Friday, June 5, 2015

Married Life: Spontaneous Summertime Fun

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"Hey love, welcome home! Wanna go for a walk down by the water?"

Who can say 'no' to that?  My husband works from home, and I swear he is always scheming.  Now that it's summertime, these nights are even more frequent.  I'll walk in the door, and there will be towels packed for a beach adventure, or our bikes will be ready for a ride along the Greenway.  If you know me, you know any adventure, even an impulsive one, needs a take-along snack.  

M&M's® Plain are a favorite in our house.  I promise it's not just because we're M&M (but yes, we did have them as the favor at our wedding), we're also chocolate lovers.  Okay, me more than him, but I'm converting him.  I also love any combination of salty and sweet.  So, before one of our spontaneous summertime fun adventures, I made a batch of my favorite Tropical Trail Mix featuring M&M's Plain.  After the recipe, make sure you keep scrolling to enter the sweepstakes below to win a $100 Walmart e-gift card.  A winner is drawn each day!

The first (optional) step is to create the Island Toasted Cereal Mix to go in the trail mix.  This whole process takes about 15 minutes, so if you are in a hurry to get out and going on that adventure, skip this first part, and you'll be out the door in two minutes or less!  But, if you want to add some extra sweet, here's the Island Toasted Cereal Mix recipe:

Ingredients: 1 cup of toasted rice cereal, 1 cup of toasted corn cereal, 3/4 T butter, 1/2 T corn syrup, 1 T packed brown sugar, 1 T pineapple juice, 1/4 cup shredded coconut
Directions: Combine rice and corn cereal in large microwaveable bowl.  In a microwaveable mixing cup, microwave butter and corn syrup for 20 seconds until melted.  Stir in brown sugar and juice, and microwave for 45 seconds.  Stir the mixture and pour it over cereal, stirring to coat.  Microwave cereal on high for 3 minutes, stopping to stir every 45 seconds.  Spread on wax paper and allow to cool for about 10 minutes.

Now it's time to create your Tropical Trail Mix.  Here's what you'll need:
You can find all of these delicious ingredients, including M&M's Plain and other MARS® or Wrigley® favorites at your local Walmart.  I found the M&M's Plain in the candy aisle as well as on the end of the ice cream aisle.  
So, you know, I also picked up some of my other favorites in both aisles: M&M's® Peanut, Skittles®, Life Savers® Hard Candy, and M&M's® Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches.

Now, back to my trail mix: all you have to do is layer your favorite ingredients into a mason jar, cap it, throw it in your bag, and walk out the door!  You could even add in some of those M&M's Peanut or Skittles to make it even more tropical!

If you want more ideas for delicious, summer treats click here.  After making a fun summer purchase from MARS® or Wrigley®, you can also download the Blippar app from your Apple or Android store to scan your package and receive exclusive content.

Now it's time to head out for that summertime fun!

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Jen said...

I would definitely not say no to that! :) We are spending 2 weeks away this summer in Houston and Florida. I can't wait! :)

Unknown said...

This looks amazing! Wish I wasn't on a sugar detox or I would make this asap! ;)

Hobbies on a Budget said...

Love spontaneous walks by the water or campfires out by the hammock! This is a fun snack and a great way to enjoy time together! #client

Jen Mc said...

YUM!!!! I would LOVE to walk by the water. This weekend is just a working weekend for us - so no real summertime fun for us.
Have a great weekend!

Lisa C said...

I'm going to come live with y'all, haha. Once Mac walks in the door, we are not leaving for the rest of the night.

Julia said...

Ooo this looks so yummy! I love coconut and pineapple!

Christina Lea Loves said...

Love those impromptu dates like that! The trail mix looks delicious - I love combos of salty and sweet!

Kelsey @ The Peacock Roost said...

Love spontaneous spouse dates! They make for such fun memories :)

Anonymous said...

Yum! Y'all are so cute. Yay for beach dates ;)

Unknown said...

ok so we need to hang out more often... these snacks sound awesome! so glad you found the little beach ;) xo jillian - cornflake dreams

Kate at Green Fashionista said...

So much fun! A stroll along the beach after work sounds dreamy :)

Jessica said...

That looks delicious! I am a major chocolate lover too.

Unknown said...

yummy that looks good

Annie Reeves said...

Allllllll about some M&M's - especially the peanut kind! Need to try out this recipe...sounds delicious!

Annie Reeves

Kerry @ Till Then Smile Often said...

That sounds like a great snack mix for my hikes.

Kate @ Daffodils said...

I love that he plans little dates for you once you get home- so cute! We love all kinds of trail mix around here, but curiously, the chocolate always runs out first ;)

Dannielle said...

I am down for anything that involves MASON JARS!!! But seriously that trail mix had my mouth watering!!!

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