Unable to help myself, I bought another holiday magazine and tagged a bunch of recipes. In the latest taste of home Food Gifts issue, one simple snack (pg. 23) caught my eyes and taste buds…At our holiday open houses I usually serve the usual Chex Mix, but I’m always open to new ideas and like to surprise people. This finger grabbing treat seems so obvious, I can’t believe I didn’t think of it first. 🙂
Recipe of the Week: Taco Crackers
3 9-oz. pkgs. oyster crackers
3/4 c. canola oil
1 envelope taco seasoning
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. dried oregano
1/2 tsp. chili powder
Directions: Preheat oven to 350F.
1. Place crackers in a large roasting pan; drizzle with oil. Combine the seasonings; sprinkle over crackers and toss to coat.
2. Bake 15-20 minutes, stirring once, or until crackers are golden brown.
3. Grab a test handful as soon as they have cooled. Thought of the Week: Last Sunday we bought and decorated our Christmas tree. Every year we buy from the same place, because they put their fir trees in water, which helps them stay fresh longer. Once Danny brought it inside, I started opening the bins of ornaments I’ve collected over the years. (I don’t buy any new ones until after the holidays.) To use all the ornaments, we would need at least a 10-ft. tree, which will never happen, so I pick and choose. It’s strange how each year the tree is trimmed differently, depending on its shape. I never know what ornaments I’ll unwrap and use. The only surety is that, as long as we have young grandchildren, the lower couple of feet will be decorated with unbreakable ones.
This tree is almost perfectly shaped. To top it, I wanted a lighted topper but couldn’t find one. After checking out several stores to no avail, I wound up improvising and inserted a short string of mini lights into our crystal angel. It turned out exactly like I hoped and Danny gave me a well-done hug. Unfortunately, I’m not a camera whiz, so none of the pics I took of the tree lit up turned out well at all. 😦