Fall Harvest Chex Mix!

Fall Harvest Chex Mix!

Hi there, guys! I hope that you’re all having a beautiful day. 🙂 ❤ I have an amazingly delicious treat to share with you today!! It was a breeze to make, a big hit for my whole family, and because I made a half-batch, I have enough to make more, haha! This treat/snack is called fall harvest chex mix!

I got the original recipe here! Like I said, I halved the recipe, and I also omitted the Bugles. Everything else stayed the same, and the directions were very easy to follow.

Let’s jump right into this!

Fall Harvest Chex Mix

The ingredients I used are below:

Fun fact: I over-eagerly dumped the wrong ingredients together in a bowl, so Joshua and I had to separate the rice chex out by hand. lol

^ Picture proof. That’s why you read the instructions carefully, kids!

Once the candy was in one bowl and the rice chex and pretzels were in another, this is how they looked!

I made the glaze that went with the rice chex and pretzels, then poured it over them and slowly mixed it until they were covered evenly. This was very easy, as well, and I was happy with how the texture of the glaze turned out. The other times when I’ve worked with a warm sauce/glaze that has to be whisked until it reaches a certain texture has been hard for me, but this recipe made it simple!

There isn’t much of a visible difference, except you can see that they’re a little bit shiny, haha!

Related Post: Homemade Candied Pecans

The next part reminded me of when I made the candied pecans recipe for the first time back in February; you spread the food out into an even layer on the baking sheet, then bake for 45 minutes, stirring them every 15. This was my first time using parchment paper in baking, actually, and it worked very well!

Once they had cooled, I was then able to pour them in with the candy ready in the other bowl. I had done it prematurely earlier in the day (lol), but now was the time for them to make a delicious snack combo!

Sorry about the overexposure on the picture above; sometimes, the metallic siding of the mixing bowl I usually use will make my phone’s camera think I’m pointing at DIRECT SUNLIGHT, and everything gets white and fuzzy. Haha! I kept having to manually bring down the exposure because the camera wouldn’t pick up the room’s lighting correctly.

Once I had transferred this treat to the glass container I was going to keep it in, I brought out the festive props and took some more pictures.

I have never been more happy with how a still-life photoshoot turned out!!! All of the fall vibes are killing me hahaha

{Final Verdict}

This Fall Harvest Chex Mix is the best treat I’ve made in a while! However, I do have a few complaints. (Nothing big; just things I’ll change or do differently next time.) The main one is that the candy pumpkins were hard to eat – me and my whole family much preferred the candy corn, which tastes exactly the same! Next time, I’ll do more candy corn and omit the pumpkins, even though they are very cute and picture-worthy.

My only other issue was that it was hard to get a nice handful of the snack that included pieces of all the different candy and pretzels/rice chex because the heavier items (mainly the Reese’s Pieces) fell down to the bottom of the glass container. I might have to store them differently next time so that eating this treat is easier!

I hope that you guys enjoyed reading this post! I was very happy with how it turned out, and I’m sure that you’d love it if you tried it, too.

Would YOU like to make this treat?
Click here for the recipe!

thanks to jirah and elline for my signature! xx

Apple Coffee Cake Muffins!

Apple Coffee Cake Muffins!

Hey there, guys! Hope you’re having a beautiful week so far. 🙂 I have an epic fall recipe to share with you today!! Apple and pumpkin desserts are my weakness, haha, and they are especially fun to eat in the fall. (However, I’ll gladly have them any time!)

During one of my many Pinterest browsing sessions, I came across a wonderful recipe for apple coffee cake muffins, as you saw by the title! They were a joy to make, turned out great, and I’ll definitely make them again at some point!

Related Post: Caramel Apple Pie Bars!

You can find the original recipe by clicking here! The only thing I changed was the amount of time I baked them; I used my mom’s convection oven (as you’ll see in one of the pictures below), and I set it at the temperature the recipe gave me, then watched them until they were baked all the way through.

Let’s jump right into this!


Apple Coffee Cake Muffins

These are the ingredients that I used for my batch:

Sorry I forgot to include the apples, haha!

Once I had finished cleaning, peeling, and cutting up the two Gala apples, I mixed everything together for the crumb topping. It was super simple; you just stir the dry ingredients, then add the melted butter.

Setting that aside, I tackled the dough! It was also pretty basic, nothing exciting lol; just the dry ingredients in the big bowl, the wet ingredients in a small bowl, then you mix them together.

The one thing I struggle with when making muffins is transferring the batter to the little paper muffin cups. *sighs* This was actually the easiest time yet, but I still don’t enjoy it very much, lol!

Here’s how they looked before the crumb topping:

And after:

Here’s how they looked while baking(: x

My mom helped me make the glaze once the muffins had completely cooled, as my glaze-making history is rather poor, haha! (I’ve been known to add too much milk, fail to sift the powdered sugar enough, etc … ) I did my best to drizzle the glaze evenly, and once that was done, I took some pictures.

{Final Verdict}

They were very good! The cinnamon flavor really did remind me of my mom’s coffee cake, which I absolutely love. However … the muffins turned out dry, and the apple flavor was very mild. To cook them all the way through in the convection oven, it ended up sucking all the moisture out of them. If I make them again, I will bake them in our regular oven, and maybe add some spices to compliment the light apple flavor, as well! This is definitely one of those treats best warmed up and served with coffee, and I also think that apple cider would make a wonderful addition to them, as well! ❤

Happy fall, everyone! Let me know in the comments below:

What fall treats have YOU made this year?

thanks to jirah and elline for my signature! xx

Grilled Chicken Salad With Strawberry Dressing!

Grilled Chicken Salad With Strawberry Dressing!

Hi there, everyone! I hope that you’re all having a beautiful day(: x I wanted to share a quick lunch idea with you guys! I made a grilled chicken salad with strawberry dressing! Doesn’t that sound interesting? And it turned out soooo good. ❤ I’ll leave the instructions for how I made mine below, as well as provide the link to where I got the dressing recipe! Feel free to get creative and make this salad how you would like it, whether you choose different fruit, or use spinach instead of lettuce!

Grilled Chicken Salad
With Strawberry Dressing

Here is what I used:

  • Romaine lettuce
  • grilled chicken
  • fresh strawberries
  • fresh blueberries
  • the ingredients for the strawberry dressing!

The first thing I did was make the dressing! The only thing I did differently was skip adding the poppy seeds; I didn’t have any on hand, and I figured the dressing would taste great, anyway. Below are the ingredients I used:

Combine all the ingredients in your blender and mix until smooth. I made mine in the morning and refrigerated it in a glass jar until lunchtime.

When noon came around, I assembled my lunch-building area!

I didn’t include the sliced almonds in the pic above … whoops. Either way, I made my lunch (almonds included 😀 ), then took some pictures!

I’m really happy with how it turned out! It was a nice spin on my favorite type of salad. If I decide to make it again, I will probably make less of the dressing, as I almost always have too much left over of the things I’ve been making recently!

Thank you so much for reading this post! Let me know in the comments below:

What’s YOUR favorite type of salad?

Happy Thursday, guys! I’ll see y’all tomorrow!

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