Monday, November 14, 2016

Merry Mix and a Recipe Blog Hop

Welcome Friends
The Holiday Recipe Blog Hop.

Our gracious hostess is
Carol from,
Bluesky Kitchen

We are sharing recipe ideas
for the season
that are sure to inspire all week long.

Today I'm sharing a favorite snack and gift idea.

Do you make Christmas cookies a tradition in your family for home and gifts?

 I love to bake for Christmas and I try and make an assortment of cookies and candies for a variety to serve on a pretty cookie tray. 

However, each year, finding enough time for all this fun, is limited. 
I will get it all done in good time,
 but I found a little short cut for a gift idea 
I thought I would share it with you today. 

I am calling my quick, easy and tasty snack treat
"Merry Mix" 
often known as Monster Mix or Trail mix in grocery stores
 and very expensive,
 loaded with additives to preserve it's shelf life.

So to start making this treat you will need,
 a box of raisins, 
jar of unsalted peanuts,
 an average size bag of butterscotch morsels , peanut butter morsels
or  milk chocolate chips
red and green M&M's.
 You can adjust the amounts
depending on what you like
 and how much you want to make. 
Enjoy cashews, add them in. 
But remember,  try and keep the ingredients compatible and those that go together.
I might also say, this can also be made in the Spring by using pastel M&M's.

In a large bowl, mix all the ingredients and stir to blend.

Next you can fill jars for gift giving or cookie tins.
 I used glass jars which show the red and green Christmas colors.
 I found these at the craft shoppes for 50% off making these  jars perfect for this project.

After filling the jars, you can add gift tags and bows around the lids or even an ornament.

Tags made from vintage graphics add a nice touch.
A small ornament would be a great addition too for a special hostess gift.

Add some pretty ribbon tied in a bow.

Finished and ready to give to family and friends,
 this mix is so yummy and looks festive in a candy dish.

 I hope you will try it or make your own combination of this idea for Merry Mix.
 It's fast, easy and perfect to prepare when you are busy,
 but still want a little homemade treat to give.

 It won't last long either!

 Be sure and visit the other participates
and their links all week 
below is the line up all week.





                                               and visit  this Friday Nov.18th 2016

She is featuring Etsy shops every Friday this month
for an old time shopping experience.
Jemma so graciously is featuring my shop Friday
and I am offering a special sale discount from that day through Monday.
But here's the deal.
You have to visit over at Jemma's  to find out what it is.
You can click on her blog link
and I'll be back Friday with it again.

Also, I'll see you soon when I return with the second bathroom renovation reveal.

Thanks for stopping by!
Have a wonderful start to the Christmas season
enjoy the holiday to the fullest.

****gift tag courtesy of****


eileeninmd said...

Hello, what a lovely gift idea. Yummy too! Thanks for sharing. Happy Monday, have a great day and new week ahead!

Laura said...

I am so glad to have this recipe, recommended by a great home cook. I want to make a batch during the holidays with my grandsons. And the gift tag is wonderful. I look forward to visiting your Etsy shop.
Thank you my friend!

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Anonymous said...

Looks so yummy!!

Decor To Adore said...

I love the addition of the holiday colored M & M's. The vintage graphic makes it one sweet treat.

TexWisGirl said...

colorful and tasty (sweet) gifts. :)

Carol@BlueskyatHome said...

This is a great idea and looks so cute as gifts. I thought the jars would be wonderful hostess gifts throughout the holidays. I can never resist M & M. Thanks for sharing on the Holiday Recipe Blog Hop.

Shannon @ Belle Bleu Interiors said...

Celestina, I love this recipe idea! I agree with you it can be quite trying to bake several batches of cookies and make batches of candy for gifts. This is such a wonderful idea! I am going to make this for my neighbor gifts. Thanks so much for sharing, and I hope that you have a wonderful day!!!

Valerie-Jael said...

What a great idea, a sweet treat seasonally packed, just lovely. Hugs, Valerie

Stacey said...

This is such a great idea and can be made ahead of time! Thanks for the idea. :)

Sue Kosec said...

Ohhhhhhhhhh yum. I might just have to make a batch of this. You're right ... certainly makes for a beautiful and tasty hostess gift. Or maybe even a little RAK never hurts.

Merry, merry!

craftyles said...

Such a festive and yummy gift idea. I love how you used the red and green mand m's and packaged it up. I hope to start Christmas baking right after Thanksgiving and will give this one a try. I may sub in Craisins for the raisins and see how that comes out. Looking forward to more recipe ideas on the hop. Have a great week and enjoy this pretty weather we are having.

