Sunday, January 22, 2012

Lasting Memories Challenge #72 Time for a Recipe Layout

  This week the challenge at Lasting Memories is to do a layout with a recipe! Cooking seems to be a "male gene" in my family. My Great Uncle Stan Norton was famous for his gourmet treats when we came to visit his home in Ypsilanti, Michigan. Oh how I loved his corn fritters! Then afterwards we would go to his store Norton's Flower Shop to see his latest orchids (He was world renown for his orchid expertise, including having one named after him.) and we would have free run of the store and could choose any Christmas Tree ornament we wanted. 40 years later my Christmas tree is full of ornaments from those wonderful trips.

 The "male cooking gene" was then passed to the next generation to my cousin Mark. Currently he runs his own catering business, but at one time he was a top Chef at Disney World. And now James has the "cooking gene."

James favorite toy as a preschooler was his "kitchen." He was forever making pretend meals for me. And it wasn't long before he was "helping" in the kitchen. Now I so look forward to his coming home from college because he takes over the kitchen. 

One of James favorite things to make in kindergarten was "Reindeer Chow." Here's the recipe:

Reindeer Chow
9 cups Rice Chex
 1 cup chocolate chips
½ cup peanut butter
¼ cup margarine
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 ½ cups powdered sugar
1. Put cereal in a large bowl.
2. Microwave chocolate chips, peanut butter and
     Margarine uncovered on High 1 minute; stir.
3. Microwave 30 seconds longer or until mixture can be stirred smooth.
4. Stir in vanilla. Pour mixture over cereal, stirring until evenly coated.
5.  Pour into 2-gallon re-sealable food-storage plastic bag.
6 .Add powdered sugar. Seal bag; shake until well coated.
7.  Spread on waxed paper to cool.
Store in airtight container in refrigerator.

Here's my layout:


Please join us this week at Lasting Memories for our Recipe challenge. This week Design team member Stacia is sponsoring the random drawing prize. Doesn't it look just yummy?

Lasting Memories -Recipe Layout
Craft Your Days Away- Distressing

Looking forward to seeing your creation at Lasting Memories


  1. Reindeer chow sounds delicious! Your layout is bright and fun!!!

  2. Got everything in the pantry to make a batch right now. Love the picks of your not so little kid.

  3. Really cute layout
    ~Stacia - LMDT

  4. This looks soo yummy! I love your giant arrow! So fun!
    Michelle LMDT

  5. cute cute! My hubs loves cooking too...only I hate the clean up afterwards LOL

  6. I'm having a blast looking at everybody's wonderful LO's!

  7. great LO - love the pics!!!
    Kimberly LMDT

  8. Well this is fun!! Your arrow is a great touch! And guess what.. the "Male Cooking Gene" is in my Husband!! I am very lucky. I cook too... but he LIKES to! Ha. And to answer your question about my popcorn equivelant to "Johnny's Seasoning Salt" is either "Lawreys Seasoning salt" or "Schillings Seasoning Salt." If you can't find any of those... the indredients are... salt, sugar, paprika, pepper, garlic and soy sauce powder. But.. I don't know in what quantities. If you are desperate, I could mail you some?? :-)

  9. love this layout. nice color scheme and I love the distressing.
    Thanks for joining in the fun at LMCB.


  10. What a great layout and love the colors on this as well

  11. Elizabeth, this recipe seems delicious!!!
    Your lo is so nice and yummy!!!

  12. What a cute picture and story. I love that you used red and blue and even star paper but it does not make it patriotic. Love the big arrow. My hubs has the "cooking gene" too. He is Sicilian plus was a fireman for 30 years. :)

  13. What a great layout!! I love the color combination AND that you used flowers on a "boy" layout -- They look perfect with the layout!! Although my son does not have the cooking gene, he still likes to make me fun treats like peanut butter and banana sandwiches!! He even gave pierogies and scrambled eggs a try on his last trip home!! :) What a fun story you shared...

    Thanks so much for sharing your talent at Lasting Memories this week!! :)

    Your Lasting Memories DT Sister,
    Amy :) at

  14. A great LO Elizabeth. Thanks for your comment on my blog. I have been over to the challenge site and checked out the great inspiration. I have had one go at the LO. Havent linked it up yet. Hope to have another go soon and get a more accurate representation of the sketch. Thanks for letting me know about the challenge.
    Alicia xx

  15. Hey there! What a fun LO and I love that you shared your story with us. What a great recipe too. My hubby is an amazing cook as well. I love when he cooks, but man, the MESS!! Oh well, so worth it!!! Love your LO this week!!!

  16. Great layout.
    Thanks for joining in with our challenge at Craft Your Days Away.



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