With St. Patty’s day just around the corner, we’ve had a reservation booked since last June for a Whiskey and Brunch Experience at the Irish Whiskey Museum in Dublin, Ireland. Right around our 5 year wedding anniversary we had started to plan a trip for just the 2 of us to Dublin, Ireland and we were pretty stoked! Life happens and this trip has been put on the back burner among other bucket list hopes. Last week Chase had strabismus surgery done and he is currently on the road to recovery. His eyes look sore and likely will for awhile, but he’s been quite the trooper through it all, currently running around like nothing happened -except at eye drop time.
The first hour in the hospital after his surgery was heart wrenching, he was whimpering because no matter how hard he tried he just couldn’t get his eyes to open. I immediately felt sick to my stomach, there is nothing worse than seeing your little ones hurting and feeling helpless in the moment. Thankfully we had great care at Carle and have someone watching over us in addition to our supportive family and friends. So, needless to say, our heads have been somewhere else rather than focusing on travel arrangements. I need to contact the Museum this week and see if they’d be willing to let us utilize those tickets in the future. Until then, we are settling with Lucky Puppy-Chow :-).
We made this together on one of the days I stayed home last week and surprisingly there is still some left but only because we made a HUGE batch. This is one of those things that you are going to continuously nibble on every time you go into the kitchen for something…or if you are like me, you will act like you need to go to the kitchen for something else but really just want more chow. Congrats to those of you who have willpower when it comes to these things, I do not. We also put together a St. Patty’s Day themed learning game, if you’ve got toddlers, check that out here.
Lucky Puppy-Chow Ingredients:
– Chocolate Lucky Charms
– Chocolate Chex
– Devil’s Food Cake Mix
– 1 bag semi-sweet chocolate chips
– Powdered Sugar
Do you really need all the chocolate? If you live in my house, the answer is YES! Of course it will still be yummy if you just go with regular Lucky Charms and Chex sans the Devil’s Food Cake mix. We wanted to mix it up though.
- Dump your Lucky Charms and Chex into a large bowl and mix together. We used about 75% of the Lucky Charms and 80% of the Chex. This is really up to how big you want your batch to be.
- Pick out some of the shamrocks and place in a separate bowl. This may seem tedious, but if you want to be able to see the green shamrocks you need to do this. I just had my boys do this and they loved it, but I’m pretty sure Jack ate every shamrock that he picked out.
- Dump your chocolate chips into a microwaveable bowl and place in microwave. Heat for 30 seconds, stir, heat for 30 seconds, stir, heat for 30 seconds. You want your chips to start looking like a smooth mixture, but still have lumps in it.
- Scoop as much peanut butter as you want and add to bowl with chocolate chips….obviously don’t add like a whole jar, we did 3.5 big spoonfuls. Also add about a tablespoon of butter. *You could skip this step if you prefer. Continue to heat for 30 seconds and stir until the mixture is completely smooth.
- Dump chocolate mixture over cereal and stir until cereal is coated. We ended up using two bowls to make this easier.
- Pour chocolate coated cereal into a large Ziploc. We used 3 bags so that everyone got to shake it up.
- Dump the Devil’s Food Cake mix into the bag (equal parts if you split it up into multiple bags) and shake until coated.
- Dump desired amount of powdered sugar into the bag and shake until coated.
- Pour out coated cereal into your storing container. Sprinkle the shamrocks that you picked out earlier and you’ve got your Lucky Puppy-Chow!