August 15, 2012

Winner & Snack Time

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A super big congratulations to follower "Jaime Lester." You are the randomly drawn winner of an ebook copy of DEATH CHEATER, and a $25 Amazon Gift card. I'll be in touch shortly. Thanks to everyone for participating. It's much appreciated. We'll play again in September!

Sugar is Sweet. I'm Okay with That.

Ah, sugar. In all its forms. It's magical with cinnamon and makes cocoa delectable. And what is life without Sweet Tarts? 

I'm a firm believer the Creator put us here to be experience happiness, along with the challenges-to-make-you-grow idea. Sugar makes me happy. I don't think it's evil if used in moderation. If I'm not supposed to eat it, why do I have those little sweet sensory taste buds on my tongue? Why have honey and fruit and other delectable sweet goodies in nature?

These days I stick to Kettle popcorn or frozen yogurt for my late night treats, but I ain't gonna lie; there's a stash of M&M's in the dresser drawer.

Snack Recipe: Caramel Apple Chex Mix

Have you ever visited They have pages and pages of delectable Chex mixes you can make in just minutes with some cereal and the microwave. Recently I tried the new Apple Cinnamon Chex cereal and loved it. It's a great treat just by itself. If you're not a coupon clipper, try grabbing some cereal coupons at to save some cash. I use them all the time.

Enjoy and share this snack I whipped up, inspired by some of the Chex site's great recipes! 

Caramel Apple Chex Mix

4 cups of popcorn
4 1/2 cups of Apple Cinnamon Chex cereal
1/2 cup of pecans

 Mix. Microwave 1/4 cup butter, 1/3 cup brown sugar, 2 tablespoons light corn syrup and 1/4 teaspoon of vanilla for two minutes, stirring each minute. Pour over cereal mix. Microwave cereal mix five minutes stirring every minute. Cool. (Or eat warm like me.) 

Optional: Stir in 1/2 cup of dried cranberries before cooling.
Note: This recipe is very sweet. It would also work to half the amount of Apple Cinnamon cereal and use plain rice or corn Chex for the other half to help reduce some of the sugar. Just sayin'.

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