Our Martha Monday Challenge, if we dared to except it, was
Operation Designated to Donate.
Here’s what Martha (actually.., more like a staff writer) had to say;
Hang a sturdy, extra-large tote bag in a central location or by the back door and let it serve as a collection bin for clothes, housewares, toys, and other items that you decide to give away. When the bag is full, simply grab the handles and take the contents to a local charity.
So I grabbed a bag box and went to a certain junk drawer that has always really bugged me. I first just set out to throw a few things in the box to donate. Before I knew it, I had the drawer empty and into two separate piles. One to keep and one to donate.
Looks pretty good, don’t you think? I kept walking by and opening the drawer just to take a peek inside.
Come on, you know you would too!
I was so inspired that I did two things.
I went on to the next drawer I cant even show you the before picture of that drawer, it was worst then the first. It’s like I’m showing you my dirty laundry or something. I don’t think so!!!
I stopped everything in the middle of Operation Designated to Donate, and went and bought new drawer lining stuff.
I picked up this green non slip liner and I love it. What I didn’t want was some of that non-repositionable stuff or anything that would be sticky. This stuff just laid in the drawer and it’s great.
Here is another eye sore in my house. It’s like the dogs station. We have dog food and two kinds of dog jerky here. There is another little jar of treats on the next shelf up. These sits on my Baker’s Rack right by the kitchen. Well… when I was at the hardware store buying shelf liner, I found these…
HALF GALLON canning jars! I love them. Four fit neatly on the shelf and they look sooo much better. I might have to find some little dollies to dress up the jars though. We’ll see!
OK. on to a little snack for the day! All that cleaning and organizing, I got not only a box of crap treasures to donate, I worked up an appetite for something sweet!
So a recipe for Monster Munch was in order.
This is a fun snack and it makes a great party mix. There is suppose to be more of an orange color to the mix with white pretzel sticks but I didn’t put enough color in. So I threw in some Halloween Peanut M&M’s.
Here’s how to make it.
- 6 squares (2oz each) almond bark, divided
- 1 1/2 cups pretzel sticks
- orange food coloring
- 2 cups graham cereal
- 3/4 cup Halloween colored candy pieces.
- 3/4 miniature marshmallows
- 1/2 cup chocolate sprinkles
Melt 1 1/2 squares of almond bark in a bowl. Add pretzel sticks and stir to coat. Lay out on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Separate pretzels and let set.
Melt remaining 4 1/2 squares almond bark till smooth. Stir in food coloring till bright orange. Place cereal in large bowl. Add orange colored almond bark and stir till coated. Add chocolate pieces, marshmallows, stirring till mixture is completely coated. Stir in pretzel sticks.
Break into small clusters and spread out on waxed paper. Immediately sprinkle with chocolate sprinkles.Let set.
Makes about 5 cups.
Serve this sweet snack in a home made candy corn bowl. Start with any clean terra cotta flower pot. Paint the bottom white, the middle orange, and the top yellow. To use for serving, just plug the bottom hole with aluminum foil and fill with monster Munch.