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Hi Friends! I’m back from my Thanksgiving hiatus. I’ve missed you! Tell me what you’ve been doing these past few days. Eating leftovers? Shopping? Making Christmas cookies? Decorating your house?
Me? I haven’t been up to anything particularly newsworthy. Mostly I’ve just been laying low, watching sappy Holiday movies and trying to re-group (and digest!) before all the Christmas madness starts. Sorry for being so boring. I’ll try to have something more exciting to report next time.
There is, however, one thing about today that isn’t boring. And it’s this Salty, Sweet and Smoky Popcorn Snack Mix.
Let’s break it down: stovetop kettle corn (the only way to make popcorn, in my opinion), pretzels twists, dried cranberries, chocolate chips and Smokehouse Blue Diamond Almonds. What’s not to love, right? It’s a great combination of flavors and textures. And the Smokehouse Blue Diamond Almonds pack so much flavor, that additional seasonings aren’t even necessary here.
This snack mix is as easy to make as it is to eat. And it’s so much healthier than those pre-made store bought versions because you have control over the salt, sugar and fat content. Definitely do yourself a favor and start making snack mixes at home! You won’t regret it!
My Salty, Sweet and Smoky Popcorn Snack Mix is perfect for any party or gathering. And it’s especially well suited for game day. Whether you’re heading out to the game, or sitting around the television at home, I guarantee you’re going to want a big bowl of this stuff in front of you!
There are only a few days left until Thanksgiving, so I figured we could all use a cocktail right about now.
Also, at this late in the game I’m guessing you have your Thanksgiving menu pretty well squared away. Today probably isn’t the time to share some newfangled recipe for stuffing, green bean casserole or pecan pie. Nope. Today feels more like a cocktail kind of day. More specifically, like an Apple Cider and Elderflower White Sangria kind of day.
I firmly believe that sangria is the way to go when you’re hosting a big event like Thanksgiving. Because as much as I enjoy crafting individual drink orders for my guests, it can be a bit overwhelming when you have 80 billion other things to accomplish in the kitchen. So instead, I like to just set out a pitcher of sangria with some serving glasses and let my guests take care of the rest!
While I’m usually a red wine drinker, I actually prefer the lighter, more refreshing quality of a white wine sangria when I know I’m about to enjoy a rather heavy meal. And I think white wine pairs so nicely with apple cider, which is one of my favorite Fall beverages. This year I was lucky to get some freshly pressed cider from a friend. And when I say “fresh”, I’m not exaggerating. The time between picking the apples from the trees and pressing the cider was measured in hours, not days. This stuff was out of this world good.
I won’t be back with a new recipe until after Thanksgiving. I think the internet is full of enough delicious stuff at this point. If you try out my Apple Cider and Elderflower White Sangria, make sure to virtually stop by and tell me about it! And if you have any other burning Thanksgiving-related questions, feel free to give me a shout out on social media. I’ll be lurking around the internet the next few days and I’m happy to help out if I can!
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving! I appreciate you!