
  • 3 cups Wheat Chex® cereal
  • 1 cup Mixed Nuts
  • 1 cup Bite-size Pretzels
  • 1 cup garlic-flavor bite-size Bagel Chips or regular-size Bagel Chips, broken into 1-inch pieces
  • 6 Tablespoons Butter
  • 2 Tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Seasoned Salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Onion Powder

Instructions

  1. In large microwavable bowl, mix cereals, nuts, pretzels and bagel chips; set aside. In small microwavable bowl, microwave butter uncovered on High about 40 seconds or until melted. Stir in seasonings. Pour over cereal mixture; stir until evenly coated.
  2. Microwave uncovered on High 5 to 6 minutes, thoroughly stirring every 2 minutes. Spread on paper towels to cool. Store in airtight container.
    Oven Directions Heat oven to 250°F. In large bowl, mix cereals, nuts, pretzels and bagel chips; set aside. In ungreased large roasting pan, melt butter in oven. Stir in seasonings. Gradually stir in cereal mixture until evenly coated. Bake 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes. Spread on paper towels to cool, about 15 minutes.
  3. Store in airtight container.
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