Better than Sex Chex Mix – Recipe

Better Than Sex Chex Mix

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Excuse the yucky cell shots.  I was way too excited to actually eat this to drag the big camera out!  I came across this AMAZING recipe from tablespoon.com.  I instantly decided I had to make it.  I’ve been entirely too much of a sugaraholic lately.  Plus I love salt.  This lovely creation mixes the best of both worlds!

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Better than Sex Chex Mix is all over the internet, but the recipe seems to be pretty consistent.  It is SO easy to make and would make the perfect party food.

Ingredients

  • 8  cups Chocolate Chex® cereal
  • 3/4  cup packed brown sugar
  • 6  tablespoons butter or margarine
  • 3  tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 1/4  teaspoon baking soda
  • 1  cup Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, MINI size
  • 1 cup MINIATURE marshmallows
  • 1/2  cup caramel bits (found by the chocolate chips in the baking aisle — or chop up regular caramels)
  • 1 Tbsp heavy cream
  • 1/2  cup MILK chocolate baking chips (or more if you’re a huge chocolate fan)
  • 1/2  cup vanilla (white) chocolate baking chips
  • 1 tsp coarse sea salt

Directions

  1. In a large microwavable bowl, measure cereal; set aside. Line cookie sheet with waxed paper or foil.
  2. In a two cup microwavable measuring cup, microwave brown sugar, butter and corn syrup uncovered on High 1 to 2 minutes, stirring after 1 minute, until melted and smooth. Stir in baking soda until dissolved. Pour caramel mixture over cereal, stirring until evenly coated. Microwave on High 3 minutes, stirring every minute. Spread on cookie sheet. Cool 10 minutes. Break into bite-sized pieces.
  3. Make sure Chex mixture is cool to the touch (so candy doesn’t melt.) Evenly sprinkle mini peanut butter cups candy and miniature marshmallows over Chex mixture.
  4. In small microwavable bowl, microwave caramel baking bits and cream uncovered on High about 1 minute or until chips can be stirred smooth. Use a spoon or fork to drizzle over snack. Microwave the milk chocolate baking chips next, starting with 20-seconds and stirring, then at 20 second intervals until the mixture is completely smooth (microwave temps vary, so watch the chocolate and stir frequently until it’s of drizzling consistency). Drizzle over the snack mixture. Then microwave the vanilla (white) baking chips in 20-second intervals, stirring until smooth, and drizzle that over the snack mixture. (Note: The vanilla and milk chocolate chips should not need cream added.) Quickly sprinkle coarse salt over all while candy drizzles are still wet.
  5. Refrigerate until set. Break apart and store in tightly covered container.

The only variation I made was to add more salt.  I have a salt addiction though, so 1 tsp may very well be enough for you!  When I make it again, I will probably greatly decrease or eliminate the mini Reese Cups.  They made it a little too sweet and chocolatey for me!  Head on over to tablespoon.com and check them out.  They have tons of yummy recipes!

 

 

 

Minnie Mouse Birthday Cake

I just realized that I never shared Elise’s Minnie Mouse birthday cake!  Better late than never right??  Cristy from ~All Things Sweet~ made Elise’s birthday cake, cupcakes, and smash cake.  She did such a great job and the cake was so yummy!

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I need to get on the ball and post the rest of the decorations from her party!
Check out more of birthday related posts:

Meeska Mooska Minnie Mouse

Minnie & Mickey Hat Tutorial

Minnie Mouse Car Tutorial (Cozy Coupe)

Birthday Cake Pancakes

Happy Birthday Elise!

Minnie Mouse Centerpiece Tutorial

Birthday Traditions – A Room Full of Balloons

Minnie Head Centerpiece Tutorial

I wanted to do one of these for every table, but I ran out of time, and honestly, I didn’t want to put that much money into centerpieces that were going to be thrown away.  So I only did one for the cake table.  It was super cute!

Supplies:

  1. Hot glue gun
  2. 2 medium sized Styrofoam balls
  3. 1 large half ball
  4. toothpicks
  5. Adhesive spray
  6. black glitter
  7. ribbon
  8. black paint (I used spray paint left over from our Minnie Mouse Car project)

I took my half ball and attempted to hot glue the small balls on top.  That was a big fail.  No matter how much hot glue I put, it wouldn’t hold.  So then I realized that duh, I could use toothpicks!  So I put a dab of hot glue on the small ball and stuck a tooth pick through it, then did the same to the large half ball and stuck the small ball with toothpick onto it.

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I then took it outside and spray painted it.  I did this in 20 degree weather at like 7:00 AM before Elise woke up, so it took FOREVER to dry.  I ended up putting two coats of paint on it.  I used Rustoleum black gloss spray paint left over from our minnie mouse car project.

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After it was good and dried, I sprayed it with adhesive spray and covered it in black glitter.

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Finally, we put a red and white polka dot bow on, to give it that Minnie Mouse touch!

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I don’t have our birthday photos back yet from the photographer to show it on the cake table, but when I get them back, I will be sure to share!

Sidenote: If you are going to use these as centerpieces where people might be touching them or they might accidentally get moved, I would definitely spray them to seal them, because the glitter would be EVERYWHERE if you didn’t!

Check out more of birthday related posts:

Meeska Mooska Minnie Mouse

Minnie & Mickey Hat Tutorial

Minnie Mouse Car Tutorial

Birthday Cake Pancakes

Happy Birthday Elise!

Birthday Traditions – A Room Full of Balloons

Minnie Mouse Car Tutorial

I’ve had SO many people ask me how we made Elise’s Minnie Mouse Car. It was so much fun to do, and Elise LOVES it! It really turned into a family project.

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I found the idea on pinterest, but it was just a picture. Finally I found someone who had done it and blogged about it, Little Corbin Hill. She did a great job, and her car is super cute too, but there are a few things I did differently and a few shortcuts that we took to make it easier!

My husband’s sister had a car lying around that her two boys had outgrown, so she gave it to us. If you don’t happen to have an old car already, I would look long and hard at yard sales and such before purchasing a new one. Little Corbin Hill said she did her project for pretty cheap, but I didn’t have any of the materials already, so we had to buy everything, which quickly adds up. If you had to buy a new car on top of that, it would be pretty pricey.

Here is the before:

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First we took the car apart and spray painted it. For everything painted, I used two cans of black gloss rustoleum paint and two cans of red rustoleum paint. We could have maybe got away with only using one black, but I felt it needed another coat. Also we had to buy a few new parts to put it back together, as they were old and basically fell into pieces when we took them off.

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For the ears and bow, we used a piece of 1/2″ plywood. Little Corbin Hill chose to make her mouse ears out of craft foam, but I wanted something much sturdier and more durable. Also, I felt that the craft foam would like pretty flimsy behind the big wooden bow. I also cannot draw to save my life, so I would never attempt to free hand a bow. I used my cricut to cut a large bow (using Disney Mickey Font cartridge) and two circles. I tried cutting a few different sizes to see what I felt look best. My mother and I then repeatedly folded and rearranged the bows/ears to make sure that they flowed nicely on top of the car. I didn’t want a huge gap of space, so the bottom edges had to be slanted and flattened quite a bit. We then traced the bow and two ears onto the plywood, and my dad cut them out and spray painted them for us. My dad secured them to the top of the car by gluing the bow to the ears and then placing a couple of screws through the bottom of the top to hold them in place. I really think doing the ears in wood too made it look a lot better.

As for the polka dots on the bow, we totally cheated. We used those little white circle stickers you get to put price tags on yard sale stuff. You can get them at pretty much any store that has any office supplies. Kind of like these I found on ebay. They look ten times better than painted on dots and were a zillion times faster.

After my husband put the car back together, I got the cricut back out and went to work on making dots for the car. I made my dots much smaller than the ones on Little Corbin Hill, but again I like having more dots better. To make these dots, I bought white vinyl and transfer tape from Hobby Lobby. I could have done it without the transfer tape. I had never used vinyl before though, so I didn’t know how easy/hard it was to work with. I cut out two pages of 2″ circles and simply peeled and stuck them on the car. I made sure to put some that followed in with the grooves of the car to make it look more “painted on” rather than stickers.

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Here is Elise testing it out convertible style while mommy worked on it!

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I then cut out her name in the vinyl using the Disney Mickey Font cartridge and put it on the license plate. I chose to do that instead of putting it on the top of the car because I felt with the big wooden ears and bow and all the extra dots, that it needed that extra black space showing to balance it out. That turned out to be a great idea because it is so cute on the back!!

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Finally, I took it outside and sprayed it with sealant. If you skip this step, you’ve probably wasted all of your time, because I doubt it would make it through a summer. I need to spray it with sealant one more time, but ran out of time before her party. So I’ll get to it the next pretty day.

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Elise is a little young for it right now, but she loves to sit in it. I am confident that she will be ready to take over the neighborhood in it next summer! It was a huge hit at her party, and I’m sure that any little girl (or boy if you want to do a Mickey version!) would go crazy over it! I also think it would be a super cute idea to do a ladybug or Hello Kitty one! Or maybe a super man or camo one for a little boy!

Update: My inbox has been exploding with people wanting help with the materials for the Minnie car so I put together a package.
$45 – Includes:
28 – 3 inch dots on vinyl (for car body)
Name cut out of vinyl for License Plate (no more than 5 letters or it will be too small to look good. I recommend using initials or a nickname if name is more than 5 letters)
Ears and bow template cut out on cardstock for you to trace onto wood. Please understand that you WILL have to adjust this some to fit your car, as the ears/bow template doesn’t have the slant in the bottom of the ears/bow to make it run smooth with the hood of the car. I will attempt to fold it down for you using Elise’s car, but you will have to readjust using your car hood before you trace it onto your wood.
Shipping to US only
This does NOT include the transfer tape. Transfer tape is not necessary, but is helpful for the name. I did not use transfer tape when applying the vinyl dots to the car. It can be found at a local craft store for around $10 a roll.

HERE IS THE LINK TO THE ETSY LISTING – http://www.etsy.com/shop/CraftsWithElise
You must go through etsy to purchase the kit.
Please do not email me on my personal email or photography page. Thank you.

Want to get these super cute nails??? Follow this link and contact me today! If you are reading this after July 10th I can still order these for you! There are also other SUPER cute Disney nails on this blog post!
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Check out more of Elise’s Birthday Fun:

Meeska Mooska MINNIE MOUSE!

Happy Birthday Elise

Elise’s Birthday Cake Pancakes

Minnie & Mickey Party Hat Tutorial

Minnie Head Centerpieces Tutorial

Minnie & Mickey Party Hats Tutorial

Minnie & Mickey Party Hats Tutorial

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Supplies:

  1. Black cardstock (12×12) – 1 sheet = 1 hat
  2. Scissors
  3. Black glitter foam
  4. Red & white polka dot ribbon
  5. Hot glue gun
  6. hole punch
  7. ribbon to make ties

 

First, I used my cricut to cut 10 large circles (about 11” x 11”) and 20 small circles (about 3” x 3”) out of the black cardstock.  If you don’t have a cricut, you could just use scissors.  The cricut is definitely MUCH faster and easier though!  After the cutting was done, I placed a book on top of my large circles to flatten them while I worked with the small circles.  I turned over my black glitter foam and traced the small circle 20 times. 

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I then cut out the glitter foam circles. 

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The foam I used had a sticker back, so I just applied them straight to the small card stock circles.  If your foam doesn’t have a sticky back, you could either glue them to the black cardstock, or skip this step all together.

 

To make the cone hat, I took the large circles and cut a straight line from the outside down to the center.  It doesn’t matter where you make the cut, as long as it is straight and goes to the middle.  You could be exact and measure it out perfectly, but that is too time consuming for me, so I just winged it.  (Homemade crafts aren’t supposed to be perfect anyway, right??). I did find that I had to cut a little farther than the center line to get it to form as small of a cone as I liked.  But, also to get it to form the smaller cone, it did have to overlap itself a bit at the bottom. This didn’t bother me at all, but it may some. 

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You will then take the cut circle and twist/wrap it into a cone. 

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I secured the inside with tape.  I also temporarily secured the outside with tape because I had an adorable baby (I’m in denial that she is a toddler) helping me.  I have to hot glue during nap times.  But if you don’t have a special little helper assisting, then you can go ahead and secure the outside with hot glue, craft glue, staples, or whatever you wish.

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After completing the cone hats, I hot glued ears to each side.  I’ve found pictures on pinterest where people have chose to glue them to the bottom of the hat instead of the top, but I personally think the top looks better.  Finally, I tied bows out of ribbon and glued them to half of the hats. 

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I made 10 total, and I finished this much in a day, but like I said, I had lots of help from tiny hands with lots and lots of breaks for cuddles and playing, so it probably could’ve been done during a nap time if I had wanted.  The day before her party, I realized that I never went back and secured a way for the kids to tie them on their head.  I did that part in a hurry, so excuse the cell pics!  First I took a hole punch and brought it up as far as I could so that it was punching through as many layers as possible.

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I then threaded the ribbon through the hole from the outside in and tied a knot.  I used two different ribbons, red and white polka dot for the Minnie hats and black and white polka dot for the Mickey hats.  I found that for the red and white ribbon, I had to tie a double knot to keep it from pulling through the hole.  For the other ribbon, I only had to tie a single knot. 

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Cut the ribbons to your desired length and then you are finished!  I also made this super cute sign using my Cricut.  I used the basic cartridge that comes with the cricut and also a Disney Mickey Font Cartridge.

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I’m happy with how they turned out and they were very cute on the entry table to her party!  Wouldn’t it be super cute to make plain white hats and half children decorate them with colorful poms and glitter at a craft party?  Definitely on my to do list for when Elise is a little older!