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Friday, December 17, 2010

Holiday Treat Tutorial.

Last week I had the pleasure of having a Christmas party for all the volunteers at my job. Anyone that knows me, knows I love to throw a party and so we did. We asked everyone to bring treats (myself included) and the first thing that came to my mind was the chocolate covered pretzel rods I made for my birthday. I got SOO many comments about them, and I just knew they'd be a great treat. So, today I am showing everyone else how to make these fun creations. I will say having made them twice now, that they are easy to make, but also very time consuming if you prepare them alone, last time I had help from my friend Brandi, that was the way to go.

All my ingredients. If you notice there, these chocolate pretzels have a modification, they have a layer of caramel first... YUMMY


First prep an area to lay your rods. I used wax paper and sprayed with cooking spray, the first time I did not spray and the caramel stuck to the paper. Not fun. Once you're all ready melt your caramel


Dip your rods into the caramel as far as you can, leaving just a little stem, Let the excess drip off.


Lay them out beautifully for all to see (and of course dry).


After the caramel is firm, dip your rod into chocolate. Pictured here I used white chocolate Wilton melts, but I also did a tray of dark chocolate too.


After you have dipped in chocolate and scraped off the excess, roll in a tray of sprinkles to cover, you can also sprinkle them on, this just takes longer.


And here is the pretty finished product. Last time I had them, I thought I liked the white chocolate better, but this time dark chocolate definitely won.


Crowd pleaser for sure!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Hey Buddy!

Every year the Coast Guard has a Christmas party. In San Diego Jake and I never attended because apparently the rescue swimmers were "too cool" for it, but here in NJ things are different. Not only do the swimmers attend, they apparently attend in style. By style I mean they all buy matching Buddy the Elf costumes (and one Santa) and show up in a big group like the cool kids making a late entrance. I will say it was fun though.



Jake and me


All the swimmers right after they walked in...


About 2 min. after we got there, the fire alarm went off. It was mass chaos and it persisted for at least 15 minutes. Yes, we exited the building in the freezing cold.


Hitting the dance floor. The elves were not inconspicuous as you can see.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

30 something

My honey doesn't like celebrating on his bday. This year I conceded, and he got the only thing he wanted ribs and a lemon meringue pie.



After getting my KitchenAid mixer this fall, I have really not enjoyed using it as much as I thought, but I will say, it does an awesome job on some meringue. Yum, Yum. Next year, I'm making a double batch.

Friday, December 3, 2010

The day before the most wonderful time of the year.

Thanksgiving that is....

This year we had friends from Dallas visit and it was such a sweet time. Both clans really like to cook, so we had some seriously AWESOME Thanksgiving food.
We started off by brining the turkey, which in my opinion is the only way to go, so juicy! But our guests also did something amazing, they made green bean casserole with fresh crispy green beans. And my lovely husband Jake made our stuffing with bacon and bacon grease. To say the least it was not a light affair, it was more like gourmet, which we all know means delicious, but totally fatty. Aside from my somewhat soupy pecan pie (which I still licked to the pan) it was delicious and a true celebration of how blessed we are as Americans, but most of all Christians.




That's one pretty plate.

What did you do for Thanksgiving?

Thursday, December 2, 2010

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

Jake is working at Christmas tree farm this year, so I have the first real tree I've had in probably 10 years. It's so full and pretty, I love it. Unfortunately the cats do too and have been eating it. I will try to take a picture of that, but for now... just the tree...
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