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Megans Cookin: Martha Monday and The Monster Munch

Monday, September 21, 2009

Martha Monday and The Monster Munch


Our Martha Monday Challenge, if we dared to except it, was

Operation Designated to Donate.

Here’s what Martha (actually.., more like a staff writer) had to say;

Hang a sturdy, extra-large tote bag in a central location or by the back door and let it serve as a collection bin for clothes, housewares, toys, and other items that you decide to give away. When the bag is full, simply grab the handles and take the contents to a local charity.

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So I grabbed a bag box and went to a certain junk drawer that has always really bugged me. I first just set out to throw a few things in the box to donate. Before I knew it, I had the drawer empty and into two separate piles. One to keep and one to donate.

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Looks pretty good, don’t you think? I kept walking by and opening the drawer just to take a peek inside.

Come on, you know you would too! ;-)

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Drawer #2

I was so inspired that I did two things.

  1. I went on to the next drawer  I cant even show you the before picture of that drawer, it was worst then the first. It’s like I’m showing you my dirty laundry or something. I don’t think so!!! 
  2. I stopped everything in the middle of Operation Designated to Donate, and went and bought new drawer lining stuff.

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I picked up this green non slip liner and I love it. What I didn’t want was some of that non-repositionable stuff or anything that would be sticky. This stuff just laid  in the drawer and it’s great.

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Here is another eye sore in my house. It’s like the dogs station. We have dog food and two kinds of dog jerky here. There is another little jar of treats on the next shelf up. These sits on my Baker’s Rack right by the kitchen. Well… when I was at the hardware store buying shelf liner, I found these…


HALF GALLON canning jars! I love them. Four fit neatly on the shelf and they look sooo much better.  I might have to find some little dollies to dress up the jars though. We’ll see! 

OK. on to a little snack for the day! All that cleaning and organizing, I got not only a box of crap  treasures to donate, I worked up an appetite for something sweet!


So a recipe for Monster Munch was in order.

This is a fun snack  and it makes a great party mix.  There is suppose to be more of an orange color to  the mix with white pretzel sticks but I didn’t put enough color in. So I threw in some Halloween Peanut M&M’s.

Here’s how to make it.


Monster Munch

  • 6 squares (2oz each) almond bark, divided
  • 1 1/2 cups pretzel sticks
  • orange food coloring
  • 2 cups graham cereal
  • 3/4 cup Halloween colored candy pieces.
  • 3/4 miniature marshmallows
  • 1/2 cup chocolate sprinkles

Melt 1 1/2 squares of almond bark in a bowl. Add pretzel sticks and stir to coat. Lay out on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Separate pretzels and let set.


Melt remaining 4 1/2 squares almond bark till smooth. Stir in food coloring till bright orange. Place cereal in large bowl. Add orange colored almond bark and stir till coated. Add chocolate pieces, marshmallows, stirring till mixture is completely coated. Stir in pretzel sticks. 007

 Break into small clusters and spread out on waxed paper. Immediately sprinkle with chocolate sprinkles.Let set.

Makes about 5 cups.


Serving Tip!

Serve this sweet snack in a home made candy corn bowl. Start with any clean terra cotta flower pot. Paint the bottom white, the middle orange, and the top yellow. To use for serving, just plug the bottom hole with aluminum foil and fill with monster Munch.


Blogger Coleen's Recipes said...

OK, what do I talk about first...lets, see...I have scoop envy. I own only one generic size scoop and I see you have some small ones that I've wanted for a long time. I also have JAR envy. Don't cover those beauties up...they look very cool on your bakers rack. I have spent the last 2 weeks cleaning out closets and storage I see I have to do my drawers too!!

September 22, 2009 at 12:59 AM  
Blogger HoneyB said...

LOVE your drawers ;-) AND what a great thing to do. Also I want some of your monster mash! Yum!

September 22, 2009 at 5:28 AM  
Blogger April said...

Look at all that organization! I am jealous!!! and the monster mash will be made for a Halloween Party that we are going to!

September 22, 2009 at 5:32 AM  
OpenID sleepingbearinthekitchen said...

I think you did a great job of bringing these 2 themes together!!!! Now, if I might ask.....I have a few drawers, cupboards and closets that could use your talents....and of course you are more than welcome to bring a bowl or 2 of that Monster Munch!!!!

September 22, 2009 at 5:46 AM  
Blogger Barbara Bakes said...

Those are drawers Martha would be proud of! Monster mash would be a fun Halloween treat!

September 22, 2009 at 6:20 AM  
Blogger stephchows said...

ok no joke I thought you went batty and tossed m&m's into some chicken salad LOL! Amazing job cleaning up!! we are almost done with our kitchen redo and I can't wait to reorganize all of our crap into the new cabinets and lean out some stuff :D

September 22, 2009 at 7:19 AM  
Blogger Cinnamon Girl aka Reeni♥ said...

The monster munch looks so yummy!! And your drawers look beautiful!! Inspiration.

September 22, 2009 at 8:04 AM  
Anonymous Nutmeg Nanny said...

Such nice organized drawers. That monster mash looks great too. I need to get my butt motivated and organize my kitchen a little bit better....

September 22, 2009 at 1:35 PM  
Blogger Katy ~ said...

No way Jose could I ever give up any of the treasures buried deep in my drawers. Just the mere thought gives me spasms of terror. I love them, and I want them, even if I only use them once every decade or so!! What I need are more drawers LOL!!!!

September 22, 2009 at 4:29 PM  
Blogger Teresa Cordero Cordell said...

Your re-organization of your drawers rock. They look pretty good. I've been trying to do the same thing at home. That snack mix sounds awfully tasty. I'll have to try that.

September 23, 2009 at 9:31 AM  
Anonymous noble pig said...

Can you come over to my house with that bag?

September 23, 2009 at 12:18 PM  
Blogger the ungourmet said...

Wow! My drawer need some serious help too! Every time I try and open it it gets caught up on a spatula or something! Argh!

Your mix sounds fun and yummy! My kids would gobble it up!

September 24, 2009 at 7:19 AM  
Blogger Michelle said...

Nice pastry roller, I need one of those too!

Your drawers look great. To keep my give aways organized I keep 3 large boxes by the basement door into our garage. 1 box for each of my 2 nieces and 1 for charity donation. When I find something I've not used in 2-3 yrs it goes in 1 of the 3 boxes. It's surprising how quickly the boxes fill and with good stuff too!

September 24, 2009 at 8:44 PM  
Blogger The Blonde Duck said...

I really need to organize my drawers, but it scares me.

September 25, 2009 at 3:39 AM  
Blogger Ingrid said...

I like the canning jars! Very cool idea!

I've been doing the donation bag idea for several years. Thekids even know where it is and add to it as they outgrow their clothes.

September 25, 2009 at 4:27 PM  

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