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Category Archives: Appetizers & Snacks

Mom’s Hot Cocoa Mix

Mom made her own Hot Cocoa Mix and kept it in an empty Schwann’s ice cream bucket in the pantry. We always knew where to find it. This mix makes a smooth and creamy cup of hot cocoa. Mom would serve it with marshmallows and toast for dipping. This cocoa brings back so many wonderful winter-time […]

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Emily Friestad - January 17, 2013 - 11:22 pm

My mom always made her own too. Much better than any store bought mix! And the kettle was always whistling when we came in from the barn or filling the woodbox. Thanks for sharing!

Grandma’s Popcorn Balls

I hope the world is ready for Grandma Friestad’s Popcorn Balls. They are a Halloween staple in our family and happen to be my absolute favorite Halloween treat. Each Halloween, Grandma makes nearly a dozen batches of these popcorn balls. Not a dozen individual popcorn balls. A dozen batches. Meaning 100-150 individually shaped, wrapped and […]

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Kristie Swenson - October 30, 2012 - 5:04 pm

These are fantastic popcorn balls and a hit with the family!

Teri n'Stan Osmond - October 30, 2012 - 8:40 pm

Just got done making these for the grandchildren! They turned out great. In fact, I’m surprised I have enough left to give them! Thanks for sharing the recipe, Sarah Swenson Durenberger. And loved the pictures!

Laura Leanne Johnson - October 30, 2012 - 8:48 pm

You did huh? :) We’ll be over in a little bit!

Donna Kell Jones - October 31, 2013 - 2:16 am

Was so happy to see this post! I have heard all about these popcorn balls and now I can try it myself!

Caramel Apple Dip

My cousin and I would make this dip for a snack when we were kids. We’d mix everything up, chop the peanuts. And then debated. . . should we use it to dip our apples into or just eat it with a spoon? We were trouble. And I’m glad to see my kids like it just […]

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Garlic Swirl Bread

This Garlic Swirl bread is made using a bread tube or bread mold. It can be made into a variety of shapes and served in a variety of ways. The garlic salt is surprisingly not over-powering. It just gives it a little swirl of flavor. You can have it cold or toasted, alone or with melted cheese on […]

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