A few months ago I discovered a long lost cooking tool hidden in my garage that saves me so much time and makes me a hero to my family. It is the crock-pot. Ok, so that isn’t the hip and happenin’ word to describe it nowadays, but that’s how I remember it from my 70’s childhood. The slow cooker, as it is know today, is a wonderful piece of stay-at-home-mom equipment. Put your dinner in at breakfast, turn it on, and BAM done by five!
But the 70’s story doesn’t end there. I was trying to figure out what to give my childrens’ teachers as gifts. I like the gifts to be homemade so the kids can help too. As I was surfing the web, I discovered something that also took me back to the 70’s. Chex Mix, the wonderful salty snack mix that’s a combo of cereal, pretzels, and nuts. I made this every year with my aunt, so easy.
Of course, the Chex Mix has changed too with many new recipes. But the most interesting change is you can now make it in a crock pot too?! I had to try it! It’s the perfect gift for the teachers and an easy project for the kids.
I picked a basic recipe: 4-cups Chex Mix (any combo of flavors you like)
1-cup mix nuts
1-cup of fishy crackers
1 stick of butter
½ pack of powered ranch dressing
Put everything in slow cooker, pour in melted butter, turn on low and stir every ½ for 3 hours.
The result, a great salty family snack! You still have to stir your mixture every 15 minutes, but it’s much safer for the kids to help. They can mix during the process without the danger of putting their arms near or in the oven. I’ve even seen microwave versions of the recipes, too.
What’s your favorite recipe from your childhood? Let me know by commenting on this article.