World’s Easiest, No-Cook, Ready-in-3-Minutes Party Snack

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This is embarrassingly easy.

I’m going to categorize it as a recipe, but that’s a stretch.

But if you, like me, ever completely forget you’re supposed to take a snack to a Christmas party (even when you’re one of the ones who organized the party and asked everyone to bring snacks) until five minutes before you walk out the door, here’s a “recipe” for you.

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  • One package oyster crackers. (Some people use full-sized saltines, but that might change the amounts)
  • 2 Tablespoons (ish) oil
  • 2 teaspoons (ish) Hidden Valley ranch seasoning powder


Pour the crackers into a gallon-sized zipper bag. Pour the oil and seasoning into the bag. Shake.

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And . . . you’re done. For real. No baking required.

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These things are strangely yummy.

Troubleshooting tips:

Want it less oily? Use less oil.

Want it more ranch-ey? Use more ranch seasoning.

Want it more spicy? Add something spicy.

Want twice as much? Double the recipe.

Want something fancier? Plan ahead next time.

Need More Easy Christmas Snack Ideas? Here are a few posts to get you started:


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Southern Cornbread Dressing Thanksgiving Recipes and My Mom’s New Book!

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I live in Texas, and my mother is from Oklahoma, so I grew up thinking everyone ate cornbread dressing at Thanksgiving.

They don’t. They so don’t.

A few years ago, we went on a cruise for Thanksgiving with my husband’s family and though the turkey and mashed potatoes were wonderful, we were all shocked and horrified (I’m sort of exaggerating, a little) at the stuffing. It was most definitely not cornbread dressing. I’m not exactly sure what it was.

I’m sharing two things with you today.


First, some recipes over on my mother’s website:

And second, my mom’s book! That’s the back of my son’s handsome head on the cover! I took the photo, but I did NOT see those camels!


A thirteen-year-old shepherd boy experiences the adventure he dreamed of when he rescues the unloved son of a despicable king. But when rumors of the Hebrews become reality, his family has to choose. Flee with the stampede of refugees or stay and take a stand? As a spy for Gibeon on a lonely crag above the Hebrew horde, the enemy looms ever more foreboding when they cross an impossibly flooded river and shout to bring down an impregnable walled city. Gibeon is next. Can his people avoid sure destruction? At what price?

You can purchase on Amazon through my affiliate link! The Kindle version is 3.99 for a limited time!

And she has some great freebies if you sign up for her email list! Subscribers will receive “Plants of the Holy Land: Familiar Friends” a ready-made program for your garden club or Bible Study,  or a free printable Sample Unit Study Guide for her book. Go here and scroll down to get one or both!

The book is written for “middle grades” but I really enjoyed it. It is a great way to look more closely into the real people affected by the events of the Old Testament.

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Chicken and Noodles – Comfort Food in Less than Fifteen Minutes

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Again with an embarrassingly easy meal idea using pre-cooked and frozen shredded chicken breast.

We’ve been spared any major sicknesses lately, but have had some Days of General Ickiness happen to each member of the family over the past month or so. Hubby had a cold, two Sunday nights in a row two different kids had fleeting stomach bugs, and others have suffered from general malaise.

Side note: I love the word malaise. LOVE it. And love even more that when I looked it up, I found out I’d used it correctly.

Score one for the former English teacher!

Anyway, I made this two weeks in a row as a perfect meal for those feeling malaisicious.

Which isn’t a word at all. Oh well.

Did you notice how I referred to this as a “meal idea” since it’s really too simple to be an actual recipe? In my mind, a “recipe” would involve cooking the bone-in chicken from scratch and using its broth as the base.  I’ve done that and it’s really not hard, but this is easier.


One 16 oz package of egg noodles. (I’ve made this with no-yolks noodles and with regular Aldi brand egg noodles. My family preferred the regular ones.)

3 quarts chicken broth (Be fancy and use your homemade stuff. Or be like me and use whatever you have on hand. Canned, bullion, whatever.)

Some frozen, pre-cooked and shredded chicken breast. (I added about a cup and a half of shredded chicken. Add more if you like more. Less if you like less.)

Pepper and other seasoning as desired. (If your chicken broth tastes bland, poultry seasoning does wonders.)


Boil the chicken broth.

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Add the noodles.

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When the noodles are almost soft enough, add the hunk o’ frozen pre-cooked and shredded chicken to the boiling broth.

When the chicken is defrosted and warmed through (which happens super fast) and the noodles are perfect, serve.

You could use more broth if you want it to be chicken soup. I didn’t. You can also add veggies such as peas and carrots or celery. My sickies were craving as plain as possible, so we served our veggies on the side.

There you go. Comfort food that makes my family feel warm and fuzzy and loved, ready in the time it takes to boil egg noodles.


Did you see the similarly fast chicken and spinach alfredo “recipe” I shared last week? Have you seen how I pre-cook 25 pounds of chicken breast and then shred it ALL in minutes so I can freeze it?


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