Saturday, August 31, 2013

National Trail Mix Day

Attention, please!
Did you know that today is National Trail Mix Day?
Every year on August 31st, National Trail Mix Day is celebrated.
It is a day to celebrate how summer is winding down and fall's cooler temps are beginning to appear...somewhere.  (Although, it may still be really hot in your neck of the woods.)  To honor this day, you are supposed to whip up a batch of trail mix and go hiking in the woods.  Sounds like a great idea no matter what the temperature.

Trail mix is also known by many other names.  For example, some call in gorp; usually scouts.  Now, I was a girl scout leader for many years and threw around the word gorp, like any other knowledgeable scout leader :)...but, I had no idea it might actually stand for something.  The jury is still out on that.  Some say it means “Gobs Of Raw Protein,” or “Granola, Oats, Raisins, and Peanuts."  Either way or whatever you call it, trail mix is fun to make.  No measuring, no baking, interchangeable ingredients, kid friendly and ready to go IMMEDIATELY!  You many start munching before you even leave for a hike.  There are so many varieties out there and ones that are even holiday inspired.  Here is one my daughter and I put together in honor of National Trail Mix Day!

Doesn't this look good?  I have decided to call it...Terrific Trail Mix in honor of National Trail Mix Day.  Pretty creative on my part, right?  I combined cinnamon oat squares, pretzels, popcorn, dark chocolate covered raisins and caramel bugles.  I love the sweet and salty flavors.  Always a great combo!  Really, that is the key to a good trail mix.  Make sure you have a mix of sweet and salty flavors.  At least that is a requirement of mine.

Evidently, August 31 is also Eat Outside Day?  So here's the deal...make some trail mix, go on a nature walk and eat the trail mix OUTSIDE!  You have now celebrated all August 31 events.  What an accomplishment!  Family time, fun and food!  Love it!

Celebrate the little things that make life sweet!