Monday, November 19, 2007

I think I may gain my 10 pounds back this month

.... because I am all about the sweets during the holidays. Who I am kidding, I am all about the sweets everyday and could probably live off sugar. Only sugar. Really.

The Sasha family will be heading to the lake on Thursday for TG because my mom's side of the fam is getting together at my Aunt and Uncle's marina. Should be fun, although the forecast shows that the high will be 41 that day, unlike the 81(!) that we are having today. Yesterday, we were all outside in shorts and Ts raking up leaves. And then in 4 days it will be 41.....

Anyway, I am totally making my prize-winning Neiman Marcus bars, and I think that The Politician and I will whip up a batch of Holiday Pretzel Treats one night this week. He loves doing these and it really is a good treat for kids to help with.

I also plan on finally letting The Wild Child have a taste of chocolate since she's almost 2, so she'll even get to try them this year. I know I am the craziest mom ever, because even though I can't get my shit together in my daily life, I have managed to hold off on peanut butter and chocolate until both kids had their second birthday. I have nutty skin issues, and both kids have had eczema and lichen straitus (google it- weird stuff) so I figured waiting on PB was the way to go. Only time will tell.

Holiday Pretzel Treats from Family Fun Magazine

Salty pretzels combine with sweet chocolate for these fun treats that make a yummy gift few can resist. (In fact, you may want to make some extras for yourself!)

Bite-size, waffle-shaped pretzels
Hershey's Kiss or Hershey's Hug
M&M's candy

1. Heat the oven to 170ยบ. Set a number of bite-size, waffle-shaped pretzels (one for each treat) in a single layer on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper, then top each pretzel with an unwrapped Hershey's Kiss or Hershey's Hug.

2. Bake for 4 to 6 minutes (the white chocolate will melt more quickly), until the chocolates feel soft when touched with a wooden spoon. Remove the cookie sheet from the oven and quickly press an M&M's candy into the center of each Kiss.

3. Allow the treats to cool for a few minutes, then place them in the refrigerator to set, about 10 minutes. Place handfuls of the candies in clear plastic bags and tie on colorful ribbons.

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