Monthly Archives: December 2011

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The Making of Christmas Pretzel Candy

Ready for an easy holiday treat?  Follow these simple instructions for how to make Christmas Pretzel Candy.  (Helpful hint, make these year round with any color combos of M&Ms! Yum!)

To start, you will need at least a half a bag of mini pretzel twists. (You can also use small pretzel squares if you can find them in your local grocery.) Candy ingredients are plain milk chocolate M&Ms and Hershey’s Hugs (special note – milk chocolate kisses do not melt the same way).

Place the pretzels on aluminum foil on a cookie sheet. Make sure all of them are flat and not overlapping. Set your ovens to 325 degrees and let pre-heat while you prep the candy before melting.

Place the M&Ms in one bowl and unwrap all of the Hugs for another bowl (this will make prep faster and easier).  Place the hugs evenly centered on each pretzel.  When the oven is ready, place the cookie sheet on the top shelf for NO MORE THAN 2 MINUTES. The Hugs melt very quickly!

As soon as you pull the tray out of the oven, place the cookie sheet onto a cooling rack (to avoid additional heat and too much melting) and place the M&Ms on the center of each melted Hug.

Once all candies are in position, place the cookie sheet on the top shelf of your refrigerator and let the melted chocolate harden. (You can leave this in the cold for however long you see fit). Once the candy feels like its original consistency, take out of the fridge and place into the desired serving container.  I put mine if a fun plastic tub from Target to take to the office to share for this holiday season. (Also great for festive parties in glass bowls and on seasonal trays.)

Take a few bites and ENJOY!!!

Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year!



lessons from ‘eleven

after yet another crazy, life-changing year  ( aren’t they all? )  it only seems right to document just a few of the many thoughts, lessons and observations learned from 2011 before the new year arrives.

so, in no particular order, here goes:

1. never judge a book, a person, a job, a home, a relationship (you get the point) by its cover. if you do, you might truly be missing something great.

2. take nothing you have for granted. even on days where you feel low, take just a moment to realize how lucky you are to be alive and well.

3. tell those close to you that you like them / love them every chance you get. small compliments and kind words go far.  

4. be considerate even when others aren’t. say please, thank you and your welcome. spin things positively.

5. compliment people when they do kind things, when they look nice, when they practice the smallest acts of kindness, when they do a good job. it will make their day and yours.

6. pick your battles, at home and at work. you’ll feel your stress level slowly decrease.

7. don’t apologize too much – for who you are, how you act, silly things. be yourself and folks that treasure you for just that will be the ones worth surrounding yourself with.

8. don’t put yourself down. gain a few pounds, get some answers wrong, eat & drink too much, forget simple tasks – do all these things without beating yourself up. you are human.

9. always proofread your emails, and your send-to addresses – personal and professional. don’t let your inbox be a stressor.

10. spend your time doing what makes you feel good mentally, physically and emotionally. you may not always be able to meet all three – but if there is a huge obstacle in your way, find a way to break through it.

11. “Now and then it’s good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy.” – Guillaume Appolinaire

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