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Gorp Recipe, “Mustgo,” and Cake Decorating

A snack, leftovers and an activity a teen can conquer–those are the topics of this post. I hope you enjoy!


A homemade snack rivaling trail mix. I don’t know when and how I came up with this gorp recipe, but I’m sure someone inspired me along the way. In fact, I remember making it when M started swimming, about 6 years ago.

It seemed like a good energizing snack to munch on at swim meets. Now, I still make it for swim meets, volleyball meets, or just to have on hand for an on-the-go snack in a baggie. It’s a crowd pleaser.  The best part: you can substitute the ingredients to reflect your preferences.

Yes, there are M & M’s in it. That doesn’t bother me, and I hope it doesn’t bother you. If it does, leave them out. It’s still delicious without them.


To Make a Big Batch of Gorp:

1 box of oatmeal squares cereal (or other squarish cereal)

2 cups light salt peanuts (1 container)

2 cups raisins (or other dried fruit)

1 bag of waffle pretzels

2 cups (or more or less) M & M’s

Mix and store in a large Ziploc bag or airtight plastic container.


A term invented by my mother-in-law, Judi, which refers to all the leftovers in the refrigerator that must go. We have mustgo night every now and then, sometimes more often if I’ve been on a tear with cooking and Father of the Year is out of town.

Mustgo night is usually a smorgasbord of entrees and sides with an addition of fruit and milk. A great way to rid your fridge of leftovers. Of course, serve it as a smorgasbord, so your kids can pick and choose their own dinner combination, much like the Dinner Bar concept. And no, I’m not going to show you a picture of my refrigerator!

Cake Decorating

G took a stab at decorating her first cake, and she did a pretty good job!  She took a class to learn all the ins and outs of cake decorating. I’m not a cake decorator, so I am glad she had the opportunity to try her hand at this. She was very proud of her work and the rest of the sib crew was very appreciative–even the dog!

Not only did she take cake decorating, she also took a cooking class as part of a 2 week elective mini-class over the holiday break. She learned to make spinach pasta with Alfredo, pasta with marinara, pizza with homemade cheese, cookies, English toffee caramels and blueberry muffins.

Getting her hands on food, in food and around food is something I think will be a benefit–not only to me, but to her as well.

What crazy terms do you use for snacks and leftovers? Have you started your teen with baking or cooking experiences?

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