Thursday, July 4, 2013

S'mores Snack Mix

I love having the girls help me in the kitchen...most of the time :)

And I like that, years from now, when someone asks how long they've been cooking, they won't remember not being in the kitchen with me...helping and learning.

I have, however, learned that for us all to work well together, I have to have the right frame of mind.

  • I can't be in a hurry.
  • I can't care about spills, messes, inaccuracies.
  • I can't be tired.
For me, that means morning is the best time for us to cook together.  I have a lot of energy, and they have a lot of good listening left!

If I'm baking, I measure things out and let them dump the ingredients in the bowl.  Although, Leah is getting good at doing her own measuring, so that's fun!

Sometimes I find a recipe that they can do fairly independently.  I found one on pinterest awhile ago and it has been a huge hit at our house!

You only need 4 ingredients!

I had never noticed the Hershey's Drops before, but let me tell you, I am a fan!

You just throw the ingredients in a bowl...perfect task for little hands!

1 bag (8 oz) Hershey Drops
1 cup honey roasted peanuts
1 and 1/2 cups mini marshmallows
1 and 1/2 cups Lil' Squares (mini graham crackers)

Gracie handled the chocolate.  I let her use a measuring cup, so it seemed more "official."

Maggie managed the marshmallows (alliteration!).

After all of the ingredients are in the bowl, just mix!

Each girl had a chance to use her pointer finger to do some mixing.  This is Leah's hand and arm :)

And there you have it!

A quick note about the doesn't store well.  I stored it in a glass container with a screw on lid.  But, after a couple of days, the marshmallows got hard and the graham crackers got soggy...not the textural sensation we were shooting for!  I found this out when I made a double batch.  The single batch I made first didn't last long enough to get all wonky, so I wouldn't be too concerned about it.

This would make a perfect treat for taking to watch the fireworks or bringing to a baseball game or for eating on a road trip.

All the yummy-ness of a s'more without the mess!

Oh, don't forget to check out the fun giveaway I'm doing here!  

It's a great chance to win two of Miss Hannah's lovely necklaces!  So, stop on by and enter!

It's just as easy as this recipe :)

Oh, I adapted the recipe from here.

And, I'm linking up with Jess!
and Abbie
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