June 8, 2009

Chetzels (Chocolate Pretzels)

Ok... I "stumbled upon" this interesting looking recipe the other day and couldn't quit day dreaming about it. It looked so tasty! So... I talked the kids into working with me and together we put together these FABULOUS treats! They are SOOOOO GOOOOOD!!!! We call them "Chetzels" because they are a combination of Chocolate and Pretzels.

Needless to say... they didn't last long. :) We shared some with our neighbors and devoured the rest within 2 days. Their flavor is slightly addicting (BTW).

OK... Here are the ingredients:

1 Bag of Hershey's kisses (we used a mixture of kisses and hugs)

1 Bag of M&M's (we used plain but peanut would work just as well)

1 Bag of Snyder's Pretzels (the square one's with the grid)(yum)

Step 1: Preheat oven to around 200 degrees.

Step 2: Spread out a bunch of pretzel squares on an ungreased baking sheet.

Step 3: Unwrap the kisses and/or hugs and put one on top of each pretzel square. (Hint: we separated the kisses and hugs onto separate trays because the hugs melt A LOT faster than the kisses do and will need to be taken out of the oven sooner)

Step 4: Put them into the oven for approximately 3-5 minutes. Just long enough to soften the chocolate but not melt it. Keep an eye on it because it doesn't take long at all.

Step 5: Take them out of the oven and press an M&M into the center of each one and let them cool. As they cool they will firm up again. (At least in theory... the hugs didn't want to harden again after we softened them, until we put them in the refrigerator for about 15 minutes.)

Step 6: Eat and Enjoy!!!

Now go and get your supplies and get started.

This is a fun and easy baking project to involve the kids in. My kids loved every minute of it! Especially sneaking a kiss every now and again. :)

June 2, 2009

Bottle Cap Jewelry

I am going to try this project this week. This should be fun and easy enough for the kids to do as well. Bottle cap jewelry is becoming very popular among kids these days.

I am going to post some pictures of my results. Check back soon.

June 1, 2009