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Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Day 1 of 12 Days of Christmas Series: Chocolate Covered Pretzels

Chocolate Covered Pretzels

Welcome all to the 1st day of the
12 Days of Christmas Series.

I changed it up a little this year. I am having the majority of the 12 days posted by other bloggers.

This will be less stress for me, and I'll get to sit back and enjoy the lovely crafts and recipes!

So without further ado..

My first blogger is Barb from
Take it away Barb!

These chocolate covered pretzels are easy to make, and always a crowd pleaser. I love to make them at Christmas time to give out to friends and teachers at school. It only takes me about 15 minutes to make them. Before you get started, prepare your work area. You'll need to space to make the chocolate covered pretzels and a space for them to cool and harden before storing.

Supplies Needed

  • Glass Bowl for melting chocolate in microwave
  • Plate or Bowl to catch loose sprinkles - Don't let those sprinkles go to waste!
  • Wax Paper - I prefer wax because I can peel the cooled chocolate off of it for remelting.
  • Cookie Sheets - I prefer these for cooling the chocolate covered pretzels. If you use a cooling rack, put a piece of wax paper underneath to catch anything that falls.

Melting the Chocolate

The key to this recipe is the microwave. Microwaving the chocolate is so much easier than melting it over a double boiler. 1. Fill your glass bowl with candy chocolates or chocolate chips. 2. Microwave on high for 1 minute. 3. Stir thoroughly. 4. Microwave for 30 seconds on high. 5. Stir thoroughly. 6. Only microwave again for 15 seconds if you see large bits of chocolate in the melted chocolate. The residual heat in the melted chocolate will melt the unmelted bits around it as you mix the chocolate. Chocolate Covered Pretzels

Chocolate Covered Pretzels


8 ounces of white chocolate chips or Candy Chocolate 2 teaspoons of Coconut Oil Utz Holiday Pretzels or your favorite mini pretzel shape Holiday Sprinkles


Melt chocolate with coconut oil in microwave following the instructions for melting chocolate. Don't overheat the chocolate. There are 2 ways to cover a pretzel with chocolate. You can dip the pretzel into the melted chocolate with your fingers, leaving one part plain. Or, you can put the pretzel into the melted chocolate to completely cover it. Use 1 or 2 forks to remove the pretzel from the chocolate, and let the excess chocolate drip off. Holding the chocolate covered pretzel over wax paper, drop sprinkles on the chocolate and place pretzel on wax paper to cool and harden. Store pretzels in cool place, or in the refrigerator.

Fun Additions

Besides sprinkles, the universe is wide open when it comes to decorating your chocolate covered pretzels. Here's some ideas to get you started:
  • Melted Dark Chocolate drizzled over the White Chocolate and vice versa
  • Crushed Peppermint Candy Canes (Giant is carrying pre-crushed peppermint candy bits to save you time)
  • Crushed Nuts (Walnuts, Pecans, Almonds)
  • Crushed Nuts mixed with Sea Salt
Find more of my Easy Christmas Treats at A Life in Balance. Chocolate Covered Pretzels

Thanks you so much Barb! 
I can't wait to make them! 

And thank you all for tuning in today!
Until Tomorrow...

Sunday, November 29, 2015

50 Stocking Stuffers Ideas for Men

I know men, Pssshh! They can be so hard to buy for sometimes. All the men in my life tend to buy whatever they want, leaving it impossible for anyone to buy them something they truly want.

But fear not me ladies, for I have done some major research. I've searched,  and researched, asked all sorts and kinds of men. And I am pretty sure ladies, that no one this year will have an excuse for not knowing what to buy for the man in your life. These are great stocking stuffers, and some great ideas in general!

I'll shut up and let you get to shopping!

1. Rechargeable batteries, Men love toys, and almost all of them use some form of battery.

2. Wallets... Men will wear these out but they won't have to if they get a nice new one in their stocking!

3. Funny T-Shirts are easy to roll and stuff and will put a smile on that man's face!

4. Gloves are perfect anytime of year. These gloves will work for the cold but are great for doing outdoor activities.

5. What man doesn't' like a good pocket knife. Get a swiss army style or a manly one!

6. Coffee k cups can get pricy, instead of stuffing his stocking with fattening chocolate, break open a box of k cups and put them individually in there.

7. Do you know how many times a pair of 
ear phones get lost or broken in my household? This is the gift he'll need even if he doesn't know it yet.

8. Got a BBQ'r? 
These digital meat thermometers are cheap and make a great gift.


9. If you're anything like my dad and husband, you know what it's like cleaning old the mold from the mugs they left behind in their truck. Don't bother, just get them a new one, lol.

10.  They brake, get lost are get scratched, and its time for a new pair of sunglasses. These here come with a case too!

11. For the guitar player in your life, get them some extra guitar picks!

12. Flash drives are great, you can keep everything from pictures to other files!

13. I love these little boom speakers. They can be used at the office or take them camping, or fun just to sit outside on the patio play your phone music!

