Friday, December 21, 2012

Chocolate Pretzel Bites

We received a plate full of goodies the other day at work and on that plate were some yummy looking pretzel things.  Unfortunately I did not get to try one, but was left intrigued.  So you know me I had to attempt to create it.  They turned out delicious!! Perfect blend of salt and sweet.  Also great for people like me who are in need of a quick treat to make for this Christmas season.
Chocolate Caramel Pretzel Bites
small pretzels
Hershey Kisses, Caramel Filled, Hugs or caramel filled Dove chocolates
M&M's

Preheat oven to 170 degrees.
Line your pretzels on a baking sheet.  Top with the chocolate.
Place in the oven for 4-6 minutes.  Just long enough for the chocolate to melt a bit.
Remove from oven and quickly push an M&M in the center of each chocolate.

(We used the caramel Kisses on these)
 Place in the fridge for about 10 minutes to allow them to set up.
(Caramel filled Dove Chocolates on these.)
*Taste on both the Kisses and the Dove chocolates were the same, but the Dove were easier to push the M&M into and the caramel stayed inside.
Remove and enjoy or giveaway to someone!!
Paired with some Caramel Popcorn Puffs.
DELICIOUS!!

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Pear Crisp

I was so excited to get my hands on a box of pears.  I canned most of them, but ran out of clean bottles so I needed to find something else to do with the small amount I had left and this is what I found! It was delicious and a nice change from the usual apple crisp.

Pear Crisp
from the Pioneer Woman
4 -5 whole Pears
2/3 cups sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
 
Topping Ingredients
1 1/2 cup flour
1/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup pecans very finely chopped (I left these out due to allergies)
1/2 cup butter, melted
 
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Peel, core, and dice pears. Place into a bowl and stir together with 2/3 cup sugar and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Set aside.
In a separate bowl, combine flour, sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, and pecans. Stir together. Drizzle melted butter gradually, stirring with a fork as you go until all combined.
Pour pears into a baking dish;
 Top with crumb topping.
Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.
Place pan on top rack of oven for an additional 10 minutes, or until topping is golden brown.
Serve warm with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.


Yum!! Sounds delicious on this cold day!!

Thursday, December 13, 2012

A Few of My Christmas Faves

WOW!! Christmas day is coming really fast this year.  I thought I would share with you a few of my favorite Christmas recipes.  They make great gifts and a great splurge!! **Watch out a few are addicting!!
Most adorable..
Delicious and addicting...

A few yummy easy gifts...
Just a few quick ideas! Now I want to start baking something fun!!
Happy cooking!!

Friday, December 7, 2012

Sour Cream Apple Pie

If you remember at Thanksgiving I was looking for a new apple pie to try out.  Well after a friend suggested a sour cream apple pie I went on a hunt for a great recipe.  This is it and it is a keeper.  It was the favorite pie of the day. The combination of flavors is delicious!!  Too bad I forgot to get a piece of it topped with vanilla ice cream though! 
Sour Cream Apple Pie
from food.com
1 cup sour cream
1 egg
3/4 cup sugar
2 tablespoons flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 1/2 cups diced apples, peeled
1 unbaked 9-inch pie crust
 
CRUMB TOPPING
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup butter
1/3 cup flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon
Directions:
Beat sour cream and egg together.  Add flour, sugar, salt and vanilla.  Mix until smooth. Stir in apples. Pour into unbaked pie crust.
Bake at 400 degrees for 25 minutes.
Mix the crumb topping ingredients until crumbly.
Remove pie from oven and spread with crumb topping.
You may want to shield the edges at this point.  Bake 20 more minutes.
Enjoy with some ice cream or whipped cream on top!!
YUM!!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Crockpot BBQ Bacon Wrapped Apple Chicken

This is one of those meals that is so simple and easy.  Great for those busy days.  The combinations of flavors was amazing.  Everyone loved it! No leftovers..
Crockpot BBQ Bacon Wrapped Apple Chicken
from Chef In Training
4 boneless skinless chicken breasts (I used 8 chicken tenders)
1 cup BBQ sauce
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/8 cup lemon juice fresh or from a bottle
5 small apples peeled and chopped
8 slices bacon

In a small bowl, combine BBQ sauce, brown sugar, lemon juice and peeled/chopped apples.
Wrap each chicken breast with two slices of bacon (or 1 piece around each tender) and place in a greased slow cooker.
Pour BBQ-apple mixture over chicken and cook on low for 6-8 hours or until chicken is done.
It really was delicious! The whole family loved it!!

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Giveaway of Warner Brother's New Movie "Thunderstruck "

Warner Bros. is proud to announce the release of Thunderstruck on DVD and Blu-ray December 4th 2012, along with the Thunderstruck Blog App!

This app has some really fun features;
  • Free-Throw Challenge Game! Are you up for a Free-Throw Challenge? Show us your skills! Make as many baskets as you can and unlock special clips along the way! 
  • 7 Thunder-ific Tips for Kids! Does your kid dream of going pro? Use these awesome tips to help them sharpen up their skills! “Hard work beats talent when talent fails to work hard.”- Kevin Durant.


NBA superstar Kevin Durant plays himself in this action-packed family film about a basketball star who switches talent with a klutzy 16-year-old fan. When Brian (Taylor Gray) magically switches basketball skills with his hero, Kevin Durant, he becomes the star of his high school team... while Kevin Durant suddenly can’t make a shot to save his life! But with the playoffs approaching, Brian learns that being a true winner means working hard at your own game, and he tries to make things right in time to prevent a catastrophic end to his hero’s season.
 
Sounds like a great family movie!!
Now for the exciting part..
One lucky reader will win a copy of this movie!!
To enter follow the directions below.
http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/28202f7/" rel="nofollow">a Rafflecopter giveaway

*I'm sorry I've been having trouble with the form to enter the giveaway.  Just leave me a comment telling me your favorite sports movie to enter.
Good Luck!!

Disclosure: Warner Bros. supplied the information, blog app and giveaway.  All opinions are my own. 

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