December 6, 2009

Jolly holiday lights

We were invited to ride along on a shopping lunch and viewing of the lights in Des moines.What a very good day we had.We ate at a wonderful restaurant called Hickory Park.The food is always the best.I had a garbage burger.Yum!! Burger with 2 kinds of cheese,ham, bacon,peppers and sauerkraut. Everyone was to full for dessert.

On to do some Christmas shopping.I got a new coat told----- Mr. T. he could wrap it up and put it under the tree.

We found several other gifts,so the list is much smaller with few to buy for.

The last was a drive through Water Works Park in Des Moines Ia.What a wonderful display of lights and soooooo many cars going through.Santa's house at the end was very busy with kids getting their picture taken with Santa.You can read here
about the worthy cause it supports.Thanks to all the sponsors. It was a fun place to visit well worth the hour dirve.The day was beautiful sun and no wind.It looks to be the last really nice day for a while.Cold and snow in the forecast.Ok with me I can stay in but Mr. T has to go out and work in it every day.

As I write this I have a pan of snack mix in the oven.This has got to be one of our favorites of all time.A friend gave me the recipe last year.It makes a big batch. I use a large roaster to bake it. I also substituted original keebler club crackers snack sticks for the pretzels and they are very good.

ken Good Snack Mix
6 cups bugles
5 cups nacho bu
4 cup cheezits
1 small pkg fish crackers
3 cups mini pretzels

2 cups crispiz cereal
2 cups cashews or mixed nuts
3/4 cup popcorn oil
2 packages ranch dressing
I put all the dry ingredients in a large roaster , sprinkle on the dry dressing, drizzle the oil over the dry mix ,stir and cover it. bake at 250 degrees for 40-45 min. I stir ever 10 min.

Just a note.the first batch I made I baked on cookie sheets as that was on the recipe but I miss read the temp and burned the whole batch.So I tried again and using the covered roaster worked better for me.

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