Sunday, October 25, 2009

12 Weeks of Christmas - All about the food!

So...you're probably going to need to turn the Halloween music off before you read this blog. OK, that's better. Now hum Silver Bells or Grandma Got Ran Over by a Reindeer. Are you in a more Christmas-y mood now? Good!
Twelve Weeks of Christmas
So this week we're supposed to write about some of our favorite foods at Christmas.

To be honest I don't think I can type that long.

So instead I thought I would share the recipe we take to our neighbors every single year. I make big trays of these crackers and then I package them in cute tins or jars or bottles or whatever. Then our Grand-kids run them around door to door...sometimes to actual applause.
One of our neighbors got divorced last year. The Grand-kids delivered the crackers to the wife who was still living in the house. The next day the husband came by OUR house to see if we had delivered them already! He begged until I gave him a big zip-loc baggie full.

It seems like everyone appreciates something not sweet for Christmas goodies.

These are called Terri's crackers (from my beautiful friend, Terri, who lives in Ohio) and they are super-addictive. I don't have a picture of them but they pretty much look like Cheez-its with seasoning on them...but they taste crazy good.

INGREDIENTS:
2 16 oz. boxes of cheez-its. I usually use the yellow and orange varieties. The pepper jack is almost too spicy
1 envelope ranch salad dressing mix
3 teaspoons dried dill weed
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon lemon-pepper seasoning
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2/3 cup vegetable oil
DIRECTIONS:
Place the crackers in a large bowl. Combine the remaining ingredients well and drizzle over crackers and toss to coat evenly. Transfer to two ungreased 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pans. Bake at 250° for 45 minutes minutes, stirring every fifteen minutes. Cool completely. Store in an airtight container.

15 comments:

Sandy said...

Thank you! The pictures of your grand-kids delivering are very inspiring. It's so nice to be neighborly.

bridget {bake at 350} said...

Jenny...I think you won the cookie giveaway at We Are THAT Family! Go check her blog to be sure and check in with Kristen. I'm shipping them today. :)

Drama Queen said...

My favorite blog topic - FOOD! Thanks for the recipe - I will have to check it out! More food, please! :)

Veronica said...

That recipe sounds good, plus you can't go wrong with cheez its!

Love the pictures of the grandkids delivering goodies to the neighbors!

Allie said...

Dearest cousin .... I LOVE these, but I do them with Snyder Nuggets (pretzels) and the kids can't wait to get their hands on them .. I mean they take them off the hot baking dish ... oh and sometimes I add oyster crackers .. try it, you might like it! lol Thanks for the recipe!

Cami @ Creating Myself said...

Hi Jenny...it is so nice to meet you! Sorry it took me so long to visit you. Love the photos of your grands running ftom the house...what a great idea to gift your neighbors like that!

Your granddaughter is adorable & I think I'm gonna have to try your glittered candle project. I think it would be great w/ a letter C. Wish me luck...I'll let you know how it comes out. ;o)

Jen said...

LOVE these pictures. How cute and what a great idea! I think I am going to have to try these.

Sweet TN Biscuits said...

yummy- I will be adding these to my menu this year! I usually make an oyster cracker version of these but I am sure the cheeze it version will be great too! thanks

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Jenny, I prefer savory versus sweet when given the choice, and these sound so GOOD! Thank you for the recipe. It's a definite keeper!

Loved your story about the man who came begging at your door. LOL!

XO,

Sheila :-)

Jen said...

thanks for the heads up on freezing the chex mix. I did not know that, but boy will this come in handy!

Monica said...

Jenny, we love these! Zac has a huge project to do this year (his senior year!) and for part of it he chose to learn how to cook. Guess what his first recipe was?! I usually make these with Cheez-its, but the last couple times used Goldfish crackers. (the cheese ones) The recipe I have (I thought it was Terri's) calls for the fish crackers.

I'm planning on making these for Christmas, but I'll have to wait till we're home. (We're going HOME for Christmas!)

LOVE reading your blog!

Jenny said...

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Red Writing said...

yum yum yum yum! Love me some Cheese ITs and all that seasoning can only make them better. THank you for the recipe!!

laterg8r said...

love the divorced guy trying to get your crackers in the divorce :D they must be super duper good!!!

Carrie said...

Wow...that sounds so good! And a nice break from the usual sweets that get handed out!