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Chances are over the holidays you went to a party and saw these delicious little treats, in some form or another. I went to a family party and one family member made these treats with pretzels, Hershey kisses, and M&M’s. I decided I needed more caramel in my life and I really love pecans (even though they are becoming pricey!). Although these treats seem more holidayish… they could pass for a great Superbowl treat/munchies. So here we go, I promise it’s simple and so easy, just be patient at the end and really let the treat develop!

 

Ingredients

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Square pretzels – They need to be square or you will have some serious chocolate melting.

Rolo’s – I got these on sale because they were wrapped in Christmas colors so it made the recipe that much better!

Pecan Halves – Do not get crushed pecans they need to have a shape to them.

Directions   

Start by preheating the oven to 350 Degrees F. and lay the parchment paper over a baking sheet. Once the pretzels have been laid out you can place the unwrapped rolo’s on top of the pretzels. After those are complete and the tray is full place the tray in the oven for NO MORE than 5 Minutes. This ensures the chocolate is in a melting stage but not fully melted to the point of messy.

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Once the chocolate is in the melting stage and has been taken out of the oven grab the pecans place in the center of the Rolo’s.

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After the tray is complete let the rolo’s harden and cool. This will be amazing once they have harden but you MUST be patient!

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ENJOY!


Today I will not be posting a recipe… I know I’m really sorry! But instead I will be sharing some of the other amazing blogs I read by some of my really close friends.

High school was an amazing time for me but I only had three best friends I’ll keep for life and remember forever, and they are doing amazing things with their lives right now! One got married and is a teacher and the other is living it up in Washington D.C, and both my have a recipe or two to share this month.

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College though college was where I made the majority of my friends. Picking a college means you are picking a family, you automatically have something in common and it’s room for growth. The first blog I want to share is one of my absolute best friends, Nicole’s. We met freshman year living across from each other and continued to stay friends because we not only had a living space in common but we shared the same major. She has a blog focused on what we went to school for, Event Planning, she gives great advice on parties, gifts, how to plan a party, who to invite, she wants you to “Devour the Details” of every event. This is a must follow type blog, especially if you are planning a party any time soon! (You can even hire her for your events!)

http://devourthedetails.blogspot.com/

The second blog I’m sharing is a friend I met way to late in college. Carly and I didn’t met until our senior year of college, not quite sure how this happened (it’s not like we went to a huge college or anything). But I was lucky enough to meet her at all. Carly has this fullness on life attitude and has turned it into a blog. She shares healthy recipes (what are those?!) but she also shares ways to live a fuller life, minus fear, and more giving. It’s a really interesting blog that I enjoy and definitely gets me thinking about how I live my life and how I could be living my life.

http://www.zoelaneblog.blogspot.com/

Please enjoy these blogs as I do and feel free to share with your friends! Thank you to my followers for being my major supporters and my motivation to hopefully have a huge surprise come 2014! But continue to follow in 2013 for more great holiday recipes!


Christmas is coming and what better way to wake-up than with a breakfast already prepared the night before! According to Ocean Spray “cranberry are the unofficial-official fruit for the holidays” so I have decided to try a new recipe! The nuts are always optional but I made a cranberry nut bread today, this is my first time and I have had one great review from my mom who had it with a little tea as her morning snack. Please leave a comment if you have tried this recipe and fully enjoyed it!

Ingredients

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2 Cups Flour

1 Cup Sugar

1 1/2 Teaspoons Baking Powder

1 Teaspoon Salt

1/2 Teaspoon Baking Soda

3/4 Cup Orange Juice

2 Tablespoons vegetable oil

1 Egg

1 1/2 Cups Fresh or Frozen Cranberries (Chopped!)

1/2 Cup Chopped Nuts (This is optional and you can put in as much or as little as you would like.)

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 Degrees (F). Grease a loaf pan (I used a 9×5). Mix in a medium bowl all of the dry ingredients. Then add the orange juice (Mix) then the egg (mix). Mix all those ingredients together until it is well combined.

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Then stir in the cranberries and nuts. I used a little handy chopper from Black and Decker to make this process go a little faster, but a good ole’ knife and cutting board will do the trick too.

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Pour into the *Greased loaf pan and bake for 40 minutes (this time can alter based on your oven). Best trick in the book take a toothpick and check the middle in order to see if it comes out clean. Once the bread has finished let cool for about 15 minutes. Then flip it over and place it on a decorative plate, you could even have it sliced up already for easy pickin’.

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Grab your coffee or tea and enjoy!

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These are amazing! Growing up on Martha’s Vineyard I was a slight tourist and enjoyed my occasional trip to the Black Dog Cafe for their amazingly delicious Giant Chewy Ginger Cookies! They were so good that as I continued to get older and more familiar with the idea of baking and how ingredients worked and even looked up different recipes for ginger cookies I finally discovered one that was perfect!

*My only issue is that they are delicious the first two days soft chewy moist everything you want in a cookie, however, once you hit day three they start to turn into “Giant Ginger-SNAPS” because they are a little harder. Be advised if you decide to bring them to a party.

Ingredients

4 1/2 Cups Flour

4 Teaspoons Ground Ginger

2 Teaspoons Baking Soda

1 1/2 Teaspoons Ground Cinnamon

Pinch of Salt

1 Teaspoon Ground Cloves

1 1/2 Cups Shortening

2 Cups Granulated Sugar

2 Eggs

1/2 Cup Molasses

3/4 Cups Coarse or Granulated Sugar (The Coarse will make the cookies look so pretty but I only had granulated sugar – really your choice)

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 Degrees (F). Then start mixing the flour, ginger, baking soda, cinnamon cloves and a pinch of salt together. Set that aside. You will need two bowls for this recipe or you can do the second part of this recipe and then throw in the dry ingredients after, as long as it all makes it into one bowl it doesn’t matter how it’s combined.

In the second bowl start with the shortening and beat that till it’s creamy (30 seconds). Add the 2 Cups of granulated sugar then mix till they are well combined. Beat in the eggs and molasses until well combined again.

*I hate the smell of molasses don’t let that turn you off from this recipe. While mixing you may not enjoy the smell of these ingredients together but they taste so good together once they are baked!

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Start to stir in the flour mixture until it’s fully mixed. In order to make these cookies “Giant” use an ice cream scoop, but take half of that scoop and make a ball. Once you have a ball of cookie dough roll it around in the coarse or granulated sugar. Then place the balls on an ungreased cookie sheet.

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Bake for 12-14 Minutes until the cookies are light brown and puffed. Be very careful not to over bake or you will never get the chewy cookie it will go straight into a ginger-snap. Let cookies cool and then enjoy! These are another great cookie to bring to a swap because this recipe will make about 25 cookies.

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countdown to christmas wreath

Here it is! The moment you have all been waiting for! I have made multiple announcement stating I had a huge surprise coming up in December and it’s finally time to tell you what I have up my sleeve!

It’s a countdown to Christmas with recipes and homemade treats you could give as gifts! But the bigger surprise is that I’m not doing this alone! In honor of the holidays and spending time with family and friends I have asked my family and friends to become guest authors for the month and help me give my viewers some of their amazing recipes! Keep an eye-out and stay posted! We start December 1st!