It is official - school has begun for our family! This year Mr. K is in 1st grade and Miss A is in PreK. Both kids were very excited for today and I'm so proud to see both of them growing up to be such caring, independent, creative, young kids. To celebrate this special day, we started off the morning with our traditional celebratory waffles and for after-school I made a batch of my Ranch Party Snack Mix with some of their favorite mix-ins.
How lucky am I?! A super hero and a mommy. (Mr. K did clarify for me that he could still be a farmer too but that he would be a super hero first.) Sounds good to me 😉
Now onto the Ranch Party Snack Mix. The kids helped me create this specific mix and we do variations of it throughout the year. We actually love making snack mixes together as you can see here, and here, and here.
This snack mix is perfect for the whole family as it combines the ranch flavor with favorite snacks such as Bugles, Goldfish and popcorn. The popcorn is all for my kids. They love popcorn and could eat popcorn everyday if I let them. Now, My Farmer prefers this mix with puffcorn instead but since it was for the kids after-school snack we stuck with regular popcorn.
Ranch Party Snack Mix
8 cups microwave popcorn, butter flavored, popped (you can just eat what is left in the bag while putting together the mix 😉)
2 cups Bugles, original
1 cup Dot's Homestyle Pretzels (Now usually I don't get too much into brands but if you haven't had Dot's Pretzels yet then you are missing out! And I'm not paid by Dot's to say that - they are that good!)
1 cup Goldfish, cheddar
1 cup Ritz-Bits, cheese cracker sandwiches
1/2 cup butter
4 tsp. Ranch seasoning mix (1/2 of a 1 oz packet)
In a small bowl melt the butter in the microwave and stir in the ranch seasoning until mixed thoroughly.
Mix popcorn, Bugles, pretzels, Goldfish and Ritz-Bits in a large bowl and evenly coat with ranch butter. Spread mixture on parchment paper lined baking sheets and bake at 300°F for 20 minutes, stirring half-way through.
Let cool 5-10 minutes and serve immediately. Leftovers can be stored in an air-tight container for up to 2 days.
Do you have any special first day of school traditions? Any special breakfasts or after-school snacks? Remember to Comment for a Cause!