Seasoned Saltines, and stuff

Do you ever have one of those days when, although you know a deadline is looming, you do everything else you can think of instead of doing the ONE thing that was on your list? That perfectly describes my day yesterday, and I have to say, aside from the thing I didn’t do, I accomplished SO much! It was a banner day for 2010 so far.

I read some blogs I’ve been missing, replied to some e-mails, cleaned out my in-box, studied, researched, and wrote my entire Sunday School lesson for this coming Sunday (uber-new for me!), exercised, dressed, cooked a delicious dinner, straightened the house, devised a menu plan and grocery list, made some phone calls, researched re-starting a tutoring business, organized everybody’s vitamins and medicine for the month, chatted with friends on Facebook, made homemade salsa, and started this blog post… all in the name of procrastinating the ONE thing on my list for the day. I can’t decide if I would chalk it up to a successful day or not… But I sure did get a lot done! 🙂

I don’t know what that has to do with this recipe, except that I was typing out the recipe instead of getting the thing on my list done. (BTW, the thing on my list is that I’m taking two graduate level classes to renew my teaching certificate, in case the Lord calls me back to the classrom. Yesterday was the “big day” that I was to start back to school… and all I accomplished in that arena was “organizing my notebook”. I’m one of those that will spend so much time making a list that I never have time to complete anything on it.)

But I digress.

My mom gave me this recipe, and we made them for a New Year’s Eve soup dinner. I could have eaten the whole plate all by myself. They go incredibly well with any kind of soup, chili, or served alone as an appetizer.  Just Amazing!

Seasoned Saltines

1 box of Saltine Crackers

1 pkg. Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing Mix (not dip mix)
1 Tbsp. garlic powder (or a little more – but not too much… we added more and reeked!)
1 Tbsp. crushed red pepper
1 tsp. red pepper powder
1 Cup Canola or other light oil.

Place crackers in a 2 gallon zip-lock bag (or a large plastic container with lid). Mix oil and seasonings. Pour over crackers and rotate or flip the bag/container slowly and continuously for 10-15 minutes, making sure all crackers are coated. (It’s good to recruit some gentle helpers for this step.)

Lay them out to dry on a cooling rack for about an hour. Then try to resist eating them all by yourself.
Hope you like them… and I hope/pray that your 2010 is off to a productive, and non-procrastinating start! 🙂

This post is linked to these incredible blogs with tons of recipe links:

Tempt My Tummy Tuesdays at Blessed with Grace

Tasty Tuesdays at Balancing Beauty and Bedlem

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  1. Lisa@BlessedwithGrace says:

    How yummy! Thanks for linking to TMTT.

  2. I had some of those crackers recently — YUM! Now I want some more. ( :

    I hope your classes go well.

  3. I've been a slacker in the "leaving comments" department. Here's to jumping back on the wagon in 2010!

    My, my, my your Monday was busy! In my book, a recipe is always more important than the next thing on the list!