When I saw this idea on Pinterest, I knew I had to create some of these.
A few simple ingredients and two minutes in the oven make for a winner of a special holiday treat.
I had a bag of Rolos left over from Christmas, and I knew I could pull some green M&M’s out of the jar I keep full most all the time. I had some pretzel sticks, but didn’t have mini pretzels, so that is all I had to buy. The ones I picked up at Fresh Thyme were Gluten Free and made from rice flour, so a bit lighter color, but completely delish!
Here is the super simple “recipe.” Do you have some friends or loved ones you’d like to share them with?
Preheat oven to 250 degrees F. Lay pretzels out in the shape of shamrocks on parchment paper lined baking sheet or stone. Place a Rolo where all three pretzels meet. Bake for 2 minutes for Rolo to soften. Remove from oven, and press M&M in center of Rolo. Cool completely and/or place in freezer to chill.
I’ve been dreaming of making this since summer….
and I finally got busy and did it this week.
Just in time!
I was looking for a fun way for my granddaughter to count down the days until Christmas with a little surprise each day, so when I found this inexpensive Over the Door Shoe Organizer this summer, I knew just what I was going to do.
I used fabric paint to paint the numbers on each “shoe pouch” – just the right number for an advent calendar!
And it was so much fun shopping for little toys and art projects and treats and hair bows and socks and mittens to fill all 24 compartments.
I think the anticipation of Christmas is almost more fun than the day itself. I love the whole month leading up to it.
A friend shared this Advent Calendar of Kindness recently on Facebook, and I couldn’t resist sharing it too.
Don’t let the stress of the materialism of the holiday ruin this special time. Small gifts of anticipation and everyday acts of kindness can make all the difference! It’s what we need more of.
And what s’more perfect with hot cocoa or coffee than s’mores.
And what s’more delicious than campfire s’mores?
S’more cookie bars any time of year!
I love these adorable little cookie treats I learned from my daughter-in-law, Colleen, who first served them at a holiday cookie exchange she hosted a couple years ago.
They are simple. They are fun. They are beautiful. And best of all, they are SCRUMPTIOUS!
The teeny tiny miniature dehydrated marshmallows totally make them! I purchased them locally at Make a Cake, a local, charming little cake and candy decorating shop, but they are also available online if you can’t find them near you.
After breaking all graham crackers and chocolate bars into rectangles, place one chocolate rectangle between two graham cracker rectangles forming a sandwich.
Melt Merckens milk chocolate one pound at a time in microwave. Heat for 1 minute on high. Stir well. Heat 20-30 more seconds. Stir well until smooth.
Dip each graham cracker and chocolate bar sandwich into chocolate – coating 1/2 – 2/3 of cookie. Let excess drip, and place on sheet of wax paper to cool and harden. Dip 4-6, place on wax paper, and sprinkle with marshmallows. Working in groups allows the marshmallows to stick to the melted chocolate before it cools to harden. Continue until all are coated and sprinkled with marshmallows. Allow to cool and harden.
They are ready within 20-30 minutes to enjoy or store in an airtight container.
Cheers & Hugs,
P.S. If you are local, I made these to share at the Berry Vine Gifts Christmas in the Woods Open House, which starts today, Friday, November 17th (10-6). It also runs through the weekend, Saturday, November 18th (10-6) and Sunday, November 19th (12-4). Come munch on one with a cup of cocoa while you browse the beautiful holiday handmade crafts, antique furniture, and gifts in this one-of-a-kind shoppe (including my art and Colleen’s rustic pallet signs!)
4 sticks (1 lb.) butter, softened
1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar
1 1/2 cups white granulated sugar
2 tsp vanilla
2 tsp baking soda
2 tsp salt
5 cups all purpose flour
6 1.55 oz Hershey’s milk chocolate candy bars, coarsely chopped
6 honey graham crackers, coarsely chopped
1 cup mini dehydrated marshmallows
With electric mixer, beat butter and sugar together until completely incorporated. Add vanilla and eggs, and beat until light and fluffy. Add baking soda and salt, and mix another minute. Gradually add flour and beat until well incorporated, but do not overbeat.
Fold in 4 of the coarsely chopped Hershey’s bars, 4 of the coarsely chopped graham crackers, and 3/4 cup of the mini dehydrated marshmallows. Refrigerate dough for at least 2 hours or up to 2 days.
When ready to bake, preheat oven to 375 degrees F. With your hands, form a cookie dough ball about 1-1/2 inches in diameter. Place on baking stone. Decorate tops of cookies with reserved candy, graham crackers, and marshmallows. Bake for 8-10 minutes. Do not overbake. Allow to cool on baking stone for 5-6 minutes, then remove to cooling rack to cool completely.
Grass Flip Flops – Don’t let the grass grow under your feet
Don’t Let the Grass Grow Under Your Feet.
After getting a total kick out of these grass flip flops I spotted in a gift shop in Sedona and seeing where someone who lives in the desert southwest might enjoy these, they reminded me of this saying Grandma used to say.
“Don’t let the grass grow under your feet!”
Some of her other favorites included, “Make hay while the sun shines,” and “Work before pleasure.”
I can still hear her saying these in my head, and it makes me smile.
Grandma only went to school until fourth grade before she had to stay home and take care of her brothers after the passing of her mother. At the age of nine, she also did the cooking and cleaning and laundry (long before automatic washers and dryers, microwaves, and vacuum cleaners) while her dad worked in the coal mine.
Can we even image any of our children at the age of 9 doing this today? Not that I would recommend it!
Though she lacked formal education, she had more common sense and a stronger work ethic than anyone I’ve known. There is nothing she wouldn’t try doing – including electrical work!
She taught me many things. Things you don’t learn in school.
She taught me the important “stuff!”
But most of all she loved me with a love I still feel today.
My grandma has been gone for over 20 years, but she is still my guiding light in so many ways every day. Now that I am a grandma, I can only hope that I will have the same impact on my grandchild(ren).
Pittsburgh has a particularly popular pickle-loving history beginning almost 150 years ago when the H. J. Heinz Factory was built. I remember going on a Heinz factory tour as a grade school field trip and receiving one of the now iconic pickle pins. (My granddaughter now has one in her Grandma Memory Jar from our visit to Picklesburgh this past weekend.)
Dill-acacies included pierogies with pickles, pickled funnel cakes, pickle-flavored custard, and deep-fried, bacon-wrapped pickles on a stick. There were pickles and dip and grilled cheese sandwiches with pickles. There was pickle fudge and pickle peanut butter cookies.
There were pickle balloons – small and large – including a giant flying Heinz pickle balloon, custom built by a team that also crafts balloons for Disney and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade.
There were pickling food demonstrations
And pickle samples from local farm-to-table shop small vendors like Epic Pickles