14. Lets face it most men will wear their boxers
till they fall apart. Buy him a pack of them or buy him some funny ones.

15. Beanies are cool but keep the head warm in those God awful cold days. Most men won't buy themselves one but will wear the heck out of one if one is given to them.

16. House shoes are another one of those things that they just won't buy for themselves. They wear them till we throw them out because of their rank smell!

17.  Get that man smelling good all the time with some manly cologne

18. I love these cool new watches, these are cool for young or old!

19. New phone cases are always a cool and appreciated gift!

20. Razors help that man of yours stay clean shaved and soft faced! Get a nice one to put in his stocking!

21. We used to get the cheap lotion, but the older we get the more our hands need the good stuff. He'll appreciate this lotion for hard working hands!

22. Whether its for your indoor fireplace or and outdoor one, these cedar fire starters are super cool!

23. Keep those nose hairs at bay with this cool nose and ear hair trimmer. Let's face he'll never buy this for himself!

24. A good portable flashlight is like winning the lottery for most men. These are just the right size to stuff in their stocking!

25. Games are fun, and even though men won't always admit, they love a good 
card game challenge!

26. You might get sucked into scratching his back with this back scratcher, but this one is extendable, so hopefully he'll use it all by himself!

27. I love a good gag gift, and this Bacon lip balm just screams STOCKING STUFFER!

28. For the man who always loses his screw or is a screw short. No wait, these are screw drivers, even better!

29.  Massage while he shampoo's what could be better? These scalp massagers are cheap and just the right size for a stocking.

30. Funny Glasses stand.... How many times has he lost his glasses? Well this is a funny but useful stocking stuff for the man who loses his glasses quite often.

31. Shaving soap last so much longer and leaves skin so much softer! He'll love the smell too!

32. Zippos are a nice way of saying
"Come on Baby Light my Fire". Just make sure he knows its a metaphor...

33. For the exerciser in your life... this
jump rope is classy and durable, and best of all portable! 

34. I mustache you a question? Will you buy the man a comical key chain already?

36. Don't pretend like you never sneak out some old classics and watch them. Get your man a classic  dvd and he'll love ya forever!

36. These tools are just the right size for a stocking. And every man loves tools!

37. For the practical joker in your family...
What's better than Obama toilet paper

38. Portable phone chargers. A great stocking stuffer for the man or woman. These are super convenient!

39. The gift that keeps on giving...the gift of pleasant car fresheners!

For the dooms day prepper, or just the outdoorsy man in your life... This paracord survival band is super cool!

41. That hard working man needs a foot massage! I mean not from you, but this handy 
foot roller massager.

42. Get Sasquatch his own toenail clippers, and maybe he'll stop using yours.

43. If you insist on stuffing his stocking with chocolate you gotta prank him with this 
deer poop! I'm grabbing some myself!

44. He'll never pay someone to change his watch battery again with this watch repair kit. He can take the back right of his watch and replace his own, and so much cheaper.

45. Zombie Repellent Spray... 
It's really breath freshener spray, but a great gift for the zombie lover!

46. This ones a super cool and super useful gift for a man or woman. I'll let you read up on the product. These credit card protectors help prevent identify theft. And it comes in a pack of 10, some for you and him!

47. Literally get him a stocking, a 
tactical stocking for his ammo.

48. A flask, not every man's thing, but a lot of men secretly want and use them. This one even comes with a funnel!

49. The gift of warmth... Wool Socks!

50. And lastly... if all else fails, let him choose his own stocking stuffer with an Amazon gift Card!

Thanks so much for tuning in!
Tune in tomorrow for the
12 Days of Christmas Series!

Friday, November 27, 2015


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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Worthwhile Wednesdays #96

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Monday, November 23, 2015

Creamy Mashed Potatoes

Well Hello and Happy Monday Ya'll.

Woot, woot for a short work week! Yippee!

Well and plus the excuse to wear loose pants and stuff my face, ya 
I'll take that too!

So this recipe obviously is to help those out who want to make some mashema tatoes this Thursday, but of course every days a good day for them.{insert giggles}

Ok, so easy peasy recipe for you all, my lovely readers.

You will need:

 5 pound back of russell potatoes (1 bag)
8 ounces of sour cream
5 tbs butter
5 tbs garlic salt 
(McCormick with parsley preferred)

And yes that's it!

Peel each potato, and don't worry about getting every single bit of the skin off, a little skin makes for great texture.

Cut potatoes in cubes and add to a large pot of boiling water.

I usually boil mine for about 15 minutes, and then do the fork check to make sure they are nice and mushy.

Drain all water from pot when potatoes are soft.

Add your salt, sour cream and butter.

and mix, mix, mix. Add more salt if you're taste buds like more. Just add a little each time and test taste, like any dish its easy to over salt.

And there you have it. I've been told my mashed potatoes taste just like the ones at 
Salt Grass steak house. 
That was never what I intended on attempting, but hey I'll take that compliment for SURE!

Thanks so much for tuning in!
Until Next Time...

Friday, November 20, 2015

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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Worthwhile Wednesdays #95

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