Summer said...

Such a yummy idea ♥

Linda @ Life and Linda said...

Your Merry Mix looks so yummy. I am afraid I would eating a lot of it. Great idea for gifts too. The glass jars really shows the pretty colors. Have a lovely week. xo

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

I'm going to make this great Merry Mix, my sweet friend! This is perfect for gift giving and for munching at home. Thank you for the perfect idea! Much love and merry mixing to you.

Donna said...

What a yummy snack mix, Celestina. I think it would be delish with peanut butter chips instead of the butterscotch:) So many variations you could do. Hard to believe the holidays are almost here!

Miz Helen said...

Good Morning Celestina,
I just love your Merry Mix and it would make the perfect little gift for the holidays. I must have missed the invitation for this hop, we don't have that many just food blogs in this group so I don't get a chance to participate that often. I always love coming to your blog and thanks so much for sharing!
Miz Helen

Unknown said...

I love love love edible Holiday gifts! Those are my favorite gifts to give (and receive! lol). What a great snack mix! The jar and ribbons make a cute decoration for display. Great post!

My thrift store addiction said...

This looks so fun and just perfect for gifts, Celestina! Pinning & tweeting! Hugs, Cecilia

Alessandra said...

This is a such lovely and sweet idea for gifts! It looks so yummy. Great idea!!!!
Hugs Alessandra said...

I love easy snack mixes like this and I can't imagine anyone not being merry after receiving a jar! Great idea!

Anonymous said...

This looks yummy! You're right about it not lasting long. I make a different sort of "mix"...mine is 3 types of Chex, Cheese-Its, assorted nuts, pretzels, a touch of oil, cayenne pepper and dry ranch mix. (I think that's it.) My boys would devour it if I let them! I will have to try this one. :)

Talent Hounds said...

I always have trail mix or something to snack on handy in the car. The jars decorated for Christmas look beautiful!
Stop by our blog and say hi. We're giving away 4 of our fall themed recipes:

Katie Mansfield said...

What a great idea. It looks delicious. Thanks for sharing.

Red Rose Alley said...

Ooooo, this looks Yummy, Celestina. What a wonderful gift to give at Christmas time. The glass jars are so pretty, and the bow adds a nice touch. I was telling another Texas blog friend that you women have so much energy. You also have creative ideas with decorating and cook wonderful meals in the kitchen. I admire you so much.

Wishing you warm and cozy November days.

love, ~Sheri

Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

What a great idea and many thanks. It looks so good and put into the jars with pretty ribbon makes it so much more special.

Have a great week.


Chloe Crabtree said...

I love this recipe and that not only is it a delicious snack to have on hand during the holidays, but such a great gift! I like that you can have these in your pantry, ready as an impromptu gift, should someone show up bearing a gift that you didn't expect!

NanaDiana said...

That is a great idea, Celeste. Sweet and simple and thoughtful! I love all the 'things' of the season-from cookies to candy-making to just the friends we enjoy it with.
I will tuck this idea away to use! xo Diana

Ramblings of a Southern Girl ~ Rhonda G said...

Great idea, Celeste! Sure would make wonderful gifts, and pretty ones, too! :) ~Rhonda

Homemaker' said...

Thank you SO much for sharing your "Merry Mix." I think this is the year that I want to give food gifts and this will definitely be one that I will try. Since, like you said, there are no preservatives, should this be something I should wait in putting together until it gets closer to Christmas? You have certainly motivated me. : )

Createology said...

This hop will be a priority for me to follow. Although this is the busiest time of year I definitely need some recipes. Your Merry Mix looks delicious and lovely to give as gifts.
Thank you dear.

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

I love every morsel in this great mix! It is so pretty too, to put in a clear jar. I am behind on my baking already so this may have to be a stand in for some of my cookies! Thanks for the recipe!

Unknown said...

Celestina Marie, Your Merry Mix looks delicious!

Stephanie said...

This is such a wonderful treat for the holidays, my friend. I know my son and I would enjoy mixing it all together and it would be the perfect treat for him to give out to teachers and friends. Thank you for sharing, dear one.

And how wonderful that your shop is being featured! Your shop is filled with such delightful loveliness.

Hugs to you!

Marilyn @ MountainTopSpice said...

This is the perfect gift to hand out to those who have "everything", because you can never have enough of chocolate! Love it Celestina, and the bow topper is just the cutest! Have a blessed and lovely day!

cloches and lavender said...

Yummy, yummy, yummy. I am a big baker for the holidays. Love the Christmas tags.



I forget how nice a treat gift would be for someone. Thanks for sharing.

Row homes and Cobblestones said...

Celeste good evening! Hmmm sure looks yummy, love this idea of a blog recipe share. I will try to visit everyone. I do not snack but John does and I know he will appreciate me making him your recipe.

Claudia said...

Hi Celeste,
what a lovely and yummi Christmas Mix :O))
This is a sweet idea, I like this!
Wishing you a wodnerful week, my dear friend, hope, youa re well!
Sending much Love and hugs and blessings,my dear friend,
Claudia xo

Jemma@athomewithjemma said...

Good Morning Lovely Friend!
I am writing this from Oklahoma, as you know:)
This is a fabulous and pretty holiday mix. You are so right about the additives and expense of a trail mix.(I reach for a bag and then put it back)
Your choice of ingredients for this Merry Mix are great and colorful too. Love the jars!
Looking forward to Friday with you!

Conniecrafter said...

That is a wonderful gift idea and I like the idea of the colors with the M&M's to make it even more festive looking, always great to get a good deal on the jars too ;)

Cindy said...

Thanks for sharing. This looks like a dangerous treat at my house :)

Andrea at Opulent Cottage said...

This is so festive, and much healthier than the processed mix! I will have to visit your Etsy shop! Happy holidays, xoxo, Andrea

Julie's Creative Lifestyle said...

Hi Celestina, thanks for sharing this great food gift idea. These are great for giving to neighbors or for a hostess have a party. I will be making these this year.
Hope you have a wonderful week.
Julie xo

Eilis said...

My family will love this! Making my shopping list...

Balvinder said...

What a charming gift idea!

Jill said...

Love this idea and homemade gifts are so much nicer to receive :-) Thanks for sharing!


Okio B Designs said...

Oh my! That looks delish.


Deborah Montgomery said...

All these wonderful recipes being featured in this holiday blog hop and I still don't have a working kitchen!! Sigh. But your recipe is perfect for me right now! No oven required! Looks absolutely delicious, and this is a gift everyone will love. Congratulations on having your etsy shop featured! xo Deborah

Junkchiccottage said...

Yum on all these wonderful recipes. Love your mix it looks and sounds so yummy. Have a great rest of this beautiful week.

Linda Walker said...

I love snack mixes like this! How cute,festive and fun in those little jars! I've got to get busy on my table favors, I am way behind this year! I'll be back to see your feature on Friday, looking forward to it! Enjoy the rest of the week! xo

Creations By Cindy said...

This is a wonderful idea and would make nice little Christmas gifts. How fun! Happy Thanksgiving sweet Celestina! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

Kathryn Griffin said...

Celestina, what a great gift/appreciation idea! Anytime, you throw chocolate or M&M's, I'm all over it! Thank you for sharing this with us. I have a feeling this will come in handy for teacher gifts this year! Happy Fall! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

Ivy, Phyllis and Me! said...

Good Evening Celestina Marie, This is such a wonderful gift idea and what a fun name 'Merry Mix'. I love the little jars you have used and the vintage tag and beautiful bow just brings another lovely dimension to the gift.
I know quite a few friends who would enjoy receiving this lovely gift.
Best Wishes to you.

Hayley Seibert said...

Love your holiday recipe ideas, and your fabulous blog! It's been so fun being on the blog hop with you this week...I have enjoyed "meeting" so many new bloggers.

September Violets said...

This recipe sounds just perfect for a quick and easy gift. I love the jars you used, and the bow adds a nice touch. Thanks for sharing your recipe!

Judy at GoldCountryCottage said...

Celeste, I love your Merry Mix. Every once in awhile I get a craving and will mix some up. Trouble! With a capital T!! Because I tend to over-do. But it really is a great and easy gift and with your idea for wraps will be so special to whoever receives it..Thanks for your visit and have a wonderful Thanksgiving..xxoJudy

Botanic Bleu said...

What a wonderful idea for a quick gift for both women and men... plus children of all ages. Your gift jars are so festive, and can be reused by the recipient. This is a great idea all the way around.


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Welcome To Rose Garden Market from Celestina Marie Design. It is so nice to meet you. My name is Celestina Marie named after my grandmother and my friends call me Celeste.My creative journey extends over 30 years enjoying the love of painting and redesigning vintage and new treasures. I love to go treasure hunting and the fun of finding great vintage pieces to redesign..