RECIPE: Crunchy Ramen Snack Mix

RECIPE: Crunchy Ramen Snack Mix

While on the lookout for new snack ideas, I came across this recipe from Martha Stewart. I liked the idea of using the crunchy ramen noodles (reminded me of all the ramen I ate as a kid). Baked in the oven with nuts, corn flakes and sesame sticks, this snack mix turned out addicting and delicious. Next time I make it, I want to spice it up with wasabi peas.

RECIPE: Crunchy Ramen Snack Mix

Crunchy Ramen Snack Mix
 
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Recipe type: Snack
Ingredients
  • 2 packages ramen, broken into small pieces (discard seasoning packets)
  • 1 cup raw peanuts
  • 1 cup raw cashews
  • 1 cup cornflakes
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 4 teaspoons curry powder
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup sesame sticks (or wasabi peas)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. On a rimmed baking sheet, toss ramen, peanuts, cashews, and cornflakes with oil until coated. Spread mixture in a thin even layer.
  2. Combine curry powder, cayenne pepper and salt; sprinkle over ramen mixture.
  3. Bake until golden brown, about 10 minutes, stirring halfway through. Stir in sesame sticks and let cool completely before serving. Makes 6 cups.

RECIPE: Crunchy Ramen Snack Mix

I packaged my snack mix in hand-painted paper plate baskets using this tutorial by Amy Christie. I also added a custom circle tag courtesy of Evermine.com.

DIY: 7 Back-To-School Projects

Happy first day of school! I remember loving the back-to-school season growing up. I loved the smell of fresh new pencils and notebooks and getting all my binders and school supplies organized for a new year of learning (which might sound a little geeky I know). Even if your school days are long gone, we’ve got seven fun DIY projects from around the web that we just love! Get inspired and making something in the spirit of trying something new and having fun learning and making!

7 Back-To-School DIY Projects

1. Back To School Wrapping Paper by Oh Happy Day
2. Colored Pencil Cookies by Amuses Bouche
3. Apple Pompom by Francoise Hamon
4. Map Decoupage Pencil Cup by Martha Stewart
5. DIY Colored Pencil Necklace by Caught On A Whim
6. Spirograph Wrapping Paper by Mini Eco
7. Wood Slice Alphabet Magnets by A Nest For All Seasons

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RECIPE: Mini Apple Cupcakes

RECIPE: Mini Apple Cupcakes #backtoschool #dessert

Mini cupcakes are one of my favorite treats to make. I love their bite size and the adorable ways you can decorate them. To celebrate the coming of fall and the back-to-school season I whipped up these fun apple cupcakes using apples from my grandmother’s farm.

 

Mini Apple Cupcakes
 
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Recipe type: Dessert
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  • 2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 stick (8 tablespoons) unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 cups coarsely shredded apples
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line two mini cupcake pans with paper liners (I’d also recommend making some regular size cupcakes as well, otherwise you will have millions of minis!).
  2. Whisk together flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt in a medium bowl; set aside. Using am electric mixer, cream butter and sugar on medium-high speed until pale and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Mix in eggs and vanilla.
  3. Reduce speed to low; mix in apples. Then slowly add in the flour mixture until just combined.
  4. Fill lined cupcakes halfway with batter; bake until tops are springy to the touch (12-15 minutes for mini cupcakes, 18-20 minutes for regular cupcakes). Remove from pans and let cool completely.

RECIPE: Mini Apple Cupcakes #backtoschool #dessert
Cream Cheese Frosting & Decoration
 
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Recipe type: Dessert
Ingredients
  • 1 package (8 oz.) cream cheese
  • 1 stick (8 tablespoons) unsalted butter, softened
  • 4 cups confectioner’s sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Red gel food coloring
  • Pretzel sticks
  • Lime fruit slice candy
Instructions
  1. Beat cream cheese in the bowl of a mixer fitted with the paddle until smooth; scrape down sides of bowl. Add butter; mix, scraping down sides of bowl as needed, until smooth, about 2 minutes. Gradually mix in confectioners' sugar; add vanilla. Mix until smooth, about 1 minute.
  2. Slowly mix in red gel food coloring until you achieve your desired red color. Frost cupcakes.
  3. Use a knife to cut the lime candies into small leaf shapes. Break the pretzel sticks in half and press one stick into the center of each frosted cupcake to make an apple stem. Garnish with a lime candy leaf.

RECIPE: Mini Apple Cupcakes #backtoschool #dessert

For a fun gift packaging idea, I use custom labels, tags and flower clasp boxes courtesy of Evermine.com (plus the Doodle style shown was designed by your’s truly (Rachel!)).

RECIPE: Mini Apple Cupcakes #backtoschool #dessert

Custom labels, tags and flower clasp boxes courtesy of Evermine.com