Once upon a time (Read: just a few years ago), I would bake four different kinds of Christmas cookies when the holidays rolled around.
That's s lie.
Actually, I only baked three kinds of cookies. (One was no-bake.)
Anyhow, after the cookies cooled, I would carefully divide and place the cookies inside holiday-themed cookie tins, which had already been lined with wax paper and color coordinated tissue paper.
I would then mail the cookies off to our relatives across the country.
I know, I know. Some moms make eleven different types of cookies -- and all of them are baked.
But, you have to understand where I'm coming from to deem my feat impressive: Prior to getting married, I used the stove in my bachelorette condo for shoe storage.
So I really thought I was doing something by baking any cookies at all.
Well, regardless, I'm not doing that anymore.
At least for now, anyway.
I'm taking a hiatus from my role as Type-A Mommy this Christmas, and, frankly, for the foreseeable future.
Wanna know what I'm making this year?
This snack mix.
And I won't be shipping it from sea to shining sea, either.
It'll remain right here at home so as to ruin any and all chances I have of exercising restraint this holiday season.
Because I'm tired.
I'm worn out.
And I want to simply enjoy this holiday season instead of shooting for the stars by being the overachieving mommy in the kitchen.
I invite you to join me in abandoning your high hopes for a Martha Stewart-style holiday by just saying to hell with it all and making this snack mix.
Here's what it takes:
1/2 cup butter
3/4 cup white corn syrup
1 cup packed brown sugar
2 cups salted mixed nuts
1 (12 ounce) package crispy corn and rice cereal; like Chex
1-2 cups M&M's (I prefer the green and red ones; but any color will do.)
Preheat oven to 275 degrees F (135 degrees C).
Line 2 large pans with parchment paper.
In a medium-size microwave safe bowl, mix butter, white corn syrup and brown sugar. Place the mixture in the microwave and cook for two minutes, or until butter melts.
Stir mixture until combined and smooth.
Place the cereal and nuts onto the prepared pans.
Pour the melted butter mixture over the cereal and nuts and mix gently until the cereal and nuts are coated.
Bake for one hour, stirring every 15 minutes.
Remove the pans from the oven and continue to stir the mix so that it doesn't harden in 1 large piece -- be sure to stir them immediately after they come out of the oven.
Once the mix is cool, add in the M&M's and toss lightly to incorporate.
The only thing left to do is dig in.
Oh, and let me know what you think.
And if you can't pry this mix out of your hands in the middle of the night, I'm sorry.
Just know I'm doing the same thing.