Chocolate Pretzel Holiday Snack

Chocolate Pretzel Holiday Snack

M&M Pretzel Snack

This holiday snack is salty and sweet, yum yum! Round pretzels filled will kisses and M&Ms. Sweet milk chocolate and a salty pretzel keep me coming back for more. They are relatively easy to make. The only time-consuming part is unwrapping all your chocolate kisses firsts, I suggest watching a movie or tv show while doing this.

Adding M&Ms

To soften the kisses I found the instructions over here on Tasty Kitchen for the oven temp and time. A note, at first I was using kisses that I unwrapped last year and they just crumbled in the oven instead of softening. I suggest using fresh kisses or ones you’ve just unwrapped. 🙂

Happy snacking!

Sweetly,

Gwenlynn

Caring Jambalya

Caring Jambalya

*This is not a sponsored post.

In the area we live in, a big fundraising effort is made in December for We Care. Efforts involve Christmas light displays, people out collecting with donation buckets at intersections, a telethon, and apparently a shop with cookbooks!

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We Care funds raised go to several organizations to help those in need. You can read more about their mission on their website here or by going to www.wecarekokomo.org.

This year we picked up a cookbook and decided to try out the jambalaya recipe found on page 106 (I believe we have the 2010 cookbook). We made only one alteration to the recipe as I am not fond of seafood, so you’ll notice in the pictures that it is jambalaya minus the shrimp.

The recipe was simple to follow and very easy to make with one person prepping and other stirring and mixing ingredients in. The main cooking process was simmering and waiting.

Once finished it was delicious. We scooped it up into bowls and poured some milk and sat down to enjoy a hot meal and some tv on the couch. Emma was very interested in getting a taste as she cozied up next to me and set her big eyes on my food. She is so adorable and got to lick the bowls after.

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Do you like jambalaya?

Sweetly,

Gwenlynn

Deck the Halls (Home)…

Deck the Halls (Home)…

We’ve been busy once again making an effort to organize stuff from our move in order to put out the Christmas decorations. Cleaning up areas to make the main rooms cleaner and such. Maybe we will finally have that one sofa chair to sit in… hmm what an idea. I suppose that would mean I need a place to put the stuff that is currently residing on the chair.

Bunny and Goose Xmas Pillows

So far the effort has been to make room for the cut Christmas trees that we picked out last weekend with some friends. We happened to find a nice tall tree and topped it off and then had to top it off again some more at home to make it actually fit…. The heel to toe measuring method isn’t exactly precise so we got a bit more tree than we expected. 🙂 But we made it fit and it up with lights and an angel on top, no ornaments yet. We still have work to do.

Merry Christmas Chalkboard

Otherwise, I put out a few other items and my precious moment’s nativity. What decorations do you put out? Live or Artificial tree?

Sweetly,

Gwenlynn

A Look Back

A Look Back

A just a quick look back over my blog posting history that started in July…. man was that an intense November.

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I am glad to be getting back to my Tuesday & Thursday posting schedule. Till then…

Sweetly,

Gwenlynn

One Post Every Day in November

One Post Every Day in November

Day 1: Everyday November

Day 2: In a Dog’s World

Day 3: Cooking Bacon

Day 4: Egg on Toast

Day 5: Sorting Cookie Cutters

Day 6: Sunday Cinnamon Rolls

Day 7: Experimenting in the Kitchen

Day 8: Time to change Decorations

Day 9: November Sunset

Day 10: Cooking Therapy

Day 11: I Flipped The Egg

Day 12: Customizable Pasta Dinner

Day 13: Ikea Plants

Day 14: Making Sugar Cookies

Day 15: Royal Icing – Pink Flower

Day 16: Video Editing – Icing Cookies

Day 17: Take Three – Video Editing on my Phone

Day 18: Autumn Leaf Cookies

Day 19: Productive Rainy Day

Day 20: A Wall of Books

Day 21: Finishing the Year Strong

Day 22: Eggnog is Popular

Day 23: Happy Turkey Day

Day 24: Inspiration: Naked Cakes

Day 25: Finishing Strong week 1 recap

Day 26: Sunday Groceries

Day 27: Natural Nut Butter

Day 28: Cookies n Cream Cupcakes

Day 29: Onto December Soon

Day 30: TaDa, Today!

Let me know in the comments below or by giving the posts a like which ones you enjoyed!

Sweetly,

Gwenlynn

 

 

 

 

Onto December Soon

Onto December Soon

The November blog posting challenge will be wrapping up tomorrow. I’ll be posting a recap of my post of over the last month as wrap up but have decided to take this evening to reflect.

It’s been harder than I thought. If you haven’t noticed I’m not typically very wordy, I think this everyday challenge has stretched me a bit thin and a challenge to determine what to post each day. I find that I feel the most blog-worthy when my hands are tied up doing something else, like dishes or on a long drive… if only my thoughts could type themselves. Otherwise, I guess I will keep at this and continue to try new things and find my jam so to speak.

I think I am learning that it is okay to not be wordy. Some of the other blogs I enjoy are simple posts of a single picture followed by a caption. Something beautiful, eye-candy for the soul.

I’ve found that there is a lot to learn about blogging, food photography, and posting videos, but the support I have received from joining the Cheer Peppers on the journey of blogging every day in November has been amazing. Please go check out some of their works over the last month with the links below.

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I’LL TRADE MY WHEAT FOR SOME SHEEP – Psychobabble

“The First Time We Feel Rain” by David Ellis – toofulltowrite

Satur-yay! – Faith Hope & Chocolate

A BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENT – Reclaiming Mary

Sweetly,

Gwenlynn

Cookies n Cream Cupcakes

Cookies n Cream Cupcakes

It’s my Birthday! So for my birthday, I whipped together these cookie n’ cream cupcakes. I made them with two box cake mixes, white and chocolate. In order to not end up a ton of cupcakes, I halved the mixes by weighing the eggs and dry ingredients to get half.

I found the frosting recipe over here on Chef in Training and it’s delicious!

Cookies and Cream Frosting Recipe

Sweetly,

Gwenlynn