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Thursday, February 13, 2020

A Leap Month of Little Joys and Satisfactions: Valentine's Trail Mix

My husband gave me a plastic candy cane tube filled with green and red M & M type candies at Christmas. I had a thought -- I could eat them all myself in about a half hour and have joy for me, or I could share them with my family and have joy for all of us. Expand the joy by sharing. When that's possible, it's a no-brainer, right? 

Only problem -- when I separated out the colors, there really weren't that many. So, I mixed the red ones into some trail mix with mixed nuts and raisins, making Valentine's trail mix.

I can tell you this -- it put a smile on the faces of my family members. One daughter exclaimed, "new and improved trail mix!" This made me very happy, much happier than if I'd eaten them all myself.

I'll save the green ones for St. Patrick's Day.


  1. Another great idea!

    I made some oatmeal chocolate chip oatmeal bars using Christmas candy I had frozen in place of chocolate chips. I had kisses and rollos with the caramel inside. I chopped them up and put them in place of chocolate chips in these bars. It was a big hit! Oh, and this was for Christmas 2018 candy. I did NOT put out any candy for Christmas 2019 believe it or not!


  2. You make every day a celebration! :)

    I was thinking along Alice's brain wave--I would probably put the candy in some sort of baked good, especially if it was color coordinated for the season. It's gratifying when you make a small twist to a standard recipe and it's a big hit. Glad you could do that for your family!

  3. What a clever idea, next year I hope to buy deeply discounted red and green candies. Use the red for Valentines Day and green for St. Patrick's day. I am picking up so many frugal tips from you on this blog. The biggest tip thus far is planning for future events to take most advantage of frugal finds.
    *** I recently purchased deeply discounted candied fruit for fruit cake, it is tucked away in my freezer, and if needed I can refer to one of your osts for refreshing/dehydrating the candied fruit. - Robin

  4. The trail mix looks good!


  5. Hi Alice,
    What a great idea to add the candy pieces to your oatmeal bar cookies! I can imagine how well they went over with your family. Yum!

  6. Hi Live and Learn,
    Nope. I'm saving them for St. Patrick's Day!

  7. Hi Kris,
    I think I might bake the green M&Ms into something, as there are more of them. I try to make life joyful for my family, just what I do.

  8. Hi Robin,
    Yes -- thinking ahead to the next holiday is a great way to use those clearance bargains. I'm glad you were able to pick up the fruitcake fruit. If your experience is like mine, the fruit will be perfectly good condition for at least a year. Mine didn't begin to dry out until it was a couple of years old, but is still fine after rehydration.


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