Friday, December 23, 2011

The night before Christmas Eve

Tis the night before, the night before and all through the house......

The Nuts 'n Bolts are made (here is my mom's recipe):

1 Box Shreddies/Crispix                                         Dressing:
1 Box Cheerios                                                       1 C Mazola Oil (I like to use reg. Olive Oil)
1 Box Cheese Nibs                                                 ½ lb. butter         
1 pkg. pretzels                                                        1 Tbsp. each - garlic salt, onion salt, celery salt
1 pkg. Bugles (if you can find them)                      I like to add 1 Tbsp. each – lemon juice                         4 lbs. salted nuts                                                     Worcestershire sauce – Mom didn’t use this.

Method:  Heat dressing and pour over cereal mixture.  Stir and bake at 200 for 2 hours stirring every 15 minutes.  Mom always made a big batch of this for Christmas!  It makes the whole house smell wonderful while it was baking.
*I like to make this using “organic” cereals which makes it much crunchier.

Here is a sweet and salty version of Nuts 'n Bolts that is also delicious and a change from the savoury version!
6 Cups mixed nuts
6 Cups Cheerios
4 Cups Pretzel twists
4 Cups Chinese Noodles
4 Cups Cheese Bits
6 Cups Bran Squares
6 Cups Honey Comb
2 Cups Melted Butter
2 Tbsp. Worcestershire Sauce
1 Tbsp. Celery Salt
1 Tbsp. Garlic Salt
1-2 Tbsp. Chili Powder
Bake at 250F for about 2 hours – stirring every 15 minutes.

The Hoosier Cabinet is decorated, the Turkey is defrosting, the tree is lit, and the mantel lights are glowing!  And best of all - my Alberta gal has landed and we will all be together on Christmas Day.  How are your preparations coming?

1 comment:

  1. We just finished all our Nuts n Bolts. Looks like we all have our favorite recipes. Thanks for sharing...and it looks like you have everything ready to go. There's no greater gift than to see that girl land. Mine should be landing from England tomorrow..but she lives here..I still miss her.
    Enjoy your times together. Looks beautiful.


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