Southern Tour of Christmas Lights

I love going out in the cold December nights to drive around and look at Christmas lights. Here are a few pics I snapped this past week:




When we got home from checking out the lights it was such a clear and beautiful night that I decided to get a picture of the stars. After I downloaded the picture, I used the auto-tone option on photoshop and it turned out like this:


I thought that was so spectacular. You can just see the tops of the trees  in the bottom of the picture. They are somewhat illuminated by a street light.

Merry Christmas eve, eve, eve!

A little outdoor red for Outdoor Wednesday with A Southern Daydreamer and Rednesday! with It’s a Very Cherry.

Today’s Lagniappe: The Best Party Mix – Ever!
My mom used to make this party mix when we were growing up. It is spicy and delicious. I think I could actually live on it (for a while anyway). You’ll never find this version in a bag at the grocery store!

1 box rice chex
1 box wheat chex
1 box corn chex
1 large bag pretzel sticks
1 box cherrios
1 lb. pecans
1 lb. cashews

1 stick of butter, melted
1 cup cooking oil
3 tablespoons tobasco
2 tablespoons chili powder
1 tablespoon garlic salt
1 tablespoon celery salt
1 tablespoon onion powder

This makes a whole lot, so you will need large pans for this.

Pour all of the chex cereals, pretzels, cherrios and nuts in a very large mixing bowl (may take more than one) Mix them up and pour them into shallow pans Mix, melted butter, oil, tobasco and all the spices together. Pour the butter mixture evenly over the cereal mixture and stir to coat.

Cook 1-1/2 hours at 250 stirring every 15 to 20 minutes.





14 responses to “Southern Tour of Christmas Lights”

  1. Sherri@lavenderfields Avatar

    I love those outdoor decorations! Amazing to see how much some people get into decorating their yards! Have a very Merry Christmas ! Sherri : )

  2. Doylene Brents Avatar

    I love all things southern since I’m from AR. The lights are great and so is your recipe. Doylene

  3. angie Avatar

    beautiful lights and thanks for the snack mix recipe

  4. Myrna Avatar

    The Christmas lights are beautiful , But God’s christmas light are even more beautiful !
    Merry Christmas !

  5. Eileen Avatar

    Thanks for the Christmas light tour!
    And especially thank you for Heaven’s lights!

    And also many thanks for sharing all your wonderful recipes.
    Merry Christmas!
    Happy New Year!
    All the best,

  6. Becky Avatar

    Beautiful photos…and the recipe…a classic…I love it…I’ve never added the cashews…sounds divine…

  7. Laura Avatar

    LOVE the starry night picture! Some really beautifully decorated homes around MH!

  8. RobinW Avatar

    Beautiful! We were surprised how few people decorated their houses in this area this year; we go out riding just to look. Your picture of the stars is neat too. Did you ever try photographing a sparkler as you’re writing with it, in the dark? pretty neat too.
    Hope you have a wonderful and blessed Christmas!!!

  9. chubskulit Avatar

    Wow those are beautiful decorations. I love your stars shot!

    Please come and see my Outdoor post. Merry Christmas.

  10. HOOTIN' ANNI Avatar

    You found some great neighborhood yards!!

    I have a Christmas wish along with my usual Wednesday post today. [the Wednesday issue of posting is below my ‘card’ posted just for you….]


    …for the permalink to my day’s post, click here.

  11. Eileen Avatar

    I love looking at everyone’s lights this time of year. They look so pretty at night.

  12. Joyce M Avatar

    Merry Christmas! My husband and I go out every year to look at Christmas lights with another couple. One year we travel to their neck of the woods. This year it is their turn to come to our house and to go look at Christmas lights. Agreed some folks deck their houses all out. Thanks for the cyber tour of Christmas lights in your area. Nice idea!
    Joyce M

  13. Pat Avatar

    Such a beautiful starry sky! I hardly ever see that as the city lights are too bright here.

    Merry Christmas

  14. Lori E Avatar

    We see the stars like that at our cabin where it is darker than dark. In town we see very few. Great shot. The Christmas lights are so fun. Some people really go all out don’t they.

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