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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

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 mi

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.. Santa Hat Pretzels Delicious and addicting... White Chocolate Popcorn Caramel Popcorn Puffs A few yummy easy gifts... Friendship Tea Hot Chocolate on Stick Just a few quick ideas! Now I want to start baking something fun!! Happy cooking!!

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 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.  B

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!!

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

The Thanksgiving Menu

I finally sat down (I had to while waiting at the tire store) and got my Thanksgiving menu put together.  This year I am keeping is pretty simple since it will just be my little family I am feeding. First off I would like to tell all of you who read my blog I am so thankful for you! Thanks for allowing me to share my love and my craziness with you!!  Hope you all have a fabulous Thanksgiving!! 2012 Thanksgiving Menu Turkey (will cook in the oven, but will use this recipe ) Mashed Potatoes & Gravy Stuffing Fresh Vegetable Tray with Ranch and Dill Dip Grandma's Rolls Broccoli Salad Crab Salad Chocolate Cream Cheese Pie Apple Pie - I am in need of a good recipe...hint hint!! Cheesecake (not sure what kind yet debating trying a pumpkin cheesecake.) Ok so I am still wavering on a few items!!

Roasted Ranch Potatoes

This was one of those recipes that is so delicious you can hardly believe it is so simple to make! The whole family loved it.  I will be putting it on the family favorite list!! Roasted Ranch Potatoes from Hidden Valley Ranch Packet ¼ cup vegetable oil 1 packet (1 ounce) Hidden Valley® Original Ranch® Salad Dressing & Seasoning Mix 2 pounds small red potatoes, quartered (I used Russet potatoes and diced them into bite sized pieces) Instructions Place potatoes in a gallon-size food Storage Bag and add oil; seal bag. Toss to coat. Add salad dressing mix and toss again until coated. Bake in ungreased baking pan at 450°F for 30 to 35 minutes or until potatoes are brown and crisp. Oh YUM!! I'm craving some right now!!

Del Monte "Add Some Garden" Contest and Giveaway!

I love having canned fruit and vegetable on hand.  They make quick easy side dishes and are awesome to just be able to open and add to a recipe.   Del Monte has a great variety of canned fruits and vegetables.  It is a name brand you can trust to taste delicious!   Whether I use Del Monte green beans to make:          Mom's Shepherd's Pie Or a can of Del Monte Corn to make: Taco Soup Or many other ways I use their products.   I love the fact that I can count on Del Monte to provide not only a quick help to any meal but: ·           Del Monte canned fruits, vegetables, and tomatoes contain the same essential nutrients as fresh varieties ·           Del Monte fruits and vegetables are grown in the best growing regions of the United States, providing consumers with a consistently quality product ·           The majority of Del Monte products are picked at the peak of ripeness and canned on the same day, to ensure nutrients and flavor are locked

Armadillo Potatoes

  Growing up in Idaho, the potato harvest is such a big deal we always got 2 weeks off of school for it.  Once you were old enough you worked in the potato harvest, which was hard, dirty and often boring work, but it provided a great paycheck!! I have been on a potato craze lately.  Maybe I am missing the potato harvest time..who knows!  But just a warning there will be a few potato posts in the near future. These potatoes where delicious and fairly simple to make.  Who cannot like the name!! Armadillo Potatoes Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Wash the desired amount of potatoes. Cut them in slices being careful not to cut all the way though, you want the bottom still intact. Brush with melted butter or olive oil and season with salt and pepper. *Use any seasoning you like on potatoes. Bake for 40-45 minutes.  I drizzled a little more butter on them about half way through the cooking process. It was a good way to get the kids to eat the skin and all! Some of my fami

Happy Election Day and a Cookie Failure!

Happy Election day!! Hopefully by the end of today we will know who our next president will be.  I am excited that today will end the negative ads everywhere. In honor of the big election I have told you these past couple weeks that I was on a mission to try the presidential cookie bake off recipes out.  I succeeded in the trying part. I successfully made Laura Bush's Texas Cowboy Cookies (just for old time sake and they sounded delicious.), Ann Romney's M&M Cookies and finally found the mint chips to make Michelle Obama's  Mama Kaye's White and Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies   .  That is where unfortunately the success ended.  For this is what they looked like: Trust me they look better than they tasted.   Now for the confession...I'm sure it wasn't the recipe it was the person who made the recipe's fault.   The recipe calls for one stick of  butter-flavored solid vegetable shortening, which I personally do not like to use.  So thinking I'm

Fall Back to Fitness with ChapStick and a Giveaway!

A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to try out some of ChapStick's newest products. ChapStick® Sport Ready Designed with the Active consumer in mind, ChapStick® Sport Ready offers advanced, on-the-go hydration fit for any adventure. The perfect accessory for people on-the-move, ChapStick® Sport Ready has a clip top that keeps your ChapStick ® right at your fingertips .  Sure to be the perfect partner for any game under the sun … or on the slopes, ChapStick® Sport Ready has you covered with broad spectrum SPF 30 and water-resistant protection for up to 80 minutes! I have always wanted to test my self with running and have recently started up..very slowly.  It is more like a "wog"!!  Anyway, I found this Chapstick perfect.  I can apply it before I go exercise and it lasts the entire time. Having moisturized lips is a huge ordeal to me.  It drives me crazy if they are not so I am constantly applying it. The great thing with the Active Sport Ready C