GORP for Travel

Don’t you just love it when little ones squat down? It think it is so cute. If I did that I would never get back up again. My friend Amy and I have been taking our children to Washington, DC these last two weeks. We live nearby so why not? The kids are enjoying the short Metro ride to the Mall, visiting the museums, eating ice cream, riding the carousel, and watching all the people in the park. The city is beautiful with its marble white buildings and historic monuments. I like the feel of the city, with its hustle and bustle. Below is a picture of the fountain just outside of the Art Museum. It is a wonderful fountain that folks can sit around and place their feet in the water. Some are there napping, while others are chatting with a friend, others enjoy the art work surrounding the fountain, it’s nice, really nice. I love how the Washington Monument peaks out over the trees.

While on our little excursions, the kids are always hungry but I fail to lug snacks with me as it is just too much to carry. We treat them to ice cream or some other type of snack but I find that it is a sure fire way to blow the budget. My mom suggested that I bring popcorn which is a good idea due to its light in weight nature. But then I remembered my mother-in-law’s GORP. She had made it for a trip we all made together to Cannon Beach, Oregon. We couldn’t stop eating the stuff. We call it Gramma’s GORP. GORP simply stands for good ole raisins and peanuts. The great thing about GORP is that the ingredients can be changed up to suit your needs. We have nut allergies so instead of nuts we can add more dried fruit or a second type of cereal for a different texture. My MIL sometimes uses whatever cereal she has left in the pantry, so that nothing goes to waste! GORP is a perfect snack for running around DC or anywhere else. Mix up a batch today for your next day trip, I know I will.

Gramma’s GORP
One box Total cereal
1 cup chocolate, white, butterscotch, or peanut butter chips
1 cup raisins, I use dried cranberries
1 cup peanuts, may substitute another nut or cereal
1 stick butter, melted
1/2 cup brown sugar

In a large (huge) bowl mix the dry ingredients, gently. Sprinkle with sugar and slowly drizzle the butter over the cereal mix. Roll up your sleeves and get in there! Gently mix the cereal mix until the sugar and butter are evenly distributed. Pour into an air-tight container to store. Remember you can make this according to your own tastes, this recipe is just the basic elements.

Epilogue- We visited the Sculpture Garden on the Mall and found the “Wish Tree.” It was designed by Yoko Ono. The idea is to write your wish on the provided tags and tie them to the tree. My daughter, Littleness went right to work creating her wish. When Amy and I turned around she was almost done writing out her wish on the tag but was having trouble spelling “teacher”. We helped her out and here is what she wrote. Click on the picture for a closer look. The “h” in “wish” is hiding behind the leaf. Littleness is five. We spent a long time at that tree reading the wishes. Some were for love, some for peace, some generous, while others selfish, many for new Legos, and some just beautiful. The wishes will be saved and later sent to the artist and compiled in a museum for many to view. If you could put a wish on that tree what would it be?


  1. Anonymous
    Posted July 29, 2008 at 11:55 AM | Permalink

    Since you took you mother-in-law’s recipe over mine, I suggest you add pop corn to the recipe so I won’t feel slighted. Ma

  2. That Girl
    Posted July 29, 2008 at 1:27 PM | Permalink

    GORP is also great for movie theaters, football games, or to set out for a crowd when there’s heavy drinking involved.

  3. Kate
    Posted July 29, 2008 at 2:47 PM | Permalink

    My mother used to make gorp for us — always with interesting boxed cereals. The popcorn idea is great. What a sweet wish.

  4. Rindy R
    Posted July 29, 2008 at 5:03 PM | Permalink

    Ok – that shadow picture is the cutest thing I have ever seen! You know I will be copying that one 🙂 Love your ideas – as always!

  5. Kristen
    Posted July 29, 2008 at 5:38 PM | Permalink

    Oh your GORP is so much healthier than mine. We always have to have at least M&M's included and sometimes licorice bites 😉

  6. Grace
    Posted July 30, 2008 at 3:47 AM | Permalink

    i love the shadow picture, and the fact that your daughter already knows she wants to be a teacher when she grows up. my wish? i wish i knew what the heck i want to be when i grow up. 🙂

  7. Robin Sue
    Posted July 30, 2008 at 7:32 AM | Permalink

    Anon- popcorn separate so we can do the salty sweet thing!!

    Thatgirl- Yup pretty much good for anything.

    Kate- I used a cinnamon cereal for this one since we couldn’t add the nuts. Very yummy.

    Rindy- Copy away! I’ll bet with your good eye you will turn it into a master piece. You do the coolest things!

    Kristen- Ooh licorice, that would be so good.

    Grace- I just need to grow up!

  8. MrOrph
    Posted July 30, 2008 at 5:58 PM | Permalink

    This looks like a tasty and healthy snack. And to think I buy this kinda stuff in the mega mart.

    You gotta love DC. When I lived back home (Philly), I liked to go to B-More rather than DC. Better blue crab at Inner Harbor!

  9. The Shmoopies
    Posted July 31, 2008 at 10:28 PM | Permalink

    It sounds like you are making the most of your summers. And GORP is a perfect travelling snack.
    I wish I could visit the wish tree and read everyone else’s wishes.
    Also, right now, I wish providing my family w/healthy, yummy meals didn’t so often feel like such a chore. 😐

  10. Robin Sue
    Posted August 3, 2008 at 8:58 PM | Permalink

    MrOrph- Thanks for stopping in and I think it is sooo cool that you got together with another blogger to cook! I am from outside Philly on the Jersey side. We went to Bmore for the crabs too. Thanks for stopping by!

    The Schmoopies- Great wish! We are having a great summer and I wish the same for you!!

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