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Make Entertaining Fun & Easy This Holiday Season + Easy Treat Recipe

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There are many times this holiday season we gather together for fun holiday festivities & I can imagine it is the same for you. Holdiay gatherings don’t have to be complicated whether entertaining at home or when traveling. I will show you how easy it can be, share some tips & recipe for a no cook treat. My favorite one stop shopping  place over the holiday season is Smart & Final! (Save big! but, without club fees!) More about that in a bit.

This year for us, we are traveling to one central location to all get together. It’s fun to bring a basket full of goodies to be shared with the adults. Not only are you helping the host of the house, but you are putting together items you know everyone can enjoy when sitting around catching up, chatting, listening to music & playing games.

Grocery items for a party in a basket_#shop_Smart _Final_#choosesmart_Theresa Huse 2013

Must have’s for festive parties include chocolate. Don’t you just love a good wine & chocolate? For the beer drinkers, a good pairing is salted peanuts, corn nuts & chips. Usually there are several at the gathering that prefer the cocktails such as a Kahlua & cream, minted lemonade vodka or tequila with lime. Smart & Final has a huge selection of beverages. Tip & time saver: use Country Time Lemonade instead of real lemons for your mixer! Works perfect & you’ll have another non alcohol beverage too! Don’t forget to brew up some coffee & have creamer on hand.

After grocery shopping rather than unpacking & puttting your purchases away just to drag  them out later to be packed to take to your gathering, I have a solutuion for you. Get a basket or reusable plastic container to put all the items in right when you get home from the store. This makes it easy to bring to the hosts house. Just add tag & ribbon if you like.

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Putting it together doesn’t have to take long either. Shopping at Smart & Final you can find all these items & more in one place. You can find, party size, warehouse size to regular size, fresh produce, meats & in our store, bulk bins. Priced to save, but without the club fees!

Before you head to the store:

  • Make a list of needed items for dessert that you are going to bake or your non bake dessert
  • Add to the list the other needed snack & beverage items for the hostess basket
  •  Have on hand or purchase a basket or container
  • Optional items: Clear cellephane wrap, ribbon, bakers twine or twine & tag to dress it up

Time Savers to make things easy:

  • Unpack items for your dessert and set them where you will be preparing it
  • Put all the other items straight into the basket or container you have (to take to party or hostess)
  • Bake or mix dessert to take, let it cool,  transfer onto a tray
  • Place it with the items your taking so you don’t forget them!

Basket of Holiday Goodies_Smart & Final #shop_#choosesmart_Theresa Huse 2013

Now for an easy treat!

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First, I like to create at least one treat that if there are left overs, the kids can enjoy the next day, plus what adult doesn’t like a fun treat too? This Cherrios Krispy Treat takes less than 20 minutes to prepare  & is no bake.*Pre-spray bowls & baking dish with non stick spray such as Pam.

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Melt a little butter & marshmellows in the microwave. In your separate bowl measure & mix in those yummy M&M’s, peanut butter & Cherrios. (I used Honey Nut Cherrios)

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Pour melted mixture into the Cherrios mixture & stir!

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Toss & press into a sprayed dish & let cool. Cut & serve. Or if traveling…

Tray of Cherrios Krispy Treats _#shop_Theresa Huse 2013

Cut & place into wax paper lined, purchased First Street sheet cake pan with dome lid. They are perfect for when traveling & don’t want to bring your dishes! Now it’s ready to take to your party! Now ready to #choosesmart save & get free movie tickets?!

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Between November 6-19th when you buy 5 you can save 5! ( Buy 5 General Mills, Kraft & Mars prooducts and get an adult  & child movie ticket good for any movie! A $22.Value)

Here’s a peek at some offering at some wine offerings.

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Smart & Final’s non alcohol, wine & spirits sections are really big perfect for picking up what you need over the holiday season or any time. This is just the end cap! Just remember to drink responsibly.

Easy Peanut Butter M&M Cherrios Treats

Entertaining & Time Savings Tips:

Before you head to the store:

  • Make a list of needed items for dessert that you are going to bake or your non bake dessert
  • Add to the list the other needed snack & beverage items for hostess basket
  •  Have on hand or purchase basket or container
  • Optional items: Clear cellephane wrap, ribbon, bakers twine or twine & tag to dress it up
Time Savers to make things easy:
  • Unpack items for your dessert set them where you will be preparing it
  • Put all the other items straight into the basket or container you have (to take to partyor hostess)
  • Bake or mix dessert to take, let it cool,  transfer onto a tray
  • Set it with the items your taking so you don't forget them!

Ingredients

  • -Ingredients & Recipe-
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 package (10-1/2 ounces) miniature marshmallows
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 5 cups Cheerios
  • 1 cup milk chocolate M&M's

Instructions

  1. Spray EVERYTHING that will touch the mixture with nonstick cooking spray. Place butter and marshmallows in a large microwave-safe bowl. Microwave, uncovered, on high for 1-2 minutes or until melted. Stir in peanut butter until blended. Add the cereal and M&M's. Spoon into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. pan; press down gently. Cool slightly before cutting. Yield: 15 servings.
  2. more Adult Version of recipe: http://zipth.is/@ztgyd6
  3. Editor's Note: This recipe was tested in a 1,100-watt microwave.
  4. Originally published as Cheerio Treats in Quick Cooking September/October 2002, p40
  5. recipe credits: http://zipth.is/@zttb6h
http://www.dearcreatives.com/make-entertaining-fun-easy-this-holiday-season-easy-treat-recipe/

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What are some of your favorite beverages, snacks & desserts to serve when entertaining?

 

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Comments

  1. says

    I love the idea of bringing a basket full of all the ingredients you need for a recipe to someone’s house. That way you can have fun baking together. I’m kind of addicted to Honey Nut Cheerios so I will definitely be trying out the Cheerios Treats.
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    • says

      Hi Carolyn, It’s always fun especially because we are going for more than a few days, but any host / hostess still loves getting a gift. I know I do. I hope you do & that you enjoy this fun treat.

    • says

      Hi Britni, It was the first time I made them with Cherrios glad I tried them. Next time I’m trying another version of the recipe. I’ll share it when I try it.