My weekends are usually nothing to write home about.
Soccer games, trips to the farmer’s market, church services, and lots of work around the house… That’s my weekend.
Well, earlier this month we were finally able to get away to the mountains for a little family time together. It was a much needed break from the regular grind.
Just as we were about to leave we discovered a flat tire. So, we got off to a late, somewhat grouchy, start but that’s just how vacations start, right? Right??
The mountains were beautiful, filled with little creeks and streams, and wonderful wildflowers.
We stayed in a cabin just feet away from this beautiful river. Thank goodness our cabin had heat because it got cold in the evenings!
We saw this deer along the side of the road. She was sweet and stopped long enough to let me snap a picture of her.
She had a little baby with her but he/she skidded off somewhere before I could even get my camera out.
The kids’ favorite activity was probably skipping rocks.
Or, rather, just throwing them into the river to see how big of a splash they could make.
There were some horses in a field next to us who were very friendly and soaked up any attention at all.
And this pretty little kitty almost came home with us. The kids were constantly following her, petting her, coaxing her into our cabin and trying to feed her grass and flowers.
All we heard on the way home was, “Can we get a kitty? When can we get a kitty? We NEED a kitty!”
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Anyway, hiking in the mountains, what did we need to bring? Trail mix, of course!
My daughter has a nut allergy so we’ve always bought the Enjoy Life Mountain Mambo mix that is peanut and tree nut free. It’s awesome stuff. It is rather expensive though and the kids go through their little 6oz. packages like nothing.
So we made our own and you can too! It’s super easy!
Nut-free Trail Mix
I looked at the ingredients list in the Enjoy Life Mountain Mambo and purchased the same ingredients so we could make our own taste as much like their mix as possible.
The great thing about making your own mix is that you have complete control over the ingredient list.
For example, I was able to find cranberries from Eden Organic that are sweetened with apple juice instead of sugar. I was also able to buy some organic seeds and fruits, whereas Enjoy Life does not use any organic ingredients.
I used Newman’s Own organic apple rings in our trail mix. They are nice because they don’t have any sulfite added to them. They are a little darker than most dried apple rings but they are more pure and I appreciate that.
I used these herb cutting shears to cut the apple slices into smaller strips. I might look for some dried apple bits next time, to make the process easier and faster but the herb cutters worked surprisingly well! My thumb got a little sore after awhile so switch off with another person so you don’t get a blister!
- 1 cup pumpkin seeds
- 2 cups sunflower seeds
- 1 cup raisins
- 1 cup craisins
- 1 cup dried apples, chopped
- 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips
- Combine all ingredients into a bowl. Keep tightly sealed for up to 2 weeks at room temperature.
The kids love to snack on this mix when they’re playing outside, doing schoolwork, travelling in the car, or snacking in-between meals.
Package it up into little individual Ziploc baggies and you’re all set!