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Tractor Trail Mix

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If you are a member of my family or have ever ridden along during harvest, you know about Tractor Trail Mix.  I’m not usually one to post recipes that are THIS STINKIN’ EASY on my blog, but this one is a rite of passage.  This mix is in the cab of every tractor and an XXL stash is in the combine.
(We did some last minute work on the combine a couple of days ago.)
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Tractor Trail Mix is easy to throw together and lasts well in the containers.  Keeps antsy kids from being to distracting when you’re hammering down in the middle of harvest.  My kids pick all of the M&M’s out, my sister dodges all of the candy corn and my Dad and I like the peanuts.  There’s a little bit for everyone!  (Though I do get fussy when there are not extra peanut butter M&M’s in my jar.)

(We took the new ride out for a spin around the block to get used to the new tech. We had too much fun! Dad installed back-up cameras on everything… so glad, because we’ve got tractor obsessed 2 y.o.’s around.)
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See… now go put those in the tractors and combine for safe keeping.
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If you come and ride with me, you can have some… I promise!
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Feel free to add raisins, dried cherries, Hot Tamales (ask my sister about that, it is her recommendation), chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, almonds and anything else you can think of!

Tractor Trail Mix
by: Cristen & Tanna & Ceil

1 jar dry roasted peanuts
1 jar honey roasted peanuts
1 small bag candy corn (omit if you desire)
1 regular bag regular M&M’s
1 regular bag peanut M&M’s
1 regular bag peanut butter M&M’s
1 regular bag Reese’s Pieces
Pour into large mixing bowl, stir to combine.  Portion in leftover peanut jars or plastic bags. Makes: roughly 5-6 regular peanut jars full. (How can you ever tell when you sample along the way as you are making it?)
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This was last year… we are NOT in the field yet (but that is not for lack of desire… it is still to ‘wet’ to harvest.)  Too wet, you ask?  That means the corn (kernels) have moisture levels that are too high for them to be properly stored.  Hopefully dry weather will stick around and we’ll be opening up the first fields within the week.  I HOPE!

We have taken a ‘bin’s eye view’ of the corn… still somewhat green 10 days ago.
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Need to be doing this…

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Instead we’re fine-tuning, washing, cleaning, airing tires and tinkering until the moisture is low enough to GOOOOOO!
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And washing and scrubbing… and washing and polishing…
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Taking rides on the older, antiques on the place… favorites of this little one.
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We have found a few fun things to do this week, like going to a local orchard. They had a corn pile!
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And a jumping pillow… very popular with the kids!
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Little guys help to tidy up in the machine shed… this is one of the most important jobs on a farm.  The end of this device is a magnet and it can pick up any nails or screws that can potentially be the cause of a flat tire.  Everyone knows those come at the MOST inopportune times!
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We had fun working with Dad to replace parts on the ‘teeth of the soybean head’.  This part cuts the stem of the plant off and allows it to travel through the machine.  You want to make sure the ‘teeth’ are sharp and not dull, otherwise you may not run as efficiently as you should!
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7 Comments

  • Reply Jodi September 28, 2014 at 8:44 pm

    Will have to try this! The kids always want snacks in the tractor.

    • Reply Cristen September 29, 2014 at 2:34 am

      I love to have snacks… as fast paced as it is, it can be equally as slow (thank you soybeans). Fun for kids to pick through the peanuts and eat all of MY M&M’s! XOXO

  • Reply Beth Caple's September 28, 2014 at 11:22 pm

    Perfect timing! Whipped this up for tailgating yesterday. The left overs are packed & ready for the combine. My husband thanks you! 🙂

    • Reply Cristen September 29, 2014 at 2:33 am

      Love it Beth! 🙂 XOXOXO Hope you all are doing well!

  • Reply Beth Ann September 30, 2014 at 5:01 pm

    Just made some of this to send to a college student in her CARE package. Now what do I do with all the rest of it????? Hmmmmmm.

    • Reply Cristen September 30, 2014 at 5:14 pm

      I can answer this easily! 🙂

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