Although I have a laundry list of reasons why I give thanks for my mom-in-law Gloria, there are two that are forefront in my mind. 1) She gave birth to my husband and if that wasn't enough, she taught the boy how to properly do dishes and his own laundry. God bless ya, Gloria. 2) She is as addicted to cookbooks and recipes as I am.
(I read that to my husband to make sure there wasn't anything overly offensive and he was like "are you looking for a certain Christmas present?" I tell you this, he did not get his sense of sarcasm from his momma.)
Anyway - over Thanksgiving, Gloria concocted a snack mix - dried cranberries, almonds, peanuts, white chocolate chips and sesame snacks. I'm not sure where the recipe came from, but my God - I think I can safely say that I gained about five pounds from eating this snack mix, along with all of the other food I managed to gorge myself on over the holiday.
I am planning to send some care packages to some of my friends who are out of state or no where the immediate vicinity of my kitchen. This is making it into little treat bags ... if I don't eat all of it first.
Gloria's Glorious Snack Mix
measurements are approximate and can be tailored to your liking
regular package of Craisins dried cranberries
1 can of dry roasted peanuts
3 c. sesame sticks (**if you have no clue what I'm talking about, this is what they look like. I found mine in the natural foods section of the grocery store in the bulk foods aisle.)
3/4 pkg of white chocolate chips
Mix together and store in an airtight container. Both Gloria and I had some almonds in our pantries that we wanted to get rid of, so we chucked them into the mix. I prefer to use unsalted almonds.