Monthly Archives: November 2009

Holiday Pre-Game

The holidays are upon us – it’s time to stock up on flour, sugar, eggs, butter, vanilla, the list goes on. I’ve been getting a head start on holiday baking – I’ve made three batches of Chex Mix and some Becky Droppings (details below).

No slacking here! I’m in the middle of sewing some dresses and making Christmas presents for the nieces, nephews and neighbors, AND working on an awesome vintage Advent calendar. My mom has been crafting for years; back in the 70’s she bought and made a kit from Lee Wards for an advent calendar for a wall. The project as a whole is about 90% felt and 10% sequins and beads – that is some math I can handle. Since the calendar is made from a kit we don’t have a pattern. So I put my graphic design skills to work and made a pattern – I’ll try to post some photos in the weeks to come. The parents haven’t decorated for Christmas yet, so I haven’t been able to snap a photo of what my final product should duplicate. 

You may notice some disdain in my tone that my parent’s haven’t decorated for Christmas yet 🙂 Please know that my tree is up and the lights are on – it is beautiful. This is my first year with my own tree, so I will be borrowing some decor from my mom. But I don’t remember the last time she put the good HOMEMADE ornaments on the tree, so it’s not like I’m borrowing decorations she normally puts up!

Beckey Droppings

These are Becky Droppings. You probably have another name for them, but that is the Ray Family traditional name. This is a no-fail recipe – even if you don’t follow the recipe (which I rarely do), they will turn out fine. Also, you cannot stop at one. See that pan above? Those were made two hours ago. There is one left. Good luck. 


  • 1 c sugar
  • 1 c white syrup (or dark syrup, it really doesn’t matter)
  • 1 1/3 c peanut butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 4+ c of Special K ish cereal, or whatever your generic brand alternative is


Bring sugar, syrup and vanilla to a boil. Boil/heat until sugar is dissolved. Turn off heat and add peanut butter, mix until smooth. Add cereal. Stir, evenly distribute cereal and coating. Spoon into droppings on waxed paper. Eat.