Fall Harvest M&M’s Trail Mix & Warm Cider

Fall Harvest M&M’s Trail Mix & Warm Cider

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Ahhhh!  Fall is in the air {well at least it is indoors, not so much Fall outside in Georgia yet}.  Last weekend I did a little Fall decorating and baking to jump start the season that I love oh so much.  I put out my Fall mantel decor and also made some yummy trail mix and apple cider using two of my favorite things, the new Fall Harvest M&M’s and Mott’s 100% Apple Juice.

Fall Harvest M&M's trail mix and warm apple cider using Mott's 100% apple juice via www.waittilyourfathergetshome.com #shop #cbias #HarvestFun

To make your own trail mix and cider, you’ll need:

Fall Harvest Trail Mix

1/2 cup Fall Harvest peanut butter M&M’s

1/2 cup Fall Harvest milk chocolate M&M’s

4 cups rice chex cereal

1/2 cup chow mein noodles

1/2 cup dry roasted or honey roasted peanuts 

5 T melted butter

1/4 cup raisins (optional)

Fall Harvest M&M's trail mix and warm apple cider using Mott's 100% apple juice via www.waittilyourfathergetshome.com #shop #cbias #HarvestFun

Directions are EASY!  Simply pour the melted butter over the rice cereal.  Once it’s evenly coated, toss in remaining ingredients, mix up, and store in an airtight container for up to one week.

Fall Harvest M&M's trail mix and warm apple cider using Mott's 100% apple juice via www.waittilyourfathergetshome.com #shop #cbias #HarvestFun

It’s an easy, light treat to take to any get together you’ve got coming up or even to put in your kiddo’s lunchbox!  Plus, how pretty are the new colors for Fall this year?  I’m loving them!

Warm Apple Cider

4 cups Mott’s 100% apple juice

 1 t ground cinnamon

1/8 t ground cloves

2 cinnamon sticks

2-3 T caramel sauce

whipped topping {optional}

Add all ingredients {except the whipped topping of course} to either your crock pot or a deep pot on your stove and simmer on low for at least an hour.  Once your house smells like an apple orchard, your cider is ready!  Top with a dallop of whipped topping if desired and enjoy!

Fall Harvest M&M's trail mix and warm apple cider using Mott's 100% apple juice via www.waittilyourfathergetshome.com #shop #cbias #HarvestFun

How are you preparing for the cooler Fall weather?  Or do you just have to pretend inside your house {with the A/C still crankin’ like I do?}

Fall Harvest M&M's trail mix and warm apple cider using Mott's 100% apple juice via www.waittilyourfathergetshome.com #shop #cbias #HarvestFun

Happy Fall!

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For more great ideas visit the Fall Baking and Entertaining Pinterest Board.

About Meredith Hazel

Meredith is a stay at home mom and has been blogging since 2012. She started Wait 'Til Your Father Gets Home as a creative outlet in between nap times for her little one. Wait 'Til Your Father gets home is a combination of crafting tutorials, DIY projects, recipes and, sharing some of life's journey along the way.

{Chocolate Dipped Caramel Pretzels}

I’m Ashley from Simply Designing and I am so excited to be guest posting today at Wait ‘Til Your Father Gets Home!  I absolutely adore Meredith and am honored to be able to guest post on her blog today!

I am an interior designer turned craft/diy blogger!  My passion for interior design grew into a love of creating and one day I just decided to start blogging about it!  Kind of crazy, I know.  But I love it.

From home decor, DIY projects, crafts and even some food, I create and show off things that are both FABULOUS and SIMPLE on my blog!  And I’d love for you to come and visit me here.
Today I want to share with you a delicious dipped pretzels recipe: Chocolate Dipped Caramel Pretzels!

Salty + Sweet + Caramel = Divine in my opinion!

And the best part is that they are so easy to make too!

Caramel Chocolate Dipped Pretzels

You Will Need:
Pretzels
Kraft Caramels (or similar)
Chocolate Chips
Vegetable oil

Directions

Melt caramels according to package directions.
Dip approximately half of the pretzel into the caramel and let it set and harden on parchment paper (wax paper or foil works well too)
Melt chocolate chips with a little vegetable oil until smooth.  (Check out my post on how to melt chocolate for dippinghere.)
Dip pretzel into melted chocolate and allow to harden.

These are perfect to package up as gifts but are also a tasty treat that I couldn’t keep my family’s hands off!

Enjoy!

Thanks so much for letting me be here today Meredith!  And thanks so much to all the Wait ‘Til Your Father Gets Home readers for stopping by to check out my post!  If you have a moment I’d love for you to visit me on my blog at Simply Designing!  You can also find me on FacebookPinterestTwitter and Google+.

About Meredith Hazel

Meredith is a stay at home mom and has been blogging since 2012. She started Wait 'Til Your Father Gets Home as a creative outlet in between nap times for her little one. Wait 'Til Your Father gets home is a combination of crafting tutorials, DIY projects, recipes and, sharing some of life's journey along the way.

{Bear Hugs Mix}

{Bear Hugs Mix}

I mentioned earlier this week that Jackson and I went to a play group together.  Well, for the adults I made Chocolate & Oreo Parfaits, but for the kiddos I wanted something a bit more at their level.  Again, I headed to my pantry to see what I could put together that would be perfect for little hands.  I found the following ingredients and got a brilliant {at least I thought so} idea.

ingredients

To make Bear Hugs Mix, you’ll need:

1 box of honey flavored Teddy Grahams

1/2 cup milk chocolate chips

1/2 cup Mallow Bits {think the size that comes in the hot chocolate packets}

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To get started, rip off a few pieces of wax paper and place on a clean counter top.  Dump the entire box of Teddy Grahams onto the wax paper and spread into a single layer.

teddy grahams

Melt 1/2 cup of milk chocolate chips according to package directions.  Using a spoon, drizzle the chocolate all over the Teddy Grahams.

drizzle chocolate

Before the chocolate begins to harden, sprinkle 1/2 cup of the Mallow Bits over the chocolate bears.

Note: I found the jar of Mallow Bits at Wal Mart, but have also seen them at my regular grocery store as well.  Look in the hot chocolate & coffee aisle.  

marshmallows

Let the mix dry on your counter for at least an hour so that the chocolate hardens and the mallows stick to the bears.  You can store Bear Hugs Mix in an airtight container for about a week.

bear hugs mix

To share with the kiddos I put a small scoop into snack sized Ziploc bags {since we were travelling to another house}.  You could also use a cute cupcake liner to share the snack.

This little mix would also be so cute for a class Valentine’s Day party!

Enjoy!

Linking up here.

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About Meredith Hazel

Meredith is a stay at home mom and has been blogging since 2012. She started Wait 'Til Your Father Gets Home as a creative outlet in between nap times for her little one. Wait 'Til Your Father gets home is a combination of crafting tutorials, DIY projects, recipes and, sharing some of life's journey along the way.

{Chocolate & Oreo Parfait}

{Chocolate & Oreo Parfait}

I recently was in charge of bringing dessert to a play group that Jackson and I went to together last week.  I wanted to do something different, something I’d never made before.  I also didn’t want to have to go out and buy all kinds of ingredients.  After searching through {and organizing} my pantry, I discovered I had several packages of chocolate pudding, just begging waiting to be eaten.  I soon came up with the idea for individual chocolate and Oreo parfaits!

chocolate oreo parfait

To make Chocolate & Oreo Parfait’s you’ll need:

1 package chocolate pudding (I had the larger box)

milk (according to pudding package directions)

1 container Cool Whip

10-15 Oreo Cookies

small mason jars

{recipe makes about 8 small mason jars}

materials

To get started, prepare your chocolate pudding according to package directions.  It shouldn’t take too long to set once you put it in the refrigerator.  While the pudding sets, set the Cool Whip out to thaw if it was in your freezer, wash out the mason jars well, and crush the Oreos using a food processor.  I used my Tupperware Quick Chef….it’s such a great product!

crushed oreos

I also mixed about half of the prepared pudding with half of the container of Cool Whip to add another layer to the finished parfaits.

After about 10 minutes, you should be ready to start assembling!

assemble

It’s up to you how you want to assemble each parfait.  For the most part I added a layer of crushed cookies between each layer of chocolate and/or Cool Whip.

chocolate oreo parfait 2

Let me tell you, these were a big hit, and oh so yummy!  The best part was how easy they were to take in the car as well.  I just set them at the bottom of a reusable grocery bag with the lids tightly secured, and they were good to go!  These would also make a cute treat for Valentine’s Day next week.  You could add some red or pink sprinkles to the top to make them a bit more festive.

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About Meredith Hazel

Meredith is a stay at home mom and has been blogging since 2012. She started Wait 'Til Your Father Gets Home as a creative outlet in between nap times for her little one. Wait 'Til Your Father gets home is a combination of crafting tutorials, DIY projects, recipes and, sharing some of life's journey along the way.

{chocolate dipped cookies}

{chocolate dipped cookies}

A few weeks ago I shared a yummy recipe for chocolate dipped cookies with Sara at Applestone Drive (thanks again for having me over Sara).  In case you missed it, here’s the recipe!

 This recipe is a delicious way to make boring chocolate chip cookies look a little “fancier.”  To make the cookies you’ll need:

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

1 cup butter, softened

1 cup granulated sugar

3/4 cup packed brown sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 eggs

1 cup milk chocolate chips

1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

1/2 cup oatmeal

*you’ll also need another cup of chocolate chips for dipping the cookies once they cool*

First, beat the butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar, and vanilla in a bowl until combined.  Add one egg at a time, beating well after each.  While the wet ingredients are mixing, add the baking soda, salt, and oatmeal.  Begin to stir in the flour, half a cup at a time until you’ve added it all.  Stir in the milk chocolate and semi-sweet chips by hand or on low.  I like to use a cup of each in my cookies.  If you only have one kind, then just use that!  No biggie!

Place spoonfuls of cookie dough on a baking sheet and bake each batch for 8-9 minutes at 375.  This recipe makes anywhere from 4-5 dozen cookies, depending on how large you make your spoonfuls!

Once the cookies have baked and cooled, melt about 1 cup of chocolate chips (I used a combination of both kinds again) according to package directions.  Dip about 1/3 of each cookie into the melted chocolate and place them on wax paper to dry.

After about 30 minutes, the chocolate had dried and hardened.  I put them on a paper plate that I dressed up a bit using a hole punch and some extra ribbon I had in my ribbon stash before giving them to a friend for her birthday!

There you have it, Chocolate Dipped Chocolate Chip Cookies!

Enjoy!

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About Meredith Hazel

Meredith is a stay at home mom and has been blogging since 2012. She started Wait 'Til Your Father Gets Home as a creative outlet in between nap times for her little one. Wait 'Til Your Father gets home is a combination of crafting tutorials, DIY projects, recipes and, sharing some of life's journey along the way.