Saturday, August 24, 2013

A Sweet Giveaway

Our school year is off to a very sweet start.  We are both absolutely loving our new little groups of firsties.  We’ve successfully made it through the first nine days of the school year and the level of exhaustion we were both experiencing is beginning to improve a little each day.

One of our favorite spots to hang out at school is in our cute little pod.  We share this space with two other fabulous first grade teachers.  All of our rooms have a door that opens to a little storage/meeting area.  It’s nothing fancy . . . at all!!!  It’s a great place for our paras to work with our kiddos, a fabulous place to shove all the things we don’t know what to do with and an even better place to meet up during breaks to chat and munch on some  yummy snacks.


This year we have added a very important little feature to our pod . . . it’s the fancy Party Pail.  Someone brought it in filled up with snack mix during our inservice days and after a week the pail was empty.  So we’ve decided to take turns refilling the Party Pail throughout the year with new snack mix recipies.


We would love to have some recipe ideas for new snack mixes so we thought we would have a sweet giveaway.

sweet giveaway 

  Simply post a comment with your email address and a link to one of your favorite teacher tested, tasted and approved snack mix recipes and you will have the chance to win ANY five items in our TpT store to help your school year get off to a sweet start. 

We will choose (3) winners and post their recipes online for all of you. 

Good luck everyone . . . this giveaway ends Monday night at 8:00 pm (CST).




    We love to make this for when we go skiing to eat in the car and while at the ski lodge. I think it would be great for the teacher's lounge too!!!

    Hope you both have a great school year!

  2. I don't have a link for this one, but it's a tried and true 'recipe.' At one of my first schools, when Parent/Teacher conference time rolled around, there was a sign-up in the teacher's lounge for Chocolate Salad. Everyone wrote down a kind of chocolate that they were bringing in, and they dumped everything into a HUGE bowl. They put out paper cups, and during conferences, when you had a break, you could go get your chocolate fix. I've brought the 'recipe' to several other schools, and it's always a hit at conference time! :)

    Here's to a great school year!


    Nice giveaway. Sounds like a "sweet" idea.


  4. yummy cookies and cream !

  5. may i suggest the very diet un-friendly "WHO HASH"? I give it to the littles when we watch the Grinch that Stole's mini pretzels, peanut m&ms, and mini marshmallows. Sweet (marshmallow), salty (pretzels), and savory (peanut butter m&ms) all in one!

    ps I'm totally jealous of your pod :)

    miasclassroomblog at gmail dot com

  6. My friends devoured the kettle corn with M and Ms mixed in!

  7. Here's my snack mix: The World's Best Caramel Corn from Gluesticks.

  8. This is one of my fave snack mixes:
    It's sweet and salty, which is the best in my opinion:)

    We also have a road trip favorite in my family and we just call it "MIX": it has pretzels, goldfish, honey roasted peanuts, and m&m's.

    Happy Back to School!

  9. We like the Cranberry Peanut mix from the Jif website. It includes honey roasted peanuts,pretzels, cranberries and other yummy things.

  10. I love baking/cooking--I have many favorites I can share with you, if you need anymore ideas....but for now, here's a quick mix

    For Fall, the mini pumpkins and candy corn bag mixed with peanuts, pretzels and M&Ms. YUMMY! (and simple)

    (Also what about all the varieties of "puppy chow" or making a "bark" type mix-white chocolate, pretzels, golden grahams, Reese Pieces...etc. (If interested, I can give you the recipe later) ;)

    First Grade and Fabulous

  11. This one is called Christmas Crack (yikes!) but it is delicious ALL YEAR LONG!!


  12. Hi girls!
    Thanks for the fun opportunity to win a SWEET giveaway! :0)
    I love fall and so am sending a link for a Fall snack for your pod! I've made it and LOVEEEEEEEEE it!

    Happy school year! I'm loving my 22 Firsties!

  13. I have two favorites. The first is our family's favorite and is just almonds, dried cranberries and white chocolate chips. So delicious and looks pretty on display around Christmas time! The second is a kid favorite (gets RAVE reviews) at Halloween but can be changed up a bit for any time (just omit the candy corn) and can be found here:

    A is for Apple B is for Blog

  14. I see that there are already a couple of recipes for Christmas Crack...that's what I had in mind, too! Here's one I like:

    If you like ranch dressing, here's another one I like:

    tokyoshoes at hotmail dot com

    PS: I am SO glad we don't have a pod...keeping sweet/salty snack mix would be detrimental to my waistline!

  15. Our family favorite is pumpkin muffins. I don't have a link, but will gladly post the recipe for all to enjoy!


  16. Love snack mix!!

  17. This is one we snack on in the teacher's lounge (dark chocolate crumb bars.)

  18. This is a family recipe my mom makes every fall during the holidays! We love it at school. I don't have a link for it.
    Cranberry-Orange Snack Mix
    2 cups Oatmeal Cereal Squares
    2 cups Corn Cereal Squares
    2 cups Mini Pretzels
    1 cup Whole Almonds
    1/2 cup butter
    1/3 Frozen Orange Juice Concentrate, Thawed
    3 Tbsp. Packed Brown Sugar
    1 Tsp. Ground Cinnamon
    1/4 tsp. Ground Ginger
    1/4 tsp. Ground Nutmeg
    2/3 cup Dried Cranberries
    Preheat oven to 250. Spray 13x9 inch pan with non-stick cooking spray. Combine cereal squares, pretzels & almonds in a large bowl; set aside. Melt butter in medium microwavable bowl. Stir in orange juice, brown sugar, cinnamon, ginger, & nutmeg until blended. Pour over cereal mix; stir well to coat. Place in prepared pan & spread to one layer. Bake 50 min, stirring every 10 minutes. Stir in cranberries, let cool in pan on wire rack leaving uncovered until mixture is crisp. Store in airtight container or plastic food storage bag. Makes 8 cups.
    Enjoy! Tara Muro

  19. I'm not a great cook but here is a recipe I do like:

    2 bags regular Chex Mix
    1 bag Bugles
    1 bag Chocolate Chip Teddy Grahams {I couldn't find these, so I used Mini Chips Ahoy}
    1 bag Pretzel M&M's
    1 bag Licorice Bits
    I bag Swedish Fish
    1 bag Goldfish crackers

    Mix all ingredients in a large bowl.
    Try not to eat yourself sick. {Trust me - once you start, it's impossible to stop.}

    I'm into to sweet and salty!

    Jess Rambling About Reading

  20. What a great idea:) I love the container, too.
    I think the Chex Mix recipes are the best! This website gives you 50 different ways to use them! I love the Muddy Buddies recipe!
    Vicki Latka

  21. I love to bring almond bark popcorn. Easy, quick and makes plenty for all.

    1 package of almond bark
    Food coloring of choice (optional)
    Popcorn -I always buy mine precooked
    2 large paper grocery bags
    Parchment paper

    Double up your grocery bag and fill with popcorn to the second fold line. The bag will need to close.
    Melt the almond bark, I use the microwave. Add a few drops of food coloring once it is melted. That way everyone know it is special popcorn.
    Pour melted almond bark over popcorn slowly, shake bag as you go. When all is poured in mix, stir, and close to shake and get every piece some color.
    Pour out to dry on parchment paper.

    I have done the same with the chocolate almond bark! Yummy!


  22. When I was a Girl Scout leader, we always made "Gorp" shich was simple and delish! M & Ms, peanuts, raisins... each girl would bring a bit of one of the ingredients and then we would all mix it together for a fun snack! Yum! :)

  23. This is the party mix our family makes and loves, and I've taken it to plenty of teacher events over the years as well. It's always a hit!

    Love the "Party Pail" idea!

    Mamie/Mrs. Barton

  24. Love that lil pod! How fun! My recipe isn't a snack mix but it is the best lil snack or bite. You can find the recipe for the No Bake Energy Bites here When I made them, I did not have flaxseed, wheat germ, or chia seeds, so I just went without them. This probably made the bites less healthy but that's okay. :) Oh, and I didn't toast the coconut, I just used the shredded stuff from the bag. These are so good and could easily be rolled into balls and stored in your Party Pail! Hope you like them :)

    Samantha Kearns
    Tales of a #teachernerd

  25. Here is a link that is even great for adults. For kids, I leave out the worcestire sauce


  26. Perfect for fall is this Scarecrow Party Mix! Our first grade team loves to share it with each other!

    Robyn Wright

  27. Ok, so it's not a recipe, but there's weeks where we don't have time to shop and throw things together, so buying is okay. ;) This is a favorite in our break room. It's the "Pub Mix" from Costco. Here's a link for ya...
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  28. Great idea! One of our school secretaries used to make this reindeer chow for us in the holiday season. Always a hit!

    I like using snacks to teach math. I know myself and a lot of students are visual learners. One way to teach fractions is by using the snack of the day. Below is a good link with various snacks that can be used to teach fractions at different grade levels.

  30. Oops forgot the recipes to use for the snack and another recipe for granola bars.

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  31. This is one of my kids favorite party mix. We make it when we go camping or on vacation. We all love it!

  32. I love monster munch during the Fall months! This recipe is easy and so good.


  33. We love this one at our family functions! Gotta make lots cause it goes QUICK!

  34. perfect for fall and pumpkin time....

  35. perfect for fall and pumpkin time....

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