Hello all! Sorry my blog post is late today. I went to write and post it last night and my hubby was in the middle of his fantasy baseball draft and was overtaking the computer! Then I spent half the day trying to get my computer to upload it!!! But never fear….your blog post is here!
When I married into my husband’s family I married into a game family. They are all about playing cards, scrabble, and any kind of game there is. Especially scrabble and the card game pitch. So….hubby’s Grandpa sat me down and told me that if I was going to be part of this family…..I was going to learn the game of pitch. As I was learning the game, hubby’s uncle asked me to pass the nuts & bolts. What??? What are nuts and bolts? Looking around…..I asked…. “You mean the Chex Mix?”
Of course they meant the Chex Mix…..however we do NOT call it that in hubby’s family…..it is Nuts and Bolts. It is a staple at every house, every family dinner, and especially every card game. If you are playing a game of pitch in that family and there is no nuts and bolts……well it is just not heard of!
So, my daughter is in the middle of testing this week at her school and today was her turn to bring snacks for the class. She wanted to make Grandma’s Nuts and Bolts. Let me tell you something……I don’t cook…..and I especially do not even come close in cooking as well as my Mother In Law or Grandmother In Law. But…..I got out my recipe of the Nuts and Bolts that I copied down from MIL and made it.
Now I am aware that some of you out there will not like my version. You are going to read this and say….. “She forgot to put in (fill in the blank)!” That is fine!! There are things that my in-laws put in there that I don’t like…..GASP, I know!……but whatever floats your boat. One time I talked my MIL in making me a whole batch that was just rice chex and cheerios! YUMO!
Step 1: Gather ingredients:
1 pound Cashews
1 big box Rice Chex
1 bag pretzels
1 small box cheerios
1/2 pound pecans
1 pound butter (not heart healthy…ha!)
1 tablespoon Lawry’s Seasoning Salt
1 teaspoon Garlic Salt
3 tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
As you can see I did not use pecans this time. I figured since I was making it for 6 year olds….I was not going to spend the money.
Step 2: Put nuts in bottom of aluminum pan and stick them in the oven at 250 degrees for 15 minutes
Step 3: Melt butter and seasonings in a sauce pan stirring until melted.
Geez……that is a lot of butter!!!!
Step 4: When you take the nuts out of the oven, I put them on a separate plate. Then put the cereal & pretzels in the pan, and put the nuts on top.
Step 5: Pour butter mix on top
Step 6: Bake at 200 degrees for 2 hours stirring every 15 minutes.
Step 7: After 2 hours is up let it cool a little and store in airtight container. Enjoy!
Now….remember when I was saying that I don’t cook? My husband does 95% of the cooking in our house. He was checking up on me and the nuts and bolts every time I turned around. The best part was when it was all said and done I gave him a bowl….he took a handful…..and looked at me and said “This actually tastes really good….and just like my Mom’s”
Have great dreams……Juice Box Style!