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the trash…………

13 Dec

trash……..everybody has it in some form or another, but do you know how to “make the trash”?

The name cracks me up, it’s the most unappealing “name” for a treat on the planet, but once you know what it is—ya gotta have some. It’s like Lay’s potato chips, you can’t eat just one.  Thirty years ago, our precious Nana and Maw would make it in a garbage can, hence the name “trash”.  Now don’t be all grossing out or anything, they had a brand new plastic can specifically for “making the trash” and it never got used for anything else.  Every Thanksgiving we would receive a large plastic tub of the stuff and it would last until well after the new year, return the tub and you get more next year.

This is one of our favorite “family traditions”, so I thought I would share.  Hope you enjoy.

The ingredients:
2 large boxes Cheerios
3 boxes Rice Chex
3 boxes Corn Chex
2 boxes Shredded Wheat (do not use Wheat Chex — they burn)
2 bags skinny Pretzel stix
1 X-Large box Goldfish
2 small bags Fritos
3 bags Oyster Crackers
2 boxes Wheat Thins
2 boxes Cheddar Squares
3 pounds toasted nuts(Pecans, Cashews, Walnuts & Peanuts–toast in the oven on 200 degrees for about 20-30 minutes)
Canola Oil
Lee & Perry’s Worcestershire Sauce
Garlic Powder (do not use garlic salt or it will be way too salty)
Lowry’s Season Salt (use Lowry’s–the off brand taste a little different)
Large Plastic Tub (for mixing cereal)–or if you just really want to, you can use a new/clean garbage can
Large Metal Pans (for baking)

Measure out the following and set aside:
2 1/4 cups Canola oil
6 Tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce
6 Tablespoons Garlic Powder (mixed with) 3 Tablespoons Lowry’s Season Salt

At this point you have two choices:
1. Throw all the cereal, nuts and crackers into the “garbage can” or Large Plastic Tub and mix well. Remove in “batches” to finish off with seasonings.
2. I prefer to do all my mixing “1 batch” at a time. This way I am more in control of the combination of ingredients in each batch, plus I don’t end up with a tub of cereal sitting around if it takes me more than one day to finish, as it usually does. The following directions are for 1 batch at a time.

For mixing 1 batch at a time I use a 4″d X 12″w X 20″l metal pan. I add 1 layer of each cereal at a time followed by the rest of the crackers and toasted nuts…

Start with Cheerios

Start with Cheerios

Add other cereal and goodies

Add other cereal and goodies












Wash your hands really good and use them to mix it up, just makes it a lot easier.  Also makes it a lot more fun if you have a helper doing the pouring so you don’t have to get everything in the kitchen covered in Canola oil.  Once you have the pan almost full of cereal, crackers and nuts;  poor 2 1/4 cups of Canola oil over the top, immediately followed by 6 Tablespoons of Worcestershire sauce then; mix, mix, mix, toss, toss, toss, stir, stir, stir really well until everything is coated all nice and shiny.

Coat well with Canola Oil

Coat well with Canola Oil

Make sure there is no oil pooled at the bottom of the pan

Make sure there is no oil pooled at the bottom of the pan












Sprinkle about 1/3 of the dry seasoning mix you set aside earlier (6 TBSP garlic powder and 3 TBSP Lowry’s) over the top and mix, mix, mix, toss, toss, toss, stir, stir, stir until well incorporated, repeat 2 more times.

Garlic and Lowry's mixed together

Garlic and Lowry’s mixed together

lightly cover with seasoning

lightly cover with seasoning












The picture here is just after sprinkling seasonings on top and before the mix, mix, mix process.  Make sure you are mixing, to the point that each piece has a little seasoning and no piece is drowning in it.

You can bake it in the large pan if you wanna go that route, it does take a little longer to get everything toasted.  We split ours into 2 smaller pans to make it easier to toss and makes the process go faster.  So, “split the batch” into 2 smaller pans and pop it in the oven at 200 degrees F.  Set the timer for 20 minutes, when the timer goes off take the pans out, stir the trash around a little, and put the pans back in the oven rotating them each time.  Repeat the process  5 more times for a total baking time of 2  hours.  The goal here is to get everything “toasted” so at the end of baking each piece should have a crunch to it.  When baking is completed remove from oven and dump trash out on a paper covered table to cool.

divide into 2 pans

divide into 2 pans

Trash 8








While I have 1 batch (split into 2 pans) in the oven, I am mixing up batch #2 in the larger pan.  This way, as soon as batch #1 comes out of the oven I am ready to go with batch #2.  The total ingredients listed above makes about 6 batches which is ridiculously way more than any one family needs.  Then again you can put it in little tins or mason jars to pass out to family and friends, send some to out-of-town relatives,  give the college kids some to take back to school after the holidays, or whatever.  Nana and Maw would always make this at Thanksgiving and it would get nibbled on throughout the entire holiday season right through until New Year’s Eve.  Yes, it last that long if you have it in an airtight container.

Trash 9

If you don’t want or need this ridiculous amount of trash it can be cut down very easily.  Just remember this:  “1 batch” is approximately 2 1/2 gallons of dry cereal, crackers and nuts.  To each “1 batch” you will need 2 1/4 cups Canola Oil, 6 TBSP Worcestershire Sauce, 6 TBSP Garlic Powder and 3 TBSP Lowry’s Season Salt.  Otherwise you end up with this:

Trash 10Yes, we are crazy for the trash!  Today I will be making “trash bags” for all the kids to take home and a few to mail out to relatives.  The rest will be consumed in large quantities during the two-week period we have Christmas company.

Merry “Christ”mas everyone!

It’s only July

2 Jul

I’m having my first cup of coffee at 7:00 a.m.  I got up a little while ago and turned all the window units off just to hear the quiet.  The darn things have been going full blast for weeks now keeping the tomatoes cool, and this week a house full of company.  Since Sunday I have put up 38 pints and 12 quarts of tomatoes.  That may not seem like a lot but I did it all around breakfast, lunch and dinner with a house full of company.  Saturday morning I got up and finally rotated all the chickens around.  The main flock went into the new coop/run, then I cleaned out and hosed down our original coop to make room for the meat birds that hatched in April, separating the hens from the roosters and put the hens in with the main flock.  We still have a few things to do to the inside of the coop but for now they have a roosting pole and several nest boxes so the fru fru part can wait until after the 4th of July.

That done I cleaned myself up from chicken chores and went to check the garden:Those are 5 gallons buckets!  Bring the haul into the house, and sort through what is on the table needing to be canned,


Put a pot of water on to boil.  Wash all the tomatoes.  Did I mention that daughter #1 (Je), daughter #2 (Ja), daughter #4 (Er), and grandchildren #1 (jo), #2 (re) and #3 (ro) are all here visiting while the menfolk go a fishin? Did I also mention that none of them know how to can?  Blanched, cored and peeled all the tomatoes and thought hey what the heck let’s make some salsa.  Got that going about the time the guys got back from fishing, which puts us with Kenny home, along with son-in-law #1 (Jo), son-in-law #2 (Re) and boyfriend #4 (Ky).  So that would be 7 adults and 3 toddlers in the house with only 1 canner.  Are we having fun yet? LOL, I really am laughing cause it is a tad chaotic in here with everyone trying to visit, kids running all over the place and tomatoes everywhere you look.  I am now 8 pints of salsa down with a million tomatoes to go.  I did what anybody else would do, I broke out the Tupperware and shoved those tomatoes in the fridge.

Sunday morning I got up and decided to make some chili sauce with some of the tomatoes in the fridge.  This is a recipe that has been in the family forever and has been called chili sauce forever, although I am not sure why.  It is a condiment served to go over peas.  Any kind of peas, cream peas, field peas, black-eyed peas, it goes over peas.  One year I labeled it “pea sauce” and the man had a cow, insisting it was “chili sauce”.  But why I say, you don’t put on chili?  I do not understand this, I just make the stuff and can it like a good country wife.  While that is simmering on the stove it’s time to say good-bye to all our kiddos and the house goes from full to empty in a flash.  Chili sauce takes 6-8 hours to simmer so I go out to check the pumpkin patch since I have not been out there in a week.  This is what I see:I don’t know what this is, but it’s everywhere!  I mean like unbelievably everywhere!  I see a new tractor implement in the very, very near future, but for now I will have to cut this away from the plants that are in danger of being swallowed up by this whatever it is.  By rough estimate there are at least 30 some odd pumpkin plants being overtaken.  Today I will be picking tomatoes, picking figs (yep) and trying to tackle this job.  I must be crazy because I actually am going to enjoy my day.

If anyone knows what type of vine this is let me know, you’ll save me a trip to the extension office.  Hope everyone has a blessed day!