Saturday, December 12, 2009

(Chex) Mixing it up aka Bulgarian Blonde

So.....Freaky Food fail yesterday blog friends. Sorry bout that. My day didn't really go as planned AT ALL, but i turned out just fine in the end, so i can't really complain. I went in to get my hair done (I missed the blonde!!), and it ended up taking FOUR hours! Holy moly. I mean, that's one of the reasons I love my hair dude--because he's so thorough and meticulous--but seriously, by the end of my visit I was major ansty pansty. I didn't even let him style my hair. After he blow dried, I threw it into a sweet side pony and peaced out. Mama's got shi* to do, man!

I tired to hit up Whole Foods for a salad bar lunchie to better my day, but it was totally lacking. Ugh! Someone needs to raise the bar (ha ha) for reals, cuz when I got there, there were like two pieces of dried up chicken, shriveled beets and some wilty-ass greens. Sick. I had to jet to another appointment, so by the time i got home, it was 4:00 and I hadn't even had lunch yet. For Pete's sake. Plus I had to clean the house and get all ready for Knitting Club. Sometimes being an old lady can be very stressful.

Luckily my sister arrived a little later and we got to work making two different batches of Chex mix. I think this is the quintessential holiday/party food, yet I have never made it before. Rando.

Anyway, one batch I made with a specific blogger in mind--I am her blogger Secret Santa, so no names named, but chick digs the hot sauce--so I churned out a batch of suppa hot n spicy mix for her. Hope she likes it!

And my sis was mondo craving some of this delight...

We call it puppy chow, but the back of the box calls it Muddy Buddies. What do you guys call it? I think I just call it good :)

Of course, the day wouldn't be complete without the requisite display of delicious sandwich creations, and since I left you hanging for FFF, I couldn't possibly flake out on Sammie Saturday, too!

I located the most wonderful cinnamon raisin bread at the Sunflower Market a couple weeks ago and have been in love with it ever since. It has minimal ingredients and is blissfully free of nasty preservatives and stuff I can't pronounce. This bread has been delightful for breakfast with peanut butter or dunked into some cottage cheese, but it boast fantastic savory possibilities as well. Seen here grilled to crispy brown perfection with laughing cow and gooey mozzarella oozing from between the slices, garnished with just a hint of cranberry jalapeno preserves.

Next up, a Roast Beef Reuben:

Toasted whole grain bread spread with laughing cow and a sprinkle of feta, thin shavings of roast beef, honey mustard and a generous amount of sauerkraut.

The other day, I was just minding my own business is Target when this young women with severe eyebrows and a very European fashion sense came up to me a demanded to know if I was from Bulgaria. Ummmmm, if by Bulgaria you mean Wyoming, then yes. Otherwise, no. I responded politely in the negative and she replied that I looked like I was Slovakian and that I should take it as a compliment. Why, yes I will. My great-grandmother would be proud. And I think she'd like this sandwich, too. I'm just getting back to my roots--well, my food roots that is. My other roots are now a lovely shade of four hour platinum. Blondie bean. That's me.

What's your heritage? I was kind of flattered that homegirl thought I looked Slovakian, because I am. I'm also Irish, French Canadian and a wee bit Algonquin Indian.

Hope you're having a great weekend! xoxo


  1. That is precisely why I hate getting my haircut. Always taked forever! It's one thing I don't skimp out on because I want it done properly, but sheesh...I either am dying for food, liquid or the bathroom after all their primping. I need mine cut badly (been a YEAR! Aaaah!) and I keep putting it off.

    Digging the sandwiches, big time. Cinnamon raisin bread rocks my world.

    What is puppy chow? Is it sweet/savoury? In my head, it's chocolate flavour but that is based purely on the fact that it is brown-ish.

    heritage- my mom's family way back are Eastern European (she was born and bred in NY) and my dad's family way back are irish (he was born and bred in Scotland).

  2. First of all, you could have had your tonsils and appendix removed in those four hours--good lord! I'm antsy after an hour...but I get it. Gotta get the hair did.

    Thank you for my trail mix! I haven't tried it yet, but it looks delicious :) As for your creations, it's puppy chow in my family and it goes like hotcakes. So easy to make, but people think you're a genius.

    I'm mostly Polish, with a bit of German and Ukranian thrown in the mix.

  3. Mmm that sunflower bread sounds awesome! I recently bought the apple flavored one and it's pretty good!

  4. Puppy chow is something that is completely new to me - I've only ever seen it on blogs! And as usual, I am drooling over your creative sandwich concoctions :)

    Yay French Canadian!! I actually have a little Acadian in me, which are the french people in the Maritimes (same background as the Cajuns in the US). However, I'm mostly Scottish and German, with a touch Norwegian.

  5. And I thought spending 2 hours in the hair dressers chair was bad! It is DEFINITELY called puppy chow. I actually read an article about Chex Mix in the Times the other day, and apparantely while you can't trade mark a recipe, you can trade mark a name. So one company owns "puppy chow" and another owns "muddy buddies." Pretty interesting. I am Irish, German, and Prussian. Yay for being from a country that no longer exists!

  6. Omg puppy chow and chex mix are like food crack - I'd be scared to be left alone in a room with them...I feel like I wouldn't be able to stop myself! They both look delish! Oooh and I'm 100% parents are both from London!

  7. where's a pic of the hair? inquiring minds want to see :)

    PUPPY CHOW 4EVA. CHEX MIC 4EVA. homemade chex mix tastes SO MUCH BETTER than the bagged kind. there is something about homemade chex mix...i want some now.

    i get asked if i am a wide variety of things: latina, african american, french, greek, german, eastern european...i've been asked it all.

    in reality, i am boring german girl (50%) with a touch of english, danish and irish. bor-ing.

  8. did you say knitting club?! i have got to learn how to knit and/or crochet so i can make beanies! ha, good thing i had to go to lindon and wasnt able to go to lunch~sounds like WF was a bust! "wonderful" and "raisin" do not belong in the same sentence! hahah. ugh it is dumping snow right now and i am stuck on the couch sick!! i am so bummed. now i wish for no snow :P that is too funny about the lady at tarjay! hope you have a nice sunday em xxoo

  9. I def need to make a grilled sandwich for lunch today!


  10. I'm Irish too! But now I am Russian by marriage! haha, funny how they say you can't choose your family, but in a way, you do when you get married! ;)

    Loving the sammies. I love making a sweet/savory one using sweet bread and savory cheese. Yum!! :)

    Hope you had a wonderful weekend darling!

  11. I feel ya on the hair thing! Mine takes FOREVER to get done - I have to bring snacks because I always get hungry haha.

    Puppy chow and Chex Mix! YUM!! I'm Norwegian and my last name is the giveaway!

  12. Wow that is a LONG hair appointment! The things we do to look fab ;)

    Those sammiches look so good! You've got skills girls.

    Oh, and I call it Puppy Chow :)

  13. I'm kind of everything - a mix of German, Polish, Austrian, Hungarian (and that's just my dad's side). But everyone came here so long ago we are pretty much just basic American :)

    That laughing cow sandwich looks ridiculous good! Where are the cran/jalopeno preserves from?

  14. I agree about the WF salad bar...I've had a few experiences there where the selection was not up to par!
    The roast beef sandwich looks so never let me down with your sandwich selections!