Sunday, January 30, 2011

Our backyard during the cold winter months

Horror frost is so much fun to photograph.

Today is the perfect day to stay inside, read books and magazines, play games and drink hot chocolate.

Our backyard is home to many wild animals that come up from the ravine into our yard to explore.
Our coyote that sings in the wee hours of the night and will not go away unless we turn on all the backyard lights.

Our bobcat we named Bob. He is not shy to come right up to the house and across our front porch!

Our white tailed deer that eat all of our shrubs! It is a good thing they are so fun to watch.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Chocolate Pretzel Treats

It's all about the sweet and the salty!

  • 1 bag Mini pretzels, round or square
  • 1 bag Wilton Candy Melts, milk chocolate, dark chocolate, white chocolate whatever suits your occasion 
  • 1 bag M & M's any color that goes with your color theme


Preheat oven to 200 degrees F.  Place pretzels in rows on a baking sheet, drop one candy melt in the center of each pretzel.  Place cookie sheet in oven for 1 to 2 minutes only, it doesn't take long to melt.  Remove from oven and press one M&M in the center of each melt.  Allow pretzels to cool for about 20 minutes.  Place treats in a cute clear bag and tie with a fun ribbon.

These pretzels make wonderful loot bag stuffers or Teacher gifts.  Instead of using Candy Melts instead you could use Hershey's Rolo candy and topped with a pecan, Hershey's Hugs or Kisses or even Reese's Mini Peanut Butter Cups topped with a roasted peanut.  Have fun creating.