Chex Mix and Treat Bags

There are several reasons that I blog…but one, for sure, reason is simply that I enjoy others’ blogs so much!  There are so many wise, encouraging and talented woman sharing their words, hearts and inspiration through blogs.  One such blog that I read regularly is RefreshHer by Denise Cunningham.  I am always uplifted after visiting her blog.  And she shares great recipes.:)  Recently, she began sharing something yummy and pumpkin-y every Monday.  For instance, Pumpkin Sugar Cookies.  Yum!!  I also found a super easy recipe for Pumpkin Chex Mix on her blog.  I thought it would be a great filler for a treat bag.  Here is the recipe from Denise’s blog:

Pumpkin Chex Mix
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
1/4 cup butter
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 cups Cinnamon Chex® cereal
2 cups Wheat Chex® cereal
2 cups Honey Nut Chex® cereal
8 ounces pecans (I used peanuts)
In a small bowl, mix brown sugar and pumpkin pie spice; set aside. In a small microwave-safe dish, microwave butter on High about 30 seconds or until melted. Stir in vanilla. In a large microwaveable bowl, mix all cereals and pecans. Pour butter mixture over cereal mixture, stirring until evenly distributed. Add sugar and spice mixture and stir until coated.  Microwave uncovered on High 5 minutes or until mixture begins to brown, stirring every minute. Spread on wax paper or a cookie sheet to cool. Store in airtight container.

I had some cellophane bags that I picked up on clearance after the season last year and some colored raffia from the dollar store.  Very inexpensive supplies, as you can tell.   I wanted to double to the recipe but did not have enough pumpkin pie spice – which seems a rather crucial ingredient  So, I made one and a half batches….and it gave me five treat bags.  I think four bags, a bit fuller, would have been better.  I also added a fall tea bag – to fill them out and just for fun.

The “Happy Fall” tags I made recently at a friend’s house when she had a small group over to do some stamping and card making.  Mine were beyond easy – simply stamp with a pumpkin and color with pencils.  Bam:)  But I think they are cute and will make a few folks smile this week.  I plan to simply to have them on hand.  I have a few folks in mind but also hope to pass others out randomly.  (I also want to make another batch as soon as I run to the store.) 

These did not take a lot of money, any talent or much time….but I pray the Lord can use them to be a blessing.  Who could you give a treat bag to this week??

Happy Fall, friends.  Share some pumpkin fun with someone soon!!

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