Ranch Snack Mix

I found this recipe on Pinterest and had to try it because it seemed so easy and so tasty – and it was!  Word to the wise: one batch won’t last too long…  it’s addictive.


  • 1 box/bag oyster crackers (you could also sub in some chex cereal or pretzels)
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 package ranch dressing powder mix
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder (or to taste)
  • Salt, to taste


  • Preheat the oven to 250°F
  • In a mixing bowl, combine the salad dressing mix, garlic powder, salt and vegetable oil – mix well
  • Pour in the box of crackers and stir to get the crackers evenly coated
  • Pour the crackers onto a baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes

Old School Broccoli Casserole

This is another one of my mom’s recipes for something that always seems to make an appearance around the holidays.  While it may not be the best thing for you, it’s really tasty and easy to make.


  • 3 (14 oz.) bags frozen broccoli florets
  • 32 oz. Velveeta cheese, melted
  • 1 stick of butter, melted
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • Salt, pepper and garlic powder, to taste
  • Ritz crackers, crushed – for topping


  • Blanch the frozen broccoli in boiling water, strain and set aside in a large mixing bowl
  • Melt the Velveeta and butter – you can either do this in a sauce pan over medium heat or in the microwave
  • Pour the cheese and butter mixture over the cooked broccoli and stir
  • Season the beaten eggs with salt, pepper and garlic powder, add it to the mixture and combine well
  • Pour the mixture into a large casserole dish and top with the crushed Ritz crackers
  • Bake at 350°F for 45 minutes – 1 hour (cover with aluminum foil for half the time)

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Sweet Seeds

Wondering what to do with those seeds after you carve your Halloween pumpkin? Try oven roasting them for a tasty treat!  You don’t have to stick to salt and olive oil – although that’s still a good option…  



    • 1  1/2 cups pumpkin seeds, rinsed and cleaned
    • 2 tbsp olive oil
    • 1 tbsp granulated sugar
    • 1 tbsp brown sugar
      • You can also add in a pinch of vanilla sugar if you have it on hand
    • 1 tsp cinnamon
    • 1/4 tsp salt
    • 1  1/2 cups pumpkin seeds, rinsed and cleaned
    • 2 tbsp olive oil
    • 2 tsp garlic powder
    • 1 tsp chili powder
    • 1 tsp salt


  • Combine the pumpkin seeds with the olive oil and your desired dry ingredients (sweet or savory)
  • Spread the seeds out evenly on the baking sheet and bake at 350°F for 20-30 minutes, or until the seeds are golden brown
    • Stir the seeds from time to time so that they roast evenly
Savory Seeds