How to Make Muddy Buddies

Food

This time of year, it’s easy to become cookied-out. In other words, feel as if one more Christmas cookie will simply cause you to burst, being as sick of them as you are.

So what sweet treat do you make when planning for a New Year’s Eve get together? Simplest answer: Muddy Buddies.

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One of the easiest dessert snacks you can make in THE entire world, this treat is immensely satisfying and (quite frankly) a bit addicting.

Ingredients:

  • 9 cups of wheat Chex cereal
  • 1 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 and 1/2 cups of confectioners’ (powdered) sugar

Directions:

  • Measure your cereal out into a large bowl
  • Melt the chocolate chips, peanut butter and butter together in the microwave (approximately 1 minute)
  • Stir your melted ingredients
  • If not fully melted, place in the microwave for an additional 30 seconds
  • Stir in the vanilla extract
  • Pour melted ingredients over top of the cereal
  • Mix everything together
  • Place the coated Chex cereal into a sealed plastic bag with the confectioners’ sugar
  • Shake it up!
  • Lay the Muddy buddies out on waxed or parchment paper to cool
  • Store in an air-tight container in the refrigerator or in a cool space
  • Enjoy!

Whether you’ve made these a million times or are a muddy buddies novice, I know¬†you will enjoy this sweet and savory treat!

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*Recipe retrieved from Chex.com

 

Winter Illustrations

Art, Pop Culture

Happy New Year! I hope you all had a fun and festive night ringing in the new year and have awesome plans for celebrating today! To start off the new year, I am sharing some winter-themed illustrations that I did this week.

As I mentioned in one of my latest posts,  I received new markers and a sketchbook for Christmas. The markers, which are dual tip watercolor markers are, as it turns out, great for illustration.

Inspired by this time of year, I decided to do a couple of recreations of famous winter-characters with these markers.

  
The first is the abominable snowman from “Rudolph the Red-Nose Reindeer.” A classic created in the ’60’s, this character was a prominent part of my childhood and has remained so into my adult life.

I began this drawing by outlining the charter’s contour in light black marker and then filled it in with cross hatching.The final touches were added by filling in his face and hand with light blue.

The second character I chose to illustrate was another we are all familiar with: Olaf from “frozen.” As it turns out, Olaf is actually quite difficult to draw. Due to the fact that I had never drawn Olaf before and that for my first time I was choosing to do so with permanent marker, my Olaf is far from perfect.

    
But that’s OK!

It was still a fun drawing to do and served as a great reminder. So often people view cartoons and characters as “easily done” when in fact, they are quite difficult. Although my Olaf is not perfect, it was still a learning experience.

No matter your level of artistic ability you should always challenge yourself. As with anything, it is the only way you will get better.