Monday, December 14, 2009

Holiday Parties and Food Galore

 Finally made it out this weekend! We spent Saturday running errands in the rain, wandering the aisles of Whole Foods, and ended the day with Christmas music and a fire in the fireplace. I love when it actually gets cold down here (at least by southern California standards!).

Sunday we had my sorority alumni Christmas party. This dress was a last-minute pick, since the other dress I'd been planning on wearing was too big. I'm hoping to get it taken in before Mr. Bee's law school graduation next week (YAYY!!!!!!). Then he'll be back to studying hardcore and I won't see him until it's over. Kind of like a groundhog. At least we have the holidays to spend together now.

 Me and Mr. Bee in his festive RL tie

 All the Phi girls


I ended up making Chex Puppy Chow - it was a huge hit! Once I was done making the topping it looked a little dry, so I ended up doubling the recipe excluding the Chex mix. Probably not the best calorie-wise.

Here's the recipe in case you want an easy, crowd-pleasing recipe for your upcoming holiday party.

Puppy Chow
9 cups Corn Chex®, Rice Chex®, Wheat Chex® or Chocolate Chex® cereal (or combination)
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup butter or margarine
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar


Peanut butter and chocolate are a favorite flavor combo, but peanut butter lovers can substitute peanut butter chips for the chocolate chips to intensify that flavor.

1. Into large bowl, measure cereal; set aside.

2. In 1-quart microwavable bowl, microwave chocolate chips, peanut butter and butter uncovered on High 1 minute; stir. Microwave about 30 seconds longer or until mixture can be stirred smooth. Stir in vanilla. Pour mixture over cereal, stirring until evenly coated. Pour into 2-gallon resealable food-storage plastic bag.

3. Add powdered sugar. Seal bag; shake until well coated. Spread on waxed paper to cool. Store in airtight container in refrigerator.

1 Serving: Calories 220 (Calories from Fat 80); Total Fat 9g (Saturated Fat 4g, Trans Fat 0g); Cholesterol 5mg; Sodium 200mg; Total Carbohydrate 30g (Dietary Fiber 1g, Sugars 17g); Protein 3g % Daily Value*: Vitamin A 6%; Vitamin C 2%; Calcium 6%; Iron 25% Exchanges: 1 Starch; 1 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Vegetable; 1 1/2 Fat Carbohydrate Choices: 2 MyPyramid Servings: 1 tsp Fats & Oils



  1. i LOVE puppy chow!! we always call it white trash...since you shake it up in a trash bag. delish!!

  2. For years I have wanted to make this but never made the effort to look up the recipe, etc. Guess what I just copied, pasted, and printed out? Yumalicious. Thank you for posting it!

    Sending you a smile for the rest of the week!

  3. OMG - I was just thinking to myself that I need to look up this recipe for the holidays! Thank you! Cute blog! Following you now :)

  4. Ooh I totally want to make this for the holidays...thanks for sharing!

  5. Puppy Chow is on my list of things to make this week!! That stuff is soooo delicious!!

    Love his tie!!!