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Easy Chocolate Pretzel Stix – Perfect for Gifts

Chocolate Covered Pretzels

Make a Perfect Holiday Treat……..

I love making homemade gifts and goodies around the holidays. For me it is something I look forward to each year. These pretzels sticks are so EASY to make and they are very tasty. This is a perfect treat to make with the kids. Even very young children can help and it only requires a few tools and ingredients.

You can switch things up by changing the color or type of topping you use. For instance I made some for 4th of July, see here, or you could use pink or blue for a baby shower. The possibilities are endless.

These sweet treats would be perfect to add to a holiday gift basket or to bring as a hostess gift.

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Ingredients: Print Recipe

  • 1 bag pretzel rods
  • 10oz. bag chocolate chips
  • 1 jar Fall Color Mix sprinkles

Tools/Supplies:

  • Wax paper
  • Cellophane Pretzel Bags
  • Cookie Sheet
  • 4 cup Pyrex or other microwavable dish.
  • Butter Knife
  • Small Plate

Directions:

Put a piece of wax paper on a rectangle baking tray. Use some sort of microwave safe container to melt the chips (deep enough to dip the pretzel rods). I used a 4-cup pyrex measuring cup. Pour the chocolate chips into the container. To melt the chips cook in microwave for 1-1/2minutes, stir with butter knife then cook another 30seconds and stir again. Take a pretzel stick and dip into melted chocolate to coat. I tilted the measuring cup to get the chocolate far enough up the pretzel. Holding the pretzel horizontal I twirled it until no more chocolate was dripping. Then, hold the pretzel over a plate and sprinkle with candy sprinkles or whatever you choose. Set the pretzel on wax paper and continue with the next one. Makes 12 pretzels.

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Now all you have to do is to wait for hem to harden. It took a few hours sitting on the counter. Or, you could put them into the freezer for a few minutes.

When the chocolate gets firm you can

carefully slide them into the pretzel bags.

That’s it. They only take a few minutes. Perfect for you to make with the kids. They are very tasty. In fact I will share with you my little secret shh… I ate one for breakfast with my coffee and it was Yummy! Don’t tell

Bon Appetit,

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Wordless Wednesday – My Creative Friends

I just received this handmade luau invitation. I have some really creative friends. I think this is so cute.

Gobble Gobble – Quick and Easy Thanksgiving Card

I needed to send out a few Thanksgiving cards so I decided to make them myself. I love making cards. I wanted it to be very simple and I could only use things I already had at home. I had no time to go to the store.

I decided to put a simple turkey picture on the front and say Happy Thanksgiving. So original, I know. I did not have a picture of a turkey. so I used my high tech skills and used my finger on the mouse pad to draw a turkey. Gasp, I even used MS word instead of a fancy drawing tool. Well, I did clean-up and color the turkey in photoshop.

Anyway, let me show you my Quick and Easy Card. If you need a card to make I give you the link to the template below. Just because I like you. Oh, and this would be so easy to have the kids make. Grandma’s and Grandpa’s love that kind of thing.

Scrapping Crafting Tools of the Trade

Supplies for 2 Cards:
1 – Piece of 8.5″ x 11″ white card-stock to print images or use plain printer paper
1 – Piece of 8.5″ x 11″ color card-stock
Tape or glue
Scissors or paper cutter
Embellishments as desired. I know you scrappers out there have tons of embellishments sitting around in those fancy boxes. I know I do, LOL.

1. Print images on card-stock

2. Cut out turkey card images

3. Cut 8.5″ x 11″ coordinating color card-stock
in half horizontally to make
two 5.5″tall x 8.5″ wide pieces

4. Fold color card-stock in half.
Score paper first if you have a scorer.

5. Tape or Glue Turkey to front of card and your done

Pretty easy don’t you think?

Maybe you want to color your own, add glitter, tags, and gems.

Here is one where I used water color pencils.


Click Here To Get Thanksgiving Card Template Now

That’s it, now you can make your own Turkey Card. If you have young children you might be interested in a card card template made just for kids to color Get it here

Cheers,


Coloring Easter Eggs – There’s Still Time

You don’t have much time left if you want to dye eggs for Easter Sunday. I just dyed mine this morning.

I was inspired to get to it and dye my Easter eggs by another blogger who did a post  about Dyeing Easter Eggs! Thanks LB&J.

© FlyingKitten 2010

I had a Martha Stewart magazine on my coffee table with beautifully colored eggs on the  cover. In the magazine I found detailed instruction on how to make the eggs. I only followed some of the instructions. Mostly about using electrical tape to make the designs. I kind of just guessed as I went along. I didn’t want to make a big production out of it.  I wanted to keep it fun and simple. My daughter and I had fun working on them together. That is the most important thing to me.

I only wanted to use what I had on hand. No going to the store. This is what I used

Tools and StuffDyingEggs

  • Eggs
  • Cups
  • Forks
  • Electrical Tape
  • Food Coloring
  • Apple Cider Vinegar ( I did not have white vinegar)
  • Water

Directions:

The first thing I did was to blow out the eggs. You can learn how to blow out eggs here

Next, I made sure they were clean and dry.

I used the electrical tape to make the designs.  I just used scissors to cut shapes. Then I stuck the tape pieces onto the eggs. Try to seal the edges carefully.

I Squirt some dye into the cup added a swig of vinegar, then added some water (add enough water to submerge the eggs).

Now you are ready to dye the eggs.

dying easter eggs

dying Easter Eggs

Let the eggs sit in the water for a few minutes. Take them out using a fork or spoon and set them into the egg container.

Use a paper towel to dry the eggs completely before removing the tape.

That’s it. The eggs are done. Now just add them to your Easter Baskets or table centerpiece. I was much happier with the outcome after putting them into the baskets.

The Finished Product

I did some fast typing on this post, so please forgive the typos and such. I wanted to get the post before Easter LOL.

Happy Easter,

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