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Dill Pickle Popcorn Mix - popcorn, pretzels, cereal, and crackers that tastes just like pickles! The perfect snack mix for movie nights or lunchboxes!

I seriously can’t believe summer is almost over. My kids go back to school in 2 weeks.

Only 2 more weeks of lake days and late night ice cream runs and sleeping until 10 am.

I’m not ready.

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Chex cereal, crackers, and pretzels are coated in a delicious parmesan and ranch seasoning in this Cheesy Ranch Chex Mix. It is seriously addictive! 

Heeeeey guys!

I am highly caffeinated and ready to take on Tuesday.

Today’s a good day. September 1st means so many great things! I mean, the Dairy Queen Pumpkin Blizzard is back. The Pumpkin Spice Latte is right around the corner. Bath & Body Works is releasing even more pumpkin candles next week. I am SO EXCITED for September.

The only way September could be better is if we were back in Colorado. *grumble grumble*

September also means football. I’m stupid excited for football. You already know this.

And with football comes yummy, snacky food.

My Ranch Goldfish Snack Mix has become a favorite among our friends so I’ve been looking for other snack mixes that don’t involve the fish. This one is so yummy. It’s got the Chex, pretzels, and cheese crackers and then it’s all coated in a buttery parmesan and ranch sauce and baked until extra crispy and delicious.

I’m obsessed.

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Welp guys, sorry I haven’t been posting Christmas cookies and treats like I’m supposed to be doing.

I’m the worst.

I wish I could be one of those bloggers who had hundreds of posts lined up and ready to be published. Nope, I have exactly none. I pretend it’s because I like to live in the moment and blog about what my heart wants me to. But let’s be real, I’m just a horrible procrastinator. Like I said, I am the worst.

So yeah, my husband came home a couple weeks ago. On Thanksgiving, actually. It’s quite a different experience this time around. Last time he returned from Afghanistan  – because of how the war was going and probably because it was his first deployment – things were just bad. Just really, really bad. 

This time, it’s been really easy. It kind of just seems like he’s been gone for a week instead of 9 months. Whereas last time, it took us about 7 months to get to a good place. It’s crazy different and I’m very grateful for it. 

But I’m finally here with a Christmas treat! I’ve been meaning to make Saltine Toffee for years and years but I always run out of time and energy – finally managed to get it done this year! And I added peanut butter because why not? And peanut butter M&Ms because… duh.

It’s delicious. And I hate Saltines with a fiery passion. But the sugar mixture and then the peanut butter and then the chocolate… it’s just sweet and salty and I love it. 

I do have more Christmas-y recipes coming. Hopefully.I’ve had several cookie fails lately so we’ll see. I’ve got a drink coming for sure. Don’t even worry about that.

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Last week of school! Last week of school! LAST WEEK OF SCHOOL!

Can you sense my excitement? I have so many fun things planned for the summer but mostly I’m just excited to sleep in.

You know what doesn’t excite me? Getting a “low balance” alert on the kid’s lunch account a week before school lets out. Yep.

And I know, I can pack him a lunch in 10 minutes. But… my husband is deployed and I have 3 kids and an idiot husky and sometimes I just want to take the easy way out. Whine, whine, whine.

I’m refusing the pay the $3 fee to fund his account for 5 days of lunches and I’d already gone to the grocery store for the week so… it’s time to get creative!

I decided to jazz up some Goldfish to replace his usual request of tiny bags of Hot Cheetos.

I think Goldfish are quite possibly the worst snack in the world and every time my kids beg for those little cartons of fish at the checkout lane in Target I’m like “WHYYY?!”

I would pretty much choose anything over Goldfish.

But as it turns out, if you coat Goldfish in butter and ranch dressing mix, I’m a fan.

One year ago: Grape Salad
Two years ago: Double Chocolate and Banana Tart
Three years ago: Caramel Pecan Coffee Cake
Four years ago: Gummy Candy
Six years ago: Strawberry Scones

Ranch Goldfish Snack Mix
  • 2 bags cheddar Goldfish crackers
  • 1 bag Parmesan Goldfish crackers
  • 1 bag pretzel Goldfish crackers
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup 1 stick unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 ounce packet ranch dressing mix
  • 1 tablespoon worcestershire sauce
  1. Preheat oven to 250F. Line a large, rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Pour all 4 bags of Goldfish and the pecans into a large mixing bowl.
  3. In a smaller bowl, whisk together melted butter, ranch dressing mix, and worcestershire sauce. Pour this over the Goldfish and toss gently to combine.
  4. Transfer the Goldfish to the prepared baking sheet and use a rubber spatula to spread them out.
  5. Bake for for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes.
  6. Cool completely before serving.