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DIY Ranch Chex Mix

My Mom has been making her own chex mix for as long as I can remember. It was the perfect snack when we would spend the day at the shore (East Coast Jersey girl here, holla!) Since the holidays are right around the corner I thought it would be the perfect time to share her quick and easy recipe.

Favorite Snacks:
Mini pretzels
Mini Club crackers
Chex cereal
Oyster crackers

Additional Ingredients:
Hidden Valley Ranch Dip Mix
Vegetable Oil
Large mixing bowl
Microwave safe bowl
Gallon Ziploc bag
Cookie sheet

  • Mix all of your desired snacks together in a large bowl.
  • Separate about 4 cups into a smaller microwave safe bowl and pour 1.5 TBSP of oil in. With a spoon mix thoroughly.
  • Microwave for about 1 minute.
  • Once heated pour snacks into a Gallon Ziploc. Add desired amount of Hidden Valley Ranch Mix, we usually use about 1/4 of the packet. Use less if you prefer it weak or more if you like a strong bold flavor.
  • Shake well and pour mixture onto a cookie sheet to cool.
  • Continue process until all the snacks have been oiled, microwaved, and coated!
  • Store in an air tight container for a longer shelf life.

DIY Recipe Holder

Happy Thursday! Today I wanted to share a quick DIY project that I am pretty pleased with. It was overall a quick, easy, and cheap project that has seemed to make significant impact in the kitchen.

My sweet tooth has been getting the better of me lately and I find myself wandering into the kitchen to make something sweet most evenings. Although it’s not a huge deal, it was always annoying to have to sit the recipe against something or tape it to one of the overhead cabinets.


My mom has used this recipe holder for as long as I can remember and by the looks of it that recipe too! I love that it doesn’t take up a lot of space and is rather simple. Having had enough I decided to rummage through my supplies and scraps to see if I could make something similar.

Although it’s a little different, it is perfect for our kitchen and does the trick!

Supply Collage v2

This project took about 20 minutes, since I had to create the printable. I didn’t need to spend any money since I already had the materials but if you needed to purchase them it would be about $8. If you don’t have a hot glue gun at home you could use Gorilla Super Glue. The frame was an after Christmas clearance purchase at Target for a steal.

Helpful Tip: Always look out for red and green items after Christmas on clearance that can be used for Valentines Day and St Patrick’s Day. Thanks for that All Four Love blog!

I was originally going to keep the frame blank but decided to make a print so it served as a decoration when I wasn’t using it to help cook.

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As an extra treat I decided to offer this print for free. Just right click on the image and save it to your desired folder.


Kiss The Cook Printable


Have You Gone Platinum?

“I participated in this campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Cascade. I received a product sample to facilitate my review and a promotional item as a thank you for participating.”
There are two things I really dislike doing, washing my hair and washing dishes. I care enough about my appearance to wash my hair buuttttt, if no one is coming over, sometimes the dishes take the back seat. I need a product that allows me to not have to do an extensive pre-wash, removes stuck on food the first time and makes my dishes sparkly. That is why I was thrilled when I got a sample of the new Cascade Platinum Packs to review.

I was really impressed with the bold packaging the packs came in. There is something about silver that always gets my attention and looks so sophisticated. You can purchase Cascade Platinum Packs at a variety of retail stores near you. They offer bags of 14, 23 or 43 and in fresh or lemon burst scents.  

These little packs can sure PACK some magic. Since Rob is away at training this week, it was the perfect opportunity to test them out. The last thing I am up for after a busy day with P is standing at the sink doing the dishes. I do have my limits though, and by Thursday it was time to clean up. I decided to give the Cascade Platinum Packs the ultimate Meyer test and used my mad packing skills to fill our dishwasher to the max.

I am thrilled to report that I was not disappointed in their performance. It removed stuck-on food well over the 24 hours mark without the need to do an extensive pre-wash to my dishes. They came out sparkly, which made me smile!
To make things a little fun, Cascade is hosting an amazing #MyPlatinum Instagram Contest to find the most sparkly dishes out there. Each week two contestants will be selected to receive a brand new Whirlpool dishwasher and a six month supply of Cascade. At the end of 4 weeks a grand prize winner will receive a $10,000 KitchenAid® Kitchen Makeover and a year supply of Cascade. Make sure to register and use both the #MyPlatinum hashtag and tag @MyCascade in your entry to be eligible to win! 
I am slowly taking on more responsibility in the kitchen and have enjoyed not only focusing on my cooking skills but also presentation. A well presented yummy dinner is a nice treat for Rob when he comes home after a long day at work. Thank to Pinterest, these have been some of my favorite concoctions! 
Need some help putting together an amazing dish to win? Cascade teamed up with Top Chef judge and editor of Food+Wine magazine, Gail Simmons, who can help get your presentation Top Chef shape. Check out some her great tips here! 